This page should provide you with the following vital information
that parents require about the school life, rules and procedures:
HOLIDAYS IN TERM TIME
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
WESTOVER GREEN LEARNING CHARTER
STARTING SCHOOL AT WESTOVER GREEN
THE SCHOOL DAY
Westover Green is a large, busy primary school in Bridgwater, near to the town centre, and beside the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal. Each September the school is right in the heart of the famous Bridgwater Fair. Every year we welcome the Fair children to our school who are absorbed into our happy community. An example of their work is located in our entrance area.
As well as having Extended Schools Status (including breakfast and after-school clubs) we have Healthy School Status and are a Dyslexia Friendly School. The school was last inspected in January 2016 and was rated as a Good School with Outstanding Features. We are a part of the Sedgemoor Learning Alliance and work collaboratively with many other schools.
The school has always considered the importance of the development of the whole child and with that in mind the range of extended curriculum is impressive, including two residential trips, visits by theatre groups, visits to the theatre, local music and arts festivals and a wide range of sports activities.
The Governors have committed themselves in the school budget to having a high staffing level to support different styles of learning.
The school premises include a huge field, copse, willow walk and wildlife pond, so that although being an urban school, Westover children have the advantage of experiencing the outdoor environment on their doorstep.
Always moving forward and looking to improve, we aspire to our motto –
“Opening the gates to learning.”
“To provide a safe, enjoyable and motivational environment where all children and adults are respected, accepted, valued and included, enabling children and adults, as individuals, to confidently and successfully achieve their full potential”
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Our school provides a safe, secure, stimulating and motivational environment for each individual.
All pupils and adults have mutual respect for one another. All contributions are valued and there is equality and fairness for all.
The ethos of our school is welcoming, calm yet energised, hard- working and positive, where everyone is valued and able to experience a sense of achievement.
All pupils are polite, courteous and respectful. They have the self-confidence, belief and skills to aspire to excellence.
The attendance of children is excellent with children only late for school in cases of emergency.
The learning environment is inspiring, stimulating and encourages children to want to learn.
The external environment is safe, clean and stimulating, with all land and areas being used to their full potential, catering for all needs.
The curriculum is broad, creative, engaging, challenging, meaningful and innovative, meeting the needs of every child.
Individual achievements of all pupils, staff and parents are recognised. They are encouraged to be proud of their achievements and have a desire to continue to succeed.
All pupils are actively engaged in their learning. They are aware and fully informed of their potential attainment and what they need to do to achieve this.
Academic achievement of all children exceeds what might be expected considering both initial attainment on entry and background factors.
Every child receives the appropriate support to enable them to flourish and reach their full potential in all areas.
There is a staff development programme in place whereby all staff feel valued and are working to their potential. Teaching across the school is consistently good or outstanding.
All pupils, staff, parents and carers are provided with the opportunity to contribute positively to the community spirit of Westover Green.
Our school has a positive reputation and is valued and used by the local community.
Local community facilities are utilised to enhance children’s learning.
The school is part of the wider community whereby people work together for the greater good.
A high percentage of pupils access the extra curricular clubs. They represent the school in a wide variety of activities e.g. sport, music, dance, drama etc. and are encouraged to live healthy, active lives.
Children, parents, governors, staff and associates of the school are proud to be part of Westover Green Community School.
Green a pupil's attendance is of vital importance in helping them
to secure a good education and to access the learning opportunities
being made available to them throughout the school day.
tracked and monitored very carefully and where possible the
SENCO meets fortnightly with the school's Educational Social
Worker to review attendance percentages. Where lateness of arrival
at school is an issue, letters of encouragement are sent to
parents/carers; if poor attendance is the result of an on-going
medical matter, a letter to gain consent to approach the GP
for confirmation will be issued. In extreme cases of continued
non-attendance a Penalty Notice will be issued.
To recognise and
celebrate those pupils who have excellent attendance at school,
certificates and prizes are awarded each term. There is also
a "Class of the Week" certificate awarded in both
key stages, to the class who has the highest weekly attendance.
