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St Werburgh`s Primary School
James Street, St Werburgh`s, BS2 9US, UK Bristol
+44 (0)117 903 1466


St. Werburgh’s Primary School is a popular Community Primary School catering for children aged 4 –11 years. It opened in September 1999 moving to an award winning building in April 2000 and is situated in a compact central area of the city of Bristol called St. Werburgh’s. Some children also come to St. Werburgh’s Primary School from the adjacent areas of Easton, St. Paul’s, and Montpelier. The school reflects the wide range of cultures present in the community.

Prior to coming to St. Werburgh’s Primary many children have attended St. Werburgh’s Park Nursery School or one of the local day nurseries. In the September following their eleventh birthday the children transfer to Secondary School. Our nearest partner secondary school is Fairfield High School. Children also transfer to Cotham Grammar School, City Acadamy, Monks Park School, St. Thomas More and to other schools outside the area.

Expected total number of pupils on roll 2003/2004 – 190 The planned admission level laid down by Bristol Education Committee for next September is 25.

Bristol Civic Society and South West RDA presented the school with a special award for the buildings contribution to the local environment.

An impressive performing arts studio has just been completed and will be open to the community from Easter 2004.

This document relates to the school year commencing September 2003. The information and particulars herein were correct at the date of publication – September 2003



St. Werburgh’s Primary School promotes high achievement and learning for life by working with children to:

  • Show consideration, courtesy and respect for themselves, others, different cultures and beliefs and the environment.
  • Have high expectations of their achievement and standards.
  • Have confidence and high self-esteem.
  • Extend lively, enquiring minds, and a spirit of curiosity.
  • Apply themselves to tasks, reflect and evaluate.
  • Work collaboratively and independently.


  • Children are resilient, resourceful and reflective learners.
  • Children are confident, enthusiastic, independent writers and readers.
  • Children will experience achievement through a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Children have confidence, motivation and skills to take up mathematical challenges..
  • Children’s curiosity is stimulated to develop skills and knowledge to investigate and evaluate scientific ideas.
  • Parents are confident and motivated to help and enhance their child’s learning
We believe that each child will succeed by experiencing quality through:

Whole Curriculum

A planned, broad balanced curriculum, developing children’s experiences with continuity and progression alongside a shared understanding with the community.

Teaching and Learning Styles

A range of appropriate teaching and learning styles where children respond readily to the challenges of the task, either individually or collaboratively, within an active learning environment.

Personal and Social Development

A secure, positive environment which encourages respect, co-operation and motivation.

Management and Organisation

A reflective team structure with defined responsibilities, where individuals are valued and communication is shared.


A positive, welcoming, quality environment that is well resourced to develop stimulating and challenging learning opportunities.

Parents and Community

Partnerships with parents and the wider community, which are valued, developed and maintained in order to enhance learning.

Staff Development

A learning organisation that facilitates each individual’s development and contributes to the success of the school through collaboratively working towards common goals.

St. Werburgh’s Primary School has the Investors in People Standard following re-assessment in April 2002.

“St Werburgh’s Primary School is an example of excellence as far as Investors in People is concerned” quote from Review.


Bristol’s Admission Policy is that children may be admitted to school at the beginning of the school year in which they will reach the age of five, so that all children will benefit from a full three years of infant education.

further information regarding Bristol’s Admissions Policy please refer to the LEA document

– Your Child’s First School in Bristol.

The Headteacher will be pleased to meet prospective parents to show them the school and answer any questions. Appointments are set in July, September and October. Please make an appointment with Mrs Haines, the secretary.

To help in future planning it is essential that you place your child’s name on the school waiting list as early as possible, and fill out an admission form by 24th October the year preceding entry into school. The LEA manages admissions and will make offer of places.

We encourage all children to start together in the autumn term in order to develop as a class and as individuals. During the second half of the summer term all parents of new children will be invited to attend a meeting with the Headteacher as an introduction to the school.

During the summer term before your child starts school in September you will be invited to bring them to a series of sessions to prepare them for school. They will be able to meet other children, their teacher and nursery nurse. They will be able to join in a range of school activities and share a story time. You will be invited to parents meeting so that you can find out more about the school and fill in the necessary forms. At these meetings we will arrange an appointment to make a home visit to you. (If you are happy for us to do so.) The home visit will be at the start of the autumn term in September so you can share your knowledge of your child with us. Hence, the start of school can build on your child’s own experiences.

