I am Claire Whetstone, the Head teacher of New Mills Primary.
On behalf of everyone at our school I would like to welcome you to our website. I hope it gives you all the information you need to gain an insight into our school today.
We believe that our school is friendly, inclusive and welcoming, where the children learn all the academic and social skills they need to become successful and lifelong learners. The most recent Ofsted inspection judged that “the school provides a calm and orderly learning environment in which pupils behave well and feel safe” and “Pupils enjoy coming to school and attendance is above average”.
Ofsted inspectors say that our school has “good and outstanding teaching that interests and engages pupil so that they are keen to learn.”
Our school motto is ‘Happy, Healthy, High Achievers’. Everyone in our school aspires to achieve the 3H’s! We know that our children learn best when they are supported, challenged, interested and happy. Our curriculum is topic based and creative with a strong emphasis on developing Literacy and Numeracy skills. Staff have high expectations for all our children and work hard to ensure there is a buzz of excitement about learning. The inspectors judged that “standards in English and Mathematics have risen and are now above national averages at the end of Year 6.”
The school buildings have grown and modernised significantly over the last 20 years with records of primary education beginning at New Mills Primary in 1904. Today we teach children in single year groups in 7 classes; children from 4-11 years. We have very extensive grounds with lots of space outside for the children to play and learn. We have a school woodland and trail, a pond, vegetable plots and a developing orchard.
We work hard to ensure that our school is at the heart of the local community and the hall is used by a weekly toddler group, a community music group and local groups in the evening. The children are actively encouraged to support both local and international initiatives and charities with development of school links to other schools nationally a current focus. Our School Council is very effective in making sure we hear the children’s voice. The school has a very active Parent Teacher group which organises social and fund-raising events and an experienced Governing Body.
It isn’t possible at the moment for you to visit us, but if you’d like to know more then please take a look at our videos or give us a call. We’d love to hear from you!