Forging Friendships

On Thursday 19th April a group of children from Winsford High Street Community Primary School in Cheshire visited our school to experience life in a  small rural village.

The school was on a residential visit to Hartington Youth Hostel staying two nights. The party consisted of 72 year 2 children.

15 of their pupils joined us for the morning and were introduced to the  tradition of May Pole Dancing, expertly taught by our children. The rehearsals will culminate in an annual May Pole performance in the Village Hall on Sunday 27th May at 12:30.



Both schools then went out into the community to complete the Village Trail with the Hartington children teaching their partner from Winsford about life in the village and some of its history.

The pupils from Winsford found it hard to grasp that the 17 children they were introduced to was the whole school and not just one class. Their class had  25 pupils and 509 in the whole school.

Their class teacher expressed a wish that they would introduce May Pole dancing at their school so next year when they visit Hartington again all the children would be experts and perform professionally together.

PTA – Great Hartington Bake Off

Sunday May 27th – 11am till 3pm

Hartington Village Hall

Annual Hartington Primary School May Pole Dancing

Treasure Hunt

For all the information and times – Click here 


The Celebration Worship before the Easter holidays was full of “Eggstra” special surprises for the children and visitors to the school. The day began with  an Easter Worship full of traditional hymns, the children’s own poems telling the story of Jesus’ final days and a dance presentation. This was received by parents and the community with admiration and praise.

It was also very special for a member of the governing body when he presented the British Heart Foundation Shield to the children for their outstanding achievement in the swimathon earlier in the school year. It was with immense pride that the school received this shield for the seventh consecutive year running for raising the most funds for this charity which was a hefty £2003.50 and a great achievement!

As tradition dictates on the final day of term the school hosted Community lunch to families and friends of the school and enjoyed yet again a delicious meal prepared by the resident cook.






This was followed by Easter Bingo and a much anticipated visit by the Easter Bunny who left “little droppings” all over the school! The Easter Bunny expressed his thanks to the PTA for their help and support.

Chinese New Year Celebration

On the final day of spring term 1 (16th February 2018) the children had a non uniform day to celebrate the Chinese New Year – The Year of the Dog .  All children wore something red and brought a toy dog to school. A fun packed day was had by everyone making Chinese lanterns, animal paper cuts, dragons and red envelope gifts which contained chocolate money.

At lunch time the children experienced a Chinese meal consisting of spring roles, prawn toast, noodles, plain rice, egg fried rice, chicken/vegetable/quorn chow main, chinese pork, sweet & sour sauce, prawn crackers and lychee. This was followed by the traditional fortune cookies. The school catering manager Mrs Stubbs  who had prepared this fabulous meal, received a hearty three cheers and requests of ‘When can we do this again?’  The children used chop sticks and had Chinese meal boxes to eat from.

A celebration assembly was later held in the afternoon to present children with sports certificates gained during the term and level 1 bikeability certificates before they performed a dance routine learned during PE sessions with Derby County Community Trust.

Spring Term 1

The school has hit the ground running with the start of spring term 1. It may not feel much like spring outside but the children have been busy attending sports fixtures at QEGS this month.

On Wednesday 10th January the  year 5 pupils attended a Change4Life Champions Conference at The Arc, Matlock.  As a result of this the two pupils will be delivering a new active club on Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes to a small group with support from Mrs Bromhead.

Sports events:

On Monday 15th January the year 5/6 pupils took part in a basketball event.  (Click here to read the pupils evaluation of the event) On Wednesday 17th year 3/4 pupils attended a Pentathlon. Friday 26th the year 5/6 pupils will represent the school at an Athletics competition. On Monday 29th the Foundation stage and Year 1/2  pupils will attend a gymnastics event followed by a basketball festival for year 4/5 on Monday 5th February.

We are pleased to welcome Rachel Wilkes from Music Partnership into the school again to deliver the music curriculum over the next ten weeks to the whole school. Also Derby County Community Trust are running both a lunch time and after school club along with curriculum Gymnastics and Dance on Tuesdays afternoons. Paul White of Snap Dragon Tai Chi continues to provide a curriculum lesson  on a Thursday afternoon followed by an after school session.

Michael Tinker from MAST and Mr & Mrs Briddon from MAST deliver Collective Worship once a term on Mondays and Fridays respectfully.  The next Celebration assembly will be on Friday 16th February in school.

Our next Community Lunch is on Friday 26th January at 12 noon. Please contact school two days before to book a place.


Happy New Year

All the staff would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and welcome you all back to a new year and new term.

The Grand Finale

On the final day of the term the children enjoyed the traditional  Big Breakfast where they sat down to a full English breakfast. This is a popular event enjoyed at the end of each term by the whole school.  This was followed by Christmas craft making activities which concluded with a Christmas party,  games and visit by Santa before going home to enjoy festivities with family and friends.

All here at Hartington School would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and Happy, Peaceful New Year.