If your child joins us January, we will ensure that they have opportunities to visit the school in the autumn term and that you receive a home visit at the start of the spring term to share information about your child.

Before your child starts school you will receive a booklet on how you can help them prepare for school and a further booklet on ways you can become involved in school.

The introduction to the school will be gradual with children starting school a few at a time and, for a period, staying morning or afternoon only until settled into the class. During this staggered entry period children will be introduced to the lunchtime routine. Afterwards, each child’s case will be reviewed and a full day place will be offered with the parents and teacher’s agreement. Occasionally half- day provision can continue, followed by a further review.

We aim to do the best for your child.


Information about admissions and transfer arrangements are detailed in a book published by the LEA in accordance with Section 8(5) of the Education Act 1980. Copies are available from the school; the Director of Education, The Council House, College Green, Bristol; Education Welfare Officers; of for inspection in public reference libraries.


Starting school is a big adventure for children, even when they are joining a new class.

Show interest in everything your child does and says.

Talk and listen to your child.

Partnership with the school is important, so that we can help your child together.

We encourage children and parents to share books and homework together. Each child may take a library book home from school. Book bags would include a communication booklet so that school and home can share information about the child’s developing interest in reading. Older children will be set homework and details of this will be recorded in the homework diary each week. Talk to your child about places of interest and various topics. Topics studied in class will be notified through the school newsletters.

Encourage your child to:

  • Dress appropriately for school.
  • Use the toilet independently and sensibly.
  • Take care of all belongings.
  • Behave in an appropriate manner, during the lunch break, when eating packed lunches or cooked school dinners.
  • Tidy up after using toys, apparatus, books and equipment.
  • Be properly equipped for school.
  • Be ready to learn.
  • Have a good nights sleep and a good breakfast.


Although it is a legal requirement for every school to have a Home/School Agreement, at St. Werburgh’s Primary School we see this as a positive foundation for building a partnership between home and school.

We have consulted widely with parents and have an agreed Home School Agreement.

Various studies have shown that where parents and carers are working in partnership with the school, their involvement has a significant effect on raising their child’s level of attainment.

Parents and carers will be required to read and share the Home/School Agreement with their child. The school, child, parents and carers will be encouraged to sign the agreement to endorse a partnership.


All members of staff whether teaching or non-teaching are committed to the care of your child, but the class teacher has special responsibility for the children in her care.

At dinnertime the children are in the care of the School Meals Supervisory Assistants, under the direction of the Headteacher.

During the time your child is in this school she/he will see:

  1.  The School Doctor – Dr Rodgeman
     Visits are made 2/3 times per term to:

     Do development assessment checks when required.
     See children who are causing concern because of physical or emotional problems.
     Advise the school on the management of children with particular medical conditions.

     Parents are invited to be present at examinations.
  2. The School Nurse – Mrs N Lawrence
    Visits are made regularly to check weight, test hearing and sight etc. The school nurse is available to give advice on health matters if required
  3. The Audiometrician – will notify you if there are any queries about your child’s hearing.
  4. The School Dentist – visits once a year. You will be notified if treatment is required.
  5. Education Welfare Officer – Contact 0117 9031302
    The Education Welfare Officer for St. Werburgh’s Primary School, role is to provide support and advice for any child and/or family who are having difficulties with the school. This may be as a result of non-attendance, emotional and behavioural problems or exclusion.

    Regular and punctual attendance is a very important aspect of school life and the benefits to the children are immeasurable.

  6. The Education Psychologist – Mr J. Humphries
    Regularly visits the school to give support and advice to both teachers and parents of those children with special educational needs.



Parents are responsible for the administration of medicines to their children. We are not allowed to administer medicine at school except in cases of long-term medication. It will be necessary to sign an indemnity form in these cases. If your child is unwell she/he should not be sent to school.

Please make sure the school has not only your home and work numbers but also emergency numbers e.g. relatives. Parents who fail to give emergency numbers must realise that the school will act in ‘loco parentis’ should an incident occur. This may result in a referral to Social Services.

If your child has sickness and/or diarrhoea please keep him/her at home for at least 24 hours after the last time of being sick. This is important to prevent the spread of infection.

