Our school, Henry Prince First School, is faced with closure due to lack of government funding. It is a good school (according to pupils, parents and Ofsted) but due to its small size it is under-funded. The governors are consulting with the local community - please get involved if you can. Two petitions have been set up which you could sign - one to Staffordshire County Council and one at 38 degrees. But what it really needs is just a few more pupils!
You need to make your views known as soon as possible to Mr C Kinman (the chair of governors) at [email protected] or by writing to him at Henry Prince School, Main Road, Mayfield, DE6 2LB.
Henry Prince PTFA have started a Save Henry Prince School Facebook page - please join and see what they are doing to help the school.
Latest Henry Prince School Ofsted inspection (Oct 17) says
"This school continues to be good."
"The needs of pupils across the school are well catered for in a warm and nurturing environment. This is particularly true for those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, including social, emotional and mental health needs."
"Pupils talked enthusiastically about residential trips, playing a musical instrument, taking part in sports activities and learning French."
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.
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 22nd 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.