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Spring Blog

Hopefully, Spring will make an appearance shortly. We have been quite lucky this year with very little snow,  although the amount of rainfall has made up for this.  Just a reminder that if school is closed, there is no need for parents to ring school as a text will be sent home and the latest information uploaded onto our website.  Please be assured that school only closes as a last resort and if opening compromises health and safety regulations.  If you don’t hear from us, school is open as normal.   Please make sure we have your up to date contact details.

Now that the weather is improving why not think about taking your children out on day trips.  Why not visit the seaside, a museum or a wildlife park?  This will enhance your child’s learning experiences and be a great, fun, family day out.

We have good news about attendance in school.  The Autumn term pupil attendance this year is much higher than the same time last year.  Thank you to those parents who are thinking about their child’s attendance before booking trips.

It’s that time of year again when children and staff are working hard towards the end of year assessments.  Again, our children will have the additional challenge of SATs week falling in the month of Ramadan.  Please consider this if your child is in Year 6.  We will have a meeting in school in April to discuss this, a letter will be coming home late March.

New this year is the Year 4 KS2 assessment called ‘Multiplication Tables Check’ (MTC) which will take place in June.  The purpose of this is to ensure that times table knowledge is at expected levels.  It will be an online test for Year 4 students with 25 times table questions from x 2 to x12.

We are changing the way we report to you on your child’s progress at the end of the school year.  This year due to a software change in school we are not able to produce online reports. This year you will receive a paper copy of your child’s report.  Hopefully, as our new software develops, we will be able to produce online reports by the end of 2021.

We have been working hard on our curriculum this year to ensure that it is broad and balanced and fit for purpose in meeting the needs of our children.

We have also been working on our Relationships Policy which will be available for parents to view on our website shortly.  This policy has been produced in consultation with the Council for Mosques, Bradford SACRE and Bradford Equity Partnership in order to support the delivery of relationships education that is age appropriate and respectful of faith and diversity.

We are redesigning the outdoor provision for Nursery and Reception to allow children to ride bikes outside and better develop their gross motor skills. This work will be completed before the end of the Summer hopefully.

Our new School Council has been elected.  They are busy developing a code of conduct for children in snowy weather, working on encouraging parents to read with children and growing our own herbs in school.

We have been monitoring the number of times our newsletter has been viewed on our website.  It shows us that only 18% of parents are looking at the school newsletter. The results are disappointing.  So much information is shared in the newsletter, please make sure you don’t miss out on any of it.  The newsletter is produced fortnightly.

Some children are not doing their homework on a regular basis can parents please support their children with this.

Only a few parents come to our Early Morning Reading Project.  This is a perfect opportunity to dedicate some quality time to hear your child read.  Parents are welcome in class every morning for 10 minutes, so please take advantage of this and come in.

We have supported 3 charities to date this school year and have raised £971.00 which is phenomenal.  Thank you to everyone who donates when we are raising money. The charities are Children in Need, Place2Be and Show Racism the Red Card.

Preparations are beginning for Kilinghall’s Got Talent which will take place in June this year, the children and staff always enjoy this event.

Holiday clubs will be available during our school holiday in April. These include exciting and fun activities.  Activities which will include Zumba and dance, multi-sport, a treasure hunt, spooky jelly, inflatables and bracelet making etc.  The cost of the club is £3.00 per day. Children will have access to fresh water and time to have their lunch which they will have brought from home. If your child would like to attend please book a place with Gazala in school.

Please be confident that we are keeping updated with the latest information about Coronavirus.  We are taking precautions to minimise the risk of infection.  Children are washing hands more frequently, sickness absences (staff and children) are being monitored closely.  School trips are going ahead as planned for now.  If anything changes, we will keep you informed.  You can keep up to date with the latest information from at



Thank you for reading my blog.

Claire Spencer


Autumn 2019

Welcome back to a new school year. Hopefully everyone is well rested after the Summer break. The children looked very smart in their uniforms including our Nursery children and seem to have grown considerably over the holidays.

I am pleased to say that the number of school days lost to extended leave did fall last year, a big thank you to all parents/carers for their support with this. The children really understand the importance of not taking holidays in term time. Please take time to express your views on attendance by completing the parent questionnaire regarding attendance which can be found on the home page of our website.

