Guyhirn C of E Primary School


Welcome to our school website - we hope you enjoy finding out about our wonderful school. 


 Guyhirn C of E Primary School is a small village church school which prides itself in being an extremely safe, caring and a happy place for all our pupils, parents, staff and governors.

The school has a warm, welcoming atmosphere and is a place where everyone cares for and looks after each other. We are committed to enabling our pupils to achieve the best possible outcomes and throughout 2013-2014 our school is focussing its development around 5 simple statements:


  • Valuing each other
  • Developing positive attitudes to learning
  • Working together
  • Reaching high standards of achievement
  • Celebrating success 

     Our main priorities for 2013-2014 are to raise attainment and to accelerate pupils' progress in English and maths.

    We aim to do this by:-

    • Raising expectations of what children can achieve
    • Ensuring staff use assessment information effectively so that work is consistently well matched to ability, especially for more able pupils.
    • Extending opportunities for pupils to use their writing and mathematical skills in other subjects.
    • Improving reading skills, particularly early reading skills.
    • Embedding the "Big Write" programme throughout the school.
    • Improving teachers' marking, so it clearly indicates how pupils can do better.
    • Involving pupils in responding to marking so that they can gain from the helpful guidance of teachers.


    Parents are encouraged to be part of their child’s learning journey and participate in the range of activities available or become part of our active F.R.O.G.S (Friends of Guyhirn School) group.

    As Guyhirn Primary School’s Acting Head teacher I have experienced the quality of the school’s welcome, hospitality and Christian ethos first hand. As a prospective parent or visitor I know that you will always receive a warm welcome should you choose to visit our school.


    Pupils learn from a wonderful team of staff and have plenty of exciting experiences for outdoor and indoor learning as well as a wide selection of after school activities. These are delivered by a range of staff including specialist teachers of drama, music and physical education.
  I hope you enjoy exploring our website! 

Sally-Anne Barnard-Taylor
Acting Headteacher







Thank you to all those parents who managed to attend this meeting.  The feedback was very positive.  For those of you who were unable to attend, the main points covered at the meeting are listed below:-

Teaching Staff – Current position
Mrs Sands (Headteacher) – Continuing adoption leave
Mr Barron (Executive Headteacher) – Continuing role
Mrs Barnard-Taylor (Acting Headteacher) – Continuing role
Mrs Milnthorpe (Cubs Classteacher) – Continuing role
Mrs Higgins (Tigers Temporary Classteacher) – Continuing role
Mrs Marsden (Tigers Classteacher) – Sick leave/Maternity leave
Mr Hill (Lions Temporary Classteacher) – From January

The school hopes to appoint an Assistant Headteacher from Easter. In addition to the support being provided by the staff of Lionel Walden School, there are Local Authority advisers supporting Guyhirn, with the focus being on English and Mathematics.  Together, we are working to improve the quality of teaching and learning to increase pupils’ attainment and progress across the whole school.  It is important that all pupils fulfil their potential.

Teaching Assistants sometimes provide cover for classes.  This is common in schools.  Our Teaching Assistants are experienced and know our pupils.  They are able to ensure that school routines and procedures are followed.

Professional Development:

Teachers and Teaching Assistants have attended a comprehensive programme of training throughout the whole of the Autumn Term.  This has included the following areas:-

Assessing Pupils’ Writing
Improving Marking
Guided Work
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling.

Staff are committed to the school and continue to work hard to make the necessary improvements.  There have been changes in staffing over recent years and options can sometimes be limited.  However, the school leaders make decisions based on the question, ‘What is best for the children?’ Communication between the school and parents is actively encouraged.  The Acting Headteacher welcomes parents in to discuss any concerns or to hear about achievements.  The door is always open!




Important Information Regarding Current Staffing.


4th February, 2014
Dear Parents
I am writing to inform you that Mrs Justine Sands has decided to resign from her post as Headteacher of this school, with effect from 30th April, 2014. The Governing Body will be discussing this matter very shortly and you will, of course, be kept informed of proceedings. We wish Mrs Sands and her family all the very best for their future together.
I am also able to update you in relation to the new post of Assistant Headteacher. This post has been re-advertised with a starting date of September, 2014, in the hope of attracting a larger field of applicants.
Mr Barry Evans, who currently teaches here on Tuesdays, will be leaving us at Easter.His last working day will be Tuesday 1st April, 2014. We wish Mr Evans all the very best in his other teaching roles at other settings and in the planning of his wedding.
Mr Hill and Mrs Higgins will continue to teach in Lions Class and Tigers Class respectively, until the end of the school year.
I shall keep you updated but, if you have any questions in the mean time, please do not hesitate in contacting me.
Yours sincerely
S A Barnard-Taylor (Mrs)
Acting Headteacher