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I am Mrs Alice Littlehailes the Headteacher of St Luke’s. On behalf of all the St Luke’s family I would like to welcome you to our website, I hope it gives you all the information you need to gain an insight into our school.

Our school is a friendly, inclusive school where the children learn academic and social skills. Children learn best when they are supported, challenged and interested. (continue reading…)

What The Inspectors Say

The older pupils look after the younger pupils very well, creating a harmonious school community
Ofsted 2016

Children make an outstanding start to their education in the early years because the staff have very high expectations of the children and consequently attainment is high.
Ofsted 2016 (continue reading…)

Newsletter 14/06/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I cannot believe another week has gone by! But here we are on Thursday again after another busy week.

Sports day went very well, congratulations to all the children for taking part in such a sporting way. Thank you also to all of you who were able to come for supporting all the children not just your own to make sure everyone had a good time.

We have eggs hatching in school at the moment, the first one hatched yesterday so hopefully we will soon have a little brood of chicks. They are with us as in preparation for science week next week when we will be welcoming lots of scientists into school to work with us and having an all-round good scientific time! Hot off the press we now have 5!

Ian came into assembly on Monday to offer guitar lessons to the children, he has some spaces. Yesturday Helen the violin teacher came in to do the same as she also has space from September. If your child is interested in learning a musical instrument do let us know.

Talking of all things musical on Monday the older choir members and Year 6 took part in the PEGS concert at New Mills. They performed very well and the whole concert was a treat.

Lee Baker from the police came in to talk to Eagles and Merlins about knife crime. This is part of our ongoing work to keep all the children safe throughout their lives.

Our High Peak Kids Council is meeting with Ruth George today in preparation for their visit to The Houses of Parliament next week.

Tomorrow Kites will be leading our assembly do join us if you can.

The Summer Fun Day is almost upon us, it is a week on Friday, 22nd June from 3.30. Get ready to come and have some fun.

We have finalised the classes for next year and the only change to teaching staff will be Mrs Eltringham in Year 2. We are delighted for Miss Nicholls as she is leaving us to be the Headteacher of Biggin Primary School, we are however a little sad for us. There will be no change to the staff supporting individual children.

I have been told about a girl’s football festival at Chapel High School on 4th July 6-7.30 it is open to any girl aged 5-11.

It has come to my attention that some of you super sleuths have managed to work out the code for the gate and are letting yourselves in. I must ask you please not to do this but to wait until a member of staff comes to open the gate as it is closed for our children’s safety.

Running Club is cancelled next week, 21st June, as Mr Cooke is at a meeting after school.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 07/06/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Welcome back I hope you all had a good break in the sun.

There isn’t much news as we have had a short week but already the Peregrines have been on a visit to The Station House Dental Practice where they learnt about keeping their teeth healthy. They got to explore the dentist’s surgery and find out what they do. They were made very welcome. A huge thank you goes out to everyone at Station House.

Today the Kites are off to the Hat Museum. They are particularly interested in the machinery as they are studying the mill industry in Glossop. I know they will enjoy this visit.

It is Sports Day tomorrow morning. We will start as soon as we can so about 9.15. Your child will need their sports kit and if possible a sun hat. We will make sure the children have plenty to drink. Parents are very welcome to come and support everyone. The theme this year is sporting heroes. We are asking the children to think about who their sporting hero is whether it is a Paralympian or a footballer a swimmer or an archer and use their determination and love of sport to inspire them. The children can come in their sports kit and get changed into school uniform later if they want to.

On Friday 15th Kites will be leading our assembly do join us if you can.

I have had some very sad news, Daniel Robinson who left our school a few years ago has died. Our thoughts go out to all his family and friends and everyone who is grieving for him.

I have had complaints that people are bringing dogs into the school grounds, please can I remind you not to do this.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 24/05/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear Parents,

It has been a fantastic and busy week this week. The children have been loving Take One Picture Week this week. On Monday the children stepped up and organised their own learning in Houses. The leadership, organisation and co-operation shown by the children was exemplary. The work they produced was very varied from a play including a bird cage they had made to scientific experiments. There were pompom birds and feathered hats, fact files and new inventions. The engagement with the picture and their learning has continued throughout the week. I am looking forward to Friday when the children are going to share their learning with each other.

