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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

Dear Parents

We have had a lovely couple of weeks at school which has ended with the fabulous KS2 show Porridge!  We have amazingly talented children and staff at Shepley. To put on a show with so many lines, songs, props and even a cow to the standard it was, was incredible. The children really enjoyed putting on the show and have learnt so much about what it takes to put together a production, we may have some budding actors, costume designers and stage managers of the future in the making!

Reception have really cared for their precious bundle of eggs which arrived on Monday and now have 9 chicks to look after. They are fascinated by them, as are the staff!  They will be learning how to care for them over the coming week until they go back to the farm next Friday.

We have continued with sporting success in football this week with our Year 5 girls football team coming 4th out of 13 teams on goal difference.  Also our two football teams of Year 4 and 5 boys did extremely well in their pyramid competition. The team who played on grass came first overall and the team who played on the Muga came 5th out of 12 teams, which also came down to goal difference. Well done to all the children, we are  extremely proud of you!


We had our annual visit from the Local Authority last week which went extremely well.  They visit to check     standards at school and ensure that we are meeting all of our statutory requirements.  They were very complimentary about the school, which is always nice feedback to have.

Thank you for showing us so much support in these difficult financial times for schools.  We have had a fantastic response to Mrs Mckinnells’s letter and to the mention I gave in the last newsletter about our budget difficulties. I would like to give a special mention to Mr and Mrs Paxman whose son is in our Reception class. They have set up a monthly contribution to the school’s budget for which we are extremely grateful.  They see this as investment in their children’s education and we will certainly ensure that this and any donations go directly to resources to  enhance the children’s experience at school. If anyone else would like to consider this then please contact Mrs Gotham in the school office, we certainly do not expect this but any amount will really help us.

Just a reminder that next week on Monday we will be holding our Decorate an Egg competition and our Easter Egg Raffle! We have a huge pile of Easter Eggs, again thank you for being so generous with your donations. I do keep reassuring the children that the eggs are perfectly safe in the staffroom, I think they are a little concerned the staff might be too tempted by them!

Next week we will be holding our parent evenings, we look forward to seeing you all then.  And, on our very last day of term we will be holding our Break The Rules FOSFS Fundraiser!

Have a lovely Easter break!                     

Mrs Bowman                                                                           



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