Nov 16

Ofsted – Rated GOOD

On Tuesday 17th October 2017 the school was visited by the Ofsted inspector.

“You and your staff are passionate about providing your pupils with the best possible opportunities and strive for improvement. “

“Assessment information is used to finely target pupils’ gaps in learning and, as a result, they make good progress.”

“In the early years, expectations of children are high and, as a result, they settle quickly and make rapid progress.”

“You provide your pupils with many opportunities to learn about different cultures and religions. “

“The curriculum is broad and balanced and designed to interest all pupils.”

“The school is a key part of the community. Pupils are proud to display their work in church.”

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Nov 08

Celebration and Worship

On Friday the 3rd November the whole school gathered together with members of the community, parents and governors in church to celebrate our achievements during the previous term.

The service was led by the children themselves and began with a congregational hymn – All Things Bright and Beautiful – accompanied by the community organist Mrs Bell Kerr.

The children proudly showed a selection of their outstanding art work including sparkly bonfire pictures from the Foundation Stage children, Scandinavian robins from class 1 and Tudor portraits from class 2.

The highly anticipated awarding of the house points and stars of the week immediately followed. This culminated in the identification of the week’s winning house team by Mrs Wildgoose.

This was followed by a range of sporting awards and certificates being presented to individual pupils by Mrs E.Broomhead MBE.

The worship was concluded with a performance by the children of the song ‘Well Done’ before returning to school where parents and friends of the school joined us for Community Lunch.

Oct 20

Tag Rugby

Hartington children were lucky enough to experience a free session of Tag Rugby on Friday 13th October. This was delivered by Nathan Nolan & Jack Jones of ‘RuggerEds Ltd’ (Education through Rugby)

The children thoroughly enjoyed the session and one EYFS child commented ‘That was the best PE lesson I’ve ever had, and I didn’t cry!’


Oct 20

Healthy School Community Award

On Thursday 12th October, Dawn Monk and Karen Mycock (Healthy Child Assistant Practitioners) presented the school with the Derbyshire Healthy Schools Community Award. This is an initiative we have been working towards for the past twelve months and is an excellent achievement and linked seamlessly into last years School Improvement Plan (SIP).
The children have undertaken Peer Buddy training, had visits from the local PCSO Anthony Boswell,  who talked about the Actions and Consequences of Crime and Stranger Danger. The year 5/6 children were taught all about the effects of smoking and the danger to health. Also parents were invited to attend an ‘Raising Awareness and Understanding of E-Safety’ by Dawn & Karen.

The work culminated in the collation of a portfolio of evidence which was submitted to the award panel for approval which resulted in the school receiving this prestigious award.


Oct 20

Speak Out – Stay Safe

The NSPCC came to the school on Thursday 5th October to talk to KS 1 & 2 pupils about how they have the right to ‘Speak Out & Stay Safe’. The representative from the NSPCC introduced them to ‘Buddy’ who encourages children, if they are worried about anything, to speak to a grown up they can trust or talk to Childline on 0800 1111. A child friendley action song prompted the children to remember the Childline number.

Visit the Childline site for more details – click on ‘Buddy’.


The older children had another session with the NSPCC on Thursday 19th October to talk about the subject in more depth.

If you would like any more information about the NSPCC Speak out. Stay Safe. programme, including frequently asked questions, you can find it on the NSPCC website
Talking about the ‘Underwear Rule’ with your children
The NSPCC’s work in schools will help encourage conversations about staying safe – and they have a number of child-friendly materials to help you carry on the conversation afterwards. That includes ‘The Underwear Rule’, a simple way for parents to help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words or even mentioning sex.
The guide uses the rules of PANTS to teach children that their body belongs to them and them alone. You can find out more and download the free resources at
If you’d like to know more about the NSPCC’s work, or take a look at the wide range of information and advice which is available for parents and carers, please visit their website


Oct 20

EYFS Playground

Back in Spring term 2017 it was decided to use some of the budget to develop an area for the EYFS. Previously it was overgrown, plain and not very child friendly.

So with the help of the year 5/6 children and Miss Gailley a plan was devised, resources identified to meet the seven stages of learning linked to the Early Years Curriculum. The children used their knowledge of numeracy to create a scaled map and produce a plan of the items intended. The area was measured, then a 1 -10 scaled aerial view created. 

The children were given a £2000 budget to spend. They identified suitable resources and then had to agree which learning area their items met. Detailed lists of items, cost, catalogue and page numbers were produced and an order created. The children went on to write a blog of the weeks activities before collating a more detailed report  to be presented to the school council and the representatives of the schools Governing Body.

The PTFA applied to the DCC Local Project Fund  for a grant and were awarded £800 towards the project.

NoMow a local company which specialises in artificial grass was contacted and a quote received. This was laid at the start of the Autumn term along with four colourful flowers. A security gate erected by DCC to meet safeguarding requirements. The garden area was planted with herbs and scented flowers to make a sensory and textured garden.

The equipment was ordered and the EYFS children can now enjoy free flow play and  outdoor activities. Stage 1 of the refurbishment is complete, keep your eyes open for the next stage!


Oct 03

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Cake Baking for Macmillan Coffee Morning
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Image result for macmillan coffee morning 2017Friday 29th September the school opened its doors at 10:30 am for coffee, tea, cake and biscuits. This was to raise money for the Macmillan Coffee Morning appeal in aid of Cancer. Local parishioner Bell Kerr works closely with the school to help coordinate this event.

 Pupils, Parents, Governors and community members baked cakes to sell on the day and donated raffle prizes. The Coffee Morning was followed by the termly Community Lunch. A raffle and bingo both raised extra pennies for the appeal. Despite the wet weather we had a fantastic turn out raising a staggering £350.00 for the appeal.

Thank you to everyone who contributed or helped on the day.