Welcome to Waltham St. Lawrence Primary School. This prospectus is intended to give you useful
and interesting information about the school.
I hope the prospectus gives you an insight into the way we organise and run our School, and
gives a picture of our aims and visions that we feel sure will provide your child with "an education
At Waltham St Lawrence Primary School we aim to provide a happy family atmosphere where an
enjoyment of learning and a strong team spirit is fostered.
High standards and expectations in work and behaviour lead to our pupils making excellent
progress while they are at the School.
During your child’s time with us they will be in a caring and stimulating learning environment where
equality of opportunity;
respect for religious & cultural diversity;
a spirit of self and mutual respect;
development of individual talents and strength;
a sense of responsibility for our environment & the wider world; and
a welcoming, open-door atmosphere.
Here at School we have adopted an "open door" policy, which means you are always welcome to
come in and discuss any points raised in the prospectus, or throughout your child's education
WALTHAM ST. LAWRENCE PRIMARY SCHOOL
School Road, West End,
Waltham St. Lawrence
Reading, Berks. RG10 0NU
Telephone: 0118 9343248
Fax: 0118 9343248
E mail: email@example.com
Waltham St. Lawrence Primary School is a co-educational day school.
Age Range : 4 to 11 years
Pupils : 120 approximately
Teachers : 4 full time
3 part time
Headteacher : Mrs Judi Jeffries
Chairman of : Dr Bran Mellors
Strategic Director of Children’s Services: Mr Cliff Turner
Royal Borough of Windsor and
St Ives Road
Telephone: 01628 798888
WALTHAM ST LAWRENCE PRIMARY SCHOOL
About the School
Set in beautiful countryside between the villages of Waltham St Lawrence and Shurlock Row,
which it serves, the school can be described as a vibrant and caring learning environment at the
heart of the community.
From the Log Book
Waltham St. Lawrence School was opened in 1910 as an all age village school. Many of the
children came to school by horse drawn wagons, particularly in the bad weather when the
unpaved lanes were too muddy to travel on foot. £2 was provided to buy 40 pairs of slippers to
give to children arriving at school with wet feet. These were repaired over and over again by the
older girls. It was quite common to close the school for several weeks when there was an
epidemic of whooping cough, measles or scarlet fever.
The first head of the school and the children began a tradition of helping Dr. Barnardos Homes,
which has continued to the present day.
During the First World War the children collected eggs for the wounded soldiers - in 1916 over
1000 eggs were collected. In 1918, 2,250 pounds of blackberries were collected for "Government
Jam". During this year it was necessary to install a soup kitchen at the school. The older children
created a vegetable garden that won great praise from visiting H.M. Inspectorate, in spite of the
difficulties of cultivation on difficult clay soil.
In 1939 the senior children went to Wargrave and the school became a primary school. Evacuees
shared the school from the beginning of the War and the RAF from White Waltham sent many
pupils to the school.
Since then a number of changes have been made to the appearance of the school:
The Foundation Stage has a dedicated outside play area with sandpits, gardens and
There is an adventure playground, built using money raised by the PTA and very popular
with both the children and their parents.
A corner of the playground has been fenced off to provide a ‘Quiet Area’ where children
can sit with friends in the shade of trees.
The most recent internal changes include new offices and the refurbishment of the school
hall and an extension to the cloakroom area to incorporate space for small group teaching.
The latest project, funded by the PTA, is an environmental garden and wildlife pond in the
The School Logo shows a picture of the bell tower. When the school first opened the bell was
rung to indicate the start of the school day. It is still used for that purpose and is also rung at the
end of playtimes and lunchtimes!
School Terms and Holidays for the Academic Year 2011/12
Staff Training Day: Monday 5th September 2011
Term Starts on: Tuesday 6th September 2011
Term Ends on: Friday 21st October 2011
Half Term Holiday: Monday 24th October to Friday 28th October 2011
Staff Training Day: Monday 31st October 2011
Term Starts on: Tuesday 1st November 2011
Term Ends on: Friday 16th December 2011
Christmas Holiday: Monday 19th December to Friday 2nd January 2012
Staff Training Day: Tuesday 3rd January 2012
Term Starts on: Wednesday 4th January 2012
Term Ends on: Friday 10th February 2012
Half Term Holiday: Monday 13th February to Friday 17th February 2012
Term Starts on: Monday 20th February 2012
Term ends on: Friday 30th March 2012
Spring Holiday: Monday 2nd April to Monday 13th April 2012
(Good Friday – 6th April 12; Easter Monday – 9th April 12)
Staff Training Day: Monday 16th April 2012
Term starts on: Tuesday 17th April 2012
Term Ends on: Friday 1st June 2012
May holiday: Monday 4th June to Friday 8th June 2012
Staff Training day: Monday 23rd July 2012
Term starts on: Monday 11th June 2012
Term ends on: Friday 20th July 2012
Parents are requested not to take holidays during term time.
