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Message from the Headteacher

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. Our belief in educating the whole child encourages our pupils to go on to be successful lifelong learners. The creative thematic curriculum and staff’s high expectations ensure there is a buzz of excitement about learning.

The school was built in 1985 and caters for children from 4-11 in 6 classes. The extensive grounds and the layout of the school, around 2 courtyards, enable the children to learn in both indoor and outdoor environments.

The school is part of the local community and the hall is used by both a weekly toddler group and community groups in the evening. The children are encouraged to support both local and international initiatives. The school has a very active Parent Teacher group which organises social and fund-raising events. We have strong links with St Luke’s Church.

The best way to find out more about our school is by visiting us so please phone and make an appointment to come in. We’d love to see you!

What The Inspectors Say

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

The school offers numerous extra-curricular clubs which are well attended by pupils.
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

Relationships with parents and the wider community are very good: parents commented, ‘The school is very approachable,’ ‘it is giving a very positive experience to my child’ and ‘it’s a real family school’.
Anglican Schools Report 2015

A deeply embedded Christian ethos enhances positive values and attitudes to Teaching and Learning, resulting in high pupil academic achievement, which is supported by care, respect and compassion…
Anglican Schools Report 2015

Christian values are being lived out on a daily basis and have a positive impact on the whole school community. This is clearly manifest in such areas as the quality of care and respect for each other, the behaviour of pupils and high quality classroom practice.
Anglican Schools Report 2015

Newsletter 15/02/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear All,

Thank you to everyone who helped with the disco I understand it was a huge success. I was sorry to miss it but I was on a course in South Normanton and couldn’t get back in time. As ever these events only happen because of the huge amount of work the PTA put in.  Talking of PTA events the next one is the Easter Raffle.  After half term your child will bring home some raffle tickets to try to sell.  This has always been a big fundraiser for the school so thank you for your continued support.

The children have taken part in a number of sporting events, the girls enjoyed the football league and the indoor athletics squad had a great time on Wednesday. These events are some of the ways we are encouraging all our children to be active.  Our aim is for every child to find a sport or physical activity which they enjoy and that they will continue into adulthood.

On Friday we finish for half term and return on Monday 26th February.  World Book Day is on Thursday 1st you should have received a letter about the plans we have for this day.

Thursday 1st March is also Kite’s Lunch day, I am looking forward to finding out what they have got planned for us.

Tomorrow Friday 16th Osprey’s will be leading our assembly and on Friday 2nd Kestrels.  Do join us if you can.

Class Photo day is on Monday 5th March.

People have been asking me about term dates for 2018/19, such organised people. Here they are:

Term starts Tuesday 4th September (new Reception children will start on Thursday 6th)

Half term Friday 26th October – 5th November (children finish on Thursday 25th)

Term ends for Christmas Friday 21st December

Term starts Monday 7th January

Half Term 18th – 22nd February

Term ends for Easter Friday 12th April

Term starts Monday 29th April

Half term is Monday 27th May – Tuesday 4th June (children back in on Wednesday 5th)

Term ends for the summer on Tuesday 23rd July

This includes all the INSET days

The first week back after half term there will be no school led after school clubs. Clubs restart on Monday 5th March.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 08/02/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear All,

I hope you have all had a good week, I know we have in school. The children have been taking advantage of the clear cold weather and have been exploring ice, there was even an ice dragon!  Some children went to New Mills Leisure Centre and met Dame Sarah Story.  They listened to her talking about her life, got to see her gold medals and learned to play boccia. We welcomed some of the schools in PEGS to St Luke’s on Wednesday, they came and did some drama with us.

Merlin’s menu was delicious last week, everyone tucked into fajitas and sweet potato chips. Today it is the turn of Eagle’s who have chosen chicken wraps or Quorn mince tacos – yum.  Next Thursday it will be the Harrier’s menu consisting of messy meatball buns or vegetable curry.

Merlin’s will be leading our assembly this Friday and Osprey’s next Friday, 16th February.  As ever we would love you to join us.

Tomorrow is Disco day 5-6.30. We look forward to seeing the children dance the night away (well the early evening anyway). Thank you to the PTA for organising this.  The pTA is always looking for more people  and new ideas please do get involved if you can.

