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Gorse Ride Junior School
Gorse Rise South, Finchampstead, RG40 4JJ, UK Wokingham
+44 (0)118 973 2666

Welcome to Gorse Ride Junior School

We are proud to welcome you to Gorse Ride Junior School.  We are a co-educational junior school for children from the age of seven to eleven.  We aim to provide a positive atmosphere where children will feel safe, happy and secure in their learning. That they will develop confidence and grow in all respects so as to achieve the highest quality education for each individual child whatever their previous experiences or present needs.

The school was established in 1971 and has grown to achieve an enviable reputation. In June 2000 we earned the status of "Beacon School" for the excellence of education. Our latest Ofsted report in November 2004 stated that we are a very good school with excellent management. However, education and society in general is always changing and we work hard to keep our practice and and philosophies up to date.


House System

On Monday 10th September we had a special assembly to launch our new House System to reward children and encourage a team approach. Children will be given house points for anything deserving recognition, such as politeness, kindness, helpfulness, extra effort etc. The house points will be totalled each week and the winner announced in assembly. At the end of each half term the overall winner will be announced and a reward - still to be decided - will be given to the children in the winning house.

Our houses are currently simply called Blue, Green, Red and Yellow, but later in the term the children, through the School Council, will be involved in choosing new names as well as the half termly reward.

School Clubs

If your child wishes to take part in one of this term's clubs they should complete a club permission slip and take it to the club leader so they can be considered for a place. Please note the Reading Football Club Coaching and the Judo, run by Feature Sports, have their own application process.  For further details and information on signing up for after school clubs, please read the latest Clubs Newsletter.

Club List




Run by

Tuesday Choir 3:15 - 4:15pm Mrs Duthie & Miss Savory
  Reading FC Coaching Yr 3 & 4 3:30 - 4:30pm Reading FC
Wednesday Art Yr 3 (Yr 4 Spring, Yr 5&6 Summer) 3:15 - 4:30pm Mrs Barnes
  High 5 Netball Yr 5 & 6 (Until end Nov) 3.15 - 4.30pm Mrs Wroot
Football Year 5 & 6 (Until end Nov) 3:15 - 4:30pm Mr Beautement
Cookery Yr 6 3:15 - 5:00pm Mrs Higgins
African Drumming Yr 4 3:15 - 4:15pm Mrs Hicks
Judo Yr 3-6 3:20 - 4:00pm Feature Sports
Thursday Courtyard Club Yr 3 Lunchtime Mrs Bonnell & Mrs Moffett
  Orchestra Yr 3-6 3:15 - 4:15pm Mrs Duthie
  Fit 'n' Funky Yr 3-6 3:15 - 4:15pm Miss Richardson & Miss Manicom

Term Dates 2007-2008

 Autumn Term 2007

Inset Day Monday 3rd September
Start of pupil term Tuesday 4th September
Half Term Monday 22nd - Friday 26th October
Pupils return Monday 29th October
End of pupil term Friday 21st December at 2.15 pm.

Spring Term 2008

Inset Day Monday 7th January
Start of pupil term Tuesday 8th January
Half Term Monday 18th - Friday 22nd February
Inset Day Monday 25th February
Pupils return Tuesday 26th February
Easter Weekend School Closed Friday 21st March - Monday 24th March
Pupils return Tuesday 25th March
End of pupil term Friday 4th April at 2.15pm

Summer Term 2008

Inset Day Monday 21st April
Start of pupil term Tuesday 22nd April
May Day Bank Holiday Monday 5th May
Half Term Monday 26th  May - Friday 30th May
Pupils Return Monday 2nd June
End of pupil term Tuesday 22nd July at 2.15pm

Click here to view Term Dates 2006-2007

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School Hours

The school day, Monday to Friday, is from 8:50am until 3:15pm. The current term dates are here.
The timetable for each day follows the plan below. Each class has a variety of different morning and afternoon sessions. 

Time Detail
08:40 We cannot accept responsibility for pupils being on site before this time
08:45 School doors opened on fine days (earlier if cold or wet)
08:50 Bell is rung, school begins
08:50 - 10:25 Morning sessions
10:25 - 10:40 Assembly
10:40 - 10:55 Break
10:55 - 12:00 Morning sessions
12:00 - 13:05 Lunch
13:05 - 15:15 Afternoon sessions
15:15 End of school day

 The total amount of time spent on teaching is 23 hours 30 minutes per week (this excludes time spent in assembly).
Children who go home for lunch should not return before 1pm.

Gorse Ride Junior School promotes high achievement in all areas of the curriculum by teaching children to:

  • become highly motivated life-long learners
  • develop enquiring minds and a spirit of curiosity
  • be able to listen, discuss and to work independently and collaboratively
  • gain essential technological skills
  • feel valued, having high self-esteem
  • respecting themselves, others and the environment
  • make appropriate decisions and take responsibility for their actions, understanding right from wrong
  • develop in mind, body and spirit be creative and adaptable in the modern world

We believe that children will succeed through being taught:

  • a broad and challenging curriculum with clear learning objectives, appropriate to his or her needs
  • within an ethos of support, praise and encouragement to succeed
  • in a secure, stimulating learning environment
  • within an atmosphere of discipline which is relevant and consistent
  • an enriching programme of extra-curricular activities and visits
  • using resources which are varied, purposeful and well organised
  • supported by a learning partnership between school, home and the community

Admissions - Capacity:

  • The number of children on school roll, as of September 2006, is 240 pupils.
  • The standard number per year group is 64 pupils.
  • The capacity number is 256 pupils.

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