Elland C of E Junior, Infant & Nursery School (VA)

May God give us the courage to try, the will to succeed and hope without limits

Westgate, Elland, West Yorkshire, HX5 0BB



Useful Documents

Parents and carers find some of these documents useful. You may request a paper copy of these documents by completing the Contact Form.


Information on the School Nursing Team is available here.

This form should be used to order new uniform.

Events and Info

Summer Activities


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Summer Holidays 

Time Out Activities 


Our fantastic FREE holiday activities are now live - perfect for children and young people in Calderdale to 'find their thing' for better wellbeing.

Simply click here to explore our activities or view below. We'd love it if you could share these with the families at your school!


Outward Bounds with CI Adventures

Monday, 29 July
The Boiler House, HX3 9ET

Ages 7-10 yrs
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Ages 11-14 yrs
1 PM - 4 PM

Join us for an exciting session including activities such as zip wire, caving, bouldering and climbing with CI Adventures.


This is me! Collage Creations

Monday 29 July, 1 - 3:30 PM
Elland Library

- OR - 

Thursday 1 August, 10 - 12:30 PM
Akroyd Library

Ages 7-11

The children have the opportunityto create unique collages that reflect their individuality and creativity. The children will have access to a wide range of mixed media to create their pieces. Its a wonderful way to showcase personal stories and interests through a calming and creative medium.

(Children are welcome to bring any photographs they wish to add into their collage.)



Wellness in Nature 

Tuesday 30 July
Willows Nook, Cornholme OL14 8SG

Ages 7-10 yrs
10 AM - 12 PM

Ages 11-14 yrs
1 PM - 3 PM

Find wellness in nature by spending time with the horses and goats at the serene Willows Nook! We'll have fun with arts & crafts, foraging & more all whilst looking after the animals in nature.



 Summer Cooking & Crafts

Wednesday 31 July
10 AM - 1 PM
The Outback Community Kitchen & Garden, Halifax HX1 5NB

Ages 16-19 yrs, or up to 25 with SEND

Come along for a fun day of cooking and crafting under the sun (hopefully!). Get ready to learn new recipes, create beautiful crafts, take advantage of the beautiful garden space. This day is a perfect combination of creativity and culinary skills.

 Book now


Bushcraft at Sunnyvale

Monday 19 August
Sunny Vale Park,Hipperholme

Ages 7-10 yrs
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Ages 11-14 yrs
1 PM - 4PM

Join us for an immersive outdoor experience, where young explorers will learn wilderness skills and have fun outdoors with the expert instructors from CI Adventures.
Through hands-on activities, children will develop confidence, resilience and deeper connection to the natural world.



 Welcome to Bronze Arts Award in-a-week - a summer intensive for 11 - 16 year olds!

The programme will run daily from 10am - 4.30pm from Monday 19th - Friday 23rd August at Hebden Bridge Library and other venues in town.

Working with artists, participants will have the chance to explore and experiment with drawing manga and anime, different painting styles and techniques and get inspired with a visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Attendees must be able to commit to the whole week of activities in order to gain an Arts Award Bronze qualification at the end.

 No art experience needed in this friendly and inclusive group - you just need to be ready to be open, curious and creative in whatever form that takes!

The programme is free and has been made possible by funding from the Brian Boocock Bursary Fund issued by Hebden Bridge Rotary Club. Donation tickets are available and welcome to help Time Out continue to put on open-access activities for children and young people.




Splash out with our NEW Big Swim Jr! 

The Big Swim is a sponsored swim with a purpose. Set your swimming goal, rally your friends and family for support, & gear up to hit the pool for a good cause!

Save the date:  2 pm on Sunday 6 October
Location:  Your local pool - Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge or Todmorden
Registration fee:  £15 for adults, £5 ages 15 and under

For the Big Swim Jr, children can set their own targets. It's a great idea to start planning a swimming goal through the summer whilst raising funds to help our work for better mental health in Calderdale. Win, win!


Any questions? Get in touch with us at:


What's On Guide - July 2024

Our latest What's On Guide is now available, packed with fun-filled activities and experiences for your little ones and families!
This includes:

  • Stay and play groups
  • Community events
  • Health services 
  • Family walks
  • Family support

You can also find out what's going on by visiting our website and newsletter, as well as our Family Learning timetable.

Important Update:

We are currently undergoing a transitional period as we prepare for a rebrand. Our Children’s Centres will now be known as Family Hubs, but they will continue to be operated by North Halifax Partnership. You will start to notice some changes and work in progress as we make these developments. We appreciate your understanding during this time and look forward to continuing to support our community through this exciting change!


Help and support

 Early Help Support and Advice leaflet Final (003).pdfDownload
 Frustrated, cross or angry leaflet.pdfDownload
 Routine difficulties.pdfDownload
 Stressed worried or uncertain leaflet.pdfDownload
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School Avoidance

School avoidance is a sharply increasing phenomenon, with tangible negative effects on children’s wellbeing and education. The factors that come together to make a child consciously avoid seeing their classmates and teachers can be much more complicated than is often assumed. A careful, mindful approach from parents, carers and educators is required to help children return to an environment that may be causing them intense anxiety.

This guide aims to help you understand the issue of school avoidance – not only its potential roots and ramifications, but also what you can do to help children and young people navigate these obstacles and continue their education.

Separated Parent Support

Further to the programme of work being done across the LA in supporting parents around healthy parental relationships (https://relationshipsmatter.org.uk/) we are now promoting a new and free App to download to Apple or Android devices, that separating or separated parents may benefit from. The main benefit of the app is the improvement around communication and better management of relationships to reduce conflict around children.