These incentives can also be earned by pupils showing great
improvement in their attendance percentage.
Our attendance for the academic year 2014/2015 was:
Authorised absence 3.4%
Unauthorised absence 0.9%
IN TERM TIME
ADVICE FOR PARENTS
Amendments to the 2006 regulations were made by the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 and come into force on 1 September 2013.
The amendments make it clear that Headteachers can only grant leave of absence during term time for exceptional circumstances. All reference to a holiday and/or extended leave, including the threshold of ten school days is removed. Any request for leave must be made in writing for the attention of the Headteacher in advance.
Parents and carers are committing an offence if they fail to ensure the regular and punctual attendance at school of their child. Potential consequences, such as any unauthorised absence including taking term time leave not agreed with the school, can result in a Penalty Notice being issued to each parent for each child. Any Penalty Notice unpaid is taken to Magistrates Court as failure to secure the regular attendance of their child. If found guilty of such an offence, Parents could receive a criminal conviction and a potential fine of up to £1,000
Taking a child on holiday in term time interrupts the learning of the whole class. Teachers have to spend time helping children catch up when they return. Parents should arrange holidays for the 13 week school holiday periods. Schools are open 190 days which leaves 175 days of the year for a holiday.
will charge in the following circumstances allowed by the Education
Reform Act 1988:
(a) The provision
of music tuition given to pupils as individuals or in groups
of up to four
(b) Ingredients and materials for cooking and CDT (Craft,
Design and Technology):
(c) Activities which take place wholly or mainly outside school
hours and which are not a statutory part of the National Curriculum
(d) Activities which involve pupils in nights away from home
(e) No charges will be made for examination fees
contributions will be sought from parents for activities
which supplement the normal school curriculum
- The Governors
have agreed a charge to be levied for private photocopying
and telephone calls.
- Some goods
may be purchased through the school for the convenience
of parents, pupils or teachers.
- Some goods
will be sold through the school with the intention of making
a profit and thus raising money for the school, PTA or other
- From time
to time the school will seek voluntary donations for specific
- The Finance
Committee annually review and set charges made for use of
- The Finance
Committee will endeavour to avoid charging the PTA for its
activities in the school.
for day-to-day management of the policy is delegated to
- The level
of charges is a matter for the Governing Body.
- The charging
policy is reviewed annually by the Governing Body.
has a clearly defined procedure to follow if parents wish to
make a complaint. All complaints initially should be made to
the teacher concerned. If the complaint is not resolved at this
level then parents should complain to the Headteacher. Subsequent
levels of complaint are detailed in the County Procedure. Copies
of the County document are available from the school office.
The Headteacher and his colleagues will use their best endeavours
to ensure complaints are dealt with swiftly and satisfactorily.
HMI published reports
Our schemes of work and curriculum foreplanning
County Syllabus for RE
are all obtainable
upon request from the school office and classteacher.
note that it may be necessary to photocopy master documents
meaning that there is a slight delay and that the above information
may not be available on immediate demand.
Green we aim to 'Open the Gates to Learning' and to ensure this
staff and pupils work together to make the school calm and well
ordered. We believe that every child has a right to a safe,
secure and happy environment and we aim to build on the discipline
and good manners which have been taught at home. High expectations
of behaviour are reinforced throughout the school by our Golden
Speak politely and truthfully
Be kind and gentle
Go carefully and thoughtfully
We feel these
rules allow pupils to develop an awareness of their rights and
the rights of others and it is in this spirit in which the school's
'Behaviour and Discipline Policy' is designed.
time your child enters Westover Green they will be involved
in a continual cycle of assessment and monitoring to help them
progress. Initial discussions with parents/carers and pre-school
settings ensures we have knowledge of each individual before
they join us.
