Trust update

I met with the Trustees and Principals this morning to discuss ways in which we can move the trust forwards for the benefit of all children involved. It is a very exciting time for us as a school and as part of the wider multi academy trust. I am particularly looking forward to some collaborative work across the three schools, both at pupil and staff level. I firmly believe that together we can share effective practice across the MAT and create wonderful opportunities for our children.

Governor update

I am delighted to inform you that our governing body continues to grow in both strength and numbers. Judy Holt will meet the rest of committee next week when we have our Spring term meeting. Our new website will hold lots of information about governance including short biographies of the governors. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. I am extremely grateful for the time, energy and commitment our governing body puts into ensuring that our school is the best it can be. Each and every governor wants to make a positive contribution to your child's/children’s education. Thank you all.

Valentines disco

Hopefully you have all been digging out your dancing shoes and polishing your dancing skills in preparation for our PTFA Valentine’s disco. The event runs on Friday 17th February from 3— 4:30pm. For those too embarrassed to boogie, there will be tea and coffee available while you sit and take the weight off your feet. There will be a £2.50 entrance fee (per child) and this will include sweets and a juice drink. Water will also be available. 

Date for your diary

We will be going to church on Wednesday 1st March at 2pm. The children will be involved in an Ash Wednesday service, officiated by Reverend Price. The service will be followed by a phonics evening for parents in school at 3:15pm.

This will be accompanied by fair trade tea/coffee and cake as part of Fairtrade fortnight. We hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us.

Star awards

Well done to all our certificate winners this week. Keep up the fantastic work!

EYFS — Emily

Year 1 — Thomas

Years 2,3,4 — Jack Gr

Golden table — William and Grace


Reverend Price visited school on Thursday to lead the children in worship. I enjoyed listening to the children’s recounts of the message he was delivering — that we can love in different ways.

Hair styles

I am sure many children will be going for haircuts over the holidays. Please remember extremely short hairstyles, lines and extreme hairstyles are not permitted in school.

Help needed!

We would love to hear from anybody willing to listen to readers. Full support will be provided by the class teacher. If you have some spare time (even if it is just 20 minutes) and are willing to help, please speak to Mrs Virani ASAP.

Year 4 — Laches wood

Final call! We need to finalise numbers next week. Thank you!

British values

We actively promote British Values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values.


Democratic values are an explicit part of the ethos at Manifold Church of England Academy and Pupil Voice has a high profile. All adults listen to the views of the pupils and respect their opinions. Pupils are actively involved in agreeing classroom rules and understand the rewards of following agreed rules and the consequences of failing to adhere to the rules that have been agreed. Every child is given the opportunity to feed ideas into our Student Council. The elections of the School Council members were based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school worship. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws - that they are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. We are hoping that future visits from local road safety officers and police officers will help to reinforce such messages.

Individual Liberty

Pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. We provide boundaries for pupils to make choices safely. We encourage pupils to see themselves as unique individuals able to make a unique contribution to building community. Developing their self-esteem and self-confidence is very important to us all. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through discussions of E-Safety and whole school responsibilities. All pupils are keen to support charities, whether local, national or global. They are taught consideration for others through our Religious Education curriculum and PSHE lessons in particular.

Mutual Respect

Pupils and staff model respect at all times. The school promotes respect for others and this is reinforced through collective worship, our classroom and learning environments as well as extra-curricular activities such as sport. Our school’s ethos and behaviour policy are based on Gospel values, Love Jesus, Love Others, Love Learning, Love Life (John). In line with our commitment to democracy, pupils are always able to voice their opinions as we foster an environment where they can debate ideas and are safe to disagree with each other. We encourage pupils to communicate honestly and openly and to understand the value of cooperation and consensus as well as decision making through voting. Our golden table encourages children to debate and come to an agreement through cooperation about which staff member they would like to join them at the table. Our ‘What would Jesus do’ board encourages children to consider their actions and that of their peers.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

As a Christian school, we actively teach and encourage pupils to develop positive values and understand their own beliefs within a culturally diverse society. Acts of worship and class work promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. We are hoping to offer pupils’ opportunities to experience such diversity within the wider community through visits, for example, to a Temple and through members of different faiths or religions being invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class.

Phonics session

Wednesday 1st March at 3:05pm

The aims of the session (open to all parents) will be to

  • Share how phonics is taught
  • Develop parents’ confidence in helping their child with phonics and reading
  • To teach the basics of phonics and some useful phonics terms
  • To outline the different stages/phases in phonics development To show examples of activities and resources used to teach phonics
  • To provide you with information about the national phonics test in year 1

Thank you!

Big thanks to Mr Turner who does a fantastic job at keeping our extensive grounds and buildings in working order. He spent this week with his hands down the drains! I’m glad that fell under his job description and not mine!

Friendship Day

Mrs Critchlow and Miss Lipp will be serving up a special menu of delicious delights on Friendship Day (more commonly known as Valentine’s Day!) If your child hasn’t yet sampled their fantastic food, my lips and hips will tell you that their dinners are definitely worth trying!


MONIES Where possible, please try to send in any money on a Monday morning in a clearly labeled envelope. Please also encourage your child to hang in any letters, forms, money etc to their teacher first thing in a morning.

Cross country runners

A huge well done to all those who participated in the Leek First Schools Invidual cross country competition this week. All runners did remarkably well against some stiff competition. Our positions ranged from 4th to late 20s. No one from Manifold came last! Well done!

Do you like cucumber?

Calling all cucumber fans! We have lots of cucumbers available at cost price! Due to an ordering error we have 30 kilos of cucumbers! In our defence, they had changed the quantity to bundles of 10 kilos. Not realising this, 3 lots were ordered resulting in a surprise delivery of 30 kilos! Now as much as some of the children love cucumber (it is available to them every lunch time along with other vegetables and fruit) we don’t think we will get through them all. If you would like to buy some from us, we would love to sell them to you! We are charging £1 for a kilo of cucumber. They will be weighed on Mrs Critchlow’s industrial scales. Please help us to use them up!

Golden mile

After half term we will be starting the golden mile at 12:55pm each day. This will involve all children running for 5 minutes every day with the aim of improving their stamina each day.

Early years news

Early years have had another busy but fun week. It is a real pleasure seeing all of the children in the classroom enjoying their learning. This week I was invited to join in with their brain gym dance activity. They were all superstars!   The children have also enjoyed making egg box dragons.

Year 1 news

Year 1 have been working extremely hard on their poetry competition entry pieces! It brought a real smile to my face watching children who have previously shied away from writing, creating the most fantastic, vivid pictures through poetry. Please keep your fingers and toes crossed for some winning entries!

Years 2,3,4 news

Years 2,3,4 have been showcasing their creative side this week. I was amazed to discover we have some budding Picassos in the class! The children were experimenting with pen, ink and watercolours to recreate city and landscapes. The children were comparing Manchester to the Peak District.  

Formal Assessments

All classes have completed formal assessments this week. We hope they haven’t caused too much stress for them. We encouraged children to do their best. Assessments indicate how effective teaching and learning is in school and allow us to set up intervention activities to ensure that all children are on track to achieve their potential.