At Smawthorne Henry Moore Primary School, our community is very important to us and we are continually working to maintain and build our links within it. We value the contribution that all stakeholders in the community make to our school.
During this academic year, we have been fortunate to enjoy working with Featherstone Rovers and other sporting professionals. The children also enjoy art projects with a local professional artist. We are very fortunate to be able to draw upon the expertise of many local professionals to work with the children.
Our local Police Community Support Officers offer us advice and support and often visit the school to lead assemblies to raise awareness of safety issues, such as ‘stranger danger’. They have also worked with our Year 6 children during their topic on 'Crime and Punishment' and deliver assemblies on various issues including PREVENT and Online Safety.
We have a strong link with our local church, St Michael's, visiting it throughout the year for various celebrations and services. Our Vice Chair of Governors and SMSC Governor, Father Mark, delivers interactive assemblies at school where the children’s knowledge of Christianity is deepened.
Local visits and walks are planned to enhance the children’s learning and awareness of their local heritage, including visiting Henry Moore Square and studying his works. Children take part in many events throughout the year, such as working on art projects for the local library and working with the Heritage Centre.
Additionally, school has strong links with Asda, who are very supportive of the school in its fundraising activities. We also have active links with Xscape, where the children have previously been to the cinema, bowling and tobogganing. The School Council annually visit County Hall to meet the Mayor and attend a council meeting. The School Council have an action plan to develop community links further.
A strong link has been forged during the last year few years with Manor Park retirement home. Our school choir has visited and performed various hymns and carols to the residents which are enjoyed by all. This kind of opportunity to bridge the generations offers a wealth of experience and opportunity to our pupils.
We have also been supported in our fundraising efforts by Neil Barker (Florists), Bake My Day (Bakers), Asda, Xscape, Junction 32 and B & Q as well as a wealth of other local businesses.
As a school, we liaise with other local schools in a number of ways. We have close links with Castleford Academy, Our ‘more able’ children have attended activities there, where they have met with those from other schools who share their passion and engage in quality activities to stretch and challenge them in their field. We engage in assessment moderation with local schools to ensure consistency in teacher assessment.
Our sports teams are becoming increasingly successful in cross-school competitions, which include football, netball, tag rugby and cross country. The children thoroughly enjoy competitive competition and we are very proud of their efforts. In addition, our year five children take part in the annual Spelling Bee.