Head Teacher's Welcome Message
During your child’s time here, we hope you will come to regard the school as your school and 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 educators. 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.
WDPS Head Teacher
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 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.
- WDPS I Can Do It
- WDPS First Aid
- WDPS Olympics Challenge
- WDPS Developing Core Values
- WDPS Life Cycle
- WDPS Resilience
- WDPS Business Enterprise
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.
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.
Consultation for proposed Outer West Learning Trust
WDPS works with other local schools for mutual benefit. The Head Teachers 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.
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.
Thank you to the WDPS staff, parents and Governors who attended our 2 Consultation Meetings on Monday 10th June. Governors will review data from the questionnaires at the end of the Consultation period on Monday 1st July. They will then make a decision as to whether or not to proceed to a Statutory Consultation Phase. Please check here for updates.
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.
2011 began with the Ofsted Inspectors visiting our school community on the 13th and 14th January. The full report highlights what we do well and what we need to do to be even better. [download Published Ofsted Report here]
Overall we have been graded as a ‘Good School with a Good Capacity to Improve.’
This means that there are many positive features of the school and that the school is serving its pupils well.
Ofsted also found that:
- Parents, carers and pupils are particularly appreciative of the good care, guidance and support which the school gives.
- All pupils and staff feel that their views are listened to.
- The governing body, leaders and managers are well aware of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and have good capacity to improve this already good school further.
- Pupils achieve well because teaching and learning are consistently good for all groups of children.
- Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities make good progress because they receive carefully-targeted individual help from skilled teaching assistants as well as teachers.
- The head teacher has a very clear vision for school improvement which he communicates extremely well to all staff.
So congratulations and thank you all for your positive and much-appreciated support to our school community.