To provide a rich and varied education within the context of Christian values and beliefs which will foster, within each child, a lifelong love of learning.
A caring school
Winsley Church of England Primary School is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled school founded on Christian beliefs and values.
Winsley School strives to make the best provision for your child. We encourage children to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences contributing fully to the life of their school and community. We feel that in so doing they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become more confident in their own learning. We endeavour to:
Help the children understand themselves and others better
Develop a positive self image
Encourage co-operation, sharing, trust, tolerance, caring and support
Give opportunity to discuss
Help appreciate the importance of learning
We want to help children acquire personal and social skills, to address areas of learning not covered in the academic curriculum but essential nonetheless to their well-being and prepare them for the next steps in life.
We always seek to improve the quality of life within the school and the quality of education provided. A recent introduction has been the ‘Huff and Puff’ playground zoning, whereby the children are given a range of different equipment, laid out in zones to encourage activity at playtimes. The setting up of this initiative has been overseen by our active School Council. This is made up of representatives from each class and allows the children the opportunity to discuss school issues that affect them and to offer suggestions for improvement at regular meetings.
The aims of Winsley School
As a Church of England school;
We aim to provide a happy, caring and supportive environment where children learn and develop, academically and physically and are encouraged to explore moral and spiritual values.
We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which affords all the children the best possible opportunities matched to their individual needs.
We aim to provide a stimulating and challenging curriculum in an atmosphere that encourages the children to develop their full potential and to take pride in the achievements of themselves and others.
We aim to support children’s learning, through the involvement of parents, the close and the wider community.
We aim to encourage children to develop a love of learning while exploring moral and spiritual values.
The school building and grounds
The School, built in 1969, is located in the beautiful village of Winsley, just 2 miles from the lovely old town of Bradford on Avon.
There are two hard playing areas and a large grassed area for games and sports. The school and parents have increased the educational use of these grounds by adding a perimeter path, conservation area and fenced pond as well as play equipment for adventurous play. A school garden has been designed and built for use by the children, staff, and parents, supporting several aspects of the curriculum.
The building includes a large hall used for a variety of activities including assemblies, dining, music, drama and physical education. A library provides a quiet environment in which children can enjoy working. An ICT suite enables group teaching of this important curriculum area. All classrooms and the hall are equipped with data projection facilities with interactive whiteboards in the classrooms.
A happy child is a successful child. As parents you entrust your child to us and we must work together to ensure that they settle in, feel secure and adjust to the new environment. To
maximise a child’s opportunities at school we actively seek the full cooperation of parents in the process of their learning and development. The partnership of school, pupil and parent is a recipe for educational success in the broadest sense.
We operate an open door policy and we always welcome help within the school.
We aim to develop a partnership between home and school believing this is in the child’s best interest. A Home/School Agreement is sent to all parents outlining the school’s expectations and giving parents and children the opportunity to sign and return it.
When pupils are young there are many chances of informal contact because children are escorted to and from school. Parent/teacher evenings are arranged in the Autumn and Spring terms so that staff and parents may meet and discuss children’s progress.
Reports are sent home during the summer term. In Years 2 and 6 these will tell you about your child’s performance in government tests and offer data for comparison against class performance and national norms. Opportunities are given to parents to discuss the reports.
Should teachers wish to see you about a pupil’s progress because of promise, improvement or a temporary difficulty, the school will contact you and arrange a meeting outside regular parent/teacher evenings. If you have concern or are unsure about an aspect of school practice, please arrange an appointment.
There may be times when a child is upset or unsettled at home, perhaps because of a change in family circumstances. We would ask that if possible you discuss such issues with the class teacher or Headteacher. Any information will of course be treated in confidence and will enable the staff to support the pupils.
We also offer curriculum evenings to help parents understand how the children are taught. Sharing Assemblies are held once a fortnight at which parents can share the celebration of children’s work.
Communication between home and school is also made through a fortnightly newsletter, which includes dates, events and visits.
A notice board in the foyer displays up to date and relevant information; whiteboards outside the school are used to give parents reminders and urgent information. Copies of all letters and policies are available from the Office. Parents are asked to check their child’s book bags daily for communications from the school.