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Term dates

School closes for the end of term: Friday 19th July 2019

School re-opens: Tuesday 3rd September 2019


Safeguarding notice                     

A reminder that if your child is ill or you wish to make changes to home time arrangements (going home with a friend etc) these messages must be given to Mrs Bentley or the class teacher by the child’s parent / carer and not a child. Alternatively, messages can be left on the school phone answer service at anytime or an email can be sent to


Late arrivals

A reminder that children who arrive late must be signed in by their adult in the ‘Late Book’ in the office. To help parents, children may be collected upto 3.40pm. Children not collected by 3.40pm will be taken to the hall and they will be booked into after school club and charged from 3.40pm. There is no after school club on a Friday but a late collection charge of £1.00 per 10 minutes late will be applied for children collected after 3.40pm on Fridays. As notified last year, late collection from clubs will also work in the same way.


Thank you for your cooperation.



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Newsletter Issue 39 - 18th July 2019


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Latest News: Summer term 2




Thank you to all those who were able to join us on the school walk last Friday. The sun shone and a good time
was had by all. Thankyou also to the PTA for their incredible, hard work throughout this year. Their
contributions to the school are invaluable.

We have enjoyed our traditional end of term events this week. On Monday the year 6 children went on their
Mystery trip to Leeds to watch Toy Story 4, followed by a delicious Italian meal. Fun was had by everyone
who attended the Leavers’ Disco on Tuesday evening. A special thankyou to Mrs Adams for organising this
event. Our Leavers’ assembly, this afternoon was as usual, an emotional affair. Well done to all children in
year 6. It was lovely to see the families of the year 6 leavers enjoying afternoon tea in the Askwith café in
the hall after the assembly.

We say good bye to Miss Smith and Miss Harrison on Friday. We thank them for their contribution to
Askwith Primary School and wish them all the best in their future careers.

The children in year 6 have yet again had tremendous success in their SATS, well done children. They will be
missed and we wish them well as they move to their high schools.

We are pleased to announce that we have achieved Bronze level in the Schools Games Mark Award, many
thanks to Miss Smith for all her work towards this.

Thankyou to all parents for your continuing support of and contribution to making Askwith Primary School
such a special place. Thankyou also to all the staff and governors. They work tirelessly to improve the
outcomes for all pupils at Askwith.

Tomorrow, school closes at 2pm and the buses will depart at 2pm. Children may come to school in their home
clothes and bring a small toy that does not make excessive noise. No valuable items, phones or ipads please.


School re-opens on Tuesday 3rd September with breakfast club and after school clubs running as this year.

Special after school sports’ clubs will be announced in the first week back.

I hope you and your families have an enjoyable and restful summer break.



The children greatly enjoyed their visits to next year’s classrooms this week and are clearly ready for the challenges that await them in their forthcoming year.

The school walk and PTA barbeque takes place tomorrow afternoon. The long walk departs at 2.15pm. The short walk departs at 3pm. Both walks are expected to return to school at approximately 4.30pm. Please collect any children who are not walking at 3pm prompt as all staff will be going on the walks. The school buses will depart at 3pm. All children may come to school in home clothes suitable for walking, trainers or walking shoes recommended. Please can all children bring a water bottle to school which can be filled before they depart on the walk. A reminder that dogs on leads are welcome on the walk but should not be brought into the playground. As last year, at the end of the walk, all children will be escorted onto the school field and children must not return to school during the barbeque. The school will be locked at 4pm, this is for safeguarding reasons. Thankyou to the PTA for organising the barbeque, let’s hope the fine weather continues!


A reminder that tomorrow is the final day to send in payment for tickets for the Leavers’ Disco on Tuesday evening, all children welcome. Thank you to Mrs Adams for organising this event. Thank you too to Mrs Dickinson for organising the Leavers’ Hoodies.

Our Leavers’ assembly, presented by the year 6 children, takes place on Thursday at 1.30pm. Parents and families of year 6 children welcome.

A letter is going home today about our prices for next year, school lunches and next term’s menu. A response is needed from everyone who will be having school lunches next year please.

Please can all children in years 5 and 6 return any instruments that they have borrowed by Monday at the latest.

Please can all reading and library books be returned to school by Tuesday at the latest.

A reminder to please pay for any outstanding items on Parent Pay before the end of term.

School will close for summer on Friday 19th July at 2pm, the school buses will also depart at 2pm.



On Friday, the children in year 6 held their Bake-Off competition. The children were incredibly enthusiastic and competitive. A super day was had by all - well done to all children for their fabulous creations!

The KS2 art exhibition on Wednesday was a feast for the eyes! Well done to all children for their tremendous efforts over the year. Thankyou to all parents who attended.

