It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Wilmslow Grange Community Primary and Nursery School.This prospectus will provide you with information about the school which we hope will encourage you to visit us.
Our school, on Ullswater Road in Handforth, is well placed to serve the children, their parents and the community.We are committed to delivering high standards of education, social development, personal responsibility and friendship.The school has an excellent range of facilities and provides the children with quality experiences for learning.
‘This is a good and improving school with an outstanding Early Years Foundation Stage.’ (Ofsted – May 2009).
Nursery classes for children aged are accessed flexibly, as five mornings, or five afternoons or as combination of full and part days.In the academic year 2010-2011 we have four classes for children aged 5 to 7 and four classes for children aged 7 to 11 and all are in single age groups.The School maintains close links with WilmslowHigh School, where the majority of our pupils transfer when leaving us, aged eleven, and with the 11 neighbouring Primary schools, which form the Wilmslow Education Partnership (WEP).
We enjoy building strong links with parents and welcome enquiries; we are pleased to show existing or prospective parents around the school.Please contact us in person or by telephone if you would like to arrange a tour or an appointment with the Head Teacher.Once children are in school your child’s teacher is the best person to contact for special enquiries.
Further information about the school is available on the school website (www.wilmslowgrange.cheshire.sch.uk).The school office is open from 8.50 to 3.30 Monday to Friday, our Administrative Officers, Mrs Melanie Jarvis or Mrs Wendy Fogarty will be pleased to meet you or deal with enquiries. (tel:01625526566, email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
For details of admissions please phone the school or enquire to Cheshire East Admissions (tel: 0845 1110304 or email email@example.com).The school “catchment area” covers all Handforth west of the Manchester-Crewe railway line.
Mrs Joanne Ashcroft
THE HISTORY OF WILMSLOWGRANGESCHOOL
WilmslowGrangePrimary School was opened in 1963 at a time when Handforth had grown considerably in population.There were three other Primary schools nearby; as the years have passed the other schools have closed, the latest being Brooke Dean school in July 2004.
Our school building has had a major refurbishment, completed in June 2005.Following the amalgamation with BrookeDeanSchool, our building was extended.The number of classrooms was increased, a nursery classroom and nursery facilities were added, the school hall was enlarged, new staff room, new offices and group teaching rooms were added, while a new ICT suite, a music room, a library, and a children’s kitchen were all accommodated in the original building.We provide facilities which the community of Handforth can be proud of.
The ‘Honford Star’ is the symbol of the school.This star with curved points appears like a flower on the children’s sweatshirts.Local legend tells us that a knight, Henry de Honford, sighted the good omen of a bright star falling from the sky.His battle against the Saracens being successful, he ensured a silver star was painted on the black shields of his retainers.Handforth was originally part of Cheadle and Sir Henry’s grave, where the emblem can be seen is in CheadleChurch.
OUR SCHOOL’S PURPOSE
Preparing children for their life in society, now and in the future; developing their independence, curiosity and enthusiasm..
·High academic and social standards within a quality learning environment
·Respectful relationships where everyone’s opinions are valued
·Quality curriculum, which encompasses individual learning styles within a climate of creativity
OUR SCHOOL VISION
Happy individuals who love learning and achieve their full potential.
WILMSLOW GRANGE’S ACHIEVEMENTS
Our good work has been acknowledged and recognised through the achievement of a number of prestigious awards.
We have achieved: the Bronze Eco Schools award; National Healthy Schools Status; Cheshire Healthy Schools Status; Investors in People; the Financial Management Standard in Schools; and the Activemark.
We believe that high quality experiences are the key to success.Priority is given to the acquisition and application of essential linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technological, creative and physical skills as set out in the National Curriculum.Our teaching framework covers all subject areas and links subjects within ‘Contexts for Learning’ for each term.
The subjects studied are:-
CORE SUBJECTSEnglish, Mathematics, Science and Information Technology
FOUNDATION SUBJECTSDesign Technology, History, Music, Art, Geography, Physical Education and Religious Education.
