Welcome to
Goodnestone Church of England
Primary School

The staff of Goodnestone Church of England Primary School feel exceptionally proud of the children and our school. As a small rural village primary school we work in partnership with our children, parents, staff, friends and community in ensuring that our children receive the best possible education and life experiences. As described by one of our children “We are one big happy family that supports each other in everything we do, ensuring we all achieve and we are all recognised for our strengths”.

With the benefits of being a small school, Goodnestone is able consistently to stretch its pupils to their maximum potential as individuals, and to care for them and their academic needs as individuals. Goodnestone’s strong ethos, led by example, soon shines through every child, who learns to be considerate towards everyone with whom they engage, in school and in outside life.

Since November 2014, Goodnestone has been Federated with Nonington Church of England Primary School, which is in the next village. Both schools retain their unique identities, under the leadership of one Governing Body and one Headteacher, each school having its own Head of School who supports the Headteacher.

We see ourselves as part of the church family and worship regularly in Holy Cross Church, Goodnestone. This commitment is enhanced by our being a welcoming setting for all children and families, of different faith traditions or none.

We have an ‘open-door’ policy and welcome visits from anyone in our life and work here.

We hope that you will find our website informative and that it gives you an insight into life at Goodnestone.

Please feel free to contact the school for further information or come and visit!



 Our uniform is simple, smart and gives the children a strong sense of school identity. With purple as the principle colour there is a range of garments including dresses, sweatshirts, fleeces, polo shirts, hats and topcoats all available from the school office at an affordable price. Trousers and skirts should be dark grey or black.

 * Shoes – sensible shoes must be worn at all times, preferably black and waterproof. No soft fabric shoes or boots please e.g canvas pumps or Ugg style boots.

* For PE and sports children need to wear white T Shirts and black shorts or track trousers with plimsolls or trainers.

 * In addition, book bags and PE/swimming bags are also available from the school office.

 We do ask you to support our uniform code.

School Times


9.00am – 12.00pm (15 minute break at 10.30am)

1.00pm – 3.15pm

Pupils should not arrive for school before 8.45am as we cannot be held responsible for pupils on the site before this time, but for parents who need to drop their children earlier our Breakfast Club runs from Monday to Friday 7.45am to 8.45am. Upon arrival the children may go straight to their classroom where their Teaching assistants will be ready to greet them. During this time the teachers will be on the playground should you wish to speak to them.

Please ensure your child arrives in plenty of time to start the day peacefully at 9am.



For children to achieve their best it is essential that they attend school regularly and on time. If there are occasions when this is unavoidable please notify us when your child is going to be late. Regular attendance is extremely important and ensures that your child maximises their opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Contact us as soon as possible on the first day of an absence. If notification is not received the absence will have to be recorded as unauthorised.

Let us know if your child has a medical appointment and needs to be picked up during the day, although we do urge you to book these out of school time.

Although we do not encourage children to miss days from school as learning opportunities will be missed, we do understand that it is not always possible to schedule family holidays during breaks. Requests in writing must be completed at least two weeks before holiday. No absence will be authorised in September and May due to settling in and national assessments.

Healthy Eating


For the future well being of the children we do promote a healthy lifestyle within school. Along with a balanced diet children are encouraged to take part in regular physical exercise.

Snacks brought in for break or lunch should be balanced and partly consist of fruit or vegetables.

As regular ingredients crisps, sugary items and chocolate are best avoided. No sweets or fizzy drinks are allowed.

School lunches are cooked at a nearby school and adhere to nutritional guidance. Pupils have the daily option of purchasing a cooked lunch,  or they may bring a packed lunch from home.