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School News: Inspection success!


In the last Village News we reported that we had just been subjected to SIAS inspection (Statutory
Inspection of Anglican Schools) at the start of the autumn term. We are delighted to report that the
school received a grading of good. SIAS inspectors are appointed by the Diocese and like an Ofsted
inspection, take place every 3 years. Schools are graded as either outstanding, good, satisfactory or
notice to improve.

As a Church School the inspection focuses on the moral, cultural, spiritual and
Christian values of the school and how effective it is in aiding children's learning. The SIAS Inspector
observes lessons, talks to children and asks parents to volunteer for interview as part of the Inspection to ascertain a parents' view of the school. There is also a focus on the school's leadership and

The Inspection Report noted that the school's vision and Christian values permeate
throughout its community and children talk confidently about respect, challenge, caring etc.
Other worthy comments in the Report include:
• "Children enjoy this school, and parents are proud for their children to attend."
• "A caring and family atmosphere pervades through every aspect of Husthwaite's work as a
school, impacting positively on children, staff and the wider community."
• "Staff care passionately about the children, this being very evident in discussions within classes
and in collective worship."
• "The school's self-assessment is extremely accurate, with leaders having targeted future
developments, including staff visits to other schools to share practice and ideas."
In recognition of receiving such a good Inspection the school has been pleased to receive
acknowledgement of their hard work from the Diocese itself as well as the Bishop of Selby.


Pupils in years 5 and 6 enjoyed a week’s residential visit to East Barnby on the Yorkshire Coast north of

Whitby during the last week of the first half term. In spite of foggy weather they were still able to participate in a full itinerary of outdoor activities including canoeing, rock climbing raft building, orienteering and pond-dipping on the beach. Mr Edwards, Mrs Gall and Mrs Dunn accompanied the children and were pleased to report a successful trip that saw the children successfully completing new challenges and enjoying the opportunities being offered to them. Everyone was pleased that the following week was half-term and they could fully recuperate from their activities.


Children from KS2 have been competing in various sporting cluster events this term which have included a netball and football tournament. So far, the netball team have won one game and lost two whilst the footballers won two and lost one game. The teams will continue to practice in preparation for the next tournaments in March.

Year 6 children have successfully completed their Bikeability Course – a two day training programme making children aware of road safety and how to keep safe when cycling. Along with Year 5 they also attended Crucial Crew at RAF Leeming on 23rd November – a training event organised by North Yorkshire Police which focuses on safety issues for young children.

The school recently held its second Toddler Day this academic year. The pupils in the Foundation Stage enjoy toddlers joining them in their classroom activities and love showing off the school’s amazing indoor soft play that they all get to play on. The Toddler Taster Days are a great way for both children and adults to be introduced to school life and get to know a bit more about us. The next Toddler Taster session is on Thursday 10th January from 1.15-3.00 pm. Come along and join in the fun.

Unfortunately the Thursday weekly toddler sessions have now closed.

Some villagers may have taken a double look at children arriving at school in their nightwear on Friday 16th November when everyone was asked to dress in pyjamas to raise funds for Children in Need! Children were also served a’ Children in Need’ themed lunch on that day with spotty bear biscuits bei served as a pudding.

Community News

Members of the community were invited to school join the children for a harvest lunch at the end of October. Mrs Houlston cooked a delicious meal of roast chicken and all the trimmings followed by apple crumble and custard. The meal was very well received by those who attended and it is hoped to hold another community next term.

Once again the school has participated in the Village’s Love in a Box Appeal organised by Linda Davidson and Bunnie Wentworth. Children enjoy collecting items and filling up their shoe boxes ready to be distributed to children at Christmas across Eastern Europe.

Christmas is fast looming upon us and children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 are already well underway with the rehearsals for their Jesus’ Christmas Party production. The dress rehearsal will take place on Monday 17th December at 9.30 am and all members of the community are invited to come

along and watch the children perform. Our Christmas Carols Community Service will take place on Friday 21st December at St Nicholas Church, Husthwaite at 9.30 am. Once again, everyone is invited to join us for our festive service.


Parents have resurrected FOHS (Friends of Husthwaite School) as part of their commitment to the school’s fund-raising efforts. As a result the school’s ‘100 Club’ has been re-launched. A draw will take place each quarter beginning in December 2012 and prizes money will be given in proportion to the amount of numbers sold for a 1st and 2nd prize. If anyone would like to participate in the 100 club draw please contact the school. The annual cost is £12.00 and application forms are available from the school office.

The school’s annual Christmas Fair will take place on Friday 7th December 1.30-3.00 pm. In addition to the usual tombola, raffle, Santa’s grotto there will also be stalls of interest for both adults and children. We shall also be selling our popular hessian shopping bags in aid of school funds. Everyone is welcome to our Fair and entry is free.

Diary Dates:

Friday 7 Dec – Christmas Fair 

Monday 17 Dec – Jesus Christmas Party dress rehearsal

Friday 21 Dec - 9.30 am Christmas Carols Community Service St Nicholas Church

2.45 pm school closes for holidays

Monday 7 Jan – staff training day

Tuesday 8 Jan – school opens for Spring Term

Thursday 10 Jan – 1.15-3.00 pm Toddler Taster Session