Children at Royd Nursery Infant School are at the forefront of using technology to enhance their work, and that’s official!

Royd Nursery Infant School has recently added to its growing list of regional and national awards. Our school has received The National Association for Education Technology (NAACE) Award. NACCE is a professional association that represents the voice of the UK education technology community in the schooling sector at a national and international level and is recognised by Ofsted. The school achieved the top grade in all elements of the Self Review Framework.

The award recognises the school’s success in developing the strategic use of computing and technology in both administration and across the curriculum.  Parents will have proof that their children are attending a school at the forefront of modern technology.

The way in which technology is used at Royd enables the children to access a broad and balanced curriculum which excites and engages all, whilst also preparing them for the future.  In order to be ready to apply for the award, school had to achieve a Level 2 across elements such as, understanding where we are at as a school with our technology strategy, planning the next stages of our technology strategy and recording our progress, on the Self-Review Framework.  A result of a well-planned computing curriculum and cross-curricular computing programme within the classrooms, with the skill and dedication of staff, enabled Royd to achieve Level 1 across all elements.

All staff and children at Royd are very proud of this achievement!  Please take a look at the following link for a piece in the Sheffield Star about the award and the Look Local too –



Sheffield Schools Active Award 2020

As part of the city wide Sheffield Schools Get Active Awards 2020, Royd Nursery Infant School were awarded the ‘upskilling staff award’ coming highest in the city.  After being nominated for the award in 2018, Royd has put lots of work into continuing to upskills teaching and non-teaching staff across the whole school.  Winning this award demonstrates Royd’s ability in increasing the standards of PE lessons for children and boosting the confidence of staff in delivering PE.  The higher increase in staff confidence has boosted the children’s attitudes and approaches to PE as a subject – recognising the benefits physical development has to their health and wellbeing.

Sheffield Schools Active Award 2018

As part of the city wide Sheffield Schools Get Active Awards 2018, Royd Nursery Infant School received an ‘upskilling staff award’. The award recognises how Royd are upskilling teaching and non-teaching staff across their whole school in line with PE, Physical Activity and School Sport and it showcases the impact that this has had in confidence, standards of lessons, opportunities for pupils and attitudes towards PE as a subject area.

Eco Schools Green Award

Royd have been awarded with the Eco Schools ‘Green Award’. After previously gaining the “bronze” and more recently the “silver” awards Royd has now received the top accolade which celebrates the school’s commitment to being environmentally aware and looking after the plant. A huge well done to all of the children and staff especially the children that form the “Eco Warriors” team, Mrs Heathcote who leads this very talented and dedicated group of children, Mrs Barker who had previously submitted the documentation for the bronze and silver awards and to Miss Rawding who took over the role when Mrs Barker went on maternity leave and submitted the documentation required to achieve the Green Award. To read more about it please click on the following links:

Autism Professionals Awards

On Thursday 27th February, Miss Jones, Mr Sly, Mrs Swales and Mrs Fieldsend attended the National Autistic Society – Autism Professionals Awards. The school were nominated by the NHS Speech and Language Therapy Services department. The awards seek to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of individuals, teams and organisations who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to improving the lives of autistic people. It was an absolute honour to attend such a prestigious event and hear stories from professionals in the austic field as well as watching performances from children / young adults that have autism. It truly was inspirational. This nomination would not have been possible without the marvelous children that attend Rainbow Room or the hard work, dedication and high standards that Mrs Swales, Mrs Fieldsend and Mrs Levitt set. The children bring so much joy to school and there isn’t a day that goes by without laughter coming from Rainbow Room. Well done Rainbow Room children and staff for being recognised as national superstars!

Please click on the link below to see the newspaper article about our achievements.

Charter Mark for Quality

The Foundation Stage team at Royd Nursery Infant School has been reaccredited The Charter Mark for Quality by the Sheffield Local Authority.  Staff were presented with the award at the Town Hall, where they also shared their practise with other schools.  One area of strength highlighted was the warm and caring relationships between staff and children.  Royd are proud of the environment created in the Foundation Stage to ensure children feel cared for and comfortable in their surroundings.  Another strength recognised by the Local Authority is the approach used in teaching Maths to the Foundation Stage children.  An active maths approach is used to engage and excite children about learning maths, where they can be physical whilst interacting with Maths concepts and activities.  This approach makes learning Maths fun for the children, whilst developing children’s gross motor skills at the same time.  We are really proud of this achievement!

Charter Mark for Quality

Congratulations to the Foundation Stage team who have been awarded the Charter Mark for Quality by the Sheffield Local Authority. The Charter Mark recognises quality early years provision in Sheffield. Our areas of excellence were highlighted as our ‘active maths approach’ and ‘partnerships with parents’.

Please click on the link below and scroll to page 14 to see the article about the Foundation Stage’s achievements.

Leading Parent Partner Award

Royd are pleased to announce that we have achieved the Leading Parent Partner Award (LPPA).