Literacy lessons include a wonderful range of stories, poems and non fiction texts, following the narrative, non-narrative and poetry units, detailed in the National Primary Framework.Children develop reading fluency through class, group and individual reading.Parents are partners in the process of learning to read, borrowing books from school and reading at home is an essential part of gaining reading skills.We aim to build children’s competency as authors with a high standard of self expression utilising knowledge of good spelling and conventions of grammar, through adapting a whole school ‘Big Writing’ approach to developing children’s use of VCOP (vocabulary, connectives, openers of sentences and punctuation).
Numeracy lessons include mental mathematics, games for enjoyment and problem solving investigations.Each area of Maths:number, shape, space, Measures and data handling is covered with direct teaching and as much practical experience as possible.The school follows the blocks and units in the National Primary Framework.
In Science, we foster investigation, a fascination for enquiry and knowledge or our world.The children use their skills to investigate living things, materials and physical sciences.
We provide children with opportunities to communicate present and retrieve information within the context of other subjects.Pupils are introduced to the programmes which enhance skill development and their competence at the keyboard, their ability to sort information, handle text and images and analyse data.All the classes are fitted with interactive whiteboards and have access to the ICT suits for two lessons each week, enabling a high level of ICT interaction.
Children apply their development of art skills to their Context for Learning for the term. They explore a range of different stimuli for the art projects, and work using a variety of media, at 2D and 3D (drawing, painting, printing, collage, sculpture).
We encourage the children to design a solution to a real life situation.We teach skills in design, construction and evaluation, through a project linked to the context for learning for the term.
History is taught through stories rooted in evidence of the past, visits to local places for experiences of previous times and the hands on examination of historical artefacts and other sources of evidence.We aim that children will have knowledge of chronology, empathy with previous peoples, and the ability to use historical sources.
Geography is taught through experience of our land area, the ability to understand diagrams, maps and link this to a developing sense of place.Studies of locations in other parts of Britain and the world engage the children’s awareness of the needs of communities and how factors such as climate and environment affect people’s lives.Cultural differences are explored and valued.
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES – FRENCH
Pupils in Key Stage 2 have weekly French lessons, initially focussing on speaking and listening, and then progressing to writing and reading of the language. Pupils in EYFS and Key Stage 1 explore basic conversational French, through other lessons and activities e.g. answering the registers and counting. All pupils explore different cultures.
MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS
We follow the National Curriculum for Music, and enrich the performance opportunities for pupils, through participation in the Wilmslow Music Festival, Big Sing, an Evening of Beautiful Music and performances in a Christmas Play for EYFS and Key Stage 1 and end of year Production for Key Stage 2. We offer the option for pupils to partake in private music tuition.
Teachers make regular formative assessments of pupils’ progress, on an ongoing basis, to ensure that individual needs are met. In addition, pupils complete more formal assessment tasks at the end of the Autumn and Summer terms, so that pupils’ attainment levels can be tracked. Teachers share the expectations of their pupils with parents at two parent’s evenings each year, and children regularly take home targets to work on, in Literacy and Numeracy.Parents receive an annual report to inform them of their child’s attainment and progress in all curriculum areas.
‘Achievement is good because pupils make good progress throughout the school and in their lessons…Pupils make good progress because the teaching is responsive to their needs and interests.’ (Ofsted – May 2009)
The tables below show the levels achieved by the Key Stage One children at the end of Year 2 and those achieved by the Key Stage Two children at the end of Year 6, in July 2011.
KEYSTAGE ONE RESULTS 2011
Figures given as percentages
KEYSTAGE TWO RESULTS 2011
Figures given as percentages
We believe we share the responsibility for your children whilst they are at school.Every effort is made to provide the care which parents responsibly expect from us. We encourage a friendly and positive atmosphere and respect for all between adults and children within our school.
