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Woodside Junior School
Mitchell Walk, HP6 6NW, UK Amersham
+44 (0)1494 725897
www:http://www.woodside.bucks.sch.uk/e-mail:office@woodside.bucks.sch.uk

Woodside Junior School

Welcome to Woodside Junior School

Woodside SchoolThank you for your interest in Woodside School. Please use the menu above to navigate this site and if you wish to contact us, please see the details at the foot of this page.

Head Teachers Letter

Sue HarrettChoosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. The choice of school is very personal to each family and we hope our website will help your decision. You are very welcome to come in to school for an informal chat and a tour around our school.

At Woodside we believe your child’s education is a partnership between home, school and pupil and we encourage you to be fully involved with your child’s learning. We will encourage your active participation in the life of the school through voluntary help, supporting the Woodside Association and in supporting your child with his/her homework and school’s behaviour policy.

Once your child is part of Woodside School, you will be invited to regular parents’ consultation evenings and meetings. However, my staff and I are always available to discuss any aspect of your child’s education and welfare on a daily basis.

I hope your child will enjoy his/her time at this school and will discover and develop a wide range of abilities to the full. This website outlines our aims and policies and will enable you to gain an overall picture of our expectations for your child’s development.

I look forward to working with you and hope you will feel very much part of our school community.

Sue Harratt
Headteacher


MISSION STATEMENT

Our School Aims

NetballWe seek to provide a happy and healthy environment where children feel safe and secure and enjoy and appreciate the rewards of learning. We recognise that every child has particular abilities and aptitudes and every one of them will have the opportunity to develop them here in our school.

Children will receive an education of excellent quality which caters for the wide range of learning styles where all areas of their developement are individually met and celebrated. This includes being taught the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

The school will provide a stimulating learning environment, which allows children to fully develop their physical, academic and creative skills.

Every member of our school:

  • will have a very high expectation of behaviour so that a culture of trust, honesty, politeness and consideration is demonstrated by all.
  • will have a sense of respect and responsibility towards themselves and to others where they demonstrate understanding of the needs of others.

Our aim is for children to:

  • grow into confident, independent and motivated individuals in preparation to take their place in society in an informed, positive and active way.
  • be encouraged to develop lively, creative and enquiring minds to nurture a life-long love of learning.
  • understand that working hard reaps success and that achievement is celebrated and rewarded.
  • have an understanding and appreciation of the world and its people and have an interest in their environment, their heritage and their future.
  • develop a sense of pride in belonging to the school and the wider community.

Values

Underpinning everything we do at Woodside are these values:

  • Each child's individuality and appreciation of their differences.
  • Respect and honesty.
  • Celebration of individual potential and recognition of strengths.
  • High standards of behaviour and politeness.
  • Caring and sharing.
  • Happiness, confidence, enthusiasm and high self-esteem.
  • Feeling safe and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Good communication and valuing partnership.
  • A sense of responsibility to others and to oneself and to our school.
  • The promotion of equal opportunity.
  • Determination and perseverance, resilience and patience.

EDUCATION

At Woodside we believe that your child is of great importance and on this area of our site you can see our children and some work that they have been doing.

Click on each year group to see our children at work and at play.

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Woodside School Curriculum

The aim of our school is to develop children’s understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the world in which they live and their ability to interact with it.

We are committed to fostering the development of our children so that they grow physically, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually whilst in our care.

In this school children work at National Curriculum Key Stage 2.

National Curriculum subjects are taught separately in the main and work in all classes is differentiated to meet the needs of children with different abilities.  This includes special programmes for less able pupils and extension work for more able pupils.  A variety of teaching techniques are used within the classroom.

At Woodside Junior School we teach the following subjects:-

In addition, Religious Education, although not included in the National Curriculum, must be provided for all pupils.

CORE INFO

Admission Arrangements

Admissions to Woodside Junior School are made by the Headteacher on behalf of the Governors. 
A map of the catchment area of the school can be seen in the school office and is the same as the area for St. George’s Infant School. The area includes the Lincoln Park and Hundred Acres Estate, the top of Stanley Hill Avenue, Highlands Road and The Drive, Woodside Road as far as Hyrons Close, Plantation Road as far as Mitchell Walk and White Lion Road as far as White Lion Close and Lane End Close.

We welcome applications from those living outside the catchment area also.

You are very welcome to visit the school prior to your child’s admission, and if you wish to do so you can make an appointment to see the Headteacher.  On a visit during the normal school day you will be able to ask any questions you may have in an informal setting and see the school at work.