This half term we will be holding parent consultations as we do each year. We look forward to sharing with you some of the wonderful work children have produced in our art gallery in the small hall.

In the Summer term 63 children in Year 6 attended an outward-bound residential course in the Lake District. Staff and children had an amazing time and undertook many new challenges. We are hoping to be able to do this again in July 2020 with some of our Year 5 and Year 6 children. More information on this coming soon.

We are pleased with the outcomes for our Year 6 children when they left us at the end of the year, indeed all of our children worked very hard last year and we are proud of the progress that every child made. Details of the progress can be found on our website.

Our results for children achieving age related expectations are above average in maths, writing, grammar, punctuation and spelling but are below average for reading.

Please continue to support your child with their homework and encourage them to read whenever possible. Remember you are welcome to use your child’s classroom to read with them from 8.30am every morning.

In Key Stage 1 our children continue to do extremely well in phonics and on average do better than other children nationally.

Just a reminder to our Year 6 parents/carers that choices for secondary schools must be made by 31 October 2019 and applications must be completed online. We are having a meeting in school on 9 October at 9am – 11am to help parents/carers apply online. There are no paper forms available.

Please look at our website regularly to keep up to date with the curriculum that we teach.

Thank you for your continued support in helping us to provide an excellent education for every one of our pupils, whatever their needs.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.


Claire Spencer


Summer 2019

It has been a pleasure to welcome back all our children, parents, carers and staff. I trust you have had a restful and happy half term. Where has the year gone? Already we are in the final term of the year.

Thank you to those parents who continue to support school by using the holiday periods to book trips abroad. The children are trying really hard to come to school every day and on time.

This is perhaps the busiest time of the year with teachers preparing for the end of year assessments, writing reports, children preparing to move to their next class, and in the case of Year 6 to a new school. Year 6 will be starting their SATs the week beginning 13 May 2019, we wish them luck. We hope to make this week as stress free as possible for our children.

In July many of our Year 6 children are looking forward to participating in an adventure residential to The Outward Bound Trust Ullswater Centre, this will be a great opportunity for them to bond as a cohort before they move on to their new secondary schools in September – hopefully they will have made lifelong friends here at Killinghall.

Year 2 are busy completing their end of Key Stage assessments throughout May.

One of the issues arising from our pupil questionnaire is that not all children read at home. Reading is set as regular homework and reading records are used to enable parents and teachers to record progress made. Please can you make sure that an adult is reading with your child as often as possible but at least three times per week.

Just a reminder that our fortnightly newsletter is available online, please make sure you read this. There is lots of invaluable information on there and important diary dates for upcoming events during this term.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Let’s hope the weather improves and we can enjoy the beginning of Summer.

Claire Spencer

Autumn 2018

Welcome back to all our children, families and staff. I hope you all had a fantastic summer and enjoyed the lovely weather. I hope you managed to do lots of fun things with your children and also lots of reading with them too.

We have had 4 new additions to our Killinghall family over the summer – Congratulations to Michelle (TA) who had a baby girl, Annah (teacher) who has had a baby boy, Aisha (teacher) who had a baby boy and Jonny who has had a baby girl.

We welcome 3 new teachers this year Asiah in Year 2, Sunnah in Year 3 and Arub in Year 4. Andrew who trained with us as a teacher last year has his own class now 6A and Suffia who has been a TA with us for many years has started her teacher training this year; she is working with Ruth in Year 5.

I would like to wish all our Year 6 pupils from last year all the best in their new secondary schools, we still often think about them in their new schools.

We continue to strive to provide an excellent education for all our pupils regardless of their needs and aim for all our children to develop a love of learning which will continue throughout their lives.

Thank you to all those parents who supported school last year by sending their children to school every day. It is essential that children attend school every day and on time in order for them not to miss valuable learning opportunities.

In November 2017 OFSTED stated … “However, those parents who continue to take their children on holiday during term time are dragging down overall attendance figures”. We really do need to do something about this. Parents you are the ones who can make the difference. Your child’s attendance is expected to be at least 96%. Holidays only please during the school holiday periods. The school holiday dates are on our school website. Please don’t look on other websites as they may not be accurate.