House Verse Speaking day is almost upon us, it is Friday 16th February.  Please help the children polish up those poems.

Is anyone available next Thursday morning, 15th February, to help with swimming?  A number of the TAs are on first aid training so we need someone to help walk Ospreys back from the pool at 9.30 and two people to walk Eagles up to the pool at about 10.10 and back again after their lesson.  If you could help out we would be very grateful.

We finish for half term on Friday 16th February and return to school on Monday 26th. That first week back is going to be a special celebration of reading week as World Book Day falls on the Thursday 1st March.  This  year we are inviting the children to dress up as their favourite character from a book and bring the book in with them.  More details about the week to follow.


Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 01/02/2018

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Dear All,

It has been another busy week at St Luke’s. The girl’s football team had a great time on Friday night and will continue in the tournament this Friday.  I have been assured that there are dragons living in the courtyard, there have been several sightings but there is some argument about what colour they are! The older children have been thinking about how believers from different religions get through difficult times.

Your child should have brought home a sheet with the poems they are learning for their house. This is for our House Verse speaking challenge where every year all the children learn one poem set by me and one chosen by their house.  These poems are then performed by the whole house together on Friday 16th February when our poor judge will award points.  Please help your child learn their poems, I know it seems like a lot to learn but every year they surprise me by picking them up really quickly.

Thank you to everyone who helped with or came to to the quiz night last Friday. A good time was had by all with much laughter not only that it raised £70 for PTA funds.

Next Tuesday is Internet Safety Day as part of our ongoing work on internet safety we would like to set up a working group with pupil, parent and staff representatives on it. If you would like to be part of this group please let the office know.


There have been a number of reports of headlice, please be vigilant and keep checking heads.

We are having class menus again this year. Today is Merlin’s menu they have chosen fajitas or vegetable lasagne.  Next Thursday 8th Feb will be Eagle’s menu.  If your child usually has packed lunches but would like to join in these special days they are very welcome.  A dinner costs £2.

The PTA disco is fast approaching make sure you keep Friday 9th February free 5-6.30.  If you are available to help the PTA are always grateful for volunteers.

There will be an INSET day on Tuesday 8th May when school will be closed to children for staff training.  This will make this a 4 day weekend as this is the day after the bank holiday.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 25/01/2018

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Dear All,

This week I showed a colleague round from another school which was a real pleasure as I got to see school through someone else’s eyes. She was so impressed with the atmosphere in school.  She commented on the busy happy children who understood what good learning looked like. She noted that the children were happy to have a go at things even if they might get it wrong.  You should be very proud of your children, I know I am.

I am sorry the children have been coming home muddy this week, they seem to be mud magnates. The wet weather has caused muddy puddles to form in the soil at the edges of the playground and it has also washed some mud down from the bank.  We are forever talking to them about not going in the mud but it is so appealing. The only way to ensure they stay mud free is to not allow anyone out until the ground dries up, which is months away!  Nobody wants that.  We will continue to remind the children to stay on the playground and hope for some dry weather.

We have had an invitation from New Mills Secondary School for you and your children to take part in a moonwatch on Thursday 1st February between 5-7pm.  They will have a variety of telescopes set up so people can see the craters, mountains and lunar landing sites on the surface of the moon, weather permitting of course.  If you and your child would be interested in taking part please fill in the attached form and return it to the office.

Glossop North End Juniors are collecting pennies. They are trying to create a world record so if you have any pennies hanging around at home please bring them in.


PTA Quiz night is tomorrow. If you would like to join in this fun event please buy your ticket £3 by the end of the day today.

Harriers will be leading our Assembly tomorrow 25th January and then will be treating us to a concert on Monday 29th both just after 9am.  Do please join us for these.  Kites will be leading the Assembly on Friday 2nd February.

The girls are starting their football league on Friday we hope they all enjoy this.

Alice Littlehailes



Newsletter 18/01/2018


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Dear All,

Thank you to the PTA for organising another great film night, the children really enjoyed it.

Congratulations to Mrs Clayton who has had her work to help the children understand democracy recognised with a Silver Parliament Champions award. We are all very proud of her.

Our character virtue for the last two weeks has been fairness which has brought up some interesting discussions around what is fair, and is what feels fair to one person the same as what feels fair to another. We have also been considering if equal and fair are the same thing and come to the conclusion that they aren’t. The level of discussion the children have engaged in has been fantastic.  Next week we move on to the virtue of friendliness.

