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dagfa house logoFor the second year running, Dagfa School hosted a Primary Team Maths Challenge using materials provided by the UK Maths Trust.  16 local primary schools attended the all-day event and enjoyed competing in a host of mathematical challenges.  Each school brought four year 6 pupils who would have to work together to complete all the challenges.

The rounds included a group round, a tricky cross-number where the teams had to split into pairs, a logic round, a speed round and a relay race.  The relay race involved pupils careering around the sports hall answering maths questions as quickly as they could before racing with the next question to their team mates.

The event was very well attended and all who participated enjoyed the day.  Dr Woodroffe would like to thank all the teachers from visiting schools who helped administer the challenge as well as his own staff and pupils.

The winners were Bramcote Church of England Primary School, who beat the runners up, South Wilford Primary School by one mark.  One of the members of the winning team remarked, “I like winning, but even if we hadn’t won I would have really enjoyed the day and the challenge that it brought.”

Dagfa’s team was comprised of Oliver Chowdury, Ella Kucukdurgut, Gabryl Oleshko and Sean Morrissey-Ralevic, standing in for Jaden Eyre who was unwell.

The event was a resounding success and it is great to see so many young people enjoying the challenge of maths.  We shall definitely be repeating the event next year.

Come And See Us At Work
.30am – 11.30am, Tuesday 28th January, 2014
Open Morning
10am – 12 noon, Saturday 15th March, 2014
Call 0115 913 8330



salterfordLogoAt Salterford House School EVERY child matters.

Open Days

Saturday March 22nd & Saturday June 7th.

Please call to book your place


Building on recent successes, the children and staff of Salterford House are once again getting involved with the many extra-curricular activities offered throughout the school. The school’s netball team was voted as school team of the year by Gedling Sports last term and the current team is preparing for more success with a string of tournaments planned all over the country.

School visits are also on the cards for this term with trips planned to Patchings Art Centre by all year groups, Year 2 are visiting the Making it Centre and the older children are preparing for a week in Normandy where they will be able to take part in canoeing, climbing, archery and a number of other sports- on a French Immersion course. French is taught from Year 2 as part of the curriculum and so the children are well prepared.

Before trips can commence, the Year 6 class must sit their examinations and these are now well underway; several children are sitting exams for both High Schools, Trent College, Queen Margaret’s,York and Ratcliffe College. It is an exciting and stressful time, but the children are well supported with a built in programme of revision and exam technique classes running after school since September.

All the extra work that goes on outside the classroom has allowed the children to develop their individual skills and talents and to ensure high self esteem when tackling academic work. This has resulted in the school achieving a place in the top 100 Independent schools in the country which was recently published in the Sunday Times, something of which the staff and pupils are very proud.

Last year’s National Curriculum tests included 75% level 5 in Maths, 88% level 5 in Grammar and Punctuation and 96% level 5 in Comprehension.

The Elms Open Morning, Saturday 25th January


You and your child are invited to take part in a fun-filled morning of activities and discovery as The Elms Junior School and Nursery opens its doors for its Whole School Open Morning on Saturday 25 January.

Registration starts at 9am followed by a welcome and introduction to our school from Mr Keith Morrow, Head Master, before you have the chance to see for yourself what an Elms education can offer while exploring the school’s beautiful 45 acre grounds and meeting its happy, friendly community.

Take part in a range of activities, see specialist teaching areas, such as Music, Science, Art and IT, in action and meet pupils as well as The Elms’ senior and teaching staff.


The Elms Junior School and Nursery is part of the prestigious Trent College family in Long Eaton. The school believes in teaching children as individuals, and aims to meet your highest expectations to give your child the best possible start in life.

The Open Morning finishes at 12pm. For more information visit www.elmsschool.net  or contact Mrs Patricia Robinson on 0115 849 4940 or at [email protected]  to register your place.


Trent CaterpillarsWk1Caterpillars (Babies)
Our youngest children enjoyed messy and mark making activities, using chalk, paint and glue to make lots of pictures and patterns.  We took advantage of the last of the summer sunshine playing outside with water and ice cubes and used all the outdoor play equipment including tunnels, cars, bikes, swings and climbing frames.  We have had lots of fun and had a fantastic first week together.

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In the butterfly room we have been learning all about ourselves and have had lots of fun looking at our eyes in the mirror.  We’ve enjoyed making faces by cutting and sticking different shapes together using lots of glue.  We also used tape measures to see just how tall we have grown over the summer, we are all growing up so fast!