We will be holding parent/teacher consultations this half term. When you receive your letter please book your time slot online. When in school for these meetings make sure you visit our wonderful art gallery which show cases some of the fantastic homework projects produced by children and parents in the holidays.


Parents of Year 6 children - just to remind you that secondary school choices have to be made by 31 October 2018. Please make a note of this date.


I am looking forward to working with every one of you this year to ensure that your children’s experience at Killinghall Primary School is a happy and successful one.


Claire Spencer

Summer 2018

This will be my last blog as Headteacher of Killinghall Primary School. I arrived here in January 2004 to what was a very different school. I hope that the community, parents and children will agree that all the work that has been put in over the last 14 years has created a beautiful new building, excellent pupils and some of the best academic achievement the school has ever had.

I am so very proud of our pupils and often hear of those who have left, going on to be mums, dads, solicitors and doctors. For the last 14 years your children have been my children and I wish them all the best for the future.

I will be very sad to leave behind the wonderful children and families that have meant so much to me over the years, not to mention the staff and governors. I have met some wonderful people and will miss you all very much. All good things come to an end and it is time for me to hand the school over to the very competent hands of Claire Spencer who has been a teacher in the school for many years. I am confident that the school will go from strength to strength under her leadership and I urge you all to support her in her work.

The challenges that we have faced at Killinghall continue to be such things as attendance, extended leave and pupils/parents not arriving to school on time. We have tried many initiatives to improve these but they are things that lie in the hands of the parents. I truly believe that Killinghall children deserve the very best and would hope that you will embrace these challenges and make a real effort to improve in these areas next year.

Can I wish all our Year 6 pupils good luck and all the best with their onward journey in life. We are pleased to gift them a whole class photograph as a memento of their time here.

On another note, it was wonderful to be involved in the Pearson Teaching Awards as my nomination was a bit of a surprise to me.

I understand that this nomination was supported by lots of parents and children in school. I was extremely shocked to hear that I had received the award as I know there are so many well deserving professionals who go to work every day to make things better for children.

It is wonderful to receive this Silver Award for a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ in recognition of my 37 years of service to the children of Bradford.

For me, I am going to spend lots of quality time with my family and friends and travel the world for as long as I am able. There is still lots of learning and fun out there for me to enjoy. I am hoping that I will continue to be a friend of the school and may see you in the future.

It is one of my beliefs that ‘it takes the whole village to raise a child’ and I hope that you will continue to work closely with the school so your children can do the very best they can.


Thank you

Gill Edge

Spring 2018

Dear Parents,

This is my Spring term blog.

It seems to have been a long winter but now the mornings are getting lighter and the school daffodils are appearing there is hope of better weather ahead.

The children are enjoying playing out and using some great new equipment. We are having a real push on activity and healthy living. This year we launched our Change for Life after school club which the children are really enjoying.

Now that the weather is better I urge parents to try and get out and about and do lots of walking and visiting local places of interest. Bradford has launched ‘50 things to do before you are 5’. Sadly some of our older children haven’t done all these things yet! We wonder why the boys do better at swimming. We have started lessons for our Year 4 classes to address this but I wonder do our girls go swimming out of school or at weekends?

We have now done 20 weeks of our 38 week year; we have only 6 weeks left until Year 6 do their end of year assessments. Please support the school to help each child do their very best by ensuring good attendance. Holidays in term time often mean that our pupils have less time to learn than other children elsewhere in other schools.

This year will be particularly challenging for some of our children as Ramadan begins in exam week. Unfortunately this is bad planning on the Government’s side. It will not be the fasting that might impact but the late nights and early mornings. Please consider this if your child is in Year 6.

Our School Council have been very proactive in our bid to improve the environment and have increased our recycling…..especially since we use 1800 plastic milk bottles per month. We are now looking into what we can do to improve the state of The Myra Shay. The litter is appalling. We are working with our local councillor to do something about it. Watch this space.

Fortnightly information is available in our online Newsletters.

Thank you for reading my Spring Blog.

Gill Edge


Autumn 2017

Autumn Blog 2017

Welcome to Killinghall Primary School to all our new children and staff. It is nice to say that as a popular school in the area we are full. In fact we are taking a few extra children as the demand for places here grows year on year.

