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Stray FM School News

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Open Morning at Willow Tree Primary School for 2020 new starters

On Wednesday 20th November, Willow Tree Primary School are opening their doors to prospective parents and careers of children due to start in nursery or reception in 2020. Come along and see the school in action!

Award winning author visits Willow Tree Primary School

On Tuesday 5th November, award-winning author Andy Stanton, writer of the Mr Gum books, visited pupils in years 3 and 4 at Willow Tree Community Primary School to speak to the children about his new book: 'Paninis of Pompeii'.

Known for his hilarious humour and quirk quips, Mr Stanton was an instant hit with the children, providing plenty of laughter and a valuable insight into the world of writing. After the informative session, the children had the opportunity to meet the author themselves and leave with a cherished signed copy of his new book.

Year Four teacher Helen Winter states: "It was lovely to see the children so engaged with Andy's talk. His humour really resonates with the children and sparks their imagination. The children couldn't wait to get started on his book!"

The author visit by Andy Stanton continues Willow Tree Community Primary School's commitment to raising the profile of reading for pleasure amongst young children. Earlier on this year, critically acclaimed writer Aisha Bushby visited the school to talk about her book 'A Pocketful of Stars' which was recently nominated for the Carnegie Greenaway Medal.

The reading enthused school continues to strengthen their links with the local community, independent bookstores and other committees such as The Harrogate Children's Book Group which allow these wonderful events to happen.

On the 9th January, multiple award-winning author Tom Palmer will be visiting the school for the day, in what promises to be day to inspire all.

Stay and Play sessions - Staveley Community Primary School

We are holding two Stay and Play sessions from 9 00 am on Wednesday, 20th November and Monday, 25th November of parents and carers of children in nursery and prospective parents.

Our school is welcoming where children are nurtured and inspired and flourish in a community where they feel safe and valued

Vandalism wrecks play equipment at Rossett Acre

Staff and pupils at Rossett Acre Primary School were devastated on their return to school after the half term break earlier this week when they found out that equipment in the Early Years playground had been vandalised over the holidays.

The vandals had ripped off the side of a play house in addition to breaking a number of the outdoor toys. They had also placed a large number of the tyres which the children play with, inside the house which the school believe may have been stacked with the intention of setting fire to the equipment.

Headteacher, Corrine Penhale, stated that the whole staff were very "disappointed with what had happened by this mindless vandalism." Whilst the damage could have been worse, it will still cost hundreds of pounds or more for the equipment to be replaced. She added "We have made the area safe for the children so they can continue to use the playground, but the play house will need replacing as soon as possible."

Anyone wishing to donate towards a new play house should contact the school on 01423 561579

Anyone with information regarding the incident can call the Police on 111.

The Forest School Christmas Fair Friday 29th November 2019

The Forest School, Knaresborough are holding their annual Christmas Fair on Friday 29th November from 09:30 - 11:30am. There will be stalls, refreshments, tombola prizes and a raffle. All welcome to attend this event in support of the school.


It's not everyday you can stroke a tarantula's leg or hold a hissing coach roach when in school and Nursery.
Kettlesing school and Nursery had such an interesting time with Guy from Bugs n Stuff showing us a range of insects and reptiles.. The range of bugs was great and Guy was very informative across all ages from 2 - 11.

The Best Bonfire in Ilkley!

Ashlands Primary School Ilkley is holding it’s annual community bonfire on Saturday 2nd November on the school field. Gates open at 6pm with fireworks being lit at 7pm. We have lots of hot food, hot and cold drinks (including alcohol 😜) and would love to see you and your families.