Staff members have been advised not to take a pupil to hospital and therefore when a pupil becomes seriously unwell or is injured, an ambulance will be called and parents or relatives will be informed.


If a child suffering from asthma needs medication during the school day the parent will be requested to give written details to the school i.e. the name of the child, name, dose, and timing of medicine.

The child will then be expected to administer the medicine herself/himself.

SUMMER- Cancer Protection

During the summer season please make sure your child has a hat and sun cream is put on daily to protect from the sun.


Please inform the school if your child suffers from any allergies.

Whilst we aim for a safe working environment, accidents can and will happen. In the event of an accident or illness we will contact parents/carers or the emergency contact, your child should be collected as soon as possible.



We have a school uniform that can be purchased from the office.

Pale Blue Polo Shirt with school logo £5.00, Navy Blue Sweatshirt with logo £7.50.

Please mark all clothing clearly and securely with your child’s name.

Each week children must have a PE bag with a White polo shirt, navy shorts or leggings and trainers (a change of footwear is recommended) for PE and games. This is essential and staff will insist on correct clothing for this important part of the curriculum.

Jewellery – Please do not send your child to school wearing jewellery. It can be dangerous during physical activities. If your child has to wear items of jewellery for cultural or religious reasons, please inform the class teacher.

The Head’s Legal Guide states that: -

“Pupils should not be permitted to wear articles of jewellery such as rings and ear-rings or watches whilst doing PE because they may cause injury to themselves or to their fellow pupils.”


We request that children do not bring toys and valuables to school as they can easily be lost or damaged. On occasions the class teacher may request items to be brought to school in relation to a topic.


The Education Legal Department has advised the school that it cannot take responsibility for the loss of children’s or adult’s belongings and are unable to insure against loss.

Children should not bring money to school except for specific school purposes (dinner money, school trips etc.) These monies need to be brought in a sealed named container and passed to the child’s class teacher immediately on arrival.


Free school milk will be available for children under 5 but ceases on their fifth birthday.

Children may have a mid morning drink and snack provided by parents. In Key Stage 2 the older children have the privilege of running, and purchasing from, the tuck shop. Children can take responsibility for tuck shop money.

We encourage a healthy diet at school and regard milk, water or juice as a suitable drink. No tins or glass containers will be allowed. Fruit is the agreed snack. Sweets, chewing gum and chocolate bars are not acceptable at school.


School Meals are prepared on the school premises. We also serve Halal meals for our Muslim pupils, currently twice a week, looking to increase provision soon. A vegetarian meal is always available.

There are also facilities for children to have their own packed lunches. Packed lunches should be brought in suitable plastic boxes. They can be stored in the hall until dinnertime. Please do not include sweet fizzy drinks or sweets as we try to encourage healthy eating in school.

Dinners must be ordered between 9.00am – 9.30am. If children are late we may be able to provide a meal for them. Please let us know beforehand if your child requires dinner, but will not be in school by 9.00am to order it.

The current cost of school meals is £1.45 a day or £7.25 per week, payable to the class teacher or school secretary on Monday mornings for the whole week. Please send the correct amount in a named envelope, purse or container marked clearly with your child’s name, amount and class.


Families on ‘Income Support’ are entitled to free school meals. The Government has recently changed the way in which the school’s money for staffing, materials, books etc. is calculated. The number of families eligible for free school meals in our school directly influences the amount of money the school receives. We use this additional money to maintain small class sizes and ensure that most classes have learning support assistants and additional resources.

It is important that all families eligible for free school meals apply for them, even if the children are not going to have meals from the school kitchen.


The school office is located at the front entrance. The security system will be in place during the school day. Mrs Haines, the school secretary is usually available to help with enquiries during school hours.

Do not hesitate to get in touch with Ms Fennell, the Headteacher, if there is something you wish to discuss. Appointments are not always necessary.

The telephone number is 903 1466.

The fax machine 903 1463, available to receive written requests and information.

At lunchtime responsible children will take messages for the staff.

Email messages can be sent to:

For the safety of the children and staff, all visitors are requested to report to the school office via the main entrance on arrival to sign in.



