Winterfold House School


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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Roll: 200 (Boys) 120 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3 - 13 years
  • Founded: 1928

School Contact Details

Winterfold House School
DY10 4PW

[t]: 01562 777234

Location Description

Winterfold House School is centred around a spacious Georgian manor house set in some 40 acres of beautiful grounds, surrounded by traditional English countryside of gently rolling farmland and pasture. Beyond, there is a particularly fine view of Worcestershire across a landscape of small valleys, hills, copses and farmhouses to the Malvern Hills in the distance. Our grounds are safe and child friendly, beautifully maintained and much loved by everyone in our community. All our pupils enjoy the space and freedom afforded by our unique environment.

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School News

Pupils and staff from Winterfold School were thoroughly inspired by a talk given in assembly on Monday 18th November by Mr George Blakeway, who was recently

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a member of the Ha Long Bay Viet Nam, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race team.

Mr Blakeway spent 30 days in the race and sailed the Portugal to Uruguay leg.  The pupils were enthralled by the presentation, where they learned about the tough conditions often experienced at sea, particularly with a 30/40 degree tilt of the yacht and a fast speed the equivalent of 29.7 mph. Cooking on board was particularly tricky!

The children were intrigued by the fact that there was no shower on board and for a month, they used sea water to keep clean.  The team of twenty-one people worked four hours on, four hours off, with half of the team on deck racing the boat, with the other half either sleeping or eating.

Despite the hard work and being constantly wet, the team loved the various forms of sea life they encountered, from the 150 dolphins at one stage that were swimming under and around the boat, to whales, sea turtles, albatross and even the birds that would stop to rest for a few days en route to their final destination.

Commenting on his experience, Mr Blakeway said “the best part was spending time with the team on the yacht, albeit sometimes in difficult conditions. We are now friends for life”.

Towards the end of the race, team Ha Long Bay Viet Nam knew they were in line for third place but when they passed through the Doldrums, the wind dropped completely. All they could do was wait, as their competitors began to catch them. Finally, the wind picked up and they made it to third place and a place on the podium.

At the end of the talk, the children enjoyed a Q and A session, with questions ranging from “did the team get sea sick,” to “can fish really fly”.

Mr Blakeway’s final words – “Be curious and find your own adventure” were an excellent way to sum up an excellent motivational talk for the children.

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, GB Olympic Gymnast Kristian Thomas and Jack Rutter, Captain of the GB Paralympic cerebral palsy football team, visited Winterfold as

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part of a Sports for Schools initiative.  Children from Year 8 to Reception joined in with exercise circuits, followed by an inspirational assembly for the whole School.

Kristian Thomas rose to fame when he was crowned senior British champion.  In 2012, he was part of the British team that famously won Olympic bronze in London before he came back from a minor injury in 2013 to take bronze on vault at the World Championships.  As Captain of Team GB’s gymnastics squad for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016, Kristian helped the team finish 4th and made the individual floor final.

Following an enjoyable morning of exercises coached by Kristian and Jack, the entire School listened attentively as Kristian spoke of his life as a gymnast, culminating in his competing in two consecutive Olympics.

The ensuing gymnastic demonstration was breathtaking and the children’s reactions were a fitting sign of how much they were enjoying it.  They were particularly in awe of the children who were prepared to lie down for Kristian to somersault over them and Mrs Toms who, when asked to join them, was a very good sport and did so too.

Both sportsmen had advice for the children; Kristian commented “Dream big, work hard and listen to your Coach” and Jack’s recommendations were “teamwork, respect and self-belief.”  

Mrs Julia Humfress, Director of Sport said “it was a wonderful morning. The children were thoroughly inspired. Kristian started gymnastics from the age of five and has achieved so much.  His personal highlight was to win bronze at the London Olympics. It was lovely to hear his story and watch his gymnastics demonstration. It was great to show the children that there really is a sport out there for everyone”.   

Following a very energetic morning, Isla and Ed then interviewed the athletes in the Radio Room for a podcast which will soon be on Winterfold’s YouTube channel.

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Winterfold School in Chaddesley Corbett was alive with the sound of music on Friday 14th June, with the launch of their

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very own radio station.

Ed James from Heart FM took time out from his busy broadcasting schedule (Ed and Gemma host the 4.00pm til 7.00pm slot on Heart) to help the pupils with their first podcast which was also broadcast into the school playground, where the music loving youngsters were listening and dancing below.

After the official ribbon cutting ceremony and champagne toast, four talented Year 7 pupils – Harvey, Will, Louis and Isla interviewed Ed, prompting interesting and fun answers which engaged the audience.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, with the children dancing to everything from She Sells Sanctuary by The Cult, David Bowie’s Heroes to Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake, culminating with a giant conga around the playground.