In their teaching
our teachers use a continuous cycle of planning, assessing and
reviewing to make work delivered enjoyable, relevant, challenging
and achievable. Pupils also play a large part in self assessing
their learning and thinking about how they can also help themselves
child's primary education in Westover Green in accordance with
the school's 'Assessment Policy' various methods are used by
teachers to judge and record pupils ongoing progress and set
The National Curriculum sets attainment targets which provide
standards against which a child's progress will be assessed.
The results of these are available publicly at the end of the
pupil's Y2 and Y6.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Westover Green Community School has reached "Extended School Status" well in advance of many other schools and this is due to the high importance we place on Extra Curricular Activities.
As well as Breakfast Club and After School Club - known as "Maple Club", the following events and activities are on offer:
Singing Group (KS1)
Dance and Drama Club - producing major productions each year
In addition the school runs a five-day residential field trip for Year 6. Year 3 and 4 children have the opportunity for a 2-night residential. We enjoy interacting with the community and day trips and visits are arranged throughout the year
are provided by Millennium Catering. The meals are cooked at
Haygrove School and brought into school and served in the Exmoor
Free school meals
Children are entitled to free school meals if their families
are in receipt of Income Support or Income-based Job Seeker's
Allowance. Application forms for free school meals are available
from the School Office.
Dining accommodation is provided for children who wish to bring
and eat their own packed lunch in school. Children may bring
drinks, but fizzy drinks are not permitted. Please ensure your
child's lunchbox is clearly named.
Our school has Healthy School Status and children are encouraged
to bring fruit or vegetable snacks to eat at morning break.
Crisps, biscuits and sweets are not permitted.
WESTOVER GREEN LEARNING CHARTER
Our Learning Charter
At Westover Green, we are committed to:
- providing a secure and safe environment in which our children can learn.
- providing a balanced curriculum which develops and extends pupils’ learning ,through a range of experiences, both inside & outside school.
- a comprehensive approach to teaching, recognising the need for children to understand their own emotions, before they can begin to actively learn.
- building our children’s self-esteem & self-worth, through mutual respect & understanding.
- seeing our children growing in confidence and self-assurance and so we aim to engender a positive approach in our teaching to encourage these values.
- Including everyone within the wider school community, especially parents/carers.
- encouraging our children to become active, positive members of the community of Bridgwater & good citizens of the UK, Europe & the world.
- teaching our children about British culture, as well as global cultures, to encourage a respectful attitude to all who live in our world.
out the arrangements for the use of the school premises by groups,
individuals or organisations. It should be read in conjunction
with the LEA's advice and guidance on Lettings and Lettings
All hirers of
the school premises will be made aware of the hire costs, terms
and conditions, including insurance requirements, before the
hire and the agreement signed.
Hire charges will
be reviewed annually by the Headteacher and Governors. The charges
will cover any costs incurred, i.e. heat and lighting, caretaker
Charges to children
and youth groups may be subsidised if funds are available for
this purpose. This is to be agreed on individual circumstances
by the Headteacher and Governors.
There is currently
no charge for the use of the premises by the PTA.
What do I
do if my child is ill
is very helpful for us if you can let us know by telephone
if your child is unable to come to school. If this is not
possible then please send a letter with them when they return
to explain why they were absent.
that we are only allowed to give prescribed medication at
school after consultation with the Headteacher.
What happens if my child is ill or has an accident at school
vitally important that we have your home telephone number,
if you have one, plus an emergency number. This may be a grandparent,
friend or neighbour or your, or your partner's work number.
If this changes for any reason please let us know immediately
so we can change our records. We have trained First Aiders
on site and in the event of accident or illness they decide
whether it is serious enough to contact you and ask you to
collect your child. In the occasional case they may decide
that the child needs hospital treatment urgently, we would
arrange to meet you there. If your child suffers a bump to
the head we will give you a note explaining how this may affect
them and advice on what to do. At all times your child's comfort
and safety is our main concern.
my child who uses an inhaler
are kept in the classrooms so that the children have access
to them at all times.
