Churchfields Primary is a long established primary school within Chesterton and is integral to the local community. The children in our school are happy and well cared for.
Over recent years there have been many changes of leadership. In January 2012, Churchfields entered into a collaboration with the local high school, Chesterton Community Sports College. This was finalised in December 2013 and now Churchfields Primary School is a sponsored academy, part of the Collective Vision Trust.
The school received a "Good" Ofsted judgement in May 2013 and this was followed by an "Outstanding" judgment in 2015.
As a school, we all live up to the school motto of "being the best you can be."
Mrs Diane Beardsmore
Headteacher BA (Hons)
Key Leaders in School
Headteacher - Mrs Diane Beardsmore
Deputy Headteacher - Mrs C Pattison
EYFS and KS1 Leader - Mrs J Mawdsley
KS2 Leader - Miss H Smith
Curriculum Leader - Mr J Skupham
Use of Primary School PE Sport Funding 2016 - 2017
What is this funding and what is its purpose?
The government is providing additional funding during 2016 -17 to improve provision of Physical Education and sport in primary schools.
What are we using our funding for?
1. Certificates and medals
2. Developing our clubs provision even further as well as running more sports competitions and increasing participation in inter and intra school games
3. PE to be delivered by a specialist to all children from Reception – Year 6
4. Buying resources and equipment to develop sports provision and development of the PE curriculum
5. Transport to sporting events
6. Development of sports leaders
At Churchfields Primary School we are proud to provide a range of sports clubs and sporting experiences. It is important to us that our children are encouraged to live healthy, active lifestyles, they enjoy and participate in physical activity, they develop the confidence skills and attributes associated with good sportsmanship and leadership as well as be given opportunities to engage in competitive sport and coaching.
Examples of provision at our school during 2016-17 include:-
· weekly sport which includes, football, hockey, gymnastics, dance, multi- skills, rounders, games skills, basketball and athletics
· football, netball, tennis, athletics, gymnastics, indoor/outdoor games lunchtime and after school clubs
· weekly access to qualified PE teachers
· providing cover for teachers running tournaments with other schools.
· access to competitive sports which include matches, tournaments and festivals
· inter and intra school games
· sign posting pupils to holiday sporting activities
History of the School
Chesterton was a parish in the Wolstanton Rural District from 1894 to 1904, then part of the Wolstanton United Urban District until 1932, when it was added to the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. The school itself, opened in 1901 and is a composite of early and mid 20th century buildings and architectural styles. The original structure bears a plague stating 1903 Wolstanton School Board. It would appear that the school was originally divided up into three distinct sections; junior, infants and nursery schools. May Bank Infants school was constructed by the same architect.
Churchfields Primary was originally called Broadmeadow Council School and it was infant and junior school until 1912, when it became Broadmeadow Senior School. In 1931, the infants and juniors transferred to Albert Street Schools. Albert Street Junior boys transferred to these buildings in Dec 1958 and occupied the ground floor. Between 1931 to 1958, it was a mixed secondary school when girls transferred to Chesterton CS school.
The thoughts of a former pupil
I grew up in Gainsborough Road (which is off Castle Street) and I remember my first meeting between my Mum and Mrs Harrington (the Year 1 teacher) when my mum registered me to start. This was in 1980 when I was aged 4 and I remember all of my teachers; Mrs Harrington (with classroom assistant Mrs Clarke), Mrs Scholes, Miss Webb, Mrs Priestman, Miss Blackshaw, Mr Edwards, Mr Eardley, and Mrs Walker for Music. They all worked under the watchful eye of Headmistress, Miss Hooton.
Churchfields was a big part of the community and had been for a long time. My granddad used to tell me about it when it was called Broadmeadows. Back then (I believe) it was separated into a girls half and a boys half and both of which were secondary age pupils. I have so many memories and most of them seem to involve me being naughty! I remember kicking over the calendar (accidentally) in Mrs Harrington’s class; Mrs Scholes putting on the record player for school assembly (they gave her this job despite her having a shaky hand); Miss Webb taking me out of the class play as I had thrown something at my friend, Lee Hitchen, causing him to get stitches (very sorry, Lee!); being asked by Mrs Priestman to not make the end of all of my letters curly (my handwriting must have caused her a few migraines); being removed from the class by Miss Blackshaw for never shutting up; being shaken quite vigorously by Mr Edwards for bending spoons in the lunch hall; and never ever doing anything wrong with Mr Eardley because he scared the life out of me!
Now that I’ve convinced you that I was the most disobedient pupil ever, and was hated by my teachers, let me also tell you that my education was absolutely first class. The teachers, and all those working in the school, had the best interest of their pupils at heart. As I was part of a single parent family, my teachers became figurative parents and they certainly set me on the straight and narrow path to have a happy and successful life. I was taught to be responsible and to love to learn. I am pleased and delighted to have seen Churchfields return to its best more recently. It is a huge asset to the village of Chesterton and all of its residents.
Jon Mueller ( Former Pupil )