Head of Music, Jerry Price said “We’re so excited about the future of Radio Winterfold. We plan to stream live very soon to allow the children to develop amazing broadcast skills for the modern world.”

Videos from the afternoon are available on Winterfold Twitter feed @Winterfoldhs.

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Winterfold School from Chaddesley Corbett is celebrating after scooping a record breaking 10 trophies for individual and group classes at the 59th Dudley Festival of

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Music, Drama and Dance in March.

Both the Winterfold School Chamber Choir and Girls’ Harmony Choir came home with The Coseley Male Voice Choir Trophy and the Cecil Drew Trophy for ‘excellent choral work’.  The Girls’ Harmony Choir in particular, wowed the adjudicators, as they attained a phenomenal 91 marks from 100 for their un-conducted close harmony renditions of Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree and For Good from the musical Wicked.  The adjudicator remarked that she could not continue to write, as she had to sit and listen to their skillful performance.

During the weekend of 2nd/3rd March, for children taking part in individual vocal and instrumental classes, Winterfold was just as successful.  Olivia Leung attained first place and the Helen Bailey Cup in her woodwind class with her beautiful, ‘thought provoking and well-articulated’ ‘Rondeau’, played on the clarinet.  Alex Witt then stormed into first place playing Allegro Appasionato on the saxophone – bringing home the Solihull School Saxophone Trophy.  The adjudicator remarked that Alex had a remarkable range with good dynamics and clear tone.  William Phillips engaged the room with his trumpet playing, coming home with the James Hough Trophy.

In class 94, Brass Solo Grade 2-3, Winterfold held all candidate places.  However, although all four candidates played beautifully and were all very closely marked, there could only be one winner – that was Charlie Maguire on the Trombone, playing the toe tapping Tennessee Rag.  Charlie came home with the Sedgley Townswomen’s Guild Trophy.  Luke Culwick impressed his adjudicator with his ‘magnificent tone’ on his E flat bass, winning the Amblecote Trophy in his category.

The last weekend of the Festival was just as successful as the first. Olivia Leung sang a Grade 6 song in the Vocal Solo 11-12 years class. Olivia’s performance was truly magical, as she mesmerised the audience with Chilcott’s Time of Snow, for which Olivia won the Freda Round Cup.

Rosie Brookes won the Roland Dean Trophy for her beautiful portrayal of the classic song The Water is Wide, arranged by Bullard.  This was not Rosie’s only success, as she later went on to win the Violin Solo class for children 12 years and under.  For this, she played Concerto in G Op 3 No 3 1st Movement, Allegro by Vivaldi, from memory.  The adjudicator remarked that although the standard of the class had been extremely high, with many of the competitors playing Grade 7 pieces, Rosie was ‘clearly, and without doubt’ worthy of the Evelyn Cliff Cup.

Commenting on the competition, Head of Music, Jerry Price said “I accompanied the choirs this year and was delighted with their win, as I am for all of the winners. It was my first time at the Festival and I was hugely impressed with the venue, adjudicating and the organisation of the event. Thank you for making us so welcome and for really further helping boost music in the School and the confidence of all these wonderful young performers.”


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Year 5 netballers from Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett were treated to a Future Stars Netball Camp with players from the Severn Stars Netball team at

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the University of Worcester Arena.

The specialist session was led by International players Iona Darroch, Maryka Holtzhausen and Jodi-Ann Ward. The netballers enjoyed a fun day of skills, Q & A sessions, match play and prizes.

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January saw Winterfold School in Chaddesley Corbett host its annual U11 Matty Thacker Shield football tournament.

This is a very special tournament for Winterfold, as it

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is named in honour of Matty, who was in Year 6 when he so tragically died. He loved his sport and to see thirteen U11 teams playing with smiles on their faces and loving their sport, is a wonderful way of remembering him. It was also lovely to see his Mother, Susie, watching the afternoon of football.

There were a lot of very close matches in the two pools. Three of the six Semi-Finals in the Shield, Cup and Plate competitions went to golden goal and then penalty shoot outs. Winterfold played some good football but went out in the Semi-Final of the Plate competition, which was won by Hereford Cathedral School. The Cup was won by Wolverhampton Grammar Junior School, whilst the main Shield was won by King’s Hawford, who beat Warwick in an excellent Final.

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Pupils and staff at Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett are delighted to have taken delivery of 225 pairs of Shoes That Grow to give to children

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at Ncemaneni School in the Natal Province of South Africa.  The School aims to take the shoes out with them when they go to the RSA in April.  Everyone will be asked to take three pairs of shoes each so that they can be given to the children directly.