Amongst all of this, the Year 5s had a visit to St Philip Howard. We participated in two cricket tournaments and a tri-golf tournament. All the children did well with the golfers getting silver medals and even more importantly the sportsmanship award. Congratulations to everyone involved in this.

Well done to everyone who has or is going to participate in walk to school week. I know the children enjoy walking at least part of their journey to school.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the PTA meeting. What came out of that meeting was that lots more help is needed for the Summer Fun Event after school on Friday 22nd June. If you could spare a little bit of time on that afternoon to be on a stall please let the office or a member of the PTA know. We really do need your help.

We finish for half term on Friday and the children are back on Wednesday 6th June. On that day the children in Peregrines have been invited to Station House Dental Practice to find out about what the dentists do, don’t worry nobody will have any dental work done! It is bag 2 school day on 7th June, you should have had your bag to start filling with textiles. Please return the bag on the morning of the 7th. Friday the 8th is Sports Day weather permitting. Parents are very welcome to come along and watch.

Speaking of holidays, I need to remind you that holidays in term time are not authorised except for exceptional circumstances and any such holidays may result in fines which are calculated per parent per child. This is a national governmental policy.

The office staff have asked me to remind you that dinners should be paid for in advance. There are a number of people with dinner money debts. Please could you arrange payment as soon as possible.

It has been lovely to see the field being enjoyed by the children at the end of the school day but I have to remind you that they still need to abide by the school rules and their behaviour is your responsibility. Children have been climbing over the fences, messing in the sensory garden, playing with sticks, pushing each other off the tyre and play fighting. Not only are these behaviours dangerous but because you have allowed it outside school time the children try to behave like this in school time so playtimes stop being enjoyable for everyone.

There is one last piece of very happy news, Mr Cooke is getting married on Saturday. We wish him and his bride a very happy future together.

Have a lovely half term holiday.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 17/05/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I am finding it hard to believe another week has gone already this term is flying by. As ever I have been very impressed with the work I have seen around school. I have seen amazing marble runs, explorations of determination, marvellous Maths, studies of Mills, super symmetry, imaginary trips to the seaside and very hungry caterpillars! The Year 6s and Year 2s have also been tackling their SATS. I must say they have shown fantastic focus and determination. The Year 6s finish today the Year 2s will carry on until the end of term.

Last week we were also lucky enough to have the Northern Ballet deliver a dance workshop based on their production of The Ugly Duckling. The children absolutely loved it. I am just disappointed that the performance at Buxton Opera House is on a Saturday (26th May 2pm & 4pm). If it had been on a school day I would have taken the children. Maybe some of you will manage to go and see it. If you do I would love to hear about it.

We are about to start one of our favourite weeks of the year Take One Picture Week. Every year The National Gallery chooses one of its pictures to be the inspiration for children across the country. The children are asked to make a response to the picture and follow any line of enquiry that excites them. I love to find out what direction the children choose to go in as it invariably is something I hadn’t thought of. Do not worry the Year 2s will be fully involved even though they may be finishing off their tests.

There are some spaces from September for children interested in learning to play the clarinet. If your child will be in Y4 upwards and would like to learn the clarinet just let the office know. There will also be spaces for children in Y6 from September to learn the Oboe, how exciting, again let the office know if your child is interested.

Next week is a busy week. As well as take One Picture we have cricket tournaments, a tri golf tournament, a dance workshop, Year 5 are visiting St Philip Howard on Tuesday, lunch will be provided by them, and it is Walk to School Week. Let us see if everybody can walk at least a bit of their journey to school. We will all be ready for the holiday, the children finish on Friday 25th May.

The next bag to school day, when we ask you to bring in any old textiles, is on Thursday 7th June. Your child should be bringing a bag home tonight for you to fill, but any bag will do.