The School Behaviour Policy covers rewards for good behaviour and expected positive behaviours.Children are rewarded individually and as a class.Good work is celebrated in Achievement Assembly.When children’s behaviour is disappointing we ensure the children know what is expected of them and how to behave and choose sensibly.Teaching staff draw the children’s attention to a scale of sanctions that will be applied as an outcome of poor behaviour.Staff make contact with parents in order to arrange a co-ordinated approach to a child’s difficulties and ensure that parents take responsibility for their children’s negative behaviour.
At the beginning of each academic year teachers guide the children in their formulation of classroom and school rules for the year ahead, with children suggesting promises which they could make to ensure a happy and purposeful classroom.The expectation is that a shared approach to discipline and a strong work ethic will guide the children to do their best at all times.
Our Eco Warriors take responsibility for caring for our school environment, and ensuring that we are an eco-friendly and sustainable school.
Our school Council meet regularly to consider developments and initiatives proposed by the class councils and meet as part of the schools’ forum, with school councils from the other Wilmslow and District area schools, and even with local MPs.
INFORMATION AFFECTING SAFETY, WELFARE & ATTENDANCE
It is vital that children have continuity of attendance so that their education benefits from a regular pattern of class work, social activities and play.When a child is ill please notify the school office on the first day of absence before registration time at , by coming to the school office, by email or by telephone.
Parents should ask permission to remove a child from school for holidays.A Holiday Permission Form is available form the school office.The school follows the same Absence policy as all other Wilmslow Education Partnership Schools.The Headteacher will not give permission for holidays which will interfere with a child’s preparation for formal assessments, and will only authorise up to 10 days holiday in an academic year.
It is vital that any changes to addresses or telephone numbers should be passed to school as soon as possible.In the event of an accident we will contact you.
If your child has a prolonged absence due to illness/convalescence, staff may agree to send work home.However, children recover best with a rest from school work.The school follows the Cheshire East Council guidelines in relation to the administration of medicines.Parents of children with medical needs will need to complete a health care plan, and update these annually (or more often if necessary) so that the school has up-to-date information about their needs.
A wheelchair ramp to allow easy access to the building is located at the front of the school.A toilet suitable for the disabled is located near the school offices.We have a designated disabled access car parking space at the front of the building.
CARE OF PROPERTY
Children should give money or valuables to their teacher for safekeeping at the beginning of the day.For safety reasons, pupils are asked to remove watches and jewellery before PE.Valuables, pens, toys or games should not be brought into school.
All clothing should be clearly named.Please see the Office about Lost Property.Parents are asked to note that the Authority does not accept responsibility for loss or damage to personal property whilst on or left at the Authority’s premises.
SCHOOL MEALS – A SUCCESS STORY
School meals are prepared and cooked by our own staff.The meals are popular – about half of the children at school eat school meals.Payments for meals must be brought to school on Fridays of the week before, in a named envelope labelled also with the class and the amount.Parents paying by cheque should make them payable to “Cheshire East”.
We encourage all children to eat healthy meals and eat a wide range of foods.
Snacks for mid morning break may be brought to school, or purchased from the school kitchen.The Infant children have daily deliveries of fresh fruit and vegetables for their break times.We have a healthy eating policy and allow only healthy snacks on Monday-Thursday, with children allowed to make their own choice on a Friday.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
SPORTS AND GAMES
We encourage children to join in with a variety of extra curricular sports - football, netball, cross country running, basketball, multi-sports and athletics.School teams participate in many of these areas and we are proud of their successes.
A variety of extra curricular music is provided.These include recorder groups, lessons in keyboard, woodwind and stings.We also have a recorder consort, a school orchestra and steel pans group. We also provide an after school art club.
PARENTAL PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL
We are most grateful for the support that we receive from parents and are pleased to involve them in school activities as much as possible.We have some parents who come to school and help with activities during the day, under the supervision of the class teacher.If you feel that you are able to help please approach your child’s class teacher.Help is particularly valued for assisting with practical activities and visits out of school.
