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Waverton Community Primary School
Common Lane, Waverton, CH3 7QT, UK hester
Tel. 01244 335983

Dear Parents,

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.

School Aims

· to offer an enriched education which delivers the National Curriculum and is broad, balanced

and relevant;

· 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

and confidence;

· 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.


  • Lunch Time

We have a team of Mid-day Assistants who supervise the children during lunch break. Members

of the teaching staff are always on the premises at lunch time.

  • School Meals and Snacks

Lunch money is collected on a Monday morning or the first school day of the week at 8.55a.m.

class registration, though many parents prefer to pay half-termly in advance. The cost of a school lunch is currently £1.75 per day. Please send your child's lunch money in an envelope, with his/her name and the amount of money enclosed. Cheques should be made payable to

  • Cheshire County Council. Late payment of lunch money takes a great deal of time to

administer and all school lunches must be prepaid. Please ensure that if your child changes between school meals and packed lunches we have two weeks' notice.

  • Free School Meals

If parents are on Income Support or Family Credit, they will be eligible to apply for free school meals for their children. Application forms are available in confidence

from the Area Education Office:

  1. Pupil Services
  2. Cheshire County Council Education Office
  3. Chapel Lane


Tel. 01625 534766/534777

  • Packed Lunches

 Some children choose to bring packed lunches as an alternative to school lunches. If your child chooses to do this he/she will join other children eating their school meals in the dining hall.

  • Healthy Snacks

Following a survey of parental opinion we adopted a policy of allowing the children to eat only

healthy snacks at morning playtime. Infant children are provided with a piece of fruit daily under the National School Fruit Scheme. Junior children may bring one item only of fruit or raw vegetable (such as carrot) or a healthy alternative such as a cereal bar or home made product.

They should not bring sweets, chocolates, chocolate biscuits, crisps (including similar foodstuffs) or packets of nuts. (We have children in school who have a potentially severe

allergic reaction to nuts).

  • Policy for Charging and Remissions

We aim to provide for all pupils the best possible educational opportunities available within

funds allocated by the Education Authority.

We recognise, however, that many educationally valuable activities have been, and will continue to be, dependent on voluntary financial contributions from parents. Without this financialsupport the school would find it quite impossible to maintain the quality and breadth of its educational programme provided for pupils.

Our concern as a school is to keep financial 12 contributions to a reasonable minimum and to ensure, as far as possible, that all children are able to take part, irrespective of their circumstances.

For day visits during school time, on application to the Head, voluntary contributions will be waived, by courtesy of P.T.A. funding, for children whose parents are in receipt of Income

Support or Family Credit. For residential visits during school time, charges will be waived for board and lodging to parents in receipt of Income Support or Family Credit.

  •  School Dress Code

The wearing of school uniform is not compulsory, but we hope parents will support us in ensuring that children are dressed tidily and appropriately. We aim to help the children to take pride in their appearance and their school and we provide the following attractive and affordable school dress code.

The basic items are:

  1. Grey or black trousers or shorts
  2. Grey pinafore, skirt or culottes
  3. White, red or blue polo shirt
  4. Blue & white checked or striped dress
  5. Blue sweatshirt or cardigan*
  6. Blue Book Bag*

* can be purchased from the school office

Suitable safe footwear (plimsolls or bare feet for indoor and trainers for outdoor PE) and plain coloured shorts and sports shirt are required for PE activities and swimming wear for Juniorchildren for our sessions at the Christleton High School Pool. Boys and girls wishing to playfootball in their games time will require boots.

We ask parents to ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled with their child's name.

We strongly discourage the wearing of jewellery in school as it can cause danger in physical activities and we cannot accept responsibility if it is lost. We also advise that children with long hair should have some means of tying it back during physical activities.

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