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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 20.07.2017

St Luke’s Newsletter

20.7.17

Dear All,

It is hard to believe but this is the last newsletter of this academic year, just where has the year gone? It has been another fabulous year at St Luke’s with the children experiencing many different things, learning lots, including how to get on in a group, and enjoying working together.  Thank you to all of you for supporting the work we do here.

Thank you to the PTA for all their work this year, and for the disco on Tuesday. Everyone seemed to enjoy it.

Sports Day went very well yesterday, despite the forecast the weather was perfect, warm, cloudy and dry. The children worked well together in their houses and all had a good time.

Talking of sports we have again been awarded Games Mark Gold in recognition of all the sport we offer the children.

Some of our sports kit has yet to be returned 3 shirts are missing (numbers 17,18&19) as are 3 pairs of shorts (numbers 13,17&18) also 11 pairs of black socks with PB Sports written on them. Please can you have an extra look at home for them as we need the kit for future events.

If you have not settled your dinner money debt yet please do so immediately. We would hate to have to refer anyone to the legal department in order to begin proceedings against them but we may have no option if the debt is not paid.  Dinner money debt comes out of the school budget we have to educate your children not out of a pot at the council.

We finish for the summer tomorrow. We will be saying goodbye to the Year Six children in true St Luke’s style with celebrations not tears.  They will be leading the assembly in the morning have lunch with the staff and meet up for tea at Pizza Express at 5pm.

School restarts on Tuesday 5th of September for everyone except the Reception children who start on Thursday 7th.

As well as some of our children we will be saying goodbye to Andrew the Vicar who is moving to a new role in the south and to Mrs Farrell who, after a huge number of years supporting a huge number of children (I am not allowed to say how many but it is a lot), is leaving us to do other things. Thank you to both of them for all they have given the school.

I have been sent information about an event in Norfolk Square on Friday 28th July 9.30-3.  People are being asked to come along and write a love letter to Glossop.  This is a chance to think about our town and why we like it.

Remember the library reading challenge over the summer.

There will be no toast tomorrow as we will be busy with leaving events.

Have a lovely summer, stay safe and see most of you in September in our lovely new uniform.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 13.07.2017

St Luke’s Newsletter

13.7.17

Dear All,

Congratulations to the children who went to Cyclocross yesterday, I understand one of our teams came first but more importantly they all behaved well and had a good time.

I hope all of you who have been able to come to the Eagle’s and Merlin’s production of Treasure Island enjoyed it. There was a fine display of piratical behaviour, skulduggery and creatures.  I also hope you have managed to get ‘Cheese on Toast’ out of your head.

This week we have had two important visitors in. One of the Librarians from Glossop Library came in to talk about the summer reading challenge. This is organised every year by the library and is a great way to keep your child reading over the summer without having to buy loads of books.  Just go along to the library and you can sign them up for the challenge.  Everyone who has taken part before has enjoyed it.  Don’t worry if you are not registered with the library it is a simple thing to do.

The second visitor was our violin teacher who does a great job helping children start to learn this lovely instrument. If your child is interested in starting to play the violin just let the office know.

The children in Kestrels will be leading our assembly this Friday 14th. Do join us if you can.

Next week is the last week before the summer holiday and is full of exciting learning, no we will not be winding down! On Tuesday morning the children will be working in their new classes with their new teachers.  These are staying the same: Reception Mrs Hillier, Y1 Mr Cooke, Y2 Miss Nicholls, Y3 Mrs McLaren and Mr Warburton, Y4 Ms Lee, Y5 Mrs Clayton and Mr Warburton, Y6 Miss Byron.

Wednesday 19th – weather permitting will be sports day in the morning.

 

Remember on Thursday 20th The choir are singing in Buxton as part of the Fringe Festival.  Please come along and support us if you can.  1-2pm near the Opera House.  Choir need packed lunch for that day.

On Friday 21st Y6 will be leading our Assembly, they will have lunch all together and will then go out for tea.

If children in Key Stage 2 would like to have fruit next term the letter needs to be returned by Monday. We have to put the order in next week and may not have spare fruit for people who ask for it in September.

If you have dinner money outstanding please settle your bill as soon as possible as we need to balance the books for this academic year.

