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The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge


The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge is the largest schools enterprise challenge in the UK,

The challenge has been delivered to over 100,000 young people from over 200 schools from across the UK. The full year group programme has received high profile support from the likes of Theo Paphitis and Lord Sugar and businesses such as Ryman, OCR, Staffordshire University, Alton Towers, Gandys, 3AAA, Inspiring Learning and NCS. The full day challenge is delivered by A expert team of facilitators.

The students work on the challenges set by real life businesses. Guided by the expert team the day culminates in the students pitching their ideas for the chance to represent their school at the National Finals. The finals day is a true celebration of enterprise. The students will get the opportunity to pitch their ideas again before exploring the finals venue, taking part in activities and having some much needed refreshments. The judging at this point is done by external business people and they have to win a judging pool to make it onto stage to pitch their main judges at the finals.

The afternoon offers high quality entertainment, ‘The Final Challenge Pitches’ and a Q&A with their special guest ambassador all before the winning schools are announced. Win or lose the challenge helps to develop the key skills young people need for the world of work and shows them
there is no limit to what can be achieved.

Today 23 pupils were lucky enough to take part in this challenge. A day of team work, ideas and fantastic creativity took place and all students gained excellent experience from the project. We had some fantastic presentations and the pupils overcame many anxieties and stood at the front of the class and pitched their ideas.

We had a winning team chosen to represent the academy at the finals in July with a great pitch and look forward to continuing the journey and learning even more skills.

I just want to say how proud I am of everyone of the pupils that took part, they represented the Academy brilliantly.

Inspiring, Welcoming, Fantastic, Fun!

These were some of the words used to describe the academy last week by a group of 10 visiting Music trainees from Bath Spa University. The trainees joined us for three days and followed a packed timetable of: observing lessons, supporting pupils, leading workshops and learning about good SEND practice. The highlight of the week was assembly where the trainees joined together to become the band ‘Loose Change’. There was a dazzling array of instruments from drums to flutes to the biggest saxophone we had ever seen!  There was lots of clapping and even some dancing!

When asked to describe the academy in one word, the trainees said:

  • Inspiring
  • Resilience
  • Welcoming
  • Fantastic
  • Patience
  • Fun
  • Eclectic
  • Enriching
  • Positive

The trainees also commented:

“The calm and informed manner in which all staff approach challenging situations has provided a great model for working with children with SEND in my own practice.”

“Staff here seem so friendly and happy”

“Children and staff really seem to enjoy being here- great atmosphere.”

“The school feels relaxed, friendly and fun.”

We look forward to welcoming Drama trainees from Bath Spa University next week.

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“Pleased that he is learning and writing. In previous school he played all day 1:1 with adult no mixing with others.”

“He has made social progress and is the happiest he has ever been.”

“His confidence in his own ability has grown so much. He is an intelligent boy and just needed to be taught in a way he understands.”

“Yes, very happy. Blown away with how he is doing. Living a normal life. They have the old **** back.”

“Yes, 100% very happy with placement and how K_____ has settled in.”

“So settled.”

“Wants to come to school.”

“Happy with placement.”

“Different person – very happy where she is.”

“Settled very well, very quickly.”

Enjoy Colin’s Old Style School Dinner

6.30 for 7pm, Tuesday 7th February 2017

Springfields staff will greet you and give you a tour of our academy, which provides life-transforming education and care for young people with autism and other complex social and learning difficulties.

Colin Lugg, the school chef and his staff, will then serve you a fine example of “Old Style School Dinners”



Beef and Vegetable Hot Pot with Scallop Potatoes


Cauliflower Cheese and Caramelized Shallots Hot Pot

Roast Parsnips, Boiled Cabbage & Minted Carrots,

Old Style Sticky Toffee Pudding and Custard


Sherry Trifle and Cream

Cheese & Fruit Hedgehog with Savoury Biscuits


Over coffee or tea, Victoria Nye will talk briefly about her first year as a Springfields Governor.

Also there will be a raffle with excellent prizes!

You are promised a fascinating evening with lots of fun and good lumpy custard!

A £15.00 per person, donation would be appreciated. Proceeds will go to special projects to support Springfields pupil’s education.

If you wish to attend, please inform Colin Lugg. Tel. No. 01249 814125 or e-mail

Donations of £15.00 [or more] can be made below, or paid on the night.

