5 June 2015, Comments: 0

5th June 2015


Dear Parents

Summer Letter 3

Staffing News

I am writing with important news regarding the appointment of a new teacher for Wharfedale class. The governors have appointed Mrs Karen Saunderson to replace Miss Stockmann from September 2015. Mrs Saunderson is an outstanding practitioner who impressed everyone involved in the appointment process. She will be an excellent addition to the team and I am sure that you will join me in welcoming her to the team at Richard Taylor.



Mrs Linda Williams, a long serving Foundation Governor, has announced her decision to retire from the Governing Body at the end of the school year. Mrs Williams has been an outstanding governor who has played a vital role in the development of the school over recent years. I would like to put on record my thanks to Mrs Williams for her support and guidance over the years. Her replacement as Foundation Governor will be nominated by the PCC at St. John’s Chuch and will join the Governing Body in the Autumn Term.



As well as Miss Stockmann and Mrs Sarah Harrison, who are leaving us at the end of term, Mrs McLaren has informed me that she will be retiring from her post as Midday Supervisor at the end of this term. Mrs McLaren has done a wonderful job in all weathers and we wish her a happy retirement.


Assessment Information

All assessments for pupils in Year 2 and Year 6 have now been completed. For pupils in other age groups, the week beginning Monday 15th June will be an assessment week. This will include pupils in Year 1 who will be completing phonics assessments during the week. Assessments for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are completed continuously during the year and do not include any element of formal testing.


Sports Day

This year’s sports day will take place on Monday 13th July starting at 1.15 p.m. As part of our sports day the Friends will be serving refreshments. After school the Friends will be holding a summer funfair with games, a BBQ and small fairground rides.


Performance Dates

This year’s performance of ‘Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies’ will be on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th June. Both performances will begin at 6.30 p.m.


Choir Concert

This year’s summer concert will take place on Thursday 16th July. The violin concert will take place on Tuesday 30th June at 6 p.m.


Sports News

The last half term is always one of the busiest of the year. Year 3/4 children will be taking part in the mini tennis tournament at St. John Fishers after school on Monday 8th June.

The KS2 Orienteering Competition will take place at Rossett High School after school on Monday 15th June.


The Year 5/6 Rounders Tournament will take place at Harrogate Grammar School on Thursday 2nd July.


As well as the interschool tournaments, the sports crew will be organising intra school sports competitions throughout the half term.


Thank you to Mrs Warburton, Miss Stockmann and all of the staff team for their hard work in organising these events.


Barr Methodist Quiz Night

As part of their ongoing fundraising efforts, Barr Methodist Chapel will be holding a quiz night at Richard Taylor School on Friday 12th June. More information is available via the school notice boards.


Sainsburys Vouchers

The school is looking for a willing volunteer ready to help with the counting of our Sainsbury’s school sports vouchers. They provide the school with valuable PE equipment. This year we are happy to collect enough tokens to buy new football goals. If you can help, please let the office know. Thank you.


Year 6 Leavers Disco

Superworm, who normally does the school disco is unavailable for this year’s leavers disco. If you know of anyone who provides discos for parties and children’s events, please let the school office know. Thank you.


Friends Events

The next big screen film night will take place on Monday 15th June for children in Ribblesdale and Dentdale.


The final cake sale of the year will be held on Monday 19th June.


Afternoon Community Tea

The Community Tea for the elderly will be held on Tuesday 14th July from 2 p.m. The pupils in Year 6 will be inviting all of the guests on our invitation list. If you know of anyone who would appreciate an invitation to join our Year 6 pupils for tea, scones and a chat, please let us know via the school office.


Leavers’ Service

The date for this year’s Leavers’ Service has been confirmed as Monday 20th July at St. John’s Church. The service will begin at 10.30 a.m.


Garden Plants

If you are a keen gardener and have spare plants or cuttings which you could donate to school, please let us know. We are always on the look out for new plants to fill in gaps in the beds of our Peace Garden. Please let the school office know if you have a plant to donate. We will also be asking for summer holiday help with some garden weeding. Please look out for the information slip before the end of the year.


Quadkids Update

The Quadkids athletics event was cancelled due to bad weather on Tuesday 2nd June. The organisers will be arranging a visit to school when they will do time trials on all our athletics. These times and distances will be compared to the results of other schools to find a winning school. Good luck to all our athletes.


New Parents

Our detailed information evening for new parents will be taking place on Tuesday 16th June at 6 p.m. All new parents have been invited but if you know of any new parents please remind them.



The school is looking to appoint new midday supervisory staff to start in September. We are looking for two full time staff to work Monday to Friday from 11.55 – 1.10 p.m. One role is a general post with a rate of pay of £7.30 per hour and one post is to work 1:1 with one of the children with a high level of need. The rate of pay for this post is £8.89 per hour. If interested, please contact the school office.


Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team

A reminder that the safer neighbourhood policing team have set up a box in the school entrance for members of the public to communicate non-urgent information. Information slips are available for anyone who wishes to leave a message. The team will regularly be checking the box and will respond to all comments.


Key Dates


With so much happening this term it may be a good idea to put the following dates in your diary.


Thursday 11th June        Class Photographs

Monday15th June          Movie Night – Dent/Ribblesdale

Thursday 18th June        Year 6 Crucial Crew trip

Thursday 25th June        Year 6 first performance

Friday 26th June            Year 6 second performance

Monday 29th June        Friends Cake stall

Tuesday 30th June        Violin Concert at 6 p.m.

Monday 13th July        Sports Day at 1.15 p.m.

Tuesday 14th July         Community Tea

Thursday 16th July        Choir Concert

Monday 20th July        Leavers Service at 10.30 a.m.

Monday 20th July        School closes at 2.15 p.m.


Yours sincerely


Andrew Symonds


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