Next week is our induction week when children in years R to 5 will enjoy sessions in their new classrooms with their teachers for next year. We will also be joined by some children who will be joining the school in September. Children should be dropped off and collected as usual from their current classrooms.

A reminder to current nursery parents that there will be a meeting for parents of next year’s Reception class on Tuesday 9th July at 9.15am in the school hall with Mrs Nayler and Mrs Bennett. Children who do not usually attend on a Tuesday morning may be left in the nursery for the duration of the meeting.

Letters about the school walk and PTA barbeque on Friday 12th July were handed out last week and emailed home. A response is needed from all families about the school walk by MONDAY 8th JULY so we can make plans and cancel the school buses if they are not needed. Please also return the slip and payment to order food for the PTA barbeque.

A flyer about the Leavers’ Disco on Tuesday 16th July was emailed out on Tuesday, copies are in the classrooms and in the office. Please send in payment as detailed on the flyer to buy tickets.

Some end of term reminders:

  •  Please remember to keep making regular payments on Parent Pay. All sums must be paid before the end of term.
  •  Years 5 and 6 please bring your instruments into school, last lesson is on Wednesday 10th July.
  • There will be no sports club on Thursday 18th July, after school club will run instead until 5pm.



On Monday the children benefited from workshops led by a policeman on the subject of e-safety. Each year group explored important issues around staying safe online and who to go to with any concerns. The parent workshop was very useful on the subject of keeping children safe online. For further information, please see the link on our school website.

Children from year 6 experienced lots of real life situations staged by the emergency services at the Crucial Crew event on Tuesday. In addition, they learnt about the dangers of drugs, electricity and open water.

The year 3 and 4 children visited a synagogue on Wednesday. They found the experience very interesting and the guide complemented the group on their exceptional behaviour and conduct. The children then had a successful afternoon map reading in Valley Gardens.

The EYFS creativity exhibition was outstanding! It was wonderful to see so many parents and children at the exhibition, celebrating the hard work and creativity of our youngest pupils. The KS2 exhibition is on 3rd July.

A reminder that tomorrow is the last day to return order forms and payment for the Tempest class photographs.

Please see attached letters about the school walk and PTA barbeque on Friday 12th July. This is a lovely family event and a great fundraiser which I hope many of you will be able to join.

This morning the children have enjoyed an assembly led by a representative of Leeds Rhinos who are running a multi sport activity camp at Prince Henry’s in August, fliers are being sent home today, copy attached.

A reminder to please keep making regular payments on Parent Pay for lunches and clubs. Contributions towards trips and swimming are much appreciated. The sum due for children in years 3 4 5 & 6 for school lunches in July is £37.50 per child. If you have questions about amounts on your Parent Pay account please ask Mrs Bentley as soon as possible. All sums are due by the end of the school year and it will not be possible to make changes in September.



Year 5 and 6 had a wonderful time in Northumberland despite the weather. As usual, wherever we went, their exemplary behaviour was commented on by members of the public. Well done to all pupils.

It was lovely to see so many of you at sports day on Tuesday. Thankyou to the PTA for providing refreshments for the children. Thank you to the Askwith Arms for accommodating all the cars, they are happy for parents to use their carpark at the beginning and end of the school day but ask that parents park considerately.

The KS1 art exhibition on Tuesday afternoon was very successful. Thank you to all the parents who came along to view the children’s artwork from this year. The children were very excited to share their creativity with the whole school and parents. Thank you to the PTA for providing baking for this event.

Year 1 and 2 had a visit from some birds of prey this week. They had a demonstration by the professionals, including watching a barn owl fly around the hall, and had the opportunity to hold the birds as well; they all thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.

On Wednesday, KS1 had a visit from an Imaam from Huddersfield. This has helped further their learning about different religions in modern Britain.

As advertised last week, on Monday 24th June, the police will be visiting school to deliver age appropriate e-safety workshops for all children covering various topics including online games and social media. Parents are invited to attend a short workshop at 3.40pm where they will receive information about the risks of online usage and how to keep children safe. Afterschool club for children whose parents are in the workshop will be free on this day for the duration of the workshop.

Class photograph order forms were handed out yesterday, please complete and return to the school office by Friday 28th June if you wish to purchase a photograph.

As advertised in the national press, May Day Bank Holiday next year is to be changed to Friday 8th May to coincide with the 75th Anniversary of VE day. School will now be open on Monday 4th May but closed on Friday 8th May. Please see attached updated term dates for next school year 2019-2020.



