Remembrance Day

Staffordshire University Academies Trust is proud to recognise Remembrance Day, in honour of our armed forces members. Last week, our academies held a Remembrance service or assembly. Many children have created their own poppy art and it is fantastic to see such creativity across our MAT.

John Wheeldon Primary Academy held a Remembrance Service which was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Stafford, employees from the Lotus Factory, The Salvation Army and members of the armed forces. John Wheeldon is very PROUD of the Year 6 children who performed the service and represented the school so well.


At Tynsel Parkes C.E. Primary Academy, pupils from Years 2 to 4 attended an interactive assembly organised by the Blue Cross, where they learnt how essential animals were to the war effort during World War 1. A lot of the children were extremely interested in how pigeons were used to carry messages during WW1. In after school club, children of all ages created some beautiful poppy art. Pictured, displaying their wonderful work are children from nursery and reception.



St Leonard’s Primary Academy stopped to mark remembrance as a school community. Their worship team – made up of a group of pupils – led a wonderful service for the whole school. They reflected on names of those who had lost their lives in the world wars, and also looked at images of the animals who were involved in serving. Having taken a minutes’ silence, they then created a poppy themed paper chain with images, reflections and words of thanks for those who have and do serve our country.


Horton St Michael’s CE First School and Nursery invited their local Rudyard branch of the British Royal Legion to visit. The British Royal Legion played the Last Post, historically used by the British Army, in a time before wrist watches, to signify to its soldiers that it was time to stand down for the day. The children then shared the artwork they had created and served them tea and cake.


At All Saints Denstone Primary Academy, the Early Years class made artwork based on the book ‘Where the poppies now grow’.

KS1 learned what poppies represent and made poppy bunting.

KS2 wrote Haiku poems.

The Executive Head, Mrs Walker and the school council attended the service at All Saints church and laid a wreath on behalf of the school at the memorial in Denstone.

Littleton Green Community School reflected on armistice day, remembering the sacrifices of personnel from the armed forces. through the medium of poetry, art, and crafts.

On Sunday 12th November, pupils joined together, with Huntington Parish Council, for a special Remembrance Day service. The Parish approached the school in September, to ask if they would like to come together, to commemorate local war veterans, by holding a poetry and poster competition, before finally selecting 20 pupils to participate in the service.

The service was hosted by war veteran, Lee Davies, and opened with the proud Y6 poetry winner Harriet, followed by Archie from Y4. Pupils then went on to read 20 names of fallen soldiers from Huntington, before planting crosses to remember them by, a tradition they plan to continue together.

The children’s poetry and posters can be viewed around the outside of the memorial garden, inspired by the literacy lead, Miss Arrowsmith together with staff whose task was to capture people’s thoughts, feelings and emotions, taking their inspiration from famous war poets Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen. Alongside posters created by KS1, who took inspiration from a powerful animation following a young rabbit through poppy fields.

Pupil continued to mark their respects throughout the week with extracurricular activities from Mrs Whitehouse and Mrs Caufield at lunchtime and forest schools.

Finally, they celebrated the children’s achievements with a special ‘PURPLE’ assembly, held by Mrs Thorneycroft, where pupils received ‘Waterstones’ book vouchers kindly donated by the Parish to signify their efforts.

Littleton Green will be back in the memorial garden on Friday, December 1st to hang tree decorations they are currently making and assist with Huntington Light Switch on, where the school choir are set to entertain!