“ Share everything, play fair, don’t hit people, put things back where you found them, clean up your own mess, don’t take things that are not yours, say sorry when you hurt someone…live a balanced life – learn some and think some, draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some…” Robert Fulgham 1995.

In the Reception class we see education for the under-fives as part of the continuum, which links the home, non-statutory provision and compulsory schooling. Using the six “Early Learning Goals.”

  • Communication, Language and Literacy – explore the concept that words and pictures carry meaning and that print is read left to right.
  • Mathematics – use mathematical language such as circle, in front of, bigger than and one more, in every day events.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World- find out about where they live, their environment and talk about their families.
  • Physical Development – be confident to move with imagination and improved control.
  • Creative Development- experiment with sound, colour, texture, shape, form and space in two and three dimensions
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development – talk about the awe and wonder of the world around them. Start to learn about customs and beliefs.

We aim to provide developmentally appropriate activities to support children’s differing needs and to ensure there is continuity and progression. Building on experiences in the nursery we recognise the active nature of the learning process and therefore provide a balance of explorative and structured play.

“Play is child’s work…”  Bruner

Through a variety of practical activities we encourage the development of oral language, literacy and numeracy skills, problem solving and vital social skills.

For children to become confident, responsible achievers we must encourage positive attitudes towards learning. We give children opportunities to verbalise their ideas and to collaborate with friends and adults to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding.

During the first half of the autumn term, we will perform a baseline assessment based on classroom observations and tasks. The results of these are shared with the parents during the second half of the autumn term.


We aim for each child to achieve its potential. This means we try to identify each child’s needs and lay the educational foundations for building confident achieving individuals.

The school recognises that all children are on a continuum of Educational Need and that some children have specific educational needs with significantly greater learning difficulties than others do in their age group. Equally, there are some children in each year group who are particularly able and their needs are met individually and in group extension.

The school recognises that all children are entitled to full access to National Curriculum and aims to give children that entitlement. The class teachers take responsibility within their class for each child’s educational needs Mrs Jefferies, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, having overall responsibility.

We aim to identify children’s special educational needs early so that we can plan appropriate provision. During each year in school the children with special education needs are identified. Those needs are assessed and an action plan is drawn up with the SEN Co-ordinator, class teacher and parents and reviewed regularly. We aim to develop a partnership with parents, actively involving you in the process.

When necessary we seek advice and support from outside agencies e.g. The Educational Psychologist, Mr Humprhries – regularly visits the school during the school year to give advice and support to both teachers and parents. The School Nurse- Mrs Lawrence and the School Doctor-Dr Rodgeman also visit regularly to examine the child’s medical need and give advice and support to both teachers and parents. The Education Welfare Officer supports children and parents when appropriate.

The school aims to provide adequate staffing and resources for the needs of all the children to be met within the school. We try to have small class sizes and a learning support assistant and/or special needs support in each class. We have been able to release class teachers to work closely with small groups of children on action plans to develop basic literacy and numeracy skills.

This year we have an EAZ funded Reading Recovery Teacher Mrs Glass who is working with individual children in Year 1 on a specific reading catch up programme.

In addition we can offer Phonographics individual work with children in Key Stage 2.

Mr Mike Godfrey is the SEN Governor.



12.05pm- 1.05pm


Breakfast Club banana
Children and Parents are encouraged to go into class or play outside.
Bell rings and the school day starts

Lunch Break, Key Stage 1 (Reception, year 1 and year 2)
Lunch Break, Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5, and 6)

School day ends, Key Stage 1
School day ends, Key Stage 2

At the end of the day, in order to avoid congestion, and for health and safety reasons, parents and carers are asked to wait outside the classrooms or in the play areas and not in the building and to leave pushchairs wherever possible, outside. Children will leave through the fire exits in each classroom.


  • Ensure that your child attends regularly.
  • Ensure that your child is punctual and is collected promptly.
  • Telephone or write to explain your child’s absence from school, or if you need to take your child out of school for any reason.
  • If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, the secretary needs to be notified by 9.30am on the first day of absence.
  • Let us know if anything has happened at home which may affect your child’s behaviour. (If it is a delicate matter, we aim for strict confidence).
  • Tell us of any change of address, telephone number or emergency contact.


There are three entrances to the school premises. The main entrance is on James Street via the pedestrian entrance, not the car park, with rear access from Warminster Road. Please refer to plan of school on inside cover.

