Western Primary School is committed to working towards equality and to combating discrimination and harassment. We always aim to provide full access for everyone to all aspects of school life, irrespective of any disability. Fan ramps around school allow easy access to the building and our reception area features wide access doors and an accessibility toilet.
Special Educational Needs
Some children may need additional help and support with certain aspects of school life. Class teachers discuss any additional needs with parents or guardians, and on identification, special educational needs will be discussed between the parent or guardian and the Special Needs Co-ordinator. We also have a Quiet Room to provide support for children who are experiencing emotional or social difficulties.
Parents and Teachers Working Together
We encourage parents to share in the education of their children, both at home and in school. We have excellent partnerships with the parents and guardians of the children who attend our school and together, we aim to provide a happy and caring atmosphere in which our children can thrive. We are an extremely sociable school and at whatever stage your child joins our school community, our pupils, teachers and Family and Friends team are sure to give you a warm welcome.
From coffee mornings to weekly cake bakes, sponsored walks and summer fairs, our Family and Friends team of volunteer fundraisers organise a lively calendar of events throughout the year.
Homework is set on a regular basis. Activities, including reading, mathematical games and information gathering are encouraged. The interest and support of parents assists children in their learning.
A Healthy Balance
Having achieved the Healthy School Award, we demonstrate an active responsibility to the health, fitness and well-being of our children. The majority of our children are walked to and from school.
We have a purpose built canteen in which our catering team provides a delicious and nutritional balanced menu of home-made produce such as bread, pasta dishes, curries, casseroles and puddings.
In recent years, this has led to a tremendous increase in children eating a school dinner, with more children having school dinners now than ever before. Please see our lunch menu page for examples of the dishes available.
A Commitment To Sporting And Extra Curricular Activities
At Western Primary School, we don’t let our urban location hinder our sporting provision. We offer a huge array of team sports, thanks to the dedication of our staff and the support of our school community, who provide a broad spectrum of sporting activities in and out of normal school hours, as well as other physical activities. On our doorstep is Valley Gardens, our local park whose play equipment, woodland walks and green spaces are regularly explored by our children.
We hold practice sessions and sports days on the playing fields at Harrogate Grammar School and attend local and regional competitions in sports such as athletics, netball and football. Chlldren in Years 2, 3 and 4 are given swimming lessons at The Hydro. We provide physical education (PE) twice a week.
Provision for Religious Education is made for all pupils and is taught in line with the North Yorkshire agreed syllabus. Religious Education is primarily taught as a separate subject with the themes sometimes being followed up in school assemblies. In RE we seek to develop pupils´ knowledge, understanding and awareness of the beliefs and practices of the main world faiths.
Western Primary School has a tradition of valuing our meetings together and a great deal of thought and care goes into the preparation of these times. They are regarded as an important focus for teaching and learning about spiritual, social, moral and cultural issues.
Christian doctrine and scripture are used as reference points as are ideas from other religions and sources that do not have a secular origin. Any parent wishing their child to be withdrawn from collective worship or RE lessons must indicate that request in writing to the Head Teacher and alternative arrangements will be made.
Western Primary School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school. All North Yorkshire schools, including Western Primary School, follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board´s procedures. The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their children. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures). The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents. The school´s Child Protection Policy is available to download below.
Sex education is taught within the context of a scheme of work called ´Life Skills´. This scheme is an integral part of the whole Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) programme. Parents may at any time inspect a copy of this programme.
If any parent wishes to withdraw their child from the Sex Education section of the Life Skills programme, they should make the request in writing to the Head Teacher.
Red Kite Learning Trust publishes the required statutory documentation for all its schools on the Red Kite Learning Trust website. Please refer to www.rklt.co.uk for the Trust’s Financial Statements, the Memorandum and Articles of Association and the Funding Agreement. Details of Members, Trustees and Governors of the Trust schools and their relevant interests and attendance are also published on the Trust website.
Policy to combat bullying at Western (including racist behaviour)