Winterfold House School

Worcestershire

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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
Kidderminster
Worcestershire
DY10 4PW

[t]: 01562 777234
[w]: www.winterfoldhouse.co.uk

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

Winterfold School Independent Worcestershire Winterfold Year 7 Netballers Visit Malvern College With Former England Captain Pamela Cookey

Recently, Year 7 netballers from Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett spent an excellent day at Malvern College with Former England Netball captain Pamela Cookey,

Pupils from Winterfold

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and local Prep schools were treated to a motivational talk about Pamela’s career….from starting to play at the age of 11, overcoming many injuries and gaining 114 caps for England, followed by a Q and A session.

The teams learned a lot from a shooting workshop which was then followed by a friendly tournament to put their skills into practice.

Winterfold School Independent Worcestershire Winterfold Pupil Offered Place in National Children's Orchestra

Congratulations to Willem Van de Heuvel-Berkers who has been offered a place as a full member of the National Children’s Orchestra.

Nine year old Willem, a

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pupil at Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire, studies violin, singing and piano and is the only young person of this age group to have been offered full membership from the Conservatoire this year. He started playing the violin 3 ½ years ago as a member of the Young Strings at Birmingham Conservatoire, which he attends every Saturday morning. As part of his programme, Willem has individual violin lessons with Selina Hamilton, attends the Suzuki violin group, Young Strings Orchestra, Dalcroze Choir and individual singing lessons.

At Winterfold, Willem plays with the Junior and Senior String group and School Orchestra and studies piano with the Head of Music Jerry Price. It comes as no surprise that his favourite lesson at school is music!

Willem competed in the Northfield Festival of Music & Speech in 2016 & 2017, winning a strings class both years running, as well as being a joint winner at Winterfold’s Junior Music Competition in 2017.

Willem is very excited to have been offered a place in the National Children’s Orchestra. As part of the audition, he had to perform two contrasting pieces and play two pieces of sight reading. He will attend his first NCO monthly regional rehearsal in February and as a member of the National Orchestra, he will also attend a residential training course during the summer holidays.

Commenting on the news, Willem said “I’m looking forward to making lots of new friends at the NCO who love playing in orchestras like me”.

Winterfold School Independent Worcestershire Winterfold Hosts Sister School, Ncemaneni Primary's Headmaster

Pupils at Winterfold School have given a tremendous welcome to Armstrong Mthembu, Headmaster of Ncemaneni Primary School, it’s sister school in South Africa today (17/10/17)

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as he arrived for his first visit to the school.

Around three hundred excited children lined the driveway, holding their South African flags and cheering to welcome the Headmaster. Mr Mthembu was then treated by a performance by the Percussion band playing djembi. On entering the school, there was an additional surprise of songs by the fantastic Winterfold Girls’ Harmony Choir including ‘My Favourite Things’ from The Sound of Music.

Pupils and staff have been visiting South Africa on tour for twelve years and in that time have raised over £65,000 for the school. This has facilitated the building of a new classroom block, provided equipment and resources and a new Science building that has transformed education at the school.

Amongst the many activities planned for his visit, Mr Mthembu will hold a Q & A session with the children about the partnership between Winterfold and Ncemaneni and will spend time watching the junior sports fixtures.

This evening, the school is hosting a Cheese and Wine Evening “An Evening with Armstrong” for staff, parents and former parents and pupils who have been on tour to South Africa. There will be a presentation on the developments in the last 12 years between Winterfold and Ncemaneni. Following a tour of Bromsgrove School given by former Winterfold pupils who visited South Africa in 2011, Mr. Mthembu will spend time back at Winterfold participating in a session of Zulu language, culture and dance. He concludes his visit to the UK by visiting Oxford, Bath, Snowdonia, Windsor Castle, Blenheim Palace, Stratford, Cambridge, Malvern Hills and Worcester Cathedral.

Mr. James Brinkley, Head of Boys’ Games and Tour Leader to South Africa said “We are very fortunate to have the Headmaster of our Sister School Ncemaneni Primary with us for the week. This really cements the very strong relationship our schools have developed over the last 12 years. It has not only made a huge difference to the lives and education of the learners at Ncemaneni but has also taught our pupils some very important lessons about their place in the world and the responsibility that they have to try and improve the lives of others and make a difference”.

