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St Michael`s C E (Aided) Primary School
School Lane, Hathersage, S32 1BZ, UK Hope Valley
+44 (0)1433 650434


Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you for considering Hathersage St Michael’s Church of England (Aided) Primary School. This brochure aims to give you a general insight into our school and how it works.

We are extremely proud both of it and of the achievement of its pupils. We have been consistently placed in the top schools in Derbyshire over the past few years as far as academic results are concerned. However we are equally proud of the excellent results of our sports teams, the superb shows put on by staff and pupils, the excellent music provision and a range of other activities. We aim to give all pupils a well-rounded education that will prepare them for the future. We also enjoy amazing support from parents and the community at large, all helping to enhance the educational experience of all pupils.

The information given in this booklet is correct at the time of publication (June 2003); it is based on the current year and provisional plans for next year. However the school is constantly developing and certain elements may be superseded or modified in the year ahead. Any changes relating to the school will be reported at the Annual Governors’ Meeting for Parents.

Hathersage St Michael's Church of England (Aided) Primary School is fortunate to be set in the beautiful and historic village of Hathersage.  The trust Deed that founded the school was signed in 1858.  "The Duke of Devonshire and Thomas Eyre granted and conveyed the land for the school to the Minister and Church Wardens of the Parish of Hathersage to be used for ever hereafter as a school for the education of children only of the labouring manufacturing and other poorer classes in the Parish of Hathersage and for no other purpose".  The school was built the same year and the original central building, now the School Hall, was then thought big enough for 150 children!  The school has been extended and modernised since those days but it remains a Church of England Voluntary Aided School and thus benefits from the support of not only the Local Education Authority (LEA) but also the Church.  It has its own hall, an excellent range of teaching areas in two main buildings and extensive grounds that include playing fields, playgrounds, a nature area and a stream.

Please feel free to visit the school and to see it for yourself. Also, if you need any further information, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely

Andrew Poole



Our school aims to provide:

  • a safe and caring, fun and happy environment;
  • high quality teaching within a broad curriculum;
  • a climate in which everyone has a commitment to do his or her best;
  • opportunities for all children to co-operate together in learning the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to reach their full potential;
  • praise and encouragement for all children;
  • a Christian example, where we respect and value both ourselves and others;
  • a cheerful and friendly atmosphere;
  • equal opportunities for every child to progress in all aspects of school life;
  • ways for children to develop personally within school and through extra curricular activities.

We want the children to:

  • be at the centre of our caring community, which is based on Christian values, and will prepare them for the future;
  • look after our school and its surrounding environment;
  • have fun.


Our school is very lucky to have a dedicated team of six teachers, led by the Headteacher Mr Poole.  Like other schools in the area we are relatively small and have only five classes, with 129 pupils on roll at present, which means that most classes have mixed ages in them.  From an educational point of view Reception to the end of Year 2 is classed as the Foundation stage and Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Year 3 to Year 6 is classed Key Stage 2 (KS2).  This relates to the National Curriculum and the Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) which are taken at ages 7 and 11 and which will be explained later in this booklet.  Classes are organised on an age basis and these will be the class arrangements from September 2003.

National Curriculum

We teach a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils.  We follow the National Curriculum, which comprises -  English, mathematics and science (including health education); - design  technology, information and communication technology, art, music, history, geography and physical education.  Religious education is also taught throughout the school.

Some subjects such as Mathematics, English, R.E. and music are taught as individual subjects and others like history and geography are taught through topic work. Topics are covered in a 2-year cycle at KS1 and a 4-year cycle at KS2.  Parents are told in advance what topics their children will be covering so that they can give them maximum support.

The school has adopted the National Literacy and Numeracy strategies and found them very beneficial and stimulating.  These projects give national guidance on the teaching of these areas so as to ensure systematic progress in all parts of the subjects.



All children will be offered extra curricular activities.  These vary according to the year group and the interests of members of staff in the team.  A programme of varied activities takes place throughout the year.  They are likely to include:

v     Sports – Gym, athletics, football, netball, tag rugby, basketball and country dancing.  As a member of the Hope Valley Junior Schools Sports Association the school competes in annual football, netball and rounders tournaments and area sports days. Inter-school football and netball matches are played throughout the year.  The school usually participates in an annual folk dance party.

v     Music – There is a lunch time recorder group and a choir for infants and juniors whilst the school band meets weekly and performs concerts during the year.  Violin tuition is offered, as are keyboard and piano lessons.  These lessons take place during the school day (a charge is made).  The violin tuition can lead to the opportunity to join the Hope Valley Strings.  The school participates in the biannual Hope Valley Junior Schools Music Festival.

v     Drama – For the last 7 years the school has put on an annual musical production, which has, involved every child in the school.  They have been tremendous events “Victorian Memories”, “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Rats”, “Bugsy Malone”, “Blastoff”, "Moving On" and “The Seven Sided Dice” and have been extremely popular not only with the children but also with the community.  Much of the rehearsing is done during lunchtimes and after-school. We feel that the confidence and sense of achievement that the children have gained has been well worth all the effort.  We hope to have more such events in the future.

v     Arts and Crafts – Various clubs take place throughout the year, like colouring and creative writing.  There is also an annual Arts Festival with volunteers coming into school and offering a wide diversity of activities.  A Well Dressing during Gala week.  We also have a KS1 A Make It Break it Club.

v     Others – A Chess Club runs at the minute and clubs like, Gardening Club, Computers, Board Games and Chess have run in the past and may well do so again.  Children are also encouraged to act as librarians in the school library.

v     Residential Activity – Year 4, 5 and 6 children are offered a residential trip each year.

Many of these activities are possible only with the aid of volunteers, so if you feel that you have any skills or interests that you could share with the children, we would love to hear from you.


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