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KS2 enjoyed learning about our sustainable school building today. We went around the school looking at the different features of the building that make it sustainable e.g. triple glazing, solar panels, air source heat pump, wildlife area with a pond, a living roof to name a few!


🚨 Exclusive egg update from Oak class! 🚨


BREAKING NEWS! 🚨 A space shuttle has landed in the nursery classroom! Inside is a large purple egg that looks like it’s hatching and lots of strange symbols… we can’t wait to see Oak class on Monday to help us figure out this mystery!


The children had such a wonderful time at our Valentine’s disco. We had dancing, music, games, sweets, balloons, a photo booth and even glitter tattoos! Thank you to Miss Hunter and the PTA for organising such a great event for our children.


In Oak class, the children love coming to school so much that they asked for their own miniature one! The children now have a mini classroom complete with a staff room and pretend photocopier ☺️❤️


We heard from Jenny who lived in Cape Town during the drought and how her family managed to conserve water. KS2 are now creating their own PowerPoints to share some top tips on how to save water as part of our learning in ESR.


Chico is back! He had such a wonderful time visiting Layston Grove Care Home for the winter holidays. He returned today with Paula, Eileen and John, to tell us all about his adventures. Oak class were so happy to see our friends and show them our own class bear!


This morning the children in Oak class rescued a sapling that had been blown over in the storms. It was a lot of work and we even discovered a dinosaur tooth while digging!


We are very excited to have a day of filming at school today! Next stop Hollywood!


We are really enjoying being creative at after school club today. We have played with the aqua beads, built a fairy garden and solved jigsaw puzzles.


This week we have been very lucky to have the HSBC bank come into run workshops teaching children about the value of money. These sessions were lots of fun. We were then presented with a Smart Money Award for the support of financial education for young people.


Thank you to our school council for a productive meeting discussing safeguarding at school. The next meeting will be to discuss the playground designs for our new equipment coming later this year.


KS1 and KS2 worked brilliantly together this week on a range of teamwork challenges.


KS2 have been learning about different forms of communication in PSHE. We looked at morse code and braille, the children enjoyed reading and writing messages in different ways.


* Vacancies *New year brings new opportunities. We are seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly afterschool club. See our website to apply more information or to visit, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.#termtime


And that’s our first term complete! Thank you to everyone for their kindness and support this term. Here’s to many more wonderful terms together. Merry Christmas to you all and a happy New Year, from the team at Buntingford First School x


BREAKING NEWS! We have had word from Santa, via the elves, that our children have been added to the nice list! Merry Christmas! 🎄 🎅


Today we had a fun (but very messy!) end to our science topic on solids, liquids and gases. The question remains, what is slime


Yum, yum, yum! We enjoyed a lovely festive lunch today. Thank you to Diane for catering so well for us all!


What a magical time we had this morning - Father Christmas was on our school roof!! He came to wish everyone at Buntingford First School a Merry Christmas and we were all very pleased to see him!🎄


We really enjoyed spreading some Christmas joy this afternoon at Layston Grove. The children performed their Christmas songs to the residents and there were lots of smiles from both sides. We were also lucky enough to see Chico who is on holiday there…he has a lovely new outfit!


Willow class visited Oak class this afternoon for some sensory play fun. We made our own snow and have been exploring the water beads!


* Vacancies *We are seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly afterschool club. See our website for full job descriptions and to apply more information or to visit, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.#termtime


The children absolutely blew us away with their performance of ‘Songs Around the Christmas Tree’. Thank you to everyone who came this morning and made this wonderful performance possible.


It looks like the elves are putting on a show as well today! We are looking forward to seeing you at 9:30am for our first ever Christmas concert! 🎶🎄

Governor Profiles

A list of the relevant business and pecuniary interests for our Governing Body can be found here


Mike Stevens - Chair of Governors

I have lived in Harpenden with my family of six children for most of the last 33 years and I first became involved in School Governance in 1999 when I was elected as a parent Governor at High Beeches where my children went to school. Since then I have served in a number of school Governance roles at Sir John Lawes School, Wood End Primary, Harpenden Academy and now Buntingford First School.

Throughout my professional life I worked in law enforcement, predominantly in the investigative specialism, in a number of different agencies. Latterly, while serving as a senior manager at the National Crime Agency, my role involved working with the Home Office on the strategic planning and governance of various government multi agency organised crime initiatives.

Now retired, I also volunteer as a selector for the International Citizen Service, a project for young people volunteering overseas funded by DFID and delivered through VSO. What little "me time" I have, after my family and being an active Governor, is spent involved in the local branch of the Institute of Advanced Motorists' motorcycle section. I am a keen biker - it is great for blowing away the cobwebs!

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Trevor Hounslow - Community Governor

As a Buntingford resident for the last 11 years, I am excited to be part of the growth of Buntingford First School. In my time as Acting Chair of Governors (1980's) at Raglan School in Enfield which my children attended, I was centrally involved in the move to Local School Management and its implication for finances. During the last 50 years, I have been a teacher in various capacities until I retired. This included, Head of Music and Pastoral Head of Year in Enfield and latterly, Assistant Headteacher and Advanced School Teacher in Music, in Essex. For the last 11 years I have been Director of Essex School Direct which trains both Primary and Secondary teachers in over 35 schools.

My passion is music and I was a session musician and undertook tours abroad in my younger days but more recently was Artistic Director of the prestigious Thaxted Festival which ran for a month each summer.

I have been married for 50 years and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren aged between 9 and 15, including triplets. I will be retiring in August to enjoy more time for music, bridge and wine appreciation

Cllr Jeff Jones

Cllr Jeff Jones - Community Governor

I have lived in the Buntingford area for the last 26 years with my wife Jill and two children Alex and Jenna, plus many dogs!

We previously lived in Enfield and the move to Buntingford enabled our two children to enjoy a wonderful education locally, and live in a beautiful part of rural Hertfordshire.

We have been active members of the community with my wife the Town Clerk at Buntingford Town Council. I have been a Parish Councillor, District Councillor and currently the County Councillor for Buntingford Division. I chair the Buntingford Community Area Transport, (BCAT), community bus project which provides transport for residents and has been used on humanitarian aid trips to Ukraine and recently to the Turkey earthquake disaster. I am also a committe member on the Buntingford branch of the British Legion and Buntingford Town Football Club. So I am well known in the community for being active and supportive of the town’s residents.

My working life started on an apprenticeship as a Professional Photographer, qualifying as a Press Photographer on the Fleet Street national. I then moved into Corporate Photography working directly for blue chip companies and specialising in the Oil, Gas, Energy and Pharmaceutical Industry. Now retired from the profession I devote my time to politics  as an active Conservative Councillor, supporting the community at Council level.

I have previously been a Governor at Freman College and Layston CofE First School. I look very much to bringing this wealth of experience and local knowledge to Hertfordshire’s first net zero carbon school, and supporting the Board of Governors at Buntingford First School.


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