Belmont Grosvenor pupil wins equestrian prize

A pupil at Harrogate independent prep school Belmont Grosvenor is celebrating after being crowned a ‘Lucky Star’ champion in a major equestrian competition.
Nellie Munyard, 9, a pupil in Year 4 at the co-educational Harrogate school, travelled to the world-famous home of horse riding and racing, Aintree, to compete in the 2019 Northern Stars Champion of Champions Show.
With her two ponies, Haari and Brendan, Nellie took to the main ring at the Aintree International Equestrian Centre for two classes at the weekend-long event, which saw competitors from riding clubs up and down the country compete.
In a class of 40 competitors, Nellie, showing her miniature Shetland pony Brendan in-hand, was picked as the ‘Leeman Lucky Star’, collecting a rosette and cash prize, before progressing to the Leeman Lucky Star Supreme Champion competition.
The young horsewoman was selected as one of just four finalists – winning a second rosette and a £100 cash prize. Her aim is to ride at the Olympic Games one day.
Mum Isabelle Munyard is proud of her youngest daughter’s achievements. Next week she will spend a day at the British Showjumping Association’s Academy in Hull.
Fellow pupils at Belmont Grosvenor School, based at Swarcliffe Hall, Birstwith, follow her progress in equestrian competitions closely.
Peter Baird, Sports co-ordinator at Belmont Grosvenor School said:
“We are incredibly proud of her and will continue to look forward to hearing more about her equestrian achievements as she progresses,” he said.

Harrogate school Belmont Grosvenor hands over Harvest Festival donations to Harrogate Homeless Proje

Pupils, parents and staff at Harrogate prep school Belmont Grosvenor have joined together to celebrate the Harvest and support a local charity.
Independent co-educational Belmont Grosvenor School, in Birstwith, Harrogate, answered a plea by Harrogate Homeless Project for food to help with their work supporting the homeless and vulnerable across the town.
The charity, based in Haywra Street, Harrogate, runs a 16-bed hostel in the town, as well as providing an emergency refuge for rough sleepers. The project also runs a day service in the town centre offering food, shower services, activities and support.
Pupils at Belmont Grosvenor, for children from three months to 11 years, brought in supplies, including long-life milk, pot noodles, cereal and coffee to hand over to the Project.
Hannah Parker, Charities co-ordinator at BGS said the entire school community was keen to help support such a worthwhile cause in Harrogate.
“Harvest is an important time of the year to remember that many people don’t have access to food in the way that we do and here at BGS we are delighted to support this vital charity,” she said.
A spokesperson for Harrogate Homeless Project said:
“Donations from Harvest Festivals such as the one at Belmont Grosvenor are essential – the food is stocked into our cellars and keeps us going all year round, providing food at our homeless hostel. We are grateful for your support and the support of the Harrogate community."

Ripon Grammar student progress among the best in country

RIPON Grammar School's outstanding progress at GCSE has placed the school 81st out of 6,000 schools in the country.

Provisional results for 2019 have been published by the Department for Education, featuring the grades achieved by the third set of pupils to sit new and tougher GCSEs in English and maths.

The scores, designed to encourage good quality teaching across a broad curriculum, measure the progress children make between the end of primary school and their GCSEs.

The national average for all schools in the country is around zero, with a score of +1 meaning pupils achieve one grade higher in each qualification than other similar pupils nationally. RGS scored +0.92, placing it among the top 15% of schools in the country.

Schools are judged by recently introduced measures called Progress 8 and Attainment 8, which are based on the results of the 2019 GCSE exams and historical DfE data.

The school's Attainment 8 score - the average score taken across eight subjects at GCSE - is 72.4, with the national average across all state-funded schools in England being 46.5 and North Yorkshire's average 48.6.

Headmaster Jonathan Webb said: "This is a superb achievement and a credit to everyone at RGS, especially during a time of unprecedented change in the exam system. We are very proud of all our dedicated and hardworking staff and students who rose to the challenge to exceed all expectations."

RGS students achieved 92.9% of all grades at 9-5 (the equivalent of A*-B) in their GCSEs.

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Friends of North Stainley School are our fabulous charity who tirelessly fundraise so that our little school can have access to a few extras.
On Friday 15th November, they are hosting an adults only 'Stars in their Eyes' disco in North Stainley Village Hall. Tickets are £8 each and includes your first drink. Doors open at 7.30pm and although fancy dress is optional, it will be enormous fun!
Please e-mail the school for tickets:

North Stainley School Christmas Fair

Come along to North Stainley Village Hall on Saturday 30th November from 11am and start shopping for those local and hand made bits and pieces.
Someone special will also be making an appearance!

