Birkenshaw CE (C) Primary School

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Birkenshaw C.E. (C) Primary School is a voluntary controlled school for children aged 3 – 11 years in Kirklees Local Authority.  As part of a re-organisation in Kirklees in September 2012 we became a through Primary School, taking pupils up to Year 6.

The school has an extensive and attractive site, which includes a well-established wildlife conservation area including a pond and mature woodland, a kitchen garden, an orchard, a ball court and purpose designed play areas.

The school has five buildings. The Key Stage Two building comprises four classrooms, an ICT Suite, an Art/DT Room, which is also home to our Breakfast and After School Clubs, a hall, a library, and offices. The classrooms are self-contained units with their own cloakrooms and toilet facilities and direct access to outside teaching spaces and play areas. The building is home to the children in Years 3 and 4.

The younger children (Reception, Year1 and Year 2) are based in the Key Stage One building, which dates from the early 1970s. It has six classrooms with shared areas, together with a hall, a library, a small group room, the staffroom, and Learning Mentor work room.  Our school kitchen is located in this building and the hall becomes the school dining room at lunchtimes.

Our large Nursery is housed in its own modular building, adjacent to the Reception classes, and modular buildings also accommodate our Year 5 and Year 6 classes.

There are two mixed ability classes in each year group, and teachers plan together. We teach a creative, topic based Learning Challenge Curriculum and we involve the children in planning through Learning Journeys. We are committed to enriching the curriculum - theme days and weeks are a regular feature of school life, as are visits by theatre groups and professional artists and musicians, and visits to places of interest both within and outside the local area. The children in Year 4 all learn to play a musical instrument. A wide range of extra curricular clubs, mainly led by staff and coaches are also on offer.

We have a strong environmental focus and hold the Eco Schools Green Flag Award and Fair Trade School Status. We also place great importance on the Global Dimension in education, and hold the International Schools Award at intermediate level. We have partner schools in Germany and Bangladesh and each Year Group sponsors a child in the developing world, with whom they correspond. Modern foreign languages are taught throughout school, starting in Nursery.

We are proud of our high standards in technology, with children from all years currently receiving specialist teaching once a week. We are one of the few schools in the LA to be ICTMark accredited.  

Our Christian ethos is at the heart of everything we do, and we have a very close relationship with our parish church. We have a tradition of fundraising for charities through various fun events.

We have a large and friendly staff team and, because we have several buildings, work hard to ensure that a whole school ethos and approach is maintained.

Our children are a pleasure to teach and we have active School and Eco Councils and a Play Buddy Leaders at lunchtimes.  Pupils also undertake a variety of jobs around school. We hold the Investors in Pupils Award. 

‘Pupils behave well, care for one another and show responsible attitudes. They enjoy life to the full’. (Ofsted December 2016)