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Head Teacher's Welcome Message

During your child’s time here, we hope you will come to regard the school as your school Mick MingStones Head Teacherand that your family’s involvement with the school will always be positive.  We very much value your part in the education of your own child and recognise the work you have already done in teaching your child as their first. We want to continue to strengthen this partnership between home and school.

We believe we give our children a strong start in life as we are an innovative community who have developed a range of programmes that are unique for a school.

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.

Life Skills Challenge (LSC)
We are very proud to have created the WDPS Life Skills Challenge programme as we believe that children need to gain the skills, attitudes and knowledge to achieve all that they can in life.

Modules Overview
WDPS I Can Do It
WDPS First Aid
WDPS Olympics Challenge
WDPS Cycle
WDPS Bushcraft
WDPS Resilience
WDPS Business Enterprise

Watch the inspiring video WDPS Cycle Tour 2015

WDPS Cycle
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.

WDPS Bushcraft
At WDPS we strive to give our children the opportunity to develop useful life skills that will help them to set and achieve aspirational goals.

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.

WDPS Bushcraft includes the following elements:

  • Tool use, Safety and Maintenance (Vegetable peeler, billhook, loppers, bowsaw and sheath knife)
  • Shelters (Tents, tarps and natural resources)
  • Knots and Lashings
  • Fires and Cooking (Construct different types of fire and prepare and make meals)
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Creative Thinking and Art (Planned into the International Primary Curriculum)
  • Team Building and Group Work

WDPS Resilience
The WDPS Resilience module has been created based on Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) research and embeds the WDPS Core Values as we seek to help our children develop confidence and effective communication and people skills.

Communication 1: Perception is Projection

  • To recognise words which are negative and words which are positive.
  •  Link words to emotions.
  •  Everyone in school will recognise when communicating in the negative and be able to rephrase it as a positive.
  •  To understand body language.

Emotional Intelligence (EI), Multiple Intelligences (MI) and Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic (VAK) styles of learning

  • To understand how I prefer to learn.
  • To celebrate Intelligences (talents).
  • To understand my own emotions and those of others .

Drama Triangle - Cause and effect

  • To reflect on  my behaviour  and  that of  others.

Conflict resolution, the volcano and perceptual positions

  • To see others’ view points.
  • To understand what causes conflict.
  • To develop strategies to resolve conflict.

Turning negatives into positives/reframing, Relax and meditate 1

  • To recognise negativity.
  • To develop a positive attitude.
  • To adopt a healthy lifestyle through reflection.

Multiple Intelligence (MI) week

  • To build and work effectively in a team.
  • To achieve a shared goal.

Goal setting and motivation

  • To set goals and achieve them.

Feedback as a gift

  • To show value and respect for others through feedback.

Time management and organisational strategies

  • Use tools and strategies to manage your life more effectively.

Communication 2: Listening with our whole bodies

  • To be an active and effective listener.

Relax and meditate 2

  • To be kind to yourself.

Make a positive contribution

  • To think about other people’s needs.
  • To improve other people’s lives.

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]

We pride ourselves on being responsive to the community we serve, and the school staff strive to make WDPS a happy and successful learning environment for all children who attend the school.

We look forward to our getting to know you and your child better.

Mick MingStones
Head Teacher

Outer West Learning Trust (OWLT)

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.

Now our schools propose to strengthen our working relationships by becoming Foundation schools (still Newcastle Local Authority maintained schools) and gain charitable status as the Outer West Learning Trust.

Visit the Outer West Learning Trust (OWLT) website for more information, click on the picture below.

Outer West Learning Trust (OWLT)

Core Values

At West Denton we believe that all children should be valued and that their achievements should be celebrated. Each Friday certificates will be awarded in each class as follows:

  • Reader of the Week
  • Writer of the Week
  • Mathematician of the Week
  • Learner of the Week
  • Positive Attitude of the Week

Children will be praised by our school community at our weekly Achievers Assembly and then the children will take the certificates home for families to appreciate their success.

We believe that a ‘Work Hard and Achieve’ culture should be promoted and celebrated.

The children, staff and Governors of West Denton Primary School have discussed the Attitudes and Learner Profile we want  to promote in both children and adults throughout our school community.

find out more about our core values>>>

Promoting Democratic British Values

At WDPS we promote a respect for people of different faiths and cultural heritages.  By living out  our 'Core Values', children learn the importance of  ‘Empathy’, ‘Respect’ and ‘Commitment’ all of which help develop a positive mindset.

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

WDPS Ofsted Inspection – December 2013

2013 ended with a team of Ofsted Inspectors visiting the WDPS community on the 4th and 5th of December. [download Published Ofsted Report here]

Overall we have been graded as a ‘Good School’ with ‘Leadership and Management’ evaluated as ‘Outstanding’.

The report reflects what is special about the WDPS community:

  • Staff, pupils and parents alike have positive views of the school, the care and the education it offers.
  • Pupils are proud of their school.
  • The curriculum is exciting and relevant for pupils.
  • The curriculum is outstanding.
  • The wider curriculum has the explicit aim of raising aspirations for all of the pupils.
  • Pupils’ progress in mathematics is outstanding and progress in English is good and improving rapidly and securely.
  • The school promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils well.
  • Equality of opportunity is central to the work of the school.
  • Most of the teaching observed during the inspection was good, and some outstanding practice was seen.
  • Teaching Assistants provide good and often outstanding support for pupils.
  • Behaviour in and around school is excellent.
  • Governors are able to challenge the head teacher and senior team so that improvements continue at a pace.
  • The leadership of the school is inspirational.
  • The dynamic headteacher, together with the deputy headteacher, phase leaders and governing body provide outstanding leadership for the school.


So congratulations and thank you all for your positive and much-appreciated support for the WDPS community.

Follow this link to the Ofsted site

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