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Come to Great Wood...it's great!

10/01/2024

Come to Great Wood...it's great!

Great Wood Primary School have places available for pupils to come and join our warm and friendly school family, sitting at the heart of its community!

If your child, or a child of a friend or family member is due to start Reception Class in September 2024, applications for a school place need to be submitted no later than Monday 15th January. Still undecided? Please give us a call and we can arrange a time to visit.

To submit your application to join Great Wood Primary School, or one of our TMPF sister schools, please visit: https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Education/Admissions-primary/Apply/Overview.aspx as soon as possible to secure your place.

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05/01/2024

Helping parents/carers to keep children safe online

Many children were lucky enough to have received exciting presents for Christmas which offer them access to the internet and the online world.

As part of our commitment to keeping children safe, prior to Christmas we sent a link to all parents/carers for parental guides to many of these devices, just to offer a little more insight into how they are used, and also how they could be a risk if not managed properly.

Over the course of the year, we will share information on different online platforms and devices, including the necessary age restrictions, so parents and carers can be informed and continue to support their children with ways to stay safe.

Click here to visit our page containing parental guides to keeping children safe online.

Coffee Mornings for parents/carers of pupils with SEND

06/11/2023

Coffee Mornings for parents/carers of pupils with SEND

Coffee Mornings for parents/carers of pupils with SEND

We are delighted to share news of special events in our area which are to support parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND).

The main aims of the coffee mornings are:
- To provide a safe space for parents/carers of children with SEND to support one another emotionally, spiritually and practically.
- Gather together for a cuppa and the chance to talk and listen.
- Support parents/carers spiritually and offer a space to be together and for prayer.
- Offer practical support, signpost to support services, share knowledge and listen to guest speakers.

The sessions take place on the 2nd Monday of the month, 9.00am-11.00am at All Saints’ Church, New Road, Dilhorne ST10 2PQ (please park on the road, or at the Dilhorne recreation centre).

Next sessions:

Monday 13th November;
Monday 11th December.

For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 01782 312570, or via the church’s facebook page.

Secondary school applications

18/10/2023

Secondary school applications

Although we are very early in the school year, parents and carers of our wonderful pupils in Year 6 have been busy considering secondary schools for September 2024.

Just a little reminder that applications to secondary schools need to be made by 31 October 2023.

To apply, please visit: https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Education/Admissions-secondary/home.aspx  

Help with Broadband and Phone Costs

06/07/2023

Help with Broadband and Phone Costs

To continue to support a number of our wonderful families, we are pleased to signpost you towards the Ofcom website who are providing details of ways in which some families may be entitled to reduced prices for their broadband and phone.

Ofcom state:

“Social tariffs are cheaper broadband and phone packages for people claiming Universal Credit, Pension Credit and some other benefits. Some providers call them ‘essential’ or ‘basic’ broadband.

They’re delivered in the same way as normal packages, just at a lower price. Amid rising living costs, Ofcom is encouraging companies to offer social tariffs to help customers on low incomes.”

For further information, to check your eligibility, and to see if this is right for you, please follow this link to the Ofcom website.

Join our wonderful Reception Class

10/01/2023

Join our wonderful Reception Class

If you, a family member, or a friend have a child who is due to start school in September 2023 and you would like them to join the wonderful children in the Great Wood Primary School family, then please ensure that applications are submitted online by the admissions deadline of 15th JANUARY.

To submit your application, please click here (https://ems.staffordshire.gov.uk/CitizenPortal/en)

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30/09/2022

Coffee and Cake for Macmillan

Great Wood hosted a fantastic coffee afternoon on Friday 30th September, in aid of Macmillan.  Our amazing families donated hundreds of cakes, which were sold with a hot drink, for a voluntary donation.  All of the funds raised are being sent to Macmillan to help support their fabulous and vital work.  We would like to thank our generous families for their amazing support with this event.

Train to Teach

23/09/2022

Train to Teach

Are you interested in training to teach?

If so, a number of local providers including, Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education (KNSTE); The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub; St. Joseph's College SCITT; Staffordshire University; The John Taylor SCITT; University of Derby; Teach First; The Oaks; Developing Teachers Schools and Academies (DTSA); and the Bart's Training and Support Alliance (BTSA), welcome you to join them and discuss the options available on this exciting journey.

The event will be held at Parkside School, Stafford (ST16 1TH) on Wednesday 12th October, from 4.00pm-6.00pm, with special welcome meetings at 4.30pm and 5.15pm.

For further information click here.

QUEEN ELIZABETH II

09/09/2022

QUEEN ELIZABETH II

We join the rest of the nation, Commonwealth and wider world in mourning the remarkable Queen Elizabeth II who sadly passed away on Thursday 8th September.

Queen Elizabeth has been part of all of our lives for 70 years, and in addition to being the longest reigning monarch to have served our country, she has also provided care, strength and hope in times of worry.

Her loss leaves us all feeling sad and marks a special time in the history of our nation.

We also mourn the passing of the Head of the Church of England and a lady with such incredible Christian faith.

We remember Her Majesty with the utmost fondness, admiration, and affection and send the very best wishes, love, thoughts and prayers to King Charles III and his family.

We may feel sad that she has passed, but as a school and Trust family, we celebrate in the memories which she leaves, the example of humility which she set, and the 70 years dedicated to serving the nation she so loved.

God Bless The Queen.

Ofsted say we are still GOOD!

03/05/2022

Ofsted say we are still GOOD!

Great Wood Primary School are celebrating after receiving a second consecutive ‘Good’ judgement from Ofsted.

The school welcomed two of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) from Ofsted and were confirmed as remaining a ‘Good’ school.

Inspectors focused upon the learning which takes place across the school, and also spoke with parents/carers, staff, pupils, Trustees and colleagues from across The Moorlands Primary Federation (TMPF), to get a full picture of the school ahead of making their final judgement.

The school, which began working with locally-based multi-academy trust, The Moorlands Primary Federation, in January 2015, received their first ‘Good’ judgement in November 2015. This inspection confirmed that the school continues to deliver a good education to its pupils.

“Pupils are happy, enthusiastic and confident learners. Teachers plan exciting lessons and develop pupil’s skills and knowledge in a wide range of subjects.” Ofsted.

“Leaders have high expectations of pupils. They have created a highly inclusive school in which all pupils thrive and achieve well. Staff encourage pupils to be responsible, caring and ambitious.” Ofsted.

Thanks to all of the parents/carers and other family members; friends; staff past and present; those from other Trust schools who supported us; Trustees; and, of course, the children for showing what a lovely place the school is.

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