Football match report vs Holmgate

On a very wet and boggy pitch, Stretton Handley took to the field to face Holmgate and the Stretton players were eager to make up for the collapse in the last game.

However,  the game started differently to how the Stretton players wanted and within a minute of kick off, Holmgate took the lead with a low strike into the corner. 0-1 Holmgate.

Stretton fought back well though and an impressive piece of dribbling saw LM run to the halfway line and unleash a powerful shot into the top corner to equalise. The Holmgate goalkeeper had no chance! 1-1

Holmgate came back again and some good defending by LH, MT and GH kept their attackers at bay. With 5 minutes to half time TH made an incredible save to a rocket of a shot that was heading into the roof of the net. However, from the resulting corner, Holmgate managed to score to make it 1-2.

Unfortunately for the Stretton Handley defence, right on half time, the ball got stuck in the mud inside Stretton’s box which allowed another goal for Holmgate. 1-3 Holmgate at half time.

After much needed drinks, a quick rest and a team talk changing tactics, Stretton Handley came out in the second half in fine form. A couple of good attacks saw them grow in confidence.

Stretton Handley hadn’t given up and they wanted to mirror what had happened to them in the previous game and make a stunning come back.

They did just that!

First, a good pass by LR saw MH run through and tap the ball into the bottom corner to make it 2-3. Then a good run by LR saw him fouled in the box to win a penalty in the bog! Unfortunately LR powered his penalty wide of the post.

Stretton Handley began to dominate possession and were piling pressure on the Holmgate defence.

Excellent passing from defence through to attack meant that LR had a free shot which he smashed into the net to equalise. 3-3

Finally,with only 3 minutes remaining, Stretton Handley won a corner. The ball was crossed in and the boggy ground made it difficult for Holmgate to clear the ball. A goal mouth scramble resulted in the ball hitting a lot of  legs before eventually LR managed to tap the ball into the net to complete the fantastic come back and make it 4-3 to Stretton Handley.

Stretton Handley defended the final few minutes well and managed to win with a very impressive second half performance.

Well done to all the players involved!

Stretton Handley 4-3 Holmgate

Football match report vs Ashover

On Thursday 22nd March 2018, Stretton Handley faced Ashover, in what proved to be a close game and an incredible fight back by Ashover at the end.

Stretton Handley started the game quickly with LM firing in a good shot into the bottom corner to put Stretton 1 nil up. Some excellent defending from LH and RL kept Stretton in the lead and allowed LR and MH to create a lovely passing move to free LM for his second goal, 2-0 Stretton.

As the half time whistle approached, an excellent tackle and pass by LH saw LM take control of the ball and fire a long pass over the Ashover defence which MH ran onto and scored a fantastic volley into the bottom corner to make it 3-0.

Seconds before half time, Ashover pulled a goal back with a powerful shot that beat TH. 3-1.

The second half started and Ashover came out strong and again scored a powerful shot to make it 3-2. Stretton fought back however and with a well worked corner, MH scored a bullet header at the front post to give Stretton a 4-2 lead.

Ashover started to dominate possession and were firing shots at TH and the Stretton defence. However, on a counter attack, a good pass by RJ saw LM dribble free and slot the ball passed the keeper to make it 5-2.

With only 7 minutes remaining Ashover again piled on the pressure and a couple of mistakes in the Stretton defence saw Ashover score 2 quick fire goals to make it 5-4.

Finally,with only 1 minute left, Ashover completed their come back with a good strike into the roof of the net to complete the scoring. The game finished 5-5 in what felt like a defeat for the Stretton Handley players after being 5-2 up!

Again, a very entertaining game with plenty of goals and positive football played by both teams throughout.

Easter Service and Open Day

Easter Service

Children led the Easter Service with readings, prayers and singing before having refreshments and taking part in an Easter Egg Hunt in the school grounds.

Peregrine Class also shared their “Walk Like an Egyptian” Dance which they had performed at the Dance Platform event at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield last week.

Easter Egg Design Competition

During the Open morning there was an opportunity for parents to see their children’s books and to have a tour of the school and classrooms to to see displays of work. Everyone was very impressed with the Woodpecker class artwork and writing and the Kingfisher and Peregrine ‘Ancient Egypt’homework tasks.

NEDSSP Dance Platform

On Tuesday 13th March Year 3 and 4 children went to the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, to take part in the NED SSP Dance Platform event, performing their ‘Walk like an Egyptian’ themed dance.

In front of an audience of over 400 people, the children performed their dance on the stage and did so fantastically!  The huge round of applause at the end showed how much everybody enjoyed it and how impressed they were.

A huge thank you and congratulations to all the children involved for representing our school and performing  so well. A particular thank you to Mrs Turner for her hard work organising and choreographing the dance. What a wonderful opportunity for all the children involved and a fantastic, confidence building experience.

Well done everyone!

Sport Relief Mile – 16 March

Mr Cooke has organised a sponsored event on Friday 16th March to raise funds for Sport Relief. Parents/ Grandparents are invited to join us for a Sport Relief Mile (running or walking!) and extra sponsor forms are available in school if required. Please meet us on the Jubilee Playing field for a 2.00pm start. Children may then go home early with an adult. Any unaccompanied children will walk back to school with staff and should be collected as usual at 3.30pm. Please check book bags for information and sponsor forms.


Book Fair 12-16 March

All children will be receiving a £1.00 book token for World Book Day. This may be used towards the cost of a book from any book shop. The ‘Travelling Books’ book fair will be in school from Monday for five days from March 12th. Children will have a chance to browse and buy books during school time and may use their book voucher. The book fayre will be open after school, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for parents/ visitors to buy books between 3.30 and 4.00pm. Leaflets and information to follow. Please check book bags for book tokens, leaflet, information.


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.