Category Archives: Schools

Half Term Pumpkin Fun

Woodford Halse CE School Academy FSA are running two Halloween competitions this half term!

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Pumpkin Hunt

The children of Woodford Halse Academy have hidden pumpkins around the village! Can you find them all and unscramble the secret message? Join our hunt from Saturday 24th to Friday 30th!

Pay £2 per family on ParentPay (or register at Village Meats) then email your answer to or message us on Facebook for the chance to win a prize.

Pumpkin Competition

The FSA wants to see your best pumpkin designs!

Pay £2 to enter on ParentPay then email us your pictures to (or send them to us in a message on Facebook) by Sunday 25th October. We will put all the entries on our Facebook page on Monday 26th for everyone to vote for their favourites, with prizes for the most popular.

Thank you so much Village Meats and Lawerence Tremayne for helping to make this event possible.

Schoolreader Volunteers Needed

Listening to Children Read in Local Primary Schools

Our reading volunteers are going to be desperately needed due to Coronavirus. Thousands of children won’t have had enough reading practice during lockdown. In a normal year, one in four children leave primary school unable to read well. Most children will have missed a term of school, so the reading gap is now wider. Children who struggle with reading are more likely to live in poverty and be unemployed as adults.

Logo for the School Readers scheme

Schoolreaders needs more volunteers in your local area to support children’s reading and prevent them falling further behind. If you want to make a difference to a child’s life, apply to become a Schoolreader. No qualifications are needed; just a love of reading and some spare time each week. The process to become a Schoolreader takes a few weeks, so please apply now so you can be ready to start as soon as it can be arranged.

To join us, please visit the website  or call 01234 924111 for further information.

Reg Charity: 1159157

Reader & school girl

Cook Up With The Kids

Want to have some fun with the family and cook together?

Cooking Good is a fully funded community project which is running The Nest. It is for families with children from aged 2 – 11.

Cooking Good LogoAll ingredients and equipment are provided. You just need to commit to attending 4 sessions.

The first session starts on Monday 27th April and then Monday 4th, 11th and 18th May. The sessions are 1.30-3.00pm.

If you would like to sign up please contact the Woodford Halse Primary Academy school office on 01327 265900.

All allergies are catered for.



School Readers

Could You Help Kids Learn To Read?


Can you spare an hour or two a week to listen to children read in a local primary school? Schoolreaders is looking for more volunteers in Northamptonshire to carry out this important role.

Reading time for many children at home and at school is often insufficient and one in four children are now leaving primary school unable to read to the required standard. This can have a lifelong consequence. No qualifications are necessary, just a good command of spoken and written English.

Schoolreaders is flexible and will match your availability to an appropriate, local school. Our volunteers find the scheme incredibly rewarding, knowing that a few hours helping a child learn to read each week can have such a great impact on their life chances.

Learn more about their work in this video:

About Schoolreaders from Copperwheat Films on Vimeo.

Please visit the website to join or call 01234 924111 for further information.

Charity Number: 1159157





Easter Pace-Setters

PaceSetters are running a Easter Holiday Club at Woodford’s school.

This is open for any child from Reception Year to Year 7 to come and join in. You don’t have to attend Woodford primary school to be able to take part, this is open to everyone.

Please see flyers below for more details, prices and on how to book on to this action packed, fun filled holiday club. Or check out


Gusher Covers Schools X-Country

The Daventry Express covered the recent schools cross-country event in Woodford Halse. Here’s a link:-

Joules for the Pool

Thursday July 27th 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Woodford Halse Academy Swimming Pool (whasp) fund raising team is running a Joules Serconds Sale at the Social Club on Thursday 27th July.

Tickets (£4) are available from Village Meats or the WHASP committee on

Come and have a browse and get yourself some fabulous Joules clothing at rock bottom prices!

There will be 100’s of items up for grabs for men, women and children which have been provided by Joules and are catalogue returns or surplus stock.

New Pool Auction….

The Woodford Halse Academy Swimming Pool team are rasining money with another auction.

Check in to their page on Facebook and bid on some great lots such as…..

  • 3 months free leisure membership at Staverton Estate
  • Four golden tickets for a ‘jump’ at Leamington Spa’s Jump-In Trampoline Park
  • Tank Passenger Experience.
  • A Family Day Ticket to Feastival
  • Week end entry & camping ticket for two to the Fairport Cropredy Festival

And lots, lots more.

There are over 30 items to bid for, so why not catch a bargain and help the swimming pool.

Find the auction here on the Community Facebook page: opens in a new windowWoodford Halse Academy Swimming Pool Auction

The auction runs until March 29th at 8:30pm.