School Open Morning for September 2020 Intake

Come and join us at North Stainley Church of England Primary School for a look around to see what we do. There will be activities to join in with and refreshments on the go.
All welcome on Saturday 16th November between 10am - 12-pm

Ripley Endowed Primary School Open Morning Wednesday 6th November 9:30am to 11:30am

Come along and visit us on a typical working morning to experience for our wonderful, nurturing school.
Cheerful, secure and stimulating learning environment for our children, their families and the wider community.
Surrounded by the historic and beautiful setting of Ripley Village and Ripley Castle.
Dedicated staff committed to ensuring that every child is happy, feels safe and can achieve their potential.
Out of catchment welcome.
Meals cooked on-site by our own cook

A Day in the Dark at Dacre Braithwaite

We are trying to raise the children's awareness of how we use electricity as well as the world's wider resources and what we can all achieve by making small adjustments in our daily lives to 'think greener'. We are also exploring how much fun we can have by recycling.

We will mix the age ranges of the children up so that they are working in their house teams. The activities they are going to be doing are:-

making no bake cheesecake and fruit smoothies
thinking about what adjustments they can make and writing a promise (inspired by the example of using fabric wax wraps instead of cling film)
making pine cone bird feeders
using litter to create art work mosaics and
'upcycling' old clothes by adding ribbons, buttons, threads etc to make them appear 'new'
And of course, we will not be using any electricity - so no computers or lights!

Western Primary School Open Sessions

Does your child start school in September 2020? Or are you looking for a nursery place for your child close to the centre of Harrogate? If so, you are very welcome to join us at our open sessions on the following dates:

Monday 21st October- 9:30am to 10:30am
Tuesday 22nd October- 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Wednesday 23rd October- 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Thursday 24th October- 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Friday 25th October- 9:30am to 10:30am

Enjoy a tour led by our Year 6 pupils and meet our staff to learn a little more about our 'outstanding' school on Cold Bath Road in Harrogate. Call (01423) 502737 to book your place. We look forward to meeting you!

Ripon Grammar School wins top award

A LEADING national school comparison website has awarded Ripon Grammar School a top five-star certificate of excellence.

The data gathering website School Guide - which has provided information to the Mumsnet parents’ website and the UK’s top property website Rightmove – rates more than 34,000 state and independent schools in the UK.

Visited by 15,000 parents a day, the guide assesses schools according to key performance data, including exam results, Ofsted reports, ‘value added’ score, attendance and pupil to teacher ratio. Parents are also able to write a review of their child’s school and compare against others locally, with a maximum five-star rating.

School Guide founder Victoria Bond said only schools with the highest academic records and in the top 20 per cent of schools in England were awarded five stars.

Headmaster Jonathan Webb said he was delighted all the hard work of staff and students at RGS had been acknowledged: “It’s great to be recognised as one of the top schools in the country. But there is a lot more to RGS than outstanding exam results and exceptional pupil progress.

“At the core of our purpose is the education of young minds to become outstanding members of the community and we are proud of the rich co-curricular opportunities we offer, contributing to producing well-rounded individuals ready for life beyond the classroom.”

Mrs Bond added: “Ripon Grammar School’s five-star certificate is the result of its dedication to academic excellence and shows how much it has achieved.

Open Day at All Saints Primary in Kirkby Overblow

Join us for a tour of our fantastic village primary school, led by our wonderful year 6 pupils!...

All prospective parents are very welcome on the Open Morning of Thursday 17 October.

Anyone who cant make it is welcome to arrange to visit on a day that suits them better.

Maths day!

Today the children at Coppice Valley Primary School celebrated Maths day. All the teachers and children dressed as times table rockstars and participated in many different maths activities such as engineering, creating dino parks, tessellations and many more!

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