Latest news from around the school

Your views matter!

Posted on 08 May 2018 by Mr Roundtree

At Moortown Primary, we’re always keen to hear your views. Most parents and carers are happy to let us know at any point if something’s gone wrong – and even sometimes when things have gone well! However, it’s always useful to collect your views on some standard questions – the same questions that Ofsted use during inspections.

We ask that you visit the survey site and respond to a series of statements – either agree / agree strongly or disagree / disagree strongly (or say that you don’t know). The statements include:

  • My child is happy at school.
  • My child feels safe at this school.
  • My child makes good progress at this school.
  • My child is well looked after.
  • My child is taught well.

There’s also the opportunity to add any comments you may have. The survey should take you about five minutes – maybe a bit longer if you add lots of comments. The survey is open until 11 June.

The results of the survey are used by school leaders, including the governing body, to shape what we do in the future – your views do matter.

As always, if you’ve any questions, comments of concerns, do let us know.

Big Pedal - our best day so far!

Posted on 01 May 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Today, we’ve recorded the highest number of active journeys by bike and scooter for the Big Pedal – 64 pupils (30%).

It would be great to increase these figures for the last few days of the Big Pedal.


Posted on 26 April 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Well done to our Year 5/6 netball team who took part in the Leeds North East High 5 netball competition at Allerton Grange today.

There was some great netball skills and teamwork from the children in all their matches.  The team were proud to be complimented on their play by one of the umpires.

If you’d like to improve your netball skills, our after-school club starts next Tuesday and there are a few places available.


Term-time absences

Posted on 26 April 2018 by Mr Roundtree

In the summer term, the number of parents / carers requesting term-time absence increases a little. We do not authorise term-time absence for holidays or other reasons that are avoidable. This follows our Attendance Policy which the Governing Body agree, and follows the recommendations from the Department for Education.

If a child has unauthorised absences, there is the likelihood that parents will be issued with a penalty notice from Leeds City Council.

The National Association of Headteachers has produced some guidance recently, extracts of which are shown here:

The Education (pupil registration) (England) (amendment) Regulations 2013, which came into force on 1 September 2013, made it clear that head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless ‘exceptional circumstances’ prevail.

The fundamental principles for defining ‘exceptional circumstances’ are that they are ‘rare, significant, unavoidable and short’.

Term times are for education. This is the priority. Children and families have 175 days off school to spend time together, including weekends and school holidays. Head teachers will rightly prioritise attendance. The default school policy should be that absences will not be granted during term time and will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances.

If an event can be reasonably scheduled outside of term time then it would not be normal to authorise absence for such an event – holidays are therefore not considered ‘exceptional circumstances’.

Do you need wheels for the Big Pedal?

Posted on 25 April 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Do you have any unused bikes or scooters (in reasonable condition) that you’d like to donate?
Just bring them to the donation station by the main playground entrance any day during The Big Pedal (23 April-04 May) and they’ll be made available for others to take away and enjoy for free.

Big Pedal Day 3

Posted on 25 April 2018 by Mrs Taylor

MORE PRIZES announced for The Big Pedal!

It’s been a great start to The Big Pedal with numbers increasing each day and there are still seven days left to make a difference by scooting and cycling. As well as all the great national prizes on offer, pupils at Moortown Primary could win a brand new scooter (donated by the PTA) or three lucky winners will have their name inscribed in a signed copy of “The Boy Who Biked the World”, written by world famous (Yorkshire born) adventurer Alastair Humphreys! The trilogy of books is being donated to the school library so everyone has the opportunity to be inspired by this amazing adventure.

School dinner consultation

Posted on 25 April 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Thank you to all parents and carers who provided feedback on the recent school dinner consultation of meal choices for the September menu.

Catering Leeds, our school meal provider, can offer an alternate jacket potato and sandwich option alongside the meat and vegetarian daily option and we welcomed your feedback on whether this would work for you and your child(ren).

There were a number of parents/carers who were interested to try this option but the majority of responses expressed an interest to keep the options as they currently are. The main feedback was for children to have a hot meal for their school meal rather than a sandwich.

As a result of this, we will continue with the existing daily meat, vegetarian and jacket potato option. 

The September menu is currently in the planning stages and we have liaised with Catering Leeds to ensure the menu is tailored to our children’s preferences, while still meeting the national school food criteria.  Once finalised, this new menu will be made available to parents/carers at the end of the summer term.

Our current menu can be viewed in the Health section and is displayed around school.

Thank you once again for your feedback on our school meals.

Themed menu

Posted on 25 April 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Catering Agency, our school meal provider, will be running a special themed menu on Tuesday 15 May.

Please contact the office, by Friday 04 May, if your child would like a school dinner on this day.

Big Pedal day 2

Posted on 24 April 2018 by Mrs Taylor

We’ve had a great increase in the number of journeys to school by bike and scooter with 24% of pupils travelling in this way today.  Thank you for your support to promote this sustainable travel.

Reception continue to be the class with the highest number of pupils biking or scooting with Year 2 in second place today.

Remember, if you have to come by car to school, park further away so your child can scoot or bike the rest of the way.

The Big Pedal

Posted on 23 April 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Today was the first day of the Big Pedal, a Sustrans initiative to encourage sustainable travel to school by bike or scooter, running from 23 April to 04 May.

Well done to Reception who were our winning class today with a third of the children travelling to school by scooter.  Year 3 were second and Year 4 were third.

Schools will be entered into daily prize draws if we have over 15% cycle or scoot on each day of the challenge.  Let’s try to increase numbers of children who bike or scoot to school tomorrow as we compete with schools locally and across the country.