The School Day
Classes 1 & 2 8:50 am to 11:55 am
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Classes 3, 4 & 5 8:50 am to 12:05 noon
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
A School day will provide:-
15 minutes for registration and assembly;
A minimum of 4½ hours teaching time;
15 minutes play time for Years 3 to 6, but 20 minutes for Years R to 2; and
55 minutes lunch break for Years 3 to 6, but 1 hour 5 minutes for Years R to 2.
Admissions to School
The School has an admission figure of 19. This means that we are allowed to admit no more than
19 children in each academic year group. Should the number of applications exceed this figure,
the following criteria will be considered:-
1. Children whose home address is in the area served by the school.
2. Children who have brothers or sisters attending the school.
3. Children who have strong medical or social grounds for admission.
4. Children whose parents have any other appropriate reason for their preference.
Pupils will be offered admission into Reception at one point during the school year.
The September after their 4th birthday.
In-year admissions, that is children joining the school at times other than into Reception, are also
Where it is necessary to choose between children within the same category this will be done on a
geographical basis. Those children living nearest to the School will have priority in the allocation
of spaces. Distances will be measured using a straight line on a map.
Admissions for primary school places are handled centrally by the Local Authority (Royal Borough
of Windsor & Maidenhead). A Common Application Form can be obtained from Admissions on
01628 796782/3/4 or www.rbwm.gov.uk/web.ed.
Parents have a legal right to appeal to an independent panel against a refusal of a place. As a
first step any appeal must be made in writing to the Clerk to the Appeal Panel at The Royal
Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF.
During the latter half of the term prior to your child starting with us we will invite them to spend a
morning and an afternoon session with us - not both on the same day. The purpose of the visits
is to familiarise your child with their new surroundings, classmates and teachers, as well as for the
teachers to get to know your child.
It would be very helpful if all children coming new to School could do the following things:
Dress and undress (this is so necessary as children are required to change for Physical
Remove outdoor clothes and hang them on their peg;
Use the toilet properly;
Wash and dry hands; and
Tidy up after using toys and equipment.
Our mission is to provide a happy, caring environment for all, where each child is enabled
to achieve their full academic and social potential in an atmosphere of mutual respect and
At this school our aims are: -
To provide a secure and happy learning environment where every child’s
contribution is valued;
To ensure that all children reach their potential in all areas of development;
To ensure that all children have full and equal access to the whole curriculum;
To create a stimulating and challenging learning environment with activities that are
purposeful and relevant;
To develop enquiring minds, enjoying the widest variety of learning experiences;
To provide for the individual needs of all members of our school community
irrespective of race, colour or creed;
To promote positive relationships, appropriate behaviour and good manners at all
To enable the children to understand the world in which they live through the
development of personal, spiritual, moral and cultural values;
To promote a healthy lifestyle where children are encouraged to make informed
To ensure the school and home work in harmony by involving parents in the
education of their children; and
To nurture a respect for the environment, both natural and man-made, as the basis
of life and a source of wonder and inspiration.
The school has five vertically grouped, mixed ability classes:-
Owls class has 30 Reception and Year 1 children, taught by Miss Cork and Mrs
Robins class has 29 Year 1 and Year 2 children taught by Mrs Woof and Mrs Wiseman;
Skylarks class has 19 Year 3 children taught by Mr Thomspon;
Red Kites class has 25 Year 4 and Year 5 children in taught by Mrs Cubbage; and
Kestrels class has 17 Year 6 children taught by Mrs Butcher.