There is a Pre-School for 2 - 4 year olds on the Westover Green
School site, run by a private provider, which links with the
Foundation year class groups and incorporate the ethos of the
school, to ensure a smooth transition for young children from
the home and pre-school environment into full time education.
The strategy of incorporating pre-school provision on site is
to enhance the social skills of children entering the school
at Foundation Stage and access specialist provision in the early
years to provide an essential grounding for the delivery of
formal education. This will lead to higher attainment in future
Alongside the pre-school area
there is a Community room for use by partners of the school,
pre-school and local community, parents and families to access
professional help, advice, education and information.
We recognise the importance of pupils’ views and making them part of the decision making process. The school has an elected School Council with 2 representatives from each class in the school from Year 1 upwards. They meet regularly to discuss in-house issues.
The School Council has been responsible for a variety of initiatives and its members provide a welcome face for those on interviews at the school. They also represent the school at “Sedgemoor Chatterbox”, a forum for School Council representatives in the area which is held termly.
belongs to one of our four School Teams -
Children are allocated
to a team when they start school, siblings are put into the
Team points are
given by the staff for good work, helpfulness, kindness, effort
and for a whole variety of worthwhile reasons, not necessarily
associated with ability.
towards a whole team score, and at the end of the term there
is an award for the team with the highest score. A Team Cup
is always on display with ribbons in the winning team's colour.
We expect children to wear our simple but smart uniform:
Green sweatshirts, jumpers or
Black or grey trousers or skirts
White or green polo shirts.
Dark shoes - NOT trainers
(trainers can be brought into school to be changed into at
playtimes to avoid damage to their school shoes).
Sweatshirts, Cardigans, Polo
Shirts and Fleece Jackets are available by order from the
Parents are reminded of the importance
of labelling children's clothing, particularly PE kit. This
is essential equipment which every child needs. School policy
is that children change for PE. PE kit should be brought to
school in a named bag. It should be kept in school and returned
home for washing at weekends/holidays.
is a secure and safe site with gates that are locked during
the school day. Access is only given to authorised school visitors
during the day.
All visitors must
sign in and out and if you need to collect your child from school
for any reason, please come into Reception where someone will
get your child for you while you sign them out.
Parents are not
permitted to drive onto the school site unless they have prior
agreement with the Headteacher.
STARTING SCHOOL AT WESTOVER GREEN
Children are admitted to school in the academic year in which they are five.
Prospective parents are always warmly welcome should they wish to visit the school, in order to assess the opportunities provided for their children, and to meet the staff.
In May, parents of children offered a place at Westover Green are invited to an evening meeting so that they can be introduced to all the staff that will be involved with their child.
Children are invited to come to school on various afternoons during the last half-term of the school year prior to them starting, to allow them to become more familiar with the teachers.
The children start school on a part-time basis in small groups according to their date of birth and in line with County policy. Their time at school is gradually increased to a full working day.
Introducing children to school in this way enables us to spend much more time with individuals and establish good relationships. Full-time schooling is much too demanding and tiring for four year olds, part-time to begin with, is the best way to start.
Green after the age of four
We strongly recommend that parents of children transferring from another school make at least one visit before their children begin school at Westover Green.
stage One Key Stage Two
Breakfast Club 8:00 8:00
School Opens 8:50 8:50
Teaching Begins 9:00 9:00
Morning Break 11:15-11:30 11:15-11:30
Lunch Break 12:30-1:30 12:30-1:30
Afternoon Break 2:45-3:00 -
School Finishes 3:15 3:15
After School Club 3:15-5:30 3:15-5:30
Parents are responsible for the safety of their children on
the journey to and from school. In the early years children
must be collected from school by their parents or person nominated
by their parents. We expect children to arrive at school on
time and be collected on time. Classes open their doors at 8:50
unless your child is attending our Breakfast Club. School expects
children to be in class by 8:50 when the registers are taken
and formally closed.
will not accept responsibility for the care and safety of children
on site before 8:45am unless children are attending Breakfast