As with all schools, vandalism is occasionally an issue. Outside of school hours, all unauthorised users of the premises will be prosecuted.


In the interests of road safety:

  • We must not park in the areas marked by zigzag lines near to the school. These lines are for the protection of your child.
  • Parents and carers should not drive onto the school premises when dropping off or collecting children.
  • Please be sensible and courteous road users. Careless drivers put our children at risk.
  • Please always use the pedestrian entrance and encourage your child to use it independently.

Please note that the main car park can only accommodate vehicles belonging to staff and the occasional visitors.

SWAT will be campaigning, with support from Active Communities Together, to have a Crossing outside the main school entrance on James Street.


In order to maximise your child’s achievement and comply with the Law, could you please observe the following procedures:

Known Absences (e.g. Doctor/Dental Appointments)
If your child has to attend an appointment of any kind during school hours, a note to that effect must be seen in advance giving details, including arrangements for collecting the child or their siblings and the time they should leave school. Please note that verbal requests from children to leave school will not be accepted.

We do not encourage parents to remove pupils during term as this has an effect on their educational learning. However, if you wish to apply for up to 10 school days holiday, a Bristol LEA Holiday Form must be completed and returned to the school at least one week before the holiday starts. This can be obtained from the secretary and will be considered by the Headteacher on an individual basis.

Other Absences
Most other absences will be due to illness. We would like to receive a telephone call explaining the absence before 9.30am on the first day of absence. We would also expect an absence note when your child returns. Unexplained absences will be followed up by the school and if necessary by the Education Welfare Officer to ensure that all absences are genuine. Schools are now required by law to report all unauthorised absences on each child’s annual report, which you will receive in July.

Rates of authorised and unauthorised absence during school year 2002/2003

  1. The total number of registered pupils of compulsory school age on roll for at least one session during the reporting period to Friday the before last Monday in May 2003: 171
  2. The percentage of half days (sessions) missed through authorised absence: 7.9%
  3. The percentage of half days (sessions) missed through unauthorised absence: 0.5%



We view language as the means by which all learning takes place, and it is, therefore, at the heart of our curriculum. Children’s ability to communicate effectively is the key to their success. We aim to provide a stimulating and secure environment for children, which will encourage the development of these skills. We want all children to speak with clarity and confidence, and provide a range of opportunities by through which this can happen. Alongside the development of English language and speech, we recognise and value the importance of a range of different languages within our school.

The development of literacy skills – reading and writing –is another key platform for achievement. Above all, we aim to instil in children a lifelong love of books, alongside skills of comprehension and decoding of the text. We provide children with the opportunities to write effectively for a wide range of purposes and audiences. We guide them through the skills of planning and presenting their work, using a wide range of vocabulary, exploring ideas creatively, and developing good skills in spelling and handwriting.

We believe all children should learn in a literate environment where there is a range of teaching and learning styles from creative arts performance to the literacy hour to collaborative work. We will focus on developing writing skills this year and have put in a bid to the Education Action Zone to work with local writers.

Children will become confident, enthusiastic, independent readers and writers.


The introduction of the National Numeracy Strategy in September 1999 has begun to raise the profile of mathematics in primary schools. All children from year one onwards experience a daily lesson of maths. This lesson is divided into three main sections; a mental/oral session with the class working together, group activities, and finally a plenary session. In this last session, children have an opportunity to talk about their group activities, discuss any problems they encountered, and share ideas about the strategies they have used. It is important that children feel confident about sharing their ideas. In order to learn about maths children need to be able to talk about what they are learning.

From Reception to year 6, maths is presented in a variety of interesting and enjoyable ways so pupils can feel confident and competent. All children, including those who have English as an additional language, those with special educational needs, and more able pupils, will have their needs met. Tasks and activities are carefully matched to each child’s ability. The implementation of the National Numeracy Strategy will enable us to work towards achieving the goal.

Children have confidence, motivation and skills to take up mathematical challenges.


We aim to facilitate practical exploration and investigation, thus developing the children’s skills of observing, questioning and predicting. They are encouraged to share their work and to discuss it, moving towards an ability to interpret their findings and to draw conclusions. Children are taught how to use, and to select the appropriate scientific equipment to support their work and different ways of recording results.

