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Winyates Primary School
Orton Goldhay, PE2 5RF, UK Peterborough
Tel. 01733 234185, Fax 01733 361305

Welcome to Winyates Primary School

Winyates Primary School opened in January 1979 for pupils in the 5 to 11 years age range and now incorporates a pre-school setting on site. Although the building was originally open-plan in design, a number of "Bases", as we refer to them, have been adapted to provide separate classrooms. Currently we have 172 pupils in the school divided into 7 classes.

During your child's time with us we will aim to create a positive learning environment as well as an atmosphere that is both supportive and caring. In trying to achieve this we seek the support of our parents and as such the School has fostered an "open door" policy for all parents and carers. We are confident that by working together in partnership we can promote the right values and give the pupils the education they are entitled to.

If you are considering sending your child to Winyates Primary School then we hope the information contained in the following pages is useful. These should give you a taste of the School although nothing can replace a visit and we would strongly recommend you come and meet us before you make your mind up. Please feel free to call the secretary to arrange a meeting with the Headteacher and a tour of the School.


School Year 2007/2008

Starts: Wednesday, 5th September 2007
Ends: Thursday, 20th December 2007
Half Term: 22nd to 26th October
Starts: Monday, 7th January 2008
Ends: Wednesday, 19th March 2008
Half Term: 11th to 15th February
Starts: Wednesday, 9th April 2008
Ends: Wednesday, 23rd July 2008
Half Term: 26th to 30th May
School Closed: 5th May


Parents who may wish their children to attend the School are very welcome to visit, discuss the possible registration with the Headteacher and look around the School.  Parents should contact the School to make a mutually convenient date and time for an appointment. Parents who wish to transfer their child from another school in Peterborough should bring with them a LEA Transfer Form from the previous school.

The School's admission limit for reception aged children is 30.

Reception aged children may begin at the start of the school year they become 5 years of age, if parents wish. Until they are 5 years such children may begin school at the start of any term and either part or full time.

When they start school, Reception children begin in small groups (oldest first) over a three week period so that they can be given more individual attention to help ensure the experience is a happy one for them.

Before starting they, and their parents, will be invited to visit the School on a number of occasions. During one of these visits the Headteacher and staff talk to parents about school organisation, curriculum and pastoral matters.

Admission to primary schools is the responsibility of the Local Education Authority. Schools have "catchment areas" which, in Winyates Primary School's case, are those housing areas nearest to the School which are:


Places are allocated in the following priority order:-

    Please note that the requirements are strict. The application should be supported by a Medical Report, obtained by parents, which sets out the essential medical reasons why a child should attend Winyates Primary School rather than an alternative local school.
    If there are more applications than places available the allocation will be made in the following order:
    (i) Children with a brother or sister in attendance at the School at the time of admission.  In cases of equal merit, priority will be given to those living nearest to the School by the shortest available walking route.
    (ii) Children who would have furthest to walk by the shortest available safe walking route to the nearest alternative primary school with spare places.
    In case of equal merit, priority will be given to those living nearest to the School by the shortest available safe walking route.
    Within this category consideration would be given first to any children unable to gain access to their local designated school because of oversubscription.


The Governors are committed to the full implementation of the School's Equal Opportunities Policy and, in consultation with the LEA, will positively consider the admission of pupils with disabilities.  Should such admission be made the Governors will attempt to gain additional learning and other resources for the child to ensure that educational progress is made, the full curriculum is available (if appropriate), and that the child receives special needs support in accordance with the School's Special Educational Needs Policy.


At Winyates Primary School, we aim to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum across both Key Stages. We are an equal opportunities school and all the pupils are entitled to the same curriculum and opportunities regardless of gender, social or ethnic origins, physical disability or academic ability. We offer a curriculum based on the programmes of study outlined in the National Curriculum in English, Maths, Science, ICT, Design Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music, PE. and RE. We have developed our own framework for teaching all the required subjects to ensure continuity and progression.  In all the curriculum areas it is our intention to foster positive attitudes and set high expectations.

