In between making us all delicious delicacies and supporting us with jobs else where around the school, Mrs Critchlow and Miss Lipp run a tight ship in the kitchen. This was recognised by the Environmental Health Inspector who arrived unannounced last Thursday morning to do a monitoring inspection. I am delighted to share with you that they received 5 stars (the top award). Well done ladies! You can see the rating for yourself on ratemyplace.org.uk


You might have noticed I’m trying a different approach with the newsletters this half term. I want the newsletters to be a useful means of communicating with you and sharing what we are up to. Any comments (good or bad!) will be most welcome.



We have a comments book in the main entrance. Comments can be written directly into the book or on a slip provided in the entrance. We look at the book each week to glean feedback and feelings.


We operate an open door policy. If you ever have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of staff.


Another useful tool for gaining your feedback is ‘Parent View’. This medium gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about our school, from the quality of teaching to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. The survey can be completed at any time; you don’t have to wait until we are being inspected. (www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk)


I am delighted to tell you that the newest Manifold baby arrived safely in the world on Monday morning. Welcome to the world, Harry George Savage. We can’t wait to meet you.


Well done to the 10 children who represented us in the Leek First Schools Cross Country Team Tournament on Tuesday at St Edward’s Middle School. All 10 children were a credit to the school and their families. Despite the arctic conditions, they ran like Trojans and cheered on their team mates. I was extremely proud and honoured to watch you all race and to see you representing our school so well in the community. Thank you: Archie, Matthew, Jack Gr, Sam G, Joe, Casey, Edie, Imogen, Evie, Molly. Special thanks also to Mrs Marchant who trains the children each week on a Tuesday lunchtime. Your help is very much appreciated.


Thank you to all those who supported our request last week. Some children are spending 1015 minutes eating their snack. Please only send one small item.


Special thanks to Mr Cope who donated a wendy house to our early years children. They have had tremendous fun in it.

PTFA Meeting

We have our first meeting of 2017 next Monday (6th February). It will be held in school at 3:15pm, and we'd love you to join us. We'll be discussing fundraising events and ideas for this term, and would welcome your input. We are aiming for another term of successful fundraising, and need your help to make it so. We look forward to seeing you.


Don’t forget you are all welcome to join us for worship on a Thursday morning at 9:05am.


Saturday 28th January marks the start of Chinese New Year - a celebration lasting 15 days. This year is the year of the rooster. As part of raising children’s awareness of other cultures, we sampled some Chinese food this afternoon. We tried Sweet and Sour Chicken, Chicken Chow Mein, Special Fried Rice, Spring Rolls and Prawn Crackers. We then made up some dragon dances in the hall.  


Mrs Harris has informed me that she will not be returning to school until after her baby is born. We wish her the best of luck and look forward to hearing about her new bundle of joy when the time comes.


I am delighted to report that our governing body continues to grow in both strength and numbers. Mrs Seaby (ex governor and local resident) and Mrs Wolvers (Christian Distinctiveness Advisor from Lichfield Diocese) have both joined us. I look forward to working closely with them and will welcome their support and challenge.  


If you are in the fortunate position of having some spare time on your hands, we would love to hear from you! We are especially keen to hear from people willing to listen to readers and to accompany us at the swimming baths. If you can help, please speak to Mrs Virani who will arrange for a DBS check to be completed.


A couple of children have mentioned this week that they would like to stay with us for years 5 and 6. We would love to have them stay with us! Legally, we are registered as a primary school, therefore we can offer the provision. If you are interested, please inform Mrs Virani ASAP. We hope some of you will choose to stay.


We are committed to keeping your children safe, including being safe when using a computer. All children have been tasked with desigining an E-Safety poster at home. We will then be putting these on display in school. For more information, including useful tips, please have a look at the following websites:






We will be focusing on e-safety during Safer Internet Day 2017 which will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February.


There will be a meeting for year 4 pupils and their parents at Waterhouses School on Wednesday 1st February, 4:15pm. This will be an opportunity to hear more information about the residential trip we are running in conjunction with other local schools. The trip will take place between 4 – 7th May 2017.


We will be celebrating World Book Day on 2nd March. Further details will be shared soon. The day will involve coming to school in fancy dress — as a character from a book.


As mentioned last week, the winter vomiting bug is doing the rounds at school. If your child is unwell, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last bout of sickness or diarrhea. We are aware that this is not always convenient; however it is to prevent the bug spreading further. Please help us by supporting this policy. Thank you. Please ring the office if your child is absent from school.


1st – Hufflepuff

2nd – Gryyfindor

3rd - Ravenclaw

4th – Slytherin

No star awards were awarded this week due to unexpected technological difficulties. We didn’t want children receiving awards without having given parents the opportunity to attend. We will do double next week. Sorry.


Thank you to all those who give up their time to help us. It is very much appreciated. There are so many people to list—here are just a few:

  • Mrs Cope who supports in the early years class each week.
  • Miss Gilman who has been helping us to sort through resources and tidy cupboards.
  • Mrs Chambers who comes in to listen to readers.  
  • Mrs Eades who spends hours researching grants and funding opportunities.
  • Mrs Wallace who supports us in art club each week.
  • The PTFA committee who work tirelessly to raise funds.
  • Our governors and trustees.
  • All the fantastic staff.

Teamwork really does make the dream work.


Excitement broke out earlier this week when the postman hand delivered a letter from Professor Van Drop, followed by a parcel the next day. Thanks to the Professor, we are now responsible for looking after Burt the dinosaur while he continues his archaeological work in the Himalayas!

The children thoroughly enjoyed making edible dinosaur eggs with Mrs Cope this week. Thanks to her fantastic baking skills, cooking will now be a weekly feature.


Year 1 have been working exceptionally hard over the least few weeks. I was particularly impressed when I walked in to the classroom and was asked how I was in French! (It’s time for me to get my French dictionary out!) Well done year 1. They have also been busy writing about Chinese New Year and learning their times tables.


The children have been enjoying a book called The Tin Forest by Helen Ward. The book shows how even the most barren landscape can be a home to all sorts of life. The children have been putting what they have learned into practice by writing persuasive pieces, for and against landfill sites. Next week we will be putting their persuasive writing skills to the test when we ask them to write to local companies to see if they would like to sponsor us by purchasing a new school sports kit that can be worn by children representing us in sporting events. Let’s hope they manage to persuade somebody!


I will be leaving school at 3pm on Tuesday to get to a meeting at Stoke City Football Club. I have been asked to be part of a steering group looking at how they can improve their sports provision in schools.

After attending the Leek Education Partnership (LEP) meeting as a guest this week, I have arranged to visit other local schools over the next few weeks in the hope that we can begin to share resources for the benefit of our children. I will be visiting Leek First school on Thursday 2nd February and All Saints and St Bartholomew’s on the 3rd.


We will be joining other local schools in a music concert at All Saints Church on Monday 27th March at 5:30pm. Further details will be shared nearer to the time. If your child does not currently attend our choir club but would like to join in, please send a message in via their communication book.


Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers are back! Please help us to collect vouchers which we can then exchange for sports equipment. Collection boxes are available in school.