Jazz on the Lawns 2016

Following the huge success of this event in 2014 we are delighted to announce the second “Jazz on the Lawns” concert on Sunday July 3rd 2016.

An evening of live Jazz music held in the gardens of the magnificent Berkeley Castle.

Bring along a picnic, relax with friends and family whilst enjoying a glass of fizz or award winning ale from the bar of the CAMRA award winning pub of the year, The Salutation Inn.

Kick back and enjoy the music from the Cotswold Big Band and Local favourites The Broken Stones performing old and new jazz tracks.

Tickets available from –

Berkeley Primary School,                              Coventry Building Society, Berkeley,

Hard Pressed for Time, Thornbury,                 Salutation Inn, Ham,

100 Memories

We want your children to leave Berkeley Primary School with happy memories, as well as having had opportunities to try new things and challenge themselves. With this in mind we have introduced ‘100 Memories’. This will be a record of their personal achievements throughout their time at school. Vouchers have been sent home and more can be collected from the office. Once an activity has been completed, fill in the voucher and send it into class. this will then be put into their ‘100 Memories’ book. You can also send in photos or any other items that you may have collected when completing your chosen ‘memory’.

The complete list of our 100 activities can be found here. You can also download a spreadsheet containing the activities here, allowing you to keep a record of those you have completed


What a busy couple of weeks we have had here at school. Our Year 2 dancing superstars headed off to the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham to take part in the dance festival. They wowed the audience with their stunning Banghra routine, which they will be performing again at Rednock School in March. We were all lucky enough to have a special performance in our assembly today!

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We also hosted the Rotary Club Quiz and our team gave a valiant performance, finishing 3rd overall. The questions were tough enough to have many of the parents who came to watch, scratching their heads and desperately trying not to catch the quizmasters eye! Well done to the team and also to the prefects who came along to help, showing visitors to the hall and handing out well earned refreshments to the teams.

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And then to finish off the half term, we held an ‘Ears and Tails’ day to raise money for Teckels Animal Sanctuary. We had rabbits, dogs, mice, giraffes and tigers to name but a few. There may even have been a reindeer!! We are very pleased to say that we raised a fantastic £127.

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Phew! And now for a well earned rest. We’ll see you all on the 22nd February for another short but busy term!

School Council

Congratulations to our new school council members:

Rec – Thomas and Laurel

Yr 1 – Arlen and Eva

Yr 2 – Dylan and Annabel

Yr 3 – Isaac and Norah

Yr 4 – Declan and Halima

Yr 5 – Josh and Macy

Yr 6 – Jorge and Evie

A massive thank you to Val Watts, former Mayor of Berkeley, who came in to present the children with their school council badges. Val talked to the children about what it meant to be Mayor and some of her favourite duties. It was a lovely celebration. You can find out more about the work of our School Council over on their blog –


Action for Children

We had great fun on 25th September when the whole school supported Action for Children. The children loved bringing their teddies to school. We had a huge variety of colour and fluff, from much loved, worn away rabbits children have cherished since birth to Poisonous tree frogs, we had it all! What a great way to raise money!

Teddy Day

A Trip to the Castle

On Thursday 1oth September the whole school was invited to Berkeley Castle to greet the Countess of Wessex. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and after arriving by helicopter, the Countess took time to talk to some of our very excited children.


Den Day

Tuesday 16th June saw us taking part in ‘Den Day’ an event organised in aid of Save the Children. We had great fun buliding our dens and Vice Chair of Govenors, Mr Heeps had the difficult job of choosing the winner. Well done to all the classes for their fantastic efforts and a BIG WELL DONE to our winners – Year 1.

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World Book Day

Thursday 5th March was World Book Day and here at school we all had lots of fun dressing up as our favourite characters. We had Harry and Hermione, Mother Bear, Princesses and Pirates, 3 Blind Mice, The Mad Hatter and Ninjas to name just a few. Oh, and as always, we had plenty of Wallys!!

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Rotary Club Quiz

On Wednesday 4th March, we entered a team into the local schools general knowledge quiz organised by the Rotary Club, and guess what?…they only went and won!

There were numerous rounds on topics such as general knowledge, geography, history and sport. Our team took an early lead and then managed to hold on to it, winning by only one point from the British School in Wotton-U-Edge. They are pictured with their chocolate winnings for the night, and they also won a £40 book token for the school. Well done chaps!



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Friday 23rd January saw an evening of stargazing with Martin Sinton. Although the weather wasn’t kind to us, Mr Sinton still manged to enthrall us with his fabulous presentation.

“Wow!  What a great evening Stargazing was, in spite of a layer of cloud meaning that not a single real star was seen, we were treated to a virtual tour of the night sky using a freely available program called Stellarium.  We saw the constellations drawn out in front of us as the Greeks saw them, we saw comets, we saw satellites, we saw clouds of gasses from supernovae that the ancient Chinese saw and recorded, Hannah & George love the name Betelgeuse (but don’t fancy Beetle Juice for breakfast) and are keen to remind me that this may be the next star to explode in a supernovae and might go any day now?  Everyone was in awe of the scale of the universe presentation.

As for the Eclipse that is due on 20th March, well I can’t wait and have my fingers crossed for clearer skies this time

Phil Larkin”


We are very proud of our older children and they are also very proud of their own development and achievements during their time at Berkeley Primary School. In recognition of their maturity and pride in themselves and the school, we have decided to establish a number of prefect roles.

Year 6 children were asked to complete applications if they wanted to be considered for the Prefect posts before Christmas. I am very happy to say we have been able to appoint 14 Prefects. Our newly appointed Prefects received their badge of office from Mr Charles Berkeley on Monday 12th January in assembly. Their first meeting with the Senior Leadership team took place on Thursday 8th January, where they received their contracts and organised their duties for this term. Part of their role is to represent the school at events such as the Parent information evenings that are coming up, so you will get to meet them in person.

School Council Elections 2014

A BIG WELL DONE to all of the children who participated so sensibly and thoughtfully in our School Council elections last Thursday! Particular thanks go to Year 4, who were very responsible ‘Polling Station Officials’ for the afternoon and who did a fantastic job helping everyone who came to vote know what to do.

Congratulations to the new members of our School Council:

Y1: Teddy and Ruby

Y2: Mo and Flora

Y3: Georgia and Oliver

Y4: Macy G. and Aaron

Y5: Morgan and Harvey N.

Y6: Eve and Alfie

You can find out more about the work of our School Council over on their blog –




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  1. MissRobbins says:

    Woo Hoo! The quiz was a tough one too! It was a fab event ladies thank you. The quiz was such a great idea as it showed us exactly what Erin had been learning. You have packed in so much in such a short term! Amazing! Thank you. Well done children! Little Stars! :)

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