For Foundation and Key Stage 1 children (Reception, Y1 and Y2) the actual teaching/learning time available in the week is 21.5 hours and for Key Stage 2 children (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) it is 23 hours excluding registration, assemblies, playtime and lunchtimes.

The Foundation Stage covers the education of children from three to five years of age and therefore includes our Reception year. The work covered in this year is intended to build on their pre-school experiences and the curriculum is designed to emphasise active learning. To this end, the teacher will provide a variety of first hand structured experiences designed to give the children every opportunity to learn. The work is carefully planned and opportunities are given for specific teaching, discussion, independent learning and structured play. The curriculum is based on the following six areas of learning:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication, language and literacy
  • Mathematical development
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Physical development
  • Creative development

Literacy and Numeracy hours are taught daily in all classes in both Key Stages and an element of both of these is also introduced into the Reception class to prepare the children for the structures and routines that they will meet in Year 1. These two areas are of great importance in school and underpin much of the curriculum. The overall aim in Literacy (English) is to enable pupils to develop their ability to listen, speak confidently, read with understanding and write, all of which are central to their learning. The Numeracy Strategy places a lot of emphasis on mental arithmetic. This is a regular feature of the daily lesson followed by the main teaching activity and finally the opportunity to sum up the main teaching and learning points of the lesson.

Information and Communication Technology is taught in all age groups and opportunities are given for discrete teaching and learning of skills as well as using a range of hardware and software to reinforce other areas of the curriculum. The School has a small computer suite and all classes have a minimum of three computers with access to the internet.  The School is completely networked and other hardware facilities include a scanner, a digital camera, whiteboard technology and Roamers.

As part of the Personal, Health and Social Education that the School offers, the Governors have decided that sex education will form part of the School's curriculum. A copy of the policy statement is available for inspection and parents will be invited to review materials intended for use in sex education lessons. The use of outside speakers on this topic will be confined to the school nurse (who is known to the children) and a teacher will also be present for all lessons. Parents can withdraw their children from all, or part, of the sex education programme by informing the Headteacher in writing.  It is a requirement of the National Curriculum in Science for all pupils to be taught about human development and reproduction. Parents are not entitled to withdraw their children from this teaching.

The school follows the Cambridgeshire Syllabus for Religious Education and pupils are given the opportunity to explore the beliefs of other world faiths and compare these to Christianity.  Throughout, it is our aim to develop a greater understanding, respect and knowledge of all faiths and thereby encourage a greater sense of citizenship. Parents have a statutory right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and from school assemblies if they wish.  If you would like to exercise this right please inform the Headteacher in writing.

All children in Key Stage 2 will have the opportunity to go swimming for one term in each academic year. We hope parents will agree that being able to swim is an important asset for any child and will be agreeable to their child taking part in the course. Indeed, we look upon it as an integral part of the school curriculum for children of this age, and expect that if children begin they will attend regularly every week so that improvement can be expected.  Swimming is also part of the National Curriculum in Physical Education.

The School holds Sports Days for each Key Stage. During these events all children are continuously involved. There is a degree of competition in the events and the children take part in activities that not only encourage their individual performance, but also contribute to the achievement of their team.

Assessment of what has been taught and learnt takes place regularly.  Reading and spelling tests are administered twice yearly to all children who are 6+ years. At the end of Key Stage 1 (7+ years) and Key Stage 2 (11+ years), children undertake national tests and tasks to assess their progress in the three National Curriculum core subjects of English, Maths and Science.  Pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5 will also undertake end of year QCA tests in English and Maths. You are welcome to call at School and make an appointment to discuss your child's progress and particular concerns at any time that is mutually convenient. More particularly, a written report will be sent home towards the end of the summer term and Parent/Teacher Consultation evenings are held in October, March and July of each school year.

