Harvington C of E First and Nursery School

‘Together we love, learn and grow’

What our visitors say

My son's current school talk about values but this is something else, it is clear they are completely embedded and the life of the school.

Visiting parent.



Thank you again for showing us around your beautiful school. It didn’t need the children there to feel like a special place. I can only imagine what it is like when all the children are there. 

Visiting parent


I have never visited a school where the children have shown such respect and good manners, they were asking me how I was in reply to me asking them.

Visiting Nurse

I just wanted to let you know how much my daughter has enjoyed Bikeability this week. I wasn’t sure how much she would get out of it as we’ve done quite a bit of cycling, especially in lockdown so she’s quite used to cycling on the roads - but she’s absolutely loved it and definitely learnt a lot.

She even asked if we could go for a ride round the village tonight so she could show me what she’s learnt!

Please could you pass on our thanks to everyone involved.

I think it’s been lovely for them to do something normal, a Y5 rite of passage! Especially since they missed Kingswood.



Just wanted to say a huge thank you to all involved for the support today for my son trying a hot dinner! He’s so proud of himself! He’s also looking forward to going through the menu over the weekend to see which other days he would like to try!



I just wanted to drop you a note to say a big thankyou for putting on the Movie Night on Friday.

My son loved it as did all the other children. It was great to see them all out and excited.

 It was very generous to give up your Friday evening to do this and it was really appreciated by us all.

 Thanks again



I just wanted to let you know how much my son enjoyed the litter pick today.  He has told me all about the different things the lady has found and how someone had found over a million cigarette butts in just a mile of one beach! 

He was so inspired, that we have just bought a litter picker from Argos so he can do some litter picks when we take the dog out for a walk. 

What a great activity! Thank you. 

We're off to pick it up now.


Can I say how lovely Reception class were today when carrying out eye tests  - Orthoptist


Just to say thank you for making the first day back such a roaring success. My daughter has returned shattered but full of beans having clearly had a wonderful day thanks to you all.
The extra little note via the app to say that everyone was happy and chatty this morning was very much appreciated too. Parent


"I take my hat off to you and everyone at the school for how the home learning has been communicated etc etc, you are all juggling so much and still smiling - it’s unbelievable!" Parent


Dear Mrs Fishbourne and all the staff working behind the scenes. 

Just to say we think you are all doing a fabulous job of keeping the school up and running in such difficult times. The online lectures and the course work comes through nicely on the website and teachers are quick to reply to messages… and I expect they have hundreds throughout the day! 

Wonderful to hear that you still have time to hand out laptops, and collect for food banks and all. 

Well done everyone, we’re all very impressed here. 

We’re so grateful for all. 



Good afternoon Miss Palmer

I just wanted to say a huge thank you from myself and my child. My child is loving school at the moment and I know it's down to all your (extra) hard work. I appreciate how much extra work you are doing in these uncertain times but I want you to know it's not gone unnoticed and I really appreciate it. My child is also so engaged when at home doing live lessons and looks forward to them.

Thank you to all of the Year 3 team!


Hello Mrs Fishbourne,

I just wanted to thank you and your wonderful staff for giving my children a brilliant first day back. They have both come out full of smiles and for a parent in tears over worrying if I'm doing the right thing and feeling guilty almost for being a Key Worker now means so much and I'm truly grateful. Please would you pass on my thanks to Miss Boers and Mrs Waldron.

Kind regards,



Hi Miss Beaver

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and were able to actually enjoy some much 

deserved time off.
I suspect that, unfortunately, you have had to spend more time than usual preparing for the spring 

term. We just wanted to say a massive thank you for everything you have done for the children and will 

no doubt continue to do whether that's in the class room or helping us to home school which we suspect 

could be coming our way again.
As working parents we are extremely grateful to all Harvington staff for continuing to open the 

school and allow the children to attend. We recognise this comes at a risk to all involved and can't 

tell you how much we appreciate what you are doing.
Equally, if the decision is made to close Harvington, whether through choice or enforced, we 

absolutely support the school.
Throughout the whole pandemic, we have been so impressed with how you have all adapted and 

coped with the additional pressure and how hard everyone has worked to keep the children as safe as they

 realistically can be while at school.
Who knows what lies ahead but we've no doubt you will all continue to do the amazing job you do 

and we as parents will continue to be so very grateful.
A million thank you's to you all.

Year 1 Parents


Just to say a big thank you to you and all the staff for making my daughter's last week of term absolutely wonderful. You really went to great lengths to make it memorable and fun. Thanks so much for the pictures too. It’s wonderful to see what they are up to too!!! Year 2 Parent


Many thanks to you and the team for making this last week so special and Christmassy for the children - my daughter absolutely loved all the activities. Have a lovely Christmas! Year 2 Parent


Dear Miss Kite and Mrs Clark, thank you both so much for giving the children such a wonderful Christmas week!! So many activities and surprises and fun!!
It makes the world magical as it should be!!
Wishing you both a very Merry and healthy Christmas x Year 2 Parent

My son has had the best week in school. He loved the visit from the reindeer and the classroom party! I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and the Year 3 team for making all this happen! Regardless of what is going on in the world and all the changes that have had to happen you are still able to make school a fun place to be.

Thank you for having such a huge positive impact on all our children at this time.

I wish you and your team a very merry Christmas and I hope you have a wonderful break as you deserve it. Parent


Just to say thank you, my daughter had the best day today - who knew Reindeer were so exciting!! Best day of her life apparently. Parent



We just wanted to say a huge thank you for all the effort and hard work that everyone has put into making the school such a happy and safe place since returning fully in September.

