A DYSLEXIC mum has spoken of the support which she received from a Rawthorpe school.
Rawthorpe St James Infant and Nursery School celebrates its 50th birthday this May.
And members of the school community are sharing their memories before celebrations start on May 11.
Mum-of-five Genette Milner, 26 is full of praise for the school, which she says is like part of the family.
Her five sons, Alix, nine, Cortney, eight, James, seven, Stephen, six and four-year-old Damon have either attended or are attending the school where she was a pupil.
“I loved coming to this school. I’m dyslexic and I received lots and lots of support because of that. I got on really well with the teachers and had lots of friends,” she said.
Mrs Milner praised the changes which had been made at the school in recent months, particularly since it had become part of the federation with neighbouring Rawthorpe Junior and High Schools, which all collectively form the Netherhall Learning Campus.
“The school is not fragmented, all the education is on one campus and there is a good relationship between all three,” she said.
“The attitude of the teachers is outstanding. There is always some to greet the children at the door when they come into school every day, which is very important. Mrs Rock the headteacher is on hand anytime to talk about any concerns you may have. My boys love coming here and ask at the weekend when its going to be Monday again.”
Adele Rich, 35 has lived in Rawthorpe all her life and her daughter Megan Clayton attended Rawthorpe St James.
“I have very happy memories of this school and my daughter Megan loved it here. She really missed it when she moved to juniors but has settled well, now,” she said.
Miss Rich said although she was unsure at first of the new “through” uniform at the school, with each school having the same sweatshirt and logo, she now really liked it and thought that the federation was a fantastic idea.
A year of events have been planned to welcome as many members of this family community back into the building as part of the golden jubilee.
A special open afternoon will be held on May 11 – 50 years to the day that the then Bishop of Wakefield the Rt Rev J A Ramsbotham, dedicated the school. It will include displays of memorabilia.
Headteacher Joan Rock said: “It is an opportunity for people who have attended the school or have had children here to catch up with old friends, have a chat and look at old photos and mementoes. We are also asking people to bring along any memorabilia before the day.”
The afternoon runs between 3.30 and 6.30pm.
Old photographs are also to feature in a commemorative calendar which is being compiled as part of the celebrations.
Community cafe mornings, an extended Christmas fair and even a street party have also been suggested.
A community artist will also be working with parents who attend the breakfast club to create a shop window from 50 years ago.
A DRIVE to improve literacy and numeracy at a Rawthorpe school is taking giant steps forward.
Rawthorpe Junior School in Rawthorpe Lane has received the Quality Mark from the nationally recognised Basic Skills Agency.
Inspectors spent a day in school watching children during lessons, assessing teacher’s lessons and speaking with pupils about their work.
Deputy headteacher Brian Williams said the award was part of the school’s continuing commitment to raise achievement and attainment in school.
The award was first developed in 1997, with the help of local education authorities and primary schools throughout England and Wales. It aims to provide a framework to promote, support and celebrate the improvement of literacy and mathematics.
The principles of the Primary Quality Mark process include involvement of the whole school community, self review and targeted intervention, which are central to a school's improvement agenda.
It provides a framework for self-evaluation and continuous improvement of all pupils which includes those who underachieve and those whose attainment is lower than would be expected of someone of their age.