Yesterday, the children in years 1 and 2 enjoyed a trip to Leeds Art Gallery. The children took part in a colour skills workshop, were colour detectives in the art gallery and produced a collaborative piece of abstract art which will be unveiled at the KS1 art exhibition next Tuesday!


Years 5 and 6 are currently away on residential. They are managing to have a great time despite the weather! We look forward to hearing all about their Northumberland adventure when they return.


As listed in the ‘Dates for your diary’, Sports Day for all children in years Nursery to 6 will take place next week, we hope the weather will have improved by then! Sports day is planned for Tuesday 18th at 9.30am on the school field with Wednesday and Thursday as reserve days if conditions are not right on Tuesday.


Following last year’s success, we will be holding art exhibitions in the school hall. The KS1 art exhibition (years 1 and 2) will be displayed on Tuesday 18th June from 3pm. The Early Years Creativity Exhibition (years nursery and reception) will be displayed on Wednesday 26th June from 3pm. The KS2 art exhibition (years 3 4 5 & 6) will be displayed on Wednesday 3rd July from 3pm. All parents are invited to come and view the children’s work in the school hall on those dates.


On Monday 24th June, the police will be visiting school to deliver age appropriate e-safety workshops for all children covering various topics including online games and social media. Parents are invited to attend a short workshop at 3.40pm where they will receive information about the risks of online usage and how to keep children safe.This is a very important subject and I would encourage parents to attend if possible, particularly those with children in years 3 4 5 and 6. Afterschool club for children whose parents are in the workshop will be free on this day for the duration of the workshop.


On Tuesday 25th June, the children in year 6, together with other year 6 children from local schools, will be attending ‘Crucial Crew’ sessions led by the emergency services, see separate letter. On Wednesday 26th June the children in years 3 and 4 will be going on their class trip to Harrogate, see separate letter.



We are pleased to announce the class teacher arrangements for next academic year:

  • Reception & Nursery: Mrs Bennett
  • Year 1: vacancy, recruitment process on going
  • Year 2: Mrs Timiney
  • Year 3 & 4: Miss Fox
  • Year 5 & 6: Mrs Longford and Mrs Nayler

The teachers will be supported by our teaching assistants Mrs Burgess, Mrs Cattlin, Mrs Dockar, Mrs Farrier, Miss Johnson, Mrs Muttick, Miss Webster and Mrs Yorke.

I regret to inform you that Mrs Rigg has unfortunately left the school due to personal reasons. We thank Mrs Rigg for her commitment and hard work over the past 12 years and wish her well for the future.

Miss Harrison and Miss Smith will also be leaving the school at the end of term, we wish them both every success for the future.

The children in Reception had a wonderful time on their trip to Bolton Abbey on Wednesday. They learnt about the Priory and spent time creating a range of art using natural materials. They enjoyed going on a ‘bear hunt’ acting out the story in the grounds of Bolton Abbey.

Our bi-annual residential trip for children in years 5 and 6 departs for Northumberland next Wednesday. The children and staff are greatly looking forward to the trip and we hope the weather is kind to us!

Unfortunately, we have received a complaint from a member of the public who drives through Askwith every morning about the dangerous manner in which some parents are driving and the inconsiderate way some are stopping in the middle of the road causing chaos to other road users. This person has made a complaint to the police about the dangerous driving witnessed of one particular car.

A reminder that children should not be taken out of school during term time. If you wish to apply for ‘Pupil Leave in Exceptional Circumstances’ please complete the form available from the school office. Please submit your form at least 4 weeks before the first date of the requested absence.

Please see here for an updated ‘dates for your diary’ for the summer term.


Autumn term 1: News round-up

Autumn term 2: News round-up

Spring term 1: News round-up

Spring term 2: News round-up

Summer term 1: News round-up

Recent Events, Clubs and Visits

The NSPCC visited school to deliver age appropriate assemblies to the children. The visit helped to remind the children how to stay safe and who to contact if they have any concerns.


Cross-country began again on Saturday 22nd September. It has been great celebrating the children’s successes and we hope to hear more about these over the course of the season.


Gardening club took place on Tuesday lunch times. Children in years 1 and 2 were welcomed to go along to plant, care for and help to harvest the different crops.


Handbells club took place on Wednesday lunchtimes for Key Stage 2 children. A great opportunity for children to learn to play the handbells and create music together.


Cooking club began on Tuesday 18th September for children from reception to year 2. It is always lovely to see the range of food types made by the children.


KS1 book club takes place on a Thursday lunchtime. We are very passionate about ensuring that all children develop a love for reading and that they are able to explore a range of texts. Book club is a great opportunity for children to do this, with children encouraged to borrow books from the library.

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