Mrs Fishbourne, we know what a challenging time this has been under unprecedented circumstances and we thank you for the excellent management of the school.


This was the reply from our neighbour to my son's lockdown letter:

"I feel proud to have him as a neighbour, I've put his letter on the fridge, I will get him a thank you present when I'm in town."


Dear Mrs Fishbourne 

Please see attached photograph of John receiving Karina's lockdown letter that she wrote at school.  John was overwhelmed when he read it & it did make him smile.  I am part of John's caring bubble as his own daughter lives a few miles away.  Karina & I regularly visit John with homemade cakes.

John & I would like to send a big thank you to all the staff at Harvington School for helping the children write lockdown letters. What a lovely idea. Parent

My son came home telling us all about Stay Safe Online Day including how if someone tries to be your friend online you shouldn’t be friends with them because they’d watched a video about a chick who thought they were making friends with a chick and it was a fox. I thought it was a very good way to communicate this important message and age-appropriate for Y1. Parent
I  am in awe of how well all the staff have reacted to the problems inherent and their dedication. Governor

Thank you for sharing all of these lovely observations from my daughter's life at school, we are so pleased that she is progressing with her learning and is enjoying herself. Thank you :) Parent (Evidence Me)


It’s lovely seeing these videos of her learning in school. She is really enjoying sharing what she has done at school. Parent (Evidence Me)

'I am both humbled and in awe at the dedication teachers and all support staff have shown to continue to support the children's education at this most disruptive time.' Community Resident


"It's wonderful that you are managing to get the whole school back for some much needed school time for all the children, such a positive 'can do' attitude." Volunteer 


"The planning and dedication that goes into opening the school and teaching our children." Parent


"I think Harvington have been exceptional in their communication, support and organisation in a very difficult time for all."  Parent 


"They absolutely love being back at school at both the key worker group & back in the classroom with their teachers. I am so lucky to have such kind, willing & lovely people looking after my girls." Parent


"What this journal also shows is just how much work the Reception Team have put in and how much value you have all added to the children's education and emotional development. We can't thank you all enough for all that you have done to make my child's first year at school such a great experience for him and for us. It really is very much appreciated." Parent


"Colleagues who have visited your school confirm that the pupils' attitudes to their work and their behaviour in lessons is exceptionally good."

"Thank you for your strong leadership. I am sure you will continue to be ambitious for your school and that you will continue to work to develop outstanding provision." Gail Quinton, Director of Children's Services


"The school values every adult and pupil as an individual. It is highly successful in removing barriers to learning so that all pupils, but particularly those at risk of not doing well, have an equal chance of success." Ofsted


"Firstly, can I say a huge thanks for making my child's first week at nursery 'amazing', I understand what a stressful time it must be for all the teachers and staff and in my opinion have and are doing a fabulous job. Thank you for all you do for all the children." Parent   


"Just wanted to say a huge 'Thank you' to you all. We really appreciate all the hard work you've put in to get the children back to school and safely during this unusual and stressful time. It has certainly improved all our mental health, getting some form of normality back!! 

We are so pleased we sent our daughter to Harvington and are already feeling sad that she only has one year left. 

We hope you all have a well deserved break and look forward to returning in September. 

Thanks so much everyone." Parent

Some messages from our community residents following

'Harvest Basket' deliveries


Today, a group of young children from your school, in the company of their escort, delivered a box full of harvest fare to my door, with admirable politeness.

I wanted you all to know, especially the children, how much such a gift means. I want you to know that I am grateful for the foodstuffs, but - for me - more importantly, how grateful I am for your generous gifts of love, thoughtfulness and kindness.

As a small child, I can recall delivering such parcels myself and the joy I felt watching each persons face alight with a smile. I now understand how it feels to be the recipient of such generosity. Perhaps, as you youngsters grow and mature, you too will eventually be able to see and feel the special difference you make.

When you are disabled, in pain or elderly, it is very easy to become isolated and downcast. Just knowing that such love is in this world, makes the isolation and pain less difficult to bear.

So I send you my heartfelt thanks and love for your gifts, with hope that you will continue in such beautiful endeavours. God bless you all.


I would like to thank you all very much for the lovely Harvest box you gave me. I will certainly enjoy everything in it. It was a lovely thought. Love to you all. 


Thank you very much for our Harvest basket, how kind of you to think of us. It was delivered by a teacher and child, accompanied by a cheery smile. We have only recently moved into the village and this visit and gift were a delightful surprise.


What a lovely surprise I had being handed a box with lots of nice goodies that had been decorated with care. I am pleased we have this event in the village, it brings the whole community together. Thank you again.


Thank you boys and girls for your gift of lovely fruit and vegetables and so much more in a beautiful box decorated with autumn leaves.


Thank you so much for my harvest gift in a beautifully decorated basket. The chocolate biscuits were delicious!! The school’s thoughtfulness is much appreciated.


Thank you so much for the lovely harvest basket that you delivered. I try to eat as healthily as I can and I will enjoy the fruit with my morning yoghurt.


Many thanks for our Harvest Basket. It is so lovely to see the staff and children every year. We are grateful that the school remembers the older people in the village. We hope you have a happy autumn term.


Thank you so much for the fruit and veg. I’m going to make some soup and use the cabbage in my Sunday roast. Have a lovely half-term.