Cheques are payable to The Springfields Academy please and sent to Colin Lugg, The Springfields Academy, Curzon Street, Calne, Wiltshire, SN110DS.

It’s been great to get back and see everyone and get 2017 off to a flying start.

Dear Parent / Carer

Happy New Year!

It’s been great to get back and see everyone and get 2017 off to a flying start. We have great plans to make the Academy better than ever.

Our new year resolutions are to:

  • Further meet pupil need,  ensuring  all our pupil’s make the best possible progress
  • Improve communication and collaboration across all staffing to maximise the impact of all our expertise for our pupils.
  • Develop fantastic maths support across the whole Academy so that all staff are working to develop this vital life skill.

We’ll also keep on working to improve

  • communication with parents/ carers and pupils.
  • Our co-ordinated  approach to Healthy Schools (including listening to  Pupil Voice and Staff well-being).
  • Utilisation of all Academy facilities and resources.
  • Enhance the Academy’s reputation with all stake holders and the wider community.

We’ve had a great start, this week to our breakfast club with pupils enjoying the healthy range on offer. We’ll strive to be a healthier school all round in 2017.

We’ve also begun planning an exciting range of trips and activities for the Spring and summer. The legendary camping trips will be re-occurring!

Next week, to further support us , we’ve got Bath Spa University trainees in to develop their knowledge and share their energy and drive.

Everywhere you look, confidence is up and all staff are ready for the challenges and excitement of the year ahead.

I hope that you had a great Christmas and are looking forward to working with us through 2017.

Note there is an open evening for Parents / Carers on January 18 1630-1930. I hope that you can join us then, to discuss both your child’s care plan and progress.

Kind regards

Jon Hamp

A great way to end the term after such a busy and successful year.

What a great way to end the term after such a busy and successful year.  I received many messages of support at the end of the year, one from the Local Authority that thanked Springfields for its ability to ‘go all out’ to support our pupils. That is what we’ve been doing and what we will continue to do , even better, in 2017.

Aside from simply celebrating Christmas, it was a great week for showing the development of our social skills in the community, an essential element of our work.  Firstly , I was so impressed by the attitude and behaviour of all those who attended our Carol service at St Marys on Tuesday. It was lovely to see so many parents there too, to hear the beautiful singing. Many , many thanks to the Rev Bob Kenway for allowing us once again to be gathered in at St Marys, and to David Bevan for his fabulous organ playing .

On Wednesday , Springfields was out and about ; at Bristol Zoo, At Longleat, in the West Woods, skating and making the most of many local establishments.

We ended the week with a Christmas dinner for us all, and a rousing chorus of ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’. Especially for the wonders of our dinner, can I take opportunity to thank our Catering staff for a very long shift. It has been a year in which all teams ; admin, care, cleaners, drivers, governors, laundry,  maintenance, nightcare and teachers have ‘gone all out’. Thank you.

Last but not least can I take opportunity to thank all our external friends and supporters, particularly,  Devizes Rotary, for their generous support throughout the year and specifically for the kind donation of three Christmas hampers..

With the improvements that have been made throughout 2016; (to our environment , to our teaching and knowledge of our pupils and what they need most, to our record keeping and monitoring ) with the developments that are currently being led and managed, and our deep understanding of what we must do next to further improve, the Academy ends 2016 in a strong position; ready to positively present itself to the community, strong enough to expand and reflective in its practices.

Can I thank you all for your support, your commitment, and at times your patience. We will strive to continue to improve in all our communications with you.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy 2017. We start again on January 3.

Kind regards

Jon Hamp



Winter is coming….

And the students of Springfields, showing thier true resilience, built the winter classroom. Using a parachute as a canopy, they cut all the Hazel needed for the main support and surrounding poles to get the shelter up. They also built a fence and lashed all the poles together. Not one nail was needed in the process. All the LOTC classes contributed to the task, as a result we now have a classroom for the winter!!

Our first cohort of First Aiders has also been completed and have covered the primary survey used to assess an emergency situation.

Identifying and managing risk has also been an intergeral part of every lesson. We have been filling in the risk assement sheets and embeding the practice into the ethos of LOTC.

The film shows some of the things we have done this term……

Happy Christmas 2016

To all our Parents/Carers, Staff, Governors and especially to all our Students of Springfields Academy.

Happy Christmas 2016!

Enjoy and stay safe over the festive holidays and see you all in the New Year!

Steve, Vicki & Andy