KS2 Girls Football

We entered two Federation Teams to the KS2 Girls Football Competition.  Well done to everyone taking part.

Class 1 - Balance Bikes

Our pupils in Reception and a couple from Year 1 had a great time learning bicycle safety and skills over a three day period.  Everyone had great fun in spite of the freezing weather!

Y1 & Y2 Fun & Fitness

Every pupil who took part in the Fun & Fitness After School Club, run by Colin Hanson from Kirkburton Karate Club, was awarded a certificate of merit for their hard work and participation in the club.  The certificates were handed out at assembly on the last day of term by Mrs Wagstaff. 

See our news page for details of the winners of the Lenny the Lion Competition which was judged by Mr Hanson who contributed a Lenny the Lion cuddly toy for the winner and boxes of chocolates for two runners up and chocolates for everyone who entered!  

Multi Skills event at Shelley College

Year 1 children had fun at the Y1 Multi - Skills event held at Shelley College on Tuesday 17th January.


KS2 Cross Country

After some fabulous results in the KS2 Cross Country, some of our runners made it through to the 2nd round which took place at Newsome High School. They all ran brilliantly again and we are very proud of them.

Well done everyone!

Year 2/3 Girls Football

Y2.3 girls took part in the Shelley Pyramid Football Festival. They came 4th out of 7 teams but would win gold for enthusiasm, resilience and teamwork. Well done girls!

KS1 Cross Country

Well done to our fabulous Year 1 and Year 2 children who ran in the Cross Country event at Shelley College on 27.09.22. They were all amazing, cheering each other on and we are very proud of them.

KS2 Cross Country

Well done to our fantastic KS2 cross country runners who did a great job representing our school at the KS2 event at Shelley College on 20.09.22 

Swimming Classes 

Last year's Year 5 all achieved their target of a 25m swim and performing safe self rescue!  Well done everyone! 
Year Swim 25m Use a range of Strokes Perform Safe Self Rescue Overall Target Year Group Number of children
2021-22 100% 100% 100% 100% 5 10


Swimming for the current Y4 and Y5 will commence in February 2023 and information will be sent out to parents nearer the time.

Neiley Races

Four children from Years 4 and 5 joined our Year 3 girls team to take part in the 2nd Neiley Race on May 11th. They were unable to take part in the 1st race due to being away on their residential. They all ran their socks off and were still smiling after they had finished!

Well done everyone!

Hi 5 Netball Competition

Well done to our Netball team who showed true grit and determination when they took part in the Shelley pyramid Hi 5 Netball competition. They played excellently as a team, supporting each other on and off the court, and were the only all girls' team in the competition. Well done - we are very proud of you all.

Thurstonland Thundercats Cricket Team Win the Under 13's Tournament

Isobel and Seyara in Year 5 were part of the Thurstonland Thundercats Cricket team who won the U13 girls cricket tournament at Thurstonland Cricket Club. There are also some familiar faces of past pupils in the team too! Well done girls!


(Photograph to follow)


Year 4 and 5 Girls’ Athlete Mentoring Day


To build self-esteem, resilience and promote the positive impact of physical activity on physical and mental wellbeing, the Year 4 and 5 girls within the Federation all took part in a series of workshops led by Commonwealth Silver & Bronze Medallist, Jenny Wallwalk.

The girls from Thurstonland and Farnley Tyas travelled to Denby First School, where over the course of the day, many new friendships were formed through group activities that promoted teamwork, problem solving and being active. Jenny also shared her personal story about her journey to success and how she overcame difficulties along the way.

Well done to all of the Year 4 and 5 girls for trying new activities, being positive and working collaboratively together as a Federation.


West Yorkshire Cross Country - Year 3

Our Year 3 girls team and Joshua Smith made it through to the finals held at Temple Newsome on 9 March 2022.  They all did amazing and encouraged each other enthusiastically!  Congratulations to all for getting through to the final!
It was a large and daunting course as  it could be seen in full (rather than some parts going off out of site), and although a few of them said they were feeling nervous as well as excited they certainly didn't show it and smashed the course keeping up with a very competitive bunch of 8 year olds. The event was very well arranged and organized, very colourful with all the teams colours and flags and had a really good atmosphere to spectate and watch.
Many thanks to Kathryn Smith for taking a lead in Mrs McFarlane's absence and taking the photos below.  

Year 4/5 Football Tournament

Our Y4/5 team entered the Football Tournament on 8th February 2022 @ 5core, Waterloo. 

We didn't win this time but well done to the players for giving it their best shot!

KS1 Multi Skills Sports After School Sports Club

Everyone is enjoying the Multi Skills Sports Club that started for KS1 pupils in January!  We even managed to spend some time outdoors whilst the sun was shining!  

Shelley Pyramid Schools Partnership 2021 Dance Festival

Wow! What an amazing performance our Thurstonland Dance group gave on Tuesday evening! Well done to everyone involved - they really did dance their hearts out to music from ‘The Greatest Showman’.

A special mention must go to Indie and Alice in Year 5 for initiating the idea and all Year 5s for choreographing the opening sequence of the dance. Thank you also to all the children involved for coming up with brilliant ideas, which then helped the dance to ‘grow’.

Well done girls! We are all extremely proud of the commitment you have shown and the performance you gave.

Kirkwood Hospice Reindeer Run 2021


Our whole school participated in this year's fundraising Reindeer Run for Kirkwood Hospice.

Kirkwood supplied us with antlers and noses and we ran our daily mile around the recreation ground after being sponsored by our families and friends!

Thank you to all for your support of this local charity.

If you still wish to donate our fundraising link can be found below: -


KS2 Sports Hall Athletics


Our amazing Thurstonland team gave their all on Tuesday at the Sports Hall Athletics and their efforts were rewarded with 3rd place! A brilliant result for such a small school as ours.

Well done everyone, and thank you to all the parents and siblings who came to support us too.

An especially BIG thank you to our PTA who have bought new team t-shirts for all year groups to wear at sporting events. Thank you. J

Games Mark Gold Award

We are delighted to announce that we, Thurstonland Endowed (VC) First School, are proud holders of the Schools Games Gold Mark Award.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

Our sporting achievements over the typical school year include:

  • After School Clubs
  • Active Mornings
  • Girls Netball
  • Cricket Tournament
  • The Neiley Races
  • Cross Country Events
  • Football Tournaments
  • 1km run a day
  • Activities with the Sports Coaches at lunchtimes
  • Playleaders organising activities within school
  • Sports Crew organising activities and events
  • Links with many sports and fitness clubs

We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sports, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who make our competitions possible.