The pupils currently have to make a 20k round-journey to and from school across rugged, African scrubland in bare feet. This is the daily reality for millions of children across Africa. The consequential cuts and grazes can quickly go sceptic, causing lameness and long-term injury.

In May 2018, to raise money to provide shoes for the children, twenty intrepid adventurers, including teachers and parents from Winterfold and Bromsgrove Schools, signed up to complete the Hadrian’s Wall Challenge – coast-to-coast in three days; eighty-four miles in total and an average of twenty-eight miles per day.

The Hitting-The-Wall Challenge was launched with the ambition of raising £3,500 to buy the shoes and when all the donations were collected, an astounding £6,945 meant that the blisters and aching limbs had been worth it.

Winterfold School has supported Ncemaneni School for over 10 years, providing funding for infrastructure projects, including the building of classroom and science blocks. Further funds raised facilitated the installation of piped water at the school for the first time. A truly life-changing event, this meant that the school was able to plant a vegetable garden to supplement their one rice meal a day.

Teacher Simon Dieppe said “we would like to thank DHL who kindly shipped the shoes from the US at no cost, saving £500 that can be ploughed back into projects at Ncemaneni.  We look forward to seeing the children’s faces when they receive the shoes”.

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Year 1 pupils from Winterfold School in Chaddesley Corbett travelled back in time on Wednesday 16th January and took an immersive look at Exploration in

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days gone by, from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh.

After looking at the different roles of the crew, the children designed a poster to find their very own crew. The classroom set sail in the afternoon and discovered what life was like aboard these wooden sailing ships. Basic navigation and the dangers of seafaring were all brought to life.

The day ended with designing sea charts for imaginary lands and finding out what was brought home in the holds of the ships. Treasures included gold, potatoes, spices and fine silk cloth.

Year 1 Teacher Mrs Richardson said “The children were impressed by what our ancestors would deem as treasure in the past. Discover History visit us regularly and their workshops and history days are an ideal way of bringing History to life.”

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Congratulations to Isla Chattin from Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett who has secured her place in the Worcestershire Rapids CCC U13 squad.

Isla, who is in Year

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7, started playing cricket for fun on a Friday night at Belbroughton Cricket Club seven years ago. She continued to play in the summer programme, alongside her many other hobbies and sports.

The young athlete was put forward for trials by the School’s Director of Sport, Julia Humfress two years ago and was asked to join in with Worcestershire CCC Girls’ winter training programme. Last year, Isla trialled and was successful in gaining a place in the U11s squad and very much enjoyed the training sessions and experience of playing in county matches and forming new friendships with girls from a range of clubs and areas within the county. She joined the newly formed Belbroughton Girls’ team last season and was nominated by them to re-trial this year for the U13s.

Commenting on her success Isla said, “I was a lot more determined at trials this year and I really wanted it so much! Having experienced being part of the U11 team for a year, I knew that I really wanted to get a place in the U13s and continue learning and training. I knew it would be tough, as there were girls with greater skill levels who had already completed a year in that age group but I trained hard and made the most of my 1:1 training sessions after school. I couldn’t believe it when Mum said I was in the squad and felt so proud! Even better was the fact that some of my team mates had also secured places and we get to take this next step together

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Intrepid historians from Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett visited Tamworth Castle recently to bring their history lesson to life and learn about homes of the past,

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castles and 1066.

After a tour of the grounds, dungeons and arrow slits, the pupils looked at rooms of different styles through the ages and had a workshop on how to become a servant. It was fun to set up the Dining Room for the lord and lady of the castle, learn how to bow and curtsy and look at what items a rich person would have had on their table. A few children then tried on the clothes of the day. The boys were horrified to find out that they would have had to wear dresses in medieval times.

In the afternoon, the children went to Knight School, where they had the opportunity to look at armour and weapons.

It was a great trip, which brought medieval times and the children’s topic to life.

Winterfold House School Independent Worcestershire Winterfold House School Enjoy Performance by the Bin It Roadshow

On Friday 19th October, pupils from Yrs 6, 7 and 8 at Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett enjoyed an entertaining live performance by the Bin It

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The aim of the session was to make the children aware of the environmental costs and social issues surrounding discarding litter, from plastic bottles to chewing gum.

The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the interactive session which had them thinking about situations where they had stepped in chewing gum but also thinking about their favourite, idyllic places in the world that they want to remain unspoilt.

The performance was really entertaining and tackled the challenging problems of litter in the most sustainable way – by changing behaviours.

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Chaddesley Corbett village community came to Winterfold School on Thursday 8th November to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One and remember

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those who lost their lives in various conflicts.

