At Rufforth Primary School, we aim to nurture, develop and challenge pupils to succeed in all areas of their education. We seek opportunities to enrich the academic curriculum to develop the whole child and to celebrate successes beyond the classroom.
Alongside our Breakfast Club and After School Club, we also offer enrichment clubs – extracurricular opportunities to develop and nurture new and existing skills. The clubs range from sports clubs to arts and crafts, music and languages. We are always interested in new and exciting clubs and listen to our pupils to find out what clubs they would like.
Our School Council has two members from every class, from Years 1 to 6, which ensures that all children are represented and have an opportunity to air their views. Additional councillors are elected in Year 2 to represent our Reception class. The council meets regularly to discuss ideas or issues put forward by their classes and these often contribute to our School Development Plan. The council feeds back any findings and decisions to the rest of our school. School Council members are elected by their class each year.
Having a School Council not only enables pupils to have a voice, but also serves as a real life example of the modern British value, democracy.
Our Friendship Ambassadors are pupils in Key Stage Two who have been appointed to support and promote happy playtimes and relationships. The children have received training from The Diana Award to ensure they have the skills to encourage anti bullying ‘de-bugging’ strategies and to help children to develop the skills to overcome friendship difficulties with greater independence. They live out our value of ‘care’ in everything they do!
Our Friendship Ambassadors meet with the head teacher once every term to review the school’s Anti-Bullying Policy and to feedback on their very important role in school.
At Rufforth Primary School, we believe that learning from first-hand experience is very powerful and provides lasting impact. We support children’s learning through educational visits, which are planned to link into topic work at school. We ask for voluntary contributions for these trips and workshops approximately three weeks before the activity takes place.
Every year, pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 are invited to attend a residential trip. Away from home, perhaps for the first time, school residential trips form such an important part of growing up and are the perfect opportunity for a valuable learning experience.
We invite many experts into our school to work with our children, including novelists, dramatists, artists, musicians and representatives from local services. Experts inspire our children to learn through sharing their passion for their subject area, which can raise our children’s aspirations for their future careers.
For children who wish to learn an instrument, we work with peripatetic music teachers who are able to offer individual or small-group music tuition for which there is a charge as this is an extra-curricular activity and not part of the National Curriculum.