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Ofsted Inspection and SATS

Our Ofsted inspection has now been completed and while we know the outcome of the inspection this is as yet confidential. The outcome of the report will be shared with our parents, pupils and the wider community once we have confirmation to do so.

Many thanks for your continued support and cooperation. The Ofsted inspector appreciated the brief discussions she had with parents and for giving your time to complete the online survey. We always welcome feedback from our parents and pupils to help us move forward.

The inspection also came in what was already a busy week for us in school. Well done to all our Year 6 pupils and Class 3 staff for their hard work in the run up to SATs and during SATs week. We know how hard you have worked and deserve to do well. We now have our Key Stage 1 SAT test for Year 2 pupils. This will be closely followed by the standardised Year 1 Phonics Screening. If you have any questions at all about these tests please do not hesitate to get in touch with your child's class teacher.

Congratulations to all our cross country runners who ran last night at New College. A special well done to Rowan who came 1st in the Year 6 race and will now qualify for the next round. We are all very proud of your achievements.

Food and Hygiene Rating

Congratulations to Mrs Sue Lodge and her kitchen team who have again this year maintained their 5* Food and Hygiene rating for food preparation and kitchen standards. Congratulations!!

Some of us were lucky enough to visit Milnsbridge to see the Championship play off final cup. What an amazing experience.

The School House

We had a fabulous opening day celebrating all the hard work which has gone into developing our School House. We are very proud of this space and it has already been put to good use for teaching literacy, design and technology, music lessons and governing body meetings. it has so much potential and we cannot wait to put it to full use. We are looking at renting the space out when it is not in use. If you know someone who would be interested in hiring the space please pass on our details and ask them to get in touch.

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Our School

Wilberlee School is a Junior and Infant Community School.  It is a mixed school, which serves children from a wide catchment area in the age range 4+ to 11 years.  The recommended maximum pupil limit for the school is 77. In September 2014 the school will become part of the Federation of Clough Head and Wellhouse

The school has a long history and can trace its origins back to the National School that was built in 1785 to serve the needs of the village children.  This building still remains and can be seen opposite the Parish Church.

In 1845 Upper Slaithwaite Church Mission School was opened at Shred and continued until 1894 when a new Board School was opened at Wilberlee for 160 children.  At the time when the new school was built most of the children lived in small farm cottages on the surrounding hillsides and very few children came to the school from lower down the valley.  This changed when houses were built along Longlands Road.  Later the Longlands estate was erected.  Now most of the children arrive by the school bus which comes up the hill from Slaithwaite.  There are however, a few children who travel from the outlying districts of Scammonden, Pole Moor, Upper Holme, Merrydale and beyond to get to school.

The school building still retains many of the original Victorian features although internal changes have been made in recent years. In 1998 class 3 was extended to the rear of the school and this enabled a library and ICT area to be created upstairs. During the summer of 2000 another classroom was constructed above the existing infant classroom and these were extended further during 2003.  There is also a hall, staff room, office and a kitchen. The building is surrounded by playground and there is a pleasant school field to the rear, part of which has been developed as a forest area and beyond that is our new Field of Dreams.

Parking

A polite reminder to park at drop off times with consideration for other road users and the local residents. Please make use of the drop off zone and do not stop on the yellow zig zags. We greatly appreciate your help with this matter and help with ensuring every child manages to get in and leave school safely every day.

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