Blackshaw Moor CofE (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 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.
Our School Motto
“Working together in God’s love for the benefit of all”
Our School Vision
We at Blackshaw Moor Church of England First School, nestled in our unique and beautiful position in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands, aim to offer children the best education through an enriching and fulfilling curriculum to ensure they reach their full potential. We seek to embrace our school values and Christian distinctiveness through every experience children have whilst at school and will encourage and embed strong links with our local community to support the development of our children to ensure they are prepared for life in this diverse society.
Our School Aims
We will achieve our vision by:
- Valuing each child as an individual with particular talents and needs;
- Displaying positive attitudes towards all children and ensuring mutual respect and consideration;
- Serving our local community and encouraging children to take a full part in the local area and beyond;
- Working together for the benefit of all members of our school community so that everyone will develop high moral and ethical standards with empathy for others;
- recognising the contribution our parents and community members can make towards our children’s learning and development;
- Instilling the love of learning through the experiences we offer.
Our School Values
We aspire to live our lives following the values of:
- Courage – overcoming fear and finding strength to do things that may seem hard
- Trust – being reliable, consistent and having integrity
- Compassion – showing kindness and empathy and being caring
- Friendship – having a relationship built on understanding and sharing in harmony
- Truthfulness – being honest, open and sincere
- Respect – showing consideration of the feelings, wishes or rights of other people
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.