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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 20/06/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Welcome to all our new families who have been added to the newsletter list. We are looking forward to getting to know you.

We have had a very musical week this week with the Glossop Music Festival providing workshops for the children in Y6 and Y4 then the children in Reception and Year One going on a dinosaur hunt with The Halle Orchestra. Then the Y4s got to play with The Halle in a truly inspiring concert.

The musical theme will continue with the Y4s treating us to a clarinet concert at 9am on 1st July and our summer concert being on Tuesday 2nd July at 7pm. This concert is an opportunity for the choir to perform for you and for any child who is learning an instrument to share what they have been doing. This is always a very joyful concert enjoyed by all. The choir will all be performing but if your child would like to play an instrument just let Mrs Hillier know.

This weekend Cameron Bowers is taking part in the climb I told you about before. If you want to support his efforts and have lost the just giving page it is   https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrew-smith335 .We all wish him well and hope he climbs high.

It has been reported to me that there has been dog excrement left on the land just outside the gate. It is important we keep the are clear of dog muck as we want our children to stay well. Please can you clear up after your dog.

Remember on Friday we are having a Maths challenge day. At the end of the school day to company running it for us will be opening a shop for you to buy any of their resources. I know that my children loved them when they were younger, in fact still do!

I hope you have all bought your tickets for the Fashion Show in school on Friday night.

Remember there is a PTA meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 25th June. I think it is at the cricket club, if I am wrong about that I will let you know.

On Friday 28th June Kites will be leading the assembly do join us if you can.

Remember the Summer Fun Day is almost here – keep Friday 5th July clear in your diary and hope for good weather.

We will be sending out new permission sheets over the next few weeks please sign and return them to us as soon as possible so we know what we do and don’t have permission for.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 13/06/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

We have had an exciting week. The children loved the Fisherman’s Tale thank you so much to Whitfield Parish for organising this and inviting us to attend. The girl’s Kwick Cricket High Peak Final was on Thursday and the girls won!! This means they have progressed to the Derbyshire Final. Congratulations to them. The boy’s final has been cancelled for tomorrow due to a wet pitch! This will now take place on 27th June.

The cake sale was a huge success thank you for all your support with this. The children who organised it did a great job and should feel very proud of themselves.

The Y4s are attending a workshop with Glossop Music Festival today and Y6 are tomorrow. I am sure they will have a great time.

Remember tomorrow 14th June is Bag 2 School day, please bring in your old textiles. It is also non uniform day for bottles. As if that was not enough excitement for one day it is also Eagle’s Assembly.

On Tuesday 18th June all of Reception and Year 1 are going on a very exciting trip to The Bridgewater Hall to see the Halle Orchestra. This is an amazing opportunity for the children to experience world class live music and we are all very excited about it. If you have not yet sent your slip back please do so as soon as possible I would hate your child to miss out on this.

Change of date The Osprey’s Assembly is now on Thursday 20th June at 2.30. The reason we have had to change it is because we have been offered a Maths Challenge Day on the Friday.

On Friday 21st June the children will be taking part in a Maths and teambuilding challenge day run by The Happy Puzzle Company. I have worked with this company before and their games and puzzles are amazing. After school they will be running a shop for you if you would like to purchase any of their games and puzzles.

Remember the PTA Fashion Show is on Friday 21st June, tickets available from the school office or Blossom. The PTA have asked me to circulate the message below:

The summer fun day will soon be here (5th July) which is always a great event, especially as next year’s parents and children are also invited. To get things started, we need to have a meeting to discuss ideas/plans and start putting together what help we need both before and on the day. If you would like to be involved in the planning we will be meeting on Wednesday 19th June (venue and time to be confirmed but it will be after 7pm). If you can’t attend but would like to help please let me know”.

There will be no ICT club on Monday 17th June as Mr Rank is not available.

