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January 19th 2018



School closure due to Adverse Weather


Adverse weather conditions cause all of us problems and the impact on running a school can be significant. Critical factors taken into account when deciding to remain open or to close include road conditions, safety of the site and staff/pupil ratios.

The responsibility for school closure rests with the Local Authority (LA) for maintained schools such as Thorpe. However, because of the variation in geography and climate throughout the district, it is normal for the Headteacher to make an individual school closure decision. The decision will be based on a health and safety assessment (both for staff and students); the LA and the Headteacher will keep the school open where at all possible. Only in exceptional circumstances will the school be closed. If weather conditions are such that the school makes a decision to close before the normal day starts i.e. around 6.30am, then instruction will be given to publish notification by 7.15am in the following ways which have proven the most effective ones to date:

  • A text sent to parents
  • A school closure message on local radio stations
  • An update on the Bradford Schools Online website



If a decision to close is taken during normal school hours, then all parents/carers who have signed up to Parentmail and provided us with mobile numbers will be sent a text. Some staff will remain in school to supervise students until they are able to get home.

As you can appreciate, we attempt to ensure we can deal effectively with weather conditions and circumstances arising from this that are beyond our control, and I trust you feel reassured that we will do all we can to remain open.


February Half Term Minecraft Activity

If your child is between 6 and 11 years old and is a Minecraft enthusiast, this half-day Minecraft fun meet is a perfect half term activity.

Our experienced classroom practitioners will use Minecraft EDU on laptops to run a variety of interactive activities to allow your child to explore and create exciting new worlds.

Your child will have the opportunity to work independently or to collaborate with fellow minecrafters to build worlds, create characters and solve problems using imagination, creative thinking and teamwork.

As a memento of the day, you will be given a free photo of your child in a Minecraft world and a special souvenir.

You do not need to bring any equipment – all resources and laptops will be provided.

There is no need for parents/guardians to stay, but if you feel more comfortable remaining on the premises, we have a space where you can wait. All our staff are DBS registered and are experienced classroom practitioners.

The meets are being held on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th February and are repeated four times.

Please visit the website to book a place for your child.



Key Dates for the Spring Term 2018:


Date Event
Thur 25th Jan Y4 Class assembly 2.45pm
Y3 Cricket sessions 9.00-10.30am
Frid 26th Jan Y3 visit to Leeds Museum
Thur 1st Feb Y2 Class assembly at 2.45pm
Thur 8th Feb Y4 Visit (Roman workshop)
Rec Class assembly at 2.45pm
Mon 12th– Frid 16th Feb


Half Term
Frid 23rd Feb Y2 & Y5 visit to Yorkshire Wildlife park
Mon 26th Feb Fairtrade Fortnight
Thur 1st Mar World Book Day
Thur 8th Mar Y1 Class assembly at 2.45pm
Tue 13th Mar Parent Consultations 3.30-7pm
Wed 14th Mar Parent Consultations 3.30-5.00pm
Thur 15th Mar Y3 Class assembly at 2.30pm
17th-23rd Mar Sports Relief
Thur 22nd Mar Y5 Class assembly at 2.30pm
Thur 29th Mar Easter assembly at 9.00am
Thur 29th Mar School closes for Easter


Honours Award                    Top Table

YR Nicole Karwacka/Alfie-Jack Clough              YR Alex Gow

Y1 Oliwia Krajkowska/Derry Pogson                   Y1 Archie Key

Y2 Cameron Regan-Lee/Serena Gough              Y2  Thomas Armour

Y3 Jaimee Husarz/Brooke O’hagan                     Y3  Ashton Rushforth

Y4  Thomas Hodgkin/Josephine Turley             Y4 Jack Wilkin

Y5 Daniel Bennett/Ella Johnston                         Y5 Gabrielle Harris

Y6  Alfie Mullaney/Macy Hardcastle                   Y6  Edie Scarlett


Y1 won the attendance for last week. Well done!

The whole school attendance was 95.7%


This week’s winners of our behaviour award are Y6.  Well Done!


Lunchtime Award

This weeks lunchtime award goes to Poppie Murgatroyd  – Always being pleasant and Oliver Hopson – Being very helpful.


Monday  3.15pm-4.15pm –  Homework club

Tuesday   3.15pm-4.14pm   Benchball Club                                             

Wednesday  3.15-4.15pm –        Cricket Club

                                                 Reading Clu

Birthday children next week                                    

Daisy Fitzpatrick             Lois Jones                         Leon Patterson

Serena Gough                   Aalissa Hardcastle               





Happy Birthday to them all!