Mrs Judi Jeffries Headteacher
Mrs Mary Butcher Teacher in Kestrels
Miss Helen Cork Teacher in Owls
Mrs Trudy Wiseman Teacher in Owls
Mrs Jill Woof SENCO and Teacher in Robins
Mr Thompson Teacher in Skylarks
Mrs Zoe Cubbage Teacher in Red Kites
Mrs Mary Butcher Teacher in Kestrels
Mrs Laura Kelsey Teacher and ICT Co-ordinator
Mrs June Lancaster Teaching Assistant in Owls Class
Mrs Karen Winter Teaching Assistant in Owls Class & Clerk
to the Governors
Mrs Sue Sarney Teaching Assistant in Robins and Sklylarks
Mrs Inge McDonald Teaching Assistant in Kestrels Class
Mrs Dawn Turner Teaching Assistant in Robins Class
Mrs Sarah Crothers Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Louise Foster Learning Support Assistant in Robins Class
Mrs Wendy Macaulay-Brown Teaching Assistant & Learning Support
Assistant in Skylarks Class
Mrs Jacquie Presant Learning Support Assistant in Robins Class
Mrs Elaine White Teaching Assistant in Red Kites Class
Mrs Zoe McAra Learning Support Assistant in Red Kites Class
Mrs Sue Kemp Learning Support Assistant in Red Kites Class
Mrs Lydia Wood Nursery Nurse in Owls Class
Mrs Lynda Hughes School Secretary and Bursar
Mr Colin Butcher Admin Assistant
Parents Are Welcome
The school has an open-door policy. This means that we are always available if you have
anything you wish to discuss with us. However prior notice will ensure that the person you wish
to see is able to give you the time you need.
Parents’ Evenings are an opportunity for you to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher.
They take place twice during the year, in the autumn during Term 2 and in the spring during Term
4. At the end of the school year you will receive a written report detailing the progress your child
has made during the year and you are welcome to make an appointment to discuss this with your
child’s teacher. During Term 6 an Open Evening is held when you and your child will be able to
look at the work they have done over the year.
Each term parents are invited into School to attend a Family Assembly at which the children have
an opportunity to show some of the work they have been doing in school. In Term 1 this takes
the form of a Harvest Festival service in the Church.
We welcome your help too. Please come in and listen to readers or help in the classroom if you
wish to. However in line with our Child Protection Policy you need to be aware that volunteer
helpers must undertake a CRB check.
The Learning Experience
The curriculum covers core and non-core subjects as specified in the National Curriculum, most
recently updated in 2000, and Religious Education.
The core subjects consist of English, Mathematics and Science. The non-core subjects include
ICT, Art and Design, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music, PE and Games, and PSHE.
In this school the emphasis is on a broad and balanced curriculum. A wide range of activities and
experiences is provided to stimulate the children’s interest and imagination and fully extend pupils
of all abilities, whatever their learning style. Their learning in school begins with their time in the
Reception Class – the Foundation Stage.
The Foundation Stage
Until the start of the Autumn Term after your child’s 5th birthday, their education will be focussed
on “The Foundation Stage”, which you may not be familiar with, so we have compiled these notes
to help you understand more :-
Children are in the Foundation Stage from the age of 3 years to the September after their
5th birthday. It is a distinct stage and one in which play is vital.
The curriculum must be based on first hand experience and play and is laid out in the
“Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage” which identifies learning goals for the end
of the Foundation Stage and stepping stones on the way to those goals
The Foundation Stage guidance uses 6 areas of learning as a framework for planning and
assessing the curriculum for the children
1. Personal and Social Development (PSHE and Citizenship)
2. Communication, Language and Literacy (English: literacy and speaking and
3. Mathematical Development (Math: numeracy)
4. Physical Development (PE games and fine motor skill development)
5. Creative Development (Music Art Drama Dance)
6. Knowledge and Understanding of the World (Science, History, Geography,
Children learn through play. The Foundation Stage guidance states, “Well planned play,
both indoors and outdoors, is a key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and
challenge. In playing they behave in different ways: sometimes their play will be
boisterous, sometimes they will describe and discuss what they are doing, sometimes they
will be quiet and reflective as they play.”
The study of English develops children’s abilities to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range
of purposes, so using language to learn and communicate ideas, views and feelings. It enables
children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, as they become enthusiastic and
critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction and media texts. Children gain
an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. They
their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different
Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding in Literacy using a
variety of teaching and learning styles in English lessons, as recommended by the Primary National
In Key Stage 1 we use Ruth Miskin’s Read Write Inc. This is a synthetic phonics scheme which has
reading, writing, speaking and listening, partner work and creativity built into a comprehensive
As children progress through the school we aim to develop their reading skills to a point where
they love reading, read to learn, and their reading impacts positively on their writing skills.
