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Spring Term 2022

Archbishop Cranmer Church of England Academy, Aslockton, pupils take part in poetry competition

Young orators recited poetry they had learned off by heart in front of their classmates as part of a contest.

Having looked for a poetry competition and found many geared towards secondary schools only, Archbishop Cranmer Church of England Academy, Aslockton, launched its own in 2017. It is called Off By Heart Poetry — a recital competition.

The school’s head, Melanie Stevens, said: “It is a fantastic opportunity for the children in all year groups to develop independence and confidence while learning a whole range of poems in different ways.

Archbishop Cranmer poetry recital competition winners: Isabel (y1) Henry (y2) Isla (y3) Lewis (y6). 

"It has proven health benefits and we believe a challenge which is both serious and fun — as the phrase learning by heart implies, it makes it precious.”  All the pupils learned one poem.

They had six weeks to learn their chosen piece at home and then recited them in their respective classes.

Two winning entries from each year group went through to the grand final.

Mrs Stevens said, “Children could be as creative as they liked to bring their poems alive by using props, drama — anything went.

"Learning by heart is a wonderful thing. Especially wonderful when it comes to remember poems which have the delightful advantage of being organised in ways, involving rhythm and rhyme which make learning them easy.”

A judge and governor, the former Under Sheriff in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, Richard Bullock, recited The Lion And Albert from memory to the delight of the assembled children.

Aslockton pupils show their colours in support of Ukraine

 Children at Archbishop Cranmer Church of England Primary Academy in Aslockton supported the people of Ukraine alongside the fundraising for Red Nose Day.

Children could choose to wear yellow or blue along with their red noses.

Pupils dress in Blue and Yellow for Ukraine at Archbishop Cranmer Primary School, Aslockton.

Comic Relief donations were collected in school by the pupil parliament and parents/carers were directed to make online donations to provide aid to children and families in Ukraine.

One member of pupil parliament said: "We are a Take Care school and really hope we can help make a difference by supporting both charities. We are already looking at other ways we can help war refugees later this term."

Stop the war in Ukraine

9 Year old Dexter has independently written to Putin in an attempt to stop the war in Ukraine. Dexter, who is currently undertaking the Archbishop of York Young Leaders awards, said, "If I didn't, who else will?" He is filling us with Hope and Aspiration in being the change he wants to see.

Autumn Term 2021

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Spring Term 2021

Featuring in our local newspaper for winning The Woodland Trust Gold Award

January 2021 East Midlands Today TV news

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We featured in the news as we have been recognised for all the planting we do, our sustainability and our learning that takes place in our outdoor area. We are a Take Care school and part of that is taking care of our environment.

September 2020 BBC TV news

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We featured on BBC News about our wonderful outdoor project during lockdown which brought the local community together and transformed our outside learning area into a truly amazing environmental space.

September 2020  Horticultural Show in the paper and on the TV news


Newspaper coverage of our amazing event







ITV news coverage of our  Horticultural Show, including interviews with pupils Kitty Fox and Michael Odiase can be seen here. 



July 2020 Central News TV report about our BLM 500 Words Competition winner, Lucy!

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July 2020
Well done to Lucy for winning the Virgin Radio 500 Words Writing Competition

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July 2020

Archbishop Cranmer Academy schoolgirl wins national Virgin Radio writing competition and has submission read out by Hollywood star Nicole Kidman Published: 09:22, 27 July 2020

A schoolgirl has won a national writing competition.

Lucy Moxey, of Aslockton, won a national competition organised by Virgin Radio, which encouraged children to submit 500-word pieces with the theme being the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

Lucy attends Archbishop Cranmer Academy in Aslockton, and was among more than 6,000 entries from children across the country.

Aged just ten, Lucy won the older age category of the competition against children up to the age of 13.

Hollywood star Nicole Kidman read Lucy’s winning submission, called Kristofer Was Quiet In School Today, live on Virgin Radio

Peter Bearne, having filmed Lucy for ITV, tweeted his thoughts about Lucy's story. 




