Nether Alderley Primary School:
...a special place where children are happy, safe and valued.
Nether Alderley Primary School is situated in pleasant rural surroundings, approximately half a mile from the southern boundary of the village of Alderley Edge, near to Nether Alderley Mill. The original school was built in 1822, and extensions have been added since that time. The accommodation consists of the old school building and a purpose-built extension, completed in April 2001. It comprises four classrooms, a central work area, toilets and an administration block. There are extensive grounds: a playing field, playgrounds, and two adventure playgrounds.
The school provides education to boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 11 years. The children are currently organised into 4 classes. Separate from school, but sharing the same site, is Little Eagles pre-school. Many children attend the Pre-school before starting school. It is run by Mrs A Dale who can be contacted through the school.
School starts for all pupils at 8.55 am and continues, with a mid-morning break, until 12 noon. The afternoon begins at 12:55 pm. School finishes at 3.20 pm for all pupils. In the interests of security and safety, children should not arrive before 8.45 am, as the teaching staff cannot have responsibility for pupils before that time.
Arrangements for Admission
Initially all interest in a place at the school should be made through the Head Teacher and parents and prospective parents will be invited to visit the school.
Applications for places in Reception are managed by Cheshire East Council 0300 123 5012
There is one intake each academic year in September for Reception aged pupils. Children are admitted to school in the September following their 4th birthday. The total number of children who can be accommodated in the school is 105. Our current admission limit is 15 children.
Admission of Children with Disabilities and other Special Educational Needs
In the first instance please contact the headteacher to discuss any special needs your child may have. You will then be informed of the school's specialist facilities for increasing access and future plans.
Parents are requested to send their children suitably clothed for a working day. Boys should wear grey trousers, and girls, a grey skirt, trousers or pinafore dress. Children wear a red school poloshirt and grey school jumper. Girls can wear red check dresses in the summer.
All uniform is available from Classworx, King Edward Road, Macclesfield and Finesse , Mill Street, Macclesfield. For PE lessons, children wear a red school T-shirt, black shorts, and black pumps or training shoes. A school tracksuit is used for outdoor PE lessons. These are kept at school throughout the week.
Class 1: Mrs Frier and Mrs Newby, Reception and Year 1
Class 2: Mrs Hatfield and Mrs Greenwood, Year 1 and Year 2 (Ms Gilmour is currently on maternity leave)
Class 3: Mrs Horsnell and Mr Craven, Year 3 and Year 4
Class 4: Ms Scotchford and Mr Amos, Year 5 and Year 6
We also employ specialist part-time teachers:
Mr Draper teaches P.E.
Mrs Norman teaches Music
We employ sports coaches for dance, netball and tennis.
The Ethos and Values of the School
Nether Alderley provides a supportive, happy and secure working environment where all those involved in the school develop a love of learning and fulfil their potential. This is done through providing:
- warm and friendly personal relationships.
- sound teaching methods and high standards.
- stimulating resources, books, apparatus and materials.
- strong relationships between the school, home and community.
Our children learn the values of friendship, respect, honesty, manners and teamwork.
We will help each child to realise his or her potential and lay a foundation of skills, not only for the primary school but for later life.
The core subjects, Mathematics, English, Science and ICT are taught within the guidelines set out in the National Curriculum.
Mathematics is taught every day and skills are developed through teacher input, mental practice and practical work. We aim for our children to be able to handle mathematical data with confidence, and to develop the ability to calculate accurately.
English: the acquisition of reading skills is considered to be vital. These are continuously developed throughout the school during daily Literacy lessons, specific reading periods and within other subject areas. Links with parents are fostered through home reading, and daily practice at home is expected, especially in the initial stages. Language skills are covered in the Literacy Hour, using a wide variety of books and materials. Handwriting and spelling is practised regularly, and children are encouraged to write creatively in both prose and poetry. In key stage 1 children are taught phonics which is planned from the Letters and Sounds programme. The school reading scheme is banded and comprises a core of the Oxford reading Tree scheme and is supplemented by Ginn and other published schemes.
Information Communication Technology: the school is well equipped, and ICT skills feature throughout the curriculum at all Key Stages. We are well equipped with Apple technologies and pupils in upper KS2 enjoy 1:1 provision.
Science is taught as a discrete subject. Pupils are encouraged to experiment for themselves, and to draw conclusions from their own observations.
Modern Foreign Languages: French is taught to all pupils from Reception to Year 6 by specialist language teachers. The children take part in songs, games and activities to increase their knowledge of the language and of France itself. In Key stage 2 pupils progress to learn grammar and to write in French.
Foundation Subjects: the foundation subjects consist of Design Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music and PE.
Topic work helps to give a child a full, broad and balanced coverage of the National Curriculum.
Children are not always expected to all work at the same speed. Our pupils will be given the opportunity to work individually, in groups or as a whole class together. The emphasis, however, will always be on the work being matched to the age and ability of the individual child. Documents relating to school policy, the curriculum and schemes of work may be viewed at the school by appointment with Mr Craven, the Headteacher.
The P.E. Curriculum delivers the statutory requirements for the subject. The school believes sport to be a vital part of life to encourage healthy lifestyles. The school therefore encourages all children to take an active part in sporting events. The school offers a variety of extra curricular sport including football, netball, basketball, dance and drama, rounders, cricket, lacrosse and athletics. Competitions are frequently organised with other schools.
Music: each class has a regular weekly music lesson with a specialist music teacher. Individual lessons for woodwind, violin, piano, guitar and drums are also available from our peripatetic specialists. The school has its own instrumental group which performs regularly for parents and the wider community.
