Choosing the right school is an important, tricky and very exciting decision to make.
Starting School…how exciting!
As a Trust, we warmly welcome visits to any of our schools as they are all quite different to one another. We fully appreciate the difficulty of the decision about which school to choose and are happy to answer any questions you may have.
St. Werburgh’s offer an annual Open Morning for parents to come along, see the school, chat to the staff and most importantly, meet some of the amazing children. For details of this year’s Open Morning, please contact us. If you are unable to attend, please let us know and we will happily make plans to show you around.
If you are looking to change primary schools and are considering one of the schools within The Moorlands Primary Federation (TMPF) Multi-Academy Trust, please contact us on 01538 702355. We are proud to work closely with other local schools and after discussions between all parties, if it is found that a move to one of our five schools is the best decision, we will always aim to make this as smooth as possible.
All applications for admissions will be considered by our Trustees’ Admissions Panel where a final decision is made. Our Admissions Policy can be found here.
Heading off to High School!
Choosing the right Primary School isn’t the only school-application-decision you have to make - there comes a time when children begin Year 6 and parents have to do it all over again…but this time for High School!
The five Primary Schools within TMPF all have very strong links to local High Schools and a number of children have joined many of these of them over the past few years.
On a regular basis, we work very closely with The Cheadle Academy and children attend transition events here from Year 1 upwards! The Cheadle Academy are part of the South Moorlands Schools Learning Community (SMSLC) which comprises of each of the schools within our Trust, plus Cheadle Primary, St. John’s C.E. (A) Primary and another secondary with whom we work closely and send a few children to each year – Moorside High School.
In addition to these two, we have very good links with Painsley Catholic College and a number of our children who want a Catholic education, join this school each year.
Over recent years, our Trust of schools have also sent children to Blythe Bridge High School, Denstone College, Thomas Alleyne’s High School and other State and Private High Schools both locally and further afield.
Whichever High School you choose will offer transition days and events, and here at The Moorlands Primary Federation, we will happily support your child’s attendance at these to ease their move to secondary education… wherever that may be.
School dinners currently cost £2.60 per day (as of 18th April 2023) for a main meal and dessert.
The cost of these nutritious meals should be paid on Mondays for the week in advance (you are able to choose if you wish for your child to receive school meals on certain days and not the whole week). Payment is requested to be made via the Arbor system (details available from the school office). Any cheques should be made payable to: ‘The Moorlands Primary Federation’.
Children in the Foundation Stage (Reception) and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) are entitled to a free school meal each day through the Universal Free School Meal scheme. If your child is in Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6), they may, of course, purchase a meal, or they may even be entitled to a free school meal too, please click here for further information, or speak to the school office.
Parents of ANY child from Reception to Year 6 can apply for free school meals and with this, also benefit from additional funding (Pupil Premium) to support your child's learning. For information on whether your child is eligible for free school meals (and, therefore, additional funding), to apply click here.
Dinners are provided by an organisation called Chartwells. A menu for the week is available at the bottom of the page. Special themed menus and celebrations happen at different points throughout the year to replace the planned menu. Please be aware that the menu is subject to change at short notice.
It is extremely important that you inform us and our school meal providers, Chartwells, of any allergies/ intolerances that your child has should they currently eat a school meal, or wish to start eating a school meal.
If you believe your child has an allergy/food intolerance please contact the school office as soon as possible.
Pupils are expected to dress smartly and to wear school uniform in all school activities. We feel it gives the children a sense of belonging and encourages equality amongst their peers.
Uniform - Grey (not black) plain Skirt, or Trousers, or Pinafore Dress; - * Summer Uniform extra option: green checked/ gingham dress, or grey (not black) school shorts; - Plain white shirt/ blouse with school tie; or jade-coloured polo shirt ideally with school logo; - Green cardigan or v-necked sweatshirt ideally with school logo; - Plain grey/white socks with skirt/dress; grey/black socks with shorts or trousers; or grey/ green tights; - Optional green fleece with school logo (fleece can only be worn as an outdoor item of clothing/ coat and not in the classroom/hall);
Footwear - Suitable and appropriate black footwear must be worn. No large or high heels, no sandals (even in summer), no heelies, no boots and no trainers may be worn in school. - However, in poor weather, boots may, of course, be worn for children walking to and from school, but these must be changed upon arrival as they are not part of the school uniform.
*Optional Summer uniform may be worn from the Easter holiday onwards.
Physical Education Kit The correct kit should be worn for Physical Education and Swimming lessons. - All P.E. Kit should be kept in a bag, labelled with your child’s name and kept on his/her/their peg, or in the relevant storage box at all times during school hours, other than when in use. - Earrings, watches and any other form of jewellery are not permitted to be worn in any P.E. lesson. - Black elasticated plimsolls/ pumps; - Green shorts; - T-shirt in house/ team colour, ideally with school logo (further information on your child's team colour is available from class teacher, or upon joining the school); - Training shoes are permitted for some sports which will be advised by the class teacher; - In cooler weather, children may wear a tracksuit (and appropriate hat and gloves to participate safely in activities if particularly chilly - no scarves) for outdoor P.E. lessons. - Football boots and shinpads may be worn if advised by the teacher. - Please note that for some activities, children will participate bare-footed. - Long hair needs to be tied back for PE lessons.
For Swimming Swimwear must be appropriate for each child. - One-piece Swimsuit (all girls), or trunks (no long shorts); - Swimming cap (compulsory for all children with longer hair); - Towel; - Please bring swimming kit in a waterproof bag; - Earrings, or any other form of jewellery are not permitted in any P.E. lesson (including Swimming).
Team Kit When representing their school, children will be provided with the appropriate kit for inter-school matches and competitions. We kindly request that any used kit is washed and returned to school (in a bag bearing your child’s name) at your earliest convenience, so it may be used for the next team/ fixtures.
Science, Art and Design, and Design and Technology Activities: Protective clothing, such as an adult’s old shirt or a plastic overall with sleeves is useful and will help to protect school uniform.
From our last parent questionnaire, the uniform was endorsed by the majority of parents.
NB – Parents/carers with children with medical conditions may contact school to agree uniform variations.
Uniform containing logos is available is available from 'Something Special', ST10 1AB, t:01538 752840. Please do not have your child's initials embroidered onto the outside of any uniform or kit.
Support for Uniform We are proud to support our school community. As such, we have a ‘used uniform scheme’ which stocks a small selection of uniform items and is available to all families.
If your child is in receipt of Pupil Premium and needs school uniform, please contact the school office to discuss ways in which we can help.
At St. Werburgh’s C.E. (A) Primary, we are proud to support the national Children’s Mental Health Week initiatives and offer advice and techniques for children to use to keep calm and relax when they find things a little tricky.
The techniques we offer can be used whenever a child needs them, in school, at home, wherever they may be.