St Thomas CE (VC) Primary School
Sherwood Avenue




01484 226557




Office hours:

8.00am - 4.00pm


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Our school works closely with the other schools around us to provide additional opportunities for our children. To find out about who we work with, and what we do click here...

Why is our Church of England school special? 

Our Distinctive Church School

We welcome children, staff and their families and friends to our school whatever their faith or tradition. Our school aims to give all pupils experience and knowledge of the Christian Faith explicitly through our Worship and RE and implicitly through our behaviour and attitudes throughout our school day. We believe that our children enjoy the stories and morals of the bible and teachings of Jesus Christ. This supports their personal development, our school togetherness and their engagement with the modern world.

In the spring of 2010 we began discussions about the name of our new school. St Thomas was chosen to strengthen our links with the church and to celebrate our relationship, bringing our community closer together. Our work together with the church provides holistic support for all of our children’s spiritual development through regular collective worship and celebrations at church.


The story of St Thomas also serves to enable our children to further their learning by asking questions of the World, interrogating life’s adventure. Thomas was the one who did not believe Jesus, doubting his resurrection. He asked questions and declared his confusion until Jesus provided the evidence. At this point, he committed himself whole-heartedly to the truth. This story makes good sense to our children and encourages them to challenge, ask questions and to pursue their own personal understanding of the world.

It is vital that we introduce children to other faiths, demystifying any misconceptions and identifying common similarities and purposes. This enables them to make their own judgements based from a sound point of knowledge. Again we encourage respect, questioning and visits to other faiths to give an experience to the children that will help them to develop their own personal values and beliefs. We promote respect for all our similarities and differences as a community, both in the school and as part of the wider world. Questioning and understanding about all aspects of faith and wonder is encouraged from everyone.

Under God, education should be at the heart of the Diocese, with children, young people and school communities feeling a valued and fulfilled part of the Diocesan family. Good practice should be disseminated, with a clear understanding of the difference a Church school can make to the spiritual, moral and educational development of its pupils. The Board should strive to be at the forefront nationally and have a care for Christians working in community schools.


Richard Noake, Diocesan Director of Education

Find out more about the Diocese in Huddersfield here.

Diocesan e-news



February 4, 2016 - In This Issue:


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February 4   Follow Me 2 

Canon Loveday Alexander on Luke's Gospel. Wakefield Cathedral. More . 

February 5   Phantom of the Opera

Silent film with organ improvisation, 7pm Dewsbury Minster. More.


February 6   CREATE for 11-15 yr olds from Leeds churches - this week DJ-ing. 3pm Seacroft - More here 


February 6   Candlemas Concert  

The Epiphany Singers, 7.30pm at the Community of the Resurrection Church, Mirfield. More.

February 8   Passing Strange & Wonderful Start of 6 week course on the Anglican Church. 7.30pm, Kadugli House, Steeton. More. 


February 8   Frack or Fiction, Glasshouses, Nidderdale.

Upper Nidderdale Environmental Group and Churches in the Dale. More here


February 9   Shrove Tuesday Pancake Racing, 11am Ripon Cathedral

February 9   What's the Story about Easter Story telling project. 2-3.30pm, Kildwick. More.


February 10  Ash Wednesday
Start of Lent. Resources including Confident, Growing, Changing.

February 10  Speaking up for Asylum
Seekers & Refugees
1pm, New North Rd Baptist, Huddersfield. WYEC event. More. 


February 10   Weaving Women's Wisdom: Tapestries and those who made them.Bradford Cathedral, 6pm More here 


February 11-March 26  Lent exhibition Weaving Women's Wisdom on display at Bradford Cathedral More information 


February 11  Messy Family Fun for half term at Wakefield Cathedral. 10-12pm & 1-3pm. More. 


February 11  Corporate partnerships for heritage organisations 10-5pm, Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds. More.


February 13   Exploring Faith, 10am - 12, the Rokeby Inn nr A66  More here

February 13  At the End of the Day: 

Ethical end of life issues. Bishop James Newcome & Revd Brendan McCarthy. 10-3.30pm at the Mirfield Centre. More.

February 14   Lay Eucharistic Ministry Training with Andrew Tawn 3-5pm, St John's, Sharow. More.

February 16   Lent Evenings 

Fr Thomas & Simon CR. 7.30-9pm, Mirfield Centre. More.

February 18   Bishop Nick on Chris Evans Show (Radio 2, approx 9.15am)

February 20-21 Snowdrop Weekend St Mary's, Swillington. More. 


February 21 Service of welcome for Ven Andy Jolley with Bishop Toby- Bradford Cathedral, 2.30pm, all welcome

February 21   Lay Eucharistic Ministry Training 3-5pm, St Mary's, Whitkirk. More. 


February 22   Quiet Day led by Simon Cowling. 10-4pm, Parcevall Hall. More. 


February 25   Leeds Lent Course

at Leeds Church Institute. More here.

