Latest news from around the school

Federation Consultation

Posted on 15 July 2016 by Mrs Weekes

As you know, Moortown Primary’s governors have proposed to join the federation of Scholes (Elmet) Primary School and St James’ Church of England Primary School.  Any responses regarding this need to be returned to school by Monday 18 July.  The details of the consultation and any contacts needed can be found in the consultation document.

Applying for a secondary school place for September 2017

Posted on 11 July 2016 by Mrs Weekes

Parents of pupils who are due to go into Year 7 in September 2017, will be able to apply for a place between 01 August 2016 and 31 October 2016.

All applications for Year 7 pupils starting secondary school in September 2017 need to be made via the online application system.

You can apply for a place by going to  This site will also give access to a video which will give you a step by step guide to completing your online application.  The online application form and the video will be available from 01 August 2016.

You will need a valid e-mail account in order to set up and create an account in the online system.  Free computer access and help with setting up an e-mail account is available in Leeds City Council libraries and One Stop Centres.  If you need help with applying for a place for your child, the following drop in sessions have been planned to help you:

Date Venue Time
03/10/16 Headingley Library 13.00 – 15.00
04/10/16 Beeston Library 10.00 – 12.30
05/10/16 The Reginald Centre 13.30 – 15.30
06/10/16 Middleton Library 09.30 – 11.30
07/10/16 The Compton Centre 11.00 – 13.00
10/10/16 City Centre One Stop Centre 11.00 – 13.00
11/10/16 Bramley Library 12.00 – 14.00
12/10/16 Seacroft Library 10.00 – 12.00
13/10/16 Armley One Stop Centre 10.00 – 12.00


If you feel that you are having difficulty with completing the application form, please contact school or the Admissions Team on 0113 2224414 to access individual support.


What healthy changes can you make?

Posted on 07 July 2016 by Mrs Taylor

As part of our SEAL theme of Changes, the SEAL statement next week is I can make a healthy change.

During the week, children will be encouraged to make a healthy change.  This could be physically or emotionally and may include:

  • being active after school rather than being on a computer
  • having water with a packed lunch rather than a sugary drink
  • having a water bottle at school
  • taking part in a Sports Leader session at lunchtime
  • bringing a piece of fruit for KS2 playtime and Year 3 swimming
  • dealing with a problem in a positive way
  • going to bed earlier

Here are some suggestions that have been made this week.

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Another healthy change may be travelling to school in a sustainable way – walking, scooting and biking.

Each class will be recording their healthy changes with a reward for the class with the most changes.  All journeys to and from school by foot, bike and scooter can also be counted.

At the end of the week, the whole school homework will be our annual pupil health questionnaire, this should be returned to your child’s class teacher by Wednesday 20 July.

Change4life, whose aim is ‘to motivate and support millions more people to make and sustain changes that will improve their health’, also provides lots of ideas.

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We look forward to hearing all about your healthy changes.



School meal menu

Posted on 30 June 2016 by Mrs Taylor

Our school meal menu is changing! Catering Leeds, our school meal provider, have produced the new Autumn term menu.  It follows a three week cycle and will be displayed on our dining room window. This is a good way to make your child aware of what the daily meals are.

Following pupil consultation about their favourite vegetables, we have amended the vegetable selection to incorporate these choices.

School meals continue to be free for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  If your child is in Key Stage 2, please check for eligibility for free school meals.

If your child would like to start having school dinners, please inform the office.  A combination of packed lunches and school dinners is also available.

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Yorkshire Primary PE and Sport Premium Awards 2016

Posted on 27 June 2016 by Mrs Taylor

At the Yorkshire PE and Sport Premium Awards 2016 this afternoon, hosted by Olympic bronze medallist Steve Parry, we received our award for West Yorkshire winners in the Broader Sporting Experience category.

‘Your application fulfilled criteria, sustainability and creating a measurable impact on pupils.’

Find out more about how we invest our PE Premium.

Our pupils who attended, nominated by staff for their dedication to school sport, were a great credit to the school.

‘I feel proud to be from Moortown Primary School.’

‘I am proud that Moortown won this award.’














Many benefits

Posted on 23 June 2016 by Mrs Taylor

We are aware that physical activity supports health and emotional well-being.  It can also impact on achievement.

Research shows different activities have quite specific mental effects.  Find out how moving your body could sharpen your children’s ideas.


Hotshots total

Posted on 23 June 2016 by Mrs Taylor

Thanks to your generous sponsorship, we have raised £635.20 from our Hotshots event during the Money Matters themed week.  The money will be split between our current school charities, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Leeds Mind.


Money from our other fundraising event from the themed week, our penny trail, is still being counted!


School Saving Accounts

Posted on 19 June 2016 by Mrs Taylor

Our next paying in session for children with School Saving Accounts is this week.

  • Wednesday 22 June 3.15pm


You’re welcome to accompany your child to pay in their money.  If you can’t come, or maybe your child is at an after-school club, you can bring money to the office in a sealed envelope marked ‘School Saving Account’ with your child’s paying in card and this will be deposited into their account.

Also, it’s not too late to open an account.  Please ask at the office for an application form.

The next paying in session this term is Wednesday 20 July 3.15pm.

Rio Challenge

Posted on 11 June 2016 by Mrs Taylor

This week, we have launched skills drills Rio Challenge.  Linked to the upcoming Rio Olympics, pupils can attempt a series of ten timed sports drills based around core skills from different Olympic events.  These include hockey, gymnastics, rugby and athletics.


Children can be part of this online competition against their peers and other schools and we will be uploading times for the quickest drills.

The drills will be carried out in PE lessons and at lunchtime.  You could even have a go at home.

Rio challenge drills are led by Sports Leaders at lunchtime.

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Safe and secure...

Posted on 09 June 2016 by Mrs Weekes

To make sure that Moortown Primary School is a happy, healthy and safe place to learn, we invited a safeguarding expert to come in and review our practice.  As a result there was a safeguarding review on Wednesday 08 June.  The process took all day and was very thorough.  I am pleased to tell you that it was a very productive exercise and the report was very positive.  Here is a summary of what was said:

“The school is clearly committed to safeguarding its pupils.  The school has an integrated approach to safeguarding which ensures that children are kept safe.  There is effective training and support for staff, and a clear induction process.  The school’s systems for raising and recording concerns about children works well and is used by staff of all roles in school.  There is a rich learning environment which gives children a positive sense of self-worth.  Behaviour is well managed and clear processes are in place.  The school has excellent attendance and the children seemed very happy to be in school.”

Well done to everyone for this great report.