Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. This grant is additional to main school funding and is seen by the Government as the best way to help groups of children within the school who require support, particularly children who are eligible for 'Free School Meals'.
At Wansdyke we support all our pupils by providing high quality classroom teaching, supplemented by interventions to support some learners as and when required. The school leadership team and governing body monitor the impact of all spending and interventions, including Pupil Premium.
The Interventions and support which are used, as and when required, include:
- Reading Recovery: is an intense daily support programme for young children who are struggling with reading and writing. Children have a lesson every day with a teacher.
- Maths Tutoring: this year we have appointed a teacher to specifically support individual children in Number. Similar to Reading Recovery, children have an intense programme of daily lessons, over a set period of time, to boost their confidence and understanding in Number.
- Better Reading Partners: this is invaluable for children who have just finished Reading Recovery or other children whose Reading skills have slipped slightly behind the level expected for their age.
- Nessy: is a spelling programme. It is used to support children who have difficulties with establishing spelling patterns and high frequency words. Nessy is also an assessment tool and aids teacher planning while tracking individual’s progress.
- Marvellous Max: is a catch-up programme for younger children. Over a set period, short 20-25 minute sessions take place regularly and support children in their understanding of Number and mathematical vocabulary.
- Early Literacy Support (ELS): is a programme which supports children’s development of ‘Letters and Sounds’ (Phonics), speaking/listening, reading and writing.
- Letters and sounds: at Wansdyke we have a number of Phonics groups designed to help children with their decoding and encoding of words.
- Extra-curricular: a wide variety of clubs are available for all children. Some of these are run by members of staff and others by companies which are 'bought in'. A breakfast club is available, starting at 7:50am. We also run camps for children in Years 2, 4 and 6. Please look elsewhere on this site for an up to date list of clubs currently on offer.
The most recent Ofsted inspection was in February 2015.
Amongst other things, Ofsted said that:
- The leadership of the school is outstanding. Leaders focus rigorously on making the school the best that it can be.
- Subject leaders share the determination and drive of senior leaders. They have a clear focus on improving teaching and learning in their subjects and provide effective support for all staff.
- The quality of teaching is typically good, with some outstanding practice. Teachers inspire and motivate pupils using their strong subject knowledge and well planned activities.
- Pupils’ achievement is improving. A high proportion of pupils are currently making good progress and achieving well.
- Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage get off to a good start. They are well taught in a nurturing environment and make good progress.
- The curriculum enables all pupils to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in, and contribute positively to, life in modern Britain.
- Behaviour and safety are outstanding. The school provides a safe and harmonious environment in which pupils thrive. Pupils enjoy coming to school.
- Governance is strong. Governors are supportive of the school and routinely challenge leaders. As a result, the school is rapidly improving.
- The school works well with parents. The overwhelming majority of parents are extremely supportive of the school and are pleased with the education and care their children receive.
Ofsted commented in 2015 that, ‘Children arriving in the Early Years Foundation Stage have skills below those typical for their age. As a result of good teaching, children make good progress.’
Our results over a number of years have been consistent at the end of Year 1, KS1 and KS2. Pupils at our school attain results (at the expected standard for their age) which are at least in line with and mainly higher than seen on average in Bristol and Nationally, across Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
Ofsted (2015) commented that, ‘The overwhelming majority of parents agree that teaching is good. They are highly supportive of the school. In a typical comment, one parent said, ‘This is a brilliant school; my children are making such good progress in all areas of their learning.’
Children in Y2 and Y6 have been tested under a new system since 2016. The assessments are a mixture of tests and teacher assessments which make judgements about children’s attainment in Reading, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar, Writing, Maths and Science. Pupils are assessed against new expectations as identified in the 2014 National Curriculum. Instead of awarding children a ‘level’ an indication is given as to whether a child is: ‘Working towards’ National expectations, ‘At the expected Standard’ or ‘Working in greater depth within the expected standard’. At the end of KS2, children are given a ‘scaled score’ based on their performance in the national assessment tests. A score of 100 means that a child has reached national expectations and 110 or above indicates that a child is working in greater depth. Scaled scores range from 80 to 120.
