End of Term Newsflash! Friday 21 July 2023

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Summer is here! A message from Miss Harper:

What a year! It has been one the busiest and challenging years our school can remember. We spent much of the year awaiting an Ofsted inspection and then had a challenging experience when it finally came – thank goodness for the good outcome!

We then had the devastating news of Mrs Alderson’s ill health, and not so long later her very sad death. As has been said so many times by so many people, Rebecca was the most wonderful, caring, hard-working, creative, and much-loved person we could have ever had the privilege to meet. She will be much missed by the whole of the BAWB team and our love and thoughts remain with her family.

We have also experienced some real highlights: Y1 Addlebrough walk, Y6 Morecambe trip, success at The Wensleydale Tournament, the fabulous trip to Bradford, to name but a few.

Our children have been amazing – hard-working, resilient, and fun loving all the way. We are very privileged.

Huge thanks to our amazing PTFA who continue to make so many opportunities possible – we couldn’t do it without you.

Welcome to….

We welcomed new members of staff and pupils to our BAWB team this year: Mrs Martin, Mrs C Teasdale, Mrs E Teasdale, Mrs Parkinson, Eve, Ben, Ava, and Olivia. We are also delighted to be welcoming Mrs Handley to Y4 in September.

Goodbye to…

We wish the best of luck (that you won’t need), courage, resilience, compassion, and a sense of fun to all those who are moving on. This is a time to celebrate everything that has been wonderful during your time here, a time to look forward to exciting new challenges, and a time to be thankful for the foundations provided by your experiences at BAWB:

  • Isaac, William, Declan, Henry, Kirsty, Grayson (Y6)
  • Jemima (Y1)

I would also like to say thank you and goodbye to Mrs Gamble who has moved on to pastures new after many, many years of dedicated service to our schools. We wish her luck and happiness.

I would like to say a special thank you to Mrs Harrison for being my right hand woman for a number of years now. I am proud and privileged to work with her and am glad that I can continue to do so in a slightly different role.

And lastly, thank you to all of our staff for their endlessly hard work and dedication to our children; to our families for continuous support; and to our children for making our schools the wonderful places they are!

Have a great summer!

September Classes

Please note some amendments to the placement of support staff for September. Full timetables will be available at the beginning of September.

Teacher(s)Support Staff
EYFS at BainbridgeMrs Johnston
Mrs Middleton
Mrs Iveson
Mrs Pickard-Sparne
Mrs Teasdale
Y1 at BainbridgeMrs Harrison*Mrs Baldwin
Y2 at West BurtonMrs ParkMrs Donno-Fuller
Y3 at West BurtonMr Greenway*Mrs Donno-Fuller
Y4 at AskriggMr ScraftonMrs Handley
Mrs Parkinson
Y5 at AskriggMiss Collins*Mrs Fawcett
Y6 at AskriggMiss TelfordMr Stokes

*Base Leaders

KS1 Cycle Trip!

The KS1 cycle trip was a resounding success this year and we are so grateful to Mrs Gurden who organised it (showing off her fantastic skills no doubt honed by years of Scout leadership!), and to all the volounteers to made it possible. The children had a fantastic time, and we already can’t wait to do it again next year!

A day to remember at West Burton!

The Swallows and Kingfishers have had a fantastic final day at West Burton. Thanks to their amazing efforts to keep West Burton the wonderful learning environment it is, they were rewarded with an end of term treat of ice lollies courtesy of Miss Harper. This was followed by an end of term party with lots of dancing and amazing games. The morning was concluded with an indoor fish and chip picnic thanks to the wonderful Mrs Chapman.

Dales Dance Summer Showcase

It was wonderful to see so many BAWB children – present and past from Year 2 and up – involved in the Dales Dance summer showcase at Wensleydale School on Sunday. All of the performances – ballet, modern, tap and musical theatre – were fantastic, highly professional and most importantly full of big smiles and real joy. What an amazing experience for the students and what a delight for the audience! Huge congratulations to everyone who took part. 

