Where will you watch Le Tour?

I’m excited! Are you? Our children have certainly embraced this special sporting event over past couple of weeks as they have taken part in a series of  Tour-related activities, culminating in the fabulous event at Temple Newsam House on Tuesday. I hope you saw the picture I Tweeted earlier this week, as it really showed what a fantastic fun day it was – and the sun really shone! I was at a meeting on Wednesday when we suggested that it would be great to run the cycle races every year as a part of the legacy of the Tour de France coming to our city. Good idea, let’s see if it happens. So, what else have we been up to?


Our Year 6 children, along with Year 6 children from every TNLP school, have been taking part in a transition project aimed at making their move to high school a smooth one in September. They have all produced a piece of autobiographical writing that will go with them to their high school and be used to show the standard of writing they have achieved at primary school. Their learning can then begin at exactly the right starting point in Year 7. It has been a great project and four of our children exhibited their writing at the TNLP members’ event at Templenewsam House on Wednesday evening. They made us very proud!


Inspired title for this paragraph, eh? Can I just remind you that we ask that you don’t approach the school fence during playtimes and lunchtimes, especially if you have dogs with you. We talk to the children about the dangers of approaching strangers and strange dogs at the school fence but just recently there have been a number of our parents doing just this. I know that all dog owners will tell you their pooches are well-behaved and never harm anyone but we need to teach children how to keep themselves safe and this is one way we can do this. Thank you for your cooperation.


Thank you for all of the responses to our annual survey this week – we’ve had more back this year than for a few years! They will be collated over the next week and I will publish the results as soon as they are available. Of course, one lucky respondent will win a £25 cash prize. Will it be you?


The consultations form part of the set of information that we will be using over the next two weeks as we finalise our plans for the coming school year. We look at a whole range of information, including assessment data and the results of consultations, before deciding what our priorities will be for the next stage of our school’s development. Once this is in place, I will let you know what we intend to do.

SUMMER FAIR – Rain? What rain?

What a great team effort! A few drops of rain (or even a torrential downpour or two!) would not dampen the spirits of our school community, who turned out in great numbers to support this important annual fundraiser. Mrs Gray and the brilliant PTA team were completely undaunted by having to suddenly relocate everything indoors – a great example of calm under pressure! The results are still being calculated but I know that it was a great success even before we have the numbers because so many of you told us you had a really good time! What a fabulous community event!


Here are this week’s totals:

Cubs 1   94.3%       Cubs 2   96.4%

Tigers   97.2%      Cheetahs   93.9%

Snow Leopards   96.6%    Lynx   96.3%

Dolphins   93.7%      Penguins   94.5%

Polar Bears   97.5%       Sharks   90.9%

Panthers   92.1%     Golden Eagles   98.8%

Jaguars   93.1%

This means we have 95% overall for the week, a bit disappointing after last week’s figures. Let’s make the last two weeks of term as near 100% as we can!


There was so much talk in Café Clark about giving 100% effort and we likened it to the effort and determination that the Tour de France riders will need to show tomorrow, especially as they face some of those really steep climbs. The children could see that this level of effort, alongside a determination not to give up, is what is required in order to be successful. Fabulous!


Enjoy le weekend,

Steve Clark, Headteacher

Diary Dates


Wednesday 9th – Awards Evening

Thursday 10th July – Musical Evening @ 6.30 p.m.

Friday 11th – PTA disco

Tuesday 15th – Y5/6 Production @ 6.30 p.m.

Wednesday 16th Y5/6 Production @ 6.30 p.m.

Thursday 17th – Year 6 Trip to Lightwater Valley

Friday 18th – School Closes for Summer Break

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