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Blackgates Primary School
Smithy Lane, Wakefield,WF3 1QQ
0113 386 2480







Welcome to our School!

Start of Spring Term 2008

There will be a staff training day on Monday 7th January. Children return to school on Tuesday 8th January.

Blackgates Primary School opened it doors under its new name in September 2004. Previously, it had existed as separate Junior and Infant Schools. During the year 2004/2005 a major new build and refurbishment was undertaken, and this work has now been completed.

We have worked with Education Leeds and the chosen architects to create an exciting plan for our new community school. There has been an extensive refurbishment of the existing Key Stage 2 (Junior) building with a fabulous new Nursery, Foundation and Key Stage 1 department being built.

We now have improved access for both pedestrians and the disabled, with a widened driveway and path. The existing building has received a much needed facelift with improved ICT provision, community room, music & arts room and generally better facilities throughout.

The new part of our school has been built adjoining the Junior Hall, onto part of the existing playground. Our younger pupils have a brand new purpose built Nursery, Foundation and Key Stage One with soft play areas, playground and grassed areas to enrich their curriculum.

Blackgates is a Community School catering for boys and girls between the ages of 3 to 11 years, with a mixed social intake from nearby council and private estates. We are proud of our expert staff, beautiful grounds, spacious classrooms, dining area and sports facilities. We value all subjects and believe it is the right of all our pupils to enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum.

Mission Statement

Our School Motto is “Celebrating Success”
‘Every Child Matters’

At Blackgates we are proud to be an inclusive school providing a high quality, creative and challenging education within a secure, caring and happy environment, where every child experiences a sense of enjoyment and achieves full potential.


  • To create a happy, caring school with equal opportunities for all.
  • To develop lively, enquiring minds, enjoying the widest variety of life-long learning experiences.
  • To develop a healthy lifestyle, where children are encouraged to make informed choices.
  • To achieve excellence with pupils having high expectations of themselves and those around them in all aspects of school life.
  • To continue to develop our already highly skilled staff.
  • To provide a broad and balanced curriculum, using National Guidelines, where every child’s needs are catered for.
  • To welcome and develop home/school relationships, providing high quality information and good communication to overcome barriers to learning.
  • To promote positive relationships, appropriate behaviour and good manners at all times.
  • To develop personal, spiritual and moral values with respect for other races, religions and cultures.
  • To enable children to understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations.

School Ethos

“Celebrating Success”
‘Every Child Matters’

All members of the school community work towards our aims by:

Being Healthy

  • Developing a sense of belonging to the school community and taking personal responsibility for making it a happy and caring place.
  • Working as a team, supporting and encouraging one another.
  • Encouraging sensible diet, exercise and sleep.
  • Taking part in the schools out of hours learning opportunities.

Staying Safe

  • Creating a secure, stable and caring atmosphere.
  • Challenging bullying, discrimination and intolerance.
  • Respecting the school environment and the wider community.
  • Taking responsibility for personal well-being.
  • Behaving appropriately, showing respect for others.

    Enjoying and Achieving
  • Attending school regularly and punctually.
  • Developing a sense of enjoyment, seeing learning as fun.
  • Each individual working to achieve their full potential.
  • Relishing new experiences and opportunities.

    Making Positive Contributions
  • Taking part in class, school councils and school-led initiatives.
  • Understanding the concept of investing in pupils.
  • Developing positive relationships and choosing not to bully or discriminate.

    Achieving economic well-being
  • Encouraging everyone to view themselves as life long learners.
  • Understanding the value of money.
  • Developing enterprising behaviour.

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