Church video competition winners

Stretton Handley Church of England Primary school in Derby diocese has won the national MyCofESchool competition. The contest  invited pupils at Church primary schools to celebrate what their school means to them, in a three minute film.

The Christian ethos is at the very heart of our school at Stretton Handley. In the video the children wanted to show how Christian values weave through our daily lives and why this makes our school a really great place to learn, laugh and have fun!

The Peak District winning team will join the Bishop of Oxford, Chair of the Board of Education, for tea in the House of Lords.

The Bishop of Oxford congratulated all the entrants: “We were delighted to see the wide range of entries in the competition. The children’s enthusiasm for their schools and the values they find there are inspirational. Their entries are a tribute to the staff, parents and governors and all those who have helped lay the foundations of our church schools over the centuries. My congratulations to the children for their hard work and imagination creating their entries. It’s always hard to pick one winner but I’m very much looking forward to meeting pupils from the winning school over tea in the House of Lords.”

The video can be watched here:

Zoolab Workshops

The children had a fantastic time at the Zoolab workshops on Tuesday 9th July. Woodpeckers learnt all about exotic pets and KS2 had a virtual journey through the layers of the rainforest. The children were able to handle and stroke many of the creatures, which included a giant snail, millipede, snake, daigu and gecko. Here are some photos of the visit


Crich Tramway Museum Visit

Woodpeckers and Y3 had a great day out at Crich Tramway museum on Monday 8th July.  They had a ride on a selection of different trams and were complimented on how well they changed the seating position of the trams for the return journeys!  They enjoyed a sculpture trail walk, picnic lunch in the park and sampled an ice cream and some old fashioned sweets from the sweet shop.

Open Morning – Y2 Bible presentation

Thank you to everyone who came along to Collective Worship with Reverend Lawrence on 3 July. During the service the Year 2 children were presented with a bible by Mrs Fox – on behalf of the Fox family. Afterwards there were refreshments and the opportunity for children to show parents round the classrooms and to share their work.

Code of dress- order online!

Code of Dress

Book bags are available from School Office – £5.35 each.

School Code of Dress items are available to order online.

Sweatshirts and poloshirts with school logo are also available to order online from:  (previously known as Tesco online)


Coleman Cup Football Tournament

Stretton Handley played some of their best football of the season at the Colman Cup on Friday 7th June. They beat Holmgate and North Wingfield in the group stage to qualify for the quarter finals where they just lost out 2-1. A fantastic performance by our small school.


Well dressing – Fairy tales 2019

The Brackenfield festival took place over he weekend 24-27 May. Here is a photograph of the Stretton Handley CE Primary Well dressing that was on display. The children and staff worked hard to get the well dressing ready on time as it was a short week for children with the school being used as a Polling station. A special thank you to Mrs Mahadevan for organising and coordinating the well dressing and to Mrs Gill, Mrs Cook, Mrs Fox and Mrs Wilson for their help and support. The theme this year was Fairy Tales and the well dressing incorporated children’s ideas from ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Three Billy Goat’s Gruff’. Thank you to all those who went along to support the festival at Brackenfield.

Welldressing Brackenfield

Fairy Tales – 2019

Kwik Cricket Tournament

The Kwik Cricket team did an incredible job finishing runners up in the whole tournament.  The team won their group winning all three matches, beating Ashover A by 91 runs, Deer Park B by 40 runs and Sharley Park by 23 runs.  In the semi-final they beat Holmgate A by 53 runs. They were just pipped to the post by Deer Park A  in the final losing our by 15 runs.  An excellent performance by all the team.

Paws, Claws and Whiskers Topic

Thank you to all the parents who brought in a pet during our ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’ topic.  Woodpecker class have learnt so much about lots of different pets, and the importance of keeping them happy and healthy.  We also enjoyed having the chance to stroke and pat many of the animals.

Roman catapults

As part of the KS2 ‘Rotten Romans’ topic, children developed their Enterprise skills by working in mixed age groups to design, make and evaluate Roman catapults. They went outside to test the catapults for distance, height and accuracy. Here are some photos.

Easter Celebration Day Thursday 11 April

Children worked in family groups and rotated round a series of egg-citing Easter workshops, egg-sploring the Easter Story: designing an Easter garden; making unleavened bread; creating Easter crosses and Palm leaves and learning about Easter Week. They enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt outside, egg-xamining the school grounds very carefully to seek out their own mini-eggs and making sure they did not pass on secret information about where other eggs were hidden! In the afternoon children created their own Easter cards to take home. At the end of the day parents were invited into school to have a look round at the egg-cellent work.

Water-Polo Wednesday 10 April

An alternative sport proved to be very successful for our school as we came runners up in the Cluster School water Polo tournament at Queen’s Park Sport and Leisure Centre on Wednesday. The event was organised and run by Qualitas as part of our subscription funded through our Sport Premium allocation. We won four matches, drew and lost one match and gained 2nd place overall. Fantastic job by the Water Polo team – Well done!

Football match report vs North Wingfield

On a warm sunny spring afternoon (Thursday 28th March), Stretton Handley had a home football match against North Wingfield. It was the first time Stretton had played a home match since October!

Straight away North Wingfield started strong and began to attack the Stretton defence. A couple of early saves from MH settled the goal keeper down, however KH, GH and RJ looked nervous. A good run by an attacker had the defenders in trouble and eventually he was tripped to the ground. Penalty to North Wingfield. MH couldn’t save the powerful strike, 0-1 North Wingfield.

Stretton started to concentrate and play better once they were losing. Some good skill by LR left him with a chance to shoot and he smashed the ball towards the goal and it beat the goalkeeper but bounced back off the post. Half time 0-1.

GT came in to the middle of defence in the second half and it completely changed the game. He didn’t allow the attackers any space to shoot which meant that MH, LR and LH had more time to control the game. A long throw in from LH fell to MH who turned and shot. The keeper saved it but LR followed in and tapped the ball into the net, 1-1.

Stretton were full of confidence now and within 2 minutes had scored again to take the lead. Another long throw from LH saw the ball come to LR who turned and passed to MH who shot the ball low into the bottom corner, 2-1 Stretton.

North Wingfield tried to get back into the game and had a couple of attacks but GT made sure that goalkeeper MH didn’t have a save to make as he tackled or blocked every shot. GT also managed to get forward for one of LH throw ins, which seemed to cause problems for North Wingfield all game, and he shot low only for the keeper to make a good save.

Finally with 5 minutes left MH rifled a powerful effort from near the half way line into the roof of the net to put the cherry on the cake and seal the win, 3-1 Stretton.

A fantastic comeback from being 1-0 down at half time to win 3-1. Well played Stretton Handley!

Player of the match GT with a fantastic second half defending masterclass!

Next game Park House away on Thursday 11th April.