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2nd December 15

OUTSTANDING IN ALL AREAS - Ofsted Report 2013 (see link on left)

OUTSTANDING Teaching - Ofsted July 2013

OUTSTANDING IN ALL AREAS - Ofsted July 2013 (see link on left)

95% of Year 1 met required standard for Phonics Screening - top 5% of the country!

  • We are officially a Children's University (see article below)
  • 95% of Y1 met Phonics standard - top 5% of the country!

Thank you to everyone who came to support our Summer Fayre on Saturday 20th June. The weather was fairly damp, but spirits were high...take a look at the photographs of some of the stalls / events!

Welcome to Asmall Primary School's website.

My name is Mrs Speak and I am the Headteacher.

Please scroll down to find out what is happening this week and to see extracts from our latest newsletter.

 If you would like an appointment to see me or to view the school, please contact the school office on 01695 576654

Mrs Michelle Speak


Monday 30th November Year 4/5 Swimming

Tuesday 1st December Years 3,4,5,6 trip to Liverpool Museum

Wednesday 2nd December pm Brass Y4/5 Band playing at Cottage Lane

Thursday 3rd December Cricket Coach in PE lessons

Thursday 3rd December  3.30 - 4.30pm Cricket Club (Y3/4/5)

Thursday 3rd December 4pm Parenting Course (Y5/6)

Friday 4th December NO FOOTBALL CLUB TODAY


Friday 11th December - Whole school trip to Southport Theatre

Thursday 17th December - Christmas Coffee Morning

Friday 18th December - Finish for Christmas Holidays

Tuesday 5th January - New Term begins

Monday 15th to Friday 19th February - Half Term

Friday 25th and Monday 28th March - Closed for Easter Weekend

Friday 8th April - Spring Term ends

Monday 25th April - New Term begins

Monday 30th May to Monday 6th June - Half Term

Tuesday 5th July - Sports Day (A)

Tuesday 19th July - Sports Day (B)

Friday 22nd July - Finish for Summer Holiday


Letter from the School's Minister - November 2015


The school received a letter from the Schools Minister, Nick Gibb in November.  This was because 95% of Year 1 met or exceeded the standard for the Phonics Screening Check in 2015 – this is 18% above the national average and within the top 5% of the country.

In his letter, the Minister wrote, “I am writing to convey my warmest congratulations to you, your staff and your pupils for the very high standard in achievement in the 2015 phonics screening check.  We want to ensure that every child develops a firm grasp of phonics which is why I am so delighted to see your results.” 

He continued, “Thank you for your work in this vital area of a child’s early education and congratulations again to you and your staff for your hard work and professionalism.”


Mayor's Civic Service - October 2015



Ten of our children were invited to take part in the Mayor's Civic Service, which took place at Ormskirk Parish Church on Sunday 4th October.  They sang and danced to the Reed Collective's My Lighthouse and joined the other schools dancing to Pharrell Williams 'Happy'.  

VERY WELL DONE to Bella, Becky, Charlie, Bethan and Kacey from Year 6, Grace, Niamh, Pamela and Abbie from Year 5 and Rihanna from Year 3.


The Children are The Teachers for the Day

Our children took part in an election with a difference on Thursday - they voted for their favourite lesson taught by teams of pupil teachers.  Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 worked in teams to plan exciting lessons for the younger children.  They visited their classrooms earlier in the week to present their case for their proposed lessons, then the children in each class voted for their favourite team and lesson.  On Friday morning, the winning children from each class became 'teachers'.  We were all AMAZED by the standard of the lessons they taught.  Very well done to:

Joey and Jordan from Year 6 - who orgnaised a minibeast hunt for Year 3!

Rebecca and Kacey from Year 5 - who taught a superb maths lesson about Time to Year 2!

Niamh, Ray and Tina from Year 4 - Year 1 loved their Art lesson!

 Years 5 and 6 - Football League Champions!

12 matches played - 10 wins and 2 draws.  

