Latest news from around the school

Supporting parents with anxious children

Posted on 14 December 2018 by Mrs Quirk

EPOSS Cluster are running a group to support parents with anxious children. The group will give advice and strategies to support your child, provide psycho-education on anxiety and give the opportunity for you to meet parents with similar problems and share ideas.

The first session will be held MONDAY 21 JANUARY

Venue: The House
Wetherby High School
Hallfield Lane
LS22 6JS

Time: 8am-9am.

No need to book, just turn up on the day.

If there is sufficient uptake the group will then run every Monday until the February half-term holiday.

If you would like any further information please call:

Rachel Midgley, Cluster Therapist –   0752 617 2934

Liz Giles, Targeted Services Officer – 0791 278 4637

We keep getting better and better!

Posted on 14 December 2018 by Mr Roundtree

We’re the most improved school in Leeds local authority. One of the reasons for this is that we’re an outward-looking school: we work closely with the local authority and with other schools, including as part of Noctua Teaching School.

As a school which has been previously judged to ‘require improvement’, the local authority offered us a full teaching and learning review, carried out by two advisors, one of whom is a trained Ofsted inspector. We’re always keen to hear from others so we can keep improving, and were therefore happy to take up the offer.

Here are some extracts from the report:

  • ‘Evidence from the review paints a positive picture of a much improved and still improving school. The Executive Headteacher has been systematic and single minded in his determination to improve all aspects of school life.’
  • ‘…the staff team […is…] working in harmony to provide the best for each pupil.’
  • ‘It is clear to the review team that an ethos of continuous improvement pervades the school.’
  • ‘Governance has improved considerably since the last inspection.’
  • ‘Lesson observations supported by book-looks and data analysis evidence the impact of improved teaching over time.’
  • ‘There is a warm but stimulating atmosphere in the classes and pupils are well motivated to learn.’
  • ‘In Y5/6, the teacher’s expert knowledge of English was used to good effect to stimulate writing based on ‘The Highwayman’. Constant reference to modelling and sharing work using the visualiser ensured every individual child was clear about success or how to improve their work further.’
  • ‘In Y3/4, the teacher and well informed teaching assistant didn’t miss any opportunity in providing incisive feedback to the class in order to improve outcomes…’
  • ‘…in Y1/2, the teacher’s clever use of ‘The Lonely Beast’ was used to support the children’s diary writing. Here, it was good to note how pupils… were building stamina to write at length.’
  • ‘Neat presentation in books accompanied by high productivity supports the improvements in pupil achievement and progress over time.’
  • ‘In maths, teachers plan for pupils to develop their fluency whilst exercises in reasoning provide pupils with opportunity to explain their thinking and learning. In both KS1 and KS2, the teaching of maths was highly effective. The effective use of practical resources to support learning was another key feature of improved teaching practice in maths.’
  • ‘In reading, the introduction of dedicated reading sessions is beginning to have an impact on pupil outcomes. Pupils spoke eloquently about how the school helps develop their love of reading, citing strategies… as all having a positive impact on their learning.’
  • ‘Meanwhile, writing outcomes at expected are improving and are now virtually in line with national and above at the greater depth standard. The conscious decision by leaders to demand an application of reading, writing and maths across the wider curriculum has contributed to these successes and the team felt this was key to the ever-improving standards across the school.’
  • ‘The school’s consistent approaches to discipline guarantee the children knowing exactly where they stand.’
  • ‘In a meeting with School Council pupils, they evidenced how the school is supporting them to be reflective learners. The group reported how they enjoyed coming to school and the opportunities afforded to them…’
  • ‘The Federation Early Years lead has provided expert guidance on what high quality provision actually looks like and how it impacts on children’s early development and attitude to learning. Leaders have ensured that the different areas in early years are inviting and attractive.’
  • ‘In the 2-year old provision area… adults supporting children were adept at asking pertinent questions and encouraging co-operative play.’

Well done to all the staff and pupils; thank you to parents and carers for continued support.

