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A happy and healthy and safe place to learn

Posted on 09 October 2018 by Mr Roundtree

At Moortown Primary, we place keeping our children safe – both physically and emotionally – as our top priority. We recently invited someone from Leeds LA to come in to school to audit all our safeguarding procedures. The purpose of the audit was to ‘assist schools in evaluating their procedures for Safeguarding and Child Protection’ – it’s something that many schools request in order to make sure their procedures are as robust as they can be.

We’re happy to tell you the audit went really well – some aspects of our procedures were even identified as exemplary!

Final comments in the report are:

I was shown around the school where I observed that the Living and Learning theme is embedded and visible to all pupils and staff and that notice boards and displays were of a high standard.

I spoke to 4 pupils who were confident in telling me about who they could go to in school for support and how they are taught to keep themselves safe on line.  They all stated clearly that they felt safe in school because of the teachers they have around them.

It is clear to see that the safety and welfare of the children at Moortown Primary School is of high importance and the staff and SLT [Senior Leadership Team] have worked hard to meet the needs of its children and families.

The evidence presented for the audit was good and very thorough and the preventative approach through the curriculum was shown to be excellent and is embedded throughout the school.

Well done, Mrs Weekes, who’s the lead person in school for safeguarding.

Moortown Primary is a happy and healthy and safe place to learn.

Active travel winner

Posted on 09 October 2018 by Mrs Taylor

To mark International Walk to School month and our recent promotion of the Park and Stride site at Marks and Spencer, we are running a prize draw every week in October.

All children who make an active journey (bike, scoot, walk or park and stride) every day for each week  are entered into a prize draw.

Each Friday in October, we will select a winner at random to win a £10 Love2Shop gift voucher.

Here’s our first winner.  Keep up those active journeys to be in with a chance to win the next prize.


Parents' evening coming up

Posted on 08 October 2018 by Mr Roundtree

The first of two parent-teacher meetings are coming up soon: 22 October and 23 October. At these meetings, you’ll notice two changes.

In the annual survey of parents and carers, a small number mentioned that they would prefer more frequent updates about their child’s progress. We’ve acted on this by changing when we provide you with the Learning Updates. These were previously given to you at parents’ evening. However, this year, we’ll send these home at the end of the Autumn and Spring terms. This means you’ll have an update at the end of Autumn 1 (the parents’ evening), Autumn 2 (the Learning Update), Spring 1 (the second parents’ evening), Spring 2 (the second Learning Update), and then the end of year report in the Summer.

The second change is that under new data protection legislation, pupils’ books will be given to you during the parent-teacher meeting – meaning you can only see your own child’s books – and you’ll return those on the way out of school. (We’re sure parents didn’t peek into other books, but we’re doing this as a precaution.) To make things easier, the meetings will take place in the front building – some in classrooms and some in the hall.

As always, Mrs Weekes will be around to hear your questions, compliments and concerns with these arrangements.

Bounce into basketball

Posted on 03 October 2018 by Mrs Taylor

City of Leeds basketball are launching new girls sessions.
First session commences starts Sunday 30th September.
Whether you have just fancied a go or played a little at school, you will be welcome.
£5 per session pay to play and all newcomers to the club/foundation will receive the first two sessions free.
So why not give it a try and … “Bounce” into basketball or reach “New Heights”  with City of Leeds Basketball.

Road safety assembly

Posted on 02 October 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Anne, from Leeds City Council’s road safety team, delivered some great safety messages in our assembly this morning.

Can you remember the green cross code?

  • Think!
  • Stop!
  • Look!
  • Listen!

Mass park and stride

Posted on 02 October 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Thank you to all families who joined our mass park and stride this morning from Marks and Spencer.  Special thanks as well to Leeds City Council road safety trainers, Dom Jacques and Living Streets representatives and especially Kerby for supporting this event to mark the start of International Walk to School month.

It was great to see so many families join the walk to school using Marks and Spencer to park their car rather than parking near the school gate.

Keep up those active journeys to school for a happy and healthy start to the day.

Start your day with an active journey

Posted on 01 October 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Today marks the start of International Walk to School month.

During October, we’re working alongside Living Streets to encourage families to travel in active ways to school.  There are prize draws every week for children who have made active journeys to school (biking, scooting, walking or park and stride) with an added prize draw for those children who have made active journeys to school throughout October.

We realise that some families do need to come in the car to school so we are promoting Marks and Spencer car park (200 2 hour free spaces) as a place to park and then ‘stride’ the last part of the journey to school.  This will avoid congestion at the school gate, improve health benefits to families and counts as an active journey.

Tomorrow, we will be working with Leeds City Council road safety trainers to deliver pedestrian training to Years 1, 2 and 3.  Reception class will enjoy a class based safety session and Year 5 will be using the speed indicator device to check vehicle speeds in the 20mph zone outside school.

To start the day, join us for a mass park and stride meeting at Harrogate Road outside Marks and Spencer from 8:30am.

What? Mass Park and Stride

When? Tuesday 2nd October from 08:30am

Where? From Harrogate Road outside Marks and Spencer (200 free 2hr park and stride parking spaces)

Why? To encourage families to make active journeys to school and keep cars away from the school gates.

Who? Leeds City Council’s Road Safety Team, Kerby the road safety mascot, Living Streets representatives plus as many families as possible.

If you don’t come by car, join us on the route to school.

After-school clubs

Posted on 26 September 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Places are filling up for our after-school clubs starting next week.

We do have some places available on the following physical activity clubs.  These clubs are subsidised using our PE Premium funding costing just £1 per week.


Have a try at a new sport. Led by Elaine Brown, Leeds Volleyball Club coach, come along to learn skills, develop team work and play competitive games on our volleyball court in the MUGA. This club finishes at 4.15pm. There is no session on Monday 22 October 2018.   Open to Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6  Cost £7


Multi skills
Come and take part in a range of fun sporting games, challenges, matches and activities which include key motor skills such as throwing, catching, kicking, running, jumping, striking, Organised by Five Star Sports. This club finishes at 4.15pm. There is no session on Tuesday 23 October 2018 or Tuesday 27 November 2018. Open to Y1, Y2, Y3 Cost £6


A fun way to keep fit while learning new skills. Organised by Leeds Gymnastics Club. This club finishes at 4.15pm.  Open to Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5 Cost £8


Wake Up Shake Up
Be ready to Wake it and Shake it at Mrs Charlesworth’s club. You’ll be swinging, shaking, moving and grooving your way to pop, rock, R’n’B and dance. This club finishes at 4.15pm. Open to Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6 Cost £8

How can I book a club?

Booking for after-school clubs is via School Gateway.  Please contact the office if you need any assistance making a booking.  Payment is due at the time of booking.


National Fitness Day

Posted on 26 September 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Some of our Key Stage 2 children enjoyed an active morning taking part in a range of activities for National Fitness Day:

  • ‘I loved the dodgeball.’
  • ‘I enjoyed all the activities.’
  • ‘It was fun to do the different games.’



A wonderful 'well done'!

Posted on 26 September 2018 by Mr Roundtree

It’s great to receive a letter from Leeds Learning Improvement Team congratulating us on how well we’re doing…

Initial analysis of attainment and progress at Moortown indicates that you have outcomes significantly above national in reading, writing and mathematics combined.

We are pleased that the work that your school has undertaken has had a positive impact…

Congratulations to the whole team for their dedication and hard work which is positively affecting outcomes and will improve the life chances of all these children.