The Wild Man of Orford 19th March St Bartholomew’s Church

wild man poster

Posted on December 31, 2015

Orford, the Suffolk coast, 1167.

A fisherman hauls up a mysterious catch: a scaly, glistening creature from the depths of the sea.

   Man or monster?

   Is the wild man barbaric or simply free of the constraints of society?

A tale from English folklore, The Wild Man of Orford is a story of freedom, of kindness, and of the strange wild song of the sea.

Beautiful and improbable, Rust and Stardust’s production features an exciting combination of handmade puppets, live theatre and music, and projected animations.

Tickets now available for this event. Following its showing at the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes last year, we are delighted to welcome the Wild Man back to where the story began. Children’s matinee 3 o’clock evening performance 7 o’clock. Come and join us in St Bartholomew’s Church on Saturday 19th March.

The production company has also offered to provide workshops for the local schools and English Heritage have agreed to these being held in Orford Castle.

Proceeds to The Thomas Marshall Education Fund

Further information at Email or 01394 450090

Orford School News

Orford school

Posted on December 31, 2015


At Christmas we said a sad farewell to our lovely head, Debbie Gayler, as she left us for a new school in Essex. In just 18 months she made a huge difference to Orford Primary School and we were extremely sorry to see her go.

However, I am delighted to announce that Orford has appointed a worthy successor. In January Vanessa Wells, our Class Two teacher, took over the reins as acting headteacher for two terms, with our Class One teacher, Lara Davey, as her acting deputy.

Mrs Wells joined Orford a year ago and is a vastly experienced senior teacher, having taught all over the Farlingaye pyramid of schools including Rendlesham, Melton and Grundisburgh. This is in fact her second spell at Orford, having spent two years here in the 1990s.

She was also judged an ‘Outstanding’ teacher during Ofsted and Suffolk County Council inspections last year and is committed to our school ethos of fulfilling each child’s true potential through her inspirational teaching style.

Both Mrs Wells and Mrs Davey are determined to continue the wonderful work Mrs Gayler began here, and make the transition as smooth and successful as possible. We are extremely fortunate to have two such committed and talented teachers taking care of our school for the next two terms.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year from everyone at Orford Primary School!


Back in the old days, school governors could turn up to meetings knowing that the most challenging issue they faced was how many custard creams to have with their cup of tea.

In 2016 the role is considerably more demanding with governors tackling complex educational issues and getting to grips with greater responsibility than ever.

Governance in church schools such as Orford’s comes with its own special set of challenges given that the governing body, rather than the local county council, is actually the employer.

Orford Primary School is currently seeking new governors, preferably with a background in finance, business, law, HR or other applicable workplace skills.

School governors make up the country’s biggest voluntary workforce, and there is no disguising the fact that this is a genuine commitment. It can also be an extremely rewarding one. Orford Primary School is a wonderful place and, as governors, we are very proud to be making a positive difference there.

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering as a school governor, we would love to hear from you. Please email or call me on 01394 461055 and I will do my best to answer your questions.

Thank you, and a very happy new year!

Caroline Bailey
Chair of Governors, Orford Primary School

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