We are very pleased to welcome back Mohammed who is now a class teacher of Year 2. He has returned from work in Saudi and is happy to be back in our family school. We are also very pleased to appoint Andrew as one of our Year 6 teachers. Andrew began work here as a classroom assistant several years ago and has gone on to train to be a fully-fledged primary teacher.

We are very proud of our beautiful school and our pupils; we strive always to provide an excellent education for all our pupils whatever their needs. Although we work tirelessly to ensure that children gain the very best academic levels of achievement we believe firmly that primary school is about the ‘whole child’. We are keen that our children develop a ‘love of learning’ through being excited and motivated to learn about the world around them. Please look regularly at our website this will give you a good flavour of the things we get up to.

This half term we have our regular parent/teacher meetings. At these meetings parents are also able to visit our wonderful Art Gallery showcasing the work done by parents and children at home in the holidays. It is wonderful to see how engaged our families are with our family homework projects.

We also had a coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer and for The Overgate Hospice. Sadly on 17 August Jane Bingham, the former Headteacher of Killinghall passed away after a battle against cancer. She was a highly respected Headteacher and I know many of the community will remember her.

Gill Edge and Claire Spencer


Spring 2017

Everybody is very busy at this time of year; it is almost like the weather has woken us all up. 

As we speed towards the end of our academic year teachers and children are working extremely hard so that when children come to the end of their assessments they are working at what is expected of children their age, nationally.  This is a real challenge for some of our children and we are very pleased to have some excellent teachers and support staff.  We are also grateful for all the parent’s support as we know there is a lot of work going on at home helping the children with their homework and more recently dressing up a great deal!

We dressed up as scientists for our Science Day which was a huge success, we dressed in red for Red Nose Day and I know that parents have helped with the costumes for our Spring Concert given by Years 3 and 4.

There are lots of exciting things going on in the school including the building of a Viking ship. We continue to have all our school clubs running, which are very well attended.

Very shortly we will be having a Year 1 Alien Day which will help get the children ready for their phonic screening assessment.

This half term we have released Simon our Sports Coach for a 6 month secondment to undertake charity work with the street children of Sao Paulo.  We are very much looking forward to his return in October however we are very proud of the work that he will be doing.  We are hoping to make some links with him whilst he is away so that our children learn a little bit about South America.

We are proud to announce that Nicola Dudley our Senior Lunchtime Supervisor/Librarian recently received an award at the T & A School Awards ceremony and was commended for her wonderful work across our school.

We hope that the Spring weather will continue to be mild so that children can enjoy the lighter evenings.  Hopefully playing safely in their gardens and well supervised.  Playing out is very important for young children and believe it or not helps them massively with their writing. Good luck with getting them to bed on time with the lighter evenings!

Thank you.

Gill Edge and Claire Spencer


Autumn 2016

A warm welcome to all our new pupils for the new academic year 2016/17.

This is our first year as a completely full 3 form entry school, all our building work is complete and we have some fantastic facilities for all the children to use.

Please ‘surf’ our website and you will see what a beautiful school Killinghall has become.

Our family homework projects continue to be well received by families and the children are very proud of the work they do in the holidays at home.  This means that our children are beginning to develop a real love of learning that is not just school based, but is for life.

We are pleased to welcome our new teachers this year Sadaf, Amy, Gurpreet, Atifa, Jessica and Anum along with our new Assistant Headteacher Lynne Clegg. As the school has expanded new staff joining us have commented on what a wonderful and well-resourced establishment we have.

This year we will continue to challenge and stretch our pupils as they move towards the expectations set by the new curriculum last year.  Our Year 6 pupils did extremely well and made particularly good progress since the last national tests they took in Year 2.

Our progress measures are above national average.  We are always proud to hear from parents about pupils who have left Killinghall and gone on to have jobs and qualifications in law and medicine.

School is not just about academic achievement but about developing an all-round person and our children enjoy lots of musical and artistic experiences whilst they are with us.  They have an opportunity to learn to play the recorder, ukulele and/or the guitar.

We celebrate our talents in many ways on a weekly basis and annually through our Killinghall’s Got Talent competition.

There is lots of time between now and the summer for our children to decide if they want to take part.

Please encourage your children in everything they do and particularly support them in speaking and listening and hearing them read.

