Cliffe House is currently closed for refurbishment, however, great news we are working in partnership with Bradley Scout Camp to continue providing high quality outdoor learning experiences. Cliffe House is due to re-open late 2020. Current planned works include the following:
Heating system installed throughout the house
Upgrade information and communications technology infrastructure
Restoration of historical features
Improved layout to enhance your stay - including new toilets and showers
Enhanced security system
Significant investment in fire safety system and compliance.
We are expecting to be busy for our opening season so get in touch to book your residential.
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2019
I’d like to draw your attention to Part 5 of the statutory guidance for schools and colleges, available onGOV.UK which was introduced for the first time in September 2018. It covers managing reports of child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment in schools and colleges. We know that many schools and colleges get their safeguarding information from their local authority and work closely with them when cases arise.
• Nothing is more important than safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare.
• Children can sexually abuse other children and it doesn’t only happen in secondary schools; it can take place in primary schools too.
• Child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment exists in many forms, from calling someone sexualised names, flicking bra straps, lifting up skirts, grabbing bottoms, breasts and genitalia to sexual assault and rape.
• Sexual violence and sexual harassment can happen online and offline (and in many cases there will be an element of both).
• Schools and colleges need to know how to identify it, manage reports and support all parties involved.
• It is essential that all victims are reassured that they are being taken seriously and that they will be supported and kept safe. A victim should never be given the impression that they are creating a problem by reporting sexual violence or sexual harassment. Nor should a victim ever be made to feel ashamed for making a report.
• Sexual violence and sexual harassment are not acceptable, should never be tolerated and should never be seen as an inevitable part of growing up.
• Everyone who comes into contact with children has a role to play in protecting them.
Detailed advice to support schools and colleges understand, prevent and respond to reports of child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment and how and when to refer cases is available here.
New Governor Portal Coming in 2020
In the New Year, as part of Kirklees Council’s wider move to more accessible online services the Governor Clerking Service will be utilising a new web based system to provide administrative support to schools and their governing bodies.
This online governor portal forms part of the new Kirklees Business Solutions platform that Headteachers and School Business Managers will be familiar with. As well as buying services from the council and accessing training via this site school governance will now also be managed here.
A showcase event will be held on Monday, 3 February 2020 to launch the governor portal and give schools the chance to familiarise themselves with the system and learn about some of the benefits.
Ease of access - schools will now have access to their governance information, including board composition, governor terms of office and meeting dates. As the portal is web based it will also be accessible from all devices.
Documents store - all governor documents will be stored on the portal and accessible at anytime from anywhere further streamlining the process for those schools that opt for a paperless service.
Meetings calendar – future dates of your governing body meetings will be available in one single accessible calendar and the portal will even send out email reminders prior to meetings.
More details about the showcase will be published closer to the time but plan to have a representative from your school there to learn about all this and more.
Kirklees World Book Day Quiz 2020 - There's still time to enter a team!
Kirklees' World Book Day Quiz has become a much-anticipated annual event in the school calendar. It's a chance for your pupils to take part in a celebration of reading and compete against their peers in a fun, fast-paced quiz challenge.
Who will be next year’s champions?
The quiz will take place on Thursday 5 March 2020, 1.30 - 3.45pm at the Huddersfield Town Hall.
The quiz consists of questions taken from our book list of 20 books, there will be 6 questions within each round (6 rounds).
Your team should be made up of four pupils from Years 5, 6 or 7 (same or mixed year groups).
The Kirklees World Book Day Quiz is a perfect transition initiative for those secondary schools/academies working in partnership with their feeder schools. From 2020 we will also be accepting entries from schools who wish to enter mixed Year 6/7 teams.
As the event falls on World Book Day itself we would like to invite the children and adults to attend the event in fancy dress as one of their
favourite book characters (optional). There will be a prize for best costume for both pupil and staff.
In order to share the excitement of this event, we intend to take photographs during the afternoon which may be featured on Kirklees websites and its social media platforms. Our consent form will be sent out along with the confirmation pack early next year. Please ensure that pupils attending have signed parent/carer permissions for this event.
Attached is the entry form and booklist. The cost is £30 per team (Max 2 teams) and sets of quiz books (one copy of each title) are available to purchase from booksplus at a charge of £145.00 per set.
Completed forms to be returned to booksplus:
By post: booksplus, Cliffe House, 140 Lane Head Road, Shepley, Huddersfield HD8 8DB.
If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us either by email or telephone - 01484 225083 (option 2)
School Journey annual insurance is now available to be purchased!!
Available now to purchase via Risk and Insurance Management link via Business Solutions, this insurance covers every off site activity legitimately associated with a particular school trip. Any queries please contact the insurance team 01484 221000