Our school is Henry Prince CofE (Controlled) First School, which welcomes pupils aged three to nine years from Mayfield, Ellastone, Wetton, Stanton and surrounding areas. The latest Ofsted report found the school to be good in all areas.
The school has small class sizes with outstanding teacher to pupil ratios. They are welcoming and friendly - if any prospective parents would like to look around the school they are very welcome: just contact [email protected] to arrange a visit.
Do you shop over the internet? If so then you could help the PTFA (parents, teachers and friends association) raise funds for essential extras for the school. Just go through the Easy Fundraising site (click here). When you then click through to Amazon, iTunes, M&S, Waitrose, etc the shop will give the PTFA will around 5% of what you spend. At no extra cost to yourself. Thanks for helping. We've so far raised over £300 for the school.
In June local priests bless the decorated wells of Middle Mayfield. One of the wells, aptly known as the "Children's Well" is decorated by the school children. They start by drawing pictures according to that year's theme. The chosen pictures are transferred to a large slab of clay held in a wooden frame. The children then fill in the picture with flower petals, seeds and other natural materials.
The theme for the 2012 Children's Well was the Olympics.
After the blessing there is a garden party where, as part of the entertainment, the children perform maypole and country dancing.
Below, well dressings from previous years
Well photos courtesy and © Glyn Williams
Every year the children bring boxes of fruit and vegetables to church for the Harvest Festival service. These are later auctioned with the money raised going to charity.
On the last day of term in the run up to Christmas, the children and their families take part in a Christingle Service at church. Each child is given a Christingle comprising:
- an orange, representing the world, with
- a red ribbon tied round, representing the blood of Jesus
- glacé cherries and sweets skewered on four cocktail sticks, representing the fruits of the four seasons
- a lighted candle, representing Jesus as the light of the world.
This year's Christingle service is on Friday 18th December in church at 2.30 pm.
The last church inspection found...
- The Christian character of the school satisfactorily meet the needs of all learners.
- The headteacher is keen to develop this further and place this at the heart of the school.
- The school is a happy place where Christian values are increasingly having a positive impact on pupils.
- The consistent praise and reward schemes enable pupils to feel proud of their achievements.
- The school needs to develop the learners' understanding of Anglican faith and practice.
- The varied opportunities offered to pupils to enable them to contribute to school life, result in pupils that are happy, confident and communicative.
You can download the full report from here.