About our school

Horton St. Michael’s is a small rural village First School and Nursery (taking children from 3 years) set in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands, close to Leek. We currently have 64 pupils on roll from Reception to Year 4 and a further 10 children in our nursery (Autumn Term 2021) from a varied catchment of mixed socio-economic groups, largely consisting of a farming community, drawing on the two villages of Horton and Rudyard. Increasingly, pupils are attracted from further afield from the towns of Leek, Biddulph and Congleton. Historically, the school was founded in 1895 in what is now the village hall at Horton Lea; it has always benefited from its diocesan links with Lichfield and is now a voluntary controlled Church of England school. It moved to its present site in 1962.

Our aim is that children find their learning enjoyable and is based on the belief that learning enhances life’s experience through greater understanding and by cultivating an enquiring mind. We hope to harness the natural curiosity of the young child, foster it through a rich variety of ways to learn and send them on to their next school bubbling with a desire to carry on finding things out. The teaching methods are related clearly to the children’s developmental journey and tailored to each individual child’s need

Ofsted highlighted why the school in their opinion was, ‘Outstanding in all areas’, which included these comments:

  • ‘A personalised education system where pupils are valued and difference is celebrated’
  • ‘Staff being caring and supportive’
  • ‘A vibrant learning environment, always practical’
  • ‘Strong assessment and tracking systems, which ensure the progress of individual pupils in reading, writing and mathematics’
  • ‘That pupils have a say in their own learning, where Afl techniques involve the children in their own assessment’
  •  ‘A strong governing body, who, in conjunction with the Head teacher and Deputy, are prepared to take calculated risks and move the school forward’
  • ‘Rigorous financial systems’
  • ‘Supportive parents and students’
  • ‘Pupils’ exemplary behaviour, which contributes strongly to the outstanding quality of learning in lessons’
  • ‘Pupils are taught according to their ability, not their age’
  • ‘Excellent teaching and Teaching Assistant support’
  • ‘The voice of the children is heard’.

We are proud to be a part of SUA Trust

SUAT supports and leads in the set-up of new academies joining the partnership. The services provided by the central support function cover both educational and non-educational support. In terms of educational support, SUAT is linked to the School of Education of Staffordshire University, which is an outstanding ITT provider.