Children are able to use and apply their learning in Literacy lessons in all areas of the curriculum.
At Waltham St Lawrence School maths is taught in a daily lesson throughout the school. At KS2
the children are “set” for the numeracy hour, so that they are able to work with a group of
children of similar ability and are, in our opinion, able to achieve more.
At present we use the “Collins Primary” mathematics scheme as our base scheme, but we also use
a wide variety of other schemes, approaches and materials to meet the needs of all our pupils.
As children progress through the School, the various stages in the scheme are introduced at
appropriate times. This ensures continuity throughout the child's schooling, and also ensures that
all areas of the National Curriculum are covered.
In order to keep abreast of latest developments, our School Co-ordinator attends regular meetings
about the curriculum organised by the local authority’s adviser for Mathematics. Additional
enrichment and motivational activities are necessary for children to understand the use, and
particularly the application, of mathematics. We seek to provide this enrichment through practical
Science is planned to encourage children to be actively involved in studying their world and their
own immediate locality through direct observation and practical investigation.
Investigations and activities are consciously designed to involve and excite the children, thus
encouraging the development of specific skills that will be assessed and monitored.
Through careful planning we try to balance the work between the facts the children will learn and
the skills they will acquire.
To satisfy the requirements of the National Curriculum our science teaching follows the QCA
Schemes of work. Children are taught in year groups for this subject to allow for progression.
The school has an ICT suite with 11 computers all networked and connected to the Internet. In
each class there is also a networked computer and additional PCs with software to both enhance
and support the curriculum. Children are taught ICT skills and use them in their learning across
the curriculum. ICT is also used to support and enhance teaching through the use of interactive
whiteboards in every classroom and through the use of digital cameras and movie making
Art & Design
We aim to give the children a wide range of experience in art, working as individuals or in groups.
Painting, drawing, printing, pottery, collage, and three-dimensional art are all a normal part of the
work carried out by the children.
Investigations into the life, times and styles of different artists are also part of the curriculum.
The children are actively engaged in exercises to plan, design and build a variety of
models/machines usually linked with their current topic/project. The children learn to use safely a
wide variety of tools, equipment and materials. Through designing, planning, building and
evaluating, the children gain a great deal of knowledge and experience of everyday objects.
Geography is taught as a separate subject, although links are made with the topic work where
appropriate. The children learn a variety of geographical skills including a knowledge and
understanding places; aspects of physical and human geography; and local environmental
Enquiry forms an important part of pupils' work, taking account of the pupils' interests, experience
and capabilities, and leading to investigations based on fieldwork and classroom activities. Pupils
develop their geographical skills through studying places and geographical themes.
In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 History is taught as part of termly class topics. For
example in our ‘Toys’ theme, learning about the history of the teddy bear, and in our ‘Transport’
theme, learning about the early development of the motor car.
In Key Stage 2, although History is taught as a separate subject, links are made wherever possible
to other curriculum areas such as English Art and ICT.
During their School career, the children will study Invaders and Settlers, Tudors, Aztecs, Victorian
Britain, Britain since the 30s and Ancient Greece, as well as aspects of local history.
The School uses a variety of learning experiences to fulfil the requirements of the National
Curriculum, which is divided into two Attainment Targets - Performing and Composing, and
Listening and Appraising.
Using various media, including radio, televisions and information technology, we help the children
to develop the ability to listen to and appraise music.
We have a wide variety of musical instruments and, by using and practising with them, we help
the children develop the ability to perform and compose music with understanding.
Pupils are encouraged to "take up" a musical instrument, and extra tuition may be provided by the
Berkshire Young Musicians Trust.
Games and Physical Education
to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles;
to develop positive attitudes to all aspects of PE; and
to ensure safe practice.
To achieve these aims all children will learn skills enabling them to take part in invasion, fielding
and striking, and net and wall games, athletics, gymnastic activities and dance during their time at
We have the use of a large school playing field, playground and a school hall, where we are able
offer a programme that actively involves and encourages children in a full range of physical
We aim to offer a wide range of team games including football, netball, rounders, tag rugby and
hockey. There are many opportunities for after-school clubs such as country dancing, dance, tag
rugby, netball and football for children mainly in Key Stage 2. We have very strong links with
other local schools including Cox Green Secondary School allowing opportunities for participating
in tournaments and inter-school matches.
