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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Our P.T.A is a group consisting of parents, family members, staff and governors who are very proud of our school. We aim to support, demonstrate and promote the school values and try to build a wider school family.

One of the things we do is to raise money to benefit all of the children in the school and we are a registered charity. But for us there is more to it - we want to help new parents settle in and meet other parents, so as well as fun events for the children we also like to plan events for the grown-ups too, and also events for our families to attend and enjoy together. We want families from outside and within the village to be and feel part of the school community.

Find out what we are doing, ask a question, buy second hand uniform and much more through our Facebook page (search for Thomas Russell PTA), or get on our mailing list by e-mailing us at thomasrussellpta@gmail.com. Many of us can be spotted at school so come over and have a chat, we would love to meet you.

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.