We open our classrooms to parents on several days a week so that parents can come into lessons to see how learning is progressing. Please come along to as many of these as you can.


Thank you.

Gill Edge


Summer 2016

This year seems to be flying by; we are already into our final term of the year. So much has happened with our new entrance, new staff and children growing in confidence all the time.

This is our season for Killinghall’s Got Talent. This is a huge event at school which children look forward to year on year. We all enjoyed the semi-finals, eight acts got through to the final which will be held on the 20th May.  Killinghall’s Got Talent is early this year to take account of Ramadan which begins around 6 June. We wish all our families strength to fast through this special period in their calendar. 

As well as practising hard for our talent competition children have been practising hard for their end of year assessments.

This year there have been so many changes to Year 6 and Year 2 SATs, the standards are much higher and schools are receiving information almost daily.

The children have worked hard all year round learning all the skills they need to reach their prescribed ‘age related expectations’. These are based on the new national curriculum which commenced in 2014. The children in Year 6 will be assessed against this curriculum; however they have only been following this curriculum for two years and not four years.

The pass mark will be decided after the tests have been completed and all the papers have been marked nationally. It is only after this time we will be able to say whether a child has met the required ‘age related expectations’ in maths, reading and spelling and punctuation.

This can be a stressful time for your child so we do all we can to make sure children understand that all we expect of them is that they do their best.

At Killinghall Primary School we think it is important for our children to have a love of learning, natural inquisitiveness and self-belief in order to be ready for high school. We will do all we can to ensure that when a child completes a year group they are able to look back and think that they have learnt many skills and have also become a more confident learner.

So that parents can better understand how to help their child in their learning we are opening our classrooms one morning a week for parents to join in lessons. Please ask your class teacher what morning your child's class is open so that you can come in and help them.          

Whilst I am writing this I am sitting in beautiful sunshine watching the children playing in the playground, I do hope that we will have a beautiful Summer.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Gill Edge

Spring 2016

Welcome to ‘Spring’ let’s hope we have seen the last of the snow! We will be lucky if we don’t have any more.

We only have 14 weeks to our National Standards Assessment tests for Year 6 and Year 2 children. How time flys by. The tests are tough now – but we have been working towards these since the new national curriculum came out in September 2014. Our children have been working hard at their spellings and reading and learning their times tables.

Year 6 will need to be able to recall their tables very quickly up to the 12 times tables – so get working on these early with them. 

This half term we are holding our parent consultation afternoons, please make sure you come and hear how you can help your child do well by the end of July.

Over the holidays more and more children and families are producing the most amazing homework projects.  We are planning to show these off in the hall at our parent consultation afternoons so be sure to drop by and see them.

Thank you to all of you for your continued support.

Gill Edge

Autumn 2015

Welcome back to school after your summer holidays – the summer weather was not so wonderful, we are hoping it improves for September and October. 

The children look very smart in their new uniforms, thank you to the majority of parents who have also provided them with named PE kits in line with school policy.

As the weather changes it is important that all children have a waterproof coat that they come to school in every day as they do like playing out, even though we may get a shower or two.

This year we are going to focus on punctuality and attendance as there was little improvement in punctuality last year despite our raffle ticket system. Unfortunately, due to this, the Governors have decided that we will not be doing the raffle this year.  We still have several children who are persistently late. This situation is quite sad as we know most parents are keen to get their children into school before 8.45am so they are ready to begin their lessons.

We are welcoming several new members of staff to school this term, even though this is only the third day in they have settled well into our routines and have complemented me on our children’s lovely manners and good behaviour.

The Government have changed the curriculum and it has raised the bar with regards to the standards of literacy and numeracy expected by our children. We began work on this last year and hope that with lots of hard work our children will continue to do well. Last year saw us gaining some of the best SATs results in the last three years with many of our children making better than average progress.

Our Year 1 children did extremely well in phonics beating the national average from 2014. Our Year 6 children beat the national average from 2014 in all areas at Level 4. 

We were sad to say goodbye to Year 6. I really did not mind getting so wet at the Summer Fayre it was great to see the children and parents having such a good time, even though I went home very wet and cold. The Year 6 boys thought it was great fun to say goodbye to the Headteacher by throwing a wet sponge at her!

Gill Edge

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