Our School and Nursery

Where each child is encouraged to explore and expand their potential.

All of us at The William Amory Nursery and School strive to continue our tradition of being an exceptionally welcoming place with a real family feel and strong values. A place that children and parents feel part of the family and where, together, our children can learn and explore the world around them in and caring, engaging and exciting way.

 

The staff and parents at our setting share a goal. Together we aim to continue the drive towards ensuring that every child in our care can reach their full potential. Towards giving the children the courage to challenge themselves and be confident in who they are. Towards excellence – whether that be in the classroom, on the stage, the sports field or all three.

Working together we are creating a nursery and school where the children, parents, governors and staff are proud to be part of and where children can thrive. A place where children develop a love of learning as they travel through.

A wide variety of experiences and opportunities including courses at residential outdoor activity centres are offered. The school provides a wide range of extra-curricular activities which are considered to play an important part in the life of the school including: cooking, art, netball, football, athletics, cricket, badminton, rounders, table-tennis and multi-skills. After-school clubs are held regularly throughout the year and are available to all pupils. The school is affiliated to the Cheadle and District (CADSSA) and Blythe Bridge (BBSSA) Primary School Sports Associations and take part in numerous inter-school activities and tournaments throughout the year.The ethos of The William Amory Primary School is based upon the home/school partnership where as well as a thriving Parent, Teachers and Friends Association, (PTFA), parents are actively encouraged to become involved within the school to work with staff and pupils, strengthening the team spirit and the home/school relationship.

We take children from age 4 to 11 in our school and from age 2 in our nursery.

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Our History

 

William Amory, of Stonehouse, in his will dated; August 26th 1728 left to his wife, 7 acres, 2 roods and 10 perches of land, known as Pool-Street Meadows in the Parish of Dilhorne. He directed that after his wife’s death, trustees be appointed to the building of a schoolhouse.

The school was to be built in the Blythe Marsh and the master to teach freely the children of the poor in the immediate locality. His directions were, in due course carried out. However, in 1809 new trustees were appointed to administer all that William Amory had bequeathed. The schoolhouse had, by this time, fallen into decay and classes had been suspended. It was two or three years before renovation and subsequent re-opening of the school was possible.

About the early 1850’s the number of pupils was 125, all learning the 3 R’s. John Spilsbury was the school master and Assistant Overseer. By 1876 the schoolhouse was no longer used and a new school for boys was built in 1878 with funds from the charity.

The name Amory appears quite frequently in documents of Forsbrook’s past. So it was in 1728 when William Amory, who must have had a social conscience, founded a free school in Blythe Bridge. The school was built on the site now occupied by the library and police station.

In the early 1850’s it seems that the Grammar school, founded by Mr. Amory was closed and another school was built. The need for more school places was another effect of the increase in population, so with funds from Mr. Amory’s foundation, The Marsh School was built in 1878, next to the chapel in Uttoxeter Road.

In 1971 the Marsh Primary added its own Junior School in Stallington Lane.

The William Amory Primary School is an amalgamation of The Marsh Primary School and Draycott Manor Primary School and opened as such in September 2006. The school was officially opened by Cllr Robert Simpson, Councillor Elect for Children and Lifelong Learning, on Wednesday 28th March 2007.

The William Amory Nursery was formed on the 1st August 2017.

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Our Vision and Mission

The Governors and Senior Leadership Team believe that our pupils are at the heart of our strategy for the school. We aim to ensure they receive the best education we can provide in a safe and welcoming environment in order to prepare them for their future.

 

Our School’s Mission

A school where each child is encouraged to explore and expand their potential.

 

Our Values
  • The Whole Child – Providing balanced learning in order to nurture rounded children and develop a
    sense of wellbeing as part of a community.

  • Responsibility – Teaching the value of taking responsibility and acting responsibly.

  • Building on Experience – Celebrating accomplishments but recognising failure as an equally vital
    part of learning.

  • Perseverance – Seeing that success is usually the product of endeavour.

  • The Safe Future Child – Learning skills needed for an evolving online future.

 

Our Goals 
  • To provide an excellent learning experience for all pupils through:

    • Highly effective and targeted teaching.

    • Creating a stimulating and exciting learning environment.

    • A broad and balanced curriculum that favours the whole child.

    • The use of demonstrably effective strategies to foster learning.

    • Celebrating both the progress and the achievement of children both in the classroom and outside
      the classroom.

  • To maintain the school’s ability to provide excellent learning through careful management and
    leadership including:

    • Training and professional development of staff.

    • Financial prudence.

    • Being part of the community and actively communicating with members of the community.

 

Success Measures:
  • 80% of scrutiny identifies value and goals in relation to whole child development and attainment.

  • Attainment exceeds national at all national measures.

  • Cohort (and individual over extended period) make good progress as set by assessment policy.

  • Nursery increases to 80%+ capacity at all times.

  • School crosses the 200+ pupils mark.

  • School and nursery expenditure balances or is under budget by less than 2%.

Our Strategy comes from this vision.

 

Development: 
  • We strive to get every child to their highest levels of personal achievement by providing opportunities for them to explore and develop skills and aspirations.

  • Be aware of community-wide changes and be mindful of the potential outcomes of these for our pupils.

 

Curriculum: 
  • We wish to encourage a desire to learn the drive to succeed in all our children by providing a broad and balanced curriculum.

  • Ensure that life skills are part of their experience so that they are best prepared to face their future.

 

Wellbeing: 
  • We aim to foster and maintain a caring and rich learning environment where children can make mistakes in order to learn from these, to develop resilience and independence on their journey through school.

Resources: 
  • We oversee and implement strong financial control to ensure the school teaching and environment reflect the very best of standards we can achieve.

 

School Governors acting as a “Critical friend” are one of the most effective ways of ensuring that a school strives to exceed its best. Although this term has fallen from favour in some education arenas, we still consider the principle of being a "Critical Friend" exhibits robustness whilst exemplifying each element of the Nolan Principles which guide governor practice. Our governors do more than take part in regular meetings. They are in school helping out and providing challenge and question where it is needed. This is done through detailed and timetabled activity, designed to focus on the School Development Plan and working in conjunction with it.

Updated April 2022

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