Our History and Traditions

We are very proud of the long-standing traditions of our Christian village school.
Harvest Festival

We celebrate Harvest every year with a service at Hampreston Church led by Year 4 children.  We traditionally raise money for a charity through a Bring and Buy Sale and Coffee Morning which takes place after the service.  Children present their Harvest gifts to our Vicar, Rev. Everton McLeod, in church.   In 2017 we raised over £350 for charity.



Walk to School and Healthy Lunch
Once every term, we all meet at Haskins at 8.15 a.m. and walk to school together.  This involves crossing the fields behind the Church and is a sociable and healthy way to start our day.  On this day, children do not need to bring their lunch-boxes, as we provide and prepare a “healthy lunch” which we all sit down and enjoy together.  This also gives the children a chance to try new foods.

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Firework Fair
The Friends’ Association organise a Firework Fair for children, parents, staff and members of the local community to enjoy.  Children in Years 3 and 4 organise a Toy Stall to raise funds and parents arrange many other stalls and attractions.  The evening culminates in a spectacular firework display.  It is especially lovely to welcome back many former pupils and their families.



Christmas Play
This is one of the highlights of our year.  Every child is involved in this production and the roles increase through the years until in Year 4, every child has a “starring role”.  A retiring collection is made at the end of each performance and the money raised is given to a local charity e.g. in 2017, we raised over £600 for Julia’s House.



Christingle Service
On the last day of the autumn term, Year 4 lead a Christingle Service at Hampreston Church, attended by the whole school and parents.  This is a very moving occasion as the children leave the church with their lighted Christingles.  Children break up for their holiday reminded of the true meaning of Christmas.    



Book Fair and Competitions 

In the spring we organise a Book Fair and children are invited to enter a competition, differentiated for each year group.  The winner from each year group can select a book of their choice as a prize



Quiz Night

The Friends’ Association organises a Quiz Night for our parents and friends.  This is traditionally a very enjoyable evening.  Staff are involved in setting questions and marking answers!



Easter Service
The Easter service takes place in Hampreston Church on the final afternoon of the spring term.  This service is led by Year 4 children and parents and friends are invited to attend.  Children are presented with a palm cross as a reminder of the significance of Easter.

 

As part of our Easter celebrations we also have an Easter egg hunt and an Easter egg decorating competition.



Year 4 Presentations
During the summer term, every child in Year 4 is expected to lead the whole school in worship and celebrate one of their particular talents or interests.  Parents are invited to attend when it is their child’s presentation.  Children sometimes work in pairs for this.



Summer Fair
The Friends’ Association arrange a traditional Summer Fair which takes place on the third Saturday in June every year.   This is a real family occasion with barbecues, country dancing, a tug-of-war, a gymnastics display and a range of other attractions.  We welcome back many families and former pupils.

 

Leavers’ Service
On the last day of the summer term, our Year 4 leavers lead worship.  This is a very moving occasion and celebrates the time the children have spent at Hampreston School.  Each Year 4 leaver rings the bell for the last time at the end of the service. Year 4 parents are invited to attend.

 

Pancake Race

Each Year 4 child participates in this annual race which takes place along the church drive.  Revd.McLeod rings the bell to signal the start of each heat and the final. Children flip their pancakes three times en route and the winner is presented with a magnificent shield.



Domesday

In 1986 the BBC launched an ambitious project to record a snapshot of everyday life across the UK for future generations. A million volunteers took part, here is the entry for our school;

 

The school was originally housed in a thatched cottage about 2 miles from it's present site.The local vicar requested a day school as well as the existing Sunday School. In 1874 the school moved to Hampreston.  Housed in what was once the caretaker's house,  there is a kitchen area and 2 bedrooms used for storage. 

 

The school has 74 pupils and 3 full time teachers.The children's education begins at four and a half and at the  age of nine they leave the school. As a church school either the vicar or the curate visits the school weekly. The Parents Association have given the school a video, climbing frame and music centre. Parents may attend the first lesson each day with their children. Mothers help teach cookery and sewing



Our school was built in 1874 and we have logbooks kept by previous head teachers dating back to 1863. A former parent at the school, Mrs Roughton, kindly typed up these logbooks and they are available for you to read via the link below.

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