Through a topic based approach we aim to develop the children’s scientific knowledge and understanding. In teaching about life and living processes we look at living things, growth and change. The children examine a wide range of materials and their properties. We introduce them to the physical processes, including work on forces, light, sound and electricity.

In gaining such skills and knowledge the children enjoy lively and stimulating workshops as well as working in small groups and as a whole class.


Children will experience achievement through a broad and balanced curriculum.


We aim to show the inter relationships between History, Geography and the Environment. We start from the children’s experiences in the local community working out towards the wider community using educational visits to broaden experiences. We aim to develop knowledge and respect for a range of cultures, significant events, people and the environment. We encourage children to use what they have learnt to influence decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.


Design Technology develops in children the capacity to become creative problem solvers as individuals and members of a team. Through a variety of activities children will have the opportunities to design and make practical solutions to every day problems.


We aim to give children the opportunity to explore a range of information technologies and to develop the knowledge and skills to use them. They are encouraged to create texts and images, numbers and graphs on the computer, looking towards handling and processing such information. Children are taught how to access, use and maintain all electronic equipment.

Information technology forms an ever-increasing part of our children’s lives. It is therefore a feature of all areas of the curriculum. Through a variety of activities children develop the confidence and skills in using a PC. We also encourage in children an understanding of how and when to use IT in their daily lives.

We expect to install 15 networked computers in a central group room during the current academic year. All children will be able to access this system alongside current classrooms based PCs. Training for staff using National Opportunities Funding alongside curriculum planning will enable children to use these facilities to work towards our goal.

Children will use ICT effectively to support their learning.


Music and art are powerful forms of communicating what we see, feel and think. The arts are an integral part of culture, past and present, and we aim to use the arts to develop skills for pupils to understand themselves and relate to others.

“Music is our daily medicine which aids for better communication with others and ourselves.”

Evelyn Glennie OBE, Percussionist

Music plays a central role in our school. We aim to provide experiences and resources which promote knowledge, skills, and understanding in music in relation to both the children’s own and other musical traditions.

Children have the opportunities to make music in class, as a whole school and to join clubs such as choir, recorders and guitars.

We place great emphasis on providing opportunities for children to ‘perform’ their music within the classroom and/or to a wider audience.

We invite artists, dance, theatre, and music groups into school and take up opportunities to include cultural visits to museums, theatres etc. as part of our educational visits programme.

Whilst the arts are taught throughout the year we usually have a musically focused performance to celebrate Christmas and a summer term arts focus to develop our school.

Multi A supports the school with a trained dancer to work with children in Key Stage 2. We seek opportunities to involve performers and artists in our learning and have put in a bid to the Education Action Zone to support this work.


The children are encouraged to participate in the wide variety of physical activity that the school provides. From swimming to dance workshops, we aim for enjoyment and a real sense of achievement. Through gymnastics, games and dance/creative movement, the children develop their skills and learn to use these confidently and imaginatively. We encourage children to be aware of the importance of physical activity for good health.

Key stage 2 children learn swimming at Easton Leisure Centre on Friday afternoons


We are working towards the Healthy Schools National Award this year

Sex Education and Drugs Education

These are taught as part of the wider Personal, Social and Health Education programme. This is an integral part of school life and children will be taught the relevant part of that programme in each year group. We aim, in partnership with parents, to teach children to develop healthy and well-informed attitudes to their bodies and growing up. We also aim to help children share their concerns and worries they sometimes feel as a result of the often-confusing messages given by the world outside school and home. Each year we let parents know when specific programmes are being taught. Parents can withdraw their children, if they wish, from those parts of sex education not part of the statutory National Curriculum for Science requirement.

You Can Do It!

The school has recently started the ‘You Can Do It!’ learning skills programme, which aims to support children’s attitudes to learning by teaching learning skills. These include:

  • Confidence
  • Persistence
  • Organisation
  • Getting along

The programme is taught throughout the school, and is adapted to meet the needs of each year group. We feel that children’s attitudes to learning are extremely important, and that armed with these skills, children’s achievement and motivation will improve significantly. This is one of the many ways in which we aim to make our vision really meaningful to our children


We will be developing a programme of knowledge and skills to understand citizenship through a School Council and a Peer Mediation Programme.

