Ofsted praises Oldfields Hall Middle School for its good quality education

June 29th 2022

Carl Gliddon, Headteacher, with pupils at Oldfields Hall Middle School
Pictured: Carl Gliddon, Headteacher, with pupils at Oldfields Hall Middle School

A Uttoxeter middle school has maintained its Ofsted ‘good’ grade and been praised for providing a good quality of education that meets pupils’ needs.

Inspectors found that pupils at Oldfields Hall Middle School, on Stone Road, are happy and eager to learn and that the school looks after them very well.

Leaders have designed an ambitious and broad curriculum, according to the newly published report.

Leaders also have high expectations for all pupils including those with special educational needs and disabilities and those who are disadvantaged.

The inspection report notes that leaders have established a strong culture of safeguarding and pupils know how to keep themselves safe including when online.

Inspectors also found that the school provides excellent pastoral care and is very friendly and welcoming.

Parents and carers are overwhelmingly supportive of the school. Staff are very proud of the school and enjoy working there.

Carl Gliddon, Headteacher, Oldfields Hall Middle School, said: “Our priority is to ensure that pupils feel safe and happy and that they are well taught and eager to learn. We are delighted with this Ofsted report that is a tribute to the attitude and efforts of our children and staff.”

Sarah Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Uttoxeter Learning Trust, added: “It is fantastic to see such a glowing report and the achievements of Oldfields Hall Middle School children and staff recognised so positively by Ofsted.”

The inspection took place on May 4th and 5th 2022. For more information, please visit Ofsted’s website.

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Uttoxeter Learning Trust thanks local community for supporting its Ukraine appeal

7 April 2022

Some of the donations at Windsor Park C.E. Middle School
Pictured: Some of the donations at Windsor Park C.E. Middle School

Schools across Uttoxeter Learning Trust have joined together and collected donations to help families affected by the Ukraine crisis.

Pupils have donated dried food, first aid kits, sleeping bags, foil survival blankets, nappies, torches with batteries, and toiletries.

Sarah Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Uttoxeter Learning Trust, said: “The Ukraine conflict has touched so many lives. I would like to thank all of our schools for supporting this cause.”

She added: “I am especially proud of our pupils who have shown the importance of being good citizens and given so generously to those in urgent need.”

Schools that have supported the appeal include Windsor Park C.E. Middle School on Springfield Road, Picknalls First School on Oldfields Road, and Hutchinson Memorial C.E. First School on Uttoxeter Road.

Headteacher Lisa Wilbraham-JonesLisa Wilbraham-Jones, Headteacher, Windsor Park C.E Middle School, said: “The response was amazing. At a time when many families are struggling financially, we were overwhelmed by the generosity shown. Parents, children and friends dug deep and gave from their hearts.”

She added: “Donations were sorted, packaged and transported to a local church last month that was shipping donations to Poland and Ukraine, showing our young people the importance of giving to those in need.”

Anne Tapp, Headteacher of Picknalls First School, said: “In our school community we have families directly affected by the war in Ukraine and they asked if we would be able to help by being a collection point for donations to aid those affected by the crisis.”

She continued: “Due to the urgency of the situation, we gave our pupils and parents and carers 24 hours to bring in donations so that they could be transported the following day. We are very grateful to our school community for their swift and generous response. Our thoughts continue to be with all of those affected by this distressing situation.”

Paula Snee, Headteacher, Hutchinson Memorial C.E. First School, added: “A huge thank you to all of our families who donated so generously. We were inundated with donations.

“We got in touch with a local company, Listers in Stoke on Trent, who offered to be a collection point for donations and had already sent two lorries filled with emergency aid to Poland. They had one more delivery planned and asked for first aid, toiletries, dried food, nappies and baby milk donations.

“All of the items were sorted, bagged and labelled by our Years 3 and 4 children. It was heart-warming to see our children being involved in emergency aid to help those whose lives have been shattered by the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.”

New headteacher appointed to Uttoxeter middle school

28 March 2022

A new headteacher has been appointed to a Uttoxeter middle school.

Annie GrattageAnnie Grattage starts in post at Ryecroft C.E. Middle School, Ashbourne Road, Rocester, on April 25th, 2022.

Ryecroft C.E. Middle School, which is Ofsted graded ‘good’, has approximately 200 pupils aged nine to 13-years-old and is part of Uttoxeter Learning Trust.

Annie will join Uttoxeter Learning Trust from Kingsland C.E. Academy in Stoke-on-Trent where she is currently Vice Principal and has spent most of her teaching career.

Initially starting her career as a classroom teacher, Annie has since held a number of roles including being an English and Maths Leader and a Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

She was designated as a Specialist Leader of Education in 2015 and has supported colleagues in schools across Stoke-on-Trent.

Prior to that, Annie taught English to elementary, junior and senior high school pupils in Osaka, Japan, after graduating from university. She also worked as an English teacher in Barcelona, Spain.

Annie said: “I am delighted and proud to be appointed Headteacher of Ryecroft C.E. Middle School. I am very much looking forward to meeting parents and carers and working with the local community and church as well as colleagues across Uttoxeter Learning Trust.”

She added: “My priorities will be to support and provide the children with opportunities to help them achieve the highest academic standards and develop their individual talents to the full. I believe this can be achieved through a strong partnership between the school, pupils, and parents and carers.”

Sarah Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Uttoxeter Learning Trust, said: “I am delighted to welcome Annie to our family of schools which are committed to inspiring learning and inspired children. Annie has a strong track record of expertise. We look forward to Annie joining us in April.”

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