Winterfold House School Independent Worcestershire Grandparent's Tea Party

On Thursday 25th May, Winterfold House School in Chaddesley Corbett hosted its inaugural Grandparents’ Tea Party.

Over 200 grandparents of children in The Woodhouse Nursery, Kindergarten

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1 and 2, Reception, Yr 1 and Yr 2 enjoyed a delicious, home-made afternoon tea on the lawn at Winterfold.

The sun shone brightly as the children sang beautifully – ‘Grandma, Grandpa, we love you’ to the tune of Frere Jacques by KG 1, ‘You are my Sunshine’ by KG2, ‘Grandparents, for you’ by Reception, ‘Thank You Grandparents’ by Yr 1, and ‘Grandma/pa, we love you’ by Yr 2 children.

The grandparents were then treated to a set by the resident Winterfold house band Groove Diggers who played ‘Closer’ by Lemaitre, ‘The Chicken’ by Alfred James Ellis, ‘Bad’ by Michael Jackson and ‘Counting Stars’ by One Republic.

Mrs Sue Bealey, grandmother of Theo and Tilly Nash said as she left the event “that was a fantastic afternoon, really wonderful and quite emotional too”.

Mrs Toms, Headmistress thanked everyone for making the afternoon such an enjoyable occasion and the buzz of the event continued throughout the school for the rest of the afternoon.

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On Tuesday 9th May, Author Annie Muscutt led an imaginative creative writing workshop with Year 6 pupils from Winterfold House School, Chaddesley Corbett

Annie Muscutt, who

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has been a Reception class teacher at the school for the last 7 years, first started writing as a child but it wasn’t until she was a younger adult that Mrs Muscott began writing more seriously with the hope of later publication. She had her first novel ‘Eringuild’, an exciting, magical, fantasy adventure for older children published in the summer of 2016. The author’s latest novel ‘The Devil Within’ is a thriller set in early 20th century Britain in the unnoticed countryside. The novel is available in paperback and on Amazon Kindle.

Mrs Muscutt said “Writing is a creative passion of mine and I am delighted that my second novel has been published”. I’m pleased to have had the opportunity to share my writing skills with Winterfold pupils. It was great to explain the creative process and how a book can begin from a few ideas. There was some impressive, creative thought in brainstorming sessions and we explored characters and the importance of book descriptions in terms of hopefully capturing an audience. Both novels have served as a useful comparison to show different types of writing within genres and the possibilities for a writer to follow where their inspiration takes them”.

Pic shows L-R: Laura A, Alex W, Annie Muscutt, James D, Catherine C

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Orienteering is a fantastic sport that combines physical speed with quick thinking and decision-making. It also takes the orienteers at Winterfold House School, Chaddesley Corbett

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to some of the finest countryside in the region. Orienteering isn’t new to Winterfold – there has been a team in regular competition for over 12 years. The current team first came together two years ago and since then, has competed in local events; the British Schools Championships and the National Score Event. Most of the children have also practised their skills at training sessions on the Clent Hills and Hartlebury Common.

On Saturday 13th May, at Severn Valley Country Park, the Winterfold orienteers competed in the West Midlands Schools’ Championships. Having been drawn late start times, the team had the slight advantage of knowing the times and scores they needed to try and beat. Special mention should go to Louis Malanaphy and Lewis Till who having just returned from a field trip to Swanage the evening before came a very commendable 6th place in the Year 5 boys. Laura Arundale was Winterfold’s first runner home in the Year 6 girls and her time of 24 minutes 50 seconds had her leading the field with only one runner still to go; Winterfold’s own Bethan Taylor. Bethan came in 30 seconds faster, which gave Winterfold the Silver and Gold medals in this event. In the Year 6 Boys, Jackson Shepherd-Manley and Joseph Batham came third achieving a bronze medal, also in a time of 24 minutes.

As Year 7s, Charlie Clift and Oliver Weekes had to compete in the Senior Competition against older runners. Whilst they didn’t win individual medals, they both recorded crucial scoring times which gave Winterfold enough points to secure the position of overall winners in the Middle Schools and Prep Schools section for the first time.