School Council

The school council has been set up and has been very active in setting up the Tuck Shop, organising an annual talent show, showing visitors around the school, starting a paper re-cycling and sharing ideas about quality school lunches.


The teaching of RE follows the Bristol Agreed Syllabus and the approach is one that reflects the faiths of the local and wider community.

Children participate in collective worship on a daily basis where we follow a themed approach eg. Creation, stories, our relationships, and ourselves.

Children are encouraged to take part by:

  • Responding to questions and stories.
  • Sharing personal experiences, knowledge and ideas.

We include a period of stillness, reflection and contemplation. We encourage an inclusive approach to collective worship, however a parent’s right to withdraw a child from the act of collective worship, in accordance with the 1988 Act, will be respected.

During Ramadan those children who request it will have a dedicated opportunity for prayers.


We believe that the process of assessment is essential to the whole learning process. Assessment is a tool for learning, providing a means not only of charting children’s progress, but also to be used to fully inform planning appropriate learning opportunities. We employ a range of assessment techniques from day-to-day teacher’s observations to more formal judgements. At all stages of the process we aim to fully involve both parents/carers and children, celebrating achievement in its fullest sense, and plan for further development.


We aim to hold workshops / meetings about the curriculum for parents during the school year. In addition parents meet each term with the class teacher to discuss progress of individual children. We also aim to start a parents’ computer club this year.


We hope that any concerns will be resolved by formal discussion with the Headteacher. If the situation requires a formal complaint about the curriculum, religious education or worship, a copy of the full complaints procedure is available as requested under arrangements pursuant to Section 23 of the Education Reform Act 1988. A copy can be obtained from the following places:

  • The school office
  • Area Education Welfare Office, Carlton House, Russell Town Avenue, Bristol
  • Bristol City Council Education Department


We welcome parent support and involvement in your child’s learning. From the early years onwards we will be asking you to daily share books with your child and join in ‘finding out’ activities connected to mathematical or class targets. As children reach Key Stage 2 homework will become more formalised and set tasks will be given weekly. The homework club has been available for a limited number of Key Stage 2 pupils.


Our school has a whole school Behaviour Policy so that children can have the best opportunity to learn to work and play together. Within this policy we follow the aims of the school (see page 2). Whilst having a set of whole school rules agreed by the children, we also encourage positive behaviour by acknowledging it and recording a merit as well as by sending positive certificates home.

Parents are requested to read the behaviour policy, share it with their child and agree to work in partnership with the school.


We recognise that bullying can happen in any situation and institution to any person. We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our pupils and staff so they can learn and teach in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.

Bullying of any kind is unacceptable in our school. If bullying does occur, all pupils and staff should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING school. Anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff.


All parents/carers are welcome to see the following curriculum documents:

  • Curriculum Statements, Topic Plans and Policies
  • Schemes of Work
  • Bristol Education Authority syllabus for RE
  • Any OFSTED report on the school (currently only for Willow Green Infants and Cutlers Brook Juniors)
  • The Governors annual report
  • Education circulars


The Governors encourage use of the school by the local community. For more information, please speak to Mr Hill, the Lettings Governor.


During the school year teachers arrange visits to places of interest to support and extend children’s learning. The governing body have agreed the following policy for charging and remissions. There are no charges to be made towards the costs of any materials, books, instruments or other equipment for use in connection with National Curriculum education provided during school hours. Parents may wish to provide their children voluntarily with particular items, or voluntary contributions towards the cost of items.

Outings, Visits, Activities to take place during school hours

Contributions from parents/carers towards the cost of travel, entrance fees, tickets etc. can only be requested on a voluntary basis. Pupils will not be treated differently according to whether their parents have made a contribution. If sufficient parents do not make voluntary contributions then the activity will not take place. There is no limit to the level of voluntary contributions that parents may wish to make.

Governors set a budget figure annually for support towards the cost of educational visits with particular reference to visits to school where parents are rarely asked to contribute.

Ingredients / Materials

Parents may expect to pay for the cost of ingredients or materials required for cookery, sewing, design, woodwork etc. If parents have indicated in advance that they wish to own the finished product they will be requested to pay for it.

