Year 5 Open Evening

All current year 4 children and their parents or guardians are invited to the Henry Prince School Year Five Open Evening. This takes place on Wednesday 24th October from 6 to 7 pm. Pupils and parents both from the Henry Prince School and elsewhere are all welcome.

The Henry Prince School goes on a Derby Faith Walk

The Henry Prince School children have been to the “Open Centre” in Normanton, Derby. The Open Centre helps people learn about other faiths.

We walked from the centre to the local mosque and were fascinated to see the similarities between Christianity and Islam. We found out how they pray and celebrate festivals.

We then walked back to the Open Centre where we learnt about Judaism. We tasted bread called Challah and we learnt about Jewish coming of age ceremonies.

We all had a very enjoyable day, as you can see from the pictures.

Join the Henry Prince Bake Off!

The Henry Prince Bake Off takes place on Monday 22nd of October, followed by coffee and cake sale

We’d like to invite you to come along and buy cakes and refreshments at 3.15 pm – everyone welcome, you don’t need to have children at the school.

The Bake Off is open to pupils and parents with a prize for the winner in each class and  one for the parents and guardians. It’s just £1 to enter.

Wrap-around care at The Henry Prince School from September

From September 2018 the Henry Prince School will be offering wrap-around care (before- and after-school care) in conjunction with The Mulberry Bush Nursery and Ashbourne Community Transport.

Parents and carers can drop-off at the Mulberry Bush from 7.30 am and Ashbourne Community Transport will bring the children to school at the start of the school day. Likewise in reverse in the afternoon: parents can pick up from the Mulberry Bush when it suits them, up to 6 pm.

The cost of the mini-bus will be subsidised by the school and will be £2 a journey. Parents can book their place on the mini-bus at the school office and book the care sessions directly with the Mulberry Bush on Belper Road (01335 342474).

Chair of Governors Chris Kinman said: “…providing links to wrap-around care (is) in direct response to the comments we heard from prospective parents and the wider community as to what they want to see the school provide.

For more information please contact us – call 01335 342613.

School Council raises £365 for play equipment

The Henry Prince School Council, comprising elected children, decided they wanted buy new toys and games to use at playtime. To achieve this they decided to run a sponsored read for the whole school and hold a book sale. They managed to raise the fantastic sum of £365! The children chose to spend £359.98 on pedal go karts, prams, dolls, wooden tower building blocks and other outdoor games. The school ordered as instructed and their purchases have just arrived.

School Council and their Purchases
The School Council and what they chose to buy

School governor Andrew Reay-Robinson said “I am very proud of the school council. They ran their own fund-raising events that raised £365. They were then very keen to spend the money fairly across all ages and classes as well as between boys and girls – at no point was there any arguing or selfishness. Well done to them all!

The school council consists of two representatives from each class. They hold regular meetings with a teacher and two school governors. The meetings let pupils voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them.

Playtime at Henry Prince School, Ashbourne
Playtime at Henry Prince School

Henry Prince to convert to a Primary School

The Henry Prince CE (C) First School will become a primary school from September 2019, governors have announced.

After consulting with parents, the public and Staffordshire County Council, the governing body has made the decision to take pupils into Year 5 from September 2019, and into Year 6 from September 2020.

From then the school will be known as The Henry Prince C.E. (C) Primary School & Nursery.

In recent months the school consulted on closure as a result of falling pupil numbers. Through consultation, it was decided that the school to remain open after the local authority gave its support.

The conversion to a primary school will see the school attracting pupils who might otherwise choose other local primary schools. The school are now planning to formally request that pupils can move onto Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Ashbourne at the end of Year 6.

From September 2018 the school will also be offering wrap-around care in conjunction with The Mulberry Bush Nursery and Ashbourne Community Transport.

Head Teacher, Mrs J Naylor, said: “This is an exciting time for the school and we are really looking forward to the challenge of extending the age range to include pupils up to the age of 11 by September 2020.

Chair of Governors Chris Kinman added: “These two initiatives, extending the age range, and providing links to wrap-around care, are in direct response to the comments we heard from prospective parents and the wider community as to what they want to see the school provide. We must now hope they have the desired effect of persuading parents that our school, with its Ofsted Good rating, warm and welcoming atmosphere and excellent facilitates should be their first choice for their children.

Staffordshire County Councillor Philip White, cabinet member for learning and skills said: “We have been working closely with the school and are confident that by becoming a primary and therefore extending the age range by an extra two years, this will help them become more financially sustainable and encourage more parents to want to send their children there. The school have also listened to local people throughout this consultation, and by providing links to breakfast and after-school clubs, they are ensuring the entire school community has a bright future.

For more information please contact the School.

Parents can now drop children at School at 8:40 am.

The Henry Prince First School, near Ashbourne, is now open at 8.40 am every morning. This enables parents to both drop their children off at school and get to work on time.

A working mum made the request at a public meeting about the school going forward – saying opening just ten minutes earlier would make all the difference. The headteacher, Mrs Jackie Naylor, agreed and promptly took action.

Not only does the earlier opening help working parents, it frees up parking for all. With a bigger window within which to deliver children to school, parking is now staggered, unlike previously when everyone arrived at once.

The measure has been very well received by parents, who are delighted at the new flexibility.

For more information contact:
Mrs T Kinman – Office Services Manager
The Henry Prince C.E. (C) First School & Nursery
Main Road
Tel: 01335 342613