February 27  Signs of God: Signing Workshop 9.30am-4pm, St Margaret's, Horsforth. More.

February 27  Traidcraft coffee morning, Roundhay 10-12. More.


February 27   Handbell and Tower Bell Event 10-4pm, St Matthias Church Hall, Burley, Leeds. More. 


February 27  Discipleship and Mission Workshop at Kairos, Harrogate,Details here

February 28 BCPM Re-authorisation Service 3.30pm, Wakefield Cathedral. More.

February 29-13 March   Fairtrade Fortnight  Fairtrade breakfasts, Poster Competition, Resources and more.

March 2    Social Media Training
Free practical advice for parishes & deaneries. 10-1pm, Leeds Office. More. 

March 5   Making Connections  How churches can connect with communities and grow. 10-4pm, St Thomas', Bradley. More.

March 19   Growing a Dementia Friendly Church

with Gaynor Hammond. 10-1pm, South Parade Baptist, Leeds. More.

March 21   Praying for our Schools, 7.30pm in Leeds. More here.



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Educational Vacancies

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Other vacancies

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Please contact Jenny Price, 07800 740001 Jenny Leccardi, 07872 005189 or Narinder Lyon, 07872 005309 re any safeguarding issues.

Safeguarding Training in 2016.



Moves and Appointments


Revd Dr Diane Westmoreland, serving in the Diocese of Newcastle; to be Vicar of the United Parish of Aldborough and Boroughbridge with Roecliffe, Minskip and Durnsforth (Ripon EA)



Revd Tracy Milne - please note that Tracy will be licensed as Associate Priest to Sorted Youth Church on Monday 8 February at 7pm, Holy Trinity Church, Idle - not 7.30pm (Bradford EA)


Welcome to the e-news for February 4



We love to hear news from your parish so let us know of upcoming events for future editions. Write to   - meanwhile this week read of a significant development in diocesan governance, Lent events, resources and much more. Our next edition will be sent out on February 18.



New Governing Board's first meeting




A significant step forward in the development of the diocese took place last week with the first meeting of the new diocesan governing board. It brings together the Board of Finance, Bishop's Council and Mission and Pastoral committees and is accountable to Synod. More here



Building global links- Bishop Nick visits Tanzania




Bishop Nick, and his wife Linda, are in Tanzania to visit three dioceses in the north. One of five partnership links around the world, Bishop Nick plans to invite the bishops together in 2017 "to live, pray, talk and learn together". More here



Step-Up discipleship course seeks new churches



A one year discipleship programme, which includes five churches in the Ripon Episcopal Area, is hoping to expand so that more people can take part. Last weekend it held a retreat in Harrogate with 42 adults meeting to deepen their faith and consider their calling. More here



Siân tweets for the Church of England @OurCofE




Vocations, Ripon Cathedral and being a mum to four children are in the spotlight on social media platform Twitter this week. Ripon Cathedral's online media manager, Siân Lawton, is spending a week as the national voice of @OurCofE which is followed by thousands of people. More here



Near Neighbours national conference in Leeds



Bishop Nick has praised the work of Near Neighbours during its national conference held in Leeds. The organisation brings together religiously and ethnically diverse communities, working in Bradford, Leeds and Dewsbury as well as other parts of the country - more here.






Lent 2016: Confident, Growing, Changing

February 10, Ash Wednesday, marks the start of Lent. 'Confident, Growing, Changing' is a diocesan Lent Course which has been sent to every church and is available to download. It invites us to reflect on values at the heart of our faith and share in shaping the vision for our diocese. Click here for details of this and other Lent resources.



Safeguarding Training 2016 Safeguarding Training for 2016 is taking place across the diocese, starting
9 February
. Details of Foundation Training and Training for those in Leadership is now on the website with information about who should undertake each type of training. More here.



Find SPACE to retreat

Ripon Cathedral offers four SPACE Days each year for individual retreats. The next is on Sat, 27 February, at Thorpe Prebend House, Ripon, on 'The Spirituality of the Everyday'. 9.30am-3.30pm. More details here



How to use social media effectively free seminar on how to use Twitter and Facebook to really benefit your parish or deanery. 2 March,10am-1pm, in the Leeds office. More here



Making Connections churches can connect with their communities and grow the church.
Sat 5 March, 10-4pm, St Thomas, Bradley, Huddersfield. Canon Alan Billings & Revd Mary Hawes plus many workshops. More here.



Events at the Mirfield Centre events include A Kind of Sleepwalking ... and Waking up to Life on
5 March led by Judy Hurst and Seven last words from the Cross led by Bruce Carlin on 18 March preparing for Holy Week.
More Mirfield events here.



Exploring Reader Ministry you are interested in learning more about the role of a Reader in the Church of England and exploring a vocation to this ministry find out more here. Taster sessions starting 9 March are open to all but particularly for those in the north of the diocese. More taster sessions for those unable to access these sessions will be offered in due course across the diocese.



