Royal Wedding Celebrations

On Friday 18th May we celebrated the Royal Wedding and enjoyed a picnic lunch.



Posted: Friday, June 8th, 2018

Dunster Castle Year 1 and 2

Year 1 and 2 had an amazing day at Dunster Castle on Monday 3oth April.

We received an email from the staff at Dunster Castle to say what extremely well behaved group of children they were and what a pleasure it was to work with them for the day.

Miss Sampson and Miss Kerrigan are very proud of their behaviour and their respect for such an incredible castle.


Posted: Tuesday, May 1st, 2018


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Our new pond!

At Hemyock Primary school, we are committed to a creative curriculum that is broad and balanced and that includes awe and wonder. However, after a recent school health and safety audit it was deemed that the decking that surrounds the pond was not safe for use (it was showing its age and had been repaired several times). Therefore, our new focus was to remove and replace the damaged timber so that the children could access this vital component to the broad and balanced curriculum. After submitting a proposal for a grant to the ‘Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) ‘to help fund the replacement of the decking, we were granted the money and with voluntary help from Mr and Mrs Bar, we were able to complete the task, thus ensuring that awe and wonder was still enhanced in the curriculum.

How we went about it…

The Children and staff had previously worked with the AONB team to develop the pond area by clearing the pond and making habitats for the local wildlife that frequently visit. After their help we started to create a hide-out from reclaimed timber so that the children could watch and record the inhabitants as they go about their daily routines.

Part of the remit was to ensure that local businesses were part of this and, with thanks to Brookridge Timber, we were able to source the wood we needed to carry out the repairs and replacement.

The decking was a major task. At first we thought it was only the deck boards that needed replacing but we soon found out that this was not the case and we also needed to replace the supporting joists.

The offending decking boards.                The materials arrive.            More work than anticipated on the joists.






The new decking ready for use for the pond dippers.












After the decking had been replaced the next stage was to clear some of the weed that had over grown the pond. This is an annual task that needs to be done, otherwise the children will not be able to see the wild life living below the water line. So, the big operation to clear the pond for the dwellers was under way. We remembered to leave the weeds on the side, like the AONB had showed us, when they came to help us at school last year. We did this so that the pond inhabitants could find their way back home.

The final step was to make the wildlife hide water tight and safe for use. We used some of the left-over wood to create windows so that the children can peer through whilst looking for the inhabitants of the pond without disturbing them as they go about their busy lives.

All ready for use.












Sun class went on a hunt to find out what lives in the pond area during the winter.






The children were very excited to use the hide-out as the weather changed from a lovely sunny morning, to a rain shower that turned into a flurry of snow. We stood inside the hut looking through the window watching the British weather changing before our eyes. It was beyond educational!

The children noticed the flora and fauna that either surrounded or grew in the pond, particularly pointing out the bulrushes. I carefully pulled one towards the children so that they could look closely at the brown soft head that was about to fall apart, showing the children the seeds that it had stored. “Wow they feel soft, like my furry blanket,” a pupil commented when she felt the bulrush head.

The children then looked carefully into the dark, cold water of the pond. “Look”! A shout of excitement came from one of the pupils as he pointed eagerly into the depths of the pond. Right enough, there, floating on top of the water, was a small (very small) pond beetle and alongside were seeds from the trees that surround the area. The seeds had been blown into the water over the winter months. This opened up another adventure – looking for the trees that had shed their seeds into the pond.

Moon class children went searching for the pond dwellers too. They found some signs of life and will be on watch over the next few months as spring raises it head.




Although the decking has been replaced, our work has not finished. The children will continue to work alongside their parents and staff to develop the pond classroom. In addition to this, we will continue to work with Blackdown Hills AONB to develop our understanding of the beautiful area that we live and learn in and how to help sustain a healthy population of wild life. The area will also be a vital hub for the school community to take part in national wildlife surveys as we develop the flora and fauna.

Thank you once again to Blackdown Hills AONB for the grant, Mr and Mrs Bar who kindly offered up their skills to help replace the decking and Brookridge Timbers for suppling us with the materials.




Posted: Friday, March 16th, 2018


WARNER BROTHERS STUDIOS – The Making of Harry Potter




Snowball fights at HORSE GUARDS


UPDATE (11) Saturday 3rd March – 11:07am

Dear parents
Good news!! The coach has now left from Bristol on clear roads and is expected to arrive at 11.45am at the Travelodge just of Junction 27 of the M5. If you cannot make arrangements to collect your child for any reason please do let us know by return text and we will endeavour to support you in any way we can and we of course will ensure the continued safety of your child. Any further updates required will be sent as soon as possible.

