July 22, 2016


A big thank you to all parents, pupils, staff and volunteers who have helped make this year a very successful year at Northowram Primary School. Hope you all have a great summer and see you all back at school on Tuesday 6th September.

Year 6 Leavers

We say a fond farewell to a fabulous group of pupils in Year 6. They have been a wonderful year group throughout their time in the school and they certainly comprise of sixty one characterful young people. They have rounded off their time at Northowram with characteristic style. They have been busy this week with ‘Bikeability’, last Friday with their Prom, which the parents organised and with their production. As they all move off to their new settings, everyone at Northowram Primary School wishes them well in their secondary schooling.


A huge well done to the pupils in Year 6 who performed their musical ‘Aladdin Trouble’ this week and last. It was a great performance and showcased theatrical talent across the board. The quality of the acting, singing and dancing was notable and we felt very proud. Thanks go to everyone who contributed and to the PTFA who provided the gift that each child received.

Goodbye and Good Luck

Today we say goodbye to Mrs Jocelyn

Who is leaving us to take up the post of Deputy Headteacher at St Andrew’s Junior School in Brighouse. We wish her well and success in her new role.

Today we are saying a temporary goodbye to Amy Beanland in Year 2.

We wish her the best with the birth of her baby.

Thank you and goodbye

Today Mr Mulley, one of our volunteers, will be leaving us—he has volunteered in school for over 10 years. We would like to thank him for all his time and commitment he has given to our school. We will miss him and wish him all the best for the future.

Governors’ Awards

Following our first year of the ‘Merit System’, we held a celebration for the 39 pupils who achieved the Governors’ Award. At this event I pointed out the fact that it was good to see a diverse mix of pupils achieving this award. The challenge now is for the children to come back in the Autumn term and try to improve on this year. We will improve the system next year by attributing specific learning goals that we reward and we will be more efficient in distributing certificates (I believe that around 2,000 have gone out, but not always in a timely fashion)

All children are to be congratulated on embracing this system! Well done everyone.


Following recent interviews school have appointed the following new members of staff :

  • Mid Day Supervisor Miss Katie Briggs
  • Year 2 Class Teacher Miss Kerri Taylor
  • Year 4 Class Teacher Mr Jack Watson

“You are living, you occupy space, you have mass, you matter.”

Albert Einstein


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

Gardening Club Farewell

Monday was the end of a era as Miss Higson bid a sad farewell to the school gardening club. The children celebrated with drinks & biscuits, presenting Miss Higson with flowers and a thank you card.

I am sure everyone will agree the gardening club is in a totally different league from when Miss Higson first started several years ago with a couple of growing beds.

Also a big thank you to John & Ian Marshall who volunteer their time to help the gardening club.

Miss Higson has certainly left a legacy, with a gardening club that is the envy of other schools.

Well done

Tegan Green-Moore, Jessica Cameron, Penny Tskarides and Carris Lightowler organised a bun sale on Tuesday morning this week .They raised £75 and the money will be sent to Aniridia UK. Aniridia UK is a support group and charity concerned with the rare genetic condition aniridia – which causes a lack of irises (the coloured ring) in the eyes and poor vision from birth. Well done girls.

National Spirited Arts competition

Congratulations to Matthew Benn, Gabrielle Holdsworth, William Cullen, Jessica Weston, Mia Fox, Jude Kenny, Imogen Horsfall, Charles Ackroyd, Amelia Taylor and Olivia Wadsworth., We were so impressed with their work and thinking about “Seeing Jesus” and have submitted it to the National Spirited Arts competition.

Well done

Look what Sol, James, Oliver and Joe have been doing! Mr Wood challenged them to make something for our outdoor area. They rose to the challenge beautifully. We are very proud of them and hope they are proud of themselves.

Praise Assembly — Well done to the following children:-

15th July

Ethan Walker, Etienne Jones, Theo Ryding, Chanelle Colvin, Beth Rattigan, Jessica Hughes, Jude Ryding, Emma Mitchell, Joe Priestley, Oliver Smith, Henry Henderson

Northowram Burner

I am pleased to be able to communicate to you how much money we raised for The Northowram Burner 2016. Altogether we raised a staggering total of £8,477.05. For our school we raised an incredible amount of money (drum roll) £4,628.97—this is a huge amount of money raised through the PTFA for our school. We would like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you who contributed to The Burner. Without everyone’s support the event would not have been a huge success.

The fantastic news is that we will be hosting The Burner again in 2017, this will be held on Sunday 11th June 2017, please watch out for news in September / October when we do a launch of The Burner 2017.


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

  • 6th September 2016 – School reopens for Autumn Term
  • 21st—27th September 2016 Travelling book fair in school hall

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.


Thanks to everyone who has supported the PTFA during the past year. I hope you will agree that we have had a fun filled year. Our first event of the new school year will be our ever popular Disco. I will confirm the date straight after the summer holidays.

Don’t forget that tickets for our Tea Dance, on 6th November, will go on sale in September.

I hope you all have a safe and happy summer break. See you in September.


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