These are the classes for next academic year, as ever things do sometimes change but at the moment these are our plans:

Reception        Mrs Hillier & Mrs Bilidt

Year 1             Miss Done & Mrs White

Year 2             Mrs Eltringham, Mrs Bewley, Miss Campbell, Miss Grandige & Mrs Woolleson

Year 3             Mrs McLaren, Mrs Holland, Mrs Lamb & Mrs Swift

Year 4             Mr Holt, Mrs Holland, Mrs Lamb & Mrs Swift

Year 5             Mrs Clayton, Mrs Day & Mrs Harris

Year 6             Miss Byron, Mrs Day & Mrs Harris

Mr Warburton will be working in Y2-Y6 Ms Lee will be teaching French in Y3-Y6 Mrs Gallagher will be in Y1 &R

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 06/06/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Welcome back I hope you all had a good week and a bit off, I know lots of you took the opportunity of the slightly longer holiday to get away on a cheaper holiday than you can in the summer.

We came back to a lovely event where one of the children received The Bishop’s Badge and the work of the Kites and Harriers supporting Reuben’s Retreat and Mummy’s Star was recognised. It was such a pleasure to have our children recognised and rewarded by the Bishop.

Today and tomorrow all the children from Y2 upwards will be walking up to St James’ Church to do some RE work either on Thursday or Friday. This is a drama performance called The Fisherman’s Tale. We are looking forward to what is always a good session. We are very grateful to Whitfield Parish for putting on this event.

On Friday 7th there will not be a family assembly. On Friday 14th June Eagles will be leading our Assembly.

Today you should be getting a bag 2 school bag, please fill it with old textiles and shoes and bring it back to school on 14th June.

On Monday some of the Year 3 children have planned and organised a cake sale in aid of homeless charities. They have asked me to ask you to send in cakes to sell (preferably small cakes and biscuits) and also to send your child in with a donation. I am so impressed with the work the children have put into this and I hope you can support their efforts.

On Monday the choir are singing in New Mills Arts Theatre as part of the PEGS annual concert. I am sorry the letters came out so late. Please can you return the permission slips as soon as possible.

On Thursday and Friday next week the Year 4s and Y6s have been offered a music workshop by the Glossop Music Festival. We are all looking forward to these events.

On Friday 14th June it is a non-uniform day. For the privilege of coming to school in sensible casual clothes the children are asked to bring in a bottle for the PTA. The bottle can be of anything; shampoo, sauce, pop, wine – anything. Thank you for supporting school in this way.

On Friday 21st June the PTA are holding a fashion show in school. Tickets, which cost £5, will be available from the school office and Blossom.

Public Health are consulting with the public and local stakeholders on creating ‘additional smokefree public spaces’. One of the main aims of any future work in this area is to try and protect children from second hand smoke. The consultation can be found here www.derbyshire.gov.uk/smokefreeconsultation.


Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 23/05/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Thank you to everyone who came and supported sports day it was a lovely if cool event. It was great to welcome Biggin School. The children were very excited to see Miss Nicholls again and they made some new friends.

This week we have been very busy with Take One Picture Week. The children’s work is coming from the picture Men of the Dock. We have had seascapes, bridges, trips to New York, interpretations of the picture in different media, drama and many other things. The House Captains did a lovely job on Monday of helping the children lead their own learning.

We finish tomorrow for half term and start back on Wednesday 5th June.

If you owe any dinner money, please can you settle your bill. Dinner money for next half term is £73.50.

When we come back all the children from Y2 upwards will be walking up to St James’ Church to do some RE work either on Thursday or Friday. This is a drama performance called The Fisherman’s Tale. We are looking forward to what is always a good session.

On Friday 7th there will not be a family assembly. On Friday 14th June Eagles will be leading our Assembly.

It was lovely to have Julia in Assembly this week, if a little sad that this will be her last assembly with us, she is moving on to her new curacy.

A date for your diary – on 22nd June at New Mills Football Club there is a family fun day to raise money for local children’s charities. The afternoon includes a football match with an all stars team including Emmerdale stars. Kick off at 2pm.