Catherine Willcocks

Hemyock Primary School


UPDATE (10) Saturday 3rd March 2018 – 9:45am

Good morning. With temperatures rising and much of the snow and ice thawing at present the decision has been made with advice from professional authorities that we will continue the onward journey from Bristol today. Once Redwoods coach company has been able to give us confirmation of pick up times we will be able to establish drop off times and locations. This will be communicated in further updates as soon as we can. Again we thank you for your continued patience, support and trust in our operations which has allowed us to make careful decisions at every point.

Catherine Willcocks
Hemyock Primary School







Friday 2nd March 2018 – 10:25am

Following comprehensive advice taken from professional sources such as Devon County Council and the police, who are recommending no non-essential travel at present, a decision has been made to keep the children safe and warm in their current location and we expect to stay an additional night. This decision stands at present and will be reviewed, although unlikely to change, at 1pm today. We recognise that you may find this challenging emotionally however in the interest of their safety, which is of paramount importance, we are confident in this decision. Thankyou for your support via messaging to date.
Children are being fed well and entertained by staff and continue to show exceptional behaviours and attitudes. We are grateful to parents, Cameron Tonkin and David Lynch, travelling with us who have provided additional resources from M and S and the morale around all those in the residential party.
We will continue to update you today early afternoon and later this evening. Please be reassured that your children are in confident and capable hands and staff are shift working to ensure that this continues to be the case.

Best wishes,

Catherine Willcocks

Head teacher

Hemyock Primary School


Friday 2nd March 2018 – 13:27pm

Thank you for your continued patience with decisions and updates. We are sticking to our previous decision to keep the children safe and warm in the hotel for an additional night. The feedback from parents is overwhelmingly supportive and we thank you very much for this. The children have meals and activities provided and all their needs are being met by staff with the group. A further update will be added this evening and decisions about travel will be made as soon as we can tomorrow morning. Please allow time for us to make an informed and confident decision about this.

Best wishes,
Catherine Willcocks
Head teacher
Hemyock Primary School

UPDATE (9) Fri 2nd March 2018 – 19:19pm

Good evening. What fantastic children, staff and families we have when faced with challenging circumstances. Today the children were told about their additional night together and were ALL positive about this, many saying how they are glad they are safe. Staff have created a cinema room and provided quizzes for the children today. The tidiest room award has been awarded and each child has taken part in a ‘Pants Presentation’ (courtesy of M and S).
Hot meals have been enjoyed and children will get another good nights sleep in the Premier Inn, who too have been fantastic to the schools. You will be pleased to know that showers are being had too!
Tomorrow morning there will be a further conference call at 9am which will involve all necessary professionals in order to review next steps. We will update you as soon as we can but please continue to be patient as these decisions continue to be carefully considered. Here is a photo of the Pants Presentation’ this evening:

Catherine Willcocks
Hemyock Primary School


Thursday 1st March 2018
Our Y5 Group plan to get an earlier train at 10:03am or 11:03am for their return today. So arriving back at Tiverton earlier at 12:24pm or 13:24pm.
We will confirm the exact arrival time as soon as the children are on the train.


Thank you so much for your patience.

Following very careful consideration of all available information sources, and having taken external advice both from senior colleagues, an external specialist from Devon County Council and with the advice from the coach company, we have made a decision to bring the children back from London a little earlier than planned. The train station we had planned to use is closed due to a local issue (ice on the platform). Having checked the roads, which are clear, we will be travelling by coach back to Tiverton Parkway Train Station.

We are anticipating leaving London at 12:15pm which should ensure we arrive back at Tiverton Parkway before the weather has taken full impact. We will notify parents with a more accurate arrival time at around 2pm.

We will of course update you throughout the day if anything significant changes.


Just to update you that the coach has now left London and will be stopping in Bristol at Gordano services to change drivers.
We will continue to review all available information and assess risk on an ongoing basis. We will not be taking risks regarding onward travel. If conditions worsen and further travel is unsafe we have a contingency plan for securing safe and warm accommodation.
Just to reassure parents that we have food and drink on board. All children are happy and have enjoyed their trip.
Catherine Willcocks
Head teacher
Hemyock Primary School


Thursday 1st March – 13:53pm
The coach has had a clear run out of London. Currently on the M4 past Junction 6. The weather and roads are currently clear of snow and traffic is moderate. Children happy and warm. We will continue to update you as much as possible. Thank you for your continued support.


