Farsley Farfield Primary School

Headteacher blog 26th February 2021

It’s been a momentous week at school: Monday’s confirmation that all children will return on March 8th and a huge bit of news regarding some additional funding for the school.

The return to school is clearly something we all welcome and are looking forward to. It will be great to have everyone back and bring the school community together as safely as we can. The children have told me that they miss their friends and we will give them some time to settle in that first week. We will then begin to assess and identify any gaps to address, with a view to targeted interventions after Easter. The forthcoming Parents’ Evenings on 30th and 31st March are very timely.

The other big news this week is an unexpected U-turn as regards a bid we put into the government for a decarbonisation grant for the school. Initially, all 12 Leeds school bids were rejected due to a ridiculous time scale for completion but, following lobbying, we have now been given the chance to implement our £300k plans as long as we can hit a deadline of 31st September 2021.  There are still some technical and logistical hurdles to surmount, but we will hopefully have a carbon-free air source heating system for the infants and a huge solar array across the site generating 50 times the typical domestic solar installation. This is a major step forward as regard’s the school’s long term sustainability.  Along with very significant ‘fire-stopping’ measures already planned for the school over July and August, it is going to be another very busy summer as regards capital works.


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