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About Our School
Situated in the south of Kirklees Metropolitan District and in the Pennine Hills, the village of Scholes is one mile south east of Holmfirth, a small town, which has become a popular tourist centre in recent years (due mainly to the filming of the television series 'Last of the Summer Wine', in the area) and five miles south east of the larger centre of Huddersfield. The district's once prominent textile industry has been in decline for sometime but has been replaced by a variety of industry both large and small. Scholes itself is in a rural setting ringed by farmland. There is some small industry within the village but generally many of the occupants commute to the larger conurbations within easy reach.
The original school was built in 1908, modernised in 1976 with a new Hall and offices being added, and an extension of two classrooms and conservatory in 1986. There are five classrooms on the upper level and two on the lower level. There is a well-equipped hall and *a large resource area containing a well-furnished library and an ICT Suite. All classes have at least two computers (all PCs) and all classrooms and the offices are Internet connected. There are many storage areas throughout the school and a staff work room. School meals are cooked on the premises and about one third of the children bring a packed lunch. Large playgrounds that have undergone great changes in recent years now contain benches, screens, tyres etc to create a stimulating play environment. Large grassed areas surround the school and there is a full-sized football field nearby.
Numbers attending the school have grown rapidly in recent years, to the current 180+ present staffing comprises: Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher (with class responsibility) and 6 class teachers. The current Headteacher was appointed in 1995. There is a School Administrator who has an assistant, seven Class Support Assistants who work a variety of hours with a range of responsibilities (some including SEN) and a peripatetic teacher for children with SEN. The school is visited regularly by teachers from Kirklees Music School who teach a variety of instruments. The children are offered a wide range of after-school activities involving sport, music, drama and environmental education.
Parents and friends help regularly in classrooms and on educational visits and there is a very strong support group, 'Friends of Scholes School' (FOSS) which organises regular events including the annual village carnival. FOSS has generously provided much of the school equipment and internal refurbishing over a long number of years.
We aim to create a happy, secure environment where children achieve high standards and develop positive attitudes to learning. We aim to provide our children with opportunities to become confident and enthusiastic learners through a broad and balanced curriculum; we want children to have a high self-esteem and to be proud of their achievements. With the many recent national initiatives being very academically focused, we have endeavoured to keep our curriculum as relevant and practical as possible.
The school has been inspected by Ofsted twice, first in 1995 and secondly in September1998. The process and the outcomes were both positive, especially with reference to the quality of teaching and learning and the aspects of the school such as ethos, behaviour and relationships. All issues for action from the inspection have been systematically addressed. The school works closely with the LEA, using the expertise available and receiving valuable support in a number of areas.
The Aims of Our School
- For every child to achieve their maximum potential, whatever their ability and for their achievements to be valued and recognised, enabling each child to have a high self-esteem.
- To give children a secure grasp of the basic skills, particularly in Literacy and Numeracy.
- Whilst acknowledging that our emphasis should be on Literacy and Numeracy, we aim to provide a balanced, broadly based, flexible curriculum, which incorporates the New National Curriculum (1999).
- To provide a safe, secure environment, where children are happy and their emotional needs addressed.
- To create an environment, which is rich in learning experiences and stimulating, both mentally and physically.
- To encourage our children to become self-motivated, self-servicing, independent learners.
- To build on each child’s experience and their knowledge of the world.
- To expand the horizons of each child and show that effort and/or creativity can bring self-improvement and achievement.
- To provide stimulation for imaginative, spiritual and intellectual development.
- To promote good behaviour by implementing a policy based on respect for individuals and groups in an environment, where people are treated with equality, whether in terms of ability, gender, race, religion or culture.
- To build on the partnership between parents and school, giving parents opportunities to be involved with their child’s education and acknowledging their crucial role in their child’s development.
- To develop the role of the school within the community, establishing and maintaining links, which are, beneficial to all involved.