Ofsted Graded as ‘good’

We are celebrating after Ofsted graded us as ‘good’ in all areas following a one day inspection on 22nd February 2017.

In the report, the Ofsted inspector stated “the leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection” and that we are “committed to improving the school further.”

I am sure you will agree, as you look around the school, that there have been a number of visual improvements throughout from our displays, the school grounds to the work in the children’s books and this was recognised by the inspector as he went on to state “staff are determined to make sure Bishops Nympton school continues to go from strength to strength.”

The inspector spoke at length to our children and was pleased to hear that they “enjoy coming to school and working alongside their friends and teachers” and that we are “a friendly school, where any concerns are quickly sorted out.” Our children were able to share their work with the inspector with enthusiasm and were able to show how they have improved, especially within their writing.

We are truly a strong team who work hard to provide our children with the most stimulating and inspiring education that we can and provide numerous enrichment opportunities from a number of clubs on offer, the Tim Peake project we have recently been involved in and the rapidly developing grounds projects led by Mr Scandrett. We strive to see ways to improve and work hard to ensure that our school is a safe one. It was great to hear that the inspector also found that “safeguarding arrangements are rigorous and robust.”

Well done to all the children, staff and parents for, what I am sure you will all agree, is an excellent outcome.

Mrs Scandrett

Feels like spring!

Class 1 and pre-school spent a lovely afternoon enjoying the spring sunshine, hunting for signs of spring.  We found flowers, leaf buds, feathers, leaf skeletons and brand new leaves.

It was lovely to see the children working together so well and helping each other.


MET Office Science Camp

Bishops Nympton continued their scientific explorations at the weekend, this time investigating weather and climate.  On Friday evening we descended on the MET Office in Exeter, exploring the fabulous facilities they have and taking advantage of the knowledge and skills offered to us by their staff.

After being fed, we enjoyed hands on experiments and talks, investigating how the MET Office forecast the weather and what it means for us.  We created our own cloud, used various weather measuring equipment, used infra red cameras and viewed the £90+million super computer.

“I never thought I would be doing maths at ten to ten at night”

“awesome, I’m going to make clouds in my bedroom”

“I wonder if it takes them ages to log onto their computer?”

Just some of the comments from our awestruck team as they fully immersed themselves into the fantastic opportunities provided.

A very tired team retired to their tents for a short sleep, listening to the thunder, or was it snoring?  With the sun shinning, We once again dove into Saturdays activities, culminating in the opportunity to deliver their own weather forecast in front of the TV cameras.

A fact filled weekend, inspiring and informing.  Because of the sensitive nature of the work carried out by the MET office we were not allowed to take photographs.  However, an official photographer was present and we will endeavour to get hold of some of those images and post them at a later date.

Mr Scandrett

Wear something funny for Money – Red nose day 2017

A superb effort was made for todays Red nose day event. Smiling, laughing children was the order of the day as we aimed to make the world a happy place.

Our contribution of £ 92.90   will help put smiles on peoples faces across the world, as will the hilarious costumes worn by the children which can be seen on the school blog.  A huge well done and thank you to everyone who donated.

Mr Scandrett

School Council Update

Bishops Nympton hosted the inaugural meeting of the Exmoor link federations school councils and P.T.A’s.  Bishops Nympton school council and PTA, joined forces with East Anstey’s school council and PTA to put together their collective ideas for future fund raising ideas and to finalise sports kit designs.

Bish Nym school council have been liaising with it’s PTA throughout this term looking at the options and possibilities of redesigning it’s sports kit.  Our children have performed brilliantly in recent years in Devonshire school tournaments and felt that it was time to look as good as they perform.

Through multiple whole school assemblies, and numerous council meetings, the children put together a list of requirements for the sports wear which the PTA have brilliantly followed and supported.  We feel that we have finalised our decisions and a new kit will soon be paraded around school.

The collaboration of ideas has also led to a new fund raising initiative run across the federation and will be revealed  very soon.  A very prosperous meeting which has helped to strengthen relations between the 4 groups.  We look forward to working together in the near future.

Mr Scandrett

Ogden Phizz Lab Assembly at Dulverton Primary

Class 3 took part in an interactive science assembly based at Dulverton Primary School today. The children loved learning about chemistry and the experiments demonstrated, in particular the exploding hydrogen balloons and super fast freezing properties of liquid Nitrogen.

Our children were engaged and enthralled by the experiments on view today with many answering questions and even volunteering to take part in front of the rest of the schools in attendance.

Well done to all the children for exceptional behaviour, as always, and for having the confidence to speak out in front of others.

Mrs Scandrett

HATS Day 2

5 of our pupils attended the second session of the SMCC HATS initiative for sport on Monday.  An opportunity to push their sporting skills into more advanced areas of development.  They opened the session by learning the basics of volleyball.

We then delved into sport science, looking at the effects that physical exercise has on  the body before looking at throwing techniques within athletics.  Javelin, shot put and discus were practised before putting those skills into a competitive throw off.

A fantastic mornings activities enabling our sporting talent to look deeper into sporting concepts, the effects it has on the body and the key elements required for each sporting technique.

Mr Scandrett

Exmoor Challenge Practice 1

Twenty intrepid souls braved some pretty challenging conditions yesterday (18th) for our first prep walk. The six miles, along the Barle and Dane’s Brook rivers, were really heavy going but our team was brilliant.


Spirits were high as we made our way to our pick up (in pretty good time). Thanks for those that walked with us, came to collect and of course to Graham for technical back up. Looking forward to the next session on 1st April.


Heatree Residential

Only a quick blog post from me as I know Mr Scandrett has been blogging each day with the exciting things that we have got up to!

I just wanted to say a huge thankyou to all the children for making it such an enjoyable residential and for embracing the whole experience. All of the children had a go at every activity even if they weren’t sure! They were perfect representatives for our school and we are very proud of all of them.




I hope the children enjoyed the trip as much as the members of staff did, and I hope that you all have a well deserved rest ready for Monday!

Miss Whapham