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At Swillington Primary School, our mission is to provide a transformative cradle-to-career education that allows our children to enjoy lives of choice and opportunity.

Children who read or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds!

More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become an independent, lifelong learner.

We develop early readers by:

  • Using Read Write Inc, a programme to help to your child read at school
  • Encouraging children to develop a love of books by reading to them daily, at home and at school
  • Giving children access to a wide range of books at school and at home

At Swillington Primary School, we use Read Write Inc Phonics (RWI) to give your child the best possible start with their English development.

What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a complete phonics literacy programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. The programme is designed for children aged 4-7. However, at Swillington Primary School, we begin the programme in Nursery and will continue teaching RWI to children beyond the age of 7, as we use a stage, not age, approach.

RWI was developed by Ruth Miskin, and more information on this can be found here.

We have been working closely with the Jerry Clay Academy, funded by the Department for Education to support schools in achieving excellence in teaching reading and early language development. We started our journey and staff training for Read Write Inc during the Summer Term of 2021. This was a vital process to ensure that our delivery today is the best it can be!

Mrs McEvoy is our Read Write Inc lead teacher. If you have questions about RWI, contact the school, which can refer you to Mrs McEvoy.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Enrichment Friday 1.30-2.30pm

All pupils are able to choose the activity that they want to explore further.

On a Friday afternoon, we offer a range of enrichment activities:

  • Exploring Culture
  • Clay modelling
  • Painting
  • Performing arts
  • Music
  • Habitat building
  • Sewing
  • Cooking

After School Clubs

We have a wide range of after-school clubs. The clubs will start after school and finish at 4.15pm.

We are fundraising for new lunchtime play equipment so will be charging £1 per week for every child attending a club.

Please contact the office if you would like your child to join any of the after-school clubs.



Choir for all classes


Technology Club for Tiger and Elephant classes

Multi Games for Penguins, led by Premier Sports


Art Club for Tiger and Elephant Classes

Football Club for Lion Class


Multi Games for Lion and Turtle Class, led by Leeds United

Cheer Leading for Lion and Turtle Class

Multi Games for Elephant Class led by Premier Sports

School Meals & Milk

Children may either eat a dinner provided by Catering Services which conforms to recommended nutritional standards, or they may bring a packed lunch. Children will be offered water or fruit juice to drink. For special diets and vegetarian meals please make enquiries at the school.

Children in Snow Leopard Class and Northern Hemisphere are entitled to a free school meal every day.

Whether they have a school dinner or a packed lunch, we encourage children to eat all their food as we are working hard to prevent waste and teach children about the importance of sustainability (not to mention the importance of a healthy diet!). You can view Swillington Primary’s School Food policy on the Policies and Procedures page.

Term dates 2023-24

Holiday Dates

Term Dates

Autumn Term 1

Monday 4 September to Friday 27 October

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Monday 19 February to Thursday 28th March

Monday 8 January to Friday 9 February

Monday 6 November to Friday 22 December

Monday 15 April to Friday 24 May

Spring Term 2

Christmas Holidays

Monday 25 December to Friday 5 January

Half Term

Monday 30 October to Friday 3 November

Half Term

Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February

Summer Term 1

Easter Holidays

Friday 29th March to Friday 12 April

Summer Term 2

Half Term

Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May

Summer Holidays

Monday 22 July to Friday 30 August

Monday 3 June to Friday 19 July

Our Aims & Values

Success and Respect for All.

We exist to provide a cradle-to-career education that allows our children to enjoy lives of choice and opportunity.

Our pupils uphold our values by:

Stay Safe

  • Follow school rules
  • Wash our hands regularly
  • Helping others in need
  • Crossing roads carefully
  • Reporting things online we do not like
  • Don't talk to strangers

Respect our environment

  • Keeping our classrooms/ work spaces tidy
  • We don't ignore it, e.g. untidy lockers
  • Using the correct bins for recycling
  • Looking after our school chickens
  • Helping our parents at home to keep the house tidy

Imagine the possibilities

  • Ask questions
  • Think about what job/career I want when I am older
  • Take part in a range of school clubs
  • If we work hard... anything is possible
  • Taking part in visits


  • Be kind to others
  • Positive language
  • Equality for all
  • Understand change may happen
  • Welcome new friends to our school
  • Positive mindset
  • Being kind to our siblings at home

Application timetable

The below timetable applies to applications made to Leeds City Council. If you apply to another local authority, they may have different dates

Admissions Timetable (2024 start)
Applications Open
1 November 2023
Deadline date for applications for Reception places in September 2024
15 January 2024
Late applications
12 February 2024
National Offers Day
16 April 2024
Deadline date for parents wishing to lodge an appeal (please return appeal forms to the academy)
14 May 2024
Date on which Year Reception appeal hearings will be held
June – July 2024
Appeal decision letters to be sent
Within 5 working days from date of hearing wherever possible

We would love to hear from you.

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