Goodbye Mrs Hague



Sadly, today we are saying goodbye to Mrs Hague.  Mrs Hague has worked at Holmfirth J I & N School for 29 years (we know – she doesn’t look old enough!) and during her time at school she has worked with every class from Nursery through to Year 6.

I am sure you will join us in wishing Mrs Hague all the best for the next exciting chapter in her life and thanking her for her long service, care and dedication to our school and all our children, past and present.

Thank you Mrs Hague!



Nursery places

Do you have a child who may want a Nursery place at Holmfirth J I & N School in the future? Our Nursery operates between 8.45am and 3.30pm – Monday to Friday and the Tiger Club can usually accommodate Nursery children before and after school.  Every child is entitled to 15 Free Hours of Nursery education and most working parents are entitled to a full 30 Free Hours.  Children can start Nursery the term after they turn 3 years old.
Sept – Dec birthdays – January start
Jan – Mar birthdays – April start
Mar – Aug birthdays – September start
You may not want a place for a couple of years but it would really help us with our planning if you could register your interest – however far in the future!  We are finding that many parents are not registering their children until it is nearly time for them to start and this makes planning our staffing requirements for Nursery quite difficult to predict.
If you think you might need a nursery place please can you complete an Application for Admission to Nursery Form (forms available from the office or by clicking here) and return it to and we will put your child’s name on our waiting list.  We would then contact you during the term before your child is due to start to sort out your more detailed requirements.
Thank you very much for your help with this – your support is, as always, much appreciated.
If you need any further information please contact Alex Sykes, School Business Manager in the office.

Visiting China at Half Term? – Coronavirus update

We, along with all other schools in the UK, have been asked to share the following information with parents.  It is highly unlikely to be relevant to anyone associated with Holmfirth J I & N School but here is the advice

The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China.

Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area.  See latest information and advice.

Advice for parents/guardians

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus. 

 There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal. 

We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above. 

Balanceability Sessions


Looking for something to do in the half term holidays?

Balanceability & Learn to Ride – February 2020 half-term courses

Now taking bookings!

Monday 17th, Tuesday18th & Wednesday 19th February 2020.

 Balanceability 1 (2 1/2+ years) 9:30 – 10:30
 Balanceability 2/Learn to Ride (5+ years) 10:30 – 11:30
 Courses are progressive over 3 days
 Cost is £7 for 1 or £20 for 3

At Holmfirth High Community Sports Centre HD9 7SN – Inside Gym 1

Call or Text Rachael today on 07969663881

Snow warning

***** UPDATE ******

The forecast has now changed to ‘sleet’ ……………….

The weather forecast is showing heavy snow in the Holmfirth area starting at 3pm today.  We will keep you informed if the weather deteriorates.  You do not have to telephone ahead if the snow arrives and you want to collect your child early – please do not come for them early if it doesn’t snow!  If your child is attending an after school club please ensure that you set off in time to collect your child at 4.30pm – this will allow staff to leave on time at the end of the day.

A letter was sent home earlier this year outlining our procedures for snow – it can be found in the Letters to Parents section here

Thank you for your cooperation.


Fake Sweets

Please be aware that we have been notified by West Yorkshire Police that there are ‘fake’ Haribo sweets in the area.  An empty packet was found by some of our pupils whilst on a local trip to Holmfirth, in Victoria Park yesterday – the packet they found was orange.  The children who found the empty packet wisely handed the packet to one of the adults accompanying the class and the whole class has been warned about them and what to do if they find, or are offered, any.  We have also reported the find to the Police.  Mr Rose will also be speaking to children in Years 5 and 6 today.  As this packet has been found in the local area we have shared this information with other local schools.


Green Fingers!

In the next few weeks, we will be starting an exciting new project with Holmepride and Sharing Memories, which we believe will add a new dimension for curriculum opportunities.

We will be building a brand new allotment that will measure 48’ x 32’ and will feature two raised beds, six further beds, a shed, potting area, compost bin, water butts and polytunnels that will allow us to grow our own fruit and vegetables.

This area will be located in the field next to the Log Cabin.  The work will be starting on the 14th February (which is the day that the school is closed for Staff Training).  On this day, the site will be cleared.  Any volunteers able to help with the clearing of the site will be very welcome from 10am onwards.  If you would like to see plans of the allotment, please call in any time after 10am and have a chat with Win Harrison from Holmepride.

The new allotment will then be built over the Easter holidays (dates to be confirmed). When the building work is complete, each class will have their own bed to plant and care for.  This area will provide many exciting learning opportunities for the children.

If there are any keen (or not so keen) gardeners out there (parents / grandparents / aunts / uncles / friends) who would like to be involved in any way with this project, please contact the office for more information.

We will be organising a Grand Opening in the summer term and will keep you informed of dates and progress.  Keep looking out for updates on the website where we will continue to keep you informed.

We could not have done this work without the support of Win Harrison and Holmepride – his enthusiasm, expertise and fund raising on our behalf has been invaluable.  Thank you Win!

Traffic News

We are getting reports that there has been a crash on the main New Mill to Holmfirth Road this morning near the Muslin Hall Garage, traffic is at a standstill at (8am). Please find an alternative route.

Online Safety Alert – UNICO LIVE

We have been made aware of an App called “UNICO LIVE”.  The app is publicised as age restricted 12+ and designed for young people to upload videos of them performing, singing and dancing etc.; apparently there is inappropriate content on the platform involving young people which is being investigated.

The content does not appear to be monitored and we urge you to raise awareness widely to increase vigilance and reduce the likelihood of any child being sexually exploited.

It has already been removed from the Apple App Store but can still be downloaded on Android phones.  Please can you check that your children do not have this app on any of their devices.

More information can be found by clicking here