Henry Prince School
Our school is Henry Prince CofE (Controlled) First School, which welcomes pupils aged three to nine years from Mayfield, Ellastone, Wetton, Stanton, Ashbourne and surrounding villages. The latest Ofsted inspection (October 2017) found the school to be good in all areas. Ofsted said
"This school continues to be good."
"Pupils talked enthusiastically about residential trips, playing a musical instrument, taking part in sports activities and learning French."
"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."
The school has small class sizes with outstanding teacher to pupil ratios. It is welcoming and friendly - if any prospective parents would like to look around the school they are very welcome: just contact [email protected], or call 01335 342613, to arrange a visit at a time to suit you.
Henry Prince PTFA (parents, teachers and friends association) have a Facebook page - please join and see what they are doing. At the moment the PTFA are raising money to buy Ipads for use in school. Events planned are listed here on our Village Events page and are open to everyone. If you can't attend an event but would like to make a donation - contact the PTFA Chair, Vickie Green.
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.
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.
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, eBay, 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.