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Our goodbye video on the occasion of Mrs Perring's retirement.


Autumn 2018


Dear Parents/Carers


Welcome to another busy Autumn term here at Ashfield Primary, we hope you all had an enjoyable summer break. The children seem to have settled back into school-life well today.


 Staff Changes

We would like to take this opportunity to formally welcome back Mrs Davison from maternity leave.  She is teaching in Rowan Class Y4 Wednesday to Friday along with Mrs Archer Monday and Tuesday.  We also welcome Mr Nowell, who is teaching in Y5 Elm.  We’re really pleased that our own Mr Ross has received his teaching qualifications and he is still with us but in a class teacher role with our Maples.  We are also pleased to welcome Miss Milnes as a new teaching assistant who will be working in Willow Class Y2.

Please look on our website for more details and photographs of who is who.


It’s lovely to see the children back at school and looking so smart in new and revamped uniforms.  Over the holidays, staff have been busy making the school look smart as nearly everyone has swapped classrooms and designed their learning environments. 


We have lots of exciting events coming up over the Autumn term, as detailed below (dates are, as usual, subject to change):


Dates for your diary:


Meet the teacher 2:45 – 3:30


Y6 Herd Farm residential – set off 3pm Wed – arrive back at Ashfield 3pm Friday


Harvest singsong at Ashfield 9:15 EY and KS1 and 2:15 KS2


Friends OfAshfield meeting 7pm


McMillan coffee morning


Community clear up day in the school grounds – 10am-1pm


Friends of Ashfield Curry Night at the Red Pepper in Otley 7:45pm


Y4 Trip to Leeds City Museum


EY training day school closed for Maples and Acorns


Friends of Ashfield Halloween Disco


Break up at 3:15


Half term holiday


Otley Science Fair – Ashfield will have a stall


Anti-bullying week


Parent / carer consultation afternoon and evening


Travelling Book Fair in school


Y5 parents meeting about Herd Farm residential in September 2019


SEND week


Ashfield choir singing at Otley’s launch of Christmas lights


Governors’ day in school


Early Years’ nativity


KS2 Christmas performances – afternoon and evening


Friends of Ashfield Christmas disco


Mental Well Being Day


Christingle at Bridge Church – led by KS1


Break up at 3:15


Training day


Children return to school




Here is a brief overview of dates for the rest of the academic year, which will be sent in more detail later.


February 2019

15th                             Break up for half term at 3:15pm

25th                             Back to school

March 2019

13th                                       Parent carer consultation

29th                            Break up for Easter holidays at 3:15pm

April 2019

15th                             Back to school

19th-22nd                     Easter weekend

May 2019

6th                               May Day holiday

7-24th                         Y2 Assessment month

13th – 17th                  KS2 SATs for Year 6

24th                             Break up for half term at 3:15pm

June 2019

10-14th                                    Phonics screening week for Y1

24-28th                       Health Week

July 2097

3rd                               Sports Day

21st                              Break up for the summer holidays at 3:15pm


As well as these events, we are delighted to let you know that, as from next week, we will starting a number of After School Clubs from 3.15pm-4.00pm, which I am sure your children will enjoy being part of.  There will be a small charge of 50p per week which will be required at the beginning of each half term; however, Homework Clubs, Choir and Film Club will be free.  Letters will be coming out shortly asking whether your child wishes to sign up to any of these clubs.  Homework Clubs (as last year) are by invitation from the Group Leaders and Film Club is on a first come, first served basis.  We hope your children will enjoy the diversity of these Clubs and that you will encourage them to take part.


I look forward to another happy and successful year with you and your children and thank you for your continued support.  If you have any concerns or ideas in which you feel we can improve our school, please do not hesitate to come and talk to me.  I will always endeavour to help you in any way I possibly can.



Prince Henry's and Lister Park Schools visiting Year 5 & 6

Students form Prince Henry's Grammar School and Lister Park School in Bradford visited our Y5 and Y6 pupils to share their art work and poems all about self image.  Our pupils asked some great questions and were a fabulous audience.

Summer Fair Friends of Ashfield

Health Week 2nd July - 6th July 2018

Sports Day Wednesday 4th July 2018

Early Years Movement

Footloose Dance

Danish Long Ball

Bondgate Bakery

Martial Arts

Flower Festival Otley Parish Church June 2018

Activity Zone at PHGS Thursday 28th July 2018

Ashfield joined with the other schools in Otley, Pool and Bramhope to buy in a range of fun and energetic activities for our pupils in the run up to our health week.  A big thanks to all the parents and carers who helped out, to Sally Fox HT at Pool for organising the event and to PHGS for hosting.