All pupils in Years 3 and 4 are offered a 10 week swimming course at the Windsor Leisure Centre
during their time at school. This is funded partly by the parents and partly by the PTA.
PSHE and Citizenship
Personal, social and health education (PSHE) and citizenship help to provide pupils with the
knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy lives and to become
responsible, independent citizens. Activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum
allow pupils to recognise their own self-worth and to work well with others. Teachers use the
Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) curriculum materials to deliver PSHE, supplemented
with additional resources to ensure they develop an understanding of the many social, moral and
cultural issues that are part of life.
Health Education is taught as part of PSHE and Science. The topics covered are taught at a level
appropriate to the age and understanding of the children. Sex and relationship Education is
taught to children in Year 6. Parents may withdraw their child from this aspect of the curriculum
should they wish to do so.
Religious Education and Collective Worship
In RE we aim to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other
major world religions. Through the local education authority’s agreed syllabus, the children are
also encouraged to reflect on the meaning behind stories, festivals and religious observances.
We have assemblies for the whole School during the week. The assemblies are taken by the
headteacher, the teachers and sometimes by visitors to the School. Our assembly themes include
biblical stories and stories from other religions and cultures. We also take the opportunity for
moral and social education where issues such as our relationships with each other, behaviour and
concern for our environment may be the focus.
Parents have a statutory right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and/or collective
worship and should inform the headteacher in writing if they wish to exercise this right.
Modern Foreign Languages
Children start to learn to speak French in Year 3. In Year 6 additional lessons are provided by a
Specialist Languages teacher from The Piggott School who visits the school each week.
Special Educational Needs
The progress of children in school is closely monitored and any pupils who need additional support
are identified. The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) follows guidelines set down
in the DfES Code of Practice and in the School’s SEN Policy to ensure that these children receive
an appropriate level of support. Teaching assistants work alongside teachers to provide individual
and small group support to those children who require it. If necessary we seek further advice
from outside professionals including the Education Psychologist, the Specialist Inclusion Service
and Medical Officers.
Pupils with Disabilities
The school has an accessibility plan in response to the Disabilities Act 2002. There is disable
access to all areas of the main school building and suitable toilet facilities. The school has an
Equal Opportunities Policy in place which has a section applying to disabled pupils.
Homework is set in accordance with the School’s Homework Policy and should take an average of
1 hour per week for KS1 children, 1½ hours per week for Years 3 and 4 and 2½ hours per week
for Years 5 and 6.
Homework may be:-
The learning/reinforcement of spellings;
The learning/reinforcement of tables;
Finding out about specific events or people as requested by the teacher; and
Formal homework based on Maths, English or Science.
Regular reading is vital and at KS1 homework consists mainly of regular reading with parents and
looking at books together. At KS2 children should, as part of their homework, either read to their
parents, listen to their parents reading or, if they are fluent, read on their own for at least 10-20
minutes per day.
Every child is provided with a Homework Book so that parents know what homework has been
Extra Curricular Activities
As extra curricular activities, the staff run "clubs" after school i.e. 3:00 to 4pm. Clubs cater for
children of all different ages – some for Key Stage 1, some for Key Stage 2 and some for all ages.
(The clubs are open to all children in Years R to 6), but it should be understood that children
joining a club are expected to undertake a commitment to attend every week.
A variety of clubs are run throughout the year and they may include football, netball, tag rugby,
science, needlework, rounders, musical theatre group, French, Judo and multi sports.
Children who attend sports clubs may be invited to represent the school at inter-school matches
Some clubs are run by outside providers such as Pro Direct Coaching or Iinkai Judo, and there is a
charge for these.
School meals are provided by Cater Link Ltd and are brought in on “hot trays” to the School. A
choice of two main meals, priced at £2.20 is produced every day. Parents should receive a printed
menu at the beginning of term, and should indicate their week’s choice and make their payment
on the pre-printed envelopes provided in the school office before school starts on a Friday
Free School Meals
A family receiving supplementary benefit or family income support from the Department of Health
and Social Security is entitled to free school meals for all their children. The School can provide
the necessary form, or a family can write direct to the Director of Children’s Services and
Childcare, whose name and address is on the front of this brochure.
If children bring their own sandwiches they must eat them in classroom or the School canteen.