Religious Education is provided by all state schools. The children explore different aspects of Christianity and other faiths through project and topic work. Our collective act of worship is mainly Christian although other religions and beliefs iare also included. Social and moral behaviour is developed by example at all times, through class discussions, and is emphasised through appropriate stories, during assembly and other times in the day. There are strong links with the churches in the area and ministers from all denominations are invited into school. Parents may withdraw their children from RE lessons and collective worship if they wish.
Special Educational Needs: when a child is perceived to have learning difficulties, requiring help beyond that which the school resources can adequately provide, the Education Authority's special services are called in to help. Parents are always consulted before any such action is taken. A policy on Special Needs can be viewed at school. One Governor has the responsibility for overseeing Special Educational Needs.
In Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, all children should read to or listen to their parents read each day.
In Years 1 and 2 children are given weekly spellings to learn and are expected to begin to learn their tables. Children in Year 2 may be given work to help with their SATS tests.
In Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, all children should read each day. English, Maths and/or topic activities are given on a weekly basis. If for any reason individual children require extra work, this will be discussed with the parents.
Clubs afternoons are a key element of our curriculum and our children enjoy the enrichment opportunities they provide. To find out more click here.
Little Eagles Pre-school
Attached to the school, but run separately, is Nether Alderley Pre-school, who are contactable through the School Office. The Pre-school takes children from the age of 2 years and sessions are offered in mornings and afternoons. The Pre-school has very close links with Nether Alderley School, and the majority of its pupils feed into the Reception Class. During their time in Pre-school, the pupils follow a curriculum based on play and exploration. The areas of learning covered include Communication, Language and Literacy; Personal, Social and Emotional development; Mathematical Development; Knowledge and Understanding of the World; Physical Development; and Creative Development. The provision is governed by a constitution approved by the Pre-school Learning Alliance and inspected by Ofsted. The Pre-school was last inspected in 2014. Their report acknowledged the very high standard of education that the Pre-school offers.
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After School Provision
After school club is open until 6pm, Monday to Thursday. Children take part in supervised activities provided by NAPSAC (Nether Alderley Pre-School and All-round Care) our on-site provider. Parents are required to give notice in advance if they wish to use this facility, although on occasion it can be used in an emergency. Contact with NAPSAC can be made through the school office. If for any reason you are unable to pick up your child promptly from school, you must telephone the school, and arrangements will be made for supervision in the after school club. Parents will be charged for this.
The vast majority of children have a cooked school lunch each day, although provision is made for those who wish to bring sandwiches. All meals are cooked on site. Dinner money is payable either half-termly in advance, or weekly each Monday. The current cost for a dinner is £2:35 per day. Payments are made using the online ParentPay system. We ask for two week lead-in period for changes to lunches.
Pastoral Care and Discipline
The behaviour and care of our pupils was rated “Outstanding” by OFSTED. In school we provide care for the children, as would be taken by any responsible parent. Rules for safety and good conduct are simple and we try to ensure that the reasons for such rules are clearly understood and accepted. We believe that the use of sanctions when necessary, must be seen to be fair, and should be supported by the parent. Relationships between staff and children are friendly and based on mutual respect. It is important that children should feel secure within the school environment.
Music Tuition is currently available for a variety of instruments. Parents are required to make their own arrangements for the hire of instruments and the payment of tuition fees. Pupils in class 4 have swimming lessons during the year. This is a statutory requirement, and the cost of this is currently funded by voluntary contributions from parents. Visits to places of interest are regularly arranged as part of curriculum work. Parents are asked to make a voluntary contribution to cover the cost of each visit. No child will be barred from swimming instruction or educational visits due to financial hardship. Parents are requested to make a voluntary donation of £1 per half term to help with the running of the clubs afternoon. The school operates a minbus and asks parents to make a small annual contribution towards its upkeep.
The Secretary of State stresses that the concerns of parents should be dealt with, as far as possible, on an informal discussion basis with teachers and head teachers. If the complainant still remains dissatisfied then the formal procedures adopted by the L.E.A come into effect. Your child's class teacher or Mr Craven, the Headteacher, are your first point of contact, after which you will be advised of the procedure for taking your complaint further.
Transfer to Secondary Education
At the end of Year 6 all children transfer to secondary education. Children usually transfer to:
Fallibroome Academy, Priory Lane, Upton Macclesfield SK10 4AF
Wilmslow High School, Holly Road, Wilmslow SK9 1LJ
Each year a small proportion of our year 6 pupils transfer to independent schools such as:
Altrincham Grammar School
Cheadle Hulme School
Manchester Grammar School
Manchester High School
Kings School Macclesfield
Stockport Grammar School
Alderley Edge School for Girls
Standard Assessment Tests ( SATs)
As a requirement of the National Curriculum, all pupils are regularly assessed. During May of each year, all Year 2 and Year 6 pupils take their SATs. Details of the content and requirements of the tests can be obtained from Ms Gilmour and Ms Scotchford respectively, or from Mr Craven, the Headteacher.
Throughout their time at Nether Alderley, our pupils’ progress is continuously assessed to inform teachers’ planning. This may be through observations, discussions, informal and formal testing. Full written reports are sent to parents during the summer term. SATs results are reported at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2, and discussed with each parent. At other times in the year, pupils’ records are available to parents, through appointment with the class teacher. Parents meetings are held three times a year, and parents are welcome to discuss problems with the Headteacher at any time.
Parent Teacher Association
The PTA is a very important part of the school. It is an opportunity for parents and staff to work together in developing the school. The PTA organise enjoyable events for the school community and have raised considerable funds for the school, which have been used to buy books, resources and equipment for the pupils, the latest project being to purchase iPads for pupils to use in class. We encourage all parents to become involved in the school and the PTA. If you can offer help please contact Mr Craven, the headteacher, who will direct you to one of the committee members.
The School was last inspected on 1st March 2022 A copy of the report can be found on the internet at https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/141306