We were all very excited to return to pre-school after the summer holidays to a lovely new look room. Our children have settled into their new routines and are enjoying lots of fun activities. These included a visit to the library, a PE lesson, dancing to the ‘Sticky Kid’ cd in the Dance Studio and making biscuits in the DT room.
During circle time we have been learning about ourselves and our families.  We talked about our names and the letters used to spell them. We went for a walk around the school looking at signs to see if we could find any of the letters that were in our names. We have also been looking at photographs of our families and talking about the people who live in our house.  We have drawn some lovely pictures of our families both on paper and on the computer.   A busy week indeed!


Trent GrowingNestled in 45 acres of beautiful grounds, The Elms Junior School and Nursery is part of the wider Trent College family. The Elms is a caring and friendly community of girls and boys aged 6 weeks to 11 years, where good-manners and excellently behaved children are the norm. We recognise children as individuals and give them a wealth of opportunities through specialist teaching and first class facilities. If your child has a talent for something, we will help them to find it and develop it.


There is a family ethos throughout the campus, with nursery children, infants, juniors and seniors all being educated on one site, in their own buildings with their own specialist teachers.   We aim to meet your highest expectations of quality education, giving your child the best possible start in life. Trent_College_AW_129


www.elmsschool.net   The Elms Nursery and Junior School, Trent College, Long Eaton, Nottingham

1012-006Dagfa School Nottingham is a non-selective, co-educational, independent school for children aged 2 to 16 conveniently situated in Beeston, near to the Nottingham University Campus.

This year, Dagfa celebrated its best exam results ever, with 90% of pupils achieving 5 or more A*-C grades.  Predictions of the pupils’ grades based on national tests showed that only 65% were likely to achieve this and so the significant improvement of 25% is very gratifying.

In addition, the predictions showed that 9.8% of exams would be passed at A or A*, but on results day we discovered that 21.4% were at A or A* grade.

These results demonstrate that Dagfa School does a very good job at helping struggling pupils to achieve the 5 passes required for college entry, but also can inspire and enthuse the more gifted pupils to stretch themselves further.

Dagfa offers a broad range of options to choose from, including Drama, Sociology and Computing, as well as all the standard subjects.  We also offer  extra subjects for those pupils who are keen and willing.  Additional Maths is available for those pupils gifted at maths, and Religious Studies is offered as a lunchtime club for those interested in philosophy and ethics.  This year, some pupils will leave with 13 GCSE qualifications!  Alternatively, we can restrict the number of subjects taken to allow pupils to have extra, supported time to improve their core subjects.

At Dagfa School, we pride ourselves on being able to treat every pupil as an individual, knowing and understanding their unique needs, desires and abilities, and being able to add value to every single pupil, without undue stress or pressure.  We can do this because of our small class sizes and caring family atmosphere.

Our next Open Day is on Saturday 9th November from 10am-12 noon.  Come and see why we are so proud of our wonderful school.

Call 0115 913 8330


Magikats in Beeston & West Bridgford, once again, celebrated a very successful annual Awards Event & Party.


The celebration was enjoyed by students, parents, siblings & grandparents making up approximately 300 guests. Food, cake, drinks, sweets and other treats were available, in abundance. Giant board games, henna artist, face painting and music added to the excitement on the day.


Our Assessment and Reporting System

The worksheets completed at workshops are much harder than the exercises completed at home. In class material is taught by the tutors and student progress is monitored by continuous assessment.

Students study in a particular ‘Stage’ in which medals are awarded from Bronze then Silver and next Gold, according to progress within Stages.

At the awards event, every MagiKats student, therefore received a medal and certificate for their current stage and achievement.

About 65 trophies were also presented to the students who excelled, improved, achieved and made us proud in many ways.

A Very Big Congratulations goes to Jack Li, who received our 2013, “Student of the Year” award and Zeenat England, who received the “Employee of the Year” award.

We are very proud of all our students and happy to announce that about 40% of our students are now working 1-2 years, ahead of their school year.

We intend to continue on this very positive path.

Shariefa England MagiKats Beeston & West Bridgford
Tel: 0115 945 9941
Mobile: 0786 320 6643

Lammas School Awarded Membership in the Independent Schools Association

Lammas 2012-09-07 08.06.34Lammas School in Sutton-in-Ashfield is unique and offers parents across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire a chance of a private school education without breaking the bank.  The school’s goal is to provide affordable education to give your child the best chance in life.    The school is non-selective and welcomes children of all abilities.  At Lammas, students flourish in a safe and supportive environment, where every child matters. Class sizes are small and standards are high.  Uniquely, the school provides continuing education from 5- 19, so that your child is not disrupted at the age 11.