Well done to all of the runners who took part; we look forward to building on this success at events later this year and the national events in the Autumn Term. We plan to attend an event at Clent Hills later this term which would also be ideal for any children who would like to come and have a go at this fantastic sport.

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On Monday 10th April, a party of excited Yr 7 and 8 pupils from Winterfold House School, Chaddesley Corbett departed on an educational trip of

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a lifetime to South Africa.

The children had many amazing experiences, the first being a tour of the Langa Township in Cape Town which, despite showing signs of progress is still an eye opener for everyone to see the extremes of poverty amongst the wealth in the rest of Cape Town.

Rugby and netball fixtures in Cape Town and Durban were tough contests. The girls played very well and won the second fixture in Cape Town and had a very close couple of matches in Durban. The boys experienced the typically tough South African games of rugby. The second time improved throughout – the first team had two draws and a close 34-27 loss in Durban. It was also a new experience for the boys to play rugby in bare feet! The teams were able to watch and support each other’s matches which created a real sense of camaraderie between all of the teams and an appreciation of each other’s sport.

Whilst in Cape Town, the pupils enjoyed a trip to Robben Island where they learnt about Nelson Mandela and the struggle against apartheid.

Following visits to Seal island, the V & A waterfront, surfing lessons in Durban, a Super 15 rugby match to watch the Sharks v Melbourne Rebels and Ushaka marine world, the tour party headed to Ubizane for the game drives.

Ubizane is a special place to stay and has giraffe, rhino, lots of monkeys, warthog, zebra, crocodiles and various antelope etc. in their reserve. These animals are free to roam and it was a thrill to see giraffe outside bedroom windows in the morning along with impala. The monkeys proved to be expert sugar thieves at breakfast! The early morning game drive gave the pupils an opportunity to see rhinos, buffalo and other wildlife. The elephants and lions proved to be elusive this time though. On an afternoon estuary cruise, they then saw crocodiles, playful hippos, fish eagles and other wildlife.

The final part of the tour was a stay at Shakaland where everyone enjoyed a cultural show with traditional music and dancing, spear throwing, mock stick fighting and a night in Zulu huts.

Without doubt, the highlight of the tour for all pupils and supporters was their visit to Winterfold House School’s sister school, Ncemaneni. A humbling and emotional experience, it was a privilege to hear their head girl, Zandile Mdunge, speak about how the partnership between the two schools has improved the education for the ‘learners’ at Ncemaneni (this is how they refer to their pupils).

Money raised by Winterfold pupils, parents and sponsors resulted in the opening of a new Science laboratory. The Headmaster, Armstrong Mthembu expressed his thanks and explained how the building is already transforming the teaching of the subject. Zandile hopes to become a doctor so that she can help solve the problems around HIV and TB in the village community. It really was an inspirational day and everyone at Winterfold will continue to do as much as possible to help the learners at Ncemaneni.

Quotes from Winterfold pupils and supporters:

– “The highlight for us was Ncemaneni. A real leveller and eye opener. An experience we will never forget.”

– “Thank you so much for a life changing tour of SA, such an amazing experience and it’s been a privilege to be part of it.”

– “My visit to Ncemaneni has really changed my outlook on life. I understand how lucky I am and won’t take things for granted anymore.”

– “The sport, surfing, waterslides and safaris were so much fun and it is the best trip I have ever been on!”

Mr James Brinkley, Tour Leader said “the children were a fantastic group to take on tour and will have memories and lessons that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Their behaviour and organisation for 12 & 13 year olds on the other side of the world was superb”.

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On Friday 28th April, Winterfold House School hosted their annual music festival – ‘SINGIT’.

Five primary schools from across the borough attended; Chaddesley Corbett Endowed Primary,

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Dodford First School, Tardebigge CofE First School, Cutnall Green First School and Belbroughton CofE Primary School.

Pupils were given the music in advance to practice and during the morning of the festival were given the opportunity to participate in sessions with Winterfold music students. In the afternoon, parents and guardians were treated to a concert accompanied by resident Winterfold band “Groove Diggers”.

The audience were treated to ‘El Cumbanchero’, ‘Siyahamba’, ‘Ninnananna’, ‘Monster Stomp’, ‘Calypso’, ‘Scoo Bee Doo Song’. The highlight of the afternoon was “the Lion Sleeps Tonight” which had the whole audience participating with their “wim-o-wehs”.