Early warning Kim the lollypop lady will not be working in the month of September.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 06.07.2017

St Luke’s Newsletter

6.7.17

Dear All,

Firstly well spotted you eagle eyed people tomorrow’s assembly will be led by Harriers not by Kites as I accidently said last week.

Thank you to everyone who supported our non uniform day the bottles came flooding in. The PTA are very grateful, as they were for the support at the Summer Fun Day which raised £606.

The Year 6 pupils have been busy visiting their new secondary schools. It is lovely to see their happy relieved faces when they come back recounting tales of daring do, surviving big sites and talking to new people.  They realise it is something they are ready for.

Next week we have the Eagle’s and Merlin’s summer production full of spots, pirates, treasure, adventure and skeletons in closets! Just another day at St Luke’s then. If you haven’t requested tickets yet please do so. The performances are on Tuesday evening 6.30, the children back at 6 please, and Thursday 2pm.

The Derbyshire Safeguarding Team have made me aware of a new problem with snapchat which you may not be aware of – I wasn’t. Snapchat has automatically updated and added snapchat maps which allows people to see where other people they know, or people they know know, are and what they are doing.  If you or your children use snapchat the advice is to ensure you are set to ‘ghost’.  Snapchat has many really good features and I am not recommending you stop using it just making you aware of this new issue. Here is a link to a 14 year old explaining much better than I can all about the potential problems. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MhHXbGKshgw

As we are getting towards the end of term and people are starting to think about uniform and equipment for next year here are a few reminders, including some the children would rather you didn’t know. The uniform next year will be white polo shirt, purple sweatshirt or cardigan and grey trousers, skirt, shorts, dress plus sensible school shoes.  If you have red uniform that you still want to use you can of course use it until it needs replacing.  The children do not need, in fact please don’t send in pencil cases and pens etc we provide everything they need.  Also please, please, please do not send in back packs we do not have room for them.  The children only need a book bag and a PE bag.

Talking of old uniform we have had a request that the children are very excited about. In Nigeria the children can only go to school if they have a uniform, but many children cannot afford one so do not go to school where they get an education and also a meal.  One of our visitors has links to a school which has a red uniform and asked if we would donate all our old uniform to them.  The children love the idea that the uniform they have finished with helps another child to go to school so please send in old uniform and we will get it to them.  I just wish I had known this before and we would have done it every year.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 29.06.2017

St Luke’s Newsletter

29.6.17

Dear All,

I cannot believe that June is nearly over we seem to be hurtling very quickly towards the summer holiday.

Thank you so much to everyone involved in The Glossop Festival for putting on the concert for schools last Thursday. It was such a treat for our ears and for our performers.  The children were genuinely moved by the music.

On Friday our gymnastics squad performed very well and were awarded bronze medals. Congratulations to them.

This week Year 6 were all geared up to be extras in a film and Monday went well, however the weather put paid to Tuesday’s filming. The director says she will try again at the start of next week but does not know if the children will be needed.  I suggest they bring their film clothes into school for Monday and Tuesday next week and then we are ready if needed.

Thank you so much to Glossop Cricket Club who invited the children to watch the county match taking place this week. Luckily we picked Monday as the day to go.

It has been so nice to welcome the new Reception Children into school this week. We are looking forward to seeing them on Monday for a story and their lunch.

Friday is a busy day with Osprey’s leading the assembly in the morning, non-uniform day for a bottle and Forest schools for Y3.

Remember clubs run by staff members finish this week.

Next week sees our lovely Summer Concert on Tuesday 4th July.  This is an opportunity for all our musicians to perform and for everyone to hear the choir.  Please can all the performers, musicians and choristers be back at school by 6.50 for a 7pm start.  We do not issue tickets for this event but please do come along and enjoy a musical treat.

The last few weeks are so busy, and dates Keep changing so I thought I would give you an update.

