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Lunch menus

Posted on 05 September 2022 by Mrs Latham

Here are the lunch menus until February 2023. Children will be asked to choose each morning, if they are having a school lunch. Have a look through together so they are familiar with the choices.

Our annual survey 2022

Posted on 18 August 2022 by Mr Roundtree

Every year, we invite you to complete an annual survey of parents and carers. Thank you to the 65 people who completed this year’s survey.

Most of the questions we asked were based on those that Ofsted use for their Parent View. This gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about your child’s school, from the quality of teaching to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour.

We’re delighted that the statements prompted very good responses: 100% of those who expressed an opinion responded positively to the following three questions:

  • Is your child happy at school?
  • Does your child feel safe at school?
  • Does Scholes (Elmet) Primary make sure its pupils are well-behaved?

Typically, at least 97% of those who expressed an opinion responded positively to the remaining questions, including:

  • Would you recommend this school to another parent?
  • Is there a good range of subjects available to your child?
  • Does Scholes (Elmet) let you know how your child is doing?

We asked if you’re aware of bullying at the school. The majority of respondents were not aware. However, there was a minority who said they were. Our definition of bullying is Several Times On Purpose and our solution is Start Telling Other People. Please do make sure you alert us about any concerns you may have.

We asked if you’ve ever had to raise a concern. We’re pleased that the vast majority who had raised something replied that it was dealt with well – ‘I felt listened to and happy with the outcomes’ and ‘Instantly responded and issues dealt with appropriately’ were typical comments. As always, please do make sure you raise concerns – your child’s class teacher is usually around at the end of the day, and Miss Hague is nearly always at the school gate each day.

The last question was an open-ended one: we invited any comments you may have. There were 18 comments here, and the majority of these were positive – thank you.

Really love this school, as does our daughter. Very pleased our youngest daughter will be starting Nursery in September, too. All staff members are friendly and approachable. A good and helpful amount of feedback is given throughout the year, and lots of activities after school are offered.

The school clearly prioritises developing the whole child, not purely pushing for academic success. My girls both love coming to school and enjoy a varied and engaging curriculum. Communication with parents is outstanding (regular learning updates, parents evenings, weekly emails, Zoom workshops and easy access to communication with the class teacher). Thank you all for your continual hard work.

We’re keen to keep improving so we’ll review the suggestions that were made. In fact, we’ve already acted on two comments about uniform:

  • ‘I think that people should be made (as far as school can) to stick to the uniform policy’ – We agree. We’ve updated the uniform policy with an extra page that sets out very clear expectations – please check this out.
  • ‘I dislike the “ideally with logo” comment on the uniform policy, it has an underlying expectation that you should be spending £12+ on the cardigans and T-shirts when supermarket alternatives are so much cheaper.’ – Again, we agree. We’ve removed that phrase to avoid disadvantaging any families.

Thank you to those parents / carers who completed the survey.

As always, please contact us with any questions, comments and concerns during the school year.

Have you entered our Summer competition yet?

Posted on 06 August 2022 by Mr Roundtree

Stay alert to happy and healthy faces all around you…

We want to see your pics of hidden smiley faces in your surroundings: a walk in woods or a play on the beach might include creating a smiley face, for example! Here’s our suggestion (look for the smiling face!)…

…but we’re sure you can do better!

Look out for things around you that show a hidden smiley face – a happy and healthy face – or encourage your child to create their own from things around them (pebbles, leaves, Lego…). (Just avoid obvious and intended smiling faces like the ones featured in the Breeze list of summer dates from last week’s message – they’re too easy to spot!)

To enter, email your pics to scholesoffice@spherefederation.org by Friday 09 September. Enter ‘Summer competition’ as the subject.

All entries will be displayed in a happy and healthy display in school, and there are prizes for our favourites.

Our Summer competition

Posted on 25 July 2022 by Mr Roundtree

We’re a happy and healthy place to learn!

Over the Summer weeks, we want you all at home to stay alert to happy and healthy faces all around you… and take a pic of any hidden smiley faces in your surroundings: a day out at the beach might include creating a smiley face, for example! Here’s our suggestion (look for the smiling face!)…

…but we’re sure you can do better!

Look out for things around you that show a hidden smiley face – a happy and healthy face – or encourage your child to create their own from things around them (pebbles, leaves, Lego…). (Just avoid obvious and intended smiling faces like the ones featured in the Breeze list of summer dates from last week’s message – they’re too easy to spot!)

To enter, email your pics to scholesoffice@spherefederation.org by Friday 09 September. Enter ‘Summer competition’ as the subject.

