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Nursery and After School Club: OUTSTANDING in all areas: Jan 2016

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

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



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

World Book Day - March 2016


We had a fantastic World Book Day in school this year.  There were some super costumes!



Our on-site Nursery and Before/After School Club were visited by OFSTED in January.  We are very pleased to share the good news that they were rated OUTSTANDING in every area!

Please see the link on the left hand side to view the full report.


Monday 23rd May Science Club (Y2)

Wednesday 25th May pm Brass (Y4/5)

Thursday 26th May Dance Coach in PE lessons 

Thursday 26th May 3.30 - 4.30pm Dance Club (Y2/3)




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

Wednesday 8th June Y2 and Y6 Children's University Graduation at Edge Hill University

Thursday 9th June Athletics Club 

Thursday 9th June Reception Trip to Martin Mere

Saturday 18th June Summer Fayre

Wednesday 22nd June Y1 and Y2 Trip to Martin Mere

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 - January 2016

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends,

We have had a very busy and wet start to 2016 in school. There have been lots of ‘wet playtimes’ when the children have been unable to play outside because of the rain and/or ice. Their behaviour, as ever, has been excellent both inside and outside – it has been lovely to see the children busying    themselves with art and craft activities, table tennis, pool, jigsaws and boxed games during wet playtimes and at our daily ‘lunchtime club’.

The infant children have begun their new theme of ‘Magical Kingdoms’ and have been so enthusiastic to learn about the past. They have loved learning about the story of William the Conqueror and the Bayeaux Tapestry – and have created their own castles and artwork which shows this. A trip to Skipton Castle is being organised for late Spring – it will be fantastic for the children to see and experience the things they have learned about in class.

Key Stage 2 have moved on from the Stone Age and Iron Age – they are exploring life in Roman Britain. This theme runs through all subjects and a focus over the past couple of weeks has been Roman Art, created through mosaics. The children have really enjoyed working with clay and paint to re-create pictures and patterns from this era. A day out in Chester, our nearest Roman city, is planned for the end of February. Details of the day and permission slips will be sent home shortly.

Our Reception children are really enjoying their Space theme – how excited they were when they hunted around school to find evidence of ‘aliens’ landing! They are looking forward to visiting Liverpool Museum later this week – where they will learn about space in the planetarium and space gallery.

Please see inside for further news and the back page for upcoming events.

Michelle Speak



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.

Could YOU be a Parent Governor? 

We currently  have a vacancy for a Parent Governor  -   could  you  spare the time to be involved?  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,  and health  and  safety.   Being a governor gives you the  opportunity to make a real difference and the chance to contribute to the good of the community.  Working as a school governor will give you the opportunity to work with a wide variety of people and the chance to gain an understanding of the decision making process in school. There is training provided by the Local Authority on various aspects of the governor role.  If you think that you would like to join us, please speak to Mrs Speak before Tuesday 3rd May.  Thank you 


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,  Mr K Pragnell, 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