Garland Junior School
Headteacher: Mrs H.M. Powell
Cert. Ed B.Ed (Hons) NPQH
We look forward to hearing from you.
This introduction is intended as a guide to parents who may wish to send their child to Garland Junior School. We warmly welcome visitors to the school and hope you will find this information useful. If you would like to visit, please telephone and make an appointment to see the Headteacher so that you can meet us and see the school for yourself.
Garland School is the continuation of Mrs Bland's Parochial School opened in 1873 on the site of the present Bland's Court in Reading Road. The school moved to Mrs Bland's School in 1962. The Willink Comprehensive School is on the same campus, the name Willink comes from a branch of the Bland family who originally lived at Hillfields - now occupied by The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
In June 1966 the junior section of Mrs Bland's School left the Infants and moved to our present site. This new school was called Garland, this being another of the Willink, Bland, family names.
We feel the two schools function as a primary school sharing the same philosophies of education. We have close curricular and pastoral links with Mrs Bland's School and The Willink. The Headteachers work very closely together with the staff to ensure the continuation of education from 4-18 years.
The main school has a central hall with four corridors leading from it. Each corridor contains two classrooms and toilet facilities. The enlarged library area/foyer is used by individuals, groups of children and volunteer helpers. There is a large playing field to the rear of the school used for sports, games and play. We have established a quiet garden area in one part of the playground. There are also several asphalt playgrounds offering a choice of playing areas.
All these combine to make Garland a thriving and friendly school, well equipped to meet the demands of the National Curriculum, and prepare children for their future educational, emotional and social needs.
Garland Junior School is an inclusive, happy, hard working school where everyone is valued as an individual and encouraged to do their best in a healthy, safe, quality learning environment.
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum, which is enriched through specialists weeks and visits from theatre groups, together with an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities. We seek to use new and emerging Technologies to promote individualised learning.
We aim to work in partnership with parents and the wider community, for the benefit of the children.