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School Newsletter 24th May 2018

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Dear Parents

   We had an excellent Christian values and British values day in school on Tuesday. Many children came wearing red, white and blue clothing, we sang the National Anthem and had a traditional British lunch with summer fruit pudding for desert! The day started with children working in the hall in small groups during worship to discuss the nine fruits of the Spirit as values. They were asked to prioritise the one they thought was the most important and to be able to give a reason why. Love was the top value selected by many groups of children with self-control as a close second. This discussion work will form part of our core values as a school in the future.

 Children then took part in activities that taught them about the British values: Democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance. The staff at school worked in teams to deliver an hour’s session on a value and the children rotated around the staff during the day. We will soon be displaying some of the children’s work from the day and you are welcome to come in to school to see the displays.

 The weather played its part on Saturday as Astbury Village celebrated May Day. Thank you for all your support for the children in providing clothes for their costumes and coming along on the day to celebrate with us. Many congratulations to Savannah, our new May Queen, who now begins her year serving our school and raising funds. All the children did so well in all the parts that they played on the day. The dancing this year was fantastic! The May Day committee worked incredibly hard to plan, promote and organise the day and as a school we are extremely grateful to them for all their hard work. There is a debrief in the Egerton Arms on Tuesday 12th June at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend. If you have not yet brought your costume back to school – unwashed – then please send it in tomorrow. If you are able to volunteer to take a bag of clothes home to wash then please let us know and come in to collect a bag from the office.

 Last Friday, many children wore an item of orange to raise awareness of anaphylaxis. We currently have two pupils in school who have this allergy and teaching the children about allergies, the importance of not sharing food and what to do if someone has an allergic reaction was an important part of the day. Thank you to everyone who supported this day.

Children in Year two and Year six have now completed their SATs and I am extremely proud of their attitude and approach towards them. Thank you for all your support in learning at home, encouraging your child to attend SATs club after school and for helping your child in wanting to learn and do their best.

 The new GDPR come into effect from tomorrow. Please see the attached privacy notice – please read, sign and return to school. A paper copy will be sent home with each family, spares will be available on the table in the entrance. Our new data protection policy will be uploaded to our website asap.

 Have a great week off school and enjoy the sunshine!

 Yours faithfully

Pip Worswick

Newsletter 24th May 2018

School newsletter 10th May 2018

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Dear Parents

Children from years three and four took part in the Eaton Bank Dance Primary Dance Festival. They danced beautifully to The Greatest Showman – ‘A Million Dreams’. Their dance showed expression, a range of levels and great cooperation with each other as they lifted and moved across the stage. Students from EBA had worked with our children on the choreography and practised to give them the confidence to perform.

Well done to all the dancers, you represented the school really well. It was lovely to see our Astbury family in action!

Mrs Worswick

School Newsletter 10th May 2018

Newsletter 26th April 2018

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Dear Parents

 What a fantastic weekend we had with all our teams competing in the Congleton Town Triathlon. Astbury entered four mixed children’s teams, two individual competitors and two mixed adult teams.


Team one

Team two

Team three

Team four



Harry AW



Freya D





Harry A


Becky M







Mrs Hocknell

Miss Hall

Mrs Douce

Mr Moore

Mrs Moore




Mr Tickner


Well done to everyone who took part and also to all those who came to support. Our Astbury family were out in force to work together!

 The school council are excited to have been selected by a panel of judges to enter the final of the Cheshire Police safeguarding radio competition. They put together a minute radio clip emphasising the importance of staying safe online and staying safe when sharing information online. Four representatives from the council attended an event at Safety Central in Lymm this week with Mrs Wade. They worked with a producer to re-record their clip and are now down to the final thirteen schools, from a hundred who entered. It will be the public who decide the winner by voting once the clips go live. Please watch out for further information and when we have the links please share widely and keep voting for our clip to win! The clip with the most votes wins and there is no limit to the number of times you can vote. Well done to all the school council for your work on this competition and the important safety message.

All the children in classes Mary and Jacob have had a taster cricket lesson led by Mossley cricket club. This was a great opportunity for children to experience working with a club and to practise sports skills.

 Yours faithfully

 Pip Worswick

 Newsletter 27-Apr-2018



Newsletter 29th March 2018

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Dear Parents

 We have had a fantastic two weeks to end the term with so many extra-curricular opportunities and learning experiences to enrich the curriculum for your children at our school. Please take a look at some of our facebook posts – we’re also on twitter now! Our Astbury family have really shown that they can care, share and learn together!

