Welcome from Our Head of School
Dear Parents, Carers, Grandparents and families,
Thank you for visiting the Gleadless website. We hope you like it!
Gleadless is a two form entry school with a 78 place nursery (39 FTE).
At Gleadless our aim is to ensure that your children have the best possible education that equips them with the skills, knowledge, qualities and values that will follow them for a successful future. We have a beautiful new build offering clean, well-resourced spaces and purpose remodelled Foundation Stage and Key Stage One classrooms with access to outdoor learning spaces. Our grounds are extensive and children are able to play sport and games in a very large playing field and wooded area. Our curriculum reflects children’s interests, covers the National Curriculum in an exciting and motivating context and offers a balance of teacher directed input and pupil research and investigation. Learning is fun in our school!
Our website aims to provide parents, carers, grandparents and families at Gleadless with up to weekly news, forthcoming events and photographs and updates of children's learning experiences as well as sharing policies and procedures which form the ethos and expectations of our school.
I look forward to working in close partnership with you to ensure that all children at Gleadless are given every opportunity to enjoy learning, to thrive and to achieve their full potential in a happy, stimulating, vibrant community school.
We encourage and welcome visits to school for prospective parents and welcome an open door policy with existing parents. I can be contacted via the school office if you would like to make an appointment to meet with me.
With very best wishes,
Head of Gleadless school
Welcome from our Executive Head
I first entered the teaching profession because I loved the excitement, curiosity and energy for life and learning of young children and could think of no better job than helping and influencing children to discover and achieve their dreams and to lay the foundations for future success. Twenty two years later as Executive Head, I feel exactly the same and have the privilege of leading a team of talented and inspirational colleagues who share that same vision at Gleadless and across our Federation.
Children thrive at Gleadless because the staff take time to know the children well and build meaningful relationships with all children and their families. At Gleadless, everything we do is based on the simple belief that all children will achieve highly given the right support and inspiration and that each child has many talents that can be discovered and grown. We know that children flourish personally and academically when they feel safe, happy and are inspired by talented teachers and supported by a community that knows and appreciates them as individuals.
We are proud of the children’s academic success and their sporting achievements, encouraging and developing these talents at every opportunity. Our school curriculum is broad and balanced and celebrates the success of all abilities in a nurturing and caring atmosphere. Children are encouraged to join in with our sporting activities at lunchtimes and a range of after school clubs.
At Gleadless, our children have personality and we celebrate character and individuality. We foster social skills and attitudes through our 8 core values which are designed to create good citizens in society; citizens who are respectful and tolerant of others, who aim high in all aspects of their life and can work with confidence in a team situation. Our children have enquiring minds and the motivation to succeed. We are proud of the way in which our children are prepared for secondary school and the good citizens they become within this community.
Reading our website is important but visiting the school and getting a feel of the atmosphere, meeting our wonderful children and seeing the interaction between staff and children and the eight core values in action will truly help you understand what we are all about at Gleadless.
Please make an appointment to visit our school by calling the school office on 0114 2399705 . You will be warmly welcomed!
Ms Vanessa Langley
Arbourthorne and Gleadless Primary School Federation
Take One Interest
Our Take One Interest project 2019 engaged children across our schools in the different areas of interest explored by Da Vinci during his lifetime, and which are represented in the drawings being displayed as part of the Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing exhibition. With a clear focus on combining language and images to explain, share and present different aspects of the world around us, now and in the past, our children were provided with a purposeful context for developing their speaking, listening and written language skills. This project builds on the success of our Take One Text project in 2017 and used one key text, In Focus, alongside Da Vinci’s technical drawings. The text provided the basis for developing the contextualised teaching of grammar as well as emphasising the importance of oracy skills in the acquisition and application of language. Culminating in each school’s very own exhibition, children will be able to present and curate artwork, written pieces and audio commentary to share their knowledge and understanding of the wide and far-reaching interests that Da Vinci explored in his life’s work.
What does our latest safeguarding and behaviour review say?
"Policy, procedures and practice in relation to safeguarding continue to be good." February 2018, David Connor, Consultant, Exploring Choices.
"Positive behaviour and messages about staying safe are consistently promoted."
"The morning 'meet and greet' is an extremely effective way to make families feel welcome."
"Early intervention is a key part of the Federations' approach to safeguarding."
"All parents who talked to the consultant praised the Federations' approach to safeguarding and were confident that their children were safe in school."
"The Federation places a strong emphasis on safeguarding and this is clearly reflected in its practice."
"The strength of the Federations' safeguarding practice lies in the holistic and non-judgemental approach."
If you have any concerns about your child in relation to their behaviour, safety or welfare, we are here to talk.
Safeguarding Officer, Gleadless Primary School
What do our pupils say about our core values?
"I'm holding the door open for my class. We are focusing on being respectful and this is respectful." Odunayo Y3.
"I help my friends to keep the core values by showing them how to be a good friend." Lauren Y4
"I've been a good friend today because I helped my friends when they were hurt." Kai Y2
"I always say 'you're welcome' when someone thanks me because it's good manners." Demi Y6
"Older children in our school show younger children how to do the right thing. We are given responsibility to be Big Brothers and Big Sisters." Alice Y6
"I'm being well mannered and caring because I always help my friend to come and get his snack because he likes a friend with him." Liam Y3
Latest term dates Events
- Y6 Cinema Visit18Jun2019
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
- 100% Attendance20Jun2019
9:00 am - 2:30 pm @ Town Hall
Children who have had 100% Attendance
- Sports Day ( weather permitting) Year 3 and Year 424Jun2019
9:30 am - 10:30 am @ Gleadless School
- Sports Day ( weather permitting) Year 5 and Year 624Jun2019
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
- Gleadless Fashion Show25Jun2019
7:00 am - 7:30 am