Tonight there is a PTA meeting 7pm at the cricket club.

Tomorrow Eagles are leading our Friday assembly do join us if you can. The following Friday 25th Jan Harriers will be leading it.

Friday 26th January is the ever popular PTA quiz tickets £3 a person. You can come in a ready-made team but don’t need a team as teams will also be assembled on the night this is a great way to get to know other parents.  If you would like a chippy supper that can also be ordered.  Tickets go on sale on Friday 19th.

We are in need of some more relief Mid-days. If one of our Mid-day supervisors is off for any reason we need somebody to cover lunchtime.  If you are available at relatively short notice between 11.45 and 1.20 and fancy working the occasional lunchtime just let the office know.

Harriers have been making good progress with their brass lessons and would love to show you how well they are doing. They are going to put on a concert for you on Monday 29th January in the morning assembly. I do hope you will be able to come.

You may remember way, way back in the autumn the choir were filmed singing on Glossop station, this has been combined with the films of other schools to produce the Derbyshire Song ‘The Best That You Can Be’ The song and video is now available to download via priced at £1.49. It is a lovely video and it is great to play spot the children we all know. I am sure a number of you will want to buy the video.

I have been told about this opportunity to Volunteer in restorative justice!

Receive 3-day training in restorative approaches (Training dates are 27th, 28th Jan and 3rd Feb 2018) and ongoing support and development opportunities

  • Want to support all those affected by crime / conflict? üAble to volunteer a minimum of 6 hrs per month? üGood listener? üGood communicator? üAbility to remain impartial? üLike to help others?


If you can commit to the three training dates and answered “yes” to the above then we would love to hear from you! To register interest or for further info please contact Restorative Communities CIC on 07960 551 815 or e-mail



Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 11/01/2018 & Term Dates

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Dear All,

The last week has been a busy and enjoyable one in school. I have seen mystery objects and marble runs, been taken on a red bus tour of a model of London, seen children responding to and interpreting great works of art and discussed whether we like them or not.  The children have explored the digestive system and the workings of Grandfather clocks. I have seen children excited about maths problems, relishing writing and gushing about Geography – maps and globes are wonderful! We have all enjoyed exercise and acting.  In other words a normal week at St Luke’s.

Friday night is film night. The PTA are putting on a film night for the children straight after school so all the children who have bought tickets for it will be taken into the hall at the end of the day to enjoy the film and some snacks.  Tickets are £3 and available from the office.

On Monday 15th Jan Y5 are going to St Philip Howard to do some PE in the morning so they need to make sure they have their PE kits into school.

On Thursday 18th Jan there is a PTA meeting at 7pm at The Cricket Club do come if you can.

Eagles are leading our Assembly just after 9am on Friday 19th January and Harriers the week after.  Do join us if you can.

I don’t know if you saw the Lego Masters series on Chanel 4 last year, I loved it the models were amazing, anyway they are looking for entrants for this year’s competition, adults or children. Applicants must be over 9 on 31st March 2018.  If you are interested email, if the applicant is under 18 a parent or guardian needs to phone.

I am attaching the dates for this term, as ever things may well change so do keep an eye on the newsletter. Talking of dates there have been a number of enquiries about May half term dates; we finish on Friday 25th May and return to school on Wednesday 6th June.


Alice Littlehailes


Dates Jan – March 2018


Friday 12th            Film Night

Monday 15th         Y5 to St Philip Howard

Tuesday 16th         High Peak Kids Council

Wednesday 17th   Y2 & Y6 Fire and Rescue talks

Thursday 18th      PTA meeting 7pm Cricket Club

Friday 19th            Eagles leading assembly

Friday 26th           Harriers leading assembly


Friday 2nd            Kites leading assembly

Tuesday 6th         Internet safety day

Friday 9th            Kestrels leading assembly

PTA Disco

Friday 16th         Ospreys leading assembly

House verse speaking

Finish for half term

Monday 26th      School reopens


Thursday 1st       World Book Day

Friday 2nd           Merlins leading assembly

Monday 5th        Class photo day

Tuesday 6th        Y5 to St Philip Howard

Thursday 8th      Y5 to Halle concert

Friday 9th           Peregrines leading assembly

Friday 16th         Easter Raffle and breakfast

Monday 19th      Y3/4 production 6pm

Tuesday 20th     Y3/4 production 2pm

Parents evening

Wednesday 21st House Netball and Football

Parents evening

Thursday 22nd   Easter Service

English Touring Opera

Children finish for Easter


Monday 9th        School reopens


Newsletter 04/01/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear All,

Happy New Year. I hope you have all had a good Christmas break.  It is lovely to see everyone back ready to learn.

