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Norley C E Primary School
Houghs Lane, Norley, WA6 8JZ, UK Warrington
Tel. 01928 788471

We recognise that it is never easy choosing the right school for your children. We hope that by browsing these pages you will get a feel for Norley School – of the positive and supportive atmosphere, of the strengths of the staff, of the wide range of activities in which our children engage and of the first-class education we deliver.

Having taken the virtual tour, however, why not come and visit and see for yourself what Norley School could offer your child.

Each year we host an Open Day which is generally held in the Autumn. Alternatively, you would be welcome to visit at other times - just telephone 01928 788471 for an appointment. If you would like to apply for a place for your child, simply call the school for an entry pack which will be sent out to you.

Secondary Schools

Most of the children from Norley School take up secondary school places at Helsby High School, a school with an excellent academic record. Norley School has strong links with Helsby High School with regular visits to the school arranged for our children. Helsby High also arranges an Induction Day for all primary school entrants to the school to help make that transition from primary to secondary that little bit easier and less daunting.

Norley Primary School Arts And Music

We are proud of our achievement in bringing Arts and Music into the heart of Norley School. We believe that experience of and participation in the arts plays a vital part in the children’s development. Norley works in conjunction with the Frodsham and District Arts Association and has been awarded an Artsmark ‘Gold’ from the Arts Council. Here are some of the major activities in the school:

French Club:

A visiting teacher provides a stimulating and fun approach to French language.

Music for Life:

T he school makes music lessons available through the Music for Life organisation. Currently one third of the children are learning to play a diverse range of instruments with strings; woodwind, brass, keyboards and piano, all represented.

Art Club:

An after school club where children are introduced to the work of different artists and encouraged to create their own artwork, be it painting, sculpting or any other art form.

Country Dancing Club:

Another after school club catering for all ages and abilities with over twenty pupils from years 2 – 6 regularly attending. They enjoy learning traditional UK dances both from the UK and other parts of the world. Maypole dancing is a particular favourite. The clubs activities culminate in a dance festival involving children from several local schools.

School Visitors:

As a small school we have the opportunity to invite many different artists and groups into school. This produces a wide and varied cultural experience for the children involving them directly in the arts. For example David Horner, a local poet, has run poetry workshops in school providing great inspiration and practical advice. The workshops culminate in an ‘evening of poetry’ in which the children recite their own poems for parents and friends.

Norley School benefits greatly by being able to utilise external resources to keep the arts fresh, dynamic and varied for the children.

Christmas Musical:

The major event, which brings together all the year’s experiences in arts and music and demonstrates the school’s inclusive and supportive ethos, is the annual Christmas production. Children, in their final year, play leading roles in narration and acting, however, every single pupil is directly involved. This makes it a very enjoyable experience for everyone with three ‘standing room’ only performances in front of family and friends in the run up to Christmas. Alice in Wonderland was the choice for Christmas 2004. Other recent productions have included Pinnochio (picture), Peter Pan, Snow White and Wind in the Willows and, given the audience reaction, they are set to run and run…

Norley Primary School Sports

PE lessons form an integral part of the curriculum for all pupils with a variety of physical activities to develop coordination and athletic skills. The curriculum includes regular swimming lessons for years 3 and above. In addition there are opportunities to further pursue sporting interests.

Interschool friendly matches are arranged against other local primary schools for netball and football which are always keenly contested. The netball club is a chance to hone the skills needed on the court.

Football coaching

Organised by several parents, football practice is on Sunday mornings at 11am through Winter and Summer. The one hour session (after the compulsory and much loved warm up) is split between practising skills and a playing a match. Children of all ages are catered for with boys and girls in regular attendance.Since 2004 coaches from Chester City FC have also held several after school courses which run for ten weeks each and are open to all pupils.


Training has become a feature for years 2-6. The coaching is provided by professional basketball players from Chester Jets and consequently is of an excellent standard. There has been impressive development of shooting, dribbling and passing abilities with a great emphasis on fun. The scheme will also leave a legacy of some first class basketball equipment for continued use.


In the Summer term an athletics club is run and children are encouraged to participate in the awards scheme operated by the English Schools Athletics Association to help develop their talents. Friendly competition is always encountered in the small schools athletics meeting to which the school sends a team. Occasional rounders and cricket competitions are also organised and keenly contested.

Sports Day

A key fixture in the school calendar is the summer sports day. Participation in the events is as enthusiastic as the parental support from the sidelines with a variety of races to test both speed and dexterity. Of course any controversies regarding use of glue in the egg and spoon race are quickly passed on to the relevant authorities!

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