All entries will be displayed in a happy and healthy display in school, and there are prizes for our favourites.

This week’s message part 2 (Friday 22 July 2022)

Posted on 22 July 2022 by Mr Roundtree

The bulk of our last message of the school year comes from Miss Hague. Before that, we’ve an updated uniform policy. Also, we’ve been asked by Leeds City Council to provide you with some important information…

Uniform

Most parents and carers stock up on fresh uniform over the summer holiday, so we want to let you know about our updated policy now.

This year, we’ve been trialling something we introduced in Covid times: wearing PE kit on PE days. Overall, we like this: it increases time for PE (no changing into kit) and there’s less lost property. However, we’ve seen some deviation from our uniform policy on PE days with lots of branded tops and shorts sneaking in. Take a look at our helpful guide for what is acceptable and what isn’t. We hope you’ll agree that the changes should actually save you money and be much more convenient for you.

Prevent

This letter is to help raise your awareness of the dangers of radicalisation and to let you know where to get more information, advice and support if you do have any concerns. This leaflet provides a summary about the Prevent programme and how, through the ACT Early website and Support Line, those who are vulnerable to radicalisation can get the help they may need.

And now over to Miss Hague…

After navigating our way through a global pandemic, the weather threw another challenge our way this week! Not that you’d know it as I sit writing this (grey, rainy and very British looking weather outside), but this week saw some of the hottest temperatures both outside and in school!

Our children were as resilient as ever but even they were beginning to ‘fade’ by lunchtime on Tuesday. Many thanks for working with us to keep everyone happy and healthy in extreme conditions.

This year seems to have gone by in a flash. It’s felt a bit more ‘normal’ with many Covid restrictions lifting at various times. Easter was a highlight as we invited our first group of parents (Y3,4) back into school in almost two years. Since then, we’ve had parents meetings for our new starters, a Year
5,6 production and an end of year disco! We’re starting to populate our school calendar lots of opportunities for you to come into school and get involved.

The end of a school year inevitably brings with it some ‘goodbyes’. Today, we say goodbye to our amazing Year 6 children – they are more than ready to start their journey at high school. We send them off with our very best wishes.

This year sees a fairly large movement in staff, too. We say goodbye to…

  • Mr Freeman, who is taking up a role at St James’
  • Miss Harker, who starts teaching at another Leeds school in September
  • Mr Gathercole, who is having a career change
  • Mrs Ravenscroft, who retires after 25 years of working at Scholes (Elmet) Primary
  • Miss McAleer, who begins her journey towards a career in teaching
  • Miss Wright, who takes up her first teaching role
  • Miss Ward, who’s also taking up a role at St James’

We wish all of our amazing staff well as they move on from Scholes. We’ll miss them all!

With departures come arrivals. We say hello to:

  • Mr Robson, who’s going to teach in Y5,6
  • Miss Paterson, who’ll be teaching in Y3,4
  • Miss Young, our new teacher in Y2
  • Mr Nash, who’ll take up a role as a teaching assistant in Y5,6 TA
  • Mrs Flynn, who returns to us from a meternity leave and a year teaching at St James’

Lots of work is going on over the summer! You’ll definitely spot one change as we’re having the entrance/exit to school made wider. Hopefully, that will avoid the bottle-neck we often experience. We’re also having the room used for out of school provision refurbished. This area will be called The Hub and will have a fully-equipped kitchen for children to participate in more cooking activities.

We’re also having our Key Stage 1 playground extended to give our children more space to safely play. The garden area will be re-located so we’ll still be able to grow some veggies!

Have a fabulous summer – stay happy and healthy and remember to enter our summer competition. We’ll see you back in school on Tuesday 05 September.

This week’s message part 1 (Tuesday 19 July 2022)

Posted on 19 July 2022 by Mr Roundtree

It’s the last week of term. This week, we’ve two messages.

This first one kicks off with a thank you to all of you who worked with us, sending your child into school despite the extreme temperatures. We worked hard to ensure the children remained as comfortable as possible – on the whole, I think we succeeded!

The rest of this message has contents that come from other organisation, but which you may find helpful, especially the first item…

Using A&E?

Leeds Teaching Hospitals are experiencing extreme demand for services. They’re seeing increasing visits to paediatric emergency department with needs that may be better met in other ways.

With consistent, accurate and trustworthy healthcare advice, the West Yorkshire Healthier Together website is available to support families to decide if a visit to A&E is appropriate.

The information on the site has been reviewed  by local paediatricians, GPs and clinicians across the region to ensure it aligns with current practices and procedures.