Check out our new playground markings and active play times June 2018

School Council helped Mrs Farrington to design some new playground markings to keep us more active at play times.  They've also helped to choose other equipment to keep us moving.  It's been great to see them used so much with the children having a lot of fun in the sun this week.
The annual Flower Festival at the Parish Church looked glorious.  This year's theme was 'who put the colours in the rainbow?' The local schools and children's groups were asked to contribute by making trays of flowers from various materials and they have all been put together down the aisle of the church to create a rainbow carpet. The festival is on today, tomorrow and Sunday (it's free entry!) if families want to go and see if they can spot their child's designs.

Otley Carnival 16th June 2018 - Mythical Creatures

We had a fabulous time at the Otley Carnival today.  Luckily, the 70% chance of rain waited until 4pm.  Ashfield's entry of 'Mythical Creatures' won first prize in the walking schools category.  Our costumes were amazing.  Many thanks to the Friends of Ashfield led by Maz Springham for designing and creating many of the costumes, the dragons and banners.  We also had a samba band led by Miss Carpenter with new instruments paid for with a music award bid.  This event would not have been so much fun or so successful without our costume volunteers, parents accompanying children, families cheering us on route, staff helping to organise and children looking absolutely fabulous.  Many thanks.

Ashfield Primary School Choir sing One Little Voice

This is "Ashfield Primary School Choir" performing One Little Voice

Tour de Yorkshire 4th May 2018

The children really enjoyed watching the women's race of this year's Tour de Yorkshire come straight past the school.  I'm sure that the contestants got the loudest cheer from our pupils.  The television cameras picked up a bit of the land art you can see in the pictures.  As well as cheering and waving our flags, we enjoyed a picnic in our grounds.  What a fantastic day.
The Big Pedal 23rd April - 4th May 2018

We enjoyed our cycling playtimes.  A special thanks to Mr Bradley for his support with this.


Thank you to all pupils, parents and staff who cycled or scooted to school in this fortnight.  The results place Ashfield 3rd in Leeds and 214th overall.


Science week 16th - 20th April 2018

Parent Consultation 14th March 2018

Thank you to all our parents and carers for working with us and for taking the time to fill in our parent questionnaires.  I'll have the results to you after sharing with our governors.

To celebrate British Science Week, Mrs Dolamore set plenty of challenges for our pupils to promote their exploration and discovery skills.  It culminated in a competition to set your own science challenge.  The winners celebrated in an assembly led by Dr Marty Jopson, who showed them fun science with bubbles.

World Book Day Revisited - Monday 12th March 2018

We celebrated out postponed World Book Day today.

We dressed up as book characters.  Here are some photographs.

The teachers had fun changing classes for story time.

Each class had a mystery book to read and then feed back to Miss McLaughlin.  



Wednesday 28th February 2018 We had great fun in the snow today.

I'm pleased to be able to share with our new Ofsted report.  Paper copies went home tonight with the children.


Year 1 Silver Birch - local walk Thursday 25th January 2018

I got a treat today joining Year 1 for a walk around our locality looking at different types of housing.

We looked out for terraced, detached, semi detached, flats and bungalows.  Some of the children had their eyes out for houses made from straw, wood and bricks and any sneaky wolves trying to blow them down!

Year 6 visit to Eden Camp Tuesday 16th January 2018

Year 6 visited Eden Camp.  The children were enthusiastic from start to finish despite the miserable weather.  All staff were extremely proud of their conduct and positive attitude all day.

Tuesday 16th January 2018  Visit from Ofsted

We had a long awaited visit from Ofsted today.

The children were polite and friendly and I was pleased with the feedback at the end of the day.  The report should be ready to share with you in about 14-18 days.

Friday 12th January 2018 Y2 visits The Deep

Willow Class had a super time at The Deep today.  They will use all their experiences back in school in science, topic, maths and English work.  Adults who accompanied the class came back saying how proud they were of our children's behaviour.

Friday 12th January 2018 - Learning From Mistakes

We've had a focus on learning from mistakes this week.  If everyone gets things right first time, they're probably not challenging themselves enough.  Mistakes are good if we see them as learning opportunities.

