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Walderslade Primary School
Dargets Road, Walderslade, ME5 8BJ, UK Chatham
+44 (0)1634-861660



The school is a Primary Day school catering for the education of children in the Foundation Stage, and Key Stages 1 and 2 of the National Curriculum. The Education authority serving our school is the Medway Council.


The school is organised into 7 classes. The classes are taught by an individual class teacher who assumes responsibility for the normal educational, social and pastoral needs of your child. Classes are organised primarily into National Curriculum year groups. (All children with the same birthday falling between September 1 and August 31 of the following year will be in the same class.)
Each class has books, apparatus and equipment to suit the range of ability within the class. In addition there is a school library containing a wider selection of materials available to the children. The grouping within the class will depend on the work being attempted. For some areas of the curriculum (i.e. Maths and English), the children work to a pattern laid down by the requirements of the National Numeracy and Literacy strategies, whilst for other subjects, groups could be based on ability, associations or because the teacher decides certain groupings would produce the best results.


Since the passing of the Education Reform Act, the governing body has had a far more participative role in overseeing the curriculum policy and implementation within Primary Schools. The school teaches the National Curriculum as implemented by the DfEE. The governing body's aims for the curriculum are summarised below :-

We aim to encourage our children to be as literate and as numerate as individual ability will allow at any stage of their development and to inculcate a sense of respect and appreciation for the people with whom they come into contact, and the things with which they are surrounded.

Furthermore we wish to encourage the development of the children's aesthetic awareness and to encourage them to wonder at, and to question their environment in order that they may achieve greater understanding of it.

The school attempts to create an atmosphere in which children can develop and refine their creative talents, such that they have the confidence to express their feelings through artistic and linguistic channels.

We wish to emphasise certain values - that knowledge is preferable to ignorance, kindness preferable to cruelty both in words and deeds, honesty to dishonesty and construction to mindless destruction.

From the parents we expect a total commitment to their child, while the staff should provide an objective evaluation of a child's ability and attainment, and the professional knowledge of how best to match one with the other. Above all we would give all children confidence in their ability to learn, and a real sense of joy in achievement.

The National Curriculum documents lay down what subjects are to be taught and list attainment targets to be worked towards through programmes of study in the core subjects (i.e. Maths, English, Science). The school works through these programmes of study, but often subjects are not taught individually but as part of an integrated topic incorporating many areas of learning. The following pages may help your understanding of how the curriculum is presented to your child.


We ask parents to send children to school in our uniform as this not only helps them to identify with, and have pride in the school, but also provides a highly functional form of dress. You are asked to ensure that all items of clothing are clearly marked with your child's name.

Jewellery, other than stud earrings should not be worn. These should be removed for P.E. by the wearer. If you wish to have your children's ears to be pierced, please do so in the long summer break so that they can heal before returning to school.

Winter Cost  
School sweatshirt or cardigan £8.00 - £10.00
Grey trousers (boys or girls) £6.00 - £10.00
or Grey skirt £6.00 - £8.00
White or grey shirt £5.00
School polo shirt £7.50



As above or:-  
White or school polo shirt £7.50
Grey shorts £4.00 - £7.50
Red and white dress £7.00 - £8.00
Red school baseball cap £3.00

Shoes (black or brown) should be appropriate for primary school children who run, jump and play in the playground. All shoes should be flat soled. The school sweatshirt, polo shirt and cap are all available from the office as are Reading Bags and P.E. Bags. For sports, games and Physical Education each child should have a pair of plimsolls until they can tie laces when trainers are more suitable., dark shorts and a white "T" shirt. When your child begins winter activities on the Princes Avenue field, old shoes, trainers or football boots can be worn. A tracksuit or similar clothing can be worn in cold weather. For swimming lessons girls should wear a one piece costume and boys trunks not shorts. Please supply an overall/shirt that will protect your child's clothing when taking part in art/craft activities.
A labelled bag to hold all P.E. shoes and clothing is essential. (The drawstring sort is far easier to keep on pegs rather than the handled 'sports' bag). If provision of these items is difficult, some assistance can be sought from the Area Education Office. If your child is unable to participate in P.E. for any reason, please inform the teacher immediately. Medway Council does not accept responsibility for loss or damage to personal property of pupils (where its employees have not been negligent). Marking clothing and other property with your child's name is therefore essential to ensure that all property brought to school is identifiable. When an item cannot be reunited with its owner, we put it into the Lost Property box, which is kept in the school hall.

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