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Harlow Carr 70th Celebration

Coppice Valley School have designed a tea planter for the Harlow Carr Garden Party to celebrate their 70th anniversary.
Year 5 pupils have designed a Alice in Wonderland inspired planter for the Harlow Carr SevenTea Container Competition.
We've really enjoyed getting outside and getting creative.
Its a great opportunity for us to get involved in community events and practice our gardening skills.

Willow Tree Primary School represents Yorkshire at the Children’s Book Awards.

Four children from Willow Tree Primary School were lucky enough to represent the Harrogate Book Group at the Children’s Book Awards, the only national book award based solely on votes from children, earlier this week. As one of nearly 30 book groups across the country, the Group have been busy reviewing books for the awards so having the chance to attend the event was a fantastic experience.

The children got to meet various authors and illustrators including Lisa Thompson, Tom Palmer, Catherine Doyle, Vashti Hardy, Alex T Smith and Arree Chung. They were also lucky enough to get wonderful portraits drawn by author and illustrator Sarah Mcintyre.

Each book group is tasked with producing a collection of works inspired by the book of a short-listed author. Harrogate Book Group were responsible for giving Duncan Beedie his portfolio which had been carefully collated by the Chair of the Group, Fiona Brady.

Once the portfolios were awarded it was time for the main awards where the overall winner was announced as Arree Chung for his book Mixed, a compelling story about colour, tolerance and embracing differences.

Year 4 teacher, Alex Strzeszewski commented "The day was so inspirational for the children. It was wonderful to see the authors and illustrators speak so freely about their works with the children throughout the day. Reading for pleasure is a vital part of a child's education and organisations such as 'The Federation of Children's Book Groups' help to foster this love for reading."

Record number of Ripon Grammar students destined for top universities

A RECORD number of students at the North’s top-performing state school are celebrating offers of places on highly-competitive courses at the most prestigious universities in the country.
Twelve Ripon Grammar School students are heading for Oxbridge and 19 are set to study medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine, with more than 67 per cent of the school’s sixth form receiving offers from the elite Russell Group of universities.
High-flying students throughout the 137-strong sixth form have secured places on a wide range of courses, from airline pilot studies, astronomy & physics to ecology & conservation, fashion, history, law, nuclear engineering, nursing and psychology & criminology.
Head of sixth form Terry Fell said: "It is one of the great privileges of my job that I see at close hand the amazing variety of plans and routes our students choose to take. These fantastic young men and women show an aspiration, a sense of independence and a willingness to take control of their own lives and destinies that is deeply impressive. We wish them all the very best of happiness and success in their bright futures."

*One of only five grammar schools in the country to offer boarding places, RGS has consistently topped the northern league tables for A-level results, with 79.5 per cent of students achieving grades A*-B last year.
*RGS is holding a Year 5 Open Evening, for September 2020 first form intake, on June 24, 5.30pm.

Upper Wharfedale School’s work to protect students’ mental health has been recognised with a nationa

Upper Wharfedale is the first maintained secondary school in North Yorkshire to have been commended for their focus on student and staff wellbeing by being awarded the Carnegie Centre of Excellence Mental Health Award for Schools.
Helen Mukherjee, Assistant Headteacher said it was a ‘proud’ achievement but added, ‘Achieving recognition of this type is very pleasing we will continue to find even more ways in which we can to continue to support our young people moving forward. Mental health is something close to all our hearts and I think the work we do is extremely important. I hope it makes a difference to both our students and staff’.
The school has a wide range of provision to support the wellbeing of our children. Student surveys have given honest and open answers which help us to guide the students towards self-harm support, mindfulness, support for eating disorders and other specific areas to help them. The school’s increased focus on SEMH and improvements in behaviour have gone hand-in-hand in recent years. “The impact has been amazing; there is a calmness in the school”, said Andrew Taylor, headteacher. “It is always satisfying to receive recognition such as this, but the hard work of the staff and students in tackling this issue on a daily basis is to be admired.”

Ripon Grammar student is cycling champ of the North

An exceptionally talented 17-year-old Ripon Grammar School student blew the competition away at a prestigious regional cycling championships.

Abi Smith won both the junior and women’s titles to be crowned Yorkshire champion, but also was the overall women’s race winner, which included top cyclists from all three northern regions.

This is Abi’s first season of dedicated cycling, as she was a triathlete up until last year, so, she says, she felt she had nothing to lose.

“I knew there were some really good competitors in the race but I had less to lose as I had no past results to measure myself against. I felt nervous, but I thought I’d just go for it, because I’d regret it if I didn’t.”

Abi, who was selected for the elite GB cycling team last year, was racing against around 40 other competitors in the Yorkshire Road Race Championships, some of whom were more than twice her age.
The event, held at Terrington, also incorporated the North-East and North West championships: "I had ambitions to win the juniors. I didn’t expect to win the women’s race overall,” says Abi, who has only just turned 17.

It was a particularly hilly 33-mile course and Abi, from Oswaldkirk, won the uphill sprint finish by a few bike lengths: “The course suited my strengths really well,” she explains.

Boarding student Abi trains on the hills of nearby Nidderdale after school: “There are some good hills in these parts, around Lofthouse and Brimham Rocks.”

Reception Farm Trip

On Tuesday 11th June Ash and Elm reception classes from Ashlands Primary School, Ilkley, are visiting Thornton Hall Farm. We are all very excited and wonder what animals we are going to see! This year we hatched out our own chicks in an incubator so are looking forward to seeing some fully grown hens too.

Ripon Grammar's £1m boost for future sporting stars

A TOP performing Yorkshire school’s reputation for sporting excellence is to be given a massive boost with a new £1m world-class, purpose-built floodlit pitch.
After several years of planning, work has now begun on the new 3G ‘third generation’ all-weather artificial grass surface at Ripon Grammar School, which will also benefit the wider community of the city.
Students will begin playing on this exciting new addition to their school - which, alongside a newly-laid grass pitch and long jump, is being fully-funded by a property developer - in the autumn term.
Headmaster Jonathan Webb said this latest extension to the school’s first-class sports facilities was an amazing asset which would help further enhance the development of the next generation of sporting stars.
RGS has built a regional reputation for sporting success, with girls’ hockey and netball teams recently winning national titles and two rugby teams being crowned Yorkshire champions.
The new pitch will be used for a wide variety of sports including lacrosse, rounders and athletics training, as well as for girls’ and boys’ rugby and football.
The new facility will also serve three partner clubs, Ripon RUFC, Ripon City AFC and Ripon City Panthers JFC.
Persimmon Homes agreed to fund the sporting facility as part of the planning requirements for a new housing development in the city.
*RGS Year 5 Open Evening (for Sept 2020 intake) is on June 24, 5.30pm.

Harrogate School Nature Garden

Inspired by Your Royal Highness Kate Middleton pupils at Coppice Valley Primary School have been planting spring flowers in their very own 'Back to Nature' garden this week.
We know through research that being outside in nature has a positive impact on children's physical and mental well-being. Coppice Valley primary school are lucky enough to have their own wildlife garden and are making the most of the good weather learning outside.


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