We are happy to start the new school year with some new smiles!
Although we were sad to see some of our pupils leave us in the summer and head off for new adventures, we are happy to welcome our new superstars, who have joined all of the other superstars here at The Valley.
People in Staffordshire are being encouraged to get their Covid-19 vaccine during a Big Weekend of walk-in vaccinations.
The national NHS push to get as many people as possible vaccinated against Covid-19 will take place from Saturday 26 to Monday 28 June at various sites across Staffordshire.
All sites will be offering first doses to people aged 18 or over without the need to book an appointment.
Some sites will also offer second doses to people over 40, health and care workers, unpaid carers and people at higher clinical risk, from eight weeks after their first dose.
Cabinet Support Member for Public Health and Integrated Care, Dr Johnny McMahon, urged all adults who haven’t received their vaccine to take full advantage of the walk-ins.
“Whatever big plans people may have this weekend, I’d urge anybody eligible and still waiting to get their vaccine to take advantage of the NHS Big Weekend. This is an absolutely fantastic opportunity to speed up the vaccination programme in Staffordshire and get more adults their first dose, and get eligible groups fully vaccinated.
"The sooner everyone is vaccinated the sooner we can begin to look to a future where we can live with this virus without the need for restrictions on our lives and freedoms."
Vaccination sites will include Stafford’s Kingston Centre, the Pirelli Stadium in Burton-on-Trent, Whitemoor Lakes in Lichfield and a number of GP practices and other sites.
A full list of the walk-in Staffordshire sites, dates and times can be found on the NHS Midlands and Lancashire CSU website.
The NHS have a tool on their website to help people find their nearest walk-in vaccination site.
Anyone who has already booked an appointment for a first or second jab should stick with the appointment. People can also book an appointment through the national booking system online or by calling 119.
Our lovely pupils have shown their kindness and thoughtfulness by producing Easter cards for a very special destination.
Children have produced lovely cards to spread Easter joy which are being sent to military personnel serving in the Middle East who don't tend to receive many cards at this time of year.
Our wonderful pupils wanted to bring happiness, be creative, and let our brave men and women, who are away from their families at this special time of year, know that we are thinking of them.
We are very proud of the children for being so caring towards others.
It was with sadness that we read of the passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore yesterday.
The World War II soldier, who rose to the public eye by walking 100 laps of his garden as he approached his 100th birthday, raised almost £33million for NHS charities and shone brightly with his message of determination and hope at a time when it was needed most.
Following his remarkable fund-raising achievement, and since reaching 100 years old, Tom went on to have many great experiences including a number one song with Michael Ball, and, at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony, winning the 'Helen Rollason Award' and having the 'Unsung Hero Award' named after him. He also received the honorary title of 'Colonel'.
He capped off a remarkable year by being knighted in a special investiture by Queen Elizabeth II and became Captain Sir Tom. The Queen led tributes to Captain Sir Tom yesterday, "recognising the inspiration he provided for the whole nation and others across the world".
Nowadays, the words 'legend' and 'inspiration' may be used a little freely, however, with Captain Sir Tom - they seem to fit well.
Captain Sir Tom was indeed a great source of inspiration and leaves a legacy of hope, encapsulated by his wise words, "Tomorrow will be a good day."
God bless you, Captain Sir Tom.
Applications for a place in our lovely school's Reception Class to start in September 2021, should be submitted by Friday 15th January.
If you wish for your child to come and join our happy school family, please submit your application through the link below:
For further information, please contact school on 01538 702355 (opt 2), or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will welcome back children who are currently in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, alongside Key Worker children in line with the latest government guidance. For details of how this will work in our school please see the 'Re-opening letter' and an 'open letter from Staffordshire County Council'. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to email the school office.
As we approach the Easter holidays, many of our Key Workers may require care for children.
Although our school will close to all pupils on THURSDAY 2nd APRIL until MONDAY 20th APRIL, we are delighted that, across our Multi Academy Trust, we have two organisations open and offering to provide this care most days, both of whom would welcome children of those parents who have to work in their roles as Key Workers in these uncertain times. If you require this service during Easter, commencing Friday 3rd April, please contact one of organisations below for further details.
(on site at St. Werburgh’s C.E. Primary, Kingsley)
(on site at Bishop Rawle C.E. Primary, Cheadle)
07579 017178/ 01538 756860;
As you know, some children are eligible for Free School Meals, depending upon a number of factors.
During this period of school closure, the provision of these lunches will continue for those families who let us know us that they wish to receive them, but as you would expect, this will be done in a different way.
As this may be a little confusing, just to clarify: all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are currently eligible for a daily school meal as part of the Government’s ‘Universal Infant Free School Meals’ initiative. This is different to ‘Free School Meals’.
Being in receipt of ‘Free School Meals’, also currently provides benefits for children when in school, and includes provision of lunch items during the school day (in term-time) during this period of closure due to the Coronavirus. To see if your child is eligible for ‘Free School Meals’ please click here and visit the 'School Dinners' section for more information. **If you have previously completed the application and your child currently receives Free School Meals (not solely as part of the 'Universal Infant Free School Meals' programme), then there is no need to reapply.
As you will know from the media, the cases of Coronavirus (Covid 19) are currently increasing in the west midlands and globally. As a school, we are continuing to talk to children about the importance of washing hands thoroughly, maintaining good hygiene and acting in a sensible manner to reduce the spreading of any germs.
For further information on how we can all play our part in reducing the spread of the virus, please read the letter in the column to the right of this article.
We are delighted to announce that places are currently available in our beautiful Nursery class set in our stunning environment, complete with our very own Forest school facility.
All families, including those in receipt of 15 and 30 hours funding, are warmly welcome to visit us and find out more about what The Valley can offer you.
Please contact the school office for more details and to arrange a visit.