Mr Jerry Price, Head of Music said “This is the third year that Winterfold has held its ‘SINGIT’ music festival. We are delighted that 5 local primary schools have taken part – it is growing more popular every year”.

On Tuesday 21st March, Winterfold House School’s tour party to South Africa welcomed a special guest to their final tour meeting. Thinus Delport, the

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South African wing and fullback delighted the group with his experiences of South Africa.
Thinus Delport made his senior debut in 1997 on the Springboks’ European Tour. He started his career playing for the Lions in South Africa before joining Gloucester in 2002 and Worcester Warriors in 2004. He has played against some of the world’s greatest rugby players and scored one of the top 10 tries ever scored by a Springbok.
During his talk to the pupils and parents, Thinus explained how passionate South Africans are about all sport, especially rugby. He talked about the diverse scenery, cultures and languages. “You will be exposed to a lot of new experiences you will never have thought you would see. Go with an open mind and you will be amazed. The power of sport truly unites”.

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Talented musicians bring home the silverware at Dudley Festival of Music, Drama and Dance, Competitive Arts Festival Worcester and compete in the world’s largest youth

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music festival at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham.

Congratulations to the talented singers from Winterfold House School, Chaddesley Corbett who have achieved great success at the 57th Annual Dudley Festival of Music, Drama and Dance held at Dudley College of Technology.

On Saturday 4th March, The Winterfold Girls’ Harmony Choir won the prestigious Coseley Male Voice Roseville Trophy. The girls sang two contrasting songs – ‘Crazy’ by Nelson, made famous by Patsy Kline and ‘Let It Be’ by Lennon and McCartney.  The comments from the adjudicator were excellent; the choir sang with confidence and with clear harmonies, especially in girls so young.  The judges for the classes were:  Gabrielle Burgin Lister GRSM ARMCM PGCA and Anne Marshall MA, PGCE, LRAM.

Well done to Areesha Jafferi, Olivia Garrett, Zara Bedford, Catherine Chung, Mia King, Eleanor Dunn, Isabelle Bolton, Evie Richards, Poppy Pinfield and Philippa Fleming.

On Saturday 11th March, Winterfold House Music continued its success in a host of classes.  In the Open Lieder Class, Eleanor Dunn won the ‘George Saunders Lieder Cup’ with her performance of Maria Wiegenlied by Reger.  Eleanor also won the ‘Frank Richards Junior Cup’ in the Songs from Shows/Musicals 12 Years Class, singing ‘Without You’ from the musical ‘My Fair Lady’.

Olivia Garrett won third prize in the ‘Songs from the Shows/Musicals class 11 Years’ singing the classic song ‘Memory’ from ‘Cats’.

In the ‘Songs from the shows/musicals 9-10 years’ Winterfold Girls came 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th.  Catherine Chung won The Berridge Cup singing ‘Adelaide’s Lament’ from the musical ‘Guys and Dolls’, Olivia Leung was 2nd Bessy Hingley 3rd and Isla Chattin 4th.

In ‘Vocal Solo 11 Years’, Zara Bedford came 3rd singing ‘The Smugglers Song’ by ‘Le Fleming’.  In Vocal Solo 9-10 Years, Catherine Chung came 2nd and Olivia Leung came 3rd and in ‘Vocal Solo 8 and Under’, Olivia Odell won the ‘Sarah Morrison Trophy’ singing Flanders and Swans ‘The Hippopotamus Song’.

The silverware kept coming and on Sunday 12th March, Eleanor Dunn and Philippa Fleming won the ‘Marjorie Davies Memorial Trophy in the Vocal Duet 17 Years and Under class, singing ‘What is this feeling’ from the musical ‘Wicked’.

Winterfold House School was up against schools from Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury, Stone and Kingswinford.

Mrs Jane Richardson, singing teacher at Winterfold said “I am extremely proud of how all of the girls have performed.  They have surpassed all expectations, performing their songs with confident vocal technique and stage presence at levels far exceeding their age abilities. For girls so young to sing so confidently, with good, clear, vocal tone and excellent breath control is remarkable.

