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Newsletter 24th November 2023

Posted On 13 Dec 2023
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Friday 24th November 2023

‘Pupils get on well with each other and have a sense of belonging in this caring and nurturing community’ 

Hopefully this week you have had the opportunity to read our recent final inspection report following Ofsted’s visit on 18th and 19th October 2023. We are proud of all of our pupils and the hard work that our staff put in every day to make our school such a safe and supportive place for our children to learn and thrive. The inspector was very complimentary about the behaviour of our pupils and how welcoming they all are. In her report she wrote ‘pupils greet visitors with a smile and a warm welcome. They are sociable, friendly and good natured’.

She was also very positive about the skills of our teaching team and how they teach new learning in a well structured and clear way. She also went on to recognise the importance of all the additional opportunities that we offer as a learning community (such as trips, visitors, clubs, music enrichment and sports competitions) to ensure that our children grow into respectful citizens with aspirational goals and curious minds. Thank you to all of our parents and carers for your kind words of support and for continuing to partner with us as we move forward together.

In other news this week, children in Team Esk have been working hard in PE with Mr Jeff to develop their running, jumping and coordination skills. In Team’s Aire and Ouse, the children were delighted to practise pitch and rhythm in their Music lessons with visiting Music Specialist Teacher, Mrs Marshall from EBOR. Meanwhile, over in Team Humber, the children enjoyed a wonderful trip to Magna in Sheffield as part of their topic on Space.

Finally, in staffing news, I am sure you will join me in passing on many congratulations to Mr Metcalfe who has been appointed by EBOR Trust to be the new regional safeguarding lead for our family of schools. He will still be on site at our school on Mondays and Tuesdays and we are now looking for a new family support worker to join our team and work alongside him. Well done Mr Metcalfe!

Have a wonderful weekend and see you all next week! Mr Greene


Our school target is 97% 

This week our attendance was 95.19% 

Nidd – 93% 

Aire – 94% 

Ouse – 96% 

Derwent – 94% 

Foss – 97% 

Calder – 96% 

Humber – 98% 

Safeguarding Thought of the Week 

Children Travelling to School 

It is wonderful to see how many children walk, cycle or use a scooter to get to and from school. Alongside being environmentally friendly this is a great way for children to be active and get a blast of fresh air! With that in mind we want to make sure that children are keeping themselves and others safe. We have a very steep hill and narrow footpath coming down from forest school to the school playground, we also have lots of parents, carers, pushchairs and younger children that use this path to get to school. If your child cycles or scoots to school can you please remind them to walk with their bike or scooter as soon as they enter the school grounds (at the green gate before forest schools). This is to ensure that we are not having any accidents or injuries and we are keeping ourselves and members of our community safe. Thank you for all your support.

Dates for your diary: 

Tuesday 28th November 2023  Teams Esk and Nidd Sharing Assembly 2.45pm. Parents/carers, please join us and find out what the children have been learning.
Friday 1st December 2023  Team Foss Sharing Assembly 2.45pm. Parents/carers, please join us and find out what the children have been learning.
Monday 4th December 2023  Key Stage 1 Christmas Performance and Afternoon Tea – 2pm in school
Tuesday 5th December 2023  Early Years Christmas Performance and Afternoon Tea – 2pm in school

Wednesday 6th December 2023 Key Stage 2 Carol Concert – 2pm at church.

Please ensure you pre-book school lunches and breakfast club on Parentpay 48 hours in advance of the day required.



Commencing Week beginning 6th November 2023

Starting Primary School and Junior School 

Apply for your child to start school in Reception or transfer 

from infant to junior school


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