 Astbury School choir – the children have worked so hard to prepare for this event – a choir festival. They sang out so well with confidence and knew all their words – they danced and even sang along to songs from other choirs too! Lucy signed at the front and the choir joined in with ‘I can sing a rainbow’. It was great to have live music from Becky on the violin and many thanks to Mrs Douce for accompanying the choir on the piano and working with the children each week. A really great event that Astbury was proud to be part of. We raised £78 for the Astbury Church organ fund through some of our ticket sales for this event.

 Celebrating great British Science week. Brilliant science assembly at the end of the day today – really lovely to see the children sharing their learning and great to see so much support from parents and families who came to find out what the children had been exploring. Animal habitats and a bug hotel – Moses Mansion! Astronappies for space walks. Will it be beans or cat food for tea? And a very smelly discovery from Y6. All in all, the children have had fun exploring science!

 Thank you to Miss Hall for inspiring us in our discovery – we love British Science week!

 Team treat this afternoon for St David’s team. Congratulations to all the children in this team! They enjoyed art, Lego, dancing and iPads to celebrate their hard work over the term!

 Finding the DNA of a banana and learning about the properties of oil and water – just a few of the exciting investigations carried out by some of our Y4 scientists at a Congleton cluster learning experience yesterday.

 The children were able to explain their findings and discuss their experiments using some excellent scientific language. Great work Alfie, Georgette, Izzy and Nathan.

Easter bonnets, colouring competitions, word searches, name the bunny and a coffee morning – an exciting morning at Astbury School as grown-ups enjoyed a brew and children showed great creativity taking part in all the Easter activities organised by our fantastic PTA team! The choir made another appearance and performed beautifully too! Well done to Peter, Jimmy, Georgette and Jasmine who won the Easter Bonnet competition. Congratulations to Courtney and Sam J for winning the colouring competition and to Sid, Katie W, Jemimah And Izzy as runners up. Well done to Taylor for winning the bunny – the name chosen was Benjamin. Congratulations to Emily C and Finley for winning the word search.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

The Easter service in church this morning was a great way to finish this term. It was lovely to see so many parents and family members who were able to join us in our Easter worship.

 I wish you all a very happy Easter.   

 Yours faithfully       

Pip Worswick

Newsletter 29th March 2018.

Newsletter 15th March 2018

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Dear Parents

 It gives me great pleasure to inform you that our school has been classified as ‘not coasting’. This is an accountability measure used by the government to focus on attainment and/or progress over a three year period. 

 A coasting school is where the progress and attainment data by the end of Year 6 shows that, over a three-year period, the school is failing to ensure that pupils reach their potential. A school is classified as coasting if performance data falls below the coasting bar in all three previous years, 2015-2017. At primary level, the definition applies to those schools who have seen fewer than 85% of children achieving an acceptable secondary-ready standard in reading, writing and maths over the course of three years, and who have seen insufficient pupil progress.

Since coming into post in January 2016, I have worked tirelessly with staff and governors to raise standards. The hard work and dedication of staff and governors, the improving commitment from children to focus on their learning and encouragement from parents to complete work at home and support children in their education are all having an impact on standards. Our children have made good progress in reading, writing and maths, leading to our new classification of ‘not coasting’. However, due to the diversity of our cohorts, we are still working towards the above 85% figure.

 Please continue to give your child the best opportunity to achieve a secondary–ready standard by reading at home – at least three times a week, both books and on bug club, and by supporting your child with homework. We are working really hard to continue to improve our school and give your child an excellent education. Your role in supporting your child’s learning at home is vital; for some children this has recently been declining.

 I am delighted that our children are making such improved progress and that in this last year our school results have turned around.

 If you want to discuss the coasting definition or any aspect of our school improvement work then please come and talk with me.

 Yours faithfully   

 Pip Worswick

 Newsletter 15th March 2018

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Newsletter 1st March 2018

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Dear Parents

 Happy St David’s day! Children in St David’s team have enjoyed being first to break, first to lunch and also sitting on benches during worship this morning.

 We have also been celebrating world book day in school today and have had an amazing day enjoying books and authors. Most children dressed in either Julia Donaldson or Roald Dahl character costumes. There was lots of attitude in the juniors with several Veruka Salts and lots of brainy kids as Matildas took part in lessons whilst many Gruffalos and ladybirds ruled in the infants. During worship, we looked at the Bible as the most famous book throughout history and during the day some children chose to read this for their SQUIRT time. Each time the bell rang, everyone in school reached for a book and had Sitting Quietly Uninterrupted Independent Reading Time enjoying their favourite books.

 There was a £5 voucher prize for Zachary in the infants and Emily C in the juniors for their costumes, as well as a small prize for all the children in costume.

Yours faithfully

Pip Worswick 

Newsletter March 1st 2018.

