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 all for a wonderful half term.  The children have achieved so much this half term, I am very proud of their wonderful behaviour, impeccable manners and determined attitudes to do their very best!  We always have a  very high standard of uniform at Shepley, thank you for following our policy and encouraging your children to take pride in their appearance. 


I hope you will agree that the displays around school are looking very attractive and reflect the        importance we put on art and project work.  The teachers and teaching assistants work very hard to make the school an attractive place where children’s work is valued and celebrated.  One visitor to school last week could not believe that all the displays were work from this half term and not from last year too!


Muddy Puddle time has been a tremendous success, the children and staff have really enjoyed their outdoor time together and have produced some lovely, creative work which has underpinned our curriculum in a very unique and special way.  We will be continuing to develop this area of school and will be doing some staff training on outdoor learning on Monday 31st October.  We are very fortunate to have beautiful surroundings to accommodate this type of work. You may have noticed that the ‘growing roof’ of our eco lodge has had to come down.  The weight of the roof was no longer able to be supported by the structure of the building and many trees had seeded themselves up there! It looks very smart now and with the back drop of the trees still blends in well to the environment.


We have plans for a pond and new library developing at the moment, look out for more information soon.  Your support of FOSFS events will help us to raise funds for both of these exciting developments!  The Halloween disco is a FOSFS event and is on Wednesday 2nd November!


Thank you for some wonderfully creative homework this half term.  As a school we always want to place a focus on academic achievement but we also want to develop well rounded children who develop talents in many areas, we want our children to be creative thinkers and this has certainly shone through with our homework tasks.


By the end of this week, but too late for the publication of this newsletter we will hopefully have recruited a new deputy head for the school.  We had a lot of interest in the post and the highest number and calibre of applicants I have ever seen.  It was very hard shortlisting with so many talented applicants to choose from but we did and have had 4 very experienced candidates taking part in two day recruitment process this week.  It was a very rigorous process designed to get the very best person for our school!  I will let you know the outcome after the half term holiday.


Information about our Halloween disco, Children In Need day and Christmas events are included in this newsletter. 


Have a wonderful and safe holiday.


Mrs F Bowman


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