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Farnley C E VA Primary School
Farnley Lane, Otley,LS21 2QJ Farnley
01943 463306

Welcome to our school

Farnley C of E (V.A.) Primary is a friendly village school with small classes and plenty of outdoor space.  We are situated in a beautiful rural setting just 2 miles outside Otley.


  • To provide a caring, Christian Community, which celebrates the individual.
  • To provide a safe, happy and exciting environment for all children.
  • To ensure that every child achieves their full potential.
  • To provide a structured, broad, balanced and creative curriculum for all children and meet individual needs.
  • To develop children's sense of responsibility and pride.
  • To ensure all children, staff and parents are valued members of the school community.
  • To recognise the role of parents in their child's education.  To involve them in the education process through regular consultation and communication in order that they can support their child and the school.
  • To ensure that all members of staff receive the resources and training to carry out their roles effectively.
  • To prepare children to be adaptable, able to respond positively to challenges and opportunities.

Admissions Policy


Children are normally admitted to full-time school in the September of the school year in which they are five, and to part-time schooling by arrangement with the Head Teacher, in half term before that.

We have an admission number of fifteen reception children per year and any interested party should apply in writing to the Head Teacher at any time but not later than February 28th before the year of admission.

When admitting children to the school, priority is given to children who are residents of the parishes of Farnley, Leathley, Lindley, Stainburn and Norwood.

Should the number of children from these parishes be insufficient to fill the school, priority after them is given as follows:

Brothers and sisters of children in school.
Children with special needs, (i.e. those children who are perceived to have needs that a small school could better satisfy)
Members of the Church Of England without inquiry into churchgoing.
Distance from school (by road)

Appeal against refusal of admission should be made in writing within 14 days of receipt of the letter of refusal to the Clerk to the Governors who will place it before the Appeal Committee within the proper period.

The school will try to:

  • care for your child’s safety and happiness
  • ensure that your child achieves his/her full potential as a valued member of the school community
  • provide a balanced curriculum and meet the individual needs of your child
  • achieve high standards of work and behaviour through building good relationships and developing a sense of responsibility
  • let you know what homework is expected of your child, how long your child should spend on homework each evening and how you can support your child
  • contact you if there is a problem with attendance, punctuality or equipment
  • let you know about any concerns or problems that affect your child’s work or behaviour
  • keep you informed about general school matters and about your child’s progress in particular
  • be open and welcoming at all times and offer opportunities for you to become involved in the daily life of the school

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