Children who have Special Educational Needs (SEN) are identified through regular assessment.  They are then given additional support by their teacher and, where appropriate, a Teaching Assistant.  The School makes every effort to cater for the needs of all pupils with SEN and Individual Education Plans are put into place when required.  Parents are encouraged to be part of the assessment process and will be asked to discuss their child's educational needs at specific times during the year. We will involve other outside agencies when we believe there is a need and permission from parents will always be sought before this happens.  The school follows the New Code of Practice for SEN and a copy of the Schools SEN Policy is available on request.

Education is free and all that the children need at school for their lessons will be provided.  In an attempt to enrich and/or extend children's learning we sometimes suggest we take them on visits, bring in outside speakers, theatre groups, musicians or extend the curriculum (such as in swimming). The 1988 Education Act does not allow us to charge for such activities. However, we have limited funds to subsidise such ventures and hope that parents will be willing to make a voluntary contribution (which is always kept as low as possible) when approached.

As part of the School's Homework Policy the children are sometimes given homework as part of their learning. This may take the form of reading, researching information, learning table facts or parts for plays, practising spellings or completing particular written tasks. From the earliest year we encourage our children to take home their reading books to share with you. We trust that you will take an interest in such work and arrange for it to be done in a suitable place away from distractions.

The Governors hope that complaints about the curriculum, religious worship or related matters will continue to be dealt with by informal discussion between parents and the School. When the matter cannot be resolved in this way, a formal complaint can be made to the Governing Body and, if then still unresolved, to the Local Educational Authority.


It is hoped that all children will wear school uniform which is:-

Shirt/polo shirt/blouse  White, light blue or navy blue
Dress  Light blue
Trousers (girls or boys)  Navy, black or charcoal grey
Skirt/pinafore dress  Navy or grey
Jumper/cardigan/sweatshirt  Navy

Polo shirts, sweatshirts and hats with the school logo are available for sale at the school office, together with sew-on school badges (which can be transferred to other clothing later if necessary).  School fleeces and coats are also available to order. Jewellery, other than stud earrings, is not permitted.


We hope children will have a pair of plimsolls, shorts and a T shirt, (a leotard of any colour is often preferred by girls of all ages). A drawstring bag to keep such clothing is also desirable as we have limited cloakroom facilities. During P.E. and games lessons, long hair must be tied back and jewellery removed (including stud earrings).  Older children would also benefit by having some football kit.

Children having swimming lessons will need a swimsuit or trunks and a towel.  A simple overall for art and craft work is very useful to protect clothing - an old shirt will be adequate.


Children often mix up items of clothing which closely resemble those belonging to others e.g. wellingtons, anoraks, plimsolls. Please label these and other items clearly with your child's name.

We always have a lot of unclaimed property.  If your child has lost something belonging to him/her, please ask the teachers about it, search the cloakroom, ask at the office and/or search through the lost property store. We are always happier if items are returned to their owners rather than remaining unclaimed for many weeks because they have to be disposed of eventually.  It is helpful, and often more successful, if parents help their child search for lost property.


Whether these are of monetary or sentimental value, they should not be bought to school.


At present the School is running a variety of clubs for the children in all age groups. Some of the clubs are fun based and others link specifically to the curriculum. Occasionally we are asked if we would host particular activities by outside agencies, such as karate. When this happens, there is usually a charge attached if your child attends the club.

Clubs after school are organised so that you will have at least 24 hours notice of your child staying at school after 3.05pm. All such activities will end either at 4.00pm or 4.15pm at the latest unless you are specially told otherwise. We hope you will support your child if he/she shows a particular interest in such activities.

Currently the following clubs and activities are on offer at school:

Monday 4-6 lunch   Art/Craft
1-6 after school   Dance (Funstars)








5-6       after school

  Maths booster lessons/Study Club (spring term)


Weds.      6 after school   English booster lessons/Study Club (spring term)
 5-6          after school      Girls soccer
Thursday R-6 lunch   Sewing
4-6 lunch   Art/Craft
3-6 lunch   Soccer
6 lunch   French (summer term) 

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