Welcome to Ireland Wood Primary School

Ireland Wood Primary School is a well established and successful school. It has a reputation for offering children an excellent education in a stable, ordered, healthy inclusive and happy environment.

Our school is very much part of the local community and is perceived as a friendly, welcoming place – a popular choice for many parents. We strive to maintain an ethos where each individual is valued and where the education of the whole child - spiritual, moral, mental, physical, social and emotional - is catered for. It is our aim to bring out the best in every child we teach.

We are committed to enriching the curriculum with visiting speakers, school visits, productions, school clubs, sports and peripatetic music lessons. We play an active role in our Family of Schools, working alongside other schools in the area to provide activities, which enhance the curriculum. We are proud also to be an integral part of both the St Mary’s School Sports Partnership and the Airedale and Wharfedale Sports Association, which enable our children to have access to a variety of sporting opportunities.

We encourage the involvement of parents as our partners in the education process and value their participation in the life of Ireland Wood. Our parents work hard to support the school and a very active Parent Teacher Association raises funds to provide extra equipment. Indeed our last Ofsted report cited our partnership with parents as a real strength of the school.

We trust that Ireland Wood will provide both a stimulating educational environment and a caring community where children can fulfil their potential and develop a genuine concern for the needs of others.

Mr Ian Blackburn


Aims & Ethos


Learning and Working Together

When the children arrive at Ireland Wood they bring with them a range and wealth of experience and skills, which the school in partnership with parents, will build upon and develop.

Throughout the school we will foster a welcoming, caring, secure environment which stimulates and encourages the child in the learning process. All staff are committed to ensuring that all children achieve the highest academic standards they can. Each child will be valued and respected and be given the opportunity to experience success in order to develop a feeling of worth and positive self-image.

Children will be encouraged to appreciate others and to develop attitudes of tolerance, care and concern. Relationships and practices within the school will reflect and foster all these views and will be evident not only in the formal curriculum but in all our activities.

When children leave school they will have experienced a quality education which has broadened their horizons, developed their all round potential and given them the view that education is an enriching and enjoyable lifetime process.


  • To ensure that every child, regardless of race, ability, religion or gender, achieves the highest academic standards that they can.
  • To provide a happy, stimulating and stable environment where every child feels secure and safe.
  • To provide, through the framework of the National Curriculum, National Strategies and the Foundation Stage curriculum, a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which is matched to individual needs and ability so encouraging and enabling every child to develop their full potential.
  • To develop a partnership between home and school that is beneficial and supportive for the child.
  • To develop a sense of caring, respect and courtesy towards others and our environment.
  • To foster high expectations of responsibility and behaviour.
  • To ensure that all children have equality of opportunity.
  • To help children develop personally, morally and spiritually, gaining respect for other religions and acceptance of other cultures.
  • To foster the development of attitudes and skills that will give children increasing control over their own lives and so enable them to contribute positively to the local and wider community.
  • To support all children in the development of a healthy lifestyle.
  • To ensure that each child’s achievements are celebrated.
  • To ensure that all staff are committed to the Safeguarding of Children agenda.

Whole School Vision Statement

We want Ireland Wood to be a happy and healthy place where staff and pupils care for one another and where we all feel safe.

We want our school to be clean and tidy. We want everyone to respect and look after the building, furniture and equipment.

We want a school where everyone is included and respected and we are able to learn new things in an interesting way to give us a better future.

We want to be rewarded for the good we do and reminded how to do better if we make mistakes.

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