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. 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 2017 OFSTED graded our school GOOD and our positive report states:

‘Pupils are enthusiastic about learning. They welcome visitors warmly, are keen to share their work and speak confidently about their learning and what they need to do to improve further. They focus well in class and are respectful of others’ views and responses. Pupils enjoy school. One parent, typical of many, commented that her children ‘run into school in the morning’.

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

Government guidance on if you have symptoms of COVID-19


CVS child protection policy – September 2021

CVS child protection summary for all visiting professionals


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 PE kits are needed on Monday (children in Y1-4 only. Please come to school in PE kit with uniform in a bag to change into afterwards) and Friday (all children. They will change into kits during the day, ready for PE in the afternoon).

Wrap around care options


Please see CVS Breakfast and AS Club for more information.

Term dates 2021-2022

Autumn term 2021

Thursday 2 September 2021 – Inset day 1 (school closed for children)

Friday 3 September 2021 – Children return for autumn term 2021

Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 October 2021 – Inset days 2-4 (school closed for children)

Autumn half term – Monday 25 to Friday 29 October 2021

Monday 1 November 2021 – Start of second half of autumn term

Friday 17 December 2021 – Last day of autumn term

Christmas holidays – Monday 20 to Friday 31 December 2021

(Monday 3 January 2022 – Bank holiday)

Spring term 2022

Tuesday 4 January 2022 – Children return for spring term 2022

Spring half term – Monday 21 to Friday 25 February 2022

Monday 28 February 2022 – Inset day 5 (school closed for children)

Tuesday 1 March 2022 – Start of second half of spring term

Friday 8 April 2022 – Last day of spring term

Easter holidays  Monday 11 to Friday 22 April 2022

Summer term 2022

Monday 25 April 2022 – Children return for summer term 2022

(Monday 2 May 2022 – May bank holiday 2022)

Summer half term – Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June 2022

Monday 6 June 2022 – Start of second half of summer term

Friday 22 July 2022 – Last day of summer term

Summer holidays

Our school

Cheselbourne Village School is a first school for children aged 4 to 9 years old, with a pre-school provision called Caterpillars 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.

Scarecrows toddler group & Caterpillar pre-school
Butterfly class – Early Years & Key Stage 1
Kingfisher class – Key Stage 2

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.

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

Pupil zone

School Day
Topic Webs
Home Learning
School Houses
Green Team
Cheselbourne Student Voice
Links & Games
Our School Garden


Key Dates
  • Sun 26 Jun
  • Mon 27 Jun
  • Tue 28 Jun
  • Wed 29 Jun
  • Thu 30 Jun
  • Fri 1 Jul
  • Sat 2 Jul
  • May 2022
  • 28th - Back to school quiz – The Old Brewery Hall, Ansty
  • June 2022
  • 6th - Second half of summer term starts
  • July 2022
  • 22nd - Summer term ends