History of Morley Victoria Primary School
The main school building is a fine example of the best architecture of the late nineteenth century and was built as a progressive board school in 1901. Until 1976 the school catered only for children up to the age of seven. In September 1976, the school began to develop into an Infant and Junior School taking over the buildings vacated by high school children. In 1982 the Nursery department was opened and the school has catered for 3 – 11 year olds ever since.
The school is very unusual in that it has only had a handful of long-standing Headteachers in more than 100 years. Mr Elstub, the most recently retired Headteacher, had been in position for 20 years, during which time the school has made continuous improvements. Mrs Wood has been at the school for over 20 years and has been the Headteacher since 2017.
At 11 years of age, the children usually transfer to one of the local high schools:- Bruntcliffe Academy, Morley Academy or Woodkirk Academy.
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Morley Victoria is a highly successful Primary School in the heart of a busy, close-knit community. We have around 470 pupils on roll from Nursery to Year 6. We are very proud of our old Victorian building that is full of character and charm. We pride ourselves on our child-centred approach in everything we do, underpinned by ‘Investors in Pupils’ and Growth Mindsets which are at the heart of the ethos of our school. We believe that every child who comes to our school can be successful because of our high expectations and drive for the very best in all aspects of teaching and learning. We strongly believe that all children who leave our school in Year 6 should be ‘well rounded’ in terms of their learning, their attitude towards work and their self-confidence, having gained a wide range of skills across the school. Ultimately, we would like all pupils to leave us prepared for their next stage of education and prepared for life in modern Britain.
Our curriculum is exciting and varied – the topics that we study are based on 8 key areas:
- Learn and Use Key Skills,
- Research and Understand the Past, Present and Future,
- Explore and Understand the World Around Me,
- Appreciate and Enjoy the Arts,
- Know How to Stay Physically and Mentally Healthy and Safe,
- Practise Being a Good Citizen,
- Develop Good Personal Skills,
- Pursue Own Interests.
The children thrive because of the excellent teaching, strong relationships and range of activities that are planned for them both in and out of school, based on this curriculum. We consider ourselves to be an ever-evolving school, constantly striving to seek ways to help us to improve and be the best we can possibly be.
If you feel that Morley Victoria is the school for you, you are most welcome to visit us. Please contact the school office to arrange an appointment and we will look forward to meeting you. If you would like free copies of anything you find on the website, please contact the school office (translated version, braille or audio version are available on request).