All about Newlaithes
We are a community school with extensive, well-cared for grounds, superbly located in a quiet part of Horsforth. The school building has recently undergone significant development and now offers fourteen classrooms; two halls which are fully equipped for PE, drama and assemblies; a nurture room; a well-stocked library and other learning spaces for smaller group work. Computers are located in corridors and classrooms and an ICT trolley stocked with thirty iPads complement the flexible delivery of ICT within the curriculum.
Classrooms have wheelchair access and there is a toilet and washroom available for wheelchair users.
The school has a large grassed area, which is used for a variety of activities, and a large playground. We also have a delightful wildlife garden, more commonly known as 'The Forest' providing a variety of different habitats, including two ponds and a wealth of animal and plant life for the children to study at first hand. We recently added a peace garden which was funded by the PTA is a great place for children to be calm and reflect.
The school is used a great deal by the PTA as well as by other providers of drama and martial arts groups.
We are delighted to have introduced our very own out of school provision: Newlaithes Kids Club. This offers wrap around care: breakfast club and after school activities. Please contact the school office for details.
Developing the Whole Child
A priority for our school is that every child develops into a spiritually and morally developed individual who will have a positive contribution to make to our community, now and in the future.
The current government offers guidance and suggests that schools should be "promoting British Values". Horsforth Newlaithes Primary school is very proud of all that it does to encourage ALL pupils, regardless of race, ethnicity and background to become a better human being.
On a visit to our school and through talking to our pupils, we are confident that you will see evidence of children already well-equipped socially, morally and spiritually.
Our ‘communities’ work throughout Reception and Key Stage 1 links to our curriculum drivers: diversity, democracy, environment and community, all of which are great mechanisms for developing children who can leave Newlaithes well equipped for the next stage of their education. Regular celebration assemblies recognise those children who have shown the right attitudes or skills to enhance or promote their learning behaviours.
Our restorative behaviour system allows children to reflect on their own behaviour. Our assemblies are focused on making ourselves better people whether this is through a resolution approach to change or dealing with difficult situations.
Our active School Council is democratically elected and shares decisions with their peers within school and amongst other schools locally, to ensure the voice of every child is heard.
We are lucky that families from a number of different nationalities, languages and religions are associated with our school. All children are welcomed form a wide range of backgrounds. We value everyone's beliefs and are committed to ensuring that they feel valued.
Our pupils work together in many different groupings within all classes. Where possible our planning is responsive to the needs and requests of the children and develops a positive approach to learning.