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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.
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Newsletter 17/10/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

It has been lovely to hear all the tales of Whitehall, with them getting taller and taller by the second! It sounds as if all the children had a great time, took on challenges and learnt lots. Thank you to the staff that made that possible.

Last night was cross country and Mr Holt tells me that the children showed great sportsmanship, they encouraged everyone and he was very proud of them. Well done to everyone.

Your children may well have come home and told you there was a drone flying over school this week. Well they were right, let me explain…..as you know we pride ourselves on being an inclusive school and that is the reason many of you chose St Luke’s for your child. Being inclusive means we support all children no matter what their background or ability, whatever their educational need is. We support children to learn academically and socially. The work we do has been recognised by a nomination for a national award. We are down to the last two schools, which is a huge honour in itself. You may ask what that has to do with a drone? Well; we have been asked to submit a very short film to support our nomination and the drone was taking some aerial shots of the playground. The film is being put together now and I will let you see it when it is finished.

Tomorrow is disco night. We look forward to seeing the children with their glad rags on at 5pm. The disco finishes at 6.30. I have just come up with a new plan for pick up which may work better. If parents come in through the hall door collect their child and go out through the main entrance door. Operating this one way system should help us see everyone out safely. The children like to have a bit of money for some food and something from the little toy stalls.

Peregrines are leading the assembly tomorrow, do join us if you can.

Next week is walk to school week when we encourage everyone to try and walk more of their journey to school. Please support this initiative by walking some or all of the school run to and from school.

It is parents evening on Wednesday 23rd October so there will be no afterschool clubs that day.

We finish for half term on Thursday 24th October and will return to school on Monday 4th November.

I have been asked to let you know about the ‘Peak Performers Choir’ who are looking for new members. They are a choir for children aged 7-13. They rehearse on Wednesdays 6-7pm at Partington Theatre Club Room. Subscriptions are £2 per week. If your child is interested contact Brenda Pickford on 01457 856851 / 07975856424

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 10/10/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Wow what a great turn out at the Glossop Jog despite the miserable weather. Thank you so much to everyone who took part. It is now time to collect all your sponsor money in and return it to school. If you don’t know how many laps your child did the office has the list.

The library visits were very successful and lots of the children now want to join the library, it is a great place to go and get books to read for free.

The Year 5s had a great day out at the People’s Museum in Manchester, I will be honest I hadn’t known much about it before but what a great museum. The children found out about the Peterloo Massacre and looked at different perspectives on what happened.

The Merlins are having a great time at Whitehall. The reports are all happy and all asleep by 10.30 – I think that just might be a record!

Remember it is the PTA AGM tonight 7pm at the Cricket Club. Please come if you can.

The Eagles are leading our assembly on Friday 11th do join us if you can. Peregrines will be leading assembly on Friday 18th October.

The PTA disco is on Friday 18th October.

We are sending home information from The Book People about how you can get cheap books and support school – win, win I feel.

As part of the celebrate artsmark week this week the film The Mighty Creatives made about our school has been launched. It can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rzm3U-w0jrg

As you will have seen on the dates we have decided to trial holding Parents Evening on just one day as more and more of you are asking for later appointments. The evening will be on Wednesday 23rd October. Once we have the slips in we plan family appointments so there are no clashes or long gaps. Please remember that appointments are 10 minute appointments, if you need longer than this you will need to make a separate appointment to see the class teacher at another time. Taking more than ten minutes causes problems for other parents. I am attaching a letter with an appointment slip. Please tick as many boxes as possible. As well as sending a copy home.

Dark Peak Music is running fun interactive music classes at St Luke’s for children ages 6-9 5.30-6.30 on Tuesdays. If you think your child might be interested email emma@darkpeakmusic.co.uk or ring 01457 853137


Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 03/10/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I hope you all enjoyed the sculpture park I was so impressed with the work the children did.

I hope those people who made it to the Online safety session on Tuesday learnt a lot. I know the staff did at their training session earlier in the day. The Year 6s led an amazingly good Online Safety session for the rest of the school, they really showed how much they have learnt.

