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Wansdyke Primary School
Downlands Road, SN10 5EF Devizes
01380 725234

Wansdyke Community School, Devizes, was opened in 1975 and enjoys a pleasant location with hard playing areas, sports field, garden and conservation areas.

We are a popular school that enjoys a good relationship with the local community. The school is also fortunate to be the location for the Devizes area Specialist Learning Centre.

Wansdyke is a non-denominational and non-fee paying school. Our funding comes from Wiltshire County Council.

Our educational aims

Here at Wansdyke Community School, we aim to provide an environment where children learn and develop at their own rate and to their potential. We want them to use language and numbers effectively and to develop creativity and aesthetic awareness.

We aim to develop self-discipline and co-operation in our children, and we believe that children should hold themselves and others in high regard. We aim to build high self-esteem and develop the skills necessary for independent learning.

Children will be treated as individuals. We recognise that each child is different. The school has the highest expectations of each individual pupil in terms of intellectual, emotional, social, physical and spiritual development. These are all important. We try to enable children to experience success as this in itself encourages greater effort and participation.

Statement of aims

  To work in partnership with parents
  To provide a caring, happy learning environment where all are welcome
  To develop in each member of the school community respect and concern for each person’s individuality
  To promote and build an awareness of citizenship
  To build confidence and self-esteem
  To encourage each child to become an independent learner, self-motivated, persevering and showing initiative
  To maintain a quality learning environment both inside and outside the building which is well researched and challenging
  To give all children of all abilities the opportunity to reach their potential
  To give a high priority to the teaching and learning of literacy and numeracy
  To promote the school as part of the wider community
  To promote positive attitudes towards diversity and difference
  To offer equal opportunities in all aspects of school life

Home-school relations

The staff welcome contact with parents and guardians. You are invited to come into the school and help in any way you can: perhaps working with children, perhaps sharing a particular talent. We benefit from the enthusiasm of many who help on a regular basis.

In addition to frequent opportunities for informal contact, we arrange ‘progress evenings’ in each year to discuss your child's achievements. A written report is sent home in the final term of each school year and regular newsletters keep parents informed of events at school. These are sent home with the children, usually one per family. A copy of the latest one is placed in the school foyer.

We believe that happy motivated children achieve most. All the staff take great care to ensure that school is a place where children will be happy, whilst learning to express themselves fully and to develop as individuals. We are confident that we succeed in this, but we would invite you to visit the school and see for yourself.

Your child’s education not only takes place during their time at school. Home is just as important. We aim to build a partnership between home and school so that together we can make this important stage in your child’s life as rewarding as possible.

Extra-curricular Activities

A range of clubs is offered each term. Normally these are aimed at Key Stage 2 (junior) children and run from 15:20 to 16:00. Several clubs are organised voluntarily by teachers and we have a high degree of commitment from children in their attendance throughout the year.

There are currently two after school activities organised by outside agencies and as such a charge for attendance is made. These are Judo and French tuition, although Year 6 pupils receive French tuition during school hours.

In addition to regular clubs, occasional extra-curricular activities such as theatre visits are offered.

Assessment & records

Parents are welcome to see the following records of children and their progress, and may be invited to do so on parents’ evenings:

• A basic admissions form, details from which are held on the school’s administrative computer system. The Data Protection Act gives parents the right to see the information held electronically on their child.
• A baseline Assessment carried out within 7 weeks of starting school.
• A Record of Achievement containing pieces of work, building up through the child’s school life. This may be given to the child when he/she leaves the school. It is intended to provide information about the range and development of the child’s school progress. Please ask to see it at any time. We are developing use of a summary document for use at transfer to secondary school.
• Annual teacher assessment of children’s attainment.
• Special needs files where such needs have been identified. These will detail concerns and action taken. Where necessary Individual Education Plans are written for children in accordance with the SEN (Special Educational Needs) Code of Practice.
• A pupil tracking system that monitors attainment and helps to define learning targets for children.


In line with Wiltshire County Council’s admissions policy, the Governors of Wansdyke School have agreed to admit all children who will have their fifth birthday during the academic year, at the beginning of the Autumn term. Spring and Summer born children will initially be admitted in September on a part-time basis and currently Spring born children can start full time after the October half-term break. Autumn born children will be full time in September after induction.

A part-time place will constitute five morning sessions per week. These will normally begin at 8.55 a.m. and conclude at 11.45 a.m.
A full-time place will constitute five days a week, Monday – Friday, and these will begin at 8.55 a.m. and conclude at 3.15 p.m.

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