Our school opened in September 1991 to cater for Gillingham's growing population. The building is well designed, in an open plan style and well equipped; providing an excellent environment for the education of young children.
However, the building is just the beginning. Our school is about people- children, staff, parents, governors and friends working together as a team to encourage and challenge the pupils to achieve the highest standards of which they are capable.
We believe that such achievements will be best met in a happy, caring, Christian environment with vibrant teaching, well behaved, friendly children and an atmosphere of respect and calm. We want each and every child to feel valued and happy to learn.
We are proud of our school, its reputation and positive ethos and we hope that you and your children will soon feel part of our close community.
Children are able to start school in the September before their fifth birthday.
Wyke Primary School has a recognized catchment area; the parish of Gillingham, which is shared with the other Gillingham Primary Schools. We try to accommodate children living in that area within the physical capacity of the school. Our admission number for each year group is 30 pupils. If oversubscribed priority is given to those in area children with brothers or sister already in school, followed by those children who live nearest the school.
Parents of children living outside the Gillingham area who wish their children to attend Wyke should follow the procedure laid down in the Dorset Education Authority's Information Booklet.
Parents who would like their children to attend Wyke Primary School should apply to our secretary for an admission form, in the October before anticipated entry into school. Should parents have any queries at all regarding admissions policy please contact the school or the LEA.
Children are invited to spend several sessions in school in the term prior to their admission.
AIMS OF THE SCHOOL
" Caring for children's achievement"
WYKE PRIMARY SCHOOL provides a happy, stimulating learning environment where every child is valued. We seek to develop the aptitudes, skills and knowledge which will help pupils achieve their true potential through praise, encouragement and high expectations of work and behaviour.
We aim to:-
* Provide a broad and balanced curriculum with a sound grounding in the basic skills of literacy and numeracy together with the independence and confidence to apply these skills.
* Foster lively, enquiring minds and enthusiasm for learning by treating children as individuals and building on their success.
* Make children feel valued and respected so they can be confident and secure; willing to seek help in the understanding that overcoming difficulty is part of the learning process.
* Develop, through example and explanation, a sense of responsibility. self discipline and respect - for one another, the school and community.
* Show the importance of socialising and collaborating with sensitivity, consideration and humour.
* Encourage aesthetic and spiritual awareness in a Christian atmosphere.
* Allow children, staff, parents, governors and the community to share in our achievements and take a pride in our school.
We endeavour to deliver a curriculum that is broad, balanced, enjoyable and differentiated to cater for the wide spread of abilities.
Using our professional judgement, the Government Primary Strategies and the requirements of the National and Foundation Stage Curriculum, we aim to provide exciting, enjoyable lessons matched to each child's developing needs. Children are set targets, which ensure that all can be challenged while enjoying success.
The curriculum is carefully planned to ensure continuity and progression. Subjects may be taught separately or, if more appropriate, as part of a class topic. Pupils experience a variety of learning situations; working as a class, in groups and individually.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
Those pupils with special needs are set tasks which are realistic, challenging and appropriate; the emphasis being given to success rather than failure.
We follow the guidelines set out in the government Code of Practice and involve and consult parents at all stages. The more able pupils have particular needs too and work is planned accordingly.
Trained classroom assistants, in addition to their general work with all children, provide support for children with special needs under the direction of the class teacher. The type of support will vary. It may be one to one or in a small group, usually in the classroom, but sometimes in a separate quiet area.
There is no compulsory uniform policy at our school. However, the school colours we have selected have proved to be popular and are strongly encouraged. they are as follows:
Autumn / Winter Red sweatshirt, pullover, fleece or cardigan, Grey skirt, trousers or shorts Black / dark coloured shoes or trainers
Spring / Summer Red and white striped dress or white polo shirt with school motif with skirt, trousers or shorts Black / dark coloured shoes or trainers
Sweatshirts, cardigans, polo shirts, T-shirts and caps with the school motif may be purchased through this web sie. Financial help from the LEA is available to some families for the purchase of school clothes. Any enquiries on this matter should be made at our office where they will be dealt with confidentially.