Remember it is the PTA meeting tonight 7pm in The Prince of Wales Pub. I do hope a lot of you can come.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 10/05/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I do hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend, we could not have asked for better weather.

I don’t have a lot of news for you as it has been a very short week for the children. I can report that the boccia squad did well. Not only did they have a great time but the b team came second. I don’t often get to take our children out to such events but I was so pleased to go with them this time as it reminded me just how much our children understand kindness and community. Boccia is an inclusive sport so we were playing with teams from all ages and abilities. Without being asked to our children encouraged and praised everyone, they helped others play the side games even if it wasn’t something they wanted to do. They showed good sportsmanship and made me very proud.

Tomorrow 11th May The Ospreys will be leading our assembly please join us if you can.

Next week is SATs week when the Year 6 pupils take the national tests. There is no need for anyone to worry about this. The tests are just to get a snapshot of where the children are at in their learning, all the pupils are well prepared and should feel confident. As parents all you need to do is make sure they have a happy restful weekend, get plenty of sleep, don’t put any pressure on them and make sure they come into school on time having had breakfast. Please remember all our young people are fantastic individuals with a huge range of talents and abilities. What we want is for each of them to be happy confident members of the community. We are already proud of each and every one of them, nothing will change whether they get 0% or 100%. There is nothing for them or you to get worried about.

Kim the crossing patrol will be absent on Friday 25th May.

The next PTA meeting is on 7pm Thursday 17th May at The Prince of Wales Pub. Please do come if you can.

We are planning some developments in the grounds. Is there anybody out there with knowledge, skills, interest, capability, spades, diggers etc who can help? If so please chat to Mrs Hillier.

After School Clubs

As there are only three takers for film club at the moment we have taken the decision to cancel it for the rest of the school year.

On Tuesday 15th there will be no staff led clubs as we have a meeting. This means PAS is on but gardening is not.

On Monday 21st May there will be no science club or ICT club.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 03.05.2018

Newsletter 03.05.2018

Dear Parents,
I am sorry scoot and skate had to be cancelled but nobody would have enjoyed standing in the cold and wet!

It has been a busy week with the Ospreys visiting Staircase House to get a real feel for what life was like at the time of The Great Fire of London. They had a great time and learnt a lot. We are lucky to have this resource so close. Kites and Harriers visited St Luke’s Church to compare it to other places of worship. They enjoyed having time to explore the building and gain an understanding of the significance for Christians of different features. Some children went out to a writing workshop which they thoroughly enjoyed. The cyclo-cross squad showed great teamwork and sportsmanship and were awarded the Spirit of the Games certificate. We are very proud of them. I hope the Boccia squad also enjoy today. The Eagles and Merlins continue to impress all visitors with the depth of their discussions. All this and dinosaurs are invading the continuous provision in Kestrels and Peregrines!

We have a bank holiday on Monday, which I hope you all enjoy. Remember on Tuesday school is closed to children as the staff have a training day.

On Friday 11th Ospreys will be leading our assembly, do join us if you can.
I have been made aware of people stopping for a chat on the paths into school and blocking the way for others. I am very pleased St Luke’s is a friendly community where people are pleased to see each other and I would not want to lose that but please can everyone be considerate of others.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 26.04.2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Well the sun didn’t last long did it! At least the weather was glorious for the children on the Whitby residential. They all had a great time and returned feeling very proud of their achievements. Thank you to all the staff that gave up their time to make it possible.

Welcome to the parents of the children who will be joining us next year we are very pleased you will be part of our school.

On Monday the children in Y1 and Y2 enjoyed a morning of cricket. They had a great time at Hadfield cricket club learning some skills.

Last night we were invited to see some of last year’s Y6s at Glossopdale, they shared their work and their stories of their new school. It was lovely to see them doing so well.

On Friday Eagles will be leading our Assembly just after 9am do join us if you can.

Tomorrow is also the PTA scoot and skate after school – weather permitting. Unfortunately the forecast is for cold and wet.

