January 29, 2016


On Friday 22nd January Year 2 had a visit from the Northowram Historical Society. They came to tell us about what Northowram was like in the past and what it is like now. They showed us lots of old photographs of Northowram. The children said that the best photos were the ones of the old market in Northowram, the field where our school has been built, how the fish and chip shop has always been a fish and chip shop and the old steam trams that would go down into Halifax were interesting to look at too. We learnt that many of our families have lived in Northowram for hundreds of years. The visit was interesting and valuable as part of our history topic on the local area.

Class 2 Fir


The next parents evenings will be held on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th February. The bookings have now opened for this on ParentMail so if you have not yet booked your appointment please do so as soon as possible. If you need help either registering or booking your appointment please contact school.


Please can you ensure that your child brings a coat, hat and gloves to school for playtime and lunch time as the weather has now turned cold.


Years 5 and 6 were absolutely fantastic at the Hockey tournament and both A and B teams won all their games up to when they played each other in the final. Northowram B team won and both A and B move to represent school in the Calderdale School finals next Tuesday night!

Well done to everyone.

Thanks you

The Reception team would like to say a big thank you to all the parents for helping their children complete their homework to such a high standard and it has been great to have every book handed in for the last two weeks. We are really proud of their achievements and we’re sure you are too.

Thank you

Caroline Annetts Reception Teacher


You will have seen the biodome which has now been installed. It is brilliant. It self waters and sets the correct climate control. It will enable us to teach the children more about growing food. In the summer we aim to sell loads of fruit and veg. Lots of head scratching and consideration is now taking place about how to involve everyone.

Praise Assembly — Well done to the following children:-

22nd January

Ava Goodwin, Isaac Eade, Harvey Keighley, Sophia Briscoe, George Nicholas, Alfie Haworth, Molly Weston, Dylan Caitlin, Devon Thacker, Darcey Joseph, Martin Pulko, James Tyndall, Emily Howard, Martha Greenwood

29th January

Noah Cook, Max Tomney, Olivia Lee, Phoebe Kermotschuk, Eva Taylor, Grace Raine, Evie Wood, Lucy Sutcliffe, Lillie Hall, William Burton, Loui Maguire, Jacob Rushforth, Sidonie Malcher Akesson, Jacob Robinson

Bad Weather

As we enter the season of Winter weather please could I remind everyone that you can see up to date information about whether school has closed on the following website: Information on this site automatically goes to local radio. We will also use our texting service. Please do not call school.


Please can parents note the options for school meals patterns are:

  • All week
  • Monday only
  • Friday only
  • Monday and Friday

These are the only options available. If your child no longer would like to be on school dinners please note we require one week’s notice of changing to packed lunch.

Power of a friend

Smile well and often, it makes people wonder what you have been up to.

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.


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

  • 5th February 2016 PTFA Valentine disco
  • 8th February 2016 Promotional Meal—Chinese New Year
  • 10th February 2016 Nursery Parents Evening
  • 10th February 2016 Parents Evening
  • 11th February 2016 Parents Evening
  • 11th February 2016 School closes for February Half term


If you are moving house , changing your telephone numbers or your email address please can you inform school as soon as possible to ensure we have the most up to date information .

Those parents registered on ParentMail must also up date your information on the system directly.

If you have any queries or problems please do not hesitate to contact school.


If your child is absent from school please ensure that you either telephone school as soon as possible each day of the absence or report the absence on the new ParentMail app. It is important that you give the nature of absence e.g. Sore throat, flu, etc. This enables us to monitor the absences properly.

The next event on the PTFA calendar is the ever popular Disco, a letter has been sent out to all parents via ParentMail detailing the arrangements.

If you would like to know more about different ways you can be part of the PTFA or upcoming events please do get in touch, we welcome new members

Have a great weekend.




Dates for your diary

Valentine Disco – 5th February 2016

Mothers Day shop – 25th & 26th February 2016 (after school)

Fashion Show – 18th March 2016 7.30pm Northowram Community Centre (Tickets will be on sale shortly)

Burner & Summer Fayre – 12th June 2016

Next PTFA Meeting – 24th February at 7.30pm in the Shoulder of Mutton. Everyone welcome.

Hockey Tournament ResultsFund Raising