Holy Spirit Catholic Primary Academy

Building God’s Kingdom of Peace, Love and Justice

Bath Road, Heckmondwike WF16 9EA

Parent Info

Hello & welcome to all our Parents and Carers!

As a school we strive to work in close partnership with you for the benefit of your children.

We sincerely hope that your child's time at school is a happy and fulfilling experience. However, even in the best run schools things can occasionally go wrong. If you experience any problems of any sort you are strongly encouraged to phone or come in as soon as possible to discuss it.

John Cooper

Head Teacher


We are a Catholic School governed by the Diocese of  Leeds, to visit the Diocesan Website, click on the link below:

Diocese of Leeds website


  Times of School Day - Gates open 8.45 a.m - children only to proceed through to line up for class. 

 (Reception children to go straight into their classroom)

 Doors open 8.50 a.m.

 Gates lock 8.55 a.m.

 School ends 3.25 p.m  

As part of improved Safeguarding  facilities to keep our children safe, access to the playground is  controlled by automatic locks on the gate. 

If you need to speak to a class teacher you need to leave details at the office and a message will passed to the teacher, who will be in contact with you.

Reading - Click  on the document below for details of how we teach children to read

Reading in School


Pupil Premium Statements

Click on the documents below to open the document & view the statements.

Pupil Premium Statement for academic year 2020/2021

Pupil Premium Statement for academic year 2019/2020

Pupil Premium Impact Statement 2018/2019


Click on the link below to see our latest School Data 



Partnership with Parents

We share a common goal in keeping our children safe from harm and promoting their welfare. If you ever have any concerns we hope that you will feel able to contact us in school so we can work together to solve the problem. We would like to draw your attention to the following sites which can also provide helpful information for  parents.

www.catholic-care.org.uk  (Social care organisation of the Diocese of Leeds.)

Our Catholic Care worker is available on a weekly basis to support pupils, parents and staff through personal difficulties, should the need arise.  Please contact the school office for further details.

www.svp.org.uk (Christian voluntary organisation providing direct practical assistance to anyone in need).- Please contact the office for further details.  The St Vincent de Paul society has helped many people in our Parish over the years.

www.crucial-crew.org (Interactive safety games for older junior children)

www.thinkuknow.co.uk (E-Safety Resources)

www.childline.org.uk  (resources for children)

http://www.nspcc.org.uk (General information on keeping children safe)



Internet Safety 

Internet Safety is paramount, please read the attached document from the Child Exploitation & On line Protection agency (CEOP) for information on how to keep your child safe.


Important Information for Parents on Internet Safety.

Click on the link below to view a document with helpful information.

Internet Safety - Information for Parents


Click on the Snapchat Snapmaps to view information form ChildNet about this popular app, to help keep your child safe.

Snapchat Snapmaps


'Digital Parenting'

We would like to share with you a link to an excellent resource on 'digital parenting'.  This issue looks at the risks of taking a 'selfie', advice for parents on setting up controls for search engines and information about online bullying, stranger danger and in-app purchase.


Head Lice 

Occasionally parents report the discovery of head lice, please do not worry, it is quite common in primary schools.  Once notified, we email an alert to all parents to check their  child's head carefully, if we do this immediately, we have found that it does help to stop the infestation spreading.   


School meals

School meals are provided by Kirklees Council Catering Department & cooked fresh every day in the school kitchen.

Children have a choice of a school meal at £11.75 per week payable in advance by Monday morning, using Parentpay online payments, or to bring sandwiches and a drink from home.  Occasionally children would like to change from sandwiches  to dinners and back again, this is can be done but you must inform the school office as the catering staff will need one week's notice to change from dinners to sandwiches.  Menus are supplied by Kirklees Catering and sent home with the children.


Paying for meals - Kirklees Catering use ParentPay, a secure on line payment method, for you to pay for school meals. You need a log in when you first set up ParentPay, which will be issued to you.  Please contact Miss Rochford in the office for help and advice on ParentPay.  

If your child brings sandwiches, you will need to provide a sandwich box, which is clearly named.  As you can imagine, many lunch boxes are identical and neither the children nor the staff know which is which!  Please try and ensure that your child has a healthy selection in their lunchbox as we actively encourage healthy eating in school.

Our cook, Mrs Dawson, makes wonderful meals, fresh every day and the children can choose a traditional meal OR use the jacket potato & pasta bar.  This has proved to be very successful.  Children select their meal daily on the classroom whiteboard, the order is then uploaded to the Kitchen.

If your child has specific dietary requirements please contact us.

UNIVERSAL FREE SCHOOL MEALS:   Following a government initiative, all children in Reception, year 1 and year 2 are entitled to school dinners free of charge.   We encourage all parents to take up this option to ensure that each child receives a hot, healthy and nutritious meal daily.

IMPORTANT - If you are in receipt of benefits you STILL NEED TO APPLY for Free School Meals as you will then  also be entitled to free milk.  For every child receiving free school meals, their school receives additional funding in the budget so by registering you are also supporting your child’s school.  We use the pupil premium fund to pay for trips and after school clubs of eligible children.


 Free school meals | Kirklees Council


If you choose to send your child with packed lunches, please click on the link below for information on Healthier Packed Lunches.

Healthier Packed Lunches - English version

Healthier Packed Lunches - Polish version