Monday 3rd      New Reception Lunch

St Philip Howard Transition week starts

Tuesday 4th     Y6 Rounders’ tournament

Chapel Transition Day

Summer Concert 7pm

Wednesday 5th Last Y2 swim

The Great Science Share – This involves the Choir plus some scientists going to The Etiad

Longdendale transition

 

Thursday 6th    New Y3s visiting

Last Year 4 swim

Glossopdale & Longdendale transition

Friday 7th         New Y3s visiting

Kite’s Assembly

Glossopdale & Longdendale transition

Monday 10th    Y3/4 trip to Manchester Museum

Tuesday 11th   Cyclo cross competition

Y5/6 performance 6.30pm

Thursday 13th Year 5/6 performance 2pm

Friday 14th       Kestrel’s Assembly

Tuesday 18th   PTA Disco 5-6.30

Wednesday 19th Sports Day

Thursday 20th Choir perform in Buxton Festival Fringe

Friday 21st       Merlin’s Assembly

Leaver’s meal out

Finish for the summer

Tuesday 5th September Children return to school

Thursday 7th September New Reception Children start.

 

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 22.06.2017

St Luke’s Newsletter

22.6.17

Dear All,

What a hot week it has been! Many congratulations to the children who were part of the PEGS concert on Monday.  It was incredibly hot in the New Mills Art Theatre but the children performed really well and all received much praise from the other schools.  It is supposed to be cooling down now.

Thank you so much to everyone involved in the Family Fun Afternoon, organisers, helpers and supporters. A good time was had by all.

A huge thank you also goes out to everyone for the cup cake for dementia Mrs Howe has counted up the donations and we raised a fantastic £185. Well done everyone.

This afternoon the children are all going to a concert organised by Glossop Festival in which some of our children will be playing. We are so lucky to have high quality live music available to us.

Tomorrow, Friday 23rd, The Eagles will be leading our Assembly, on the 30th it will be Osprey’s turn.  Do join us if you can.

Friday 30th June is a non-uniform day.  For the privilege of coming in sensible own clothes the children are asked to bring in a bottle which will be used at The Christmas fair.  It can be a bottle of anything; shampoo, ketchup, pop, wine, beer, bubble bath, the list is endless.

Our Summer concert is fast approaching, it is on Tuesday 4th July at 7pm.  This is an opportunity for any child who plays an instrument to perform.  I know the music teachers who teach in school are preparing their children.  It is also an opportunity for you to hear the choir.  If your child would like to perform encourage them to speak to Mrs Hillier.

The Library has contacted me to ask me to tell you about the Summer Reading Challenge. This year the theme is Animal Agents.  This is a great way to keep your child reading over the summer.  For more information pop into the library.

I understand there has been some chat and confusion on Facebook about purple polo shirts. The purple polo shirts some of you saw on Monday are the Arts uniform shirts.  School Uniform from September will be white polo shirts as these are readily available.

School run after school clubs will finish next Friday 30th June as we have a lot of other things on such as the summer concert and the Y5/6 production.

The Local Authority have asked me to give you the following information about term time holidays.

In September 2013 the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force. These regulations make it clear that Headteachers should not grant approval for any leave of absence during term-time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. These regulations also state that holidays cannot be authorised retrospectively.

Any requests should be on an official school absence request form and handed into the school office for consideration prior to any holiday/leave arrangements being made.

You may be issued with a Penalty Notice should leave be taken which is not authorised. If unpaid this could lead to prosecution under section 444(1) of The Education Act 1996.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 15.06.2017

St Luke’s Newsletter

15.6.17

Dear All,

Firstly, welcome to all the parents of children starting in September. This is the first of our weekly newsletters you will be receiving. We are so glad you are part of the St Luke’s family.

I am writing this a little bleary eyed having got back late from an amazing trip to London with our High Peak Kids Council representatives, so please forgive any mistakes. The trip was to see The Houses of Parliament in action and boy did we hit the jackpot. Our tour was just as all the ceremony surrounding the MPs swearing allegiance was happening.  John Bercow nodded at us and we can be seen on the BBC coverage being waved at by Teresa May and Jeremy Corbin.  Our new MP Ruth George met us.  We also saw the changing of the guards at Horse Guards Parade, popped into the National Gallery to see some of the pictures we had studied in take one picture weeks, had a good walk round central London, went on a London bus and on a tube. Phew!

This came just a day after a wonderfully musical day at which our children covered themselves in glory. In the morning the Year 4s played with The Halle Orchestra and in the afternoon The Choir sang to an audience including representatives from the Halle choir and the Music service in Derbyshire and Stockport.  Following both events lots of people told me how impressed they were with our children and the level of their musicianship.  The Choir’s next concert is on Monday afternoon as part of the PEGS concert when we are all getting together and sharing our music.  The children should be back for the end of the school day.

