Category Archives: 2019

The Book Fair Is Coming!

Book Fair

The Book Fair organised by the Travelling Book Company will be visiting Pinewood from Wednesday 6th November to Monday 11th November. This is always a popular event at Pinewood and a busy time in the Library. There will be a good range of quality paperback fiction suitable for all ages. Pinewood benefits from the Fair by earning commission on every sale, in the form of free books for the libraries.

Pre-Prep Opening Times:

The Book Fair will be open in the Multi-Purpose Room at the following times for parents to visit with children to buy books. Monies can be added to the school bill and cash or cheques are  also accepted.

Wednesday 6th November from 8.10am – 8.40am

Thursday 7th November from 8.10am – 8.40am

Friday 8th November from 8.10am – 8.40am and from 3.00pm – 3.45pm

Prep Opening Times:

All children in the Prep School will visit the Book Fair in the Boddington Library with their English classes. They can choose a book if they would like to (if consent was given when completing the consents forms on the Parent Portal. If you are unsure about consents, please e-mail the library for clarification:

The Prep School Book Fair will also be open to parents at the following times:

Thursday 7th November 7.50am – 8.10am and 4.15pm – 5.30pm

Friday 8th November 7.50am – 8.10am

Thank you for supporting the Book Fair.

Friends of Pinewood Charities 2019/20

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In a change to previous years Friends of Pinewood asked the pupils to choose the charities they would like FOP to support this year; they were encouraged to stay local, and so each house in the Prep School, plus the whole of Pre-Prep have selected their own charities to benefit from FOP donations. We are delighted to announce that the children have chosen the following charities to support this academic year:

Postbridge  – Swindon Night Shelter

Swindon Night Shelter seeks to serve those who are homeless, vulnerable and struggling in our area. They run a Night Shelter every Friday night for anyone who is homeless, where they offer a hot meal, a chance to shower and a bed for the night. There’s an opportunity to relax, chat, receive advice about help and support in the week. They also work closely with the other services in Swindon to provide signposting and support for their guests throughout the week. In addition they run a day centre for those who are homeless, vulnerable and struggling in the Swindon area, as well as working with local supermarkets and other businesses in Swindon, to collect and distribute charitable surplus to those who need and can use it.

Motcombe – Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary

The Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary admits & rehomes around 500 animals every year. Since opening in 1967, they have proudly managed to help over 26,000 animals find their forever home. At any one time, they have around 50 dogs, 70 cats and kittens, plus a number of rabbits. They also care for their permanent guests of goats and a horse called Ben. They were founded to be inclusive, understanding and a place where any animal was welcome. Many of their animals come from difficult backgrounds; some arrive with acute behavioural needs and some have immediate medical needs. They deal with each case individually and start by earning their trust and understanding their needs. They will never put a healthy animal down and work to find each one a forever home; where this is not possible, the Sanctuary becomes their home and staff and volunteers give them as close to a pet’s life as possible.

Melchet – Pennyhooks Farm Trust

Pennyhooks Farm Trust provides a unique experience for young people and adults on the Autistic Spectrum: a meaningful, working life on a beautiful, small, organic beef farm, situated on the Oxfordshire and Wiltshire border. Pennyhooks welcomes 50 children and young adults with ASC every week. Some attend weekly, others daily, depending on their needs. All are offered many opportunities to develop social and working skills. Skills such as being part of a team, listening to and following instructions, practising and persevering, through learning a wide range of practical skills and work based activities in animal care, conservation, horticulture, woodwork, rural crafts, baking and more. Our students are given the opportunity both to develop specialisms in particular areas of interest or aptitude and to try new activities and skills.

Farnborough – Threshold

Threshold is a local, independent charity which provides short, medium and long term accommodation to single, homeless people in Swindon. The charity provides a Street Outreach Service, offering support and advice to single homeless individuals and to those threatened with homelessness, and 3 general needs supported accommodation resettlement schemes. Each year over 750 people access their services for advice, support, advocacy or accommodation.

Pre-Prep – Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre

Oak & Furrows aims to provide care for wild animals in need, so that they can be returned to the wild fit and healthy for a second chance. They operate a 24 hour Wildlife Rescue Service, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. Annually the centre takes in over 3,000 wildlife casualties and receives between 6 and 7,000 telephone calls for help and advice, all this achieved by a dedicated team of people comprising of staff, volunteers, friends and supporters, without whom it would not be possible.

In addition to the above charities, we continue to have strong links with Bishopstone Primary School, and we sponsor animals at the Cotswold Wildlife Park and a young student in India through World Vision, as well as donating to ongoing projects at Pinewood (such as the new Outdoor Classroom).

Friends of Pinewood would like to thank the whole Pinewood community for your ongoing support at the events we hold – we couldn’t do it without  you! We look forward to seeing you at Bonfire Night on Friday 1st November!