Christmas coffee morning

Posted on 11 December 2018 by Miss Beatson

A reminder that we are having a Christmas coffee morning tomorrow at 9am. There will be tea/coffee, mince pies and Christmas crafts to do with your child. Mrs Small, our  learning mentor, will also be around to have chat with.

Wetherby News

Posted on 09 December 2018 by Miss Beatson

We feature in the Wetherby News this week, to celebrate the fact that we are the second most improved school in Leeds (by our KS2 outcomes) and to tell people about our recent visit from The Town Mayor, Cllr Galan Moss. We are very proud to show how fantastic and successful our children and the school are to everybody in the local community!


Our school charity

Posted on 04 December 2018 by Miss Beatson

On Friday, we all reviewed our whole-school homework on charity. We shared examples of charities we know and which charity we thought would be good to support this year.

Children brought some fantastic ideas to the table and could confidently  speak about why they had chosen a certain charity. Some children liked the work the charity did, whereas some children had been directly affected by their chosen charity.

Through good discussion and then a democratic voting process to reinforce British values, we narrowed a large list of charities down to just a few which were taken to School Council for the final vote: Cancer Research UK, Starlight, The Leeds Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, St Gemma’s Hospice, the NSPCC and many more.

Last year, our whole-school charity was Unicef– an international children’s charity. The School Council felt that this year it might be a good idea to support a national or even a local charity. After three different votes, we finally settled on our whole-school charity to be Dogs Trust. The voting was extremely close.

The School Council were happy with the overall decision and are looking forward to organising fundraising events!

The Town Mayor's visit

Posted on 26 November 2018 by Miss Beatson

On Friday, it was a very foggy, grey day but we were brightened up by having a very special visitor at St James’. The Town Mayor, Cllr Galan Moss, came to our school to help us celebrate our recent successes.

This year, he is supporting school PTAs in order to create links between the local council and schools. He officially opened our new gym equipment, which is the result of the tremendous efforts of our PTA, who raised funds to buy it.

Afterwards, Cllr Moss spoke to the Year 5 and 6 children about his role as the Town Mayor and answered questions from the children, such as: How did you become Mayor? What changes have you made to Wetherby? What’s the best thing about being the Mayor of Wetherby?

It was wonderful to meet the Town Mayor and show him around our fantastic school.


Remembrance Sunday

Posted on 11 November 2018 by Miss Beatson

Thank you to our Year 5 and 6 children, who attended the Remembrance Sunday parade in Wetherby this morning. It was lovely to see familiar faces walking with the Brownies too.

Achievement Assembly

Posted on 09 November 2018 by Miss Beatson

Well done to all the children who received a certificate this week.

Staying safe to and from school

Posted on 08 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree

We want our children to be happy and healthy learners. For older children, walking to and from school, perhaps with friends, can be a good way to incorporate some physical activity into the school day. It’s also a way to develop independence as they approach secondary school.

If your child walks, scoots or cycles to and from school without an adult, please do make sure you regularly check that they understand how to stay safe.

Are they crossing roads in a safe way?
It can be easy to become distracted, perhaps with their friends or, even more likely, if they’re using a mobile. Make sure you’re confident your child knows the importance of crossing roads safely.

Do they know what to do if they encounter a stranger who’s behaving suspiciously?
Perhaps when you were growing up, the message was ‘Stranger danger’. However, this message doesn’t recognise that sometimes approaching a stranger is a way to stay safe – if your child were to get lost, seeking help would be better than becoming more lost, for example. A new campaign is promoting a new message: ‘Clever never goes‘. Does your child know to never go off somewhere with an adult (whether a stranger or not)? Does your child have ideas about what to do if an adult is following them?

If you’ve any specific questions, comments or concerns, please do ask.

Anti-bullying week- odd socks day

Posted on 07 November 2018 by Miss Beatson

Next week is Anti-bullying Week. This year’s theme is ‘Choose Respect’ and we will be joining in with Odd Socks Day on Monday 12 November.

This day is to raise awareness of our differences, individuality and personal choice. There is no need for any payment – your child should simply wear odd socks and join in the fun!

Thank you for your support.