September 2018

Welcome back to school everyone! We hope you have all had a great summer holiday and made the most of the wonderful weather. We have been overwhelmed at how lovely the children all look in their new school uniforms and would like to thank you all for supporting us all to make the small changes required to smarten up. We are sure it will make a big difference to the children too.

This year we are welcoming two new teachers to our team. Miss Harrow has taken over from Miss Smith in Year 6. She has previously taught at Oakfield Primary School in Widnes and has a particular passion for maths! So look out Year6! Mrs Rowe has joined us to teach in Year 3 and is already a familiar face to us as she spent half a term with us in the not too distant past. Welcome to both teachers - we hope they will settle in quickly and be happy at Astmoor.

The Royal Wedding

On Friday , our children and staff in Foundation Stage celebrated the royal wedding by staging their very own royal wedding. Everyone came in their best outfits, the weather was beautiful and the atmosphere was electric. needless to say, the morning of celebrations was really enjoyed by everyone.  We are delighted to see there are some photos of the event in the local newspaper. Please see the link below.

Nursery places available

Easter Bingo

Our Easter Bingo held on Thursday 22nd March was a great success. Thank you for everybody that came to the event. It was such a good turn out. We raised £620.57. Thank you.

For  further pictures of the day, please take a look at our gallery

School Book Fair

To celebrate our current theme of ‘Books, Stories and Authors’. We had the Book Fair in school on Monday 12th – 16thMarch

Thank you to everybody that came to our school book fair. It was very busy everyday after school and we have surpassed our target of £500. School will gain commission on the amount raised which will be spent on books to replenish out libraries. Most importantly however, it was lovely to see so many families sharing our passion for books and reading and encouraging children to read and enjoy high quality books. Thank you all for your support.

World Book Day

World Book Day took place on Thursday 1st March 2018. Children were invited to come to school dressed as their favourite book character and to bring in their favourite book from home.


Prior to World Book Day a family quiz was sent out. Winners were announced in assembly.

1st -  Daisy Disbury and Jack Flaherty

2nd -  Connor and Jessie Reed

3rd - Wojciech Klimas

For  further pictures of the day, please take a look at our gallery

Chester Zoo

On Tuesday 20th February, the whole school enjoyed a trip to Chester Zoo.


For  further pictures of the trip, please take a look at our gallery

Coffee Morning

On Friday 9th February Mrs Newitt held a coffee morning in school to raise money for Halton Haven. Mrs Cranfield was giving out relaxing hand massages whilst parents enjoyed a cake.  Thank you for everyone who came to support .

 £130 was raised for Halton Haven. 


Cake Sale

On Wednesday 31st January the School council arranged a cake sale within school to raise money for the upcoming Chester Zoo trip.

The cake sale made an impressive £97.16. Well Done Everybody

For details on the School Council please take a look at their page under the 'Join in' section of the website.

Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children

On Friday 15th December children were invited to come to school in a festive Christmas jumper for a £1 donation towards Save the Children charity. The children raised £132.63.  

Forest School

On Wednesday 6th December at 9.30am children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 2 along with some very helpful parents began our first phase of our forest school.  A company called Keepmoat Housing donated 400 trees to school. The trees are only very small and are called whips.  

The children were chosen to plant their very own tree so that over the years they may see it grow and flourish.

For  further pictures of the event, please take a look at our gallery

Table Tennis Competition

On Friday 1st December Mr Cawley and Mrs Geraghty took a group of children to a Table Tennis Competition at Halton Stadium.

The team consisted of Team Captain Louie Milne, Vice Captain Maisie Stephens, Players Rhys Thomson, A-Jay Jamieson, Jamie Smith and Subsitute Wojciech Klimas.

Wojciech was a great substitute and along with supporting the team, he had the important job of helping with the scores.    

Our sports ambassador Adam Taylor-Jones came along and did a great at taking pictures, writing notes on each game and supporting the team.


The team played against Beechwood Primary School's A and B team  winning all games and bringing the trophy back to Astmoor - Well Done Everyone.    

For  further pictures of the event, please take a look at our gallery

Spotty Day - Children in Need 2017

On Friday 17th November children went all spotty for the day dressed in spotty clothes, accessories and face paint for a donation to Children in Need. We even got a visit from Pudsey bear himself. 

The total money raised was £141.20.

For  further pictures of the event, please take a look at our gallery

Halloween Disco

Our Halloween Disco was a great success. Children and staff enjoyed themselves and got into the Halloween spirit. The money raised on the night plus pre-tickets sales and our own clothes day on Friday 20th October raised a fabulous £249.10.

