Blackshaw Moor CE (VC) First School is a co-educational day school, administered by the Staffordshire County Council Education Committee. It caters for pupils aged between 3 and 9 years. Many of our pupils come from Blackshaw Moor and the villages of Thorncliffe, Meerbrook and Upperhulme. There are several pupils who travel in from Flash and Leek.
The school is set in a beautiful location between the Roaches on the edge of the Peak District National Park and Tittesworth Reservoir among the rolling hills of the Staffordshire Moorlands. The school is has hard working, dedicated teachers who are highly experienced in teaching mixed age, mixed ability classes and who are committed to ensuring that each child can flourish and reach their full potential both academically and socially.
We provide a happy, caring and stimulating environment and pride ourselves on the family atmosphere and the effective working relationships between pupils and teachers which enable pupils to develop the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values necessary to build a successful future.
We are happy to welcome visitors and parents of prospective pupils to our school to meet the staff and pupils and see what we have to offer.
“Working together for the benefit of all”
We seek to offer an education which is based on the belief that each individual is unique and of equal value. Our purpose is to provide a broad and balanced education which is varied and challenging within a caring Christian environment.
Being a small rural school, we aim to serve our local communities and encourage the children to take a full part in the life of the local area and beyond. We aim to work together for the benefit of all members of our school community, so that everyone will be encouraged to develop to their potential in academic attainment, high moral and ethical standards,
with empathy for others.
We seek to foster a Christian ethos in which to lay foundations which will enable children to develop into fulfilled adults who will be active participants in society and imaginative, responsible contributors to community life in the future.
Every child in our school is valued as an individual with particular talent and needs. Teachers always display a positive attitude towards children, who are treated with respect and understanding. We expect children to behave similarly with good respect and consideration to each other and to all adults within our school. Good manners and truthfulness are expected at all times. We hope to develop a pride in our school which encompasses respect for the building and its contents, other peoples’ property and the school grounds.
We are an inclusive school where all children have the opportunity to participate fully in school life and have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, regardless of academic ability, religion, physical ability, gender or ethnic origin. All children are valued, whatever needs they have, and we aim to create an environment within our school which will enable all pupils to learn to the best of their ability.
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Link to SEND page
Most children’s needs will be catered for by their class teacher. However, occasionally some children require extra support. This may be a general learning difficulty or one area of the curriculum. the school has rigorous procedures for tracking the pupils progress which aim to identify any special needs as early as possible and ensure the appropriate intervention and support follows. The special needs coordinator carries out assessments and advises and supports the class teacher in providing a programme of work which will give the child the support they need. Sometimes advice is sought from other agencies. Where extra support is necessary, parents and pupils are consulted. A full copy of the schools SEND policy can be obtained on request from the school office. The school is committed to providing for the needs of its most able pupils. The Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator works closely with class teachers and the Special Needs Co-ordinator to identify pupils needing extra support and each pupil on the Gifted and Talented register has an individual provision map which is monitored and reviewed regularly. A full copy of the schools policy for Gifted and Talented pupils is available from the school office.