This afternoon is our harvest festival I do hope to see a number of you there. All donations of food are going to Glossop Food Bank.

Sunday is the Glossop Jog I know we have got lots of runners signed up. Remember we are meeting at Glossop Cricket Ground this year. Be there from 10.30 ready for an 11.00 start.

Thank you to everyone who is sending in the Aldi stickers we are collecting them so all are gratefully received.

The Year 5s are out on a trip on Monday which is very exciting and the Year 6s go to Whitehall on Wednesday until Friday.

On Friday 11th October the Year 5s are leading the assembly do join us if you can.

The PTA meeting planned for tonight has been postponed to 10th October.

I have been asked to give you this information about half term activities offered by Inside Out Forest Schools – I know the children enjoy them:

We are holding our usual October half term holiday camp at Gnat hole farm Woods in Glossop.

The camp is on for 3 days and our first day is Fri 25th Oct (Inset day). Spaces are limited so book soon to avoid disappointment.

This for children aged 5-11 years. Please message me if you want your 4 year old to attend. The day costs £25 and we offer discounts for 3 day block bookings and sibling discounts. To book on use this link.



Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 26/09/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Congratulations to our Girls and Boys football teams who have both shown great sportsmanship in the tournaments they have been part of.

Year 6 were a credit to you and the school when they went out to their online safety course on Monday. They received lots of compliments about their behaviour from other school’s staff and the coach driver.

We have some very exciting events coming up which we hope you will be able to join us at. The first one is tomorrow (Friday 27th September) when we will have our sculpture park ready. We are opening it to the public from 2.30 – 4.00 in other words we would love to share it with you so do come and have a guided tour around the sculptures. The children are very excited to show off the work they have done.

On Tuesday 1st October it is the Online Safety Training at New Mills Secondary School at 6.15. The trainer is excellent, I have always come away from her courses knowing so much more about how to keep children safe on line and feeling able to protect them. I cannot recommend this course enough.

Thursday 3rd October at 2pm is our Harvest Festival in church. This is a service the children lead where we say thank you for all the good things in our lives, especially food. It is always lovely when you are able to join us for our church services. We will be collecting for Glossop Foodbank this year. They are especially in need of: UHT Milk, tinned peas, tinned carrots, rice in 1KG bags or microwaveable for individuals, tinned fruit, tinned custard, tinned rice pudding, tinned meat like ham or corned beef, cereal, tinned pulses like kidney beans, biscuits and soap but any donation will be much appreciated.

Thursday 3rd October is the PTA AGM, 7pm at the Cricket Club. This should not be a long meeting but it is so important. Please try to attend. All parents are members of the PTA and your opinion is important.

Sunday 6th October is the Glossop Jog. I am so pleased with the number of children who have signed up to take part in this event. If your child still hasn’t signed up there is still time!


Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 19/09/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

We have had another hard working week at St Luke’s. As I walk around school I have seen many busy happy learners. I have been taken on train rides, I have to say the prices are high I was charged £30 by one Kestrel ticket collector for a trip to Manchester!! I have been shown aerial view maps, been asked questions about Anglo-Saxons, felt the buzz of excitement around Maths problems, heard poems and many, many other things.

I know you are all working on the plastics challenge and have been saving all the plastic you have used this week. Please remember to send it in with your child tomorrow.

We are going to use the plastics to create our very own sculpture park which you are invited to visit on Friday 27th September from 2.30pm.

Tomorrow in Assembly we are going to have a brass tutor come and share his music and talk about how the children in years 4-6 can start to learn a brass instrument. I am attaching an invitation to come as parents with your child to an event on 16th October to find out more.

The health team have asked me to pass on the following very important information:

Primary Flu Programme 2019


Dear Parents/Carers


From September 2019 we will be using e-consent for the Flu programme. This year we are vaccinating children in Reception, Year 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.


