Templenewsam Halton Primary School is a county school situated in a suburban area in East Leeds. It was established as the village school in 1842 and maintains this important role in the community.
It accommodates children in the 3 –11 age group in three separate buildings, including the original school, on the same campus. The planned capacity for the school was 420 and we presently have 417 children on role, organised into 14 mixed ability classes. In addition we have a 39 place Nursery which accommodates 78 children on a part time basis (5 morning or 5 afternoon sessions per week).
The staff are committed to the development of a well structured, broadly based curriculum with an emphasis on cross-curricular approaches and the development of skills, concepts and attitudes. We consider the needs of the child in all aspects of development i.e. physical, intellectual, aesthetic, moral, spiritual, emotional and social.
The ethos of the school is built upon secure family relationships and the development of respect, self-discipline and self worth. Close contacts with parents and the community are encouraged. We aim to foster a secure, thriving, growing community where learning both academic and social can continue regardless of age, ability level, race, gender or physical disability.
We believe that all children, regardless of their abilities, have the right to be ‘the best that they can be’ and we aim to provide them with the opportunities to develop academically, morally and spiritually.
We feel that primary school education should create powerful memories of happiness, laughter, interest, stimulation, excitement, safety and security and be a period of personal awareness, growth and development and we all work hard, as a team, to achieve this.
All children need, love, concern, praise, recognition, new experiences and the chance to be creative, good adult role models and the chance to take responsibility. We must provide these in our school so that our children may have, do, be, belong and grow personally.
At Templenewsam Halton Primary School we believe that good learning should be carefully planned and structured, stimulating, challenging, rich and joyful. It should be placed within a secure framework of courtesy and good manners within a caring, family atmosphere. Our children will be given the opportunities to experience the joy of discovery, solving problems, being creative in writing, poetry, art, music, performance, dance and drama. They will be encouraged to explore, to question, to make informed choices, to evaluate, to accept and reject ideas and decisions and to develop and sustain arguments. They will be encouraged to become confident and efficient e learners who are excited by the opportunities offered by fast developing technology. The children will be given experiences through which they can develop lively, enquiring minds and qualities of mind, body, spirit, feeling and imagination so that they can use knowledge effectively and apply themselves to tasks and physical challenges.
All our children will benefit from an inclusive, rich, broad and balanced curriculum with lots of opportunities for first hand experiences, practical work, investigation and learning through structured play. The curriculum will be extended and enriched by an extensive range of extra curricular activities, visits and visitors, use of the environment and the climate of relationships, attitudes, styles of behaviour and general quality of life established in the school community as a whole.
The key skills will be the core of our work, teaching and learning will be matched to the appropriate stage of children’s physical, mental, social, moral, emotional and cultural developmental needs and creativity will be central to our work. The school will drive its own improvement, set challenging targets and continually strive to do things better. Assessment of learning will inform teaching and learning.
Teachers, the learning mentor and support staff will work together to support children with special educational needs, gifted and talented children and children from minority ethnic groups in order to remove barriers to learning and give our children the support that they need.
All people will have high expectations and set high standards in work and behaviour for themselves and others. All people will be listened to, treated fairly and will have opportunities to take responsibility, build their self-esteem and develop their self-confidence.
We will build on our partnership with parents by consultation, giving them good information, helping them to understand the curriculum and teaching methods and by making our school a focal part of their community.
Our school will be a caring society where each person is regarded as a contributor to the good of the whole. Ours will be a secure, thriving, growing community where learning both academic and social will continue regardless of age, ability level, race, gender or physical disability. There will be an agreed level of minimum accepted standards, which, while adding to the group ethos, will not detract from individuality.
Our school will be a secure and happy place where children can learn and play in safety, trust and confidence. Praise will be the hallmark of our discipline and each person will be proud to call it ‘Our School’.