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We are a busy but friendly school, with lots going on. This website aims to give you a taster of the school, as well as providing up to date information for parents, pupils and the wider community.

We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website, and that you find the information you are looking for. Please feel free to contact the school direct with any queries you may have.

I firmly believe that every child can do amazing things and it’s our job to help make this a reality. At Whitegate End we believe that there are no ceilings to success and every child can attain. One of the ways we do this, is by developing and encouraging a Growth Mindset.

We want our pupils to be motivated and enthusiastic learners who will be brave when learning; never afraid to try new things.

 

The 3 Rs, responsibility, resilience and respect form part of a toolkit which if used effectively, I believe, enable our pupils to become more efficient learners.

The relationships between teachers, children and parents are fundamental to the success of the school. Working together, we can ensure that children enjoy their time at Whitegate End, make good progress and leave us as responsible, well-qualified, mature young people, ready to make a valued contribution to society.  

My expectations of the children, in terms of their achievement and behaviour, are very high. I expect all members of the school community to uphold the policies and values of our school.

 

Like all schools in England, we must follow the National Curriculum – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum – it sets out subjects and content which we must teach.

Within this, however, there is flexibility so that we can interpret and plan to meet the needs and interests of our children now and for the future. The key aim for all our teaching and learning is to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn, to enjoy and to achieve.

The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content. At Whitegate End, we make sure children learn lots of additional skills, knowledge and understanding. For example:

•We offer a range of after-school clubs and opportunities– these extra-curricular activities go beyond the statutory requirements.
•If a class or group show an interest in a particular subject, teachers will try to include this in the school year.
•Current local/national or international events can provide a great basis for learning.
•Not all subjects can naturally ‘fit’ within a topic and so these subjects are usually taught in a discrete way.
Religious Education does not always link with a topic and so it’s taught separately.

•Not everything in Maths links effectively with a topic and so this often runs separately, but is taught by the same teacher and links are made whenever possible.

We value the development of essential life skills such as first aid and cookery, and have built this in to our own curriculum.
In addition to the key skills that we aim to teach our children we also implement the Oldham Pledge, which promotes opportunities for children to develop key character traits supporting every child to be school ready, life ready and work ready.
The Oldham Pledge highlights the importance of supporting every child to grow into well rounded confident citizens who can succeed as individuals and contribute to their society.

Our school is a good school, as evidenced by our latest Ofsted Inspection 25-26th February 2020, and by the continued feedback we receive from pupils, staff and parents.  We are also a learning school and continuously drive to be better by challenging ourselves and the pupils. This enables them to develop resilience and a 'Can do' attitude. Our staff regularly review educational research and use this support the Teaching & Learning.

Our school motto is 'to be the best that we can be'

 

At Whitegate End we take into account the whole child - we want our pupils to feel safe, cared for and know that they will be listened to.

We strive for our pupils to leave Whitegate End as caring, respectful, tolerant and enthusiastic learners who take responsibility for their actions to ensure they are well equipped to become great members of society.

Whitegate End is an inclusive Community Primary and Nursery School. We welcome all families and value the rich diversity of different cultures, faiths, abilities and family groups. 

We strive hard to achieve high standards in everything and provide varied opportunities through the curriculum and beyond for all children to contribute towards the life of the school. We actively encourage and support pupils to take a lead in caring for their community and supporting charitable work.

 Our core values are Responsibility, Resilience and Respect

 

Our last Ofsted report stated that,

  • 'Pupils enjoy coming to school'     
  • 'Pupils love the activities that take part in on Friday afternoons(connected curriculum)'
  • 'Leaders and Teachers have high expectations of pupils.'
  • 'Pupils understand that good behaviour helps them to learn better.'
  • 'Relationships are strong.'
  • Pupils learn about spotting and managing risks for themselves.'

 

I hope that as you browse this website or when you visit the school, you will be able to see it in action.

Mrs J Conway
Headteacher

 

During the 2020-2021 Academic Year our Key priorities for whole school development are:

 

  1. To improve the attainment and progress of all groups of pupils.
  2. To further improve the pedagogical toolkit of all staff..
  3. To develop the role of curriculum leaders so they are able to monitor and evaluate the school’s effectiveness and ensure the needs of all learners are met.
  4. To improve the range of reading texts to ensure that the books that pupils read are at the right level for them.
  5. For governors to improve their understanding of the school, so that they can provide effective support and challenge to keep driving the school forward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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