Please click https://www.derbyshireandcityimms.co.uk/ and click on the Seasonal Flu icon to complete the consent form, the option to consent or decline the vaccination is at the end of the questionnaire so please complete even if you do not want your child to have the vaccination.


Your unique school code for St Luke’s CE Controlled Primary School (Glossop) is DD112817


For the Public Health England Flu information leaflet visit https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/a




http://www.derbyshireschoolnurses.org.uk/parents/immunisations/immunisation- dates and select your school under the primary section for the date we are due to vaccinate your child in school.


If you experience any problems please call the School Age Immunisation Team.

Repton: 01283 707178

Clay Cross: 01246 252953


The weather forecast for tomorrow Friday 20th September looks fantastic for the scoot and skate session organised by the PTA. The children are invited to bring their scooters and skates to school and use the playground, something not permitted normally! We ask that they all wear helmets.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 12/9/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

What a great week we have had despite the rain. All the new children have made a great start they have settled so well and any tears at the door have dried before they have even made it into the classroom. The children taking part in Bikeability have done well and those that are in the next group will do their sessions December 2nd & 3rd. The children standing for election have all made amazing speeches they could teach our politicians a lot!

You should have received a clubs letter if it hasn’t made it home there are spares in the office. There is an extra club to put on the list a Netball Club on Wednesdays 3.30-4.30 for children in Y4-6. Netball is a fast growing sport in this country and our National team is doing very well.

You should also have received a letter about the Glossop Jog. The Jog is a sponsored run/walk/stroll/toddle the children take part in every year organised by the Rotary Club. We always have a great turn out from St Luke’s as our children are so good at supporting others through service. A lot of fun is had by all no matter how many laps they do. I do hope we will again have a great turnout from St Lukes.

I can tell the new term has started because I have had complaints about parking. Please can I remind you to park in a way that keeps the children safe and does not block our neighbours. Parking is not permitted on the zigzag lines and we ask that you do not park on the driveway in towards the gates. This is to keep our children safe. I would also ask you to be careful not to park across driveways as this blocks our neighbours.

Clubs start on Monday apart from the clubs on Wednesdays which start on 25th September. If you have returned the clubs letter you should get a slip home this week to say which clubs they are on. Drama Club is full and anyone else interested in joining this club will have to go on the waiting list.

The library visits planned for next week have been postponed.

The phonics workshop is on Thursday 19th September straight after school.

Friday 20th September, weather permitting, is the scoot and skate session organised by the PTA. The children are invited to bring their scooters and skates to school and use the playground, something not permitted normally! We ask that they all wear helmets.

We are about to start a very exciting school wide project that we would like your help with. The whole school is going to create a sculpture park for you to visit on Friday 27th September. We are going to use our park to think about plastics. What we would like you to do is to save all your single use plastics (cleaned please) for a week from this Friday 13th September and send them in to school on Friday 20th September. These will be used by the children to make their sculptures. I do hope you will be able to help us with this.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 05/09/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Welcome back I do hope you all had a great summer. It is always a delight to see everybody back and ready for the new school year, though they all (and the staff) find getting back into the routine tiring.

There is a PTA meeting after the Friday morning assembly tomorrow– with cake! Every Friday we have an open assembly which everyone is welcome to attend. Following the assembly this Friday there will be a PTA welcome meeting for new and existing parents. Please do attend if you can, pre-schoolers are welcome.

The start of the school year is a good time to remind you all that attendance and punctuality are really important and make difference to your child’s education. Holidays in term time can only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. Here is the official statement from Derbyshire:

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.


I am also including the information about our facebook page again just so you have it. I will try to get better at remembering to use it!

if you are a Facebook user we would welcome you to ‘like and follow’ the St Luke’s Church of England Primary School official Facebook page. The Facebook page has been established by the staff and governors to share information and events about the school to the school and local community. Its aim is to be a source of information, it is not to be a page for queries and/or concerns regarding your child/children. If you have any questions regarding school matters then these should be directed through the traditional channels of the school office or your child’s class teacher. The School staff will of course respond to comments as soon as possible should a response be required but this may not be immediate. We would be very grateful if you could respect this page and the users who use it – we will have to delete inappropriate comments should this be required. The staff and school governors hope that this will be a great new additional communication tool for the school, all the other communication channels will remain in place.

