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Thursday 23rd April 2020: NHS Trust launches helpline for children and young people during the Coronavirus outbreak

A children and young people’s mental health helpline has been launched in Wiltshire.  The helpline will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Anyone concerned about a child or young person’s mental health (or the child or young person themselves) can phone the helpline and speak to mental health experts who will provide advice, guidance and support over the telephone. The helpline should not be used for situations which are life threatening (when emergency services should be notified by phoning 999).  The helpline will also help to reduce pressure on NHS 111, who are having to manage an increasing number of Covid-related calls.


What time is it?

The number to phone:

9am – 5pm on a weekday

01865 903777

5pm – 9am on a weekday or on weekends

01865 901000

Other useful sources of support in your area:



Please also go on our website to access some helpful resources to support children and young people experiencing worries about coronavirus:

If you are over 18, a mental health helpline for adults in  Wiltshire has been set-up by Avon and Wiltshire Partnership.  The number is 0300 3031320 and more information can be found here:

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is published by the government:

This advice is to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The link below also includes ‘An easy-read guide to looking after your feelings and your body’ that parents can use with a child.

Updated advice published

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You can also keep up to date with everything that is happening in your local community by clicking on this link to the Old Sarum Community Newsletter -

Formal Consultation on Co-ordinated Schemes 2020/21 and Admission Arrangements for VC and C schools 2020/21

Wiltshire Council are inviting comments on four documents and would be grateful if responses could be made on or before Monday 14 January 2019.

  1. Proposed Co-ordinated scheme for Primary Admissions 2020/21
  2. Proposed Co-ordinated scheme for Secondary Admissions 2020/2021
  3. Proposed Admission Arrangements for VC & C  primary schools for 2020/21
  4. Proposed Admission Arrangements for VC & C secondary schools 2020/21

Full details of the proposals can be found at:

Should you wish to provide any comments, then please email

The results of the consultation will be considered before the Cabinet Members of Wiltshire Council are asked to adopt them as the determined policies. This will be at the meeting prior to 28 February 2019.

Open events for children starting school in September 2019

Monday 8th October                9.30am – 10.30am

Thursday 18th October              1.30am – 2.30pm

Monday 3rd December            9.30am - 10.30am

If you have a child starting school in September 2019 you are invited to come along to any of our open events. There will be a tour of the school and a chance to meet the Teachers whilst observing the pupils in our caring, vibrant learning environment. 

Cultural Writing Competition - March 2018

This year Old Sarum Primary School entered the cultural writing competition as part of the Wiltshire and Swindon School Games. The children were asked to write 150 words about 'What Sport Means To Me'. As a school we were very proud to have so many children take part and enjoyed celebrating the success of our  winner and runner up who recieved their prize during a school assembly. Congratulations to both.

See the published article below or click the link for the full magazine online. 

Mosaic Project

We recently worked with David Bowers from Mosaic Madness to create two beautiful artworks, one for the entrance of our school and one for our new Key Stage Two building. All the children in the school had a chance to help with the designing and making of the mosaics. Thank you to our great PTA for funding the project!

Old Sarum Primary School Book Day – Tuesday 27th February 2018

On Tuesday 27th February we are very excited to be holding a book day. We are excited to be having a visit from author and illustrator Mark Robertson (M.P. Robertson). He has written and illustrated many fantastic children’s books aimed at primary aged children such as The Egg, The Dragon Snatcher and The Great Dragon Rescue. Mark will be holding a special assembly just after the children arrive at school and then throughout the day he will be working with classes teaching them how to draw dragons!

At 3.15pm he will be in the school hall for a book sale and signing session so please come along to buy a book and get it signed by a real author!                                      

During the day children and adults at the school are also invited to dress up as their favourite book character and prizes will be given in the end of day assembly for the best costume. Finally, we would like all children to bring a favourite book in for the day which they will show in class and will use to contribute to a whole school artwork. The whole day will have a book and dragon theme and classes will be working on a writing task related to this which they will share in an end of day assembly.

