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Partnership - Whitkirk

East SILC pupils are included and feel an integral part of the mainstream school; they proudly consider themselves a Whitkirk pupil which is an indicator of how included we are in the school. To be on the role of the class pupils need to have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) but the pupils have a wide range of ability. Although our pupils are from across the primary age range, we meet their learning needs by covering the KS1 curriculum with learning tailored to individual needs and enrichment weeks from both the KS1 and KS2 curriculum. In addition to this, other professionals visit the Partnership if needed to assess and monitor pupils and set up individual programmes which are then delivered by East SILC staff during the school day.

The main opportunity for the Partnership pupils is that with the support of specialist East SILC staff they are included in learning, enrichment, social and day to day activities with mainstream peers. Each pupil in the Partnership is attached to one of their year group classes in the main school which they then stay with until they leave primary at the end of year 6. All the Partnership pupils have their core learning in the base where learning is planned to meet individual needs. In the class we use total communication, to enable pupils to most effectively access learning, communicate their needs, wishes, choices, opinions, feelings etc. Almost all of the pupils in the class use verbal communication but a few pupils use Makaton, symbols and non-verbal gestures.  

The Partnership pupils have a range of needs and ability but are all able to be included in a mainstream classroom working co-operatively in a group with mainstream peers and be able to take part as part of a large group of pupils for events such as assemblies. In addition, they are able to be flexible to cope with the changes that occur as part of daily life. They attend lessons in their mainstream class two afternoons a week, supported by a member of the Partnership class but working as independently as possible with mainstream peers. In addition, they join their inclusion class for enrichment days and activities, educational visits and assemblies. Our class has lunch (which is a canteen arrangement) and playtime with the main school. At lunch playtime, the Partnership pupils join friends from the wider school to play a variety of activities, including football, basketball, playground games, skip, use ‘Scrapshed’ resources for imaginative play and they use the climbing areas. Whitkirk has a very active PTA who organise many fund raising and social activities after school which the Partnership pupils also attend such as Halloween disco, summer fair, film nights, etc. 

School Hours

Start - 8.45am

Finish - 3.15pm


 To see Whitkirk staff, please see the 'Our Staff' page

Term Dates

 Leeds School Calendar 2022-23

Autumn Term

Autumn 1 starts - Monday 5th September 2022

Autumn 1 ends - Friday 21st October 2022

Autumn 2 starts - Monday 31st October 2022

Autumn 2 ends - Friday 16th December 2022


Spring Term

Spring 1 starts - Tuesday 3th January 2023

Spring 1 ends - Friday 10th February 2023

Spring 2 starts - Monday 20th February 2023

Spring 2 ends - Friday 31st March 2023


Summer Term

Summer 1 starts - Monday 17th April 2023

May Bank Holiday - Monday 1st May 2023

Summer 1 ends - Friday 26th May 2023

Summer 2 starts - Monday 5th June 2023

Summer 2 ends - Friday 21st July 2023


School training days for the academic year 2022-23:

Friday 21st October 2022

Friday 31st March 2023

Friday 7th July 2023

Monday 24th July 2023

Tuesday 25th July 2023


Please visit the Whitkirk Primary school website for details of the uniform which has to be worn. Shoes must be black but an exception is made for the Partnership pupils if they have specialist footwear from the hospital. 


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