You can find more about the app on the following link:

Separating better (oneplusone.org.uk)

Safety for Children

We want our children to feel that they can access the same support with their safety and wellbeing at home as they can at school.  Below are some of the ways that children can access guidance and support from home.  It is important that children feel that they have someone to talk to about anything that is worrying them or making them feel unsafe and some of the links below are good to share with you children at home.
ChildLine runs a free, 24-hour phone, online and messaging service for children of all ages, and there are lots of useful self-help resources on their website which explains to children about how to keep safe. 
CEOP have a ‘make a report’ button on their website, where anyone can report anything that they have seen or experienced online that worries them.  There are also advice and games pages for children of different ages that can help remind children how to stay safe. https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
The National Online Safety website offers guides to parents and carers, which are a range of easy to use guides covering a range of popular social media, gaming and online platforms, advising parents on the benefits and risks of their children using them, and offering useful advice on taking sensible precautions to support their children to be safe while using them. https://nationalonlinesafety.com/
Thinkuknow is the education programme from CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. There are lots of videos, games and resources on here for children from 5-7 years. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Emotional Health and Wellbeing
The following services and resources support children and families with their emotional health and wellbeing.
·         Open Minds Calderdale http://www.openmindscalderdale.org.uk/
·         Go Noodle https://www.gonoodle.com/

Young Minds https://youngminds.org.uk/

Emotional Health and Wellbeing

Resource library

This resource library has been created to store various mental health and emotional wellbeing resources for children, young people, families and professionals.

Time Out Listening Line 
A Listening line has been set up for children and young people who want someone to talk to about issues such as: home/school life, friendships, and any worries they may be having about Coronavirus. The Listening Line is not a counselling service, it’s a safe space offering children and young people the opportunity to speak to an experienced Time Out worker, who regularly work with children and young people in schools and in the community. To access the listening line children and young people can send a text to 07418 311736 and one of Time Out’s project workers will call them back to arrange an appointment.
Other links

Relationships Advice

Many parents and carers feel unsure about how to talk to their child about sex, sexuality, and relationships. The NSPCC have advice to help you support your child and keep them safe.


North Halifax Partnership Guides

Our latest what’s on guides for September are out now. Take a look at what’s going on across our Children’s Centres over September. This includes:

* Stay and play groups * Health services available within the Centres * Family Walks * Community events
* Family Support Advice Lines

The Lower Valley Children’s Centres guide can be accessed here: LV-Whats-on-Guide-September-2023.pdf (surestartchildrenscentresnhp.org.uk)

The North & East Halifax Children’s Centres guide can be accessed here: Whats-On-Guide-NE-September-2023.pdf (surestartchildrenscentresnhp.org.uk)

Our Children’s Centres also offer a free program of Family Learning activities and courses throughout the year. We offer ac- tivities to help improve the quality of family life, as well as accredited courses to learn new skills and support with employ- ment. Our Autumn Term course information and booking form can be accessed here: FLT Course selection form (typeform.com)

Sleep Difficulties

For children and young people, low-quality sleep can become a serious issue. It has been theorised that poor sleep can have a significant impact on children’s brain development, affecting them for the rest of their lives. A healthy – and consistent – sleeping pattern, therefore, is incredibly important for children and young people’s wellbeing. With the stresses and distractions that can present themselves to youngsters, it can be tricky to ensure they’re in the best mindset to wind down in the evenings for the rejuvenating rest that they need. The right approach, however, can give them a better chance of cultivating a healthy sleeping pattern. The following guide has some practical tips on helping them to achieve exactly that.

 Keeping Children and Young People Safe Against Radicalisation and Extremism.pdfDownload
 Safeguard Guide No 1 Private Fostering.pdfDownload
 School Nursing Team.pdfDownload
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Supporting Children Returning To School

Returning to education guides for children and young people, parents and carers and professionals

The Returning to Education Guides below outline some common worries and anxieties that students, parents/carers and staff may face on returning to school/college, and suggest strategies and resources which could support them.

Please click here to see the:

Children and Young People’s Guide

Parents and carers of Primary School Students Guide 

Parents and Carers of Secondary School Students Guide 

Primary School Staff Guide

Worry Cards on Returning to Education – created by young people for students returning to education. The purpose of these cards is to help decrease stress levels and any worries or queries that students might have, especially for those who haven’t been in an education setting since due to the most recent lockdown. These top worries have been selected as the most frequent worries that students said they will face on returning to education.


Moving to high school is a challenge for children and parents. The documents below will help you prepare and ensure a successful transition.

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Preparing for Exams

The link below can help if you or your child are anxious about end of key stage tests, now or in the future.

Open Minds has a section on “Exam help & Support” for any children who want additional support http://www.openmindscalderdale.org.uk/exam-help-calderdale/

Internet safety guidance



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The sharing of nudes, semi-nudes and other explicit material is a prominent issue in today’s digital landscape: both their distribution and their misuse. In fact, the National Crime Agency has issued an alert to hundreds of thousands of education professionals after a study found that 26,718 cases of "sextortion" had been reported in 2023 - more than doubling from the year before. 


It's vital for parents and educators to be aware of how they can safeguard children from exposure to, or involvement in, sharing intimate images – especially given that the sharing of such material featuring under-18s is a serious criminal offence. This week’s guide offers expert insight into the risks of sharing intimate images online, as well as tips on implementing measures to shield children from encountering inappropriate digital content of a sexual nature. 


A Parent's Guide To WhatsApp


As you are aware, Elland CE School is committed to ensuring the best outcomes for all our children.  To support us in doing this, it is vital that you ensure that your child is in school every day and on time. We understand that sometimes children are too ill to come to school, however, children who suffer with minor illnesses such as coughs and colds are still able to attend, and parents should encourage this.

Each missed day or session in school, results in missed learning and the impact of this is significant to your child’s education and progress.

Please use the form below to let us know of your child's absence.

Absence Form