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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

HT Welcome Message

'At WDPS we believe that when children are given the opportunity to foster a love of challenge, adventure and creativity in and beyond the classroom - developing skills that will equip them for all walks of life - they will become life-long learners with resilience, passion and a thirst for knowledge.'

Head Teacher's Welcome Message


Mr MingStones (Head Teacher)Welcome to West Denton Primary School (WDPS). 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.


I am passionate about giving all children the opportunity to develop their Multiple Intelligences and to be creative individuals who evolve high-level thinking skills so that they can thrive in life and make valuable contributions to society.


 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.


WDPS students are well aware of the importance of gaining strong numeracy skills for succeeding in education and in the world of work.


Our children are motivated to learn other modern foreign languages. All Key Stage 2 children benefit from a weekly Spanish lesson with a native teacher.


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 are delighted to have embedded an Enquiry-based Learning Curriculum at WDPS. The goal of our curriculum 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.


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.


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 'What Makes Us Special' (Homepage) and 'WDPS Culture' (Under 'About Us' tab) as this gives a clear overview of our school.


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.


Safeguarding all our children is at the heart of what we do. As Head Teacher, I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

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



Mick MingStones
Head Teacher


Head Teacher Bio Link : 

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