Guests enjoyed afternoon tea, with uplifting songs by the Pre-Prep Choir, Pack Up Your Troubles and It’s A Long Way to Tipperary.  Head of History, Simon Dieppe gave an informative account of World War One and included reference to the impact it had on the little village of Chaddesley Corbett. Two hundred and twenty-three young men enlisted from the Parish, one hundred and thirty-five of which are listed on the Roll of Honour board in St Cassian’s Church.  These are locally known as ‘The Boys on the Board’ and it was the book of the same name written by local historian Sylvia Beardshaw, which provided the inspiration for the Drama piece Band of Brothers by Year 7.  This was set against the backdrop of John Singer Sargeant’s emotive painting ‘Gassed’ of 1919, which depicts eleven men waiting patiently in line, blindfolded and broken but importantly, still alive.

Unlike many memorials around the country, the Roll of Honour at St Cassian’s doesn’t just list the fallen, but all those who signed up.  Of the 223 men, 47 didn’t return. That left nearly 80% who did return to carry on their lives or to build new lives in Worcestershire and beyond.

During a poignant Flanders Fields by the Year 7 and 8 drama group, Head of English and Drama, Mrs Miles read out the list of fallen Old Winterfoldians. Following an incredible violin Elgar instrumental from Year 6 pupil Rosie Brookes, The Chamber Choir sang a very moving Remember Me.

The title of the closing song, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, from the 1965 film of the same name was based in 1910, just before the War, at a time when interest in aviation was beginning to literally ‘take off’. The huge advancements in aeronautics during the War catapulted human-flight from the domain of eccentrics and dare devils to a reality for everyone and anyone.  This sing along for the School’s guests provided an uplifting end to what was a poignant commemoration of the end of WW1.

Click here for musical highlights from the afternoon.

Mr Dieppe reminded us that with the passage of time, it is easy to see and hear the statistics of the First World War and forget that every one of the fallen had a past, aspirations for a future, a family, loved ones, a place in the community.  We must remember them.


Winterfold School Independent Worcestershire Winterfold School Pupils Take on the RAF’s Fly To The Line Challenge

Year 5 pupils from Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett spent an exciting day on Tuesday 5th June at MOD Kineton. Three teams from Winterfold had made

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it through to the Regional Final of the RAF’s Fly To The Line Challenge, in conjunction with RAF Cosford.

During the challenge at Kineton, pupils were tasked with designing and constructing a new glider. The Camo team won the most innovative design at regional level for their RAF Destroyer. A group from the School then went on to be interviewed by the British Forces Broadcasting Services about the Challenge.

On the morning of the Challenge, one young pupil, Archie Samuel was so looking forward to his visit, he telephoned Chris Evans at BBC Radio 2 to take part in the Kids’ Fanfare – ‘what are you doing for the first time today’. On Wednesday 6th June, Archie was back on the programme to let the nation know how he got on. Chris Evans said “how fantastic to go to a school where you can make gliders and fly them on your trip”. When asked to mark himself out of 10, Archie replied “100, to mark the RAF’s 100 years.”

David Aldred, Deputy Head (Pastoral) said “it was a very enjoyable and rewarding event for all of our pupils who took part at School and at the regional event”.

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On Thursday 10th May, Year 8 pupils from Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett visited Worcester Race Course as part of a cross curricular day.

The pupils had

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the opportunity to visit the stables and the weighing room, as well as taking a look at the course and jumps. Maths and Science skills were put to the test with the formulation of calorie controlled diets for the jockeys and calculation of safety distances for the parade ring.

In the afternoon, everyone had the chance to watch the races in The Racing To School Handicap Steeple Chase, cheering on the jockeys and appreciating the splendid horses. The Head Boy and Head Girl were asked to present the prize to the North and South winning owner and trainer.

Sarah Miles, Year 8 Teacher said, “The children had a great day and learned so much about what goes on behind the scenes at a sporting event”.

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Pictured is a group of elated musicians from Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett following the biggest and best set of music exam results ever achieved by

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the School.

A total of forty-three children took ABRSM music exams this term, ranging from grades one to five. Between them, the children achieved eighteen merits and fifteen distinctions. One pupil gained 140/150 for one of his three distinctions. Even more impressive is the range of orchestral instruments in which the grades were sat; tubas, cello, trombone and horn to name but a few. To have such results at a totally non selective school is truly amazing and credit to the children’s incredible hard work and the excellent teaching on offer by the team of some fifteen instrumental teachers.

These pupils go on to hugely contribute to Music in the School which has a National award winning jazz band and choir, full orchestra, countless training bands and six choirs, who perform a programme of some thirty concerts a year.

A selection of Winterfold musicians now attend the London music colleges and work in the profession.

Music at the School is completely inclusive and all children take part in the large summer concert every year.

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