The school Facebook page can be found using the following link: https://www.facebook.com/StLukesPrimaryGlossop/

We recommend that you set up the St Luke’s Facebook page as a ‘favourite group/page’ by following these simple steps (from a desktop computer):

  1. Like and follow https://www.facebook.com/StLukesPrimaryGlossop/ on your personal Facebook profile
  2. When on the St Luke’s Facebook page. Click the ‘following’ button and under ‘in your news feed’ section, tick the ‘see first’ button. This will ensure that when a new item is posted on the official page you will see this first in your newsfeed.There will be toast tomorrow. On Friday mornings we have toast as a treat. The children bring in 20p and for this they get a slice of toast. It is part of our economic education so once the children reach Year 3 if they forget their 20p they do not get toast. This is not us being mean but us helping them understand the relationship between money and food. If you are available on a Friday morning and would like to help make toast we would love to hear from you.
  3. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

I am attaching the dates for this year. We do sometimes have to change dates so please keep an eye on the newsletters for updates.

Alice Littlehailes


Dates 2019-20


6th                           PTA Coffee Morning

9th & 10th             Bikeabilty

13th                        Plastic collection starts

16th                        Clubs start

17th                        Library visits

18th                        Pinochio in school

19th                         Phonics Workshop

20th                         Bring Plastics in

Scoot and Skate

23rd                         Y6 online safety

27th                        St Luke’s Sculpture Park


1st                           Online safety training for parents

3rd                           PTA AGM

6th                           Glossop Jog

9th-11th                  Whitehall

11th                        Eagles leading Assembly

16th                         Individual Photos

18th                         Peregrines leading Assembly

PTA disco

23rd                         Parents evening

24th                         Children finish for half term


4th                           Children return to school

5th                           Flu vaccinations

7th                           Visit to Parliament

8th                           Ospreys trip

Merlins leading Assembly

15th                        Ospreys leading Assembly

22nd                        Kites leading Assembly

Y4 Sleep Over

29th                        Harriers leading Assembly


10th & 11th           Christmas Production

13th                        Kestrels leading Assembly

17th                        Eagles & Merlins party

18th                        Harriers & Kites party

19th                         Ospreys, Peregrines & Kestrels party

20th                        Carol Service

Christmas Dinner

Finish for Christmas


6th                           Children return to school

31st                         Kites leading Assembly


7th                           Harriers leading Assembly

14th                        Merlins leading Assembly

Finish for half term

24th                        Children return to school


6th                           Ospreys leading Assembly

9th                           Class Photos

13th                        Eagles leading Assembly

20th                        Kestrels leading Assembly

27th                        Peregrines leading Assembly

30th&31st              Y3/4 Production


1st                           Parents Evening

3rd                           Easter Service

Children finish for Easter

20th                        Children return to school

22nd – 24th           Whitby


1st                           Eagles Assembly

8th                           Bank Holiday

15th                        Sports Day

22nd                        Children finish for half term


3rd                           Children return to school

8th                           PEGS music concert

12th                        Kites leading Assembly

26th                        Harriers leading Assembly


3rd                           Ospreys leading Assembly

W/B 6th                 Merlins & Eagles Production

10th                        Peregrines leading Assembly

17th                        Kestrels leading Assembly

21st                         Levers Assembly

Children finish for summer

Newsletter 18/07/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I cannot believe this is the last newsletter of this academic year it doesn’t seem two minutes since I was welcoming you in September! Thank you all so much for this year and all the support you have offered the school. Without your support the education we could offer the children would be so much poorer. The children have achieved so much this year, experienced so much this year and enjoyed so much this year.

Congratulations to the children in Eagles and Merlins for the quality of their work in the production this week. The acting and singing was of a very high standard and the stagecraft shown was outstanding.

