Message from our Head Teacher

Welcome to Haydonleigh Primary School’s website and to a school where ‘I am talented, together we are amazing’ underpins our philosophy.

We provide a secure and happy environment where the work is varied and challenging and every child and adult is valued. We set the children and ourselves high standards to enable every child to develop his or her potential to the full and become confident learners.

All parents are very welcome at Haydonleigh, and we see home and school working together as very important for your child.

Our website will give you a flavour of our school’s aims, the activities that the children are involved in, the achievements that we have gained and the wealth of memorable experiences that the children encounter.

I hope you enjoy the website and if you'd like to visit the school, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Frances Billinge

I am talented, together we are amazing !

Headteacher's Blog


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May 2017

Empathy is often neatly summed up as ‘putting yourself in someone else’s shoes’.  Click here to read more.

March 2017

I have been informed that a parent within our school community recently raced into Morrisons carpark, leapt out of their car and preceded to the school gate, having knowingly heard and ignored a local resident politely point out that their car was now blocked in. I am in disbelief that the parent continued into school and did not pause to move their car!

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January 2017

In a world where emoji’s are beginning to replace words and expressions — conveying a message to someone has taken on a new meaning. Public settings have become a little less chatty and it’s not uncommon to find rows of people in the bent-neck, plugged-in posture.

A lack of human-to-human communication, eye-contact and minimal speech are fast becoming the norm.


As a child who grew up in the 70s, my playtime consisted of board games, toys, friends, parents and a lot of human-to-human interaction. Today’s children are mostly consumed with playing on tablets or smartphones, not communicating with each other.


In answer to the question recently asked in class ‘has anyone ever done yoga?’ a child actually answered ‘yes, on my ipad’.


Verbal communication provided by human-to-human or parent-to-child interaction is critical for learning and language development. As electronic devices begin to take on the role of pacifiers, it’s important for parents to become more aware of their child’s communication health.

September 2016

Time is a commodity that we all take for granted, opportunities can sometimes pass us by. Click here to find out why I'm cross with myself for not acting in a timely manner.

March 2016

Having previously written about the importance of valuing the ‘whole child’ my mind shifts to how do we grow and nurture the citizens of the future? Let’s face it, it’s in our best interests as adults to get it right and prepare our children for life in modern Britain and supporting us through our retirement!

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January 2016

I have found a new personal interest – mindfulness.

November 2015

It’s not all about testing!  My perspective on the importance of educating the whole child.

September 2015

The positive power of social media

February 2015

At Haydonleigh School we work hard to promote British Values and help children develop a sense of identity within a diverse population. As part of this work a team of year 5 children recently took part in a debating competition. Click here to find out more.

October 2014

At Haydonleigh we have high expectations of good behaviour both inside and outside the classroom. Recent visitors to our school, including a school improvement advisor from Wiltshire note the positive learning culture. Please click above to read more.

September 2014

Welcome back to our wonderful school! The builders have moved on to their next project, leaving us with just a few final touches to be completed soon. The beds at the front of school will be rotivated and seeded as soon as the weather looks like it will support the growth of the new grass. We are so pleased with the building and looking forward to the year ahead.

June 2014

The SLT have been FISHING! The FISH philosophy is a powerful tool that enables you to love the work you do. We have taken and developed many of the ideas encompassed in the book to work with both staff and children. Please click above to find out more.

Monday 20th January 2014 - Children's Vision Day

As part of our journey from a two form entry school to three, we have been looking at our values and vision.  All staff attended a ‘Vision Day’ back in October and were joined by Governors, PTA and volunteers who help in our school.  Please click above to find out more.

 Friday 6th December 2013 - Haydonleigh School Council, future leaders in the making!

 Please read on to find out how School Councillors have been thinking about leadership, famous leaders past and present and leadership skills and qualities....

Monday 18th November 2013 - The Art Of Being Brilliant

 'Being Brilliant is for anyone who has a passion to make the most of what they've been given.

The underlying message is blindingly simple:  Why settle for anything less than being yourself, brilliantly?' Andy Cope