St Michael's CofE VA Nursery & Infant School


SMASH Easter Fair

Thank you SMASH (our P.T.A.) for a wonderful Easter Fair and well done everyone for reacting so quickly and sensibly during the fire drill. Everyone was outside at the assembly point in 1.5 minutes and registered within 4 minutes!

SMASH were presented with a plaque which will be placed in our new library.  The funds for the library furniture were kindly donated by SMASH.

New baby

Apple class were thrilled to meet Arthur, Mrs Joynes’ new baby boy.

Head teacher advert

We are looking for a head teacher to inspire our future astronauts, farmers, artists and police officers as we move from an Infant to Primary school. This post, created following the retirement of our current Head teacher, offers the successful candidate a real opportunity to lead the transformation of this nurturing Forest school and develop and promote excellent teaching and learning.

Our Church School offers happy and enthusiastic children, a dedicated and supportive team of staff and governors and actively involved parents. We enjoy a learning environment, which extends beyond the classroom and is part of a nationally recognised and dynamic cluster. Our small caring school has very close links and is beautifully engaged with the church and wider community. Aylsham is a growing market town situated between Norwich and the scenic North Norfolk coast.

We are looking to appoint from September 2018, an inspirational, committed and enthusiastic leader to build upon our successes and achievements.

The applicant pack is ready for all those interested in the opportunity to become St Michael’s next head teacher, click here.  For salary details please look on the Norfolk School’s job vacancy website here.

Come and meet our future divers, musicians, gymnasts, firemen and look around our school by getting in touch with the school office manager on 01263 732260.


News update – head teacher recruitment

We are looking for a head teacher to inspire our future astronauts, farmers, artists and police officers as we move from an Infant to Primary school. This post, created following the retirement of our current Head teacher, offers the successful candidate a real opportunity to lead the transformation of this nurturing, Church of England, Forest School and develop and promote excellent teaching and learning.

Advert coming soon!

The Lost Words

We were delighted to have a surprise visit from Mr Henry Layte, owner of the Book Hive in Norwich and local author, Patrick Barkham. They presented us with a copy of The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.

This beautiful book explores the natural world around us while highlighting the words which have been lost from the Oxford Junior Dictionary.

You can read more about their wish to get The Lost Words into local schools in the EDP.









Partrick Barkham, Catherine McMahon and Beech Class



Exciting times for St Michael’s

Updated 13.12.17

These are exciting times for us at St Michael’s. At last our dream of being an all-through primary school has become a reality. In September 2018 we will take in our first Year 3s and begin the transformation of this wonderful school. The future looks bright for both the school and for Aylsham parents and children who deserve real educational choice.

Just to remind you, the proposal was

To change the age range to admit pupils from 4 up to the age of 11 years, to begin transition from 1st September 2018, to become an all through primary school, with a Published Admission Number of 20.

And today we hear:

The Executive Director of Children’s Services in her capacity as Decision-maker, has approved the proposal on 12th December 2017.

We are simply delighted and would like to extend our huge thanks to all who helped make this possible.

Catherine McMahon

Children in Need

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Primary and admissions update

UPDATE 31.10.17

As you know, we are awaiting final confirmation from the local authority that we will become a Primary school.  The governors and I have prepared for this decision and a plan is in place to manage the transition.

An ambitious programme of building works will soon transform our old prefab dining hall and kitchen into a new purpose-built Nursery, modern kitchen and multipurpose hall.  We expect this work to begin early in the New Year and be completed during the first term of the new school year September 2018. However quickly or slowly the building work proceeds the extra classroom we need will be accommodated from September 2018 in a new mobile classroom and we will be advertising as soon as we can for a new, experienced Key Stage 2 teacher. The changes will work through the school, adding a year group in each of the next three years until September 2020.

To clarify the situation regarding admissions, we would like you all to know that when we become a Primary and Nursery School our Nursery admissions will remain unchanged, with just as many places available in future as there are currently.  In the main school our planned admission number (to Reception Class) will reduce in 2018 from 36 places to 20 places.  However, during the three year transition phase there will be enough space for all pupils currently with a place at St Michael’s main school to stay with us into year 3 if they choose to.

Further information for parents of Year 2 children ONLY

It is important that you should be aware that all parents of this year’s Year 2s who choose to keep their child at St Michael’s will be able to do so, despite the fact that our pupil admission number is reducing. A Year 3 place is guaranteed for those children who are already here.

According to the Local Authority published admissions arrangements, our Year 2 children are deemed “due to transfer to junior school” in September 2018 and will enter the junior schools’ admission round which begins on the 8th November 2017 and ends on 15th January 2018.  All parents of Year 2 children will need to apply to the Local Authority[i] for a year 3 place and applications must be received by the closing date of 15th January 2018. However, please note that places are not allocated on a first come, first served basis so you can make your choice as late or early as you like.

There will be an open session next Tuesday morning, 7th November, from 9 to 10. Do come along to find out more about what the new St Michael’s Primary School intends to offer you and your children.


[i]On-line at or complete a paper application available from or by requesting a copy from their Customer Services on 0344 800 8020.