The Governors work closely with the Head Teacher and staff to help guide and develop Wansdyke’s behaviour principles. The opening paragraph of our Behaviour policy best summarise the approach taken by our school:
At Wansdyke we, the staff and Governors, believe that, in accordance to our vision and values, all staff will work collaboratively and constructively with children to ensure they understand the expectations we have for them in terms of their behaviour and conduct in school. This is based on a commitment to spend time ensuring that children are given clear boundaries, encouraged to reflect on and learn about how their behaviour affects others and to support them in developing empathy with those around them. This will be fostered within a calm and purposeful environment in which the development of respectful relationships is seen as a priority. We will communicate clearly with parents about important issues or events regarding the behaviour of their children and work in partnership with them to support their children.
For further information please see our behaviour policy.
At Wansdyke Primary School we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers receiving services from the school, irrespective of race, gender, disability, religion or socio-economic background. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and able to participate fully in school life.
Our School Mission statement reflects this ethos "We believe that, in learning side by side, each member of our community will be united in our common purpose, so that through commitment, enthusiasm and determination we will rise from strength to strength together".
- Equality plan 2017-2019 (Pdf)
Home school agreement
Wansdyke Primary School - 'Learning side by side, rising from strength to strength'.
Mission Statement: "We believe that, in learning side by side, each member of our community will be united in our common purpose so that through commitment, enthusiasm and determination we will rise from strength to strength together."
By working closely together with parents and carers, together we can provide the best possible education for each child in our school. Part of this process involves committing to our home school agreement.
Safeguarding and child protection
Wansdyke Primary School is committed to the safeguarding of all of its pupils. Protecting children is everyone's business.
- Read our Child protection and safeguarding policy (Pdf) and the Child protection and safeguarding policy addendum, June 2020 (Pdf)
If you are concerned about a child's welfare please come and speak to a member of staff or telephone our office staff on 0117 9030218.
Out of school hours you can also telephone First Response 0117 903 6444.
Our designated Safeguarding team:
From left to right:
- Mr Adam Smith, Designated Safeguarding Lead and Head Teacher
- Miss Kelly Crew, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Primary Learning Mentor
- Mrs Michelle Tett, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Deputy Head
Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
At Wansdyke Primary School, we endeavour to achieve inclusion of all children (including vulnerable learners) whilst meeting their individual needs. Teachers provide differentiated learning opportunities for all the children within the school and provide scaffolded materials appropriate to children’s interests and abilities. This ensures all children have full access to the school curriculum.
We work within the guidance provided in the SEND code of practice 2015, plus other key guidance including the equality act 2010 and the special educational needs and disability regulations 2014 to eliminate prejudice and discrimination against, children and young people with special educational needs. For further information please refer to our SEND policy.
We are a fully inclusive mainstream primary school, committed to supporting and challenging all pupils to achieve their full potential.
PE and sports premium funding
The government is providing additional funding to improve provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in school.
The PE and Sports Premium funding was introduced to enable primary schools to improve the quality of the PE and sport activities that they provide for their pupils. This academic year Wansdyke Primary School will receive approximately £17,790 which we will use to ensure we develop participation, performance and health and well-being.
Click on the link to see our action plan for the use of this year’s Sports Premium funding. This is a working document and will be added to as we progress throughout the year. Scroll down to see what we are currently spending our money on and what has previously been spent.
Once again this year, we are very lucky to have coaches from Majestic Gymnastics to teach the children gymnastics and to provide a club before school. A group of children from our Reception class have been having lots of fun balancing, jumping and moving around the hall.
Ashton Park sports partnership
We have recently joined the Ashton Park Sports Partnership which enables the children to take part in lots of different competitions and new activities. This term boys from Years 5 and 6 are taking part in a 6-a-side tournament with other children in local schools at South Bristol Sports Centre. In terms 3/4 this will follow on with years 3 and 4, then girls only in term 5.
