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...the best start for your child

 

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"Rufford Park is an exceptional school and a brilliant example of
high-quality education in an environment where children feel safe and happy."

- MP Greg Mulholland

 

At Rufford Park Primary we believe that everybody in our school family
should be happy, healthy, safe, cared for, valued and successful. 

Our ethos and values

Our Golden Rules

 What is a Rufford Park Learner?

Latest School Calendar Events

FIRST DAY OF NEW HALF-TERM30Oct2017

Dodgeball Club30Oct2017

3:20 pm - 4:30 pm

Drama Club (A Midsummer Night's Dream)31Oct2017

3:20 pm - 5:00 pm

WHOLE CAST REHEARSAL

Guitar Lessons01Nov2017

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Drama Club (A Midsummer Night's Dream)02Nov2017

3:20 pm - 5:00 pm

WHOLE CAST REHEARSAL

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 NEWS

Danelaw Trip

We had a fantastic day out in September - living the life of Vikings at the Danelaw Centre for Living History, near York. Throughout the day, the children learnt to farm the land, guard their village from Anglo-Saxons, grind flour, bake bread, collect firewood, create their own pottery... and much more besides! One child commented: "I wish we could be Vikings every day!"

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Year 5 trip to Eden Camp

Year 5 had a fantastic trip to Eden Camp in Malton for their WW2 topic. This unique modern history museum is built on the grounds of a former prisoner of war camp. The children experienced the sights, sounds and smells of life on the Home Front and the Front Line - including the Blitz, a German U-boat and a 1940s music hall.

                                          Click here for photo highlights... 

 

 

Young actors shine on professional stage

Congratulations to Year 4, who gave a brilliant performance of Richard III on the West Yorkshire Playhouse's spectacular Quarry Stage. The Primary Players Shakespeare Festival was a unique collaboration with over 200 children from schools across Leeds. Our young actors received expert weekly training from Playhouse staff - including Creative Education Manager Aoibheann Kelly, who said: "It was an absolute pleasure to work with Rufford Park... the group were just fantastic on Wednesday - I was so proud of them! What an incredible bunch of young people."

Rufford Park will also be returning to the Carriageworks Theatre in Millennium Square this November, performing A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Shakespeare Schools Festival - the biggest youth drama festival in the UK. This will be run as a free after-school club, open to all of Year 4, 5 and 6.

The feedback from parents and performers following previous productions has been outstanding, and we can't wait to see your children rise to the challenge once again!

Click here for pictures of Richard III and other previous productions.

Or click here to listen to students and staff discussing the project on BBC Radio Leeds
(from 1 hour, 8 minutes)

 

Year 3/4 trip to Nell Bank

Our children had an AMAZING day of outdoor learning at Nell Bank in Ilkley as part of Geography Week 2016! Activities included pond dipping, a minibeast hunt, orienteering and a twig tower competition in the woods.

Click here to see pictures of Year 4 having a fantastic time...

Balanceability and Bikeability training

Children of all ages have been building confidence on two wheels - as part of their Balanceability and Bikeability training. Reception and KS1 have focussed on improving their balance, while Year 6 have developed their knowledge of road safety with professional coaches - cycling all the way to Guiseley and back!

 

World Book Day

Well done to children and staff for their fantastic outfits, celebrating World Book Day! The children enjoyed a day of fun book-related activities - including a parade in the hall - while some classes also visited Yeadon Library. Thank you to parents and carers for all your help with the brilliant costumes! 
 

The Woodwind Trio visit Rufford Park

The ArtForms Woodwind Trio visited KS1 as part of their ‘Marvellous Musicians’ topic. The children listened to ‘Cats’ and ‘Joseph’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’, before singing along to ‘Let it go’. They also discussed the various moods of the music and learnt about different composers.

Outdoor adventure at Herd Farm

Maple Tree Class had a fantastic residential in October at the Herd Farm outdoor activity centre. The screams and laughter were heard for miles as they tackled a variety of activities, including crate-stacking, assault course and archery!
 

Young athletes excel at the Brownlee Triathlon

Triathletes from Years 5 and 6 met the superstar Olympic medalists Jonny and Alistair Brownlee at the John Charles Centre for Sport. They ran, swam, and cycled their way to success against children from over 70 schools across Leeds, in the second annual Brownlee Triathlon.

 

                     Pyjama Party with our 'Patron of Reading'

Children across the whole school enjoyed a storytelling session with our Patron of Reading - internationally renowned author Saviour Pirotta. The event was a celebration of bedtime stories, with Years 1 to 6 dressing up in pyjamas and onesies. The children had a fantastic time, and the day finished with a book-signing session in the hall. Saviour has sold over 6 million books in nearly 30 countries around the world, so we're very grateful he was able to spend a whole day with us. He also blogged about the day here. Stay tuned for more book-related fun coming soon!

 

Water Sports at Yeadon Tarn

Maple Tree Class have had a fantastic time enjoying their weekly water sports training at Yeadon Tarn. They have used a variety of boats and faced up to their challenges with great determination!

 

ART CLUB

Year 2 have been enjoying Art Club with Mrs Stephenson! The children in this group had fun decorating a 'Helping Hand Bag' and then presented them to teachers in their Art Club assembly. Teachers can now keep their essential equipment in one place ready to carry to other classes!

Run by our Learning Mentor after school, every child in Year 2 enjoys half a term of free classes. Children are introduced to great artists from different cultures and learn to explore different media and methods. 

 

MATHLETICS

Well done to all those working hard on their Mathletics! A special congratulations to Ash Tree Class who recently beat over 20,000 schools to become World Champions in the weekly league tables! Well done also to Lei of Maple Tree Class, who smashed the school record with an amazing 34,930 points in a single week.

Have you earned your 1,000 points this week? Click here and log on today!

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WHAT DID OFSTED SAY ABOUT RUFFORD PARK?

      • “You have successfully led a raft of developments in the school since the last inspection... Despite these big strategic projects, neither you nor the governing body have lost sight of ensuring that pupils get a good education and receive a high level of care and support.

      • “The vast majority of parents remain confident that the school meets the different needs of their children. You listen to their comments and make appropriate changes.”

      • "[Results] have risen over time and were 10 percentage points above most other schools in 2016.”

      • “Pupils enjoy reading and talking about their favourite authors.”

      • “Progress for the most able pupils in mathematics was particularly strong."

      • “Pupils enjoy coming to school and appreciate the wide range of additional activities in place for them. Their participation, for example in the Shakespeare Schools Festival, gives them opportunities to develop their confidence and aspirations as they perform in front of large audiences at professional venues.”

      • “The [new] Nursery offers very flexible part-time provision, which helps to meet the different needs of children and families. Children’s learning journals show most are making strong progress from their different starting points.”

Click here to read the full report (2017).

Click here to read our previous report (2012).

Click here to visit Ofsted's Parent View website.

 

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