Kildwick C.E. Primary School is a Church of England controlled school which briefly means one of church foundation, controlled by the local authority. It is a co-educational primary school, catering for day pupils between the ages of four and eleven.
The school is housed in buildings of Victorian age in the village of Kildwick, close to St. Andrew's Church and the Leeds-Liverpool canal, overlooking the Aire Valley. The school, which has been much improved in recent years, has four classrooms, hall, library, staff room, music room, Secretary/Bursar office, Headteacher office, computer classroom, playing area and sports field.
The school serves the community of Kildwick and Farnhill, involving the village in many of its activities and events. It does, however, also attract a number of children from other areas. The maximum number of children to be admitted in to the Reception class in any academic year has been set by the Local Education Authority, in consultation with Governors of our school, at 17. The number on roll as at September 2007 was 121.
Below you will find some useful information for parents.
Out of School Club
Kildwick Out of School Club provides before and after school care for up to 16 children aged 4 to 11 years. It is non-profit making and is managed by a committee of parents and other members of the local community. The project has the full support of the Governors and Headteacher of Kildwick CE Primary School.
The Club is located in the Parish Rooms, a short walk from the school.
If you would like to come and look at the Club or would like more information please contact the Club Co-ordinator, Graham and Barbara Cooper, on 07747878163 or 01535 630002.
Parking is a real problem on the narrow road outside school. In the interest of the children's safety it would be greatly appreciated if parents could park in the church car park, or at the White Lion Hotel. Please do not block the drives of the houses on Priest Bank Road. The path into school is then a much safer route for the children to take. Parents should NEVER park on the yellow lines outside the main school gates.
Contacting the School
If a child is ill and unable to come to school, a message informing the school of the absence (before 9 am) is greatly appreciated. If you are unable to phone, then a note is required for our records on the day that the child returns to school. Children attending medical or dental appointments are deemed to be present, but we would appreciate prior notice of this, so that the attendance register can be marked accordingly. Please try to arrange all appointments out of school hours to minimise disruption to your child's education.
In accordance with the Education (Schools and Further Education) Regulations of 1981, a pupil may normally be granted leave of absence from school for an annual holiday for not more than two weeks (ten school days) in any one academic year.
It is hoped that parents will view this entitlement as an unavoidable alternative to holidays when school is closed.
Parents who wish to apply for leave of absence should complete and return an application form obtainable from the school office.
You can always contact school through our Website – www.kildwick.n-yorks.sch.uk or email school
At lunchtime the cooked meals are transported from the kitchen at South Craven School. The cost of a school lunch is currently £1.80 per day, which is £9.00 for a full week. Lunches can also be paid ½ termly or termly in advance. Dinner money should be brought to school on the first day of each week and should be clearly marked with the child's name and amount in a named purse or envelope. (Cheques should be made payable to Kildwick CE Primary School).
Enquiries regarding entitlement to free school meals should be made to the Education and Welfare Office, Water Street, Skipton BD23 1PD. Tel 01756 792427.
Some children bring packed lunches. In the interest of safety we ask that drinks are brought in a plastic flask or sealed beaker.
Please note: No crisps or sweets at playtime - just fruit please. You can order milk by contacting school.
We do ask the children to arrive at school on time please, but always say "Better late than never!"
It is equally as important that children do not arrive too early; five or ten minutes before the start of school is about right. Before that time, children are unsupervised by the teachers. Doors will be locked at 9:00 am and so latecomers will have to ring the bell for attention at the schoolhouse door.
A range of sporting activities take place after school throughout the year. These at present include football, cricket, rounders, cross country, golf and netball. As many games as possible are arranged in competition with other local schools. Parental consent for activities which take place after school is always sought.
Homework (for a copy of our Homework Guide - please ask!)
Children are encouraged right from Reception to bring reading books home.
In Class 3 and 4 homework is more formal. Children are given Mathematics and English work to complete each week in addition to learning spellings and multiplication tables and occasional other work.
Parents are encouraged to become actively involved in this by providing a quiet workplace and by both encouraging and discussing the work with the child.
Parents are also asked to sign the Homework Diaries for children in class 4.
Parents' Evening and Reports
Parents are encouraged to discuss with teachers, at any time, when they have concerns about any aspect of school life. Teachers are usually available after school. Should, however, a longer discussion be necessary, a mutually convenient appointment will be arranged.
A parents' evening is early in the autumn term when pupils' progress, attitude, and behaviour can be discussed. A further meeting is held in February/March. A written report is sent to parents in the summer term, after which parents have the opportunity to discuss the comments with their child's teacher.
All members of staff are committed to working in partnership with parents, for the benefit of the children. We greatly value the support of parents in what we are trying to achieve.
School Visits and Extra Curricular Activities
Children benefit greatly from first hand experiences, an educational visit may be organised for your child during the course of each academic year. In addition, much use is made of the school's location. Children are given the opportunity to work and learn within the local environment, making use of the church, the river and canal as well as the pond and wild area to the front of the school.
Each year, pupils in Year 5 and year 6 have the opportunity to attend a residential educational visit in which outdoor pursuits, environmental studies, history and science activities take place.
Under the terms of the Education Reform Act (1988), schools may not charge for visits, which take place wholly, or mainly in school hours, but may invite voluntary contributions in support of such visits. In the case of residential trips, the school may charge the actual cost of providing the board and lodging for each pupil, but the cost of travel will be met from voluntary contributions. If the level of voluntary contributions is not sufficient, the visit would be cancelled.