New all-weather play area

Rackenford Primary new all-weather play area

Pupils will be able to play outside come rain or shine now, thanks to a new all-weather play area.

A neglected corner of the playground has been transformed to accommodate the new space, which is made of artificial grass and a rubberised track for scooters and trikes.

Following a successful bid by the school’s Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA), the project will be funded by the Batsworthy Cross Wind Farm Community Benefit fund (administered by Devon Community Foundation). The grant will also cover the costs for new scooters and trikes, as well as a shed to store them.

Rackenford Primary School Reception and Year 1 class teacher, Sharon Hagley, is delighted with the project: “The new all-weather play area will transform a part of the playground which does get very waterlogged, into a space that is usable all year round.

“As a school we strive to promote physical and emotional well being for our children, and a great way to achieve this is through outside play. I can’t wait for the children to start enjoying it and to see the difference it makes to their time outdoors.”

Themed story and craft open morning

Rackenford Primary School open morning

Prospective pupils and their parents or carers can take part in special story time and craft activities at our open morning, taking place on Wednesday 15 November.

The event will be themed around the book ‘The Owl That Was Afraid of the Dark’, listening to the story and creating their own arts and crafts owls. They will tour the school and speak with current reception pupils.

Jo Drake, Head of School at Rackenford Primary, said: “We like to give prospective parents, carers and children a true idea of what our school will be like when they join us. The story time and crafting activities are ones that our current reception pupils do and we hope children who visit us during open morning will enjoy being involved.

“It is also important for parents and carers to see the school in action and the facilities on offer, so we ensure that everyone gets a tour of the school and a chance to speak to current pupils about their own experiences. We look forward to meeting everyone on the day.”

Our open morning will take place between 9:30am and 10:30am. Anyone interested in attending should call the school on 01884 881 354 or contact

Auction of promises

auction of promises

Mid-Devon businesses support Rackenford Primary

An Auction of Promises that took place in May has raised enough money to complete the funding commitment to the school’s new classroom, which opened in March.

The auction at the Rackenford Club saw teachers, parents and members of the local community turn out to support the village school. Mid-Devon businesses and members of the local community donated a range of prizes for the auction, including Bideford-based The Big Sheep and Quince Honey Farm in South Molton, both donating admission tickets.

Overall the event raised £6,040 through the auction, a raffle and donations. The amount is enough to cover the school’s remaining funding commitment to the build of the new classroom.

Kate Dunning, Head of School, said: “When the new classroom opened in March there was still some outstanding funding for the school to find, so we are extremely happy that this has been fulfilled in just one evening. We are very lucky to have such a supportive local community that helped us to reach this point.”

Helen Hyland, Foundation Governor, said: “We are overwhelmed with the generosity of everyone who attended the auction, and would like to thank everyone for their donations and support. The classroom was much needed extra space for the school, and both the children and teachers have been enjoying the extra resources it has provided.”