As you know we are part of PEGS, a collaboration of local schools. Being part of this group helps us continue to improve the education we can offer your children. This collaboration has led to a Pupil forum called High Peak Kids Council. HPKC has decided they would like to have a litter picking week around our schools next week. If you have any litter pickers or gardening gloves we could use we would be very grateful. The day we do it will depend on the weather I am hoping for Wednesday or Thursday.

A quick reminder about medicines. We are happy to administer proscribed medicines during the school day but you need to fill out a form detailing things like dosage. There is a copy of the form on the website to help those of you who cannot pop into the office in the morning. The medicine and permission need to be given in by an adult not left in school bags. Sometimes we are asked to give pain relief such as Calpol. We are prepared to administer this with a permission form but we will not accept bottles of paracetamol in school, we ask that you bring sachets. The reason for this is that paracetamol overdoses are incredibly serious and sometimes the side effects are irreversible. We would all hate for a child to get hold of a bottle of paracetamol and do serious damage to themselves.

A few of the Kestrels still don’t have PE kits in school. They all need shorts, t-shirt and pumps.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 19/04/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear Parents,

It is lovely to see so many smiles now the sun has come out – long may it last.

Since the last newsletter we have had a couple of sporting events Aqua Splash which was much enjoyed by the team and three of the younger children got to go to New Mills Primary to find out what they do for PE. They came back buzzing, full of ideas of games we had to play and equipment I had to buy. They were so excited they were falling over their words. We are very grateful to New Mills for this.

The children in Whitby are having a great time and learning lots including independence! We could not have picked better weather for this residential.

Last week the head from Eyam came to do some work around Character Education with some of the Pupil Parliament, she was very impressed with the children’s thinking and how well they articulate their ideas. She was particularly impressed with how the whole school lived the ethos and cared about each other.

You know I said last week that dates may change well …….sports day is now on Friday 8th June in the morning!

The next Scoot and Skate is almost here, start getting your scooters and helmets out because there is less than a week to wait. It is after school on Friday 27th April. Fingers crossed for weather like this week.

Talking of wheels the Glossop Go-Ride Bike Club starts up again this Saturday at Glossopdale- at the Glossop site. (Turn left at main entrance to park & walk round the back of building passed Tennis courts towards the running track) Arrive 9.45am with your bike to be checked to start 10-11.30am. £3 per session. 1st & 3rd sat of each month Bikers need to wear helmet & gloves.

There is a Macmillan coffee afternoon at St Luke’s Church this Friday, 20th April 2.30-4.30 they say you are welcome to take the children after school for a drink and a cake.

The summer must be on its way because Glossop Cricket Club is starting the ever popular Friday Night coaching sessions. Registration is on Friday 27th April 6-7pm at the club. Membership is £20. Coaching starts on 4th May at 6.45 for an hour. I know lots of you will be keen to sign up.

There has not been much take up of the Ignite club after school on Wednesday, which is a surprise as this was a very popular club at lunchtime. If your child would like to join this club please let us know by Monday as we may have to cancel it.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 12/04/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Welcome back I hope you all had a good Easter it is lovely to see the children back bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to learn.

We had a very important visitor yesterday, The Gingerbread Man came to school! He was spotted in the sensory garden and the Kestrels invited him to come into school and see what they were doing. This led to some very good scientific experiments to see what would happen if a biscuit got wet. The results led to bridges and boats being built to protect the Gingerbread man.

We are very pleased to be welcoming Glossop Sailing Club who are coming in today to talk to the Year 5 & 6s and offer some free taster places.

Your child should have brought home a battery recycling box, this is part of a new initiative at school to encourage the recycling of batteries. In the entrance hall as well as the ink cartridge recycling box and the Food Bank collection box we also now have a battery recycling box.  We are asking you to pop spent batteries into the little box and bring it into school when it is full.  The box can then be used to collect more batteries.  This initiative is part of our learning about the environment and what we can do to protect it.

Today your child should be bringing home a long letter about Data Protection and a form to sign. As I am sure you are aware, due to the number of companies emailing you, the rules around data are changing and we have to inform you of the data we hold about your child and seek positive consent for it.  All the data we hold is either statutory or necessary – such as contact details.  If any of you have concerns around the data we keep do contact me.  Please could you fill in and return the declaration sheet.