It should be a really fun day, we look forward to making it a real success!

Lifesaving Defibrillator at Old Sarum Primary School

BHF and Old Sarum are to give cardiac arrest victims fighting chance of survival.

Old Sarum is to become a community of lifesavers after it has been fitted with a public access defibrillator (PAD) and has been awarded a CPR training kit by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Old Sarum Primary School were granted the lifesaving machine and received the Call Push Rescue training kit following their successful application for a Nation of Lifesavers Community Package from the charity.

The Community Package contains the innovative kit which includes everything needed to learn CPR in half an hour. Old Sarum Primary School plan to run training sessions for the local community meaning everyone can become potential lifesavers. The first training session took place at Old Sarum Primary School on Thursday 11th May and we will hold further sessions next year. For more information please contact the School office on 01722 410677

The defibrillator is a portable device that can be used by a member of the public to help restart the heart when someone has a cardiac arrest. This is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body and they lose consciousness almost at once. For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent. It’s therefore imperative the people of Old Sarum know both of these vital steps to help someone in an emergency.

Over 30,000 cardiac arrests happen out of hospital in the UK every year but currently less than one in ten survive. The BHF want to create a Nation of Lifesavers in a bid to boost these shocking survival rates.

The charity believes defibrillators should be made more accessible and recognisable to the public and want all young people to be taught CPR and PAD awareness at school. Since launching the campaign in 2014, over 1.5 million people have joined the Nation of Lifesavers by learning lifesaving CPR.

John Jones, head teacher at Old Sarum Primary, said: “We are delighted to have been granted this lifesaving package. The defibrillator will be placed in the entrance of our school meaning that local people have the best chance of survival should they suffer a cardiac arrest. We’re keen to get as many people as possible trained in CPR too.”

Sara Askew, Head of Survival at the BHF, said: “In the UK more than 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year but less than one in ten survive. More lives could be saved if more defibrillators were available in public places and if more people felt confident using them and performing CPR. We are delighted that Old Sarum Primary School have joined the BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign - by making another defibrillator available in the area and teaching CPR locally. It could really be the difference between life and death.”

To date the BHF have helped place over 14,000 lifesaving defibrillators in communities around the UK. The BHF asks for a contribution of £400 towards each defibrillator as part of the Community Package. To find out more about defibrillators and how to place one in your organisation or community visit

For more information on how you can help BHF create a Nation of Lifesavers visit

Old Sarum Primary School Pupils to open New Co-op - Wednesday 22nd March 2017

On Wednesday 22nd March, pupils from Old Sarum Primary School have been invited to take part in the grand opening of the new Co-op store in Old Sarum. The new convenience shop has been a long awaited addition to the community and we are delighted to be cutting the ribbon! Everyone is invited to attend the grand opening from 9.45am - 10.15am. The Co-op have very kindly offered to donate £500 to the school as a thank you for taking part.

Time Capsule Project - Wednesday 1st March 2017

On Wednesday 1st March 2017 members of the School Council and the team at Linden Home’s met at Longhedge Village, Old Sarum to bury a time capsule which they have been busy collecting items for. Phil Harding from Time Team was the guest of honour. It was great for Phil Harding to be part of this, as he opened the school back in January 2012! The children presented their items to the team, filled the capsule and took it to the pre-dug hole where they helped bury it with the spades provided. The children have enjoyed being part of this exciting experience. To read a full report in the Salisbury Journal, please follow this link, 

 Eco Award Success - Bronze Award Achieved - Fri 18 Mar 2016

The Eco Committee was elected by the whole school during our Science Week. Two representatives were elected by each year group. We have already achieved a Bronze Eco Award! We have carried out an audit and survey of the school grounds and decided to focus first on litter. The committee have reported back to the whole school in our celebration assembly.