Well Dressing on display 26-28 May

Have a look at these photos of this year’s fantastic school well dressing. The theme is Children’s TV. Can you spot your favourite characters?

We would like to say a special thank you to Mrs Mahadevan for organising and coordinating work on the well dressing and also to Mrs Gill, Mrs Edwards and Mrs Fox for working so hard with the children to make sure the well dressing was completed on time. This year, our well dressing will be displayed outside Holy Trinity Church, Brackenfield, as part of the Flower Festival. The festival starts at 10 am on Saturday 26th May and continues over the bank holiday weekend.

Please try to go along and see the children’s hard work and support the Flower Festival.

Runners up! Football Final League Table 2017/18

Congratulations Stretton Handley Primary School football team on the school’s best ever finish in the league! Runners up!

Well done to all the players involved and a huge thank you to parents for supporting the team throughout the season.

Well done!

Team Played Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Points
Hunloke 9 7 1 1 35 12 23 22
Stretton Handley 9 5 2 2 27 18 9 17
Hady 9 4 4 1 27 7 20 16
Sharley Park 9 5 1 3 36 18 18 16
Park House 9 4 2 3 16 12 4 14
Ashover 9 4 1 4 28 33 -5 13
North Wingfield 9 2 3 4 8 27 -19 9
Holmgate 9 1 5 3 10 18 -8 8
Grassmoor 9 2 1 6 21 34 -13 7
Tupton 9 0 2 7 2 29 -27 2

Football Match report vs Grassmoor

On Thursday 3rd May, Stretton Handley football team travelled to Grassmoor Primary for the final game of the season. Again, the team were without usual captain LM.

Straight from kick off, Grassmoor started fast and took the lead within 2 minutes with a good low shot that TH had no chance to save. Stretton kept on battling and had a few good chances through MH, LR and RJ. However, just before half time Grassmoor scored again to make it 2-0.

After a quick team talk, the Stretton team came out fast and scored through a brilliant tackle by MT which led to MH running through and smashing the ball into the roof of the net to make it 2-1. Stretton kept up the pressure and from a good kick by TH, GH found herself on the edge of the Tupton box only for the goalkeeper to come out and smother the ball.

Tupton managed to break through with 10 minutes to go and increase their lead to 3-1. Again though, Stretton didn’t give up and LH played a good pass to LR who crossed for MH who brought it down and calmly placed the ball into the corner to make it 3-2.

Stretton were searching for the equaliser and were caught on a counter attack which led to a penalty decision, which was waved off as advantage, leading to a Tupton goal, causing confusion amongst players and parents. TH as well as the Stretton defence stopped as the whistle went, only for the referee to wave play on. A very debatable goal to make it 4-2 to Tupton.

In the last minute a driving run from RL nearly completed the scoring only for his shot to go just wide of the post.

A good final match of the season with an unfortunate defeat.

Football Match report vs Tupton

On Tuesday 1st May Stretton Handley football team travelled to Tupton Primary for the penultimate game of the season. Without top goal scorer LM, the Stretton team took to the field with a point to prove. Within minutes of kick off they proved that point!

Straight from kick off Stretton won a throw in. Captain LR took a long throw into the box which resulted with a defensive error and the ball hitting a defender and flying into the net to make it 1-0. Stretton continued to battle and an acrobatic over head kick from RJ threatened the Tupton goal but the Tupton goalkeeper produced an excellent save.

Tupton started to get into the game and would have scored, had it not been for excellent defending from LH and RL and then a brilliant diving save by TH. Half time 0-1 Stretton Handley.

The second half was very tight with Tupton looking for the equaliser. Stretton again defended well with GT and GH not letting the ball past them.

With around 10 minutes to go, a good dribble by MH led to a Stretton Handley corner. MT moved into midfield and was in the box ready to score her first goal for the team…and she did! The ball was crossed in and fell to MT’s feet and she powerfully smashed the ball into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.

Stretton then controlled the game to the end and with a minute to go. Vice captain LH passed to MH who ran through and slotted the ball coolly past the goalkeeper to make it 3-0.

A brilliant team performance by Stretton Handley.

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.