We've celebrated with a child who had reflected on a behaviour mistake and used this reflection time to decide how to improve things this week.  This not only led to a golden time stamp, but led to a Bronze Certificate and being celebrated in assembly.

Another child struggled with some maths work on area at the beginning of the week.  After discussing errors and making corrections, she showed her learning was consolidated by not only getting the problems correct today, but also by helping others.

Friday 15th December 2017

A big thank you to everyone for some lovely Christmas card and gifts.  I hope you all have a super Christmas and look forward to seeing the children back in school on Wednesday 3rd January.

Friends of Ashfield Christmas Disco Thursday 14th December 2015

Tuesday 12th December 2017 Christingle at Bridge Church - featuring KS1

Once again, KS1 did us proud.  Their nativity and singing filled the church and really made us think about the true meaning of Christmas.  The Christingles filled the church with a beautiful light and our children were so sensible.  Thank you to all who came out to support us at Bridge Church.

KS2 Christmas Performance Thursday 7th December 2017

What a great day with two KS2 performances.  We really enjoyed:

Beech Class - Choristers to Rappers - I love the quick change from angelic to fun.

Rowan Class - Christmas alphabet - you performed this poem so well.

Elm Class - Alternative 12 Days of Christmas - 'On the second day of Christmas Mrs Warren gave to us - 2 Guinea pigs'  - was my favourite line.

Cherry Class - Xmas Factor - I would have voted them all through - Simon's too mean!

Oak Class - Talking Turkeys - Benjamin Zephaniah - What can I say - total agreement as a vegetarian!

Maple Nativity 6th December 2017

The children were amazing.  They performed such a good retelling of the Christmas story.  I hope all the adults who came really enjoyed it.

Governors' Day in school Tuesday 28th November 2017

Today, governors joined the staff and children for a full day in school.    They spent time in classes, talked to school council and played out at lunchtime.  The governors found it a positive day which helped them to gain a better perspective on all the hard work which is being done by everyone at Ashfield Primary School.

Book Fair Winnings Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Thank you to everyone who supported our Book Fair last week. I really hope you enjoy reading them with your children. Because of your generosity the company have let us choose all of these books for our school library.

Children in Need Day Friday 17th November 2017

We prepared for Children in Need day on Friday by sourcing our best spotty outfits.    People got competitive with our Bake Off competition for the best Pudsey themed buns.  They will be sold for the charity after school - I can't wait. 

Mrs Featherstone and Mrs Willford drew raffle tickets for children who we noticed completing random acts of kindness during Anti bullying week.

Parent Consultation Evening Wednesday 15th November 2017

I was really pleased with the positive faces of parents, carers and children after meeting with teachers tonight.  If you couldn't make your appointment, please ring and speak to your child's teacher to arrange an alternative time.

Tuesday 14th November 2017 Working hard to win book prizes

Miss Hargreaves ran a competition in the library for the children creating book covers and researching their favourite authors. 5 children will win a £5 voucher for the book fair.

Odd Socks for anti bullying week Monday 13th November 2017


All different.  All equal.

We've worn odd socks today as an opportunity for the children to express themselves and appreciate individuality and uniqueness.  All week we will be looking at ways to prevent bullying and promote friendship.

Otley Science Week Monday 6th to Saturday 11th November 2017

On Monday Maple Class went to Otley Courthouse for a Silly Science show.

On Wednesday Elm, cherry, Rowan and Beech also went to the Courthouse for a show called @The World of Owls and Raptors.'

Children in Years 5 & 6 manned an Ashfield stall at the Otley Science Fair with a theme of Global Warming.  The children showed how to make a cloud in a jar, a tornado in a jar and how to make a 2 litre sub irrigated planter.

It's great to be an integral part of Otley's scientific community.  It was a great opportunity to show the Otley community how fabulous Ashfield children are.  Many thanks to all who came to support our stall at the fair, the teachers who gave up their time to plan and supervise the event and especially to the children who represented us so well.

Friday 10th November 2017 Book Breakfast

We held a book breakfast this morning in the hall.  Children and their adults could join us early for a bite to eat and a good read.  Huge thanks go to:

  • Asda, Waitrose and Sainsbury's who donated produce for the assembly;
  • All the parents and children who came along to support;
  • Miss Hargreaves for organising such a great event.

The children really enjoyed themselves and were keen to share with me their favourite excerpts from their  favourite books.

Thursday 2nd November 2017 An out of this world experience!