New Outdoor Classroom!

Outdoor classroom

If you go down to the woods today …

… you’ll find Pinewood’s new outdoor classroom!

Have you discovered Pinewood’s new outdoor classroom? Funded by Friends of Pinewood, it’s hidden away in a magical copse of trees at the very bottom of the playing fields.

Nettles have been cleared, the tree canopy made safe, tons of woodchip laid and an enchanted learning area created. Complete with composting loos, a firepit, benches, bug hotels, and even hand-made bunting, the area is protected by a huge parachute, strung from the trees so it can be used in all weathers.

As many of the building materials as possible are recycled from the woods and grounds of Pinewood, and the composting loos have been constructed with discarded pallets from the building site in the main school.

We couldn’t have done it without the expertise of Johno and Becky Kimberley, and Rob Tyler, who run the Cotswold Forest School near South Cerney. We brought them in to advise us on location and then to create and construct the site. It is their passion and creativity that has transformed this once-forgotten copse into a beautiful outdoor classroom that all of our children will benefit from for years to come.

Huge thanks go to Friends of Pinewood for funding this exciting new area for the school, and also to Phil Overson, Adam and the rest of the Pinewood grounds team for their support, generosity and manpower throughout.

The outdoor classroom will be officially opened just before Half Term. Do take the time to walk down there and see it for yourself!

Old Pinewoodian 1940s and 50s Lunch

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We were delighted to welcome back Old Pinewoodians from the 1940s and 50s for lunch at Pinewood on Saturday.

Many had stayed in touch, but for some it was the first time they had seen each other or the school since leaving Pinewood over 60 years ago. We very much enjoyed hearing all their tales of life at Pinewood in the 40s and 50s, particularly the stories from the time some had spent at Postbridge, on Dartmoor, where Pinewood was evacuated to for some of the war years.

We look forward to seeing other Old Pinewoodians at future reunions. If you would like to be contacted about reunion events, please email the Alumni Officer, Nicky Dingle on

For more photos from the event, please go to the Photo Gallery.

Fencing Golds at Wiltshire County Youth Championships

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Congratulations to both Lottie J (epee) and Ben T (foil) for winning Wiltshire County Gold, having both fenced up an age category last weekend. Both fencers were undefeated with Lottie fencing against a mixed U14 group and Ben fencing at U16 and U18 – another great achievement!

Gold medals were also achieved for Olivia K (U10 girls sabre) and Arthur GR (U10 boys foil and sabre). Arthur went on to win the Boy-at-Arms for the best results in all weapons and Georgia L achieved the same honour for the girls, getting to the finals in all three weapons and coming away with Silver each time.

Full results are:

Ben T – U16 boys foil gold
Lottie J – U12 girls epee gold
Olivia K – U10 girls sabre gold, epee bronze, foil bronze
Eva S– U10 girls foil 7th
Georgia L – U10 girls sabre silver, epee silver, foil silver & Girl-at-Arms
Brett N – U12 boys epee bronze
Angus B – U12 boys epee bronze
Arthur GR – U10 boys sabre gold, epee 5th, foil gold & Boy-at-Arms
George W-C – U10 boys epee silver
Joao Filipe R – U10 boys epee bronze, foil 6th
Hugo F – U10 boys foil 5th

Well done to you all!

Ridgeway Run 2019

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We were delighted to sponsor the Children’s Run at this year’s Ridgeway Run in aid of Lambourn Riding for the Disabled Association.

We are very proud of all the Pinewood runners who took part. Well done in particular to the Pinewood adult 10 mile team, who came first, with Mr Newcome coming first overall. Many congratulations also to Emily LT and George L, who came 1st Girl and 1st Boy in the 5 mile race – a tremendous achievement!

Build A Bridge STEM Challenge

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The Library has been buzzing this week with children eager to put their budding engineering skills to the test. They were tasked with building a bridge with just one sheet of paper. Using all their engineering knowledge they designed arches, beams, trusses and even had a go at a suspension bridge. The children quickly realised that the strength of the bridge depended on shape and they tested their bridge design by seeing how many pennies it could support.

It was great to see children from Year 3 to Year 8 having a go. Congratulations to Freddie S, Will W, Sonny N and Aadi T who topped the Library leader-board. Their bridge was able to hold 243 pennies before collapsing! Well done to everyone who took part!

More photos can be found in the Event Gallery.

Tatler Schools Guide

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We are delighted to have been included in the Tatler Schools Guide 2020 and very proud of our Headmaster, Philip Hoyland, whose 38 years in education were recognised with The Lifetime Achievement Award!

Please click here to read our review.

Welcome Back!

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We welcome everyone back to Pinewood for the start of another busy and exciting year! We extend a particular welcome to all our new pupils and members of staff, who we know will very quickly feel part of the Pinewood family.