Who are we?

Thomas Russell Infants' School is in the historic village of Barton under Needwood which is south of Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire and caters for children from 4 - 7 years old. We are proud of all achievements at our school, celebrating out-of-school activities as well as academic ones.

We are pleased to maintain the cultural and historic links with the village, including ecological studies, may-pole and country dancing, drapers' prize winners and the annual pancake race through the village! Our main priority is to give our children the best possible start to their education and cater for their every need by communicating effectively with parents and carers.

Fun outside whatever the weather Elizabethan Knot Garden Proud of our history School traditions Spacious grounds

The Draper's Company

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The school is proud of its history and heritage that enhances pupils’ opportunities for learning.  Thomas Russell, a draper who died in 1593, left £50 in his will for a school to be built in Barton under Needwood. Our school cherishes the strong links that are still maintained with The Draper's Company.

The Company continues to support the welfare and education of pupils at Thomas Russell Infants’ School. It holds a charitable trust for the school and as well as financing the annual prizes, has assisted with special projects such as the establishment of the Elizabethan Knot Garden and the fundraising of this prospectus.

Each year selected pupils from Year 2 are presented with a ‘Drapers Prize’ in recognition of their achievements and contributions to the school. A spacious Victorian building stands on the site of the original school. The present building has an extension housing a large multi-purpose, well-equipped hall, kitchen and toilet block. Two additional classrooms are situated in the extensive grounds.


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This link provides you with all of the admissions information you should hopefully need about admissions to our school. It is important to refer to the Information for Parents booklet as this will provide further information and advice on the admissions process operated by Staffordshire County Council which we are following for children due to be admitted in 2017.  Admissions for 2018 will follow the schools admissions policy which can be found in the policy section of the website.

Staffordshire operates a co-ordinated admissions process with all schools within Staffordshire. This means that parents will receive only one offer of a place for a school in Staffordshire on the same day. Each school has a Published Admissions Number (PAN) which indicates the number of pupils that may be admitted to the school in each year group. The PAN at Thomas Russell Infants School is 30.

Government legislation requires the Children and Lifelong Learning Directorate to ensure that no Key Stage 1 class will contain more than 30 pupils if there is only one qualified teacher available. Key Stage 1 classes include Reception Class and Years 1 and 2.

Starting school

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Long before they start school, most children show an interest in the tools of learning and parents ask us what they can do to help. The most valuable work you can do is to talk and listen to your child, encourage their sense of curiosity, answer questions carefully and encourage learning to be fun. Starting school can be an exciting experience to a small child but also slightly daunting.

Our induction programme is tailored carefully so that children and parents have many opportunities to visit school, meet their new teachers and friends and have fun in their new classroom. All reception children are given a photo book prior to starting school with photos of key people and places in school. This ensures all children are familiar with the school before starting in September.

All children begin school in the September after their 4th birthday, and remain in the reception class for one year.