Stanford in the Vale CE Primary School

High Street Stanford In The Vale Faringdon Oxon. SN7 8LH
Tel: 01367 710474 Fax: 01367 718429
Headteacher: Mrs Amanda Willis
Page Updated 28.06.18

Gardening Club


RHS School Gardener of the Year Awards Presentation:
On Saturday 23rd June Kelsi, Mum, Dad and Dexter, along with Mr & Mrs Finney, went to visit the RHS Wisley Gardens to take part in the exciting RHS Young Gardener Awards.

More than 200 applications were submitted and Kelsi was put forward for the finalist stage - what an amazing achievement - a massive well done Kelsi who has won the Gardening Club £100 worth of garden vouchers to spend and a fabulous cold frame, which will be a great asset to our club.

The whole school are very proud of Kelsi and her dedication and commitment to Mrs Finney, the school grounds and community - plus the garden members throughout her years as a gardener.

We will truly miss you and hope to see you as and when you can !


Healthy Eating Week:
Gardening Club harvesting our home grown potatoes.


Village Planters:
On Sunday 10th June, Kelsi, Riley and Mrs Finney loaded the trolleys and set to work on the village planters - they were in need of TLC.

After a very busy morning we decided to treat ourselves to a J20 at the local pub - which went down very well.
On our route home we met a very generous lady who gave us lots of garden pots for our gardening club.

When back at school we managed to hang some hanging baskets and tend to the front of the school. Kelsi’s mum greeted us with fab ice lollies - so as Kelsi and Riley both said "a very eventful but fun morning"!

Reports from Kelsi and Riley.


RHS Young School Gardener of the Year Finalist


After nominating Kelsi as the RHS Young School Gardener of the Year the school are happy to say Kelsi has gone through to the finalist stage.

Kelsi has shown dedication and commitment to the Gardening Club throughout her learning years at Stanford - Kelsi and her family along with Mrs Finney will be attending the prize-giving ceremony at RHS Wisley on Saturday 23rd of June.

A massive Well Done Kelsi.

Wisley Budding Gardener's Wildlife Competition
On Thursday 25th May some garden members took the minibus ride down to RHS Wisley.

Once there we all helped to erect our Wildlife flower garden. During the morning we managed to play in the park area and visit the amazing greenhouse. Lots of fun was had by everyone.

As Mrs Willis would say "the children were true stars and worked as a team".

Our Pallet Garden was awarded - "Gold Medalists" by the judges - so a very well done.

From the RHS
Dear Budding Gardeners

A HUGE thank you to everyone that took part and helped with this year's Budding Gardeners competition. Our judges were overwhelmed by the hard work and time that had been spent by the students to create such outstanding show gardens. They found the judging especially difficult this year. The creativity and skill that went into the presentation of each garden and the wonderful stories supporting your designs were inspirational. Congratulations everyone for a truly wonderful show.

For those of you who couldn't be at the prize presentation, below is a list of all the prizes and awards that were given. For those that have won an award but were not here to collect it, these will be sent to you in the post and everyone that took part will receive a certificate. We will also be providing you with a snippet of the observations and comments made by the judges on each of your gardens, in order to encourage and inspire you to continue with your gardening.

The People's Choice Award is yet to be announced so good luck to everyone for that!

Now for the results!

Best in Show Acorn Award (Early Years – KS2)
Royal High Junior School – Paradise for Wildlife

Best in Show Oak Award (KS3 – 5)
Overton Grange School – Wildlife Wonderland

Green Award
Frimley C of E School – A Home for Every Critter

Most Original Award
Freemantles School – A Window on Wildlife

Curator's Award
Claygate Primary School – Hedgehogs Protection

Sponsor's Award
Alton Infant School – Air, Land and Sea B & B

Gold medallists
  • Alton Infant School
  • Bagshot Infant School
  • Bentley C of E Primary School
  • Bethany School
  • Claygate Primary School
  • Clophill Preschool
  • Conisborough College (Progress Unit)
  • Freemantles School
  • Frimley C of E School
  • Granton Primary School
  • Halley Academy (The) - (Formerly Corelli College)
  • Malden Parochial C of E Primary School
  • Mill Lane Community Primary School
  • Northfields Infants and Nursery School
  • Overton Grange School
  • Park Wood Schools Federation
  • Petham Primary School
  • Royal High Junior School (The)
  • Shinfield St Mary's C of E Junior School
  • St Andrew's Church of England Primary School
  • St Giles Church Of England Infant School
  • Stanford in the Vale C of E Primary School
  • Ursuline College
  • Windsor Montessori School
  • Wylye Coyotes Afterschool Club (Wylye Valley C of E (VA) Primary School


Silver medallists
  • Alton School
  • Ashcombe School (The)
  • Broadwater Primary School
  • Chewton Common Playgroup
  • Countess Anne C of E Academy
  • Croydon High (Junior) School
  • Hawksmoor School
  • Hawthorns School (The)
  • Hemdean House School
  • Holland Park Pre Prep School and Day Nursery
  • Holy Trinity C of E Primary School
  • Lovelace Primary School
  • Robin Hood Primary School
  • Torridon Infant and Nursery School
  • Townley Grammar School
  • Trafalgar Infant School
  • Wateringbury School
  • Wildern Secondary School
  • Wood End School


Congratulations to everyone!