Thurs 1st March 2018 – 15:57pm
The coach is continuing to travel currently at Delamere Services where roads continue to be clear. We have reservations in both Bristol and Taunton for overnight accommodation and food should it be required. We will update you as soon as we know any further information. The children continue to show excitement about their trip.
Catherine Willcocks
Hemyock Primary School


Thurs 1st March 2018 – 17:25pm
The children have travelled along safe and clear roads until now. However due to the information we are receiving around further travel we have, as we said we would, terminated travel if we felt it would not be in the interest of continued safety. Therefore the children will be staying in The Premier Inn at Cribbs Causeway M5 Junction 17. We have secured a single corridor of rooms and a hot buffet for this evening followed by breakfast tomorrow. The children are in warm and safe accommodation for as long as is needed. We will update you later this evening once children are settled and fed. All children are showing exceptional behaviour and attitude and are enjoying the extended time together.


Thursday 1st March 2018 – 20:27pm
Children have been fed and have rooms all organised. They are safe and happy and ready for a good sleep. We will update you in the morning by 10am. Thank you for all your positive feedback all day.
Catherine Willcocks
Hemyock Primary School

Posted: Thursday, March 1st, 2018


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Wednesday 8.11.17

The coach is due back at 4pm.

Tuesday 7.11.17

This morning everyone is up bright and early and ready for another day packed with adventure. All is well at Grenville House.

A very good night’s sleep with all in bed by 9am.

Monday 6.11.17

Our Year 6 children arrived safely and immediately got stuck into the activities.  Mrs Willcocks joined them for the weekend and accompanied a group who were caving, others were involved in orineteerting.  She was very impressed with our children’s behaviour and commented how polite they were.

This morning (Monday) Miss Quick reports they have had a good nights sleep, a hearty breakfast and all are ready for a busy active day.

Posted: Monday, November 6th, 2017

Robin Hood and the Sherwood Hoodies

‘Robin Hood’ and the Sherwood Hoodies

KS2 Production

Our KS2 pupils had the fantastic opportunity to perform on stage at the New Hall Theatre in Tiverton.

On Wednesday 28th June they performed a matinee show to our KS1 children and performed again in the evening  to over 200 people and were absolutely amazing!

The talent at our school is, as always, absolutely outstanding and we are very proud of them. Well done to Mrs Lockyer for co-ordinating, rehearsing and producing this fabulous show.




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Posted: Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Wildside Experience 2017

Our Year 3 children returned from their Wildside Experience Residential this week.
They spent two days and one night in the countryside learning the basics of camping outdoors and getting close to nature.
Other activities included archery, orienteering, woodcraft, team-building, games and a night walk, followed by hot chocolate back at basecamp. Miss Quick said they had an amazing time and were very well behaved.

Posted: Monday, June 19th, 2017

Wilcombe Wobbler 2017

Well done to our team of Wilcombe Wobbler’s who competed in the event yesterday at Wilcombe Primary School, Tiverton and brought the trophy back for the third year running.

Thank you to Mrs Home, Mrs Persey, Mrs Horsey and Mrs Shannon for their help with transport.


Posted: Friday, May 26th, 2017

Exmoor challenge 2017



















On Saturday 29th April, 16 of our Year 6 pupils took part in the Rotary Club Exmoor Youth Challenge 2017.  The children walked really well and supported each other throughout the day. All four of our teams finished in good time and in brilliant spirit. Everyone had a fantastic day.

Congratulations to Reuben and Silas Ross-White who are this year’s winners of the Spirit of Exmoor Award.

Thank you to Mrs Lockyer for organising and co-ordinating this event and to all the parents who took part in the training.



Posted: Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Heatree Residential Year 4

Wednesday 26th April 2017






Our residential party are due back to school around 2.30pm, please collect them as normal at 3.30pm.

Tuesday 25th April 2017

They woke early, enjoyed their breakfast and were ready for today’s activities. Kayaking, Raft Building and Adventure Trails, despite the wet weather, all children were tucked up in bed early and fast asleep.







Monday 24th April 2017

Our Year 4 class arrived safely at Heatree Activity Centre, around lunchtime. They thoroughly enjoyed their first activity.


Although fairly late to bed,  the children settled down and had a peaceful night.

Posted: Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

London Residential 2017

Year 5 London Residential 2017

Wednesday 1st March 2017 – 2.10pm

The train from London is running on time and will arrive at Tiverton Parkway at 4.02pm as expected.

Please can parents wait outside the ticket office and not on the platform as space is limited and we will need to collect our cases.  Please talk to the adult in charge of you child before you take them home, as there may be important information about the welfare of your child whilst on residential.

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Had an amazing time with Harry Potter. A very quite and comfortable night. They are now investigating the Science Museum and then the Natutal History Museum. Everyone is looking forward to their meal at Bella Italia tonight and going to see Matilda. School Emergency Mobile is: 07842524664

Monday 27th February 2017 – 1pm

All arrived safely and are now at the YHA Hostel at ST Pauls. Enjoying our lunch before our adventure to Warner Brothers Studios.   School Emergency Mobile is: 07842524664

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Posted: Friday, February 24th, 2017

Grenville House Residential 2016


Planned activities are: raft building, caving and orienteering.