For  further pictures of the event, please take a look at our gallery

Cake Sale

Thank you all so much for your overwhelming generosity last week by providing your children with cakes to sell in school. We had an amazing selection of home baked and shop bought cakes and managed to raise £221.48. This will help to pay for some of the gifts we will be taking to our partner school in South Africa. Miss Doran and Mrs Aldridge will be setting off on their much anticipated journey on Friday 13th October and will be there for a week spending time with the children at Mashemong School. Thank you to members of the School Council who worked hard organising and selling the cakes.

Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM)

During the summer term, following a thorough audit by an external examiner we were awarded the Quality Mark for Inclusion (IQM). This means that our school is now officially recognised for being Inclusive in all aspects of our work and we are very proud of this. You may notice the IQM logo below on our letterhead and other official documents.

A wonderful news story about our school was recently published. The news story had some lovely comments:

"From visiting the school, it was evident that from the moment you enter the building, you become part of a special family that promotes a holistic approach to children, providing a wealth of opportunities in an area of significant deprivation"

"Every member of staff in the school wants the best for the children and they really do go the extra mile. In the words of the children, ‘we are a responsible school, the teachers ensure we are always safe’. The staff are united in the passion they have for their school, so much so, that one member of staff said if they are ever off, they feel like they are missing out! The desire to be a part of the school is infectious.."

 It was an absolute pleasure to visit the school and to be given the opportunity to experience at first hand such a safe, yet vibrant, stimulating and motivational environment that reaches out to all pupils and their families. As an IQM assessor I was made to feel extremely welcome and included in all aspects of the daily life of the school, including learning some sign language! My sincere thanks must go to everyone who generously gave their time during the IQM assessment. I hope that the children, parents and professionals I met at the school will understand that each of them contributed to a very positive IQM assessment outcome.

The full news story can be found here :

Tattenhall Residential - Year 5

In September, children in Year 5 enjoyed a 3 day residential trip to Tattenhall.

For  further pictures of the event, please take a look at our gallery

Halton Castle and St Mary's Church - Year 1 and 2

On Thursday 6th July children in years 1 and 2 enjoyed a visit to Halton Castle and St Mary's Church.

For  further pictures of the event, please take a look at our gallery

Norton Priory - Foundation Stage

On Friday 30th June Foundation Stage children enjoyed a visit to Norton Priory Museum and gardens where they participated in a 'Going on a Bear Hunt' and 'Jack and the Beanstalk' session.

Summer Fayre Update

Thank you to everyone that came to support our school on Friday afternoon at our Summer fayre. It was a great success with a really good turn-out. Everyone had a great time and there were lots of happy children leaving with lots of prizes.

Thank you all for all your generous donations that were used for stalls and activities.  A huge thank you to Mrs Gobin and all the staff for their efforts in organising  things. A special thank you to Lyndsay Lewis and Shirley Doyle - 2 of our parents that are very active in supporting our school lately and played a big part in helping at the summer fayre.  We also had some wonderful raffle prizes donated form local companies; Canopus, Brindley Data Services, O2, Five Guys and Schnitzel House.

We raised an amazing  £1001.20. All the money from the summer fayre will be used directly to buy resources for school. Thank you all once again for the tremendous effort.

For  further pictures of the event, please take a look at our gallery

Summer fayre

On Friday 23rd June we will be hosting our annual summer fayre. Please keep a eye out for letters going home with your child regarding the fundraising event.  Thank you

Kwik Cricket Tournament

On Wednesday 14th June 2017, Alex Edwards-Burgess, Alfie White, Caitlin Evans, Curtis Whiteley,  Layla McNulty, Charoltte Anderson, Kimberley Hignett, Sophie Martin, Keira Pickavant and Lily Williamson all took part in a Kwik cricket tournament ant Runcorn Cricket Club.

The children displayed great sportsmanship and had a enjoyable day.

For  further pictures of the event, please take a look at our gallery

Norton Priory - Year 1

On Wednesday 24th May year 1 went on a trip to Norton Priory Museum and Gardens as part of their curriculum work.  In the morning the children went on a mini beast hunt and were shown how to pond dip for underwater mini beast. "I liked the pond dipping best because we found an underwater stick insect" said Jonathon Pereira-Rhoden 

After lunch the children searched for mini beast in mud trays using brushes and magnifying glasses. Riley Woodward said "My favourite was the had to look carefully"

For  further pictures of the event, please take a look at our gallery

Easter Beanies

The school Council sold Easter beanies at break times. We raised an amazing ...........£148.37.......... Well Done!!