Summer Activities

Please find here some fantastic opportunities, events and things to do during the six weeks break!

Lunch Choices Form – Autumn 2023

It’s that time again! if you haven’t already please click here for the online form to select your child’s preferences for next term (September).


The link to our uniform website is now live, please find it here. The uniform policy can be found here – please note that there is no expectation to buy new uniform, this is purely your choice, please utilise the preloved uniform sales that our wonderful PTFA organises, they will be at both sports days this year with the uniform that they have available.

We have had feedback from a parent regarding the polo shirt – if you would prefer a 100% cotton polo shirt, please make this clear in the order notes at checkout when adding the polo shirt to the basket.

Askrigg Produce Show

We have been very lucky to have visitors from the Askrigg & District Produce Association Show come to each of our schools to help with the children’s entries! Please take a look at the schedule for this years show here – there is small prize for every entry and 1st , 2nd and 3rd receive a cash prize! Something to keep the kids busy during the summer holidays!

Summer Sports Club!

Chris Bullock is holding a sports club at Bainbridge during the summer holidays – please find more information here.


As we are now at the end of the school year, please can all parents check their ParentPay accounts for any outstanding balances. We appreciate your co-operation.


Did you know you can synchronise our calendar with our school calendar? Click here to visit the calendar and click the link at the bottom of the page that says ‘subscribe to calendar’ – this will enable you to push events out to your personal calendars.


Robins had a fantastic time on the bike trip on Tuesday. We were so proud of their enthusiasm and resilience as they rode alongside their friends. They should all feel proud too!

We’ve tried to make the most of our last week with Robins before the Summer holidays with lots of our favourite things- dancing, stories, crafting, parachute games…and we still found time for Phonics!

We hope all the Robins have a wonderful Summer and are excited to see them in September as they begin Year 1, reception and continue to grow in nursery. 


Even in the last week, the Owls have done some fabulous partner reading! We have been so proud of how hard they have worked this week… even though we are all exhausted! 

On Tuesday, we went on a bike ride in Wensley. Thank you to Mrs Gurden for organising such a brilliant event, you can tell from the childrens faces that they had a great time! 


The day the Swallows have all been waiting for finally arrived! No, not the end of school but the day they got to make their own smoothies! The Swallows made fantastic smoothies, preparing all their own ingredients (without any accidents) and then evaluating their own smoothy and a friends smoothy.

The Swallows finished their history topic by looking at all the lead mining artefacts, kindly lent by the Dales Countryside Museum, and discussing what they had learnt about them and the history of lead mining in the Yorkshire Dales.

In geography, the Swallows concluded their topic on the coast by identifying coastal areas on digimaps and using the photograph function to look at pictures of coastal areas all over the United Kingdom.

The Swallows have had a fantastic year, working hard both individually and as a team. Mr Greenway is very lucky to be teaching them next year and I have been blessed to have such a wonderful class this year. Have a great holiday Swallows, you deserve it! – Mr Scrafton


In RE this week, the Kingfishers had a reflective lesson with Mr Scrafton thinking about what they have learned over the past term, asking and answering each other questions.

Mrs Harrison would like to say a huge thank you to the Kingfishers for such a great year, they have worked hard but we have also had a great deal of fun and along the way.  They have taken everything in their stride including sadness and change and for that I would like to thank them for their maturity and empathy, always supporting one another.  

Have a wonderful summer and I shall look forward to hearing about your fabulous achievements in year 4.  

Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles have thoroughly enjoyed their last week in year 4; we have designed, created and evaluated our own pillows to take home. We ended the week with a lovely film and a goody bag.

The Golden Eagles – Class of 2023


The Merlins have been enjoying their last week of the term by designing, creating and playing some educational board games!

Special Awards:

The Joan Buck Award for Effort in SportLexi M
Overall winner of the ‘Best Learning Environment Award’West Burton
Overall House Point WinnersDormice