We estimate the children will arrive back to school at 4.30pm. We will text you if there is any change to this time.


Another peaceful night, followed by a beautiful, but very busy day.

Everyone is having a great time. Canoeing has been a great hit, especially jumping into the water afterwards.

Abseiling again this afternoon and wall climbing.


After a very comfortable night and a hearty breakfast, this morning the children are enjoying the high ropes and abseiling, followed by problem solving and orienteering this afternoon.

Everyone is thoroughly enjoying themselves.


Posted: Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Wildside Residential 2016 - Mars Class

Our Year 3 children have all had an amazing time on their Wildside residential. They spent two days experiencing the countryside  both at day and at night, whilst learning the basics of camping outdoors.

Miss Kerrigan said they all behaved so well and thoroughly enjoyed the activities, which included bat detecting, owl calling, a rope trail, stealth games, archery, orienteering, woodcraft and team building games, followed by hot chocolate back at basecamp.


Posted: Friday, June 24th, 2016

Year 4 Embercombe Residential 2016


We are expecting the group to arrive back to school by 3.30pm tonight.




After a peaceful night, we arose early to morning exercise and a hearty breakfast.

We are looking forward to the activities planned for today.




Arrived safely and settled in to the yurt villages. Gratified today, all safely tucked up in bed


Posted: Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Pond Project

On Thursday 3rd March two Ecologist from the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty spent the day at our school working with the children to develop our pond area.

A time-lapse film from Thursday’s wildlife activities:



Through our topic ‘Spring into Life’ the children will look at habitats in their learning environment and observe species and creatures in their own school wildlife garden.



Posted: Monday, March 7th, 2016

London 2016

Tuesday 1.3.16 at the Science Museum

Mr Harding Club Sandwich    

At Covent Garden  

Brave Liam  


Supper at Bella Italia

Monday 29.2.16 at Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studios.

Updated Tuesday 1.3.16

Today was action packed! We visited the Science and History Museums, bumped into Louie Spence at Pineapple Dance Studios and the children were in awe when watching Matilda. The children were exceptionally well behaved as usual and are now safely tucked up in bed.

Tomorrow we will visit St.Paul’s Cathedral before heading home. We will let parents know whether the train is on time by text.  When collecting the children from the station, please allow us to take them to collect their luggage from the other end of the train. We will then hand them safely over to parents to share their London adventures.

Monday 29.2.16

We all had a magical day at Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studios.

Every child was so well behaved, we had complimentary comments from other passengers on the tube about our delightful children.

All very exhausted and all tucked up in bed by ten o’clock.

Updated 29.2.16 10.30pm.

Posted: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Moon Class Wildside Experience

All pupils in Moon Class visited Wildside Experience for a half-day of outdoor activities as part of our topic ‘Spring into Life’.


Posted: Friday, February 12th, 2016

Carol Service Christmas 2015.

The Match Girls Christmas.

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Thank you to everyone who supported our Carol Service at St Mary’s Church yesterday. Our KS1 one children sang songs from their Nativity ‘It’s a Baby’, which was magical. Our KS2 children sang  songs from ‘The Match Girl’s Christmas’, which included solo parts and readers.  The performance was outstanding with the children learning all of the words off by heart and singing so accurately.


Posted: Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Christmas House Day and Lantern Parade 2016

Friday 2nd December 2016 – Christmas House Day


Today was our Christmas house day. The children enjoyed making tree decorations, hats and crackers.  Evidence of their fantastic work can be seen on our Christmas tree and around the school.  The house day is a fantastic opportunity to see the children of all ages interacting with one another, which reinforces what caring and helpful children we have in our school.

It is also a fantastic opportunity for our parents to learn alongside their children and join in the community spirit of our school.


Saturday 3rd December 2016 – Lights Brigade!

Pupils and their family members joined together with some of our staff and met at Longmead in Hemyock, to walk together to represent our school. The parade started just after 6pm and hundreds of people from our local community were there.

The children carried lanterns they had made, as the procession wound itself through the streets of Hemyock.  The procession walked through Hemyock Castle and in to St Mary’s Church Yard. Our school choir sang the theme tune to Polar Express as the train was illuminated across the church to the tower to turn on the snowflake light.



Posted: Monday, December 7th, 2015

Pump reveal

Pump Reveal

On Saturday 24th October two of our school pupils, Fleur Drawert and Alfie Seal, assisted the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Sir John Cave Bt, with the official unveiling of the pump in the centre of our village. Their names will be engraved on the plaque that will commemorate this special occasion.   Many parishioners and pupils, both past and present, were there to see the event. We are delighted to see the pump back where it belongs.



Posted: Monday, October 26th, 2015

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