Willow, Cherry and Elm had a fantastic morning exploring the universe when visitors from Leeds University physics department brought in their amazing inflatable planetarium. It was so big it almost filled the hall!

Each class took it in turn to enter the planetarium and watch and listen as images and sounds surrounded us.

Using a special projector, the inside of the dome was used as a screen and planets and stars shot past us. We learned about the Mars rovers, star constellations, our solar system and the search for Exoplanets - planets that could possibly support life - did you know that almost 5,000 have already been identified.

One girl in year 5 was so inspired that she now wants to work in the Astro Physics field of work, and a fantastic quote was overheard when Year 2 were in the dome ... "This is why I love coming to Ashfield!"

Dogs' Trust assembly and work shops Wednesday 1st November 2017

Today we had a visit from LJ, who visited Ashfield for Health Week in the summer and was so impressed with our children, suggested a return visit.

In assembly she launched a competition for The Dogs Trust. They are providing free training classes for families and their dogs across Yorkshire and as part of this initiative have commissioned a special Dog School Van.


Our school has been chosen by them to name this van (the first one in the country!!) Each class is to come up with a name for it and the best one will be chosen by LJ and put somewhere on the van. When the van is delivered to Dogs Trust LJ will come to our school with a photographer so that the winning class can be photographed alongside the van that they named.  All classes have been asked to submit their entry to Mrs Booker by Friday 10th November.  

Halloween Disco Thursday 19th October 2017

Many thanks to all parents and staff who helped make the Halloween disco such a success.   Children in Early Years and Year 1 dressed up during the day and our older children attended the disco.  Please let the office know if you are available to help out at the Friends of Ashfield Christmas disco  on XXXXX

RSPB in school Tuesday 10th October 2017


Cross Country Competition at Wharfedale Park Tuesday 10th October 2017

Well done to all children who competed in the inter schools event.  Special congratulations go to William who came second in his category.  Keep persevering Ashfield.  It's great to see our stamina improving year by year.


Harvest Festival Thursday 5th October 2017

I was very proud of our children at the Harvest celebration held at Bridge Church.  Their songs and stories captured the spirit of thankfulness and caring for others.  Many thanks go to the parents and carers who helped us walk down safely to the church, to the many friends and family who came to celebrate with us and to Reverend McCullagh and his elders who provided such a beautiful venue for us and made us feel so welcome.

Your food donations are being taken to Otley Food Bank and are gratefully received.

Maths fun for parents and carers Wednesday 4th October 2017

We're so pleased that so many of you came to join us on Wednesday from 2.20 to 3.10 for a maths workshop which showed you great games to play with your children which will be great fun and improve their maths skills at the same time.  If you didn't get the chance to come along, Mr Patel will be repeating the workshop at a later date after school so more parents can join us.  In the meantime please look at our webpage:


Norwegian Students in School Thursday 28th September 2017


We were lucky to host an experience day for eight Norwegian students today.  They were classroom helpers for the day - wanting to learn more about teaching English.  They had a great time and said what wonderful, polite and hardworking students we have at Ashfield.

Community Clear Up Afternoon Thursday 28th September 2017

A huge thank you to all the parents and carers who came to help with our wildlife area clear up.

As you can see from the photographs a lot of hard work and fun went on.The children will really enjoy learning in these areas now.

Dress as you please with a bulb payment - Wednesday 27th September 2017

Music Assembly featuring a flautist from Prince Henry's Tuesday 26th September 2017

Miss Carpenter led an assembly today to inspire her pupils to even greater achievements in assembly.  She showcased a student of hers from Prince Henry's playing the flute and taught the school a new song.


Still image for this video

Y6 Oak Residential at Herd Farm Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd September 2017

We were really proud of our Year 6 pupils this week.  They challenged themselves in a multitude of ways whether it was:

  • daring to go higher on the Giant Swing;
  • staying away from parents and carers for the first time;
  • being independent and doing their fair share of domestic chores;
  • eating something they normally wouldn't;
  • encouraging others in activities that they found difficult.


Roald Dahl Day Wednesday 13th September 2017

We had a whizz popping time of it today celebrating Roald Dahl's creations.  The children made a huge effort with their Dahl costumes today and had great fun with all their Dahl themed work.

Thursday 7th September 2017

I hope you all found our 'Meet the Teacher' event this afternoon useful.  If you didn't get the chance to say hello to your child's new teacher and would like to discuss an issue, please ring the office to book an appointment.

Monday 4th September 2017

Welcome back to school.  I hope you have all had super summer holidays.