No goals scored against the team in any match...

Excellent attitude and team work too - Well done!

Photo Gallery

From our latest newsletter - October 2015

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends

Its half term already - where does the time go? There has been so much going on this half term… The Reception children have been on walks in the community, Year 6 have visited Ormskirk School and the Chapel Art Gallery, Years 1 and 2 have written and posted letters to Manchester Museum and the junior children have planted bulbs for the Edina Trust in our new allotment beds.

The Reception children (and some new starters in Year 1) met their Year 6 ‘buddies’ this week. The older children love this responsibility and it is often the start of a good, long friendship. The sets of children met on Wednesday afternoon when the Year 6 children gave their younger buddies a short letter about themselves and took them around school. Over the coming weeks their relationships will develop as the Reception children are gradually introduced to the infant playground and then the larger play area at the back of school. Their buddies will always be on hand at playtimes and lunchtimes when they are needed.

See inside for further news and the back page for upcoming events. Everyone has worked extremely hard over the past few weeks and I hope you all have a wonderful half term break. 

With best wishes,

Michelle Speak, Headteacher  

Say No To Bullying - Years 3 and 4

On Tuesday 16th October, Years 3 and 4 took part in some anti-bullying workshops in school. Through role play and drama they learned about different forms of bullying, why it is important to tell and how to respond in various situations. They ended the day with a super performance to the rest of school. It was good to see so many parents in school supporting their children today. Thank you to The Friends for funding the day!

Year 3 Cake Sale


Cake Bake Sale Success!


On Thursday 7th November, Year 3 had a cake sale in class, with all money going towards our new sports pitch.  On Wednesday, they worked hard mixing and baking cakes and biscuits and then on Thursday they changed their classroom into a Bakers' Shop, with the Year 3 children manning the stalls.  Altogether, the sale raised just under £100 - WOW!

Well done, and thank you, Year 3!

2015 Safer Internet Day


Safer Internet Drama in Key Stage 2

Children in Key Stage 2 spent the day with Konflux Theatre Group, using role play and drama to learn about the dangers of not using the internet safely.  This tied in with our whole school focus of understanding the importance of protecting personal information and using the internet with supervision.  Parents, along with the rest of the school, enjoyed watching the children perform at the end of the day.  They had clearly learned so much, whilst having lots of fun too!

Some of the key messages for children and parents are:

  • Keep your personal information private and don't share it with anyone you are unsure of
  • Report anything you think might be suspicious or upsetting
  • Think before you click – links may contain hidden dangers
  • Think about comments before you post
  • Don’t meet people who you have only met online
  • If you wouldn’t say it in person…Don’t say it online

Thank you to The Friends of Asmall for funding the cost of the theatre group in school.

Do you know who our School Governors are?

We  have  a  fantastic team of governors who work together with staff to improve standards  at  Asmall.   We  hold  one  full  governors meeting each term, which  all  governors  attend. In  addition,  each  governor  chooses a sub-committee to join, and they meet once a term too  -  to discuss things such   as  premises,   finances,   staffing,   the  curriculum,  standards,  health  and  safety,  the nursery and  after school club.  


Mr J Riley (Chair), Mrs M Speak, Mrs K Daniels, Mrs L Stockton,
Mrs A Barben, Mrs C Hunter, Mr G Pownall, Mrs G Wright, Mr A Yates, Cllr K Wright, Mrs K Kelly, Mrs N Kewley



What an end to the term!  We had a telephone call during Sports Day afternoon to tell us that Ofsted would be carrying out our school inspection the following day.  Our children and staff were fantastic and showed the inspector what a super school we have.  We were graded Outstanding for all areas - Achievement, Teaching, Leadership and Behaviour & Safety, with our Overall Effectiveness graded Outstanding too!  The inspector commented many times on the positive comments by lots of parents - thank you everyone for your continued support for Asmall.

We celebrated in style - ice-creams for all on a very hot day!



 Working happily together to ensure opportunity
and achievement