The school’s Food Policy stipulates that packed lunches should not contain chocolates, sweets or
Girls: Winter: Light grey skirt or tunic or navy blue tailored trousers and white
School sweatshirt or School cardigan
School polo shirt
Summer: As above or blue gingham dress or grey skirts and gingham top.
Boys: Winter: Grey trousers and grey or black socks.
School polo shirt
Summer: As above, with grey shorts as an option
The wearing of School sweatshirts and polo shirts is encouraged, as it looks smart and gives the
children a sense of belonging.
School sweatshirts and cardigans, which are dark blue with the School logo on the front are
available from School at a cost of £8.50. Similarly designed polo shirts are also available at £6.00.
The following clothing is also needed for School:
PE and Games:
Girls: PE Kit: White T-shirt/polo shirt, navy shorts, training shoes
Games: As above with warmer clothing in winter, plimsolls may be worn for indoor
Boys: PE Kit: White T-shirt/polo shirt, navy shorts, training shoes
Games: As above with warmer clothing in winter. Plimsolls may be worn for indoor
For football an ordinary football shirt, shorts, socks and pair of
Football boots are recommended.
A bag to hold PE clothing should be provided.
Children must not wear the same clothes for PE or games as they do in School.
Art: Apron or overall. An old large shirt would be suitable.
Swimming: Costume and swimming hat.
Drawstring bag to hold these items.
ALL CLOTHING MUST BE CLEARLY MARKED WITH THE CHILD'S NAME
Children should wear ordinary shoes to school, not training shoes or plimsolls which are for PE or
If children wear wellington boots to school they should change into ordinary shoes or plimsolls for
wear around the school building.
The wearing of jewellery at school is not allowed on Health and Safety grounds. The exceptions
to this are wrist watches and stud earrings which should be removed or covered up for PE and
Games. For the same reasons, long hair should be tied back.
If it is necessary for a pupil for receive medication during school hours, this should be brought in
by the parent, clearly labelled with the child's name and details of the dosage, and handed to the
teacher. A consent form will be given to you, which must be completed and returned. The School
does not accept liability for such medicines or their administration.
Absences for illness
When a child returns to School after any absence (including half-days) the reason for absence is
needed either in writing or verbally. A telephone call when your child first becomes ill is
appreciated. A note or phone call is also required if you wish to collect your child from School
early for any reason.
Absences other than illness
The law allows for children to be absent with their parents on annual family holidays for two
weeks. However, this right should only be exercised in exceptional circumstances because of the
disruption it may cause to a child’s education. Forms requesting time off school for family holidays
are available at School and should be completed well in advance of the absence.
A whole school approach to behaviour management ensures that every child and adult is aware of
acceptable standards of behaviour. We aim to promote good relationships where everyone is
valued, respected and treated fairly within an environment where children can learn and play with
confidence. The expectation of good behaviour is embedded within the ethos of the school. We
have a positive approach to behaviour and this is reflected in our Code of Conduct which has been
developed in consultation with the children in the school:-
What we do to be good at school:
We are kind
We are polite
We listen carefully
We work hard
We look after things at school
We keep safe
We respect others
We are sensible
Levels of unacceptable behaviour and appropriate sanctions are clearly defined in the school’s
Behaviour Policy which is also available in a ‘childspeak’ version.
Health and Safety at Work Act
As a recognised Healthy School the health, safety and welfare of all the people who work or learn
at our school are of fundamental importance. We aim to provide a safe, secure and pleasant
working environment for everyone. The governing body, along with the LEA, takes responsibility
for protecting the health and safety of all children and members of staff.
It is the responsibility of each teacher to ensure that all curriculum activities are safe. Similarly,
curriculum co-ordinators will always be vigilant for hazards concerning equipment or activities
related to their area of responsibility. If a teacher or curriculum co-ordinator has any concerns
about pupil safety, they should bring them to the attention of the Headteacher before that
particular activity next takes place. We do not take any child off the school site without the prior
permission of the parent.
The school takes very seriously its responsibilities for ensuring the safety of children whilst on
We regularly use the Internet in school, because it has many educational benefits. In order to
minimise the risk of children coming across unsuitable material, we provide constant supervision,
and we use only a filtered service, selected links, and child-friendly search engines. We seek
parental permission before using photographs of children or their work on the school’s website, or
in newsletters and other publications.