At the Competitive Arts Festival, Worcester, held on 11th March, Rosie Brookes gained 2 first places (under 10 string group and duet) and second place in ‘8 and under string solo’.

 

Forty Winterfold House School Musicians also performed on Thursday 16th March at the Regional Festival Series at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham. Winterfold Chamber Choir, Groove Diggers and Senior Brass all took part in the competition this year. The children played exceptionally well and learnt a huge amount from the experience. They will hear later on in April if they have got through to the next rounds.

The Regional Festival Series welcomes 40,000 young musicians to take part in the world’s largest youth music festival in 50 locations nationwide.  It is a chance for them to perform their music and gain valuable feedback from professional music mentors.

Mr Jerry Price, Head of Music said “Winterfold is hugely proud of the success of all of its pupils at these competitions, especially against what was tough opposition. This proves the excellent teaching of music and the wonderful opportunities that the children are given at school, which allow them to compete in competitions around the country”.

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On 8 February, Year 1 pupils at Winterfold House School, Chaddesley Corbett were treated to an ‘Explorer Day’ by Discover History. The children learned about

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life on board a ship at the time of Christopher Columbus and designed posters to recruit brave sailors to join them on their voyage.

A crash course in navigation led to the crew drawing their own maps and charts were studied closely in order to record speed and direction for the Captain.

Advice books on ports were studied, tide tables consulted and the ship returned home with the hold full of riches!

A great educational journey was had by all!

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On Thursday, Year 5 pupils from Winterfold House School, Chaddesley Corbett performed monologues from different literary characters and inspiring figures from the past. The children

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researched their chosen person and wrote a short monologue in the first person, explaining their story.

Mrs Sarah Miles, Head of English and Drama said “All of the children showed pure bravery and performed with charisma and enthusiasm. Oliver Sirett’s confident Robin Hood, Isla Chattin’s charming Julie Andrews, Louis Malanaphy’s daring Danny (from Danny the Champion of the World) and Annabelle Kenny’s cheeky Violet Beauregarde deserve special mention. Well done to all who took part!”

 

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Congratulations to Winterfold House School’s U13A netball team who have been crowned Wyre Forest District Champions!

Four schools competed in the tournament which was held at

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Stourport Netball Dome, Stourport Sports Club on Wed 1st February.

The team, consisting of Yr 7 and 8 girls played and won 3 matches against Holy Trinity, Heathfield Knoll and Stourport High with scores of 8-2, 9-5 and 10-0 respectively.

Mrs Corrina Sztybel, Netball Coach at Winterfold House School said ” The girls were amazing and worked really hard. We are so proud of them!”

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Winterfold House School, Chaddesley Corbett is celebrating after a total of 22 young athletes have been selected to play at County level.
The pupils have demonstrated

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individual skills and dedication in their sport which accompanies all their hard work at school thanks to their experienced, dedicated coaches in hockey, netball, cricket and rugby.
Mr Gavin Haynes, Cricket coach at the school said “As sport teachers we strive to create desire, give opportunity and deliver purposeful practice in an enjoyable environment”. Gavin Haynes is one of the few level 4 coaches in the country.
Mrs Julia Humfress, Director of Sport said “it is a fantastic achievement for a small school to have so many pupils selected to represent the county in their respective sports. We are very proud of them”.

Winterfold – a Roman Catholic independent day school caters for around 400 boys and girls up to the age of 13.

Winterfold Chair of Governors,

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Mrs Morag Chapman said: “We have benefited from a long and close association with Bromsgrove School over the years. Many Winterfold pupils regularly choose Bromsgrove as their Senior School, while several members of Bromsgrove’s senior team previously worked here. Having recently developed a more strategic relationship with them, we now see this merger as a logical next step, and the best way to preserve Winterfold’s distinctive brand of education long into the future.”

The merger will be complete by the beginning of September. Mrs Chapman added that Winterfold will continue to be run as a separate school under the umbrella of Bromsgrove, with no changes to its name, uniform or identity as a Roman Catholic independent prep school.

Peter Clague, Headmaster of Bromsgrove School said: “We have long admired – and greatly value – Winterfold’s strengths and distinctiveness, and are delighted this tie-up will help preserve the unique educational experience the school offers”.

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