Tag rugby festival
Selected children from Years 3/4 and 5/6 have been training with our Forever Sports coaches to take part in a Tag Rugby Festival at Broad Plain Rugby Club in March. They have been working very hard as a team as you can see in the photos.
Bristol sports rugby/Forever Sport
Every week we are lucky to have sports coaches from Bristol Rugby come into our school to teach the children new skills. Last year, the children were taught tag rugby skills and this year we are working on our netball skills. All of the children in the school have an opportunity to take part in these activities at some point in the year.
In the summer last year, five of our Year 5 children took part in a Bristol Together Championship where they were twinned with another school in Bristol to form a football team. Although we didn’t quite make it to the final, we were very excited and proud to win an award for ‘Team of the Tournament’ for working so well together. Here are some photos from the day and we are very pleased to be taking part again this summer.
Over the last two years we have been fortunate enough to have a highly trained dance teacher come to the school to spend a day teaching the children a particular dance of their choice. The first year we learnt dances related to the Olympic Games and last year our dances were based on a more general theme ranging from Greek dancing to High School Musical. We are very pleased to be having another dance workshop this summer and we are looking forward to adding more photos when this happens.
Wansdyke's promotion of British values
At Wansdyke we welcome all children to make a positive contribution to the life of our school and the wider community. Pupil voice is promoted within classes as well as through the range of children's leadership groups which we help organise; children have the opportunity to be elected for a role in the School Council, Green Team, Houses, Bugs etc. These groups communicate the thoughts and opinions of children in each class.
Through assemblies and relevant curriculum areas, we help children to understand some local and national debates along with the roles of people involved and the decision making processes. This includes local and national elections, when our school is often used as a polling station.
Through pupil conferencing, children's leadership groups and the relationships children have with adults, we promote personal freedom and value freedom of speech. This means that, providing individuals go through the right channels, we take all views into account, listen and respond. Our PSHE lessons/assemblies aim to educate children about their rights and responsibilities, including the empathy required to understand and respect the rights and liberties of other individuals.
When things go wrong, we always give time to individuals to listen, understand differing points of view and help children to understand how other people's rights and liberty may have been affected.
Mutual respect and tolerance
Everyone at our school is treated equally, no matter what their race, age, culture, faith, social status, abilities etc. We will not tolerate the unequal treatment of anyone.
We teach children to understand the present by helping them learn about past history and culture. \Ne believe that our children will get to see an age which adults will not and we therefore want them to understand our country's mistakes as well as the strengths which has made it the place it is today. Again, assemblies and PSHE lessons are some of the key ways in which mutual respect and tolerance are promoted.
The rule of law
We promote 'the rule of law' through regularly sharing our values with children and ways that we expect these values to be followed through school rules. Our school is based on the idea that everyone will abide by the same set of rules. Throughout the curriculum, assemblies and events we aim to develop children's general knowledge of public institutions/services and the importance of these in maintaining a society in which everyone feels safe and happy.
\Ne promote the idea of 'contracts'; this initially start with parents when they sign our home-school agreement. Through a child's schooling, they are encouraged to sign documents such as their end of year reports. If behaviour plans are drawn up, the child is involved and signs the plan. We promote the value of 'fairness' and 'fair play', whether it be on a sports field or while children are walking to school in the morning. Children shake hands with their House Captains when they are awarded certificates each week.
We promote competition through sporting events, house points etc; our sports day is a traditional, competitive event with a podium and parents lining the track. We also promote competition by entering teams into local sports events.
Amongst everything the world offers, we make sure we include those institutions/events which are quintessentially' British and capture/reflect its character, as well as promote the values mentioned above
(Monarchy, Royal Legion, Church, Harvest, Wimbledon etc)
Above all, we are a warm and embracing community and we are positive and proud about our school, the community of Whitchurch and its place within the world.