Waltham St Lawrence Primary School is a no-smoking establishment. This applies
both during the school day and during PTA or other events that may take place outside
To enhance the learning that takes place in the classroom we like to offer children the opportunity
to participate in off-site visits. Visits to museums, theatres and galleries in Reading and London
bring topics such as the Victorians or Ancient Egyptians to life. Local studies develop an
understanding of historical and geographical influences on the environment where the children
Throughout the year visits to the school are arranged to allow the children to take part in ‘Hands
on History’ days. They also enjoy musical and theatrical performances and workshops which often
relate to themed cultural weeks. A recent example has been an Indonesian Week culminating in a
Gamelan orchestra workshop.
In recent years we have given the older children the opportunity to undertake a School Journey to
the Isle of Wight where we study a wide range of subjects, lifestyles and cultures, flora and fauna.
As well as studying a contrasting location such School journeys have other advantages. For many
children it is their first visit away from their parents and they have their first experience of
organising themselves for the day ahead. It also provides invaluable experience in working
together, not only with members of their own group but also with people from other localities.
As the journeys take place during school hours they are funded by voluntary contributions from
the parents, as laid down by Government legislation.
Charges and Remissions
The education provided at Waltham St Lawrence Primary School is free however certain charges
are levied on "optional" activities and are requested as donations.
Activities that take place during the School day, e.g. swimming and trips that incur charges are
financed by parental donations. Pupils of parents who do not wish or are unable to "donate" are
not excluded from the activities.
Certain activities which are voluntary and are not part of the School Curriculum such as music
tuition provided by the East Berks Music Maestros incur charges.
Transfer to Secondary School
Cox Green Comprehensive School in Maidenhead is designated the appropriate school for children
living locally who will be leaving at the age of eleven plus.
Parents may apply to other schools in the area. We have strong links with The Piggott School,
Wargrave from the days before Berkshire was split into unitary authorities. Although there is
some degree of parental choice, where you live is the major factor used to allocate secondary
school places and there is no guarantee that places will be awarded to children who live outside
the school’s designated area. The local secondary schools hold open evenings during the first half
the Autumn Term (Term 1) at which prospective parents may inspect the facilities before making
Children have the option of taking a competitive eleven plus examination to gain one of the
County places in the Reading grammar schools.
The School Complaints Procedure
The school’s policy is to work closely with parents and we hope that if you have any concerns or
anxieties you would in the first instance raise these with the class teacher, or if necessary, the
Headteacher. We find that most concerns can be resolved happily through discussion.
Where a complaint is made the school will deal with it as quickly and efficiently as possible. All
complaints will be investigated fully, fairly and carefully and the complainant will be kept fully
informed of progress.
These are 3 levels at which a complaint will be considered:-
1. At an informal level with the Headteacher, where most complaints can be resolved;
2. Through a formal complaint to the Governing Body: A written complaint should be sent to
the Clerk to the Governors who will arrange for the complaint to be investigated by the
3. Through a formal complaint to the LEA: A complaint to the LEA should only be made if:-
a. the complainant has formally complained to the governing body and is not satisfied
with the outcome; or
b. the complaint relates to something which is solely the responsibility of the LEA and
a complaint to the governing body would therefore be inappropriate.
Pupil Absence Statistics, 2010-2011
Authorised absences: 2048(2 attendance marks per day)
Unauthorised absences: 139
Traffic and parking
The school is located in a rural area some distance from the centres of the villages of Waltham St
Lawrence and Shurlock Row. A large majority of families travel to school by car and this inevitably
causes congestion at the beginning and end of the school day. The school has introduced a
number of strategies to ease congestion and to improve the safety of children at the school.
These strategies include:
A voluntary one way system where traffic approaches the school from Sill Bridge; and
leaves by Brook Lane or Baileys lane.
A ‘Stop and Drop’ zone between the school gates where older pupils can be dropped
without being accompanied into school.
At the beginning of your child’s education at Waltham St Lawrence School we ask that you read
and sign our Home/School Agreement. Older children who move to the School who can read and
understand the implications should also sign the agreement. The agreement sets out what is
expected of the School, parents and the children whilst at Waltham St Lawrence School.
Waltham St Lawrence Primary School
At the beginning of each year during your child’s education at Waltham St Lawrence School we ask that you
read and sign our Home/School Agreement. Older children who can read and write and understand the
implications should also sign the agreement.
