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In a traditional setting in rural Somerset, the school is mid-way between the cosmopolitan city of Bath and the popular towns of Bruton and Frome.

The school is at the leading edge in encouraging creativity and in prioritising the well-being of the children. The success of this approach is evident with outstanding results across the board and children moving on to their different senior schools, aged 13, well prepared to make the most of the new opportunities which lie ahead.

Located in a 17th century manor house, well away from the pressures and competitive backdrop that may be facing families in London and the South East, the more relaxed pace of life at All Hallows does not come at the expense of academic rigour; nor does it compromise entry to some of the UK’s more selective senior schools. We not only allow our children the freedom to be children, we are allow them the freedom to be creative in all aspects of school life as well as the freedom to learn.

Whilst traditional in our setting, and in the way we uphold old-fashioned values such as good manners and a consideration for others, we are far from traditional in our approach to education. Questions our staff regularly ask themselves include “how can we preserve the natural curiosity of our younger children”, “how can we maximise the academic attainment of our children whilst minimising their stress?” and “what can we do to help them thrive in their senior schools, at university and beyond?”. Our focus is truly child-centred in the belief that different aspects of a child’s life are mutually reinforcing. Thus, we are simultaneously developing the whole child emotionally, creatively, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Happiness and well-being lie at the heart of every decision we make and our children are secure in the knowledge that it is OK to be themselves. As a result, they are achieving above and beyond expectations. 

Preserving childhood is top of the agenda and to us, this means giving children time to grow at their own pace, allowing them to take risks and make mistakes, nurturing their talents and giving them opportunities to discover passions, helping them develop resilience and make lifelong friendships. This process starts in the nursery and continues right up to the end of Year 8 when the children are eager to move on to senior school and embrace new opportunities.

At All Hallows, we do not judge success by our outstanding scholarship record - 65% of Year 8 pupils going on to schools in the UK in 2018 did so with a scholarship or award - nor by our Common Entrance record where all pupils in recent years gained access to the senior school of their choice. We measure success on a daily basis, at an individual level, where children are pushing personal boundaries and achieving milestones. Qualities we aim to engender in our pupils include compassion, resilience, creativity in thinking, a willingness to take risks and an ability to be inclusive and make friends. Opportunities for responsibility and leadership at the top of the school are an important part of this process, as well as the comprehensive post Common Entrance programme the children enjoy following their exams.

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22 Sep 2022

All Hallows charity colour run!

All Hallows hosted a unique event combining the fun of a colour run, the thrill of an obstacle course, and the atmosphere of a music festival, with the goal of raising money in support of its pupils’ chosen charities.

22 Sep 2022

All Hallows charity colour run!

All Hallows hosted a unique event combining the fun of a colour run, the thrill of an obstacle course, and the atmosphere of a music festival, with the goal of raising money in support of its pupils’ chosen charities.

Pupils and teachers alike were splattered by very willing parent volunteers using rainbow paint as they ran, crawled, and climbed through a series of obstacles, all while making the most of glorious Somerset sunshine - It was a brilliant afternoon which encompassed the spirit of the All Hallows community!

Pupils managed to raise a whopping £3412.66 for their chosen charities; Bibic, a Somerset charity which supports children and young adults with developmental and neurological difficulties, Pink Ribbon Foundation, a trust providing financial support for people who have been affected by breast cancer, and RSPCA.

The sheer joy on pupils' faces made an endless amount of white t-shirt stains all worthwhile, not to mention raising money for three very special charities. The event may have been the first in the History of All Hallows; however, it definitely will not be the last!

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14 Jun 2022

Year 5 Pupil, Sizwile, starts an inclusive IT Club

Year 5 Pupil, Sizwile, starts an inclusive IT Club which is a resounding success. This week, pupils were coding robots to have a dance-off, and next week a robot light show- where do we sign up?!

14 Jun 2022

Year 5 Pupil, Sizwile, starts an inclusive IT Club

Encouraging children to be independent and believe in who they are is a strength of All Hallows, so we cannot tell you how delighted we are when pupils come forward to share their ideas and we are able to support and encourage them to achieve them.

So when Sizwile approached the school and asked if he could start an IT club, of course, we said 'yes- go for it!' Little did we know just how enthusiastic Siz was!

Siz founded the IT club alongside his friend, Billy, after discovering a passion for robotics and coding. Siz put the idea forward to his class teacher, Miss Douglas, who suggested it was initially a club for our year 5s, however, he put forward a compelling case, and Miss Douglas gave the green light for Siz to go ahead and invite all years. Siz said 'when I put my case to her about being inclusive and how amazing it would be to have a girl join, she gave me the green light. She listened to me, and we now have a girl in the club even though she’s in year 6. How amazing is that!'

The IT Club has been consistently held on Thursday lunchtimes since the start of the summer term, and due to its popularity, there is no sign it will be going anywhere anytime soon! Both Year 5 boys take on a teacher role, with Siz taking care of all the logistics, lesson plans and preparation, and Billy offering support and guidance to all pupils who attend. We were amazed at Siz's effort to ensure everyone has a great experience and learns! His organisation ensures each computer is set up before pupils arrive, with a PowerPoint presentation and any other programmes loaded and ready to go. Each presentation contains links to videos, step-by-step guidance, thorough explanations, and photos. There is even a week-by-week lesson plan! This week, pupils were coding robots to have a dance-off, and next week a robot light show- where do we sign up?!

Each pupil also has an M-Bot waiting for them at their desk, so all they have to do is sit down and get stuck in... perfect for optimising a limited lunchtime learning slot!

Both Siz and Billy are incredibly supportive of each pupil that attends. Both boys have a calm, polite and nurturing approach, they are very knowledgable about robotics. We've never seen the IT room so quiet and engaged!

We have been blown away by the enthusiasm and attention to detail the boys have shown, the club has been a resounding success and we are incredibly proud of the initiative they have shown!

Well done Siz and Billy, we look forward to joining you during IT Club again in the near future!

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03 Dec 2021

Year 5 Pupils bringing back Viking Soap!

Year 5 Pupils make Roman Soap using conkers!

03 Dec 2021

Year 5 Pupils bringing back Viking Soap!

Year 5 pupils have enjoyed learning all about the Vikings this term. Pippa told us it is 'her favourite topic this year so far!' So much so, Pippa has been completing some extended study whilst at home.

When reading a book all about the Vikings, Pippa came across a recipe for Roman soap. After discussing the recipe with her teacher, Mrs. Porter, Pippa, and her friend Eliza decided to put the recipe to the test!

They peeled and grated conkers before mixing the gratings with water to form a smooth mouldable putty. Then, they decided to try out the soap, with surprising results... At first, the soap covered their hands well, with Eliza commenting that it 'looked like porridge!' However, once completely washed off, it left their hands looking clean and having a noticeably nutty aroma!

Both Pippa and Eliza were impressed, and both said they would be making the soap again!

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