Thank you so much to Nicola Davies for organising the Dog Safety talks I think we all learned a lot. We are continuing on the safety theme today with a talk on being safe near water given by Glossop pool.

It is nearly here, just one more sleep until the Family Fun Day! Please do stay after school tomorrow for the PTA summer extravaganza. It should be a lot of fun and raise money for the PTA funds which are used to support school.

Remember it is the next bags 2 school textile collection on Tuesday 20th

Year 5 are leading our assembly on Friday 23rd June.  Please join us if you can.

I have been asked about activities organised by school for our Year 6 Leavers. As ever we are going to make a good fuss of them.  On Friday 21st they will lead our assembly and use this to say goodbye to the school community, we will have a special leavers lunch all together and then we have booked a meal out early evening on that Friday so they can finish on a high.

 

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 08.06.2017

St Luke’s Newsletter

8.6.17

Dear All,

I hope you all had a lovely holiday.

I am sorry I had to cancel sports day but the weather was against us. I left the decision as late as I could as the forecast was changing all the time, mainly for the worse!  Judging by the damp this morning the decision was the right one phew!  I would have felt dreadful if we had woken up to a lovely day.

Hopefully the weather will brighten up for the boy’s cricket tomorrow and the girl’s on Monday.

Tuesday is our fabulous musical day with the Year 4s playing with The Halle in the morning and the choir singing in a concert in Manchester in the afternoon. They will all need packed lunches.  If you haven’t returned your letter for this yet please do so ASAP.

 

On Friday 16th Year 5 are going to visit St Philip Howard School, lunch will be provided by the school.

 

Friday 16th is also the PTA family fun event including scoot and skate immediately after school 3.30-5.30.  Lots of exciting things are planned so please do come along.

On Thursday 15th we are having a cup cake fundraiser for Dementia Day.  The very lovely Mrs Howe is going to bake cupcakes for the children to decorate and eat for a donation.

 

The next bag 2 school collection is coming up on Tuesday 20th June so bags should be coming home today for you to fill with unwanted textiles.  We really appreciate your donations as each collection raises a few hundred pounds for school funds.

Alice Littlehailes


25.5.17

Dear All,
I am so proud of the children and staff here who have had sensible discussions about the events in Manchester. We did have families at the concert but they are all safe. It was great to see them back in school the next day getting on with life as normal and using the school community to support them. We must all remember that the people carrying out such terrorist attacks do not represent any religion or community and only they are to blame. The Muslim community in Manchester is as upset by what happened as any other community and also needs our support.
After the fantastic Take one Picture week last week we are having science week this week. All I can say is Wow! and a huge “thank you” to all the scientists from Manchester University who have come in and shared some of their work with the children. As well as the working scientists, we had a planetarium yesterday, today we have a biologist who is bringing some animals in, and tomorrow to finish the week in style we have Adrian Bowden with his travelling science show.
The Year 4s should have had a letter about continuing to learn an instrument next year after their whole class teaching finishes. It is an opportunity to learn an instrument at a much subsidised rate. I would urge as many people as possible to take up this offer. Please return the letter as soon as possible.
The Year 4s will be playing with The Halle Orchestra and lots of other schools at the Bridgewater Hall on Tuesday 13th June (choir parents do not worry they are able to do both the morning with the orchestra and the afternoon with the choir). I have just found out there may be some tickets available for parents at a cost of £7. If you would like a ticket please let me know this week, send in the money and I will try and get them for you.
The PTA Easter raffle raised an amazing £1,109.58. Well done and thank you to everyone who helped organise, sold tickets, baked or ate cake.
The local speech and language team is launching a new project called Talking Together and their first campaign is around mobile phones. All they are asking us to do is to put away our phones when we pick children up from school so we can greet them and talk about their day with no distractions. I am sure we can all do this.
We have had to change the date and time of Sports day because the cricket tournament now clashes. Sports day will now be Thursday 8th June in the morning. Children can come to school dressed in their PE kit and bring their uniforms to change into. We will aim to start as soon as we can, definitely by 9.30.
The show ‘Eat well for less’ is looking for families to take part; if you are interested in finding out more, the contact details are
Get in touch to apply or find out more!
0117 970 7661 or e-mail: eatwell@rdftelevision.com

We finish for half term on Friday and return to school on Thursday 8th June. I hope you all have a lovely break.
Alice Littlehailes


