The school has enjoyed a super busy term and we've been delighted to be able to get school trips off the ground again after the challenges of the past couple of years.  We've been to Rock & Rapid, Rosemoor and The Queen's Theatre and we are looking forward to visiting the RAMM in the new year, travelling to Exeter en masse by train which should be quite an adventure!


Our planned Christmas schedule has sadly had to be pared back in view of the rapidly changing Covid situation but a mini nativity and a Christmas performance by Exeter Northcott's Theatre Alibi is still going ahead at the end of term, along with Christmas lunch and parties in school so the festive spirit will still be shining brightly.


We've also been busy rebranding the school and hopefully you might have seen our lovely new signs up.  This is part of our drive to try to attract new families to the school; numbers on roll is always a challenge for smaller schools and we are working hard to address this.  Thank you to the village for allowing us to advertise our Open Day at the fabulous fireworks display last month.  Our new website will be launched in the new year which we are also looking forward to.  We have a fantastic school and it's important that we communicate this to the wider world.


We'd like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Stephanie and Derek Atkinson who have been loaning us the use of their indoor pool for the past few weeks so that Class 2 have been able to participate in swimming lessons. Learning to swim is part of the national curriculum but it's incredibly hard to achieve with the limitations surrounding pools at the moment, not to mention the prohibitive cost of transport which is always an expensive obstacle for rural schools.  Without the Atkinson's support, there is no way that our children would be participating in school swimming lessons; I'm not aware of any other local schools who have been able to take children swimming this term so we really are very grateful to have been able to give our children this opportunity.  Huge thanks from everyone. What a wonderful village our school is part of!


Finally, thank you to Martin and the team for inviting us to design the front cover for the resurgence of the Nympton News. Congratulations to X for designing the winning entry.


All of us at the school wish everyone in the village and surrounding community a very happy and peaceful Christmas and new year.


Best wishes to you all,

Vicki Fenemore (Executive Headteacher) and all the staff and children at Kings Nympton Primary School