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About Our School

Our School Vision

We aim to be a place where:

  • children feel safe and happy, knowing that they are valued as individuals within our school community;
  • children grow in confidence in work and play, enabling them to take on new challenges, preparing them for the next stage of their school life;
  • children will have the opportunity to gain and develop basic skills;
  • children co-operate, learn to share and help each other;
  • children enjoy learning and achieve the highest standards of which they are capable, enabling them to reach their potential in adult life;
  • children develop strong moral values, understanding that we are all different and we must act towards each other with tolerance and respect for other groups, races, religions, ways of life and points of views;
  • children develop a growing sense of responsibility towards their school, village and the wider world.

To achieve these aims we:

  • co-operate with each other and learn and share;
  • work hard and learn;
  • have fun and enjoy learning;
  • are kind and help to look after each other;
  • learn what is right and wrong and to be responsible for our actions;
  • understand that we are all different and act towards each other with tolerance and respect;
  • care for our school and our village and learn about our growing responsibilities towards the world we live in.

 British Values Statement:

At Glasshouses Community Primary School we value the diversity of backgrounds of all pupils, families and wider school community. We are part of a strong village Community and our pupils are active and responsible members of that community. School is at the heart of the village, hosting a weekly Parent and Toddler Group, welcoming community volunteers into school and hosting an annual Senior Citizens party and leading the village celebrations on May Day. We are also proud of our Nidderdale Heritage and work alongside the Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty Organisation on projects to celebrate our rural heritage. We also look to educating our pupils as to diversity, both within Britain and the Global Community. For many years we have had an exchange programme with Mbarakechembe School in Kenya, enabling our pupils to gain a meaningful understanding of  other Communities.

 The Department for Education states that there is a need:

“To create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.

The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:

  • Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
  • Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
  • Support for equality of opportunity for all
  • Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
  • Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs

Our school reflects British values in all that we do.  We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community
and the wider world.  

 At Glasshouses School, we actively promote British values in the following ways:


  • All children are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school on matters that directly involve pupils.  Children also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires and pupil surveys.
  • The principle of democracy is explored in the curriculum as well as during assemblies and special days.  We elect a School Council in a democratic way, with candidates producing their own manifesto.
  • Our  school behaviour policy involves rewards and sanctions which the pupils have discussed.
  • Glasshouses  pupils have had active involvement in the selection processes of new staff.


  • Our school follows ‘School Golden Rules’, which are integral to our learning and ethos
    every day.
  • School rules and expectations are clear, fair and regularly promoted.
  • Pupils are always helped to distinguish right from wrong, in the classroom, during assemblies and on the playground.
  • Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and GlasshousesSchool enjoys visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance, etc. to help reinforce this message
  • The Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policies set out a zero tolerance baseline for any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to pupils, staff and parents
    and carers.


  • Within school, pupils are actively encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. eg. by signing up for extra-curricular clubs.
  • Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and our pastoral support reinforces the importance of making the right choices.
  • Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety teaching and PSHE lessons.
  • Vulnerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged.  A strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school and any form of bullying is challenged and addressed. 
  • Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school e.g. Year 6 Pupils are Team Leaders with many areas of responsibility throughout school.


  • Respect is one of the core values of our school.  The pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone, adults and children.
  • Pupils are helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
  • Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
  • Links and visits are promoted with local faith communities and places of worship. E.g. Members of different faiths or religions are invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class. We include visits to eg Hindu Mandir, SikhTemple as part of our calendar of visits.
  • Through the PSHE and RE curriculums pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations.
  • Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudiced-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
  • We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected and global dimension work embedded in many of topics. These curriculum topics offer children the chance to reflect on our core values and British values.

 Our School History - Glasshouses School and the Mill

The name Glasshouses may derive from the Old English 'glass hus', the house where glass is made.  Earliest references date back to 1386. It is thought by some that the glass for Fountains Abbey was made here.  However it was much later, in 1835 that Glasshouses assumed considerable importance when the Metcalfe brothers bought the old flax mill in the village and developed this local industry.  The mill expanded during the remainder of the 19th century; at its peak employing 400 people producing a variety of linen threads.  The arrival of the railway in 1862 assisted in the village's development.  When the Atkinsons bought the mill in 1914 they started producing string instead of flax to meet an increase in the demand for string.  The mill stopped production in 1972.  Currently the mill is sub-divided and partly occupied by a number of small businesses.

 The Chapel and School

The Metcalfes were pillars of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and George Metcalfe Junior had Glasshouses Chapel built in 1866 up the hill from the mill. Several houses were built for the workers and a school was established in 1840 within the mill  for their children.  The Metcalfes taught the Sunday School there. Eventually they built the School House which forms the south wing of the present building and bears the date 1860 on its front gable.  It is built in the Gothic Revival style with steeply pitched roofs and buttresses.  The school was maintained by the Metcalfes until it was handed over to the school board in 1894. Roundabout 1913 the building was enlarged and today holds over 70 pupils.


In an interview with Mr. Harold Holmes the oldest ex-pupil of Glasshouses school, he remembers a whooping cough epidemic when the school was closed and afflicted children would be expected to go to the gas works to breathe in the gas/lime mixture.  In the 1930's Mrs Herena Lonsdale and Mrs Margaret Marton remember a fish and chip shop, two cobblers and two sweet shops in the village, whilst Mrs Barbara Johnson's memories of the 1950's and 60's are of the last passenger train and the last goods' train going through the station in 1951 and 1965 respectively.  She can also recall school dinners costing 2 shillings (10p) per week and annual school trips to Liverpool Docks or to the seaside. 


It has been a long-held tradition that on the first Monday of May the children of Glasshouses dance around the maypole on the village green.  Celebrations start with a parade from the top of the village with the May Queen watching her attendants and all of the pupils from the school perform a selection of dances with ribbons around a maypole.  This event is an annual one which is watched by many people and always enjoyed by everyone.

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