Harvest for the Foodbank

This year, instead of the normal harvest offerings of fresh fruit and vegetables, the children of The Henry Prince School decided that they would make up harvest boxes of tins and packets to be donated to the Ashbourne Foodbank.

The children brought their boxes and offerings to a special Harvest Service at St John’s Church in Mayfield. After the service all the food, toiletries and cleaning products which the children had brought were taken to the Foodbank at Elim Pentacostle Church.

Harvest for the Foodbank

The Rev Martin Soar, vicar of Mayfield Church, said “The children presented a wonderfully fresh and engaging visual and musical ‘Thank You’ for the harvest. It was so good! It kindled a real sense of gratitude, inspired me to make the most of my garden, and reminded me to be a regular contributor to the Food Bank myself. Thank you, Henry Princes and Princesses!

Harvest for the foodbank

The Ashbourne Foodbank offers food parcels to those in need in the Ashbourne area.

Henry Prince takes pupils into Year 5 in September

The Henry Prince C.E. First School are reminding parents about to choose their child’s school that they will be taking pupils into Year 5 September 2019.

After consulting with parents, the public and Staffordshire County Council earlier in the year, the governing body 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.

The school is now looking forward to attracting pupils who might otherwise choose other local primary schools rather than attend a first school.

As well as becoming a primary school, staff are liaising Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Ashbourne and hoping that their pupils will be able to attend QEGS at the end of Year 6.

The new wrap around care provision, in conjunction with The Mulberry Bush and Ashbourne Community Transport, is also working well.

Head Teacher Mrs J Naylor said: “We’re really excited to become a primary school, and as an Ofsted-rated ‘good’ school, we want to encourage as many parents as possible to see what we have to offer.  We place great emphasis on our relationship with the children, and combine academic achievement with a nurturing environment.

“All schools get funding from the government based on pupil numbers, so the more pupils we have, the more sustainable we are in the future. It’s a really exciting time for our school, and we really hope that local parents will join us in 2019 as we begin a new chapter for Henry Prince.”

For more information, visit the school’s new website www.henryprince.org.

Primary school applications open on November 1.  The closing date for applications is 15 January 2019.

 

Bake Off Success

The Henry Prince Bake Off was a great success with many entries from children, parents and grandparents. The vicar of Mayfield, Rev Martin Soar, judged the entries and the cakes and biscuits were then sold, along with tea and coffee, to the many people who came to see results.

There were some magnificent cakes baked – everyone who entered made a really great effort.

There was a prize for the best children’s cakes or biscuits in each class and one for the best cake baked by an adult.

The PTFA (Parents, Teachers and Friends Association), who organised the bake off, raised over £100 towards the iPad fund.

Police Visit The Henry Prince School

Police Officer Rich and PCSO Sean visited school today to inform the children about the work they do.  The children were able to ask lots of questions and they were all allowed to sit in the police car.  They particularly enjoyed switching the sirens and lights on.  Some of the children  were allowed to try on some of the uniforms.  Mr Mayes was handcuffed much to everybody’s delight!

 

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.

Henry Prince is rated a Good School by Ofsted and is in the process of converting to a primary school.

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 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.