In addition to music teaching within the school curriculum, all pupils have the opportunity of learning to play a musical instrument as part of the normal curriculum. More specialist tuition for voice, piano, strings, wind, brass and percussion instruments is available through the NYCC Music Service and peripatetic music teachers work weekly with pupils at the school. A fee is charged for this service from which parents on Income Support or in receipt of the Pupil Premium are exempted.
We also offer very popular accordion tuition through the Craven School of Music. Details of charges are available at school. We usually offer after school Band where children who are learning instruments can experience playing together.
All children take part in PE. In Foundation/KS1the children are taught on site. The children in KS2 also travel to Upper Wharfedale School weekly to take advantage of their specialist sports facilities, including the swimming pool. If the weather is fine we will also make use of our outdoor areas. Children who wear earrings (stud-type only allowed in school) will be asked to remove them for PE, in accordance with safety standards in the County. For PE lessons, children wear black shorts and a red t-shirt, and do their work in bare feet or gym shoes. Out of doors, depending on how warm it is, they wear shorts or jogging trousers and gym shoes/trainers. We also have a specialist professional school team strip provided by the local Tarmac Quarry for use by pupils playing sports for the school in local and county championships.
If a parent should wish a child to be excused from PE due to illness or injury, children should bring a letter of explanation prior to the lesson. PE is a compulsory subject and every effort should be made for every child to participate in the lesson in some capacity. Those with special needs or disabilities will have the lesson objectives differentiated so that they may participate.
On occasions parents are asked to contribute towards the cost of transport.