A special thanks to staff and governors that met with Andrea and staff that have been part of the working party.

A big thank you to:

  • Reverend Hilda Isaacson
  • Julie Grocutt
  • John Whitaker
  • Emily Kelland
  • Diane Heathcote
  • Paula Stuart
  • Lynn Lawton
  • Alison Firth
  • Pamela Hibberd
  • Leone Travis

Thank you to all the parents who sent in the questionnaires.

LPPA is an exciting national award that will help us to improve our strategies to involve parents and carers more fully in every child’s learning experience.

One of the principle criteria of the award is the promotion of and participation in lifelong learning within the school for parents and carers. It is vital that parents and carers understand and support their child’s learning and development. Family learning can reinforce their relationships with their child and the school as well as developing their own skills and knowledge.

The LPPA offers long term benefits such as improved pupil attendance and behaviour and increased parental involvement and support. We hope to continue to improve communication between school and home and nurture the child/parent relationships by highlighting the benefits of adult learning and the positive impact this can have on a child’s education. This is a challenging but rewarding venture.

The benefits for children are:

  • It is easier for a child to learn when they get encouragement at home.
  • They will do better and achieve more when their parents or carers are involved.
  • Children get access to more activities in and out of school when there are more adults to help.
  • Their concerns can be sorted out more quickly when parents and carers have a positive relationship with school staff.
  • They are happier when their parents or other family members get involved in the school. It shows them that you are interested in what the school, is doing.
  • Allows them to see that you value what they are learning.
  • Gives them a sense of security.
  • Helps them to learn about good citizenship from your example.

The benefits for parents and carers are:

  • Your children do better when you are involved.
  • You are better able to help and encourage your children.
  • Parents can build their own confidence and skills.
  • You get to know the teachers and other parents.
  • You also gain a better understanding of how the school works.
  • Get to see how your child relates to other children and their teachers.
  • Have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a contribution to the school and your child’s learning.

If you have any suggestions for how parents and carers and Royd Nursery Infant School can be involved together more fully in your child’s learning experiences, please get in touch.

Recent Events

Many thanks to all of the parents and carers who recently attended our Family Learning Course: Fun with Letters and Sounds. Keep watching this space for details of more courses.

Artsmark Silver Award

Royd Nursery Infant School has recently been awarded the Silver Arts Mark award which recognises our good/outstanding practise in Art.  The Arts Mark sets out quality principles for schools to embed in their provision of Art including; striving for excellence and innovation, being authentic, creating a positive and inclusive experience and being exciting, inspiring and engaging.  Below are the criteria Royd met to achieve this award;

  • The setting values each arts subject and promotes arts for the value they have. Children have the opportunity to develop their skills over a longer period of time.
  • All teaching staff understand the ambitions for arts, and are engaged in developing these across the whole setting.
  • Children’s art is showcased and displayed effectively and planned arts events have a high take-up in the setting.
  • The setting has clear schemes of work to show an increase of knowledge, skills and understanding for art, across all phases.
  • The setting can demonstrate that consistent arts experiences have been developed for children, including, clubs and activities that go beyond formal teaching.
  • The setting can provide evidence of regular in-house opportunities for sharing and developing good practice in educator’s knowledge, skills and understanding of art.
  • The setting can demonstrate that it is using arts professionals and organisations to support the delivery of quality provision.
  • The setting has evidence of arts opportunities within their PSED evidence.

We are really proud of the results and aim to continue and develop Art through school.

Gold Sportsmark Award

Royd Nursery Infant School has recently been awarded the Gold Sportsmark which recognises our good/outstanding practise in PE.

Through our connections with LINKS we have completed the required criteria (see below).

  • School ensures all KS1 children take part in 2 hours of Physical Education within curriculum per week
  • Children are provided with activities to take part in during breaks and lunchtimes to encourage physical activity
  • Over 50% of KS1 children are provided with an opportunity to represent school in sporting activity
  • School has a specific curriculum set for KS1 to follow which includes a wide range of sporting activities focused on physical literacy and fundamental sports skills
  • Parents / carers are provided with regular information regarding PE and sport throughout the year and are provided information discussing their children’s progress in the subject area
  • There is set assessment criteria which is used throughout the school to analyse children’s performances in PE
  • The school links closely with specific local sports clubs and has a clear performance pathway in place
  • At least 20% pf KS1 children are provided with opportunities to lead PE and sport in school on a weekly basis.
  • At least 25% of KS1 children are engaged in extracurricular club activities per week

We are really pleased with the results and aim to continue and develop PE through school.

High standards in health and safety

Please see below a letter to Miss Jones to thank Royd Nursery Infant School for our high standards in health and safety.

The Deep

Well done to the Year 2 children who have won the ‘School of the Week‘ award for their visit to The Deep for the second year in a row.

The Deep

Well done to the Year 2 children who have been awarded the ‘School of the Week‘ award for their fabulous behaviour during their visit to The Deep.