We welcomed the police into our assembly on Wednesday, they came to talk about keeping safe across the summer holiday. They reminded the children about water safety, not playing in derelict buildings or building sites and not getting so distracted by their mobile phones that they don’t notice roads.

Today is a busy day with Kestrels and Peregrines having a pirate day and everyone getting involved in a maths challenge day.

On Friday the choir will be donning their wet weather gear and taking part in the Buxton Fringe. They will be going to a performance at the Opera House and then performing between 1.30-2.30 either outside the Opera House or just inside the Pavilion Gardens. Do come and support our performance if you can.

Next week we are having our meet your new teacher session on Monday.

On Monday it is also the PTA Disco 5-6.30pm Do put your glad rags on and join us.

On Tuesday, the last day of term, it is the leavers assembly where we are entertained by the Year 6s as they celebrate being ready to move on to Secondary School. They also have leaver’s lunch at lunchtime. The leavers do is at Pizza Express. The Year 6s can go home get glammed up and meet us at 5pm.

Thank you again to everyone who supported the summer fun event you raised £695 whilst having fun.

A few reminders; bikeability letters need to be back for children in Y4&5 who would like to take part in this important safety event. Whitehall letters for children in Y5. Fruit money for children in Key Stage 2 next year needs to be in and please pay any dinner money debts.


I hope you all have a lovely summer and I look forward to seeing you all back at school on Wednesday 4th September. The new Reception children start on Thursday 5th September.


Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 11/07/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Thank you to everyone who helped at or supported the Summer Fun event I believe it was great fun. I am sorry I was not able to be there.

Congratulations to the girl’s cricket squad who performed well at the county final and were a credit to the school. Can I take this moment to thank all the parents who have made it possible for the children to attend so many sporting events. We could not do it without you.

This week we have welcomed visitors from the DFE who came to see us because of the work we do on being an inclusive school and supporting all children. We feel very honoured to have been chosen for this visit, not because we get it right all the time because we don’t but because it is recognition that we are always striving to meet everyone’s needs.

Tomorrow the Kestrels are leading our assembly and next Friday 19th July the Peregrines will take the lead. You are all welcome to our Friday Assembly.

Next week is the Y5&6 production of Treachery at Traitor’s Quay if you haven’t ordered your tickets yet please do.

On Friday 19th the choir are going to Buxton Opera House in the morning and are then singing as part of the Buxton Fringe between 1.30-2.30 hopefully on the Opera House forecourt, if we are not allowed to be there just round the corner in the Pavilion Gardens. If you are available please do come and support us at what is always a lovely event.

We are reaching the end of the school year and this year there are a number of members of staff whom we are saying goodbye to. Mrs Radford and Mrs Jones are retiring after many years’ service. Mrs Howe has been promoted so will be leaving our kitchen and Mrs Lamb has taken up an exciting position in another school. We wish them all well with their next step. If anyone would like to make a contribution to a leaving present for any of the staff leaving please send it into the office in a labelled envelope.

If your child is in Kites, Harriers, Eagles or Merlins next year and they would like fruit remember to send in their slip and money.

Not everyone has returned their blue permissions letter please can you as soon as possible.

Please can you remember to pay all dinner money debts.

The last disco of the year is on Monday 22nd July.

On Tuesday 23rd July there will be the leaver’s assembly, leaver’s lunch plus their leavers party at Pizza Express. It is also the last day of term.


Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 04/07/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

My apologies for the shortness of this newsletter but I hope I have remembered all the really important things!

Thank you to everyone who supported the summer concert, it was a lovely event.

Speaking of lovely events the summer fun day is almost here and excitement is building. I hope you are all able to stay after school on Friday, or come specially. It should be great fun and a chance for everyone to enjoy being together.

Remember it is Harrier’s Assembly tomorrow and Kestrel’s Assembly on Friday 12th please do join us for these family assemblies.

Next week is the last week of school led after school clubs.


Alice Littlehailes

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