February 2020  Newspaper report

Archbishop Cranmer Church of England Primary Academy unveil new plaque at Aslockton train station  .

Year four pupils at Archbishop Cranmer Church of England Primary Academy enjoyed a trip to Aslockton Station where a mosaic plaque of their work was unveiled.

It followed partnership work between the school and Community Rail, which works with residents of rural areas in a bid to improve stations.

Archbishop Cranmer school pupils unveil a mosaic plaque at Aslockton Station. Pupils pictured with Poacher Line community rail officer Kaye Robinson.

Mel Stevens, head of Archbishop Cranmer, said the school was a long-term partner of the railway station and was currently taking part in a six-week safety course.She said it was part of a plan to support the community.

Poacher Line community rail officer Kaye Robinson worked with the children during the project.

She said she led the group on a tour of the village to learn about the history of the area, before starting on the plaque.

Each pupil created their own design and the final outcome was sent to a professional artists, who added the finishing touches. Kaye said it was important the children were aware of rail safety and the history of the train line, which runs through the middle of the village.

The children also visited Nottingham Station as part of their safety lesson. “Some had never been on a train before, so to see their eyes light up was great,” said Kaye. “They were all so involved and thought about what they wanted to do with their designs.

“It was a pleasure to work with them.”


February 2020

Parents filled Archbishop Cranmer Church of England Primary Academy, Aslockton, to join their children for a nostalgic  Valentine’s Day’s lunch       Published: 14:58, 20 February 2020

Parents were invited to join children for a special Valentine’s Day lunch at their school.

Parents filled the hall of Archbishop Cranmer Church of England Primary Academy, Aslockton, to join their children for a nostalgic Valentine’s Day’s lunch.

The school’s head, Mrs Melanie Stevens, said: “One of the values that underpins our school is love, and this event is living out our values and showing love and care for one another.”


December 2019

Featured for our courageous advocacy: we organised a fun run for the Children's Hospital Big Appeal 


July 2019 Thoroton Show sees Archbishop Cranmer perform with  Maypole.



















May 2019     Archbishop Cranmer Church of England Academy, Aslockton, adds a splash of colour!

With community engagement at the core of the school, this project brought teachers, students, parents and a local business together around a common goal and the result is a sustainable planted area at the front of school, a connected community and a team of children who are keen to maintain this successful garden....

















April 2019 Poetry Recitals Judeged by the Mayor of Rushcliffe.

April 2018 Poetry Recitals Judeged by the Mayor of Rushcliffe


November 2018

Archbishop Cranmer Church of England Academy ranked as a top school in The Sunday Times Parent Power Schools Guide 2019

An Aslockton primary school is the highest ranked state primary school in Nottinghamshire according to a Sunday Times league table.

Archbishop Cranmer Church of England Academy ranked 222 in The Sunday Times Parent Power Schools Guide 2019.

They were one of two schools in Nottinghamshire that made the list.



November 2018
Newark's MP Robert Jenrick announces winners of annual Christmas card competition

 An MP’s annual competition to design his official Parliamentary Christmas card attracted a bumper number of entries this year.

Robert Jenrick wrote to every primary school in his Newark and Bingham constituency and received hundreds of entries in return.

The winner from those hundreds of entries was ten-year-old Felix Hornby who attends Archbishop Cranmer Church of England Primary Academy, Aslockton.

 April 2018

Siblings organise bake-off fundraiser

 Ella White, 9, and her brother, Alfie, 11, who organised a bake-off in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.


February 2018

Proud to be leading the way in reading and maths

A Government minister has congratulated a primary school after its results put it in the top 1% of schools nationally for reading and maths.

All pupils at Archbishop Cranmer Church of England Primary Academy, who sat end-of-school exams in reading and maths last year reached or exceeded the expected standard.

The school received a letter of congratulations from school standards minister Mr Nick Gibb.