And now Lammas School has been awarded membership of the Independent Schools Association (ISA).  This means inspection accreditation will now fall under the Independent Schools Inspectorate inspection, rather than Ofsted.  And there will be a host of benefits for both the staff and students.


For students, membership will mean plenty of new activities with other independent schools within the association.  The ISA provides unrivalled opportunities for pupils to compete at regional and national level in prestigious Drama, Art and Essay competitions, as well as in sporting events that include football, athletics, cross country and swimming.


ISA Accredited Member Logo 267x278ISA schools value innovation and inspiration, building on the best traditions to promote integrity, high standards, industry and responsibility.   Mr Rod Singleton, Headteacher, said, “We are thrilled at the news that we have been accepted into the ISA.  It reflects the hard work of all the staff in developing the school since 2010.  Membership was awarded to Lammas School after scrutiny to ensure that the school comes up to the high standards expected of the ISA.”


For more information on Lammas School, see www.lammas-school.co.uk.

Recent News Headlines                             SATS 2013 –  “Back to basics” 

All 11 year olds are to be tested on the proper use of English spelling, punctuation and grammar under Government plans to raise standards.

Students need to recognise the difference between formal and non-standard English because too many youngsters rely on so-called “text speak” in their written work.

Exams will focus on grammatical functions of words, including nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions and also fluent, joined and legible handwriting.

It is said that pupils are struggling to develop a fluency in maths after being denied the chance to practice basic sums at a young age.   Nick Gibb suggested, that learning times table by heart was necessary to enable children to tackle more challenging topics at secondary school.

All this represents a dramatic toughening up of requirements in primary school maths and English.

ALL MAGIKATS STUDENTS are ready for the new style exams because grammar, punctuation, spelling, handwriting, fluency in times tables are amongst the things that we have always taught.

Shariefa  0115 9459941


Saturday 26th January

Nestled in 45 acres of beautiful grounds,
The Elms Junior School and Nursery is part
of the Trent College family. The Elms is a
caring and friendly community of girls and
boys aged 6 weeks to 11 years, where good
manners and excellently behaved children
are the norm.
Visit us anytime between
9.30 – 12.00

There is a family ethos throughout the campus,
with infants, juniors and seniors all being
educated on one site, in their own buildings with
their own specialist teachers. We aim to meet
your highest expectations of quality education,
giving your child the best possible start in life.

Please register to secure your place using the details below. We look forward to meeting you soon.

The Elms, Long Eaton, Nottingham
E: [email protected]
Admissions Manager  T: 0115 849 4940

Dagfa School, Nottingham is holding an Open Day on Saturday 9th March and all interested parents and pupils are invited to see the school for themselves. All are welcome to attend.

The Open Day, which will be held between 10am and 12noon is an excellent opportunity to both visit the school and meet the staff. Current pupils will be giving tours of the school and activities will take place for potential new pupils to get involved with.

Dagfa School is an independent, coeducational and non-selective school for children aged 3-16.

The school is proud of its 5 year average of 84% of pupils achieving A*-C grades at GCSE and the January 2012 Independent Schools Inspectorate report commented –

‘The level of attainment at Dagfa at GCSE is above the average achieved by pupils of similar ability.’ The Open Day will enable both parents and potential pupils to see the school’s working environment for themselves and gain a clearer insight into how the school achieves such good results.

The event will also see the promotion of the Dagfa Diamond Class.  This is a new initiative starting from September 2013 and is aimed at year 10 pupils. It offers a two year dedicated learning programme running up to the important GCSE exam period.

The Diamond Class, named for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Year, is aimed at pupils of average ability and will consist of just 10-12 pupils. The classes will aim to identify the needs of every pupil through tailored learning programmes.

 If parents and pupils are interested to learn more – then Jane Le Poidevin, Head of the School for the past 4 years, and her dedicated staff will be available to explain in more detail at the Open Day on the 9th.

The school is based at 57 Broadgate, Beeston, 3.9 miles away from the centre of Nottingham. (NG9 2FU)

Interested parents should note that taster days can be booked at any time by calling 0115 913 8330 and for further enquiries email [email protected].