Cliftonville Primary and Pre-School is an excellent school the children are happy and thriving. The dedication and hard work from the entire school team is outstanding and clear to see. I am extremely happy with Daniel's progress since starting at the Pre-School. He seems to have made a lovely group of friends and enjoys coming in every day. I can't wait to see him progress further. Presence of Teachers and caretakers at pick up and drop off really help you feel safe. The well-being of the pupils is outstanding. They have gone above and beyond to make sure my children have felt safe at school. My child is happy to come to school, the staff are visible and approachable. It is a lovely school with a welcoming feel and a positive atmosphere. Highly visible leadership team. A feeling of pride in the school. Supportive school for both parents and children. As parents we feel really proud that our son comes to such a great school, which we knew was fabulous whether OFSTED told us or not!

Year 5 enjoy a virtual visit from children’s author Thomas Taylor whose book “Malamander”

On Friday 11th March, Year 5 enjoyed a virtual visit from children’s author Thomas Taylor whose book “Malamander” they are reading next term.  Thomas introduced and talked about his Eerie-On-Sea books alongside sharing objects which have inspired him to write his story and challenged the children to start thinking of their own stories.   


Thomas showed the children pieces of sea glass and explained how it is often called “mermaid’s tear”.  The children then came with fantastic ideas for what an oyster shell could be such as the scale of a dragon. 


He also demonstrated how ultra-violet light can make uranium sea glass create an eerie glow! 


The children’s favourite of his beachcombing finds was the coprolite (fossilised dinosaur poo!). 


Thomas’ favourite was a pebble he found on the beach with a cat shape on that inspired the character of Irwin in his books.   


Thomas also answered questions on his books, his inspiration for writing, the process of writing, illustrating and publishing and gave tips to the children for writing their own stories and or illustrations.