Clubs will restart on Monday 8th January except Arts and Crafts. It is cookery club group 2s turn cooking on Tuesdays.

Swimming restarts for Ospreys on 11th January.  Eagles are also starting swimming on the 11th, please return any outstanding forms as soon as possible.

On Monday 15th January the Year 5s are visiting St Philip Howard School during the school day.  They will need their PE Kits.

Dinner money for the term is £102, £64 to half term, £10 for a week. Please remember dinner money should be paid in advance.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 21/12/2017


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Dear All,

Well here we are on the final day of term having negotiated choir concerts, carol services, Christmas Dinner and parties! The children have been amazing at all of them, you should be so proud of them.

Thank you to everyone who managed to get their children to the Methodist Church on Thursday last week, I know it was very difficult and understand completely why some just could not make it. I could not have got my children there if the roles had been reversed.

Also thank you to the choir and their parents for attending the carol service on Sunday. It was a lovely service and the children read and sang beautifully.

As we head into the festive season when Father Christmas may well bring children internet enabled devices can I remind you to always consider your child’s safety online. Keep an eye on what sites they are accessing and who they are playing games with online.  It is so easy for children to fall into the trap of trusting someone because they have been chatting online, we need to be vigilant for them.  It is also easy for them to send a message which is meant as a joke but is hurtful to others.  I ask them to use the Mrs Littlehailes test ie if I wouldn’t say it to Mrs Littlehailes’ face I don’t send it.

Term restarts on Thursday 4th January.

I hope to see a number of you in person to wish you a happy Christmas but if I don’t: Thank you for all you have done to support the school in 2017, I hope the holiday is a good one and that 2018 brings us all peace and happiness.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 14/12/2017

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Dear All,

I am so sorry I have had to close the school today, for only the second time in seven years, unfortunately nothing I can do about Gas Pipes!

Tomorrow is Christmas Dinner day so I am glad the engineers think they will have finished the job today so school can open tomorrow.

Well done to the children I Peregrines and Ospreys who put on an out of this world performance this week and thank you to you for supporting them.

Wow what a fantastic Christmas Fair the PTA put on, on Friday. Thank you to everyone who supported it by volunteering or coming and spending money.  It provisionally made about £1,200 so well done to all.

Congratulations to our swimming squad who came first in the gala, what lovely little fish!

On Sunday the choir are taking part in the Carol Service at St Luke’s Church. They need to be there by 6.15, not 5.45 as I said on the letter.  For some reason I had it in my head that it was starting at 6 rather than 6.30.  Please can they come in school uniform.

On Monday it is Merlin’s and Eagle’s party on Tuesday Kites and Harriers party on down and on Wednesday it is Kestrels, Peregrines and Ospreys turn. On their party day the children can come in party clothes or bring them with them to get changed at lunchtime. All I would say is remember they are having a normal morning in school so their clothes need to be suitable to work in and more importantly play out in.

On Thursday it is our Carol Service which will start at about 9.20ish, it depends how long it takes us to come across from school. The children in kestrels will be dressing up as part of this service so we would ask them to meet us at church in their costumes (which we will send home) at about five past nine.  Please can they bring their uniform to change into in a named bag.  The naming is really important as matching all those children to unnamed uniform is a real headache.  I would also ask that the readers and the choir meet us at church at 9.05.

If your child is in Key Stage 2 and would like to have fruit next term you need to return the letter by Wednesday. We cannot guarantee fruit for children whose parents have not returned the slip.

If you have any dinner arrears please pay these as soon as possible. Dinners need to be paid for in advance.  If you are having difficulty paying for school meals contact the office as you may be eligible for free school meals.

We finish for Christmas on Thursday 21st and school reopens on Thursday 4th January.

Alice Littlehailes

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