Welcome to Burley and Woodhead Church of England Primary School. We are very proud of our school, in particular the strong partnerships that we have in place, between pupils, teachers, parents, governors and our local communty of Burley in Wharfedale. Our website is designed to make communication with everyone as easy as possible. You will be able to find recent letters to parents and general information about the running of the school.
Our school is strongly committed to providing a happy, secure and attractive environment in which all members of our school community - children, teachers, parents, ancillary staff and governors - work together in an atmosphere of friendship, tolerance and understanding. We strive to ensure that the children in our care are able to make the most of their educational opportunities and experiences, with the ultimate aim of preparing them for a confident and responsible adult role within our society.
Meeting the moral, spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical needs of our children, whatever their ability, is our priority. The provision of an accessible and appropriate curriculum is based on legal requirements and the needs identified within the school. To enable teachers and other staff to meet these demands, they will be supported professionally through access to relevant training. There will be careful and sensitive management of human, physical and financial resources to enable the school to make the most of educational and professional opportunities.
Central to the values expressed in our school is respect. Through respect, each one of us can recognise our own worth, the value in being part of the school community and also appreciate of the rich diversity of the wider community. We strive to promote a sense of respect and responsibility towards property and an active concern for the needs of our local area, our country and the wider world. Recognising and valuing the different strengths, weaknesses and experiences each member of our community brings helps us support each other.
Our school places great value on its close links with St. Mary's Church, other churches and the local community. We place particular importance on involving parents through recognising and valuing their continuing role in the education of their children. By listening to their concerns, we hope to promote an atmosphere of mutual respect and a shared role in helping each child to reach his/her full potential. We develop appropriate codes of behaviour that support the values and aims of our school, ensuring that we can work together to provide the best possible education for all our children.
Aims of the School
1. To enable all pupils to reach their highest level of achievement and attainment in all areas of the curriculum.
2. To promote high standards of personal development, recognising that this includes activities undertaken outside the school day.
3. To develop and implement consistent whole school policies which help children towards self-discipline and respect for themselves and others.
4. To maintain a well ordered and stimulating working environment by the use of effective classroom organisation, attractive displays and the ongoing development of the school grounds.
5. To encourage all pupils to become involved in the development of the school and grounds, to appreciate our surroundings and to develop a sense of responsibility for its upkeep.
6. To ensure that the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum are met and that the provision is both appropriate and relevant for each child.
7. To have assessment and planning procedures that ensure the continuity and progression of learning required for each child to reach his or her full potential.
8. To encourage and emphasise the continuing role of parents in their child's education and to involve them in that process through regular consultation and communication.
9. To ensure that all individuals working in the school receive the resources and training necessary to enable them to carry out their roles effectively and to encourage continuing professional development.
10. To develop links with the Church and local community through regular visits and participation in local events.