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Foster`s Primary School
Westbrooke Road, DA16 1PN, UK Welling
+44 (0)208 298 7336


William Foster who was born in East Wickham and later moved to Croydon founded Foster’s School in 1727. In his will he provided for a school for 20 poor children in the place of his birth.

The children were to learn "Reading, Writing and Arithmatick" - As written in his will, and the teacher was to be paid £20 per annum.

William Foster was a butler in a gentleman's house and unable to read or write he resolved to save as many children of his native village as he could. For this purpose he left 23 acres of land near Croydon and a sum of money for a school in East Wickham.

Foster's school circa 1900 - Photo courtesy of Bexley Libraries Service, Hall Place. Foster's 'old' school, which is now used as flats, was the second building used as a school and still stands on Upper Wickham lane. It was used between 1890 and 1998 when Foster's moved for the third time to its present site on Westbrooke Road.

The opening and dedication ceremony 29th September 1998.
Left to Right, Mayor of Bexley Cllr Chris Ball, Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, and Mr William Price MBE Foundation Governor.

The front entrance of the school has a fabulous sensory garden designed by past pupils. Our pupils take great pride in the environment, and the school was awarded First Place in the School’s Frontage category of Bexley in Bloom in 2003, and Runner’s up in 2004.


Our aim at Foster’s is to create and maintain an environment in which children are enabled to develop academically, socially, emotionally and personally.
In order to achieve these aims the following objectives form the foundation of the teaching and learning process for every child regardless of gender, religion, race or social background. Therefore, to encourage children to achieve their potential, we shall:

Provide a framework, which allows children to develop as individuals

Enable children to develop a positive attitude to learning

Celebrate our differences in order to foster respect and tolerance for each other

Promote children’s ability to question and rationalise

Use the National Curriculum as the framework, which allows children to develop essential knowledge, skills and understanding

Challenge the intellectual ability of children and provide support for those children who need it

Encourage positive behaviour and self-discipline and celebrate achievements

Work in partnership with parents/guardians and the community to provide an environment, which promotes a positive work ethic, respect and tolerance

Promote the development of questioning and thinking skills that enable children to become independent learners


The Curriculum of the school is based on the Bexley Curriculum containing the revised National Curriculum with its core subjects of English, Maths, Science and ICT together with the foundation subjects History, Geography, Art, Music, Design Technology and Physical Education. Religious Education is also part of the curriculum.

Our working curriculum is very carefully balanced so that an appropriate emphasis is placed upon Literacy and Numeracy whilst providing a broadly based meaningful curriculum.

In order to deliver the curriculum teachers use a system of structured planning, assessment and evaluation.

We give due recognition to the importance of first hand experience and practical tasks in the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills, and regularly give children the opportunity to reflect upon their experiences, activities and progress.

We believe it is vital that children are encouraged to develop an inquisitive and questioning manner towards their learning and encourage a thirst for knowledge, which, we hope, will lead to lifelong learning.

All teachers have high expectations of what pupils are capable of achieving and pupils are encouraged to become self-confident, self-disciplined and self-motivating in their learning. Pupils are expected to work towards teacher or self identified targets in order to sustain good educational progress.

Teachers are alert to the differing levels of pupil achievement attained by children and strive to ensure that children are challenged or supported as appropriate.

Our curriculum is constantly under review to reflect Education Reform Act requirements and the needs of our school and the community it serves.

We have an Early Years Policy that informs the Foundation curriculum, Learning Goals and an assessment framework for children under five.

In summary, we ensure that the curriculum provides a broadly based, balanced programme which is available to pupils of all abilities and which reflects the ethos of the school within an ordered environment.


The wearing of school uniform is a requirement. The clothing is of standard type obtainable generally within the normal price range from local shops and outfitters. School sweatshirts, cardigans and caps all bearing the Foster’s logo are obtainable from the School.

Grey pinafore dress or
Grey skirt or
Grey tailored trousers
White or red polo shirt
Red sweatshirt or cardigan
Red and White checked summer dress may be worn during the summer term
Black or brown enclosed shoes with low heels

Grey trousers or shorts
White or red polo shirt
Red sweatshirt
Black or brown shoes

Trainers are unsuitable for school and should not be worn except for PE or Games.
Please ensure all clothing is clearly named as we frequently have an enormous amount of unnamed, unclaimed lost property.

Dress for P.E

All children should have shorts and t-shirt for P.E. lessons. Plimsolls may be worn for dance and some outdoor activities. A warm jumper or tracksuit should be available for cold weather. Children in KS2 will require separate, suitable weatherproof footwear for football/netball/hockey.

For swimming lessons, children in year groups 5 and 6 require an appropriate costume and towel. For girls this means a one-piece swimming costume. Boys should wear swimming trunks not loose fitting swimming shorts. Swimming goggles may not be worn unless permission is gained from the Head teacher. Under Local Authority regulations children may not wear earrings whilst swimming.


No jewellery may be worn at school. If your child has pierced ears, one pair of small studs may be worn. Under London Borough of Bexley regulations teachers cannot be responsible for either helping children to remove earrings or ‘look after’ these items. Either the child or the parent must remove earrings for P.E. This is both for the safety of your own child and other children.


Silver Birch - Year 6
Maple - Year 5/6
Pine - Year 5
Willow - Year 4
Magnolia - Year 3/4
Joshua - Year 3
Poplar - Year 2
Wattle - Year 1/2
Oak - Year 1
Walnut - Reception
Juniper - Nursery

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