Lin McNulty - Retirement

On Friday 31st March, our longest serving member of staff Lin McNulty will be retiring after almost 29 years of working in the school kitchen. In that time, she has helped serve up dinners for literally thousands of children and has always been an integral and valued member of the team. We are sure you would like to join us in wishing Lin a happy, healthy and certainly well-earned retirement.

Red Nose Day - March 2017

Thank you to everyone for the tremendous effort made on Red Nose Day on Friday 24th March 2017. We are delighted to announce that the grand total raised by the school council was £338.10. A HUGE thank you to the children in the school council that came up with the ideas for Red Nose Day and helped with the organisation of the events, including the sale of red noses.  Thank you also to Conor Hatton, our year 3 teaching assistant who kindly agreed to have his face-painted by the children during our family assembly.

For  further pictures of the event, please take a look at our gallery.

Halton Speedstacking Championships  - March 2017

Libby Martin (Yr3), Aleisha Morris-Griffith (Yr3), Phoebe Barton (Yr4), Emily Roberts (Yr4), Jessica Scattergood (Yr5), Jasmin Wilson (Yr5), Kimberley Hignett (Yr6) and Sophie Martin (Yr6)  represented our school at the Halton Speedstacking Championships on Tuesday 21st March 2017.  The competition was held at St Peters and Pauls School. Our team worked really hard and placed 6th in the event. Well done Girls!!!

Jessica Scattergood was awarded with the fastest time out of all the year 3, 4, 5, 6 children that took part across Halton.


For  further pictures of the event, please take a look at our gallery.



We have received notice from OFSTED that a 2-day inspection will take place in our school

Thursday 16th and Friday 17th March 2017

Please find below a letter to parents along with a schools inspection guide for parents



Please find below a link to parent view where you can tell Ofsted your views on the school by completing Ofsted's online survey.

The Pop Project - February 2017

The Pop Project visited school on Wednesday 8th March 2017 as part of our theme 'Pop Culture'.  The show involved lots of audience participation.

For  further pictures of the event, please take a look at our gallery.

Art Exhibition - February 2017

Many of you would of already been to see the wonderful Art Exhibition showcasing the work of children in schools across Halton.

The theme for the exhibition was 'Journey to....' We chose to focus on our link with South Africa for our work and we're sure you would agree that all the work on display is fantastic.

The work will remain in Halton lea till Friday 24th February so if you have not yet had chance to see it there are still a few days remaining.

Year 5 and 6 visit to Catalyst Museum - January 2017

On Friday 27th January 2017, children in year 5 and 6 spent the day at the Catalyst Museum. 

The children got the opportunity to take part in a scientific investigation event where they were able to participate in workshops. 

The children had a wonderful time.

For  further pictures of the event, please take a look at our gallery.

Table Tennis Championship  - January 2017

On Friday 20th January 2017 Louie Milne, Sophie Martin, Wojciech Klimas, Maddi Pinnington, Zakk Pinnington and A-Jay Jamieson all represented our school at the Halton Primary Schools Table Tennis Championships at Select Stadium in Widnes.

The children played exceptionally well and were runner-up's in the competition.

For  further pictures of the event, please take a look at our gallery.

Road Safety Competition - November 2016

In November, a competition took place for a road safety poster campaign. The winning poster from each Castlefields school have had their poster enlarged and displayed in the local area.

Our overall winner for our school was Rose Clarke

The police were very impressed by all the wonderful entries from our school they decided to choose a further 2 posters which belonged to Maisie Stephens and Jamie Smith.

The prize was a visit to the New Mersey Gateway Crossing.

For  further pictures of the event, please take a look at our gallery.

Application to Primary and Secondary 2017

 Primary 2017

The deadline to apply for a primary school place in September 2017 was Sunday 15th January 2017 and has now passed.

 If you have not yet applied please visit any of the Halton Direct Link Offices and complete a form there.  

 Secondary 2017

The deadline to apply for a secondary school place in September 2017 was Monday 31st October, and has now passed.

If you have not yet applied please complete the Late Admission to Secondary 2017 form and return it to Halton Borough Council at your earliest convenience. Alternatively you can visit any of the Halton Direct Link Offices and complete a form there.

Children in Need - November 2016

On Friday 18th November children and teachers at school got creative for our CRAZY HAIR DAY to raise money for Children in Need.  Please see all our wonderful pictures in our gallery.  We raised an amazing amount of £238.80 for Children in Need.