Welcome to west denton primary school (wdps) gas in spanish

We have many events planned for this last half-term including the inaugural WDPS Coast to Coast cycle ride in July. We also look forward to receiving our second minibus which will open up more opportunities for offsite learning and extending the breath of our curriculum for our school community.

As you know at WDPS we promote healthy lives for all children and adults as we all benefit from positive time spent playing and exercising outdoors. Research shows that physical exercise is important for mental as well as physical wellbeing.

All children need to be highly literate in order to realise their potential in life. As a school we encourage all students to develop higher-level reading and writing skills so that they are able to learn quickly, communicate effectively and also celebrate a true passion for the written word.

We deliver the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) from Year 1 to Year 6 as we want our children to benefit from a combination of academic, personal and international learning. At WDPS we have created the WDPS Raising Aspirations Programme (RAP) as we believe that all children need to have positive adult role models in order to help them to achieve their full potential. This is why we invite inspirational speakers in to school to help our older children understand that hard work, perseverance and following your dreams can open up maximum choices in all aspects of life.

We have invested heavily in cycling and have created the WDPS Running and Mountain Bike Trail so that all children can develop fitness and essential bike-handling skills all year round. We also undertake off-site rides building up to our Y5 and Y6 children completing multi-day cycle tours in the summer term.

We have created a bespoke Bushcraft Area so that all of our children can experience nature and learning outdoors in a very special environment. The Bushcraft Area includes a tree house, a fire pit and zones created for specific skills acquisition. It is enclosed on all sides by a tall, wooden fence and it is accessed via a willow tunnel which leads to the imposing entrance doors.

In the Bushcraft Area children develop their Multiple Intelligences and self-confidence whilst learning to manage risks. When you visit our Bushcraft Area, you will hear laughter as adults and children alike develop a wide range of practical skills and acquire a broader knowledge base.

I have been fortunate in my life, as I have benefitted from strong family support and I have also had the privilege to work in stimulating educational settings in the UK and around the world. In essence what we are creating at WDPS is the best of all that I believe is fundamental to giving our children ‘A Stepping Stone into the Future.’ Please look at the WDPS Prospectus as this gives a clear overview of our school. [link to prospectus]

WDPS works with other local schools for mutual benefit. The Head Teachers, staff and Governors meet together regularly to share ideas and this has helped our schools to improve learning by sharing good practice e.g. staff training for the successful Read Write Inc. initiative and many joint curriculum projects.

We are delighted to have embedded the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) in WDPS. The goal of the IPC is for children to focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning. We want our children to enjoy their learning; develop enquiring minds, develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens and develop all the skills they will need in order to succeed in life.

Through a democratic process, children are elected to serve as School Councillors. In this way they become involved in the decision-making process and they ensure that the student voice is listened to and acted on in school. Ofsted Inspection

The senior leadership team, well-supported by middle leaders in each phase of the school, is ambitious and committed to improving the quality of education. Determined and effective leadership has ensured that the school has adapted well to the higher expectations of the national curriculum.

Children make an increasingly good start in the early years. Outcomes in the Year 1 national phonics test have risen over recent years to be above national average. Last year pupils made significantly more progress than seen nationally in Reading and Mathematics across Key Stage 2. Their progress in Writing was also stronger than seen nationally.

Our school recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We will be alert to the signs of abuse and maltreatment and will follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice. Leading Parent/Carer Partnership Award

West Denton Primary School would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Big Lottery Fund for the ‘Life Cycle’ project which has helped us to develop a cycling based healthy living project for our children and the wider community. An after school club and other initiatives are teaching children and their parents about safe riding, road safety, cycle maintenance and providing us with an opportunity to deliver healthy living education. This project helps develop transferable life skills, encourages participation in exercise and provides people with the knowledge needed to lead a healthy life.