This year the Manor Hill leavers assembly led by Headteacher Mrs Gillman marked a very special occasion, the schools diamond anniversary. Pupils, parents and staff have spent the past year celebrating 60 years of achievement and traditions developed by the schools previous Headteachers, Miss Riley, Mr Sutton, Mr McKenzie and Mrs Francis.
The academic year started with a surprise OFSTED inspection in September from which we gained a “good” rating an achievement that the school was very proud of. It was particularly rewarding for school staff who under Mrs Gillman’s leadership had worked so hard during the previous year to raise teaching and learning standards across the whole school. During the year of diamond celebrations pupils have taken part in many extra curricular activities including fund raising with Gangnam style dancing, pennies for Help for Heroes, Family cooking, a science tunneling project and paired reading challenges plus many other activities, events and competitions.
The school opened in the autumn of 1952 and was built to accommodate Stone’s growing population, which was partly due to the number of families that had moved here to work at ROF Swynnerton and other local military bases as part of the war effort and chose to stay following the end of the war. It was with this in mind that local parents and residents who organised the picnic in the park decided to raise money towards the Munition workers memorial fund. The leavers assembly started with pupils presenting a cheque for £375 to MP Rob Flello and Lloyd Brown who represented the Munition Workers Memorial fund all party Parliamentary group who are campaigning for a permanent memorial to be placed at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas.
The assembly also marked the outstanding service of school governors, particularly Councillor Mike Shaw and George Beecham who have given 80 years service to the Manor Hill community between them and witnessed many changes, including Manor Hill starting the new term by formally joining with Walton Priory Middle School in the Stone Community Federation. This is a very exciting time for both schools which we are confident will see further improvement and development in continuing to work together for the local community.’