School FSA Appeal

Woodford School FSA is appealing for support……

If you are able to help get in touch via Facebook: opens in a new window Woodford Halse School FSA on Facebook or search for @WoodfordFSA.

Dear parents and carers

The FSA recently met to agree how we’d approach the new year ahead of the AGM. However unfortunately at that meeting a number of the members have had to stand down.

We are now left with only three active members on the committee and we find ourselves in a position where the FSA can no longer continue.

The FSA has raised thousands of pounds over the years, we’ve funded white boards, equipment in the playground, trips to the Pantomime amongst many.

We have also put on events such as the Christmas Fayre and Santa Sleigh that are hugely popular with the whole community as well as film nights and school discos that are always popular with the children. All of this takes effort and many of the FSA have given up their time for many years and we feel now that new blood is required to take the FSA into a new period.

What do we need:

  • Deputy chair person
  • Secretary
  • Committee members (require 4)
  • Helpers

What would be required:

* Committee members:

o Available to do events throughout the year, some of us work full time but we need some who can help set up during the school day and can attend events after school (film nights etc.)

o Lead events, organising food, enough helpers, slips etc

o Bring fresh ideas and help invigorate the team

o Deputy chair/secretary – these are titles really; it just involves for example minute taking but are required by the charities commission.

o There will be help with all the above, you won’t be left to struggle, we just need people who want to get stuck in.

* Helpers:

o Able to where possible, assist with events such as film nights etc

o Help with cakes etc for events

o The more we have the more we can share the load

We really are at crunch time and we would be very sad to see the FSA disband but unless we can get a significant number of additional help then we will be forced to disband at the AGM.

The AGM will be at the school on the 27th Feb at 6pm.


Give The Pool A Boost!

Too Soon to Think of Swimming? Not For WHASP!

WHASP is the Woodford Halse Academy Swiiming Pool. Funds are being raised to meet the costs of keeping it open in the summer months and one day get it covered for all year round use. (Yes, there will be summer again this year, this is not fake news)

The fund raising groups has started up again for 2017 and are hoping they can fund raise even more towards the school pool.

To start off, they been accepted onto the Tesco Bags Of Help Scheme which offers grants of £1,000 – £5,000 towards it.

You can help WHASP to get the full £5,000!

Every time you shop in one of the below stores for the whole of FEBRUARY, be sure to ask for a blue token and pop it in the WHASP voting box in store! The cause with the most votes will be granted the £5,000!

Stores participating (unfortunately not Banbury) are:


So please vote for WHASP using your blue tokens from every purchase.

More Cross Country News

Carl Barton, our PCSO, has passed on the following advice….

“Woodford Halse Primary school will be hoisting their annual cross country event on Wednesday 9th March from 4pm until 5.30pm. The event is county wide and will have around 600 children taking part this year.

“As you can imagine with the number of children attending this event, there have been issues with traffic in the past, mainly due to parents bringing their children to the event and parking their vehicles in the village.

“This year I intend to cone off some roads. The junction of Byfield Road and Scrivens Hill will be coned off.

“The school are expecting 7 coaches which will be parked at the Football Fields.

“Thank you in advance for your patience.”

Cross Country Heads Up

Traffic Warning March 9th

The Annual Cross Country event will take place at the school on Wednesday 9th March from 3.00pm – 6.00pm.

Everything will be done to avoid any major disruption but because of the number of people attending the event you will need to allow more traveling time if you are near the area during the event.

The school sends thanks in advance for your understanding and good luck all taking part.

Time To Apply For School

It’s Time To Apply For A School Place For Your Child

AdmissionscupcakeSchool admissions for the September 2016 term at Northamptonshire schools are now open.

No child is automatically allocated a place – please make sure you have applied to Northamptonshire County Council by the following dates…..

Primary Admissions

If your child turns four before 31st August, 2016, it’s time to apply for their primary school place.

Applications should be made by 15th January, 2016 at 5pm.

Secondary Admissions

You must apply for a secondary school place for your child. It is time to do this if your child: has their 11th birthday between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 (Year 6 in primary school) has their 13th birthday between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 (Year 8 in middle school outside of Northamptonshire), or has their 14th birthday between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 (Year 9 in secondary school) and wants to transfer to a Northamptonshire University Technical College.

This includes all secondary schools in Northamptonshire, including East Northamptonshire schools who have now moved to a two-tier system to match the rest of the county.

Applications should be made by 31st October, 2015 at 5pm.

How to apply

Everything you need to apply is available on the opens in a new windowschool admission section of Northamptonshire County Council’s website. This includes:-

  • the application form to be submitted online,
  • guidance,
  • information about how school places are allocated,
  • the entire schools directory with contact details,
  • Ofsted information,
  • each school’s admissions policy,
  • information about how to get help.

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Cross Country Warning

Don’t forget that the Annual Cross Country event will take place at the school on Wednesday 18th March from 3.45pm – 6.00pm.

Everything will be done to avoid any major disruption but because of the number of people attending the event you will need to allow more travelling time if you are near the area during the event.

The school sends thanks in advance for your understanding and good luck all taking part.

Shop & Help The School


Woodford Halse School Academy FSA has set up two ways that you can help Woodford School….

schoolNorthbrook Fundraising £1 sale has a fabulous selection of high quality wrapping paper, cards at an incredible knocked down prices. ( Minimum purchase is £10.00 per Order – Free P&P and your goods are sent directly to your home address within 4 days of ordering.) Go onto their website opens in a new, choose Woodford Halse Primary School (NN11 3RQ) in the drop down box and start shopping. For every item purchased the school will receive 22% cash back.

Enjoy shopping online? If you shop at your favourite online shops but go via opens in a new you can generate FREE donations for our school. Includes Next, Tesco, Ebay, Amazon, Debenhams, John Lewis, Asda and Boots and many more.All you need to do is “join & support” our cause, find the shop you wish to visit and click the link! Its that easy!

So far the school has raised £330 in donations from people simply shopping online and sends many thanks for your continued support.

Cross Country

Watch Out On Wednesday 18th March

Woodford Halse is playing host again this year to the Northamtonshire Schools Cross-Country event. Races will take place between 3:45pm and 6:00pm on Wednesday 18th March.

1539157757In previous years around 1000 children from 40 schools throughout the County have attended, so some traffic disruption is probably inevitable, although the school will try to keep this to a minimum.

If you can help with offers of parking or have any concerns about the event, please call Woodford Halse Primary School on 01327 265900.

School Parking Appeal

Highway Code Reminder From Our PCSO

Carl Barton has asked us to pass on this notice regarding parking around the school, highlighting what the Highway Code has to say about this and the possible penalties for those that ignore the rules.

Click here to see:-

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Fish & Chip Quiz Night

Come & Play Say Come & Eat!

Tickets Now on Sale!

The popular Come & Play Fish & Chips Quiz Night is back.

Saturday 28th March, 7:00pm at Woodford Halse Football Club.

fish&chips quiz£9 per person (includes your fish & chips & quiz entry)

Maximum 4 in a team!

All proceeds to Macmillan Nurses.

Tickets are available from any of the Come & Play team:- Hannah Barker, Laura Disley, Emma O’Hanlon or Joanna Graham Collins!

Family Disco

Social Club : Saturday 20th December

The annual Woodford School FSA Christmas Family Disco will be held at the Woodford Woodford Halse Social Club on Saturday 20th December.

They promise awesome tunes, licenced bar, hot & cold refreshments and, of course, their ultimate raffle!

Doors open at 6.30pm – Event is open to ALL

Family (2 adults, 2 children):   £5.00
Adults:   £2.00
Children 4+:   £1.00
Pre-school:  FREE

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Santa’s On His Way

Watch Out on 9th & 10th December

Woodford Halse School FSA and the Woodford Halse Fire Service have persuaded Santa to come visiting on 9th and 10th December.

Look out for him and give generously to support the FSA and the Fire Service.

Where were you in ’86?

Woodford’s Digital Domesday

As part of looking around the web for interesting things to do with Woodford, I came across the BBC’s Digital Domesday entry for Woodford Halse.

Domesday systemDo you remember this project to document every area of the UK on “laser disks”? If you were involved in contributing to the Woodford entry, maybe you never got to see what you provided (the computers and disk players were too expensive for many schools).

Well, about two years ago it was available on-line on the BBC’s web site.  The opens in a new windowWoodford entry can be accessed here. I’ve also added a link from the Woodford opens in a new windowhistory time-line page. If you don’t remember the Domesday project here’s a nostalgic look back to the “Tomorrow’s World”  programme that featured the project in November 1986: opens in a new windowHoward Stapleford & Maggie Philbin explain Domesday.

School Academy Consultation

schoolWoodford Halse School is proposing to become part of a multi-academy trust. (See our post : School Academy Plans). As part of their consultation programme a meeting will take place on 18th September at 6:00 at the School.

You can learn more about the plans here:  School Consultation Communications.


Next Up for Come & Play

After their brilliant job of creating the Play Park, the Come & Play team are busy on their swimmingpoolnext project: getting the swimming pool at the school re-furbished and re-opened.

If you want to keep in touch with the project you can follow them on their facebook page.

And check out this week’s edition of the Daventry Express to see what they had to say about the project.



Woodford School Academy Plans

Woodford Primary School and six others are proposing to form a multi-academy trust.  See the story on the Daventry Express web site:

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