Happy New Year 2016!

Date: January 8, 2016 Author: Rachel Gaulton Categories: Events, Wright

Firstly, a very happy new year to you all!

The end of the last term was very busy with the Christmas celebrations, and we would like to like to say thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas activities in any way. The Christmas fayre raised a fantastic £1000 for school funds and the Christmas jumper day raised a further £100 which we have donated to the national charity Save The Children and a local charity Arch. Thanks to all parents, carers and families who kindly sent Christmas ‘goodies’ into school for classes to share and for all your good wishes – but now we look forward to a new school year.

All students and staff have settled back into work with a purposeful attitude this week, which is an excellent start to the Spring Term.

Mr Marcus Grundy, school nurse, has left to further his career in another direction of the Health Service and from Monday 11th January we are very pleased to welcome back Mr Phil Wileman as our school nurse, who will be working with both our school and Springfield. Phil will be a familiar face to many already.

Unfortunately, the Horticulture Project, run as part of our Sixth Form course, suffered from vandalism during the holidays, with damage to the polytunnel and shed. This is disheartening for Mr Whewell and his team, and the school as a whole, though the police have visited the site and are following up their enquiries.


On a brighter note “Grow Moorlands” together with our young horticulturists is offering to help local residents clean up their gardens this Winter for a small charge.  With a motto of ‘Planting seeds to help you grow’ Grow Moorlands is a social enterprise which aims to engage and develop young people and young adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues. The enterprise, which is being run from Leek, is about providing training and development opportunities, accredited qualifications, work experience, independent living support and volunteer opportunities.