|Westbury Park Primary School|
|Bayswater Avenue, Westbury Park, BS6 7NU, UK Bristol|
+44 (0)117 377 2676
Westbury Park Primary School was founded in 1893 with just four classrooms with one of those doubling as the school hall. As the area of Westbury Park increased in size so did the school and now the school consists of a main building with six classrooms, hall, music room, special needs room, headteacher’s room and office. By the side of the junior playground is the Year 6 block. The school also has two houses. In Mendip House there is the Reception base, the After School Club and the caretaker’s flat. In Cotswold House there are the KS1 classrooms, the Literacy Centre and the ICT suite.
The school takes advantage of the local facilities, with games activities taking place on the Downs and Redland Green. St Albans Church Hall is also used for assemblies, concerts and PE activities. Concerts and Art exhibitions also take place at Westbury Park Methodist Church.
Timothy West is one of our famous former pupils. He attended the school during the Second World War and he recently visited the school when he was performing at the Bristol Old Vic.
Since 1932 the school has had only four headteachers – Miss Torrence, Mr Lander, Mr Gutsell and since September 1992 Mr Alan Rees.
The school’s last Ofsted Inspection was in November 2000 and their report states that Westbury Park School is “a particularly successful school, having received an outstanding report and performed well in national tests.”
Westbury Park Primary School was founded in 1893 with just four classrooms with one of those doubling as the school hall.
Find out more about Westbury Park Primary School in the following sections.
Westbury Park Primary School is a community school which provides an education for children between the ages of 4 and 11 years. The school’s planned admission level for September 2005 is 60 (ie a maximum of 60 children of reception age can be accepted at the school).
There are currently 410 children on roll organised into 15 classes (3 reception classes) and 2 classes in every other year group). Admission to school is normally in the September following a child’s fourth birthday. In the September following their eleventh birthday the children transfer to Secondary Schools.
The school is housed in one main building (Years 3, 4 and 5), two pairs of semi-detached houses (Mendip – Reception, Cotswold – Years 1 and 2) and a two classroom block (Year 6). There is enough playground space to allow the infant children and the junior children to play in separate playgrounds. Garden areas have been developed in both playgrounds, providing quiet areas for children at playtimes and lunchtimes. This is also an educational resource to supplement curriculum activities. The infants make use of Redland Green and the juniors of the Downs, when the weather is fine.
The ground floor of Mendip House has recently been renovated and is now the base for three reception classes. In addition a separate play area with soft surfacing has been provided for the reception children.
- To provide for the child:
- A happy and secure atmosphere
- A stimulating and challenging learning environment
- Appropriate play facilities
- Appropriate and necessary resources
- An understanding and approachable staff
- Varied extra-curriculum activities
- To fulfil the child’s academic potential, social development and personal growth.
- To develop an awareness of beauty, wonder and awe through the senses, through language, poetry, fiction, pictures, dance, music and drama.
- To develop children’s physical potential and encourage every child to have a positive attitude towards sport and games.
- To respond appropriately and effectively to children with special academic needs.
- To ensure a flexible and adaptable response to the individual needs of children.
- To enable the children to become progressively independent and confident people within the context of a caring community.
- To develop the children’s imagination and their ability to express ideas.
- To develop an enthusiasm and desire to learn.
- To provide fair and firm discipline.
- To give parents regular access to staff, and feedback.
- To ensure links between the Governors and the whole school community.
- To encourage an effective School Association, promoting purposeful links between school, home and the local community.
- To work to secure an adequate budget and dispose of it effectively.
- To support appropriate provision for ‘after-school’ care.
The school hours are:-
8.55 am - 12.00 pm
1.15 pm – 3.30 pm
Children should arrive no earlier than 8.40 am when there is a teacher on duty in both infant and junior playgrounds. The school bell rings at 8.50 pm.
School meals are prepared on the premises and children can stay to school dinner, bring a packed lunch or go home. School dinners are eaten in the hall and packed lunches are eaten either in the classrooms or when the weather is fine on the tables in the playgrounds, with sun parasols to give shade.
Dinners must be paid in advance on Mondays and the money should be sent in an envelope with the child’s name and the amount of money enclosed on the outside. Dinners cost £1.75 per day and cheques should be made payable to Bristol City Council.
Westbury Park Primary School is one of the Schools in the Bristol City Local Education Authority and so we follow its Admission Policy.
Applications to join the school’s Reception Class are only considered on the Bristol City Council Application Form. Forms are available from Bristol schools in July of the year before your child will start. The completed form is return to the Admissions Section, Education Directorate, Bristol City Council. As there are usually more applications than places at Westbury Park School, the places will be allocated in the following order:
Where there are medical, psychological or special educational reasons and particular placement is recommended by the Authority’s professional advisers and is accepted as essential by the Authority as part of the assessment of special educational needs under the 1993 Education Act.
Where there are siblings in attendance at the preferred school and who will be in attendance in September 2004.
Every school is obliged by law (1988 Education Reform Act) to provide a basic curriculum consisting of religious education and, for pupils of compulsory school age, the National Curriculum.
The school has policy documents that are in line with the National Curriculum and are directly applicable to the education of children living in the unique environment of Westbury Park. The following curriculum aims are an example of what is developed in more details in our policies.
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