5th January 2001 at 00:00
(Photograph) - A week in the life of Coates primary school, Coates, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

This primary school on the edge of the Fens started what it hopes will become a tradition when it organised a village fete last year. Children danced round a Maypole, chose a May king and queen and invited villagers to set up stalls on the village green - one of the largest in Cambridgeshire. There was also a pet show and Molly dancing, a traditional Fenland style. "People were very pleased with what we did and they hope we will continue," says headteacher Wendy Martin. The school has a strong music tradition and last year won first prize in the recorder band section of the Peterborough music festival.

Twice a year, each class puts on an assembly for the rest of the school. One was on the theme of pirates, a genre in the literacy hour. Both the 183-strong main school and the 50 children in the pre-school were inspeted by Ofsted last year and received good reports. The inspectors particularly praised the school's relationships with parents and the community. The school received a further accolade when it was awarded a Basic Skills Agency quality mark, one of only 11 schools in the county to do so.

Snaps by Wendy Martin

* Teachers' pets: inside the costumes are members of staff Kerri Cooper, left, and Rebecca Osbourne at the village fete

* On track: the pre-school group rev up in the playground

* Cut out for their parts: the pirate play for assembly, The Cowardly, Cowardly, Cutlass

* Royal performance: the May king and queen, Alicia Garner and Ashley

* Stephens (in dark cloaks), wait to be crowned

* Stick at it: Adam Ward, left, and James Wenham make 'pinch pots' from clay

* Hang loose: gymnasts Jemma Bannatyne, left, and Suzy Langford

* Pole position: dancing on the village green

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