ON THIS PAGE YOU CAN FIND SOME OF THE COMMENTS PEOPLE HAVE MADE ABOUT SOMERFORD SCHOOL, STAFF & PUPILS. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF OUR SCHOOL & CHILDREN & ARE DELIGHTED THAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE TOO!
March 2020 World Book Day ‘Super Spud’
September 2019 – “Dear Mrs Frampton, Apologies for the lateness of my email I have been meaning to email you since we broke up for the summer holidays. I wanted to write and thank you and your staff for giving my daughter such a fantastic year at Somerford. She has now left the school to join her younger sister at another school and she joins having had the most fantastic year at Somerford following our move from Wiltshire last year.I would like thank both Miss Briant and Mrs Gaines for their hard work, positivity and enthusiasm but particularly Mrs Gaines who taught my daughter for most of Year 2. She has blossomed in the last year and has emerged as a confident enthusiastic learner, we are thrilled with her progress and the delight she shared every day when collected from school. This is definitely down to Mrs Gaines who encouraged my daughter from day one. Mrs Gaines approach to teaching is second to none and I could not recommend her enough. Whilst I am happy that both my children can continue their education together both my husband and I were sad for my daughter to leave Somerford as she had such an amazing time. Thankfully she has already settled well into her new school but I know she will always look back at her time at Somerford fondly. I know Somerford sometimes does not always receive the credit it deserves as a school so I wanted to put that right with our thanks and praise. If you can pass on our thanks to both Miss Briant and Mrs Gaines that would be appreciated. I would like to wish the school and the staff all the best for the future. Thank you once again.” (Parent)
June 2019 – “We were all delighted with your wonderful children, how good they were and how well they participated. They came in so quietly and were most attentive. Our team includes several very experienced retired teachers so I hope their glowing observations are particularly encouraging to you.” (Visitors to assembly)
September 2018 – “As I expect you know by now, I called today to let the school know that my daughter who joined Year 6 this month, has just been offered a place at another Christchurch school on appeal, and because of this, sadly she will be leaving Somerford at the end of this week. I’m sure I’ll see the class teacher over the next couple of days, but I really wanted to say an absolute heartfelt thank you to all the staff at Somerford, who have really gone out of their way to make my daughter feel comfortable and happy at the school. She really has had an absolutely brilliant few weeks with you. She loves being in her class, her PA job, being able to play violin and lots of other little things, and I just wanted to let you to know that we wouldn’t think of moving her if it wasn’t for the close proximity of the other Christchurch school to us in comparison to Somerford – a 15min walk compared to up to a 45min drive in traffic. Anyway, I know she hasn’t been with you long, but the school has definitely made an impact, and she will be sad to leave. Thank you again,(Parent)
July 2018 – “I just wanted to say thank you for allowing me to volunteer at Somerford Primary School last week, I really enjoyed myself and feel I have gained some valuable experience in working and communicating with children.” (Volunteer)
July 2018 – “It’s been a pleasure teaching at your school so far this term. On the whole I have found all of the students at your school to be polite and confident individuals. They are always willing to engage and show a lot of respect to myself and hopefully the staff. I’m sure that there are one or two who provide a challenge but it shows what a great environment they are being taught in for them to have such good manners. When you factor in the socioeconomic background of a majority of your students this should been seen as a massive achievement on behalf of school staff, parents and the pupils. I am thoroughly impressed.”
March 2018 – “I would like to thank all of the staff for looking after my daughter so well. The support we have received from the teachers has been amazing and I am so grateful.” (Parent)
January 2018 – “We would use this opportunity also to thank you immensley for taking such wonderful care of all, especially of our boys. They felt very welcomed and taken care of in your school.” (Parent)
October 2017 – “Thank you for your recent visit to the Red House Museum, I hope you all enjoyed the trip yesterday?
We just wanted to say that it was a pleasure having pupils from Somerford Primary School visiting the Red House Museum. The learning facilitators mentioned afterwards how polite & engaged the children were with the topics that they were covering.” (Local Museum staff)
July 2017 –“She has moved because her brother is already at The Priory and it is walking distance from our house. However, she and I were both very sad for her to leave Somerford Primary School and this is due to the wonderful care, support and teaching she received in her class and I wish to pass on to you my praise of her teachers. She misses her class friends but also her teachers and this is a great compliment to them. She was looked after and taught extremely well during her time at Somerford Primary and I cannot praise the staff enough.” (Parent of YR child)
July 2017 –“She has only been at Somerford a short while but has settled in very well, been made to feel very welcome and been very well looked after and cared for by her teachers and class of RLC. She has also learnt a lot and progressed in her learning and confidence whilst at Somerford and I would like to highly praise and thank her teachers and all other staff who have looked after her.” (Parent of Year R child)
June 2017 – “As with his brother, he has also loved his time at Somerford, if he had his own way, he would have Mrs Cook teach him for the rest of his life! He has made some lovely friends and with the assistance of Mrs Cook and her support staff, he has made amazing progress as he has struggled to adap to English from learning in German.” (Parent of Year 2 children)
December 2016 – “We would like to thank Mrs Whitehead and all the other staff at Somerford. It’s a really nice school and our son will be sad to go.” (Parent of Year 1 child)
April 2016 – “ I just wanted to say well done for achieving “good” in the latest Osted inspection. This is a massive turnaround since the 2014 report and this is clear from the report that it is due to the hard work and commitment shown by you all to my children’s wellbeing and education.
If there is anything that we collectively as parents or as individuals can do to help the school achieve “outstanding” then please feel free to ask.
Well done to you all. “ (Parent of Year 3 and Year R children)
July 2015 – “Our children have had a fantastic start to school and they have been supported by an extremely dedicated and caring team of teachers and teaching assistants.” (Parent)
July 2015 – “Our son has enjoyed a lovely year and has done amazingly well.” (Parent)
June 2015 – “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff at Somerford Primary School for making our son feel very welcome. We feel he has made excellent progress whilst in Year 2.” (Parent)
March 2015 – “Really, really lovely school…..warm, welcoming staff and children…pleasure to come in and work with you.” (Comments from visitors)
September 2014 – “The newly painted school looks lovely. Well done on doing such a good job – it makes such a difference!” (Educational Psychologist)
September 2014 – “So impressed with the new head teacher good choice governor. The whole school seems a much calmer place at the moment. Children seem happy and learning. I know me and a few parents of children with more needs are finding our children are doing fantastically this term. The changes put in place seem to be working well and I know how hard the governors and staff are working.” (Parental comment to a Governor)
September 2014 – “It was a pleasure being involved In the Year One & Two Assembly and I hope the children enjoyed it as much as I did. I was really impressed by their behaviour and also the range of questions that were asked.
As Chairman of Burton Youth FC one of my goals has been to drive forward our community involvement beyond just providing football so the opportunity afforded by The School for me to promote our village Youth Football Club speak is really appreciated. Thank you.”
July 2014 – “An outstanding school report. Very impressed and pleased with my child’s progress this year. A personal thank you to the teacher for teaching and guiding my son so well.” (A Year 3 parent)
July 2014 – “My child loves going to school” (A Nursery parent)
July 2014 – “We have loved watching our child’s confidence grow over the past year and are sure he will settle into his Reception year well” (A Nursery parent)
June 2014 – Really pleased to have met you and the children who were all impeccably behaved and a credit to the school.” (Burley Villas Riding Stables)