18.05.17

St Luke’s Newsletter
18.5.17
Dear All,
What a turnaround! we have gone from my least favourite week to one of my favourites. This week is Take one Picture Week when we use the children’s responses to a picture to base all our work on. This year’s picture is Penelope and Her Suitors. On Monday the children worked in their houses and the Year 6s took the lead. A great day was had by all. There has been work about boats, castles, weaving, Greek myths, angles, taking the characters on adventures the range and quality has been amazing.
This week is also walk to school week – so of course it has been rainy. I have been very pleased to see the number of families who have still walked. Let’s see if everyone can walk at least part of the way on Friday.
Today the Year 5s are off to Castleton. I am sure they will find out a lot during this Geography field trip.
Tomorrow 19th May our High Peak kid’s Council representatives are going to New Mills to meet Andrew Bingham (a meeting arranged before the general election was called). This is in preparation for their trip to Parliament next month.
Next week is our science week, and what a week is planned. There will be scientists working with the children on experiments, a planetarium, animals and a science show.
The children in choir brought home a letter on Tuesday detailing all their gigs. Please could you return the slip as soon as possible so we know you have seen it. If the letter has not made it home please ask for another copy.
The PTA is as ever very busy; today is plant pick up day and preparations are well in place for the Family Fun event, incorporating scoot and skate. There will be stalls, bouncy castle, food and loads of other things. If you have a bit of time and would like to help with this event just let us know.
The Peregrines are off to Glossopdale Hadfield site on Wednesday 24th for a sports festival. Please send the permission slip back.
We have a fantastic reason to celebrate we have been awarded Music Excellence Partner status. We are the only school in this part of the county to have this award. It is in recognition of all the work we do, both within the curriculum and outside it, to promote music. Huge congratulations to all the staff and instrumental teachers for this. Remember if your child is interested in learning an instrument just let us know.
Remember the lollypop crossing may not be staffed next week. Derbyshire County Council is hoping to be able to staff it but cannot guarantee it.
Alice Littlehailes


11.05.17

11.5.17
Dear All,
My least favourite week of the year is almost finished – SATs week. The reason I dislike it so much is we are required to make the children sit tests which have little or no impact on them and their future, they are mainly used to judge schools. I am delighted with the calm and purposeful way the children have approached the tests, doing their best but not getting too stressed. This is just what we aim for. We will hopefully let you know how the children have done when they get their reports in July. I say hopefully because some years some schools haven’t had their results until during the summer holidays. We will be back to offering a broad and balanced curriculum next week after a weeks interruption.
Next week we are, as is traditional, having our Take One Picture Week. This is a project run by The National Gallery. Every year they choose a picture and invite schools across the country to make a response to it. The response does not have to be an artistic one but can be anything. I cannot wait to find out what the children will come up with this year. The week after will be science week when we will be celebrating all things scientific.
Next week is also walk to school week when children across the country are encouraged to come to school on foot, bike or scooter. If you need to come by car you could think about parking further away from school and walking some of the way.
This Friday 12th May the Peregrines are leading our assembly do join us if you can. We have had to change the date of the Eagle’s assembly to Friday 23rd June.
There have been a number of concerns raised about dogs. I know a number of you combine picking your child up with walking your dog, which is understandable. Thank you for not bringing them into the playground. Please could you tie them up away from the footpaths both in school and alongside school. I know you feel confident your dog can cope with large number of children walking past them, and possibly interacting with them, but not everyone shares your confidence. Some people are wary of dogs and feel unsafe passing them. Some dogs who are normally calm and passive can become agitated when surrounded by large groups of children and might react. I don’t want anxious dogs or people. My suggestions are if you are meeting an older child you could arrange to meet them near the gates where you can supervise your dog and keep them away from other children, or tie them up somewhere like the fence on the other side of the carpark gate, where gardening club made that lovely spring flower display. I am not a pet owner so do not always have the answer if anyone has better suggestions please let me know.
Tom Rank has let me know that there will be no ICT Club on 22nd May as he is unable to be there.
Remember if you have ordered any plants from the PTA the pick up will be on Tuesday 16th May.
Eagles are off to Castleton next week, 18th May, if you haven’t sent in your permission slip yet please do so as soon as possible.
Alice Littlehailes


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