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:


Balance bikes have no pedals and are designed to help children to learn to balance on their own and ride a bike without the need for stabilisers. The children had a great time and took part in an afternoon of fun games and activities.


Five ways to wellbeing!

Five Ways to Wellbeing for young people.

It’s never too early to start learning about good emotional health and wellbeing. It’s really important to find, and practice, positive ways of thinking as they can help you through life’s ups and downs.
There are some simple things that everyone can do that can help boost moods and keep you happy. They’re easy to do and don’t have to cost a penny.They’re known as the 5 ways to well-being for young people and they are:

Be active
Keep learning
Take notice

See the Derbyshire County Council website for more information:

Ofsted Inspection Jan 16th

Our Ofsted Inspection will take place on 16th January. Information is on the website for your convenience. A paper copy of the letter with an information  leaflet have been sent home.

If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school, (including pupils who are off sick) please take a few minutes to tell Ofsted your views about the school by completing Ofsted’s online survey, Parent View, at:

Please complete the online survey by noon on 16 January 2018 as this will give the inspection team more time to consider your views. However all online responses that are completed during the inspection will be considered, although the free-text box facility will not be available after noon on 16 January 2018.

Thank you very much.

Online safety – Parent Workshop January 31st

On-line safety workshop for Parents – Hunloke Park Primary School 31st January @ 6.00pm.

There is a parental workshop on online safety on Wednesday 31st January at 6pm for the GSLC cluster group of schools. The session will be run by the police and the MAT team are also hoping to contribute. Please see the ‘Online safety’ newsletter and check bookbags for slips to return to school so we have an idea of numbers attending the workshop. Thank you.



Children in Need Spotacular!

Children In Need – Spotacular 17th November

On Friday 17th November we raised funds for Children-in-Need by holding a non-uniform day and coming to school wearing something stripy and/or spotty. Thank you to everyone who dressed up and made donations. Have a look at Woodpecker Group’s  fantastic Pudsy Bear masks. Mrs Mahadevan took some photographs and has taken the ‘spotacular’ event to new heights as she now has chicken pox; she is covered in real spots and will be off school all week!


Master Blaster Laser Tag Nov 23

Never mind going to a laser quest experience, the Master Blaster mobile laser tag arena is coming to our school hall on 23 November! Our KS2 children have the opportunity to experience an exciting range of games either as individuals or as part of a team.

Funding for this activity has been provided by P4YP ‘Positive For Young People’ who are a non-profit organisation based at the Hub, Gladstone Buildings in Clay Cross.

The Action Sports activities provided by the Extreme wheels team, are fast, furious and a huge amount of fun for anyone age 7+. See Bolsover District council’s website; for information.

Football – Mid season league table

Halfway through the season and Stretton Handley are in their best ever position in the league! Joint top! (second on goal difference) with just 5 games to go! Can we finish top of the league? Top 3?

The final 5 games will be in February, March and April.

League Cup Table

Team Played Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Points
Hunloke 4 3 0 1 16 7 9 9
Stretton Handley 4 3 0 1 13 6 7 9
Sharley Park 4 2 1 1 14 7 7 7
Hady 2 2 0 0 12 0 9 6
Park House 3 2 0 1 9 6 3 6
Grassmoor 3 1 0 2 7 11 4 3
Ashover 3 1 0 2 5 13 -8 3
Holmgate 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 1
Tupton 3 0 0 3 2 13 -11 0
North Wingfield 2 0 0 2 0 12 -12 0


Grassmoor 1 Park House 4
Sharley 2 Hunloke 5
Sharley 8 North Wingfield 0
Stretton 4 Hunloke 2
Hady 6 Ashover 0
Ashover 4 Tupton 1
Stretton 1 Sharley 3
Ashover 1 Hunloke 6
Holmgate 1 Park House 4
Tupton 1 Grassmoor 6
Park House 1 Stretton 4
Hunloke 3 Tupton 0
Holmgate 1 Sharley 1
Hady 6 Grassmoor 0
Stretton 4 North Wingfield 0

Unplayed Fixtures :

Holmgate v North Wingfield
Stretton v Hady
Grassmoor v Holmgate
Tupton v Hady
Sharley v Park House
North Wingfield v Ashover

Football match report vs N Wingfield

On Monday 6th November Stretton Handley played host to North Wingfield in the final league game before the mid season break.

With the nights drawing in and a dark cloudy sky, Stretton kicked off the game without captain LM who was unable to play. Stretton dominated possession in the first half with some strong defending from MT, GH and RL and some good passing from MH, LR and RJ. However North Wingfield defended well and Stretton couldn’t find the net for the first 15 minutes. Eventually from a corner RL shot and hit the post and MH was there to tap in the rebound to make it 1-0.

During the half time team talk, Stretton were encouraged to shoot more to try and make the scoreline more comfortable. This proved to work as straight from kick off LR had a long range shot which flew into the corner to make it 2-0. Another attack followed and after a good tackle and pass from GT, LR managed to run through and score again to make it 3-0 and score his second goal of the game. North Wingfield then had a couple of good attacks and LH stood firm followed by some strong bravery from goalkeeper TH as he held onto the ball despite the North Wingfield striker trying to kick it.

Finally with just 5 minutes left and the light fading, MH managed to dribble down the wing and cut into the box and hit a shot into the bottom corner to make it 4-0 and score his second goal of the game.

Final score 4-0 to Stretton Handley. Another fantastic result with some skillful football on display.

The Stretton Handley winning streak continues!

(All photos taken by IT, LJ and MT)

Football match vs Park House B

On Tuesday 31st October 2017 the Stretton Handley team travelled to Park House Primary school for a league match.

With the dark nights drawing in, the game kicked off quickly and Stretton started quickly! In the first minute LM managed to dribble down the wing beating 2 defenders before crossing the ball low and hard for LR to tap the ball calmly into the bottom corner to make it 1-0 to Stretton Handley. Park House responded and managed to show some good passing and created a good chance which TH saved well only for the rebound to fall to a Park House player who tapped it in to make it 1-1. Stretton then began to dominate and some excellent work from MH meant that LM had a good chance which the Park House keeper saved brilliantly.

The second half kicked off and again Stretton started quickly. RJ managed to win the ball and passed to LR who passed to LM who dribbled through and shot the ball into the bottom corner to make it 2-1 to Stretton. A few minutes later some good defending from GT, GH and MT meant that Stretton were able to attack quickly and LR played the ball forward to MH who cut inside and passed to LM who coolly slotted the ball into the roof of the net to make it 3-1 to Stretton Handley. With 5 minutes to go TH made another good save and LH cleared the ball well to MH who laid the ball off for LM who was 20 yards out. LM smashed the ball first time and it flew like a rocket into the top corner to make it 4-1 and to grab his second hat trick of the season!

A brilliant performance from Stretton Handley with some excellent defending and attacking and a well deserved win following an impressive team performance,

A fantastic 4-1 win for Stretton Handley sees them nearing the top of the league!

Next game at home to North Wingfield on Monday 6th November 2017.