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Whitby Heath Primary School
Wyedale, CH65 6RJ, UK Whitby
Tel. 0151 355 1781, Fax: 0151 356 8191.

‘Our School’

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  • Whitby Heath welcomes children who are polite and enjoy working.
  • We are sure that they will feel happy and respected during the time they are here.
  • Our teachers are highly qualified and experienced and teach us really well.
  • Our teachers always set a good example by being kind and helpful.
  • Our buildings are spacious, colourful and a pleasure to be in.
  • The children and all of the adults in our School work together to make
  • Whitby Heath a very special place.

Aims: A basis for our work

Whitby Heath School is a caring community and we share the values that underlie this belief, especially with our children. Each of us, teaching staff, governors, support staff, children, parents and others in the School and connected with it strive to discover the needs of others, and find means to meet these needs.

We are committed to the pursuit of excellence and strive to develop the unique good in each individual so that everyone feels that they are a contributing part of the School community and not simply an element upon which the School acts.

Home and School are the central elements in the life of the child and it is essential that they work together if the goal of excellence is to be achieved. A mutual and sympathetic understanding of the aspirations, strengths and limitations of both parties will best achieve this. Effective communication between School and home will ensure a realistic shared understanding of each child’s potential and a proactive attitude to the challenging personal targets that will be set.

We offer a welcoming and responsive approach to parents and carers and we encourage them to participate in the daily life of the School, through parent – teacher discussions and an active ‘Friends of the School’ association. We actively develop the attitude, in staff, parents and children, that it is perfectly natural for parents to be present in School.

We aim to prepare every child for the future by developing the skills and knowledge to maximise potential. Curriculum provision is carefully differentiated to develop to the full the abilities of those children endowed with above average academic ability and to provide relevant support to those children whose development will benefit.

However, children have not only a future but also a present that they have the absolute right to enjoy to the full. It is our aim to make a very positive contribution to this entitlement and encourage the children to develop to the full in social, academic, creative, physical and personal terms.

We aim deliberately for a relaxed, informal atmosphere and describe our approach to education as child centred but the traditional courtesies between child and teacher and respect for the traditional authority of the teacher are still expected. This respect for courtesy and authority is fundamental to developing motivation, attitudes, good work habits and a sense of order. Individuality is actively encouraged but the children understand that all expressions of individuality must be carefully balanced against the well being of all members of our community. In this way the children are prepared for dealing with other individuals and society at large.

The physical environment of the School is a very important factor in achieving our aims. A stimulating, attractive and well-organised environment will help to motivate the children to give of their best. We continue to re-develop the environment to achieve maximum benefit.

Whitby Heath Primary, Mission Statement.
  • We manage change and strive for excellence.
  • We value personal and professional relationships.
  • We believe the Home / School partnership is crucial.
  • We constantly develop our professional effectiveness.
  • We offer a balanced and responsive curriculum.
  • We manage resources efficiently and humanely.


Our School is housed in a basically traditional building, which has been extensively modernised and extended. Class groupings are mainly based on the ages of children and at present we have two single age classes in each year group. Each year group is staffed by a ‘Teaching Team’ that consists of at least two qualified teachers and two qualified teaching assistants as we feel this best meets the needs of all the children in our care. Children may be grouped according to ability as necessary within classes and the older pupils are set for literacy and numeracy according to ability thus giving them the experience of being taught by different teachers in preparation for their transition to High School.


The Staff run many additional activities. The School has a range of after school clubs including Drama Club, Football Club, Netball Club, Short Tennis Club, Art Club, Recorder Group, Guitar Group and Choir. The School participates in a wide range of sporting activities and netball, football, basketball and short tennis take place regularly after School, according to the time of the year. Swimming instruction and instrumental tuition is provided for some children as part of the curriculum. Year 5 and 6 pupils are offered the opportunity of participating in a Field Studies visit early in the Summer Term. Tuition in violin, woodwind, keyboard and guitar is available by special arrangement – please ask the Secretary for up to date costs.


The School has a published policy on pupils with Special Educational Needs, which is designed to respond effectively in accordance with available resources and the current code of practice. We are fortunate to have a qualified nurse on our Staff, who will deal with occasional medical problems and all queries concerning medication at School should be discussed with Mrs. Wright. Full instructions concerning medication must be given in writing. Please keep all information regarding your contact numbers completely up to date in case we have to contact you at any time if your child is unwell in School.

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