Training from Data Developments training days with Data Developments using their software, at the Leeds Diocesan Office: a Finance Co-ordinator running course on 10 March and a Donations Co-ordinator course on 11 March. Book before 29 February to save 20%. More information and booking.



Step Forward day for anyone aged 18-30 considering ordained ministry in the Church of England.
12 March at Bishopsthorpe, York hosted by John Sentamu and others. Find out more. Also visit the diocesan Vocations & ordinations webpage here.



CAP Money Course money management course teaching skills that really work. Devised by Christians against Poverty. Open to anyone.
3 week course starting 17 March, 7pm at St John's, Lepton, nr Huddersfield. More here.



The 51st Long March fundraising walk in Halifax on Sunday 27 March is now in its 51st year but has made some changes this year. 15 miles long and open to over 14 year olds - it is a great, safe way to raise money for Christian Aid and your own good causes. More here.



How proud are you of your church website? have you even got a church website? 

A free seminar on 6 April (7-9pm) in Leeds will provide advice and tips on how to create and maintain an effective website.

More here.



Baptism Matters out how the Archbishops' Council's work on baptism is making an impact on churches around the country: Baptism Matters, 14 April, 9.30-4pm at the Cedar Court Hotel in Harrogate. More information and how to book here.



Spiritual Direction Course 2 year Spirituality and Spiritual Direction course begins on 28 September in Harrogate. Open to lay and clergy of any denomination, it runs from 10-3pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Closing date for applications: 30 June. More here.







News to

LifeSavers, a Church of England saving scheme for children being piloted by two Bradford schools has been so successful that it is set to go beyond the pilot stage to be rolled out to 120 schools around the country. The project was pioneered at Oxenhope Church Primary School, and Lidget Green community school and has now received further government backing . More here




News to 'dinner lady' Gaynor Clegg will receive a British Empire Medal this spring after serving the local primary school - Ravensthorpe CE Junior - for over 43 years. Gaynor, who is 76 this year said, 'I love my job and the children.' More.




News to was their first ever Messy Church, but St Oswald's Guiseley were amazed at the numbers who came. More.

Bishop Paul was impressed when he visited new coffee house Cielo in the centre of Leeds. They roast their own high quality coffee and give their profits to the community. More.




News to

The ancient service of Candlemas attracted hundreds to Ripon Cathedral this week. Five thousand candles were lit around the ancient building and hundreds more candles were carried in procession through the Cathedral by the large congregation, Read more and see pictures




News to'A House of Prayer for All Nations' is a vision St George's Church in Barnsley is seeing fulfilled as people from across the globe have found their way to the church. Last year 45 Iranians were baptised and over 50 people from different nations confirmed. St George's will feature in a BBC documentary on the Changing Face of the Church in the UK to be broadcast in Holy Week. More.






Prayer across the diocese the Prayer Diary to pray for people, churches and events in the diocese and worldwide. Download diaries to 29 February.



Make Maundy Thursday #Washday

On Maundy Thursday, March 24, the CofE is encouraging  churches to get involved in #washday16. It's a simple idea inviting people to get out into the community and wash - whether that's cars, windows, curtains, road signs or pets - then tweet pictures of Maundy Thursday activities. Find out more on the #washday16 website



Creative ideas for telling the story of Good Friday

One Friday is a website with downloadable ideas and resources (based on the Stations of the Cross) which can be adapted to any setting. (Any local One Friday project will receive a boost from local and national media coverage.) More.



New DAC & Consistory Court webpages webpages for the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) and Consistory Court  include news of grants from the Church Buildings Council, help using the new national online faculty system a link to the national Roof Fund, deadline Feb 26, and contact details for officers.



Top tips for Parish Buying

Each year treasurers and PCCs make buying decisions for their churches which add up to over £147 million across the Church. To help save your church money the Parish Buying team have put together some buying tips here.To ensure your church is getting the best details go to the Parish Buying website



Hollin House Nick and Linda are offering church groups (20 or less) the use of Hollin House & garden on some Saturdays in 2016. Particularly useful for PCC Away Days, Quiet Days etc. More information and dates available here.



Celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday

Parishes throughout the country are being encouraged to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday in June. If you're looking for ideas, first stop should be CofE's ChurchCare website which will have a virtual map of events and offer tips ideas, and a helpful checklist on involving community partners and publicity opportunities. More details here






Musings of a restless bishop's the sub-title of Bishop Nick's blog (which

includes his talks on Thought for the Day and the Chris Evans show). 

Click here to have a look.



 #WYAD Vocations on Facebook and Twitter with others across the Church of England in praying during the month of February for vocations. Daily updates on the Vocations Team's new Twitter and Facebook pages as well as at #CofECalling.
What's your #CofECalling?



Follow us on Twitter the latest news by following @wyorksdales. Follow Bishop Nick - @nickbaines . Our three cathedrals also have a good following @riponcathedral 

wakecathedral,  @Bfdcathedral



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