Inspiring a Lifetime Love of Learning



A very warm welcome to Cheselbourne Village School!

Cheselbourne Village School may be small in size, but it is big on what it offers the children who attend. Our lovely, rural first school and pre-school supports around 50 children from the surrounding charming Dorset villages of Cheselbourne, Ansty, Melcombe Bingham and Hilton. It also offers places to children from further afield.

At Cheselbourne we are Proud to be a Small School with 'Equality' at the heart. We are excited about learning and pride ourselves on our extremely passionate staff, who take advantage of our smaller classes to provide creative, stimulating and exciting learning opportunities designed to support every child in achieving their full potential. All of this is done in a nurturing, safe and fun environment, where strong friendships are forged and children gain a love of learning that will last them a lifetime. 

In 2023 OFSTED graded our school GOOD and our positive report states:

‘Pupils are at the heart of this inclusive and caring school. The values of ‘respect, challenge and nurture’ are central to school life. Leaders have high expectations and are determined that all pupils will succeed. Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the education the school provides. One commented that staff are ‘dedicated and enthusiastic and always go above and beyond in creating a fun and nurturing learning environment.

Pupils enjoy coming to school and feel safe. Staff know pupils well. They provide strong pastoral support. Pupils are polite and confident. They understand that they need to ‘treat others as they would like to be treated.

Leaders are ambitious for all pupils. Staff talk in high regard about the leadership of the headteacher. They share his passion and drive to ensure all pupils are the best they can be. Staff appreciate the support they receive. Morale is high.’

I hope you enjoy finding out about our school and how we work together to ensure our pupils are happy, secure and successful. As well as visiting our website please come and meet us, follow us on Facebook, phone or email! We look forward to hearing from you.

Mr C Perry


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Notice board

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Newsletters – visit the parent zone to read our latest newsletters.

Some key documents for School at Home – parent guide of features for Google classroom /key information for parents about School at Home

Phonics and Early Reading Workshop Presentation – Phonics and Early Reading Parent Workshop

Parent Reading Prompts / Help Your Child With Reading PosterUseful phonics websites and apps

New Starters' Welcome Meeting PowerpointSchool Nurse New parents presentation

Social media


We post updates, information and videos on our Facebook page. Remember to look out for regular updates on our learning in school!

Help us raise money as you shop


Cheselbourne Village School has signed up to easyfundraising! Please remember to see if you can help us raise money whilst shopping online. Read more details about how you can help us or for more information take a look at our easyfundraising introduction presentation. Thank you for your support.

Ongoing notices

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Remember that children are required to enter school in PE kits on a Friday, with uniform in a a names bag. Children will get changed into uniform after PE and leave the kit at school over the weekend ready for more PE on Monday.

Wrap around care options


Please see CVS Breakfast and AS Club for more information.

Term dates 2022-2023 (including INSET Days) (click here)

Term dates 2023-2024 (including INSET Days) (click here)

Our school

Cheselbourne Village School is a first school for children aged 4 to 9 years old, with a pre-school provision called Caterpillars Preschool for children aged from 3 years up to school age. We also hold a weekly parent & toddler group for younger children and their grown ups called Scarecrows on Tuesday mornings in the village hall.



‘Inspiring a Lifetime Love of Learning’

 Our aims

During their time at Cheselbourne Village School all children will:

Have fun in their learning and play.

Know how to respect everyone.

Learn to be kind and share.

Develop great vocabulary, number and computing skills.

Learn how to look after our world.

When children leave Cheselbourne Village School they will have an amazing future because of everything they have learnt here.

Our aims and values were developed by our school student voice and underpin all that we do here at Cheselbourne Village School.

At Cheselbourne Village School our primary aim is to create a happy and safe environment in which every child can grow intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Children are encouraged to become independent, confident, thoughtful and caring individuals. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum to enable every child the opportunity to develop their abilities so that they can reach their full potential. We also ensure the environment is stimulating and challenging. We expect high standards in both work and behaviour and we want children to enjoy their learning and to approach everything with enthusiasm. Each child has uniquely different characteristics and abilities. This supports why we are proud to be a small school.

Whilst at Cheselbourne we believe that all children will:

Develop lively enquiring minds with an enthusiasm for learning.

Acquire knowledge, attitudes and skills relevant to their future.

Understand the world in which they live, our interdependence on others and on our environment.

Use language and numbers effectively in a variety of ways and situations.

Develop a respect and tolerance for the diversity of all people.

Develop a respect and tolerance for other people’s views and different races and religions.

Develop the ability to question and to apply themselves to set tasks.

Actively participate in the life of the school, the village and the local community.

When children leave our school we sincerely hope that they are able to approach the next phase of their education with confidence and with an enthusiasm to pursue a lifetime love of learning.

Caterpillar Class (Preschool and Reception)
Butterfly class – Key Stage 1 (Y1&2)
Kingfisher class – Key Stage 2 (Y3&4)

Parent zone

We are very lucky to have such fantastic parents supporting our school and we like to encourage you to become our partners in your child's education. Your involvement both in our school & in your children's journey through it is integral to helping your child develop a lifetime passion for learning.

We have an 'open door' approach to education and we hope you feel welcome to visit us.  Your child's teacher is always glad to discuss points about your child's education and welfare with you.

SEND (Special Education Needs)

Our school SENDCO is Mrs Collett. She can be contacted by emailing

Dorset SENDIASS is a statutory service offering free, confidential, accurate and impartial advice and support to families living in Dorset:

- children and young people aged 0 to 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

- parents and carers of children and young people with SEND

- We can also advise staff working with SEND pupils on matters of legislation.


Newsletters & Useful Information
School Meals
Breakfast and After School Club
Extra-Curricular Clubs
DASP Music & Instrument Lessons
Cheselbourne School Friends (CSF)
Forest School / Outdoor learning

Pupil zone

Curriculum - Subject Information
School Day
Curriculum - Inspiring a Lifetime Love of Learning
Home Learning
School Houses
Green Team
Cheselbourne Student Voice
Links & Games
Our School Garden


Key Dates
  • Sun 21 Jul
  • Mon 22 Jul
  • Tue 23 Jul
  • Wed 24 Jul
  • Thu 25 Jul
  • Fri 26 Jul
  • Sat 27 Jul