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Consultation for Admissions Policies 2024-2025

Date: 6th Dec 2022 @ 8:36pm

Consultation for The Harmony Trust Admissions Policies 2024-25

The Harmony Trust is an Admission Authority and we have a requirement for the Trust to consult on the admission arrangements for all our schools at least once every 7 years.

Therefore, we are undertaking a consultation relating to the Admissions Policies for 2024-25 for all schools within The Harmony Trust, this consultation will commence on Monday 5th December 2022 and will end on Tuesday 31st January 2023.  Each regional Hub has its own policy, the schools covered by this consultation are as follows:

Tameside Hub Derby Hub
Greenfield Primary Academy Alvaston Junior Academy
  Ash Croft Primary Academy
Oldham Hub Carlyle Infant & Nursery Academy
Alt Primary Academy Cavendish Junior Academy
Greenhill Primary Academy Cottons Farm Primary Academy 
Northmoor Primary Academy Hackwood Primary Academy
Richmond Primary Academy Reigate Primary Academy
Westwood Primary Academy Lakeside Primary Academy
  Village Primary Academy


Derby Hub – The proposed amendment to the Admissions Policies is to have one policy relating to all the Derby Academies within The Harmony Trust. The wording of the policy has been reviewed to ensure greater clarity for parents and carers and compliance with the School Admissions Code and in accordance with Derby City Council’s admissions criteria.

Tameside and Oldham Hubs - It should be noted that there are no changes to the oversubscription criteria. The wording of the policy has been reviewed to ensure greater clarity for parents/carers and compliance with the School Admissions Code.

The Consultation Process
We would welcome your views on the proposed admission arrangements.  The proposed Admission Policies for 2024-25 can be found here:

Derby Hub Proposed Admission Policy

Oldham Hub Proposed Admission Policy

Tameside Hub Proposed Admission Policy

Notification of the consultation is being communicated by the Trust to the following: 

  • The Local Authorities – including Tameside, Oldham, Derby
  • All parents and carers of pupils of the Trust 
  • Other persons who in the Trust’s opinion have an interest in the proposed admission policies.

If you wish to comment on the policies, you are welcome to respond by emailing comments to or if you have any questions, please contact The Harmony Trust Central Office on 0161 260 0482 extension 15.  Any comments should clearly indicate which Hub policy it relates too.

At the end of the consultation process all responses will be collated and presented to the Trust Board for full consideration.  The Admissions Policy for 2024-25 must be approved and published by 28th February 2023.


Another 'Good' Report for Village

Date: 16th Nov 2022 @ 12:50pm

We are delighted to share our latest OFSTED report following our first inspection as a Harmony Trust academy.  The inspection took place in October this year and the academy has retained its “good” grading. The report opens with the statement that “Pupils enjoy coming to this school” and goes on to describe how the children “model the school values of ‘respect yourself, respect others, respect the environment.”  We know the children are a credit to the school and our community and it was wonderful to see that acknowledged in the report.   

We were also pleased that the inspectors highlighted the work our teaching staff have undertaken around curriculum development and the extra-curricular experiences they provide for the children, along with the high expectations we all have for every child that attends Village.   

Please do take the time to read the report which can be downloaded here

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the report, please feel free to contact me at 


Mrs L Thorne 

Executive Principal 


Extreme Heat Advice

Date: 12th Jul 2022 @ 12:39pm


Dear Parents and Carers, 

Please click here for government advice on staying safe and well during periods of extreme heat. As you will know, the temperatures over the next three days are extreme (Thursday 28 degrees, Friday 33 degrees and Saturday 28 degrees) and we will all need to take great care and be vigilant on behalf of vulnerable friends and family; especially the young and elderly. ? 

More information giving advice is being posted on the 'News and Events' page on the school website. ? Please stay safe - and please remember to ensure your children bring water bottles and hats toschool every day over the summer term - and that you apply sunscreen in the morning when needed. ? 

Many thanks to you all.

Please see the additional links for advice and guidance for keeping yourself and others safe during extreme hot weather. 

NHS Advice - How to Stay Safe in the Heat

Met Office - Tips for Keeping Cool in Hot Weather

Age UK - Advice for Staying Cool in a Heatwave




Parents/carers we need you...

Date: 15th Mar 2022 @ 1:55pm

Dear Parent/Carer,

Parental feedback and input into our academies continue to be of great importance to the Harmony Trust.  We believe that parents can help us shape our strategies, address challenges, and share successes. 

Alongside our parent forums, we are looking for parents to help our research team evaluate the impact of Trust-wide projects on them and their children.  To ensure we can monitor changes over time, ideally we would like the same parents to respond each time.  If possible, we are asking that parents to sign up to answer these surveys 3 to 4 times per year. 

Our first project is to look at the impact of the 1-2-1 devices (iPads for all KS2 children) on children and their families through our Harnessing Technology Maximising Learning (HTML) strategy.   

The surveys will take around 10/15 minutes to fill in.  They will help us identify any changes we need to make and identify successes that we can share across our academies.   

Your data will be held securely and will be anonymous, although we will ask for the school and year group your child is in on each survey. 

If you would like to help, please click on the link below and complete the form to register your interest. 

Parent Recruitment Form

Thank you. 


Easter Holiday Club

Date: 10th Mar 2022 @ 10:23am

Please click on the below link to see information from the Schools Out Club about their Easter Holiday provision.  Schools Out Club is a Holiday Club in the Derby City/Derbyshire area with two settings in Allestree and Kilburn. 

Schools Out Club provide free 4 hour sessions for four days a week and one hot meal per day for children who receive benefit related free school meals, this is funded by the Local authority. They also have paying sessions avaliable for customers that do not qualify but wish to use our services. 

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Sumdog maths software introduced to all our children!

Date: 11th Feb 2022 @ 1:30pm

Everyone at Village Academy is delighted that all our children have now got access to Sumdog. It is an exciting and innovative piece of maths software that adapts itself to the child’s answers, increasing challenge when they are ready. 

Your child has received their login from their class teacher and can access Sumdog immediately. 

Did you know, that just 30 minutes each week increases your child’s maths fluency (being able to recall maths facts without thinking)?  The questions all take the form of games and the children have loved earning coins and playing the games in their introduction to Sumdog. 

You can read more about the benefits of Sumdog or better still, ask your child to show you how it works. 

Final Few Nursery Places Available for April 2022

Date: 7th Feb 2022 @ 12:25pm

Limited Nursery places are available for April 2022 for children who will be aged 3 and above before 31 March 2022.

Please telephone 01332 766492 or call at the school office on Village Street for more information.

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