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About Glasshouses

Welcome to Glasshouses Community Primary School. We are housed in a beautiful Victorian school house, overlooking an area of outstanding natural beauty, not far from Harrogate.

Glasshouses is a small school that has big ambitions for all its pupils. We are passionate and determined to provide pupils with the knowledge and understanding they need to be happy, confident and successful.  

As an accredited Gold Rights Respecting school, our children are supported to know their rights as a child, and understand what is acceptable and unacceptable treatment. Our children are encouraged to proactively express their opinions and value those of others –that is what makes Glasshouses unique.

Our core values of CHAMPS (Choices, Honesty, Achievement, Perseverance, Safety) are at the heart of our school and underpin a culture that enables our children to know they are of immense worth.

As part of The Upper Nidderdale Primary Federation, we benefit from being part of an outward looking organisation and have opportunities to learn collaboratively and access specialist teaching beyond an individual school’s scope. Pupils come together frequently with peers from their own year group to access specialist teaching in subjects such as PE, music and PSHE.

We pride ourselves on our knowledge of our children. We work hard to know every child, to know their strengths, interests and next steps, so that learning is always challenging and exciting.

The staff and Governors are unwavering in their commitment to children’s learning within our federation. The excellent curriculum encourages children to develop their knowledge and learn more through well sequenced programmes of learning – see our curriculum pages!

Extended hours can be provided through our Breakfast and After School Clubs. Breakfast Club is run on site from 7.45am and After School Club runs on site until 5.00pm.

Our teachers and curriculum leaders, across the federation, meet at least once a week to drive, support and challenge each other to be the best they can be – to make a difference in the lives of the children. We are proud of our school and we hope you can see why.


Stakeholder Questionnaire Results

“Just wanted to say my child was so proud the other day as he wore his equality ambassador badge and told me the school was going for gold and that they had talked to him. He also really enjoyed Forest School this afternoon and was so keen he wanted to try and make a fire when he got home so wanted to say ‘Thank you’ as it sounds like he’s had such a good interesting week.” (Feb 2020)

“Congratulations Miss Thornber & the whole of the Glasshouses School Team!!!! What awesome achievements & testament to your focused & continued hard work (Gold Reading Award/Rights Respecting Schools God Accreditation Visit). I am very pleased that our daughter attends such a high achieving school with a fantastic CHAMPS ethos. She would not have achieved & grown in confidence without your support, teaching & guidance. Thank you. I am disappointed that there is negativity out there (I haven’t seen it), but the awards, the improved learning & attitudes of our children show you are doing an excellent job.” (Feb 2020)

“First Aid: Our dinner was cut short one evening last week because our daughter was desperate to resuscitate someone after Mr Thompson’s fabulous session with “Annie“ the doll. I had to lie on the floor and pretend to stop breathing! She knew exactly what to do and was really confident with it. What an important life skill to have and a great refresher for the whole family who had a rough idea but were unsure, so thank you Mr Thompson we thought that was fab!” (Jan 2020)

“Initially, our daughter was unsure about taking part in interventions for spelling. However, last week she announced that they are a big help. She said she feels like she isn’t alone because she’s part of a group. She feels more confident and that it isn’t just her that struggles with it. I can see a massive difference in her spelling of basic words that she consistently used to get wrong” (Jan 2020)

“Our child (shy & under confident) has not stopped singing & dancing since Young Voices. You have inspired the confidence in her to enable her to do that. Thank you. Keep doing what you’re doing!” (Jan 2020)

We’re very proud to be a Beacon School for Barnardo’s Positive Identities service. 

Our staff have received gender and sexual identities training from Barnardo’s staff and our pupils have participated in workshops about equality and diversity.