Parish Notice Board

Upper Arley

Candidates Briefing

There is a Candidates Briefing at Wyre Forest District Council Offices, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster on Wednesday 22nd March 2023 commencing at 10.00 a.m. for anyone interested in standing for the elections on the 4th May 2023. All 9 seats on the Parish Council will be up for Election. You will need to register your candidates nomination forms by the 4th April 2023 in person at the District Council Office by making an advance appointment. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you would like more details.

Upper Arley Church of England School

 Upper Arley Church of England Primary school can be found on School Bank as you enter the village from the A442 Shatterford via Arley Lane. It is a school for all children, from families of any faith and none. This mighty little school will surprise you when you visit. It has attractive both updated Victorian and ultra-modern facilities; all well maintained, newly decorated and constantly evolving to accommodate the needs of the children. When you arrive at school the office welcomes you and the first space you find is the library, this is at the centre of the school and reading is at the core of our curriculum. The library is well-used and is appreciated by the children who choose to use it regularly. The Early Years and Key stage One (children up to age 7) are in a newly built facility with their own outside classroom. However, they also access the main playground, school hall and forest school when required. Year 3,4 and 5,6 are in newly decorated and modernised rooms. The high ceilings and large windows mean that the space is bright and airy with plenty of space to display the children’s work. There is easy access to the cloakrooms and outside. The tranquillity of the setting is deceptive for the energy you find in the classrooms, hall, library, and outside grounds.

The staff feel proud and privileged to be working with the children of Upper Arley and the surrounding neighbourhood. The school enjoys a prime position at the heart of the community, in a countryside setting and within walking distance of, Arley Arboretum, St Peter’s Church, the River Severn, the Severn Valley Railway and much more; all of which we regularly visit enrich our learning opportunities. The village hall and sports field next door are useful facilities for sport and performance sessions. We are particularly well resourced for Forest School and IT, along with resources for the National Curriculum.

We have an intake number of only 15 pupils per year, from Foundation Stage (3 – 5 years), through Key Stage 1 (up to 7 years) and Key Stage 2 (up to 11 years). There is also a nursery – Happy Hares – for preschool children and a regular series of offers for babies and very young children below nursey age for Forest School fun. A bus service serves the school exclusively and has done for many years with children of all ages happily travelling to school independently and safely.

We are a voluntary controlled Church of England primary school with a Christian ethos, welcoming those of all faiths as well as those of none. Our motto is

One Community, Learning and Growing Together, Sharing God’s love

Our vision is ‘At Upper Arley C.E. Primary School we recognise everyone as a child of God and through sharing this knowledge, we encourage all to grow in their learning so that everyone can achieve and flourish in all they do’ and this is emulated in:

“I can do all this through Christ because he gives me strength”

                                                                              Philippians 4:13 

Living “life in all its fulness” underpins and drives us in promoting curiosity and creativity so that every child flourishes.  As a school we promote the values of Trust, Courage, Truthfulness, Forgiveness, Thankfulness and Compassion.

The school is in The Black Pear Trust . The support of the Trust enables our exceptionally high adult to pupil ratio which in turn supports personalised learning that is a distinct advantage combined with being a village school.

If you are looking for a school for your child or children and would like to visit to see us in action, please contact us on 01299 861260 or for an appointment. We would be delighted to show you around.

Upper Arley CE Primary School, Upper Arley, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 1XA 

Councillor Vacancy for Pound Green

 There is currently a vacancy for a Parish Councillor to represent Pound Green Ward which the Parish Council will consider filling by co-option at one of the monthly meetings due to take place on
Tuesday 24th January 2023
Tuesday 28th February 2023
Monday 27th March 2023
Tuesday 25th April 2023
Anyone interested in becoming a candidate for 
co-option should obtain an application form for 
candidacy from the Clerk. 
Parish Council elections are due to take place on Thursday 4th May 2023 when all Parish Council seats will be up for election.
Information on eligibility and the role of the Parish Council can be obtained from the Clerk.