On behalf of all the Governors and Staff we welcome you to Waverton Community Primary School and to the village of Waverton. This prospectus provides information on how our school works. We hope you will be able to visit the school whilst the children are in class.
Parents of children starting in the Reception Class are invited to a meeting during the term preceding a child’s admission and arrangements are made for each child to visit school on several afternoons prior to admission.
Children who join us later in their school life are integrated smoothly, taking into account their previous educational achievements and experiences.
The school received a D.f.E.S. achievement award for excellence in Spring 2001. These were presented to the top primary schools in England and Wales for academic improvement or excellence.
We have maintained an excellent staff/pupil ratio and three years ago established separate year group classes throughout the school for the first time in many years. The number of children on roll has grown from 123 in January 1998 to 197 in September 2006. The school underwent a very successful OFSTED Inspection in February 2002.
Though proud of our success, we are by no means complacent as we continue to strive for further improvements.
Our Parent Teacher Association provides outstanding support to the school and warmly invites new parents to join.
Our basic aims as parents, teachers and governors are identical - to ensure that all children develop as happy, confident and successful people. With these aims in mind, we welcome you to our school and look forward to working with you in the years to come.
· to offer an enriched education which delivers the National Curriculum and is broad, balanced
· to foster a positive attitude to learning, using children's first-hand experiences, so that they
become enquiring and independent learners;
· to be responsive to individual needs, matching teaching to pupils' abilities and aptitudes and
developing each child to his/her full potential;
· to prepare children for the future by fostering spiritual, moral and physical development,
promoting cultural awareness and setting expectations for behaviour and sensitivity to
· to value all children's work and by praise, good presentation and display, encourage selfesteem
· to provide a rich, stimulating, happy and secure environment;
· to promote an active partnership between parents, governors and teachers, and encourage
links with the community.
Pastoral Care and Discipline
We share responsibility with parents for the children in our care and make every effort to
provide a secure and happy environment.
We have a written set of six simple rules and we regulate the life of our school to ensure the
children behave in a socially acceptable way. They are given ample opportunity to develop selfdiscipline
and show respect and care for others. In the classrooms we have a positive approach
to praising and reinforcing good behaviour. If serious behaviour problems arise, we will
contact parents at the earliest opportunity.
When their children are admitted to the school parents are invited to sign a Home – School
Agreement. Children may also sign this if their parents feel they are sufficiently mature and can
understand their responsibilities.
Corporal punishment is no longer used in state maintained schools. The sanction we most
commonly employ is to give children additional tasks to perform at break times.
Children are supervised for ten minutes before school and at playtimes and lunchtimes.
Because of day to day contact with children, schools are particularly well placed to observe
outward signs of abuse, changes in behaviour, or failure to develop. Parents should be aware,
therefore, that where it appears to a member of staff that a child may have been abused, the
school is required, as part of the Cheshire Child Protection procedures, to report its concerns to
the Social Services Department.
The school was originally built in the mid-60's and it is light, airy and spacious. It has seven
teaching rooms, with their own art areas. There is a large hall which is used for Assemblies,
indoor PE and dining.
There is also a central library, newly opened in Autumn 2003, with 90% new book stock and
equipped with state of the art library management software. Lending facilities, operated by PTA
members, are available to children and their parents.
Also new in Autumn 2003 was a portable suite of 30 laptop computers with wireless
The school has extensive grounds, including an ample playing field, playground and outdoor
classroom, which have been developed to enhance the school's learning environment. The
grounds are near to the Shropshire Union Canal which is sometimes used, under supervision, as
a stimulus for work.
Extensive renovation of the school was completed two years ago. New windows and doors
have been fitted throughout. The inside has been redecorated and recarpeted and the toilets
have been refurbished. A pathway with activity bays has been established adjacent to the
woodland skirting the field and the playground has been resurfaced and developed to enhance
children’s recreational facilities. The perimeter fence has also been renewed.