You can use the quick links, search bar, or menus to find clear advice with easy to use traffic light guide, red, amber, green found in the parents/carers section. This will help to identify when, where, and how you should seek help for your poorly baby or child.

Parent and carers can also look through the site for practical guidance such as ‘should my child go to school’.

Music summer club

Leeds City Council and ArtForms are hosting free music summer clubs this August, with a range of music activities for children in Leeds aged 8 and above.

The sessions will take place between 08 and 10 August at Horsforth School. Read more.

Child friendly Leeds

This July marks the tenth year since the launch of Child Friendly Leeds. To mark the event, you and your child might want to attend the Our Leeds Wishes Display | Leeds Inspired this weekend.

Look out for our final message of the school on Friday.

Extreme temperatures - an update

Posted on 18 July 2022 by Mrs Quirk

We’ve coped well today in the heat, helped no doubt by moving classrooms, cool clothing and staying in at break times.

However, by 2.00pm, it was stifling in places around school – uncomfortable to say the least. The temperature at around this time was the temperature predicted for about 11.00am tomorrow.

The peak temperature of 38 degrees is predicted between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Based on this, we’re suggesting a pick-up time of 1.30pm tomorrow, Tuesday 19 July, if you can.

If you’re unable to collect your child at this time, there will be staff to support and supervise in school. We’ll use the three air conditioned spaces to keep the children as comfortable as possible until you can collect.

Many thanks for your support.

Extreme temperatures forecast

Posted on 17 July 2022 by Mr Roundtree

We all know about the extreme temperatures forecast for the first part of next week. The Department for Education is not advising that schools close; instead they have issued guidance to schools.

Please note there is a possibility we may need to close early, or invite you to collect your child from 1.30pm. We’ll let you know if this is the case as soon as we can.

Apologies: we haven’t advised on this earlier as we’ve been waiting more guidance and continued monitoring of weather forecasts. (And a lot depends on the day: a strong breeze, like today, will help make the next couple of days bearable, if there is one.)

In case you missed Friday’s message, the guidance sets out sensible points to follow – make sure you consider each of the following:

  • make sure your child comes to school with a large bottle (it could have water previously frozen)
  • your child should wear a sun hat and loose, cool clothing (we’re relaxing the rules around school uniform – replace uniform items with things that are cooler eg open sandals rather than shoes, uniform shorts with lighter PE shorts – try to stay as smart as possible)
  • your child should be wearing Factor 50 sunblock when they arrive at school and may apply more during the day

In school, we’ll take as many actions as we can. These will include indoor lunchtimes, avoiding vigorous activity, and avoiding being in large groups in one indoor space for a longer time.

This week’s message (Friday 15 July 2022)

Posted on 15 July 2022 by Mr Roundtree

It’s our penultimate message of the year… This one’s a short one, but with two links to something longer if you’re interested…

Before we start the message, a note about extreme temperatures forecast for the first part of next week. The Department for Education is not advising that schools close; instead they have issued guidance to schools. The guidance sets out sensible points to follow – make sure you consider each of the following:

  • make sure your child comes to school with a large bottle (it could have water previously frozen)
  • your child should wear a sun hat and loose, cool clothing (we’re relaxing the rules around school uniform – replace uniform items with things that are cooler eg open sandals rather than shoes, uniform shorts with lighter PE shorts – try to stay as smart as possible)
  • your child should be wearing Factor 50 sunblock when they arrive at school and may apply more during the day

In school, we’ll take as many actions as we can. These will include indoor lunchtimes, avoiding vigorous activity, and avoiding being in large groups in one indoor space for a longer time.

Governance

Governing bodies aren’t required to produce an annual report; however,  Sphere Federation governors believe communicating with our school community is important. Check out their annual governance statement.

Summer Fun

Breeze is for all children and young people aged 0-19 from Leeds (and their families) who are looking for positive things to do. Although Breeze is run by Leeds City Council, the information they list comes from all sorts of organisations and partners working positively with children, young people and their families in Leeds, not just the council. Check out the 27 days of fun: Breeze in the Park.

Have a good weekend. Next week, look out for the return of our Summer competition!

WUSU Crew 2022

Posted on 14 July 2022 by Mrs Latham

The two Wake Up Shake Up (WUSU) after school clubs have been running this year, after a break during the pandemic. It is great fun keeping active through dance and we have enjoyed making new routines to teach the rest of school. The whole school takes an active break at 10 o clock each day; dancing, running or skipping to contribute towards the NHS guidelines of 60 active minutes each day.