July 08, 2016

Transition Time

It is that time of the year again. The children are busy with transition in their new classes. Transition has taken place today and we have the children into their new classes. It is important for all parents to know that we have a strong pastoral support system in school and as the children settle into their new classes please let the class teacher or Mrs Jennings (our Pastoral Manager) know of any concerns.

Thank you

Thank you for all of the words of support and encouragement following on from our Ofsted report. The school leadership team had a productive strategic planning day on Monday. Watch this space for news of how we aim to move the school forward onto even better things in the future.


The ice cream van will be coming into school on Thursday 21st July and the children in Reception to Year 6 will be able to buy an ice cream.

Any child who would like to buy an ice cream must bring £1 into school on the day.


Science day

By Grace A

Science day was so much fun. I loved it because there were so many good things happening. I loved it when we did the nature bingo in the Secret Garden. We had to find flowers and dead leaves.

Also I loved it when we did bubble experiments.

We got to make loads of mess.

We did an experiment where we put a polo mint into a can of coke and then it exploded like a volcano.


Well done

Amelia Taylor, Emma Moore, Freya Haslam, Isobel Ward, Joe Black and Sidonie Malcher Akesson represented school in the District Finals on Wednesday 22nd June. We played against three very strong teams in Midgley, Woodhouse and Old Earth.

The results were:

  • Northowram 0 – 4 Midgley
  • Woodhouse 4 – 1 Northowram
  • Old Earth 3 – 1 Northowram

The team showed some fantastic resilience and determination. Some found it frustrating after the Calderdale Finals as the teams were undefeated in that competition.

Mrs Bowman and I are extremely proud of how well the children performed and it is a fantastic achievement getting through to play in the District Finals. Well done to all the children.

Thanks Sarah Rushforth


We currently have no stock of book bags left in school and will order some more and confirm when these are available to purchase. You can purchase book bags direct from Tesco online.

The bags may not be available until after we have broken up for the Summer holidays – look out on Northowram PTFA Facebook page for information about how to buy.

Sarah Rushforth

Praise Assembly — Well done to the following children:-

24th June

Harriet Price, Holly Tinker, Amelia Walker, Charlie Jackson, Charlie Gledhill, Charlie Nuttall, Imogen Moore, James Pepper, Summar Tankard, Jack Kershaw, Toby Smailes, Callum McEvoy, Benjamin Watson, Amelia Taylor

1st July

Avarni Wells, Ava Rowlands, Oliver Woollam, Musa Mahmood, Margareta Pulko, Daisy Didgiunaitis, Grace Armitage, Gracie Wilkinson, George Stanley, Edmund Cooper, Liam Smith, Molly Roe, Amaan Gill, Ella Booth, Carys Hollands

8th July

Lily Johnson, Elliott Welding, Joseph Hegney, Lewis Hemingway-Gill, Lexie Hobson, Samuel Bell, Jacob Stead, Finlay Sunderland, Lily McKenzie, Charlie Culf

“Never let yesterday’s disappointments overshadow tomorrow’s dreams”


— These dates are for the next 2 school weeks. Please see our school website for all diary dates.

  • 8th July 2016 Promotional Meal—Eid-al-Fitr
  • 8th July 2016 Transition day
  • 14th July 2016 Year 6—Chestnut leavers’ performance
  • 18th July 2016 Year 6—Cedar leavers’ performance
  • 14th—21st July 2016 Year 6 Bikeability
  • 22nd July 2016 Leavers’ assembly
  • 22nd July 2016 School Breaks up for the Summer
  • 6th September 2016 School reopens for Autumn Term

Safeguarding Children

At Northowram School, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect all members of the school community to share this commitment. Our school actively promotes fundamental British values. This commitment includes staff, governors, volunteers and contractors working on the school site.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment and these can be found on our website.

Sometimes we need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that this would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalisation and extremism.

Jane Jennings is our Designated Safeguarding Lead. She is the lead person in our school and the person to contact if you have concerns about a child. Mrs Scardifield and Mr Lomas are also Designated Safeguarding Leads. Canon James Allison is our Safeguarding Governor.


Hello Everyone!

The school year may be drawing to a close but, we have been busy organising events for the year ahead (please see below).

By now you should have seen the details for the Tea Dance which shall be held in November. Don’t forget to ‘Save the Date’ as this will be a lovely event for all of the family to attend and tickets will be on sale from September.

The next PTFA meeting will be held on Wednesday 13th July at The Shoulder of Mutton, Northowram (Please note this will be our final meeting of the school year).

We are always looking for new members so please feel free to join us.

Have a lovely weekend. Liz Lund

Upcoming Events:

  • Tea Party/Dance—Sunday 6th November 2.00pm to 5.00pm Northowram Community Centre.
  • Halloween Disco— Date To Be Confirmed.
  • Christmas Shop— Date To Be Confirmed.
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