Welcome to Rufford Park!
...the best start for your child
(WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE PICTURES ARE COPYRIGHT ROB FREEMAN PHOTOGRAPHY)
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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.
Latest School Calendar Events
- FIRST DAY OF NEW HALF-TERM19Feb2018
- Dodgeball Club Y5/619Feb2018
3:20 pm - 4:30 pm
- Mathletics Club (after school)20Feb2018
3:20 pm - 4:20 pm
- Guitar Lessons21Feb2018
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
- KS1 Dance Lessons21Feb2018
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
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!"
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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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.”