Newsletter 8th February 2018

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Dear Parents

The building work to relocate the school office and improve the entrance area for parents and visitors during the school day is due to start during the half term holiday. There will still be access through the usual entrance while the building work is in progress but the staff car park will be extremely limited so please try to reduce your visits to school during the day. If you do need to come through the staff car park then please consider parking at Glebe farm or the village hall and walking. Access to Merekats will continue through their usual door.

 Your understanding during the planned eight weeks of work is much appreciated.

 Linked to their topic on toys, Class Jonah and Class Moses had a great school visit yesterday to Brampton Toy Museum. Everyone had a wonderful time and the children had a go at making their own puppets.They learnt about toys from the past and how different they were from the toys that they have today.

 We have enjoyed lots of visitors to school to enrich and enhance our curriculum. The Nat West bank led two workshops for children from Reception to year three teaching them all about how to be sensible with money. The children learnt about spending and saving. The year five and six children had a visit from the fire brigade smoke busters team; learning how to stay safe in a house fire. They also had a visit from the road safety team. Children in year five had a drama workshop entitled ‘letters of war’. They worked on their own scenes to put together with other schools in a culmination of their work next Wednesday at the Town Hall.

 Our children have been busy taking part in inter schools sports’ compeitions. The year three and four children competed in their final cross country race which was a grueling cold and wet course but they all knuckled down, found some determination and inner strength and completed the race. They also competed in the indoor athletics competition, coming second overall. Children from years one and two also took part in an indoor athletics competition. Ayisca and Zachery in Class Moses were joint winners in the target throw and the year 1 and 2 children that took part thoroughly enjoyed the experience and competed with such enthusiasm. Years five and six are competing tonight in their final cross country race.

 Mrs Pip Worswick

Newsletter 8th February 2018


Newsletter 25th January 2018

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Dear Parents

Yesterday, many families took the opportunity to join in the Royal visit to Congleton. We were proud to send Mrs Moore with Rosie and Becky to represent our school Eco club. They were invited inside Congleton Town Hall to meet Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

 Tomorrow is an important royal day in our school calendar as we hold the May Queen draw. Hiermarnie, our current queen, will make the draw during worship at 9:45am – all are welcome to join us. During worship, the year six boys will also be drawn for their roles.

The May Day committee have recently held two successful meetings and planning for this year’s celebrations are coming together with many members of the community of Astbury volunteering their help. It is important that we as a school community do our part too.

This year, the school has been asked to provide a tidy up team for after the event. Please support us and keep the end of the day on Saturday 19th May clear in your diary to join the tidy up team. Watch this space for more information and join the May Day Facebook page

to keep informed of events.

Children in school have been busy designing the front cover for the May Day programme and tomorrow, all children are invited to wear non uniform in return for £1 donation towards the main raffle prize. If your child chooses to wear their own clothes, please make sure they are suitable for a day of work and play at school – they still need to bring a coat!

 Yours faithfully   

Pip Worswick

Newsletter 25-01-2018

Newsletter 11th January 2018

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Dear Parents

 Happy New Year to you all. I trust you all had a good Christmas break. At the start of a new year the children have been thinking about goals that they would like to achieve, in school, at home and in life. They have been sharing these and as an Astbury family we have been thinking about how we can support our friends in achieving their goals.

We welcome Miss Hall and Mr Davies to our Astbury teaching team. Miss Hall is teaching Class Mary whilst the other Miss Hall is on maternity leave. Mr Davies is teaching children from Class Jacob, mainly the year five children, to enable smaller focussed teaching groups.

The children’s learning has started well through their new topics. The children are building curriculum knowledge and skills through their topic based learning. This term, the infants’ topic is toys and the juniors’ is the Stone Age. The curriculum is further enriched through visits and visitors and the infants have a trip planned to Brampton Toy museum later this term whilst the junior children were treated to a Stone Age experience yesterday in school that really channelled their enquiring minds to ask questions and search for answers.

The children have the opportunity to take part in many clubs this term. If your child is interested in a club, please complete the return slip and your child’s place at the club will be confirmed. Additional copies of the letter are on the round table in the entrance area.

 Well done to St David’s team that won the team treat at the end of the autumn term. They chose to have a film afternoon with ice cream and popcorn!

 Yours faithfully

 Pip Worswick

Newsletter January 11th 2018

Newsletter 14th December 2017

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Dear Parents

‘We give thanks and praise and celebrate, the birth of baby Jesus’. The children acted and sang so beautifully to bring the good news of Christmas to a packed church on Sunday morning. Well done everyone!

The year five and six children performed beautifully to a packed hall full of children and parents this morning. They used the presentation to take us on their musical learning journey with their violins. The younger children especially liked ‘jingle bells’ as they joined in to sing!

This is the final newsletter of 2017 so I wish you all a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Yours faithfully

Pip Worswick

School Newsletter 14th December 2017