Optional Extras

Charges may be made to parents towards the costs of activities organised to take place wholly or mainly outside school hours; and also for activities not provided to fulfil statutory duties related to either the National Curriculum or to religious education. These charges can be made providing parents with agree to the optional activity and the charges incurred. Sums paid and not used in these instances are recoverable.

Breakages and Fines

Charges may be made to parents for the cost of replacing a broken window or a defaced, damaged or lost book or piece of equipment where this is the result of pupil behaviour or lack of responsibility.

The Governors reserve the right to review the Charging and Remissions Policy as necessary. Information on future changes will be made available.


At St. Werburgh’s Primary School our expectations of pupils should not be affected in any way by gender, colour, race, disability or religion. We value and respect all children. We look towards all children having the opportunity to reach their full potential.

All remarks of a racist and sexist nature and any incidents of this type should be dealt with immediately and noted if necessary.

When children with a statement of educational needs attend our school, we make appropriate arrangements to meet those needs.


St. Werburgh’s Primary School is part of the Central Bristol Cluster of Schools and we aim to work closely together in the best interests of all children in this area.

“School Governors in the area, including those of this school, believe that a school is part of a community and does not stand alone. This means that this school, and neighbouring schools, want to work together and to make sure that children in all schools have the opportunity to benefit equally from educational provision.

There are growing professional teaching links between schools in the area: teaching staff, Headteachers and Governors are working together more and more to sort out problems, share in joint training, learn from each other, work together with the Local Education Authority and eventually share resources. This, we believe, is the way to make sure there is equality of opportunity for all children.

All our best efforts to achieve the best possible education provision in the area for all children are being undermined by the drift from some schools causing overcrowding of others. In the past the LEA was responsible for planning education provision and ensuring this did not happen. However the law removes this power from the LEA, and leaves market forces to rule. Surely our children’s education is not a commodity.

It is for these reasons that all of us – Governors and Teachers – want to encourage you to consider carefully what each of our schools has to offer as you think about a school for your child. We need your help to make sure that some schools don’t grow (i.e. bigger class sizes) to the point that they cause others to shrink. Everyone loses out that way.”


The Central Bristol Cluster of Schools worked to put forward a bid to become an EAZ (Education Action Zone). This bid was successful and we are now part of the Central Bristol EAZ “Achievement Partnership of Central Bristol”.

The Director of the EAZ is Ms Sarah Gornall, Unit 45, Easton Business Centre, Felix Road, Bristol BS5 9TY

Bristol Education Action Zone (BrEAZ):

aims to improve attainment and raise aspirations for young people in Central Bristol. The Zone is a partnership of 23 schools, the local community and business organisations. It is a charitable body.

is working with the Local Education Authority and with the Arts Council of England. This partnership is almost unique and offers the potential for exciting developments in the Arts.

had three years to make a difference. Programmes started in September 2000. The Zone has recently been extended to 2005.

Central Bristol is an area with outstanding potential for creative and cultural development. Despite a high degree of deprivation, lower than average attainment and higher than average unemployment, the area has an array of active community groups and organisations. There is a lot of good practice in the schools and powerful energy in the community to build on.

The main aims of the Zone are to:

  • Raise attainment
  • Develop new ways of teaching and learning
  • Engage and involve pupils
  • Involve parents more closely
  • Focus on minority ethnic pupils
  • Develop information technology
  • Celebrate cultures and creativity
  • Extend the range of out of school hours activities
  • St Werburgh’s Primary School has already benefited from several EAZ projects. These include:
  • Playground Peacemakers with year 5 and year 6 children learning the to be peer mediators.
  • Black writers in school to increase motivation and writing outcomes.
  • Artists in school and opportunities to visit exhibitions resulting in our pupils presenting work at Explore, @Bristol, and the Museum.
  • ICT Teacher to work with all teachers and pupils to develop skills and confidence in using computers. We also aim to extend links with local businesses.

Term and Holiday Dates 2004/2005

The following dates have been agreed for the 2004/05 school year:

Term 1 Wednesday 1 September to Wed 20 October 2004

Term 2 Monday 1 November to Tuesday 21 December 2004

Term 3 Wednesday 5 January to Friday 11 February 2005

Term 4 Monday 21 February to Thursday 24 March 2005

Term 5 Monday 11 April to Friday 27 May 2005

Term 6 Monday 6 June to Friday 22 July 2005

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