We are a Primary School based in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. We offer education to children aged between 3-11 years.
Our school logo is inspired by the tiger, Fenella, who used to live in a house just up the road in the 1940's!
We are not sure what we are doing, and are feeling slightly old and nervous, but never let it be said that we in the office can’t keep up with the times. You may need to bear with us and promise not to laugh when we make a classic ‘old people using technology’ mistake but I am sure we will get there………………………………
Once again we have been hit by snow. As per our early morning text we are going to go with a delayed start this morning (10am) in the hope that the snow will have stopped and the roads will be a little clearer. At the time of writing (8.30am) the road up from Rotcher is not clear and cars are having difficulty getting up – Cartworth Road is currently inaccessible.
We intend to operate a walking bus from Rotcher from 9.45am – hopefully we will have enough staff here then to operate – parental help would be much appreciated from those who are free.
UPDATE – thank you all for your support and understanding this morning – true to form all the snow has now gone and the road is clear – the footpaths are more or less snow free too!
We have made the decision to open school this morning as the roads are clear. Please can you ensure that your child brings a change of footwear/clothing. If possible, do not arrive before 8.45am and use the main entrance.
Finally, if any parents has access to a tractor please can you possibly help to clear the playground and carpark? It would be very much appreciated!! Thank you.
Absence messages can be left on the school’s answer phone 01484 687565 (option 1).
School will be open at 10am. Do not drive up Rotcher Road – staff will be at the corner of Cemetery Road from 9.45am to escort children to school. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding this morning – it has been a very difficult decision to make, due to the ice on Cartworth Road, staff, who are not local, not being able to get here until later than normal and the ever changing weather!
We are pleased to announce that we have been lucky enough to have been awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Fund which will go towards some play equipment for Mission Possible. You can expect to see work starting soon and the kit below will be installed!
You may have noticed that we have been very busy over the summer holidays having repairs done to the roof, Foundation Stage and Year 1 & 2 classroom areas and the main hall. Yorkshire Water have also fitted a new water main, directly outside school on Cartworth Road, which meant that the road was closed for the whole of the holidays.
We now have a new roof over the bottom end of school (Foundation Stage/Year 1 & 2 corridors and classrooms). Over the years the leaking roof has caused many internal leaks and a lot of damp, so you will notice that around school there are quite a few areas with exposed brickwork and temporary flooring; this should allow the brickwork, stonework and timber to dry out. Obviously this will all take time and it will be sometime in the Spring of 2018 before we can get the internal walls replaced and the decorators in. This means that we may not look very pretty at the moment – but we will when we have finished our makeover – please bear with us!
FONS and the Holme Valley Hospital League of Friends have very kindly funded a defibrillator which is available 24/7 for use within the community and is located outside the main entrance. We will be organising a training session for parents, local residents and any other interested parties when we return to school in September. Many thanks to FONS, Bill O’Brien (pictured below with Mrs Hunt, one of our trained first aiders) and the Holme Valley Communities First Responders for all their help and support.