Please find my first newsletter.

Presentation of the People's Choice Carnival Award to Ashfield Friday 21st July 2017

Dorraine and Bobby Watson collected the People's Choice Carnival Award on Friday 21st July 2017.  This is so special to be chosen by the people of Otley.  Many thanks to Dorraine and Bobby for collecting the trophy and for anyone who voted for Ashfield.

Summer Music Assembly

Friends of Ashfield Summer Fair 2017

Larch and Rowan Superstar Trip to Harewood House Wednesday 12th July 2017
Beech Class Superstar Trip to Bolton Abbey Tuesday 11th July 2017
Upper Key Stage Two Superstar Trip to Scarborough Monday 10th July 2017

Transition Days 5th - 7th July 2017

This week everyone has felt very grown up.  Our current Year 6 children have had a taster 3 days at Prince Henry's School.  All our other classes have transitioned to their September classes.  They've got to know their new teachers and tried out some work from the year above.  In celebration assembly, every teacher was very proud of every member of their new class and their positive attitude to learning.

The new classes voted for new school council representatives.  Mrs Patel and Mrs Hind, tow of our governors came to meet them in their inaugural meeting.


Key Stage One Superstar Trip to Esholt Farm Tuesday 27th June 2017

We had a fabulous day with Farmer James, getting to know about his farm animals and playing in the hay bales.

A huge thank you to all our parent helpers.

Maple Class Kitchen Disco Friday 23rd June 2017

Maple Class invited their adults into school on Friday to join them in a 'Kitchen Disco.'

They read their Kitchen Disco books and the chose from a wide range activities that you can see in the photos.  We were so pleased to see so many adults able to join us and celebrate the children's learning with us - many thanks.

Health Week Friday 23rd June 2017

Health Week Thursday 22nd June 2017

Health Week Wednesday 21st June 2017

Health Week Tuesday 20th June 2017

Health Week Monday 19th June 2017

Otley Carnival 2017

Thank you to all who took part in the carnival on Saturday and those who cheered us along at the roadside.

We all had a whale of a time at the carnival on Saturday.  The sun shone and your children glittered.  We received many complements from fellow paraders and the general public.

What made me most proud was the super behaviour of our children and the amount of Ashfield Community support we had.  It was a real team effort which we could not have managed alone.  I'd like to say another thank you to those parents and carers who gave up their time to help us make costumes - especially Maz Springham, Dorraine Watson and our own Sarah Hughes.


Carnival Movie

David Ricketts kindly recorded and produced this amazing video of our Carnival procession.

We're preparing for Health Week from 19th to 23rd June.

Once again we have an amazing range of visitors to Ashfield to provide your children with an interesting range of healthy activities:

  • Karate from Zetsurin Karate Club.
  • An assembly bout Hearing dogs
  • Star Wars dance session from Nike Wilkes of Inspiration Tree
  • Tai Chi and Taekwondo from Emilia May
  • Calm Classrooms from Sue Othick Jones
  • Sandwich making from Warburtons
  • Dogs Trust 
  • Footloose dance sessions with Louise Webster
  • Bondgate Bakery sharing breads
  • Touchball with Dan Kenefec from Premier Sports
  • Dental Health with Dr Melissa Arneil from One Dental
  • Untimate Frisbee with Dan Kenefec from Premier Sports


We hope you'll join us on Monday 19th June for our Race for Life, where we'll all run a mile wearing pink and hopefully not looking too pink afterwards.

Timanyane Day at Prince Henry's School led their students to help in a primary school.

Our pupils loved reading to the older students.  Thank you to all the PHGS students for their help.

Carnival Preparation

Many thanks go to all of our helpers today:

John and Teresa Lawson, Ali and Dave Ginn, Jill and Marianne Springham, Aimee Burns, Liz Simpson, Rebecca Kayley, Vickie Clayden and Paul Barrowman.

The costumes looked stunning and the children had a 'whale of a time!'

Carnival Preparation Friday 19th May and Friday 26th May

Our Carnival theme this year is 'Under the Sea.'  Thank you to all who have signed up to attend the parade on Saturday 17th June.  On the two Fridays before Spring Bank Holiday, we are making the props and costumes in the hall.  Marianne Springham (Toby's mum) will be leading our work along with our own Mrs Hughes and Dorraine Watson (Bobby's mum).  If you are able to help, please let us know.

We will be making the following types of costume: