Established in 1876, Wedmore First School Academy is located in an exceptionally beautiful and unspoiled Somerset village, surrounded by orchards and farmland, and alongside the local playing fields and tennis courts. We play an integral role in the life of Wedmore village, which enjoys a particularly strong and vibrant sense of community. Our staff and pupils participate in numerous local events and regularly attend services at St. Mary's Church. Although not affliliated to a particular religious body, religious education at the school is Christian-based and non-denominational.
"At Wedmore First School Academy and Nursery we are committed to working together, valuing each child as a whole and developing our children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning through an exciting and innovative curriculum. We strive to encourage every pupil to develop their confidence and potential. Our wish is to provide children with a firm foundation in preparation for life's challenges and to take away happy memories of their early years with us "
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The problems we experienced with the pool are being fixed and we are hoping that from Monday 13 June the pool will be ready to use.
All classes will need at least one parent volunteer to attend each swimming session, so if you have a current DBS clearance and you can spare some time to support us accessing the pool, please could you let your class teacher know the sessions you are available. In order to comply with our current procedures we need three adults present for any swim session to run.
Swimming sessions for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 will be a mix of qualified swim teacher sessions and class teacher led sessions. Some additional sessions will be provided for an improvers group of Key Stage 2 children. These children will be notified individually.
KS2 children may not always swim each week as they attend Kings of Wessex Leisure Centre for a term’s lessons to improve their skills. However, if time allows we will swim occasionally.
Children should wear:
- Trunks or swimsuit
We advise that children refrain from wearing bikinis or beach shorts as these limit a child’s ability to move freely during a teaching session.
- Shoulder length hair needs to be tied back or a swim hat worn.
- Goggles are not compulsory, but we recommend that they are used.
(These should be purchased from a reputable outlet and should meet British Standards).
- Appropriate water-proof footwear for walking between classrooms and poolside e.g. flip-flops/crocs.
Children cannot wear:
- armbands/or costumes with floatation aids attached
- ear-rings (please send your child without ear-rings on swimming days)
All children are expected to take part in swimming lessons as part of our PE curriculum. If your child is unable to join in the lesson, please send a letter giving a reason to the class teacher. Any children who are not taking part in swimming sessions will be sent with suitable work to another class. Please help your child to have the correct kit in school at all times so that they can enjoy this wonderful facility that we have.
To help with the upkeep of this wonderful facility at Wedmore First School Academy we are asking for each family to make a voluntary £6 donation. This will be used to pay for chemicals and maintenance for the pool. To pay online via a BACS payment please transfer funds to: Lloyds Bank, sort code 30-91-84, account number 18825168 (Ref: Child's surname/Swimming Pool), please make cheques payable to Wedmore First School Academy & Nursery.
I would like to share some amazing news with you that we received on the last day of the spring term; after two years of applying without success, our school has been awarded a grant from central government funds to construct permanent classrooms.
This means that during the summer holidays we are going to be starting a major building project to build four new classrooms.
The classrooms will be integrated on to the main school building, replacing some of the 'temporary' Elliott classrooms that are in very poor condition. This will actually be completing the original design, prophetic as the school is celebrating its 25th birthday this year!
The building plans will shortly be displayed in school in the Learning Zone and also on our website.
We are very grateful for the help and support the school has received from local architects Benjamin and Beauchamp. A special thank you to Pat Benjamin who prepared and submitted the application documents.
We will keep you up-to-date on the progress of the project with information on our school website.