There is an opportunity for girls to have a golf taster session. This is on Saturday 1st June 3-5pm at New Mills Golf Club SK22 4QE. If you are interested you can book via Sam Shaw proshop@newmillsgolfclub.co.uk 01663 746161

I hope you all have a lovely holiday, see you on the 5th June.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 16/05/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

What a beautiful sunny week it has been. With the improving weather can I remind you to apply sunscreen to your child before school and send them in with a hat.

It is sports day tomorrow and the forecast is perfect dry with some cloud cover. All the children need to have sports kit in school (Please can the Kestrel’s come dressed in their sports kit and bring their uniform to change into later). They do not need to bring drinks as we provide them. Parents are invited to come and watch, we will start at about 9.15 on the top field. The format of the morning is that we start with sporting stations the children go round in their houses followed by some races. During the races can I remind you that parents need to stay back from the track and at the side, we would like all the children to enjoy the morning and not be intimidated by the crowd. The children from Miss Nicholls’ new school Biggin will be joining us at some point over the morning.

The children are very excited about our new goal posts, thank you very much to the Sales-Jones family who donated them.

Over the next month we are very excited to have been chosen to work with a professional film maker to make a film for ‘The Mighty Creatives’ about the importance of arts and pupil voice. The film will be used to help other schools develop their work. Some general shots will be taken around school as well as some interviews with some children. We have your permission slips in and will not be interviewing any children we do not have permission for. If you have concerns about your child appearing in a general panning shot please can you let me know as soon as possible.

Cameron Bowers is part of the Youth Development Climbing Team over in Stockport whom are sponsored by SkillForce, he and his team mates are climbing the height of Everest in a day! They are attempting this feat on 22nd June to raise money for Prince William Award. If you would like to support this their just giving page is:


The forest school club is going very well on a Thursday. Inside Out who run it have these activities running over half term:

Inside Out Forest School will be holding a 2 day Whit Week camp at Gnat hole Farm in Glossop on Tues 28th May and Wed 29th May 9-4pm. To book visit our website and search under Children-holiday clubs.

We are also holding a 2 day camp to accommodate children from St. Lukes only on the Inset days of Mon 3rd and Tues 4th June with a reduced price of £20 per child, £15 a sibling. The booking system is now open and look under children, Holiday Clubs then click on Glossop.

I look forward to seeing as many as possible of you tonight for a PTA meeting 7pm in school.


Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 09/05/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

We have had another busy week at school with all the classes working hard. The bank holiday on Monday has meant that nobody knows what day of the week it is!

Friday saw all of Key Stage 1 go to the ballet. This was enjoyed by all my favourite comment came from one of the boys who said “you know when something is so good you don’t want it to ever end!”. The children were impeccably behaved so much so that several members of the audience bothered to come over and complement us.


The High Peak Kids Council reps attended a meeting this week. This group of young people are working hard for the community. They have been litter picking, running a campaign to stop dog owners leaving dog poo on the pavements and are looking at ways they can encourage the world to use less plastic.

Yesterday three of the children from Kites led an assembly all about homelessness and refugees. It got the whole school talking and thinking, many of them would like to think about how they can help. Our Pupil Parliament is going to meet and talk about this issue so watch this space.

Next week the parents of the children in Kestrels are invited to pop in any time between 2-4pm and look at the children’s learning journeys with them.

Remember there is a PTA meeting on Thursday 16th May at 7pm in school. Everyone is very welcome to come to this whether they have been to a PTA meeting before or not.

Friday 17th May, weather permitting is Sports Day starting at 9.15am.










Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 02/05/2019 & Dates for Summer Term

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a lovely Easter. It was great to see all the children back bright eyed and bushy tailed on Monday.

We arrived back to the very exciting news that Mrs Howe, who as you know had been nominated for an award, has won the best unit manager in the country 2019. This is a very important award and we are incredibly proud of her and all her team.

Please can everyone check at home for school PE uniform we are missing a number of shirts shorts and socks from the official school kit which means children representing us may not be able to wear the uniform. Please can you look under beds, at the back of drawers and wardrobes, in dog baskets, behind the washer etc we would be so grateful to have it back.

