"I am pleased to welcome your child and you to this school - and hope you will find it to be a happy place.
This is a Church of England School. It aims to give your child everything the law requires and all that other schools offer - but to do so within a Christian framework.
There are 106 Church Schools in the Diocese of Wakefield. Parents particularly ask for their child to be educated in one of our schools. That is because of the Christian atmosphere which is built on the foundation of belief in God and faith in Jesus - and also respect for those children of different faiths.
Many parents are grateful for the way in which our Church Schools help to prepare their children to become good and honest members of the community. But we cannot do that without the guidance and example which comes from the home and family.
I invite you to join with the staff of this school in helping your child to grow not only physically and mentally, but also spiritually and socially. In that way your child will gain self-respect, respect for other people and, above all, for god.
May the blessing of God be upon you."
+ Nigel Wakefield
(The Bishop of Wakefield)
The roles and responsibilities of the governors have changed dramatically. Among these changes is the increase in parental involvement on the Governing Body and more opportunities for governors to play an active part in the life of the school. Governors find it helpful to visit school whilst it is in session. Some governors help in school with various activities. Kirklees provides excellent training facilities for Governing Bodies, and many of our governors attend courses.
AIMS OF THE SCHOOL
The governors see the aims of the school as being:-
· to give each child the opportunity to become literate and numerate to the limit of
· to encourage children towards, and have involvement in, creative works - music, the Arts and Literature;
· to give each child full opportunity to develop his/her physical potential, and to gain a healthy attitude towards the use of leisure time;
· to provide pastoral care for each child, based on Christian ethics, and to learn and understand the cultures of others;
· to develop understanding of the local community and an awareness of the needs of others;
· to develop in each child a sense of responsibility;
· to develop in each child a sense of self-esteem;
· to develop in each child a love for the world in which we live.
These aims will give children regardless of sex, race or creed, self-confidence and respect in everything they do. They aim to be carried out to the best ability of the school.
Headlands is a Church of England School which caters for the needs of approximately 350 children aged 3 - 11.
Parents wishing to do so may visit the school by appointment. Children may be admitted into school in September or January. Admission arrangements are correct at time of printing but may be subject to alteration.
Nursery places will be allocated half a term before the child is due to start and the places will be allocated in accordance with the LEA's admissions policy.:
Children enter nursery:
Date of 4th birthday (inclusive) Term of Admission
1 September - 29 February Autumn (September)
1 March - 31 August Spring (January)
We offer places in the nursery in the following order of priority:
1. children who live in the school's priority admission area, in birth date order;
2. children who live outside the priority area who have an older brother or sister already attending the school from the same address at the time of admission;
3. children who live outside the priority area.
(Notes: (a) 'Live' refers to the child's permanent home at the date of admission.
(b) If we cannot agree to requests for admission in priority 3 above without
exceeding the PAL (Published Admission Limit) we will give priority up to
the PAL to children living nearest the school. Distance is measured in a
(c) A priority admission area means a geographical area approved by Kirklees.
(A map supplement is available either from school or Oldgate House)
Admissions into school are dealt with in accordance with the LEA's Admissions Policy.
Priorities for Admission at Key Stage 1
Places are allocated in the following order of priority:
1. Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs which names the
2. Children living in the school's priority admission area who have an older brother
or sister attending from the same address at the date of admission;
3. Other children living in the school's priority admission area;
4. Children who live outside the priority area who have an older brother or sister attending from the same address at the time of admission;
5. Children who have been refused a place a their priority admission area school because of class size regulations;
6. Children who live outside the priority area.
(Notes: (a) 'Live' refers to the child's permanent home at the date of admission
(b) If within any one of the priorities mentioned above there are more applicants
than remaining places, admission will be offered to the children living nearer
to the school, measured in a straight line.
( c)A priority admission area means a geographical area approved by Kirklees
(a map supplement is available in School or from Oldgate House).
Priorites for admission to KS2
Places are allocated in the same order as stated for the Nursery, except they are not allocated in birth date order.
Transfer to Secondary Education
Most children from Headlands transfer at the age of 11 - the end of Year 6 - to Spen Valley High School, provided they live in the catchment area. Details are available from school.
Should parents so wish, they may enter their child for the entrance examination for Heckmondwike Grammar School, or a school of their choice, provided a space is available.