The agreement sets out what is expected of the School, parents and children whilst at Waltham St Lawrence
The School: We will Parents/Carers: I will
Provide a secure and happy learning Make sure my child(ren) arrive(s) at school on time, i.e.
environment where every child’s 8:50 am
contribution is valued Make sure my child(ren) attend(s) regularly and provide an
Ensure that children reach their explanation if my child is absent
potential in all areas of development Support the School’s policies and guidelines on behaviour
Ensure that all children have full and Support my child(ren) with homework and other
equal access to the curriculum opportunities for home learning explained in the School
Inform you of your children’s progress Homework Policy
at Parents’ Evenings and in the annual Attend Parents’ Evenings and inform the School about any
Report to Parents concerns or problems that may affect my child(ren)’s work
Contact you if there are any concerns or behaviour
that affect your child’s work or Discuss any issues that affect my child(ren)’s education at
behaviour any mutually convenient time with members of the school
Keep you informed about School staff
activities through regular newsletters Try to take an active role in School activities
and on the school website
Maintain an ‘Open Door Policy’ and
offer you the opportunity to become
involved in the daily life of the School
Pupils: I will
Respect school property and keep the Signed (Headteacher) …………………………………………………….
building and playground tidy and free
from litter Signed (Parents/Carers) …………………………………………………..
Always walk when inside the school
building Signed (Pupil)……………………………………………………………...
Try to look my best and be proud of To be signed only by children who are able to read and fully
my uniform understand this document)
Be kind and helpful to everyone
Be the best I possibly can be
Always be honest and take
responsibility for the things I do
We have a very industrious and lively Association which has helped to improve the facilities of the
School over many years. We are indebted to our parents and staff for their fund raising. All
activities and funds raised help to make the School a more interesting and better equipped place
for the children's education.
During the last few years funds raised by the PTA have provided an adventure playground;
computers in the computer suite and in the classrooms; a modular staging system; storage for
equipment in the form of a refurbished shed; and a vast amount of equipment and resources for
the classrooms. The latest project is an environmental garden and wildlife pond in the school
The annual Tidy-up-Sunday organised by the PTA ensures that numerous DIY tasks are carried out
which not only save money but enhance the appearance of the school.
To raise funds the PTA also organises many social events including Christmas and Summer Fayres,
Quiz Nights, Race Nights and Skittles Evenings.
All parents are welcome to all meetings including Committee Meetings.
A copy of the constitution of the PTA is available at the School.
The AGM takes place each November.
PTA Chairperson- Anne-Maried McEvett
Vice Chairperson- Caroline Butler
PTA Secretary - Mandy Eales
PTA Treasurer - Serena Bowe
W.S.L. Primary School Governors
Chairman - Mrs Bran Mellors
Staff Representatives - Mrs Judi Jeffries
Mrs Mary Butcher
Local Authority Nominees - Mrs Liz Venner
Mrs Bran Mellors
Parent Governors - Mr Mike Eales
Ms Camilla Beech
Vice Chair Mrs Liz Kelsall
Ms Monika Bagga
Community Members - Mr Rupe Patel
Mrs Julie Norman
Mrs Michele Cook
Clerk to the Governors - Mrs Karen Winter
(c/o Waltham St Lawrence School)
Key Stage 2 Targets, 2010-2011
Percentage of children reaching Level 4 or above
English & Mathematics 57%
Percentage of children making two levels progress
NB This was a small cohort of 14 children where each child is equal to just over 7%.
Key Stage 2 SATs results, Summer 2011
Task and test results: percentage at each level. (Number in 2011 cohort:- 14)
Subject Level 2011 WSL 2011 2010 WSL 2009 WSL
School National School School
(14 pupils) Results (21 pupils) (18 pupils)
% % % %
English Below 3 7 6 0 0
3 36 13 14 6
4 21 52 52 44
5 36 29 28 50
Maths Below 3 0 5 0 0
3 36 14 19 0
4 21 45 57 77
5 43 35 24 33
Key Stage 1 SATs results, summer 2011
Task and test results: percentage at each level. (Number in 2011 cohort:- 16)
Dis/Abs <L1 1 2 3
Reading School 0 0 13 44 44
Task/Tests National 0 3 12 59 26
Writing School 0 0 13 62 18
Task/Test National 0 4 15 68 13
Maths School 0 0 6 50 44
Task/Test National 0 2 8 70 20