STATUTORY AND SCHOOL POLICIES
The school office holds copies of school documents and policies which parents may consult, and these are displayed in the school entrance foyer.
May 2009 The main findings in the report begin:-
This is a good and improving school with an outstanding Early Years Foundation Stage.The school’s leaders ensure that good quality care, guidance and support, good teaching and an interesting curriculum drive the school forward quickly after a period of disruption.Staff work together effectively to provide interesting lessons for pupils backed up with well informed practice.The school’s concerted drive tor raise standards further is having a positive effect throughout the school.
Copies of the report are available on the Ofsted website, school website and from the school office.
The Governors have adopted the complaints procedure recommended by the Cheshire Education Committee.In the event of a concern or a complaint this should be dealt with informally in the first instance with the relevant staff concerned and the Head Teacher if required.Parents are advised to outline their complaints verbally at an agreed time.If it should become necessary the Chairperson of Governors may be required to assist those concerned and use the Governors complaints procedure.A copy of the appropriate policy document is available from the school office outlining procedures, and is displayed in the school entrance foyer.
The school will charge for individual music tuition and residential visits.Activities such as school visits during school hours for which a charge cannot be made will be funded by seeking voluntary contributions from parents.
The school follows the Cheshire Education Services Policy on admissions.Parents have the right to choose a school by preference.The school’s year group admission limit is set at 30 (to ensure we meet the legal class size requirements for EYFS/Key Stage One).Parents’ requests will be in the following order:
·‘looked after children’ – a child who is in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by that authority;
·children for whom there are particular medical or social reasons which the Council’s view, justifies admission to a particular school;
·children resident within the designated catchment zone of the school;
·pupils with siblings at the school;
·children not resident within a school’s local catchment zone but attending a school designated as a partner school for admissions purposes;
·pupils living nearest the school.
We have, within the school building, a purpose built nursery with a secure outdoor environment. This provides children with the ideal introduction to school life. Five free sessions are available per week, as a combination of part time and full time.
The Nursery is staffed by two highly qualified staff, an Early Years Teacher and a Teaching Assistant.
The children enjoy rich stimulating experiences in a well planned and organised setting. The EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum covers development in: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; Problem Solving, Reasoning and Number; Knowledge and Understanding of the World; Physical Development; and Creative Development.
The children engage in activities planned by the teacher and initiated by them; well planned play is the key mode of learning, providing enjoyment and challenge.
There is provision for children with Special Educational Needs.
WGOSP – WILMSLOW GRANGE OUT OF SCHOOL PROVISION
BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL CLUB & CRECHE
This facility is available during term-time at from to .
The Before School Club offers an early start to children and parents, every day from .Children can play board games, read, use the Playstation, chat and relax before school gets started.
The After School Club provides a healthy snack, then abundant opportunities to play with friends.
THE RAINBOW CENTRE
WILMSLOW GRANGE ASC RESOURCED PROVISION
The ASC (Autistic Spectrum Condition) resourced provision was established in September 2007 to provide high quality teaching and support for pupils who have been diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Condition.
The resource is made up of a base room (the Rainbow Centre) located with the mainstream school.The Rainbow Centre has three key zones:
·a group teaching area
·individual work areas/stations
The base room is used to support learning, be a safe place to which pupils can return to if they are feeling anxious or stressed and a ‘safe haven’ at lunch and break times.We hope that our pupils perceive the base room as their space within the school.
The resource manager works collaboratively with an attached speech and language therapist, together with a team of learning support assistants.The resource welcomes the opportunity to work with parents and other professionals involved in the education and care of the pupils.
We recognise that our ASC pupils have a wide range of different special needs.Staff use their very good understanding of their pupils difficulties and abilities to develop very positive relationships.Excellent opportunities are available both within the Rainbow Centre and through the inclusion of pupils in normal lessons with their peers.
Admission to the resource is controlled by the Local Education Authority.