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Next generation fighting against fly-tipping
PUPILS at a primary school are campaigning that something be done at a fly-tipping hot spot in their village.

Children from Goldthorpe Primary School regularly go out with their litter pickers cleaning up the green spaces around the school, but this week they came across a huge pile of discarded white goods in a lay-by on Doncaster Road.

The school takes great pride in its outdoor provision and educating children in environmental matters, with outdoor...
Education at secondary is ‘much weaker’
PRIMARY school pupils in Barnsley are excelling academically but the town’s secondaries have been found to be ‘much weaker’ than their national counterparts, an Ofsted study has revealed.

The education watchdog’s annual report, which looks at schools’ attainment and inspection outcomes, reveals just 40 per cent of the borough’s secondary schools are good or outstanding-rated.

This puts Barnsley at the bottom of the Yorkshire and Humber league table, as of August 31 last year, and...
Once troubled school now heading in right direction
THE head teacher of a previously failing primary school has reflected on a first term that has already seen a major turnaround.

Rebecca Paddock, who became head teacher of Worsbrough Common Primary School in September after the school came under the management of the Hoyland Common Academy Trust, said her first priority was stabilising the school after what Ofsted inspectors called a ‘period of turbulence’.

The school had dropped from ‘outstanding’ to requiring improvement in...
Children do their bit for Australia
CHILDREN from a Worsbrough primary school were so touched by the news of the spreading Australian wildfires that they begged for a chance to help donate money to the cause.

Pupils from The Mill Academy, Lobwood, asked their teachers how they could help after they saw news coverage of the Australian bushfires which have raged for more than a month.

Spurred on by their pupils’ enthusiasm, the head of the school, Tamara Gulliver, organised a...
Primary school’s hive of activity...
PUPILS at a primary school are buzzing after producing their first batch of honey from their own beehive.

Goldthorpe Primary pupils have been caring for their bees, and learning important lessons about their value to the environment, over the course of the past year.

With support from Paul Freer and the Barnsley Bee Keepers Association, the students are looking to increase the size of their colony after their first successful harvest.

Outdoor education teacher Chris...
Kids get ‘custody’ of Rhubarb the dog
CHILDREN starting back at one primary school after the Christmas holidays have been welcomed by a furry friend.

Worsbrough Common Primary School pupils were greeted back at school by cockapoo puppy Rhubarb on Monday and spent most of the week getting to know her.

The 14-week-old pup belongs to the school’s head teacher Rebecca Paddock and is being brought in for a variety of different reasons, including helping SEN (special educational needs) students.

“We got...
School chef cooks on a budget...
A SCHOOL chef has qualified to represent Yorkshire and the Humber in the regional heat to find the best school chef of the year.

Last year’s runner-up, Matt Betts from The Mill Academy, Worsbrough, has again qualified and will have to prepare, cook and present four portions of a two-course meal suitable for serving to pupils in primary or secondary schools.

He will have to do all this in just 90 minutes and with a...
Trust recruits Churchfield
THE head of an academy trust hopes to work with more Barnsley schools after the first joined its ranks.

Cudworth Churchfield Primary Academy becomes the first school in the borough to join the Waterton Academy Trust, a Wakefield-based group of 13 schools run by Monk Bretton-born Dave Dickinson.

Former headteacher Dave, who founded the trust in 2014 and this year received an OBE for his contribution to education, said moving into his hometown was always...
Mini police officers recruited
PUPILS from a Worsbrough primary school welcomed local police officers for a special induction into the force’s ‘mini police’ programme.

Ten year 5 pupils at Worsbrough Bank End Primary School were nominated to take part in the police-led programme which encourages children to play a positive part in their local community.

Through a series of interactive sessions, local PCSOs taught the pupils what they can do both in their school and wider community to set...
The lessons from Mrs Davies are over...
A TEACHER who has worked at the same primary school for 30 years is saying her goodbyes.

Julie Davies is retiring from Holy Rood Catholic Primary today.

Julie, 61, is a long-standing member of staff at the school and has taught the early years pupils from when they start their classes until they leave early years.

Julie celebrates her last day at the school today, where students and staff paid a fond farewell.

Karen Dobson,...
Improvement is made at pre-school
A PRE-SCHOOL which was previously rated ‘inadequate’ during an Ofsted inspection has been rated ‘good’ following its most recent visit.

Kids World Cudworth, based at the Centre of Excellence on Roberts Street, cares for children aged two to five. The nursery is run by Kidsworld-Childcare Ltd, which has five nurseries across Barnsley, Rotherham and Wakefield.

In May, the nursery was rated ‘inadequate’ because safeguarding procedures were not implemented effectively and staff’s expectations of what children...
‘Good’ standard is kept up at school
A PRIMARY school continues to be rated ‘good’ following its first Ofsted inspection since being taken over by an academy trust.

Kexborough Primary School, on Ballfield Lane, was deemed an ‘inclusive school with a real sense of family’ - with particular praise given to the enthusiasm of pupils towards learning, their behaviour, and teaching of reading and writing.

The report states: “Pupils learn how to write for a range of purposes.

“They get lots of...
Ofsted praise school’s remarkable turnaround
A PRIMARY school which was previously rated ‘requires improvement’ has been rated ‘good’ in every area following its most recent Ofsted inspection.

Holy Rood Catholic Primary has been named a ‘good’ school in its inspection, which took place on November 27 to November 28, according to the report just released.

