Mr Worsfold’s last day as Headteacher at Air Balloon Hill Primary School. He is retiring after 25 years.

He sums up his time at Air Balloon:

“I will really miss the staff here and of course I will miss the children hugely too. Working with children and daily contact with them has been by far the best part of my job and having an impact on their welfare and education has been the motivation for me to get out of bed every day and stay here so long. I have been fortunate to work with many, many fabulous children. There are children here whose parents I taught and the longevity of my job here has been a real privilege as it has enabled me to be part of people’s lives, indeed a community’s life. I have never really settled anywhere before, so Air Balloon is a major part of my life. I know I have worked hard and have always put the children at Air Balloon first, so I suffer no guilt in leaving now. I know I have done my best and my bit.”

All the staff and children will miss him as the photos show!




Hall Displays: Topic Based – March 2017


Key Stage 2 Choir Performance

Well done to  the KS2 choir for their performance in the music festival at St Joseph’s in March. The theme was ‘Around the World’ and the children dressed up in costumes from different countries; they looked amazing! They sang a song from South Africa in three parts to the other children, learned new songs and performed a song together at the end of the afternoon. It is always lovely for the children to be able to join with other local schools to perform. Their next outing will be the Bristol Plays Music Summer Concert at the Colston Hall which is always a great show.

Ben Smith Visit

Year 6 children were delighted to meet the runner Ben Smith. Ben gave us an inspirational assembly to show the children that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.
Ben completed an astounding 401 marathons in 401 days last year. The gruelling challenge changed Ben’s life and he is now inspiring others to change theirs. He has raised £305,000 for anti-bullying charities.

Special guest, Evie (Year 4) attended the assembly, as she ran with 6.5 miles with Ben on 18th September 2016; the furthest she has ever run! Ben was throughly impressed by the children’s behaviour, attentiveness and superb questions; as were Mrs Cox, Miss Clark and Mrs Stokes. Ben calculated that the children would have to run around the ball court approximately 209 times to complete a marathon. Who is up for the challenge?

Thank you Ben! For more information, visit


Bristol Schools Christmas Concert

The Key Stage 2 choir took part in the Bristol Schools Christmas Concert at St George’s Concert Hall. We certainly enjoyed ourselves and not least because the children were a joy to work with. They sang with a smile and raised the roof with seasonal song. It must have been one of our earliest Christmas concerts yet, but still everyone rose to the challenge of polishing the music so it was ready to perform…and what a performance!

 St George’s were hugely impressed by the children’s behaviour, professional attitude and, of course their performance. They are a world renowned concert venue and the children should be rightly proud of themselves.

CD Recording Day

We had a whole day of recording, where every child was involved in at least one track of our school CD. The CDs should be arriving next week, just in time for Christmas! Well done everybody.


Hall Displays: Topic Based – November 2016


Hall Displays: Topic Based – July 2016


School concert for children who have instrument lessons in school



What a wonderful afternoon of singing and flag parading in our own Olympic Opening Ceremony ahead of the Sports Days next week.

May Celebration

What a fantastic afternoon we’ve had celebrating May Day. As always, this celebration is held in memory of James Eadie, a pupil who sadly died. The celebration was started when we planted a tree in his memory and has been an Air Balloon tradition ever since. It is always a special day for those of us who remember him fondly and one that we hope will continue for many year to come.

We saw some wonderful dancing and heard beautiful singing this afternoon. Well done to all of the children for performing so well and thanks to all the parents, carers and relatives who came to watch and support them. We are very thankful that the sun shone.

Once again it was a really special afternoon and one of the rare occasions that we see the whole school together.

Hall Displays: Topic Based – March 2016

Royal Visit to Kingswood

The Princess Royal has been in Kingswood, visiting Cossham Birth Centre and then the headquarters of ERIC, the Children’s Bowel and Bladder Charity in Britannia Road. Some of our children were there… read the story and see the pictures

Lord Mayor’s Visit

The Lord Mayor, Claire Campion-Smith came to visit on Wednesday. She presented the Green For Good Schools Award to Mrs Lambert and her Green Team. The award itself is a very beautiful creation and is now hanging proudly outside my office.

The Lord Mayor then led an assembly for Years 5 and 6. She talked very proudly of the 800 years of Bristol Mayors and the fact that Bristol has two Mayors, ceremonial and elected. She told the children how she is trying to get more children and girls especially involved in Science, Technology and Maths. She then talked about her ceremonial robes, saying that she had been presented with the most uncomfortable hat in the world. She also explained that her chain was solid gold and joked that if she fell in the harbour everyone would be more interested in saving the chain than her!

After many children had tried on ‘the hat’ she toured the new build, because she last visited when the coal mines were being filled, prior to the footings being laid. All in all it was a lovely experience and she clearly enjoyed the children and seeing the school.


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