Excitement is rising in Eagles, as are nerves, as the residential in Whitby is fast approaching. Next Wednesday they will be setting off for three days of learning and fun.  I confidently predict they will return on Friday tired, grubby and very proud of themselves for having done this.

On Saturday 14th April 12-2 the Friends of Manor Park are holding and enchanted forest event with refreshments, crafts, storytelling and more.  They are aiming to raise money for an accessible roundabout.  It sounds like a great event and the weather is forecast to improve by then!

I am attaching the dates for the term. As ever things might, in fact probably will, change so do keep an eye on the newsletter.

Alice Littlehailes



Dates April – July 2018


18th                  Whitby trip

20th                  Return from Whitby

23rd                  Ospreys and Peregrines Cricket

24th                  High Peak Kids Council

25th                  Tintwistle choir visiting

27th                  Eagle’s Assembly

PTA Scot and Skate


1st                    Osprey’s trip to Staircase House

7th                    Bank Holiday

8th                    INSET Day

10th                  Dance Workshop

11th                  Osprey’s Assembly

14th                  SATS week starts

17th                  PTA meeting 7pm

21st                  Take one Picture Week starts

24th                  Urban Gongs Project

25th                  Finish for half term


6th                    Return to school

7th                    Sports Day am

Bag 2 school

11th                  PEGS Concert

12th                  High Peak Kids Council

15th                  Kites Assembly

18th                  Science week starts

19th                  Harriers Play With The Halle

21st                  High Peak Kids Council Parliament Trip

Y5 to Glossopdale

22nd                 PTA summer Fun

28th                  PTA meeting 7pm

29th                  Peregrines Assembly


6th                    Kestrels Assembly

10th                  Merlin’s and Eagle’s production evening performance

11th                  Merlin’s and Eagle’s production afternoon performance

13th                  Harriers Assembly

Buxton Fringe

20th                  Leavers Assembly

Leavers Do

Finish for summer

Newsletter 22/03/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear All,

Well believe it or not it is the end of term already – how could that have happened. But what a lot we have crammed into this half term, we have managed to fit six weeks into four!

Thank you to everyone who helped or supported the Easter Raffle and tea. The PTA made an amazing £1,454.89 which will be used to enhance your children’s education.

A huge well done goes out to the Kites and Harriers everyone thoroughly enjoyed their play and we are all relieved those rats have gone.

I also want to thank Esme’s parents who have given a book to all of the Kestrels to celebrate World Downs Syndrome Day this was so kind of them.

On Wednesday we celebrated Sports Relief by holding House Netball and Football and Key Stage One Sports. Despite the cold a good time was had by all. Sycamore won the Football and Beech the Netball.

Today we have been to church for the Easter Service, what a good job was done by the Merlins.

This afternoon the older children are going to enjoy a production by The English touring Opera of Shackleton’s Cat.

The children return to school on Monday 9th April. As well as the INSET day tomorrow we have one on Tuesday 8th May.

There are a number of outstanding dinner money debts. Please could everyone pay their dinner money as soon as possible.


ScienceX is a weekend-long science and engineering festival organised by the Faculty of Science and Engineering at The University of Manchester. On 14-15 April this free event returns to intu Trafford Centre for the third year running and will be packed with amazing interactive activities to excite and amaze visitors. At ScienceX, we hope to showcase what science and engineering is really all about and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with our exciting programme of fun, hands-on activities. There is something for everyone at ScienceX – from the very young to the young at heart. Thrill seekers can have a ride in a flight simulator or try our Formula 1 racing car for size. Those who like technology can come and dance with robots or see the universe differently with a virtual reality experience. There are plenty of opportunities to get hands-on with a whole host of experiments and
to meet world-leading scientists and engineers from the University of Manchester. For the full line-up, visit the ScienceX website – http://www.sciencex.org.uk/.

I hope you all have a lovely holiday.

Alice Littlehailes

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