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We're good!

Posted on 03 June 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Following our Ofsted inspection (08, 09 May 2019), we’re really happy to tell you the inspectors rated us as ‘good‘ overall and ‘good’ in all areas. Read the report.

Highlights include:

  • ‘Across the school, including in the early years, teaching is good. Relationships between staff and pupils are strong.’
  • ‘The staff team who, with governors, have high aspirations for the school, have created a happy and harmonious school community. The very caring and nurturing culture is underpinned by positive and respectful relationships.’
  • ‘There is a strong culture of care. Pupils say they are well cared for and there is always someone to help if there are any problems. Pupils talk about ‘trusted adults’ who they can turn to if there are any difficulties.’
  • ‘Staff enjoy good relationships with pupils. As a consequence, pupils’ behaviour for learning is strong and they try hard to meet their teachers’ expectations. This is demonstrated by the way pupils respond quickly to their teachers’ instructions. Pupils take pride in their work, settle quickly to tasks and are reflective in planning, revising and reviewing their work.’
  • ‘Teachers use their subject knowledge to provide clear explanations to pupils. Teachers also use questioning well to check on pupils’ understanding and extend their thinking. They use open questioning well to check understanding.’
  • ‘Well-understood classroom routines mean that classrooms are calm and orderly.’
  • ‘Pupils know how to be successful learners, and this is reflected in their good engagement in lessons.’
  • Pupils behave well in classrooms and around the school. They move safely from room to room. They are happy to hold doors open and welcome visitors. They socialise well together, both in the dining room and outside.’
  • ‘Pupils’ positive attitudes to learning and their good behaviour, along with their skills in reading, writing and mathematics, ensure that they are well prepared for the next stage of their education.’
  • ‘Across the school, pupils are making good progress in a wide range of subjects.’
  • ‘[In Early Years] Children make good progress across the setting to achieve well. Children behave well and they readily share resources and learning spaces so that their days in school are rarely interrupted. In a harmonious atmosphere, children learn and play well together. Their natural curiosity is harnessed effectively, which encourages continual learning.’

Posted on 23 May 2019 by Mr Roundtree

At Scholes (Elmet) Primary, we’re always keen to hear your views.

Please complete the survey – it’ll only take a few minutes or so.

We hope that you let us know any questions, comments and concerns (as well as causes for celebration!) whenever these crop up, but we like to gather the views more generally at the end of the year. We’re looking forward to reading your views.

Living and Learning - Money Matters themed week (raising money for charity)

Posted on 21 May 2019 by Mrs Latham

The children were so excited to take part in the Five Star Sports challenge today; keeping active and raising money for our school charity (Cancer Research). They all took part in the challenges and supported each other amazingly. Try to get some sponsors and bring back forms after the half term break.

Starting secondary school?

Posted on 20 May 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Today marks the launch of Starting Secondary School, a new BBC Bitesize campaign, offering practical advice and emotional support to help take the stress out of taking the next big step.

With SATs now complete and focus shifting towards Y6 children leaving our school, this campaign shines a light on the great potential of starting afresh in secondary school.

Using the highly successful format of peer to peer advice, Starting Secondary School partners with CBBC documentary series Our School to get first-hand experience from children who have made the move and, not only survived, but thrived.

On BBC Teach there are bespoke classroom clips and resources, in partnership with YoungMinds, that can be used as the start of discussions around transition as well as case studies of schools from across the UK that have particularly successful transition projects.

There are also tips for parents on how to best support their children emotionally and practically, as well as expert advice on topics such as bullying and online safety.

Annual survey of parents / carers

Posted on 17 May 2019 by Mr Roundtree

At Scholes (Elmet) Primary, we’re always keen to hear your views. We hope that you let us know any questions, comments and concerns (as well as causes for celebration!) whenever these crop up, but we like to gather the views more generally at the end of the year – we do this via the annual survey.

Please complete the survey – it’ll only take a few minutes or so. You’ve plenty of time to do this – the deadline is Monday 24 June 2019.

We can’t guarantee to meet the needs and wants of every parent / carer, but we do assure you that we consider all the points raise and aim to act on specific points that are raised by many, or a useful idea raised by just a few.

Last year, based on your feedback, for example, we changed how we update you about your child’s progress so that you get five updates over the year: a parent-teacher consultation in Autumn 1 and Spring 1; a Learning Update ‘mini-report’ in Autumn 2 and Spring 2; and a final end-of-year report in Summer 2.

We’re looking forward to reading your views.

Small talk

Posted on 15 May 2019 by Mr Roundtree

We love the ideas on this website that promotes talk time for younger children. It’s produced by the National Literacy Trust.

Speaking and listening to your child shows you’re interested in them and care about them. The more they get the chance to speak, the more they’ll learn.

Speaking is the core stage in being able to communicate to others. Without effective speech, we can’t be effective writers.

Similarly, listening is fundamental to taking in information from others. With good listening skills, we have a secure basis to absorb information from reading and other means.

The website promotes chat, play and reading. Young children in an active environment where they talk, play and read will learn new things every day.

Attendance matters

Posted on 10 May 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Here’s an update on the attendance of each class in school so far this school year. The overall school attendance is 96.2% – highlighted in green are all the classes with attendance above this average.

  • F2L (Mrs Flynn’s class): 95.6%
  • F2M (Mrs Palmer’s class): 96.1%
  • 1K (Miss Parling’s class): 96.7%
  • 1,2V (Mrs Latham’s class): 96.8%
  • 2KL (Miss Lowry and Mrs Wilkins’ class): 95.8%
  • 3,4F (Miss Bainbridge’s class): 95.7%
  • 3,4C (Mr Gathercole’s class): 97.3%
  • 3,4EK (Mrs McCormick and Mrs Welsby’s class): 94.5%
  • 5,6O (Mr Catherall’s class): 96.5%
  • 5,6NK (Mrs Lake/Mrs Hogarth and Mrs Welsby’s class): 96.3%
  • 5,6M (Mr Lindsay’s class): 96.7%

Well done to Mr Gathercole’s class – they have the highest attendance of all the classes! It’s also great to see all classes in our Y5,6 phase with above average attendance.

Ofsted inspection at school

Posted on 10 May 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Our Ofsted inspection ended yesterday. Thank you to all parents/carers who passed on their views through Ofsted’s Parent View and/or in the playground when inspectors went outside at the start and end of the school day.

The inspection report will be published in about three weeks. Until that time, we’re not allowed to talk about the inspection findings.

Thanks again to parents/carers for their support during the inspection, and in the two years since our last inspection.

Incredible invacuation

Posted on 30 April 2019 by Miss Hague

Different emergency situations require a different response.  Today we practised an ‘invacuation’.  An invacuation is where we move our children to the safest place in the building – in the case of today, from the outside (playground) in to the school hall.   You will be very impressed to hear that over 300 children made their way in to our hall, lined up and were counted by their teachers in 2 minutes and 15 seconds!  Even F2 joined in – they were amazing.

Well done to everyone.

Get active with orienteering - FREE EVENT

Posted on 30 April 2019 by Mrs Latham

Your local orienteering club, AIRIENTEERS, are hosting a FREE orienteering event especially for juniors, families and anyone new to the sport.

PLACE : Millennium Field, off Barleyfields Ct, Wetherby, LS22 6FZ

DATE : Saturday 11th May 1:30-2:30

There will be courses with electronic timing for all ages.
See for more information about the races.
Start any time from 1:30 to 2:30. Just turn up and run.