Shepley First School

Welcome to our school

We hope you find our web-site informative. If, having looked through it, you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate in contacting us or telephoning to arrange a visit.

Our popular and successful primary school for pupils aged 4 – 10 is situated in the village of Shepley and is a member of the highly popular and very successful three-tier Shelley Pyramid of schools within Kirklees.

We aim to create a positive learning environment where our children feel included and valued, happy and secure, where they experience and develop high self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities.

I am sure as you walk around Shepley First you will see why we are really proud of our children, staff and our school. 

Fran Bowman

Headteacher's Blog

Thank you very much for your support during our parents evenings this week.  We have had two lovely evenings and the feedback we have had has been extremely positive.  We are glad that you have found them informative.  We are constantly looking at ways to improve our communication with you and will, as our Ofsted report indicated, be developing ways of sharing more assessment information with you about your child’s progress and attainment over the coming months.  A big thank you to FOSFS who provided the tea and coffee and to our kitchen staff who provided some very tasty nibbles.  We also raised £94.30 from your kind donations for our artefacts, the money will go to the school council towards their fundraising for a bike and scooter rack.

Easter is nearly here and what better way to get in the Easter spirit than celebrate the arrival of some chicks! On Monday Reception took charge of 12 eggs and throughout the course of Wednesday all 12 eggs hatched, 3 hatched during parents evening providing a little distraction!  The Reception children now have to take care of the chicks until next Friday.

Class 4W had their family event this week, which was some Easter card making and sewing. A lovely time was had by all.

Next week is another busy week.  The KS2 children are very excited about their show which is on 3 times next week, there are a few remaining tickets available at the office.  On Thursday the 6th we are holding our ‘decorate an egg’ competition.  All entries are to arrive that morning with a winner from each class being announced in assembly on Friday. All winners will receive a prize!

Next week, from Monday we will be selling raffle tickets for our Easter Raffle which will be drawn on Friday 7th April.  Thank you for all the donations of Easter Eggs, there is still time to donate a few more – the more eggs we have the more winners from the raffle we will have.  All proceeds from the raffle will go to the school council.

Friday the 7th is also our FOSFS Break The Rules fundraiser.  The teachers are in for a fantastic day and also have to pay to break the rules!

In other news, we are continuing to enhance our links with the local community.  We had a great meeting with Cliffe House last week.  They will be working with us during next academic year to develop our Muddy Puddle Time further.  The teachers will be receiving training around bush craft skills so that the children can be more   involved in things like fire building and outdoor cooking.  Look out for information about each classes library visit soon. A huge thank you to Dinah Bentley from the Village Association for having a new clock made for the school hall.  Dinah’s family have long been associated with the school and Dinah had donated a clock in memory of her mother and aunt some time ago to the school but unfortunately it broke and couldn’t be repaired.  The new clock is beautiful and will be presented to the children in assembly.  

Year 5 have been involved throughout the year with the Village Association, a few months ago they interviewed some of our elderly village residents about the past in Shepley.  This was recorded and a DVD has been made of the interviews.  From the 2nd May this will be available to buy and in the near future will be shown at the library.  Year 5 have also been benefitting from the knowledge and experience of the WI.  Members of the WI are running some climate change workshops for Year 5 and have brought some lovely food with them too, last week was heart shaped sandwiches which went down very well with the children.

I look forward to seeing many of you next week at the shows but hope you all have a lovely Easter holiday.

Mrs Bowman


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