Woodside welcomes applications from all children including pupils with disabilities. Our Accessibility Plan sets out our achievements and plans for ensuring building accessibility for all pupils.  In addition our Special Educational Needs Coordinator works with the classroom staff to ensure that all pupils have access to the curriculum.

The admissions policy of this school is common to all Community Schools in Buckinghamshire.
Woodside Junior School’s DfES number is 8252143.  You will need to put this number on your application form.

School Organisation

Woodside Junior School is for children aged between 7 and 11 years who are in National Curriculum Years 3 to 6.
Classes usually have around 25-30 children and for most of the day they work with their own teacher.
Teaching hours, excluding registration, assemblies and playtimes are currently 23 1/3 hours per week for all pupils.

Accommodation

LibraryThis purpose-built, innovatively-designed Junior School has eight spacious classrooms arranged around a landscaped courtyard.

Our assembly hall/gymnasium is used for a wide range of activities and is let to community organisations for evening and weekend use.

Other amenities include a fiction and reference library with an electronic records system and an exceptionally well-equipped computer suite. Each classroom is fitted with an interactive whiteboard which is used to enhance and develop delivery of the curriculum.

The school has extensive grounds which are a central part of the learning environment of the school, including two playgrounds, a large field for games and an “outdoor classroom”.

Our Partnership with Parents

We are committed to the belief that education works best if it is a partnership between home and school.  We therefore welcome parents in school.  The Headteacher and teachers are always delighted to discuss children’s progress with parents.  Many parents also offer a little of their time to come into school to work alongside children and teachers.  We welcome offers of help with all activities, in particular reading with and to children, swimming, practical activities, educational visits and transport to and from events held away from school. On a more formal basis we hold parent teacher consultations during the year. These give parents a chance to discuss their child’s progress with their class teacher and the Headteacher if requested.  A written annual report is prepared on every child during the summer term.

In every school year parents are invited to share special celebrations with the children.

An Annual Parents’ Meeting is held by the Governing Body giving parents an opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions regarding the school.

Absence

Through sickness – if your child is ill and unable to come to school, please notify the office by telephone on the first and each subsequent day of absence, then by letter on your child’s return to school.

On holiday – we actively discourage any absence due to holiday during term-time. We ask you to consider dates very carefully when booking holidays. Any absence, however short, can have a detrimental effect on your child’s learning. If you wish to request a leave of absence you should make an appointment with the Headteacher. In exceptional circumstances, permission may be granted but at least a month’s notice is required and your child’s attendance record will be taken into account.

For all other absences (e.g medical appointments) please complete an absence request form.

UNIFORM

GIRLS

Summer Uniform

Skirt
Charcoal grey A line or pleated, knee length

 

 

 

 

 

Dress
In the summer, green and white checked dresses may be worn
Blouse or shirt
White shirt with school tie or white open necked blouse (not polo shirt)
Jumper/Cardigan
Bottle green with Woodside Logo (available only from the school office)
Trousers
Charcoal grey or black traditional school style (no flares, bootleg etc.)
Shoes
Black school-style shoes (no trainers). Shoes with platform soles or high heels, open toe sandals or boots are not suitable for school wear.

BOYS

Summer Uniform Trousers
Charcoal grey or black, traditional style
Winter Uniform
Shirt
White shirt to be worn with a school tie (not polo shirt)
Jumper
Bottle green with Woodside Logo (only available from the school office)
Shoes
Black school-style shoes (no trainers).
 

PE and Games

PE KitWhite T shirt with school logo
Black shorts
White socks for outdoor PE
Training shoes or plimsolls
Track suit (optional)
Drawstring bag for PE kit (available in House colours from the school office)
PE is taught in a range of weather conditions so please ensure that your child is equipped with a sweatshirt and tracksuit trousers in colder months.
Swimming: Children with long hair will need a cap.  For girls, a one piece swimming costume (no bikini style costumes) should be worn.
For boys, swimming trunks should be worn (no swim shorts).
Long hair should be tied back at all times. 
The only jewellery permitted is a watch.
Items with a school logo can be ordered from the school office. 
All other items are available from school outfitters or department stores.

SCHOOL LIFE

Extra-Curricular Activities

KeyboardChildren are encouraged to take part in a variety of extra-curricular activities.  Many of these take place at lunch time or after school, run by teachers, parents and friends of the school.


Examples of recent clubs:

Football Recorder

Art

Netball Drama

Mathematics

ICT

Dance

Chess

In addition, children have the opportunity to learn the following instruments, though there is a charge for the cost of lessons:

Cello

Trumpet

Clarinet

Keyboard

Trombone

Guitar

Violin

Flute

 

Many of these extra-curricular activities involve the children in inter-school events and some involve tests, examinations and festivals.



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