School will be open as a child care setting from Tuesday 24th March (8.45am to 3.15pm) for "vulnerable" children and children of Key Workers. A definition of a Key Worker is on our Virus update page. Please note that the government clearly says that children should be at home where possible and schools are to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. Children who attend do not need to wear uniform and if they are not entitled to free dinners for reasons of benefits awarded should bring a packed lunch or £2.40. This provision may change if more staff are obliged to stay at home. In this situation the Local Authority will inform you of an alternative.
Click on the main menu to see some work for your children to do whilst school is closed. It's called 'School Closure Activities'
We aim to provide a safe learning environment where children develop the skills to become responsible, articulate citizens of the 21st century, ready to move on to the next stage of their education. We want our children to be challenged by staff who understand their individual needs and strengths, and who have high expectations of all, including themselves. Our children should not be afraid to make mistakes, but be determined to learn from them; they should not be constrained by the curriculum, but encouraged to think independently and flourish, whatever their gifts may be. We celebrate the diversity of our local community, and encourage everyone to play their part in doing what is best for our children.
We believe in a curriculum of opportunity, and staff are currently reviewing and revising our curriculum to enable our children to experience life to its full. Reading is at the heart of all we do, and our aim is that every child will be able to read and understand text at an appropriate level for their age. We are determined that all children will have access to a broad curriculum; even in Year 6 when SATs are looming large. It is vital for our children to experience history, art, the outdoors and all other aspects of learning, not just reading, maths and writing. With that in mind, our Year 6 children continue to go to Forest School, cook, learn the guitar and paint right up to, and beyond, SATs week in May.
About the school
We are a one form entry primary school in the Lye area of Stourbridge, with 219 children on roll including our on-site Nursery. The school opened in 1967 and has been a central part of the community since then.
Our staff are dedicated to doing the best for our children - there have been many changes in staffing over the past few years, and we now have a small and committed team driving forwards, together.
Children have an important role to play in our school's life: we have an active School Council. They help to make decisions, including interviewing potential members of staff, and are genuinely listened to. Our Y6 play area was designed by children, who also wrote the bid for funding and invited the Mayor along to open it formally.
Brickworks Church uses our hall for services, and the pastor, Fred, leads assemblies at Rufford.
If you would like to know more, have an explore of our website, or call Ms Laight in the school office to arrange a visit.
Ms Alice Middleton
National School Breakfast Programme
Our School has joined the government's National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP), which is being delivered by charities Family Action and Magic Breakfast.
As a NSBP school we are pleased to offer a healthy breakfast, available to all, and enjoy the benefits that brings, with children settled and ready to learn at the start of the school day. We will offer healthy breakfast bagels free to all children from Nursery through to Year 6, and we would welcome your child to join us for a great start to the day. Our breakfast starts on Tuesday 7th May until March 2020 and will be held in each class every day before registration. An allergy & ingredients list is available in class.