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Warren Wood Primary School
Turnstone Road, Offerton, SK2 5XU, UK Stockport
Tel. 0161 456 8171
www:http://www.warrenwoodprimaryschool.come-mail:headteacher@warrenwood.stockport.sch.uk



Warren Wood School was opened in 1981, an additional wing containing four teaching areas was added in 1990. In total the building contains twelve teaching areas. From September 2004 children from another local school (St Stephens Primary School) will also be absorbed into our school. The school serves a modern, but mixed private housing estate. Since January 1986 there has been an active policy of involving parents in all aspects of school and community life. A P.T.A called "The Friends of Warren Wood" was formed in 1990. Parents are encouraged and welcomed into the school.

Numbers have shown a steady rise since the school opened, though the maturing nature of the estate has endured that the school has not been overcrowded since the extension was built, although an increasing number of children attend from beyond the school priority/ catchment area. The average number on role is approximately 300 but will rise to accommodate additional pupils from St Stephens Primary School. Class sizes vary from 24 to 30 pupils per class. The school is well resourced and well maintained. In recent years a great deal has been spent on practical equipment - maths and science particularly, plus technology and music. A nature/ conservation area has been planted by the children.

A large computerised library has also been equipped. The school has good reading and teaching of reading resources. There has been an emphasis on practical, experimental, cross-curricular learning but with due regard to the "basics" in education. Warren Wood Primary School is of open plan design.

This has advantages:

 a) It is easier to teach each child as an individual, therefore, a higher   proportion  of work can be matched for each child, which enables both 'bright' children and those who are less able to work to the maximum of their potential.

 b) As with most primary schools we group the children into classes which  work in designated class "areas". Each child has its own teacher with whom the child can relate, however, teaching staff from other classes are not anonymous adults. This means it is easier to achieve one of our basic aims of ensuring all children belong to the extended family of "Warren Wood". Our expectations of each child are high but we want school to be enjoyable and rewarding.

c) Open-plan develops an awareness of others within the working environment. We encourage children to show consideration and respect for others. This leads to a greater degree of thoughtfulness and tolerance.

d) Open-plan schools are centrally resourced. This encourages the children to share, communicate and develop their initiative and work together in harmony


Curriculum

We attach great importance to the teaching of the basic skills of reading, writing, language and mathematics. These skills are common to every part of our curriculum and are included in such subjects as science and technology, environmental studies, music, drama, movement and art and craft.

We believe that the best way for the children to learn and to understand is to provide a balanced curriculum, giving the children the opportunity to learn through practical experiences.

 We want our children to have success in whatever they do and whatever their ability.

We believe that through positive encouragement, enjoyment and high expectations, children succeed. As we endeavour to treat each child as an individual we hope that their full potential will be realised.

Our aims are that every child will grow up to become a responsible, caring and useful member of tomorrow's society. The setting of homework is not part of our school's official policy although it may be given voluntarily by a member of staff. We do encourage children to take home the books they are reading.

We hope that parents will read with their children thus reinforcing the message that reading is for information and enjoyment and that books are to be valued. Parents can help their child's progress by making sure that there are attractive children's books available in the home and by encouraging them to use the local libraries.

We also hope that parents will spare the time to play mathematical games with their children. We have two booklets giving advice to parents on helping with Reading and Mathematics.

General Aims

a) To develop in each child an enquiring mind an eagerness to increase his/ her knowledge and skills.

b) To ensure that each child achieves and maintains the highest standards of which he/ she is capable, in all aspects of work, behaviour, and moral values.

c) To give each child the confidence to meet new challenges both at work and in leisure.

d) To enable each child to use language and mathematics effectively.

e) To develop caring, considerate and courteous attitudes both in school and in society in general.

f) To foster a sense of humour.

g) To appreciate the aspirations and achievements of others.

h) To give children the opportunity experiences appealing to mind, body, spirit, feeling and imagination.

i) To develop physical and practical skills.

j) To encourage liaison between school and home in order to benefit each child.

 

In short, our aims are to enable each child to become flexible and adaptable as possible in an ever-changing world, equipped with the knowledge and skills to be an active participant and responsible contributor to society after their formal education at Warren Wood. No teacher or school, can achieve these aims without the support, encouragement and interest of parents.

School Uniform

When the school first opened parents chose the uniform. We actively encourage the wearing of the uniform as we feel it enhances a sense of belonging.

Girls

Navy pinafore type dress or navy skirt, White blouse and tie or white crew necked polo shirt, Navy cardigan, or sweat shirt, White socks, Black/ dark blue shoes (optional white in summer). Summer- Blue checked dress. PE/ Games- Pump bag, (Clearly marked on the outside with the child's name) in which to keep PE kit. Black leotard and/ or T-shirt and shorts. Pumps and/ or trainers.

Boys

 Navy or black trousers/ shorts, White shirt and school tie or white polo shirt, Navy pullover or sweat shirt, Navy or dark grey socks, Black or dark blue shoes. Summer- A short sleeve white. PE/ Games- Pump bag, (clearly marked on the outside with the child's name) in which to keep PE kit. T-shirt and shorts. Pumps and/ or trainers. Navy blue sweat shirts, book bags, fleeces and ties can be bought in school, from the school.

The junior children are encouraged to have track suits and/ or sweat shirts for outdoor games. Junior boys and girls playing field games also require strong foot ware or football boots, a soccer shirt and football socks.

Please ensure that all items of your child's clothing are clearly marked with their name. Your co-operation over marking clothing will save your child unhappiness, their teachers valuable teaching time and yourselves the cost of replacements if items are mislaid.

Extra Curricula Activities

Many of the teaching staff give up their time after school and during their lunch break to provide extra curricular activities for the children. The majority of activities are for the junior aged children. For activities organised and run by outside groups there is usually a small charge. Currently, at Warren Wood we have: A Brass band, A Book Shop, Judo, Cross Country Running, Netball, Soccer, Recorder Group, Boys and Girls Rounders, Athletics, After School Spanish, Lacrosse, Choir, Pentathlete.



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