After school clubs restart next week apart from those on Thursday which start on Thursday 16th May. The clubs on offer this term are:

Monday – ICT Club & Creative Club

Tuesday – Gardening Club

Thursday – Drama Club & Film Club

All the clubs finish at 4.30. If your child would like to start going to a club no longer wants to go to a club please can you let us know so that the registers are accurate.

Some organised people are starting to ask about the term dates for next academic year so here they are:

4th September Children return to school, New Reception on 6th

24th October children finish for half term                    4th November school restarts

20th December children finish for Christmas              6th January school restarts

14th February children finish for half term                  24th February school restarts

3rd April children finish for Easter                               20th April school restarts

22nd May children finish for half term                          3rd June school restarts

21st July children finish for the summer

I have again managed to give you a week and a half at May half term which enables people to have a holiday when it is cheaper, I know many of you appreciate this. There is still 1 INSET day to be allocated.

PTA news – Well done to everyone the Easter Raffle and tea raised £1,319 amazing.


Alice Littlehailes


Dates Summer Term 2019


3rd Key Stage 1 trip to Buxton Opera House

6th Bank Holiday

14th Kestrel’s Parents invited to come and share the learning Journeys from 2pm

16th PTA meeting

17th Sports day 9.30

24th Half Term Starts


5th Term Starts

10th PEGS music concert

14th Eagle’s Assembly

Bags 2 School

Non uniform day for bottles

18th Great science share

19th Harriers Play with The Halle

21st Ospreys Assembly

PTA fashion show

28th Kites Assembly


1st Clarinet Concert 9am

5th Harrier’s Assembly

PTA fun day

8th Last clarinet

11th Last swim

12th Kestrel’s Assembly

15th Summer production afternoon performance

16th Summer production evening performance

19th Peregrine’s Assembly

Children performing in Buxton Fringe

22nd PTA disco

23rd Leavers Assembly

Finish for Summer

Newsletter 11/04/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Well Easter is almost here and the weather is getting better and better.

Well done to all the children in Kites and Harriers for their wonderful production, I will never be able to think of Jack and the beanstalk again without talking animals and bad breath.

The children in Merlins have been very busy preparing the Easter Service. I do hope you can join us tomorrow in church.  The service will start as soon as we have walked the school over to church so around 9.20.

A date for the diary – The parents of the children in Kestrels are invited to come into school on the afternoon of Tuesday 14th May for the children to share their learning journeys with them 2-4pm.

The lovely Ed who helps us with choir and the lovely Nicole who teaches piano have started a choir Pennine Voices. This is a Glossop based choir for everyone aged 10-18 with no auditions.  They will be rehearsing on Thursdays 8-9 at Simmondley Primary School.  The first rehearsal is on Thursday 9th May.  If your child would be interested in joining you can register online at penninevoices.com or phone 07491992380

If you are looking for something to do over Easter we have been asked to pass on these activities:

Keep your children active during Easter with our holiday Club which is running from 9-4pm (with an early drop off an late pick up option)Week 1 – Monday 15th April – Thursday 18th April and Week 2 Tuesday 23rd April – Friday 26th April.  £13 per day or £45 per week.  Must be over 8 and be able to swim 2 lengths.Each day a variety of multi sports will be coached at the Leisure Centre and a fun session at the Swimming Pool.

Call 01457 842272 to book your child on.

Come and join in the Family Sporting Easter fun for ages 6+ (Parents must attend and join in)

Week 1

Monday 15th April @ Fairfield Youth Centre 9.30am – 10.30am

Tuesday 16th April @ Chapel Youth Centre 9.30am – 10.30am

Wednesday 17th April @ New Mills Youth Centre 9.30am – 10.30am

Thursday 18th April @ Whitfield Youth Centre 9.30am – 10.30am Please note – This session is specifically for children with additional needs and their families therefor Booking is essential


             Week 2

Tuesday 23rd April @ Chapel Youth Centre 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Wednesday 24th April @ Fairfield Youth Centre 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Thursday 25th April @ New Mills Youth Centre 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Friday 26th April @ Whitfield Youth Centre 1.30pm – 2.30pm

For more Information or to book your place on 18/4/19 please contact Nicola Bruce on 01629 531282


I hope you all have a lovely Easter break. See you on Monday 29th April.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 04/04/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

A fabulous time was had by all at Whitby.  The children all came back so proud of themselves for having done it.

