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Springwood Community Primary School
Wood Street, Bradford,BD8 8HY Manningham
01274 731695

Thank you for visiting our website. This website is designed to help you understand how and what your child will learn and gives information about school routines you need to follow. At Springwood we provide a happy, stimulating and exciting learning environment and we want to work in partnership with you to help your child achieve high standards in their work. Springwood Primary is a multi-cultural and multi-racial school  and we value this cultural diversity.

The school has grown rapidly and is now a larger than average school with 404 fulltime pupils and a further 36 three year olds attending part-time. Pupils mainly have Asian ethnicity and almost all speak English as an additional language, with a third at the early stages of acquiring English. All children have access to the National Curriculum and are given the opportunity to develop regardless of gender, faith, culture or disability. Home languages are mainly Punjabi, Bengali and Urdu. We have children from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, West Indies, Somalia, Rwanda, South Africa, Albania, Armenia, Mongolia, Congo and Czech Republic. Every member of the school community should feel that their language, religion and culture are valued and respected. In order to achieve this we will use what children know and understand about themselves in our curriculum.

Springwood is a good and improving school. Pupils make good progress from exceptionally low starting points because of rigorous leadership and good teaching. The school has a rich mix of pupils from very different backgrounds. All of these pupils achieve well because of the care and support provided by the school. The pupils make outstanding contributions to the community with the involvement of their parents and the school. Children in the Foundation Stage settle into the Nursery class quickly and enjoy learning because of good planning for their care and development. This includes an innovative curriculum designed to celebrate and enhance the learning of the children who between them speak 13 different languages. Many families move into and out of the local area and there are significant changes in the roll of classes. For instance, only a third of the pupils who started school in Reception are now in Year 6. The school plans effectively for such changes because the headteacher believes that 'the pupils only have this one chance'.

Pupils are well cared for in a welcoming and harmonious learning environment. Every child really does matter and the vast majority of parents and pupils agree wholeheartedly with this: 'If you were a child you would want to come here.'

The School Day

School opening times

8.45am - 12.00 noon   1.00pm - 3.15pm.

Nursery opening times

8.45am - 11.15am     12.45pm - 3.15pm. 

The School opens at 8.45a.m. It is not necessary for children to be on the premises much before this time. It is, however, very important that the children are in school at 8.45am. Supervision prior to school is a parental/carer responsibility. We ask that children arrive just before the doors open. Lunch is from 12 noon to 1.00pm. The day ends at 3.00pm if for any reason you are delayed when coming to collect your child, please ring the school. Times spent on teaching each day is 4 hours 30 minutes (excluding registration, assembly and morning break). If your child is absent or will be late, please contact us, we require a note giving the reason for absence. Failure to do this may result in a referral to the Education Social Work Service.

The school year is divided into three terms, Autumn, Spring and Summer.


National Curriculum Statement

Under the 1998 Education Act we are required to deliver a curriculum that consists of three core subjects.

English - including Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing, Spelling and Handwriting



and nine other foundation subjects: Information Technology, Design Technology, History, Geography, P.E, Drama, Art, R.E and Music.

Language Support

An additional grant helps us to support children learning English by additional member of staff who are employed by Ethnic Minority Achievement grant. This funding is on a temporary basis.

We use a variety of teaching approaches. Sometimes it will be appropriate to teach the class a whole if, for instance, the class teacher is introducing a new theme or idea. At other times, children will be organised into small groups, sets or work individually. Whichever approach is used, we try, as far as possible, to match the work to the learning needs, interests and experiences of your child. We aim to provide the children with as many first-hand experiences as possible in order to make their learning meaningful. All areas of the curriculum needs to have a strong emphasis on skill, for example, children need to know how to count, read, investigate and problem solve. Children also need to develop additional skills- those of how to find, organise and evaluate information, rather than always learning facts for their own sake.

All year groups follow the National Curriculum and children may work on activities around a topic / theme. The school has a daily Literacy Hour and a daily Numeracy Hour.

Parents/Carers are invited into school in October and July to discuss their child and his/her learning and progress. These are mainly in the evening and a ten minute appointment will be allocated when your child's progress and yearly report will be discussed and you will have an opportunity to question the Class Teacher or Headteacher about your child. If you are unable to keep the appointment, your child's annual report will be posted to you in July. Our Home/School Liaison Officer will be available in school to translate and interpret your child's report.


Special Educational Needs


All teachers have responsibility for children's individual needs, including short-term and long-term learning difficulties. Children with specific learning difficulties are identified and monitored carefully and if necessary specialist help is sought. Parents/carers are given regular information and informed throughout. If a child's progress or attitude at home or school are causing concern, we need to work closely together for the benefit of the child. Children who are more able are identified through the same process and, if necessary, specialist help is sought.


Pastoral Care

The educational progress and the social welfare of children is the responsibility of the individual base teacher in the first instance. Any matter or problems may be brought to the attention of the Headteacher or Deputy Head.

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