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Wavendon Gate Primary School
Gregories Drive, Wavendon Gate, MK7 7HL, UK Milton Keynes
+44 (0)1908 586394

Welcome to the Wavendon Gate website. We intend for the site to give you a picture of our school and the educational experiences that help our pupils to learn successfully and give them the firmest of foundations for their futures.

We are all very proud of our school. We have a team of dedicated and highly effective staff, caring and committed governors and motivated and enthusiastic pupils. We work together to set high standards in our work, and are committed to continuous improvement.

The ethos of the school promotes a family culture, where older children show responsibility for younger ones and younger children can model themselves on older pupils. We aim to make learning stimulating and enjoyable so the children look forward to coming to school everyday and value education for years to come.

We recognise that a great deal of our success stems from the support of parents. We are committed to working in partnership with our families and community. Children come to school with roots, values and beliefs that we value. By working together we can ensure that all our pupils achieve the very best they can, in all they do.

We hope that you enjoy exploring the website and finding out more about Wavendon Gate School, however words and images alone cannot capture the ethos of Wavendon Gate. If you are considering joining our community do arrange a visit and judge us for yourself.

Lyn-Marie Hollinshead, Headteacher

Wavendon Gate School opened in September 1999. The school serves a relatively new area in the south east corner of Milton Keynes. We enjoy a large and attractive site with wonderful views of The Brickhills to the south.

Our site is secure; each year group has their own pupil entrance, and visitors enter through our main doors and into the Reception and admin block.


Education is at the forefront of society’s preparation for an exciting but challenging future. At Wavendon Gate School we seek to ensure each child’s growth; academically, creatively, physically, and spiritually and emotionally. We aim for our children to become confident and enthusiastic learners, with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that they will need to fulfil their potential.In all year groups the teachers plan the curriculum around termly topics and themes. This helps the children to make links between subjects and real life situations. Each term staff send out study guides for parents outlining the main aspects for the coming weeks.

Foundation Stage

In their Reception Year, the children work from the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum. The curriculum is based on six areas of learning; Personal and Social Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Knowledge and Understanding of the World and Creativity. The children benefit from high quality teaching within an attractive and stimulating learning environment. This includes a spacious, well resourced outside area.

Key Stage 1

In years 1 and 2 the pupils access all subjects of the National Curriculum and Religious Education through a range of teaching approaches. These include whole class and group work. There are daily Literacy and Numeracy lessons to ensure a firm foundation in these essential skills.

Key Stage 2

For pupils in Years 3-6 the pattern of the curriculum follows a similar pattern to that in Key Stage 1. The pupils are expected to take growing responsibility for their learning they also benefit from increasing extra-curricular opportunities.


Throughout the school the pupils’ work is regularly assessed and their progress tested. We provide termly open evenings and detailed annual written reports which keep parents informed as to their child’s achievements and areas for improvement.


At Wavendon Gate we are proud to have been awarded a prestigious national award for the arts. The Artsmark Gold award recognises the exceptional range and quality of our provision in all aspects of visual and performing arts. Pupils benefit from an enriched curriculum, a wide range of extra curricular activities and from our partnerships within the arts. The arts, together with sport, are important factors in providing all of our pupils the opportunity to broaden their horizons and to achieve at the highest level.

The Visual Arts

Art and display are given a high priority within our school, to provide a stimulating environment and creative curriculum within which every child’s strengths are valued. The visual arts make an important contribution to our achieving and maintaining the standards for the Artsmark Gold status. Staff are fully committed to the continuation of this success; we all seek to develop our own skills as well as the children’s, for example we all have our own sketch books!

The art curriculum is stimulating and varied. Teachers ensure that pupils are taught the essential skills and are given the opportunities to apply them through a range of media and contexts. The curriculum is enhanced by a variety of art clubs each term. For example this year pupils have already been able to select from clubs for clay, sketching, cartoon drawing and facepainting.

Throughout the school, display plays a vital role in recognising and celebrating children’s work across the curriculum. Each term the pupils vote for their favourite display with the winning year group receiving the Display Trophy.

Special events and competitions offer further opportunities. Our recent “Big Arts Week” involved all pupils studying the work of a contemporary artist. A number of professional artists came into school to work with staff and pupils. The week culminated in a legacy of finished pieces, reflecting the school’s identity and based on the children’s studies and preparative work. We are all very proud of the pupils successes in local and national competitions. For example Charlotte in Yr 4 recently spent an exciting day at Charlton Athletic football after winning a national competition to design a poster for the “Show Racism the Red Card”.

Ian Weatherburn; Subject Leader for Art and Display.


Music plays an important part in the life of the school, both through curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities. Pupils and staff are encouraged to sing and play with their pupils. Pupils are able to receive specialist tuition from MK Music Service on a wide range of instruments. In addition all of year 3 are learning to play the recorder.

We have an enthusiastic and very active school choir. The choir perform at school and local events, such as Christmas Carols for the senior citizens group. They have even sung at a Barnardo’s Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London! There is also a school orchestra for our more advanced instrumentalists.

At our recent Spring Concert pupils from years 1-6 performed to families and friends. The evening was a huge success.

Claire McEwan; Subject Leader for Music.

Drama, Dance and Performance

At Wavendon Gate we have a definite taste for the theatrical! Our pupils enjoy participating in all aspects of the performing arts, in addition to the broad range of musical opportunities. Our dramatic presentations cover the whole spectrum; from the traditional Nativity play to full blown productions such as Midsummer Nights Dream and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Productions enable the pupils to be involved in all aspects of the performance: acting, singing, orchestra, dancing, lighting and props.

We also use performance skills to “bring alive” the pupils learning. For example the use of performance poetry and dance in Yr 3’s study of Spring and the Yr 5 PowerPoint presentations for their assembly. The pupils’ learning also benefits from specialist teaching and extra-curricular provision in the expressive arts.

Jane Koszykowska, Subject Leader for English

Wavendon Gate offers a balanced sporting curriculum that caters for the needs of pupils of all sporting aptitudes and experience. We place a high priority on the provision of high quality teaching in Physical Education and an extensive programme of sport that extends significantly beyond the classroom. As subject leader for PE and manager for sports enrichment I oversee the curriculum and the quality of teaching and learning. Staff are supported by specialist sports Teaching Assistants and outside providers. There is a strong programme of staff training.

As a school we value sport and exercise on a variety of levels; as part of a healthy life style, for fun and social reasons and for the “elite” athlete.

We participate in a range of tournaments and competitions. We are proud of the achievements of our teams and individuals. The awards cabinet currently holds trophies for girl’s football, tag-rugby, athletics, rounders and badminton.

Rob Crilly – Subject leader for Physical Education and Sports Enrichment Manager.

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