Wear Odd Socks and Beat the Bullies

Pupils and staff at a Ruddington school will be wearing mis-matched socks again this Monday – to help highlight the problem of bullying. The 14th November 2022 is officially ‘Odd Socks Day’ and marks the start of ‘Anti-Bullying Week’. All children and adults at St Peter’s Junior School on Ashworth Avenue are being encouraged to wear socks of different colours.  It adds that parents and carers are more than welcome to take part, too. In its latest bulletin, the school says: “It is a great way to celebrate what makes…

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Schools’ Jubilee Jamboree!

With events being held throughout Ruddington to mark The Queen’s 70 years on the throne, our two village schools wanted to make sure their pupils didn’t miss out because of the holiday. As an end of term treat, on Friday (27th May), children from both James Peacock Infant School and St Peter’s Junior School got together to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. In glorious sunshine, the youngsters all gathered in the grounds of St Peter’s School on Ashworth Avenue – dressed either as royalty or in red, white and blue. After Dame…

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Still School Disappointment for Some

At the start of this month we reported the joy of children in their final year at St Peter’s Junior School in Ruddington at securing their places at Rushcliffe Spencer Academy this September. Formerly Rushcliffe School, the West Bridgford secondary school has traditionally been the first choice for Year Six pupils in our village – allowing friends to stay together as they progress to ‘big’ school. In sharp contrast to the year before, and despite continuing pressure on school places, this time ‘National Offer Day’ (March 1st) resulted in every child at St…

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Back to School – Again!

With an end to the COVID-19 pandemic finally in sight, Ruddington parents will be hoping this Monday’s return to classes for their children will be a permanent and irreversible one. It’s certainly been an unprecedented last twelve months. All but vulnerable youngsters and those of key workers were first sent home almost a year ago – on March 20th 2020 – when the Coronavirus originally took hold in Britain. They were not able to go back into school until June, with strict COVIDsafe measures first being put in place. Even…

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UPDATE: All Schools Must Close From This Tuesday

BREAKING NEWS – 8.00pm Monday 4th January 2021 In a sombre ‘live’ broadcast from Downing Street, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just announced that a third national ‘lockdown’ in England is being introduced, in a new bid to bring the latest Coronavirus outbreak under control. This time around all schools will be closed, from tomorrow (Tuesday 5th January) until at least the February half-term, with a return to online learning. Exceptions to this will be vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers, who will still be accommodated in class. Mr Johnson…

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It’s Back to School in Ruddington

After an unprecedented period, where most Ruddington school children haven’t attended classes for five months, parents and carers of pupils at James Peacock Infant and Nursery School and St Peter’s C of E Junior School {classroom photo above} are being reassured that all is ready for their kids’ return. Both our Ruddington schools resume onsite teaching this Thursday September 3rd 2020 – as does Rushcliffe School, which accommodates many children aged 11 to 18 from our village. However, with a possible vaccine against COVID-19 still months’ away, the need to protect both students and…

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Ruddington Schools’ Gradual Return

After Boris Johnson announced that, from June 1st 2020, primary and junior schools in England could reopen for Reception and Year 1, plus Year 6, both our Ruddington schools decided they were not yet ready to do so. Parents of pupils at St Peter’s C of E Junior School only learned this news for certain on the evening of Friday 29th May, when an apologetic email from school Head Teacher, Michael Bradley, informed them: “Unfortunately we now have no choice but to pause our plans to welcome back our Year…

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More Home Schooling Packs Are Landing!

The Ruddington COVID-19 Community Response Team – which was formed last month primarily to help older and more vulnerable villagers who were self-isolating due to the Coronavirus outbreak – has leapt into action again! This time it’s to assist our two schools in enabling further home schooling for village children, which is restarting this week. Under normal circumstances, of course, ‘homework’ would not necessarily be that popular. However, it’s being reported that the current ‘lockdown’ means many local youngsters have been eagerly awaiting these doorstep deliveries, to give them ‘something to do’!…

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Goodbye Mr Mapperley

Pupils, staff and parents at a Ruddington school bade a fond farewell this week to the man who has been their Head Teacher for the past twelve years. After working thirty years in education, John Mapperley has retired from the post he has held at St Peter’s Junior School since January 2008 to pursue other options. A ‘farewell party’ was held for the departing Head on Thursday – whose last official day in the job was yesterday (Friday 20th December). Mr Mapperley tells RUDDINGTON.info there have been many memorable moments during…

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