In the report, it was mentioned that the school motto ‘Live, Love, Learn’ is at the heart of the school.

The report also said: “Pupils...
Success on cards
THE RE-ELECTED MP for Barnsley East has recently handed out prizes to local school children for her Christmas card competition.

Stephanie Peacock runs a competition to design her official card.

It was entered by more than a dozen schools across the constituency, from Cudworth to Darfield and Hoyland.

Hundreds of entries were considered by Stephanie and a judging panel including the Mayor of Barnsley Coun Pauline Markham, and local organisations.

Stephanie visited St Helen’s Catholic...
Kids show they have a close-knit relationship
GROUPS of children at an after school club have knitted fidget blankets for a care home that cares for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The children, who attend Playworks Shafton, based at Shafton Community Centre, have been creating the blankets since September for Holly Tree Care Home on Sceptone Grove.

The care home takes care of 41 elderly residents who have dementia, which is is a syndrome associated with an ongoing decline of brain functioning....
Plastic is not so fantastic at school
A SCHOOL in Darton has gone completely ‘single use plastic free’ in a bid to tackle climate change.

Darton Academy, which is part of the Delta Academies Trust, has provided all students and staff with reusable plastic Delta bottles to use throughout the day.

This is in response to the quantities of plastic bottles for drinks that were seen around the school on a daily basis.

Now the students are encouraged to refill their reusable...
Kids make it into the 100 club...
PUPILS at a Wombwell school are celebrating after reaching the 100th episode of their news programme on YouTube.

Netherwood TV is run by staff and students at Netherwood Academy. Each week an episode is played to all students during form time and episodes also share success stories, and inform students and parents of the week ahead.

Each episode is hosted by one of the year 11 prefect team and the show is in its fourth...
Budding artists called to enter competition
To mark a £57.5 million investment, The South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System is inviting local primary school children to get creative and create posters to share their vision for the ideal hospital or healthcare centre of the future. 

The investment is being put into new GP surgeries, new nurse-led clinics and new pharmacies, which will modernize and improve services for local patients. This means that the public will be able to access care...
Parking problem raised at meeting
INCONSIDERATE parking outside a primary school is preventing motorists from passing safely, a meeting was told.

Parents dropping off their children at Cherry Dale Primary on Royston Road, Cudworth, are parking on double yellow lines and ‘ignoring notices’, prohibiting them from parking in certain areas. Coun Charlie Wraith told the Cudworth PACT meeting on Wednesday that if parents could park in the school hall, “they’d park in it”.

The meeting was told that the road...
College hail students’ progress
THE NUMBER of A Level students achieving three or more A* to B grades has increased at Barnsley Sixth Form College.

The sixth form is celebrating a 99 per cent pass rate across all subjects, with maths, politics and French students having a 100 per cent pass rate.

The number of students receiving three or more A* to B grades has increased by 4.6 per cent from last year’s results. Eleanor Hadfield (A*A*AA) is heading...
History makers celebrated at Penistone Grammar
STUDENTS at Penistone Grammar School were celebrating yesterday after securing some of the best A Level results in the school’s history.

Yesterday, students received their A Level results which put the school in the top ten per cent nationally.

The school expects that 92 per cent of students will secure their firm choice of university with half heading to the most prestigious Russell Group universities.

“Our students are amazing and work incredibly hard,” said principal...
Something from the machine? Book us in...
CHILDREN at a Barnsley primary will be able to chose their new reading material by using a special vending machine, but only if they make their school proud.

Every member of staff at Worsbrough Common Primary School - including dinner ladies and office staff - will be given a token each week that they can give to any pupil in the school for ‘anything that makes them proud’.

When the child receives a token, they...
Astronaut lands at Carlton school
A FORMER astronaut stopped off in Barnsley to discuss his career with NASA with youngsters.

Pupils from years nine and 11 at Outwood Academy, Carlton, were given the opportunity to speak with Colonel Jack Lousma about his work and experiences with NASA.

Jack was the spacecraft communicator and recipient of the famous ‘Houston, we have a problem’ message during the Apollo 13 mission and was a commander of STS-3 in 1982.

Apollo 13, which launched...
School academy conversions is having an impact
THE proportion of pupils across Barnsley who are attending primary schools judged by Ofsted to be good or outstanding dropped in the first quarter of the financial year, according to a council report this week.

A total of 69.9 per cent of Barnsley youngsters now attend a school deemed to be in the education watchdog’s top two tiers, down from 70.4 per cent because of Birdwell Primary moving from outstanding to ‘requires improvement’ earlier this...
Pupils are a shining example for charity...
PRIMARY school pupils have designed and raced their own salt water powered cars.

The year five pupils from Upperwood Academy Darfield raced their vehicles over three race tracks.

The exercise was part of a U Can Shine enterprise day to raise money for school and for Macmillan Cancer Support and has so far managed to generate more than £1,000.

Families, parents, teachers and fellow pupils attended the day to cheer the racers along.

U Can...
Schooldays are over for Linda...
A WOMAN who has worked at the same school for over three decades is today celebrating her retirement.

Linda Kenworthy has been a teaching assistant at Milefield Primary School, Grimethorpe, since 1988. Linda was there when the school burned down in 1989, and has taught the children of her former pupils.

She said she ‘wouldn’t change a thing’.

“I started off as a non-teaching assistant,” said Linda. “Now I take groups, do one-to-ones, I’m a...