We received some very exciting news this week; Mrs Howe has been nominated for a prestigious national award, unit manager of the year.  She is one of four finalists and will be going to an awards dinner in a big London Hotel.  We are all so proud of her.

Talking of cooking if you see yourself as good cook there is a new competition organised by Derbyshire for parents, grandparents and carers.  You have to plan and cook a 2 course meal suitable for serving in a primary school.  Registration packs are available at www.myschoollunch.co.uk/derbyshire . You could win a coking kit for school.

Tomorrow all the children in Key stage 2 will be taking part in House Netball and Football so they need to have their PE kits in school.

Next week is parents evening on Wednesday and Thursday.

On Friday 12th we are holding our Easter Service in St Luke’s Church at about 9.20, or when we have walked the children across. Do join us if you can.

On Thursday 11th April it is the grand Easter Raffle and afternoon tea.  On that afternoon you are invited to come to school for a drink and cake.  The children are asked to bring in £1 for which they get a drink and a cake.   Please can you return any sold or unsold raffle tickets as soon as possible.  The deadline for sold tickets is 9.4.19.  In order for the afternoon tea to happen we need volunteers to bake cakes and to help on the day.  If you could bake and or help please contact Tim Barnett or the school office.

I have been approached by Esther Brock who has offered to run a forest school club the information is below.

We are excited to announce we will be running an After school Forest School Club (suitable for all year groups) led by Inside Out Forest School on Thursdays 3:30pm- 5pm starting after Easter.

Cost: £4 a session

All sessions must be blocked booked for the 10 week course via our website www.insideoutforestschool@gmail.com  search under ‘children’
A consent form will also be attached to the web page to print out, fill in and bring on the first session or emailed to Esther.

Sessions will be mainly based in the sensory garden area and mini field. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Children can change in to more suitable clothing or wear school uniform. The session will include games, nature arts and crafts, bush craft skills, campfire cooking, mindfulness in nature and lots more. We will have a shelter outside in case of rainy downpours.

If you’re interested, there are only limited spaces. The booking system will open on Mon 8th April and the first session will be Thursday 2nd May running through until July 11th.


Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 28/03/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

The Eagles are in Whitby as we speak. All the reports are that they are having a wonderful time.

We have had another busy week with us enjoying a performance by the English Touring Opera on Friday, it was lovely to welcome Dinting School to share that with us.

The girls enjoyed playing football as part of the league, well done to all of them.

The choir sang beautifully on Sunday and they also got to enjoy listening to an orchestra play. Thank you for all you did to get the children there and thank you to Mrs Hillier for making it possible.

On Monday the Ospreys had a fantastic trip to The Lowry where they got to look at the art gallery and take part in a dance workshop. We also welcomed the NSPCC into school to help the children learn how to keep themselves safe.

For comic relief we raised £192.55 thank you for your generosity.

Next week on Thursday 4th April Ospreys are meeting at Glossopdale to take part in a dance day.

It has been reported to me that a parent is regularly seen texting as they are driving outside school. This is very dangerous and illegal. Please can we all put the children’s safety first.

You have all been invited to St Luke’s Church’s Messy Easter session on Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at St Luke’s church.  Doors open at 3.45.  I know this is enjoyed by lots of our families.

Today is the last swimming session this term.

Today is also the last evening for school led clubs.

The Year 3 & 4 production is almost upon us. It is on Monday 8th April at 6pm and Tuesday 9th at 2pm.  If you haven’t asked for tickets yet remember to do so.

I hope the selling of raffle tickets for the Easter raffle is going well.

Alice Littlehailes


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