Choosing a primary school for your child is a tough decision, especially in an area with other good schools to choose from. Our pupils believe Westerings gives them the best start in life, and for many reasons...
This is what our Parents/Carers thought in a recent survey:
Parent/Carer Report Questionnaire February 2015.
97% said that their child is happyat this school.
100% said that their child feels safe at this school.
95% said that their child makes good progress at this school.
99% said that their child is well looked after at this school.
94% said that their child is taught well at this school.
87% said that their child receives appropriate homework for their age
92% said that the school makes sure its children are well behaved with 4% saying they did not know
66% said that the school deals effectively with bullying, however, 33% did not know as they had had no experience of bullying at Westerings
94% said that the school is well led and managed
85% said that the school responds well to any concerns they raise, with 10% who did not know as they had not raised any concerns
93% said that they received valuable information about their child’s progress
94% would recommend this school to another parent
And this may be why...
Westerings Primary Academy is a smaller than average school of approximately 200 pupils from age 4 to 11. Originally built for two-form entry in an 'open-plan' style, we now offer our pupils large classrooms with just one class per year group. The children enjoy plenty of space and resources in a quiet and undisturbed learning environment. The extra room has enabled us to develop zoned areas such as Learning Support rooms, the Children’s Games Room, the Resources room and the Family Room used for Breakfast Club. Other facilities inside the school include the Children’s Kitchen (cookery room), the ICT Suite that houses 16 networked computers, floor robots, animation and video equipment; the Library and two spacious halls. Classrooms are fully equipped with Interactive Whiteboards, visualisers, iPads and much more...
The school is set in exceptionally beautiful and quiet surroundings adjoining Hockley Woods and the children enjoy learning surrounded by wildlife. The extensive grounds allow for a range of outdoor facilities to enrich their learning. Activities take place on our large sports field, Junior playground, Infant playground and a designated Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) outdoor area. We also have an outside amphitheatre built into the hillside, gardening allotments, a poly-tunnel, adventure playgrounds and wildlife gardens. It is commonplace to see sports clubs using the field, classes listening to stories in the amphitheatre or children hunting for mini-beasts in the woodland area or around the pond.
The children at Westerings Primary Academy enjoy a variety of extra-curricular activities to enrich their learning. The Rock Band, Guitars and Choir perform regularly and there are numerous sports clubs for all interests. These can include Archery, Golf, Fencing, Gymnastics and Karate as well as the competitive sports of Football, Netball and Cross Country Running. All children learn cookery and gardening skills. During the academic year all classes will be involved in performing class assemblies and a production to parent/carers. The younger children perform at Christmas, Years 4 and 5 at Easter and Year 6 in July. Having three productions during the year enables all children to play a part and have a role. Every year the choir enjoys visiting local Care Homes to sing carols and groups of children perform at Southend Cliffs Pavilion, The Freight House and The Royal Albert Hall. The children enjoy organising fundraising events for charities, often initiating and running these events themselves.
In addition to their class, all of the children belong to one of four Family Groups: Squirrels, Badgers, Woodpeckers and Foxes. This allows for children of all ages to work and play together on special occasions and for them to build relationships with younger or older children. It helps with the transition between Infants and Juniors and also adds to the family atmosphere where all staff and children know each other. New Reception children have Year 6 Buddies to look after them when they first enter school; and Year 5 and 6 Playleaders are trained to teach younger children games and co-operation skills. As a small school, we pride ourselves on knowing all children and the school works well as a cohesive unit. Visitors to the school often comment on the happy atmosphere and the good behaviour and maturity of the pupils. Children feel at ease and are able to learn and progress well.
We have very supportive parents, some of whom help in classes, and an active Parent-Staff Association that raises important funds for the school and provides further enrichment events for the children and their families. Events have included Quiz Nights, Spa Evenings and May Fayres. Each Christmas, Mothering Sunday and Father’s Day, the PSA run a Gift Shop where the children can purchase wrapped gifts for their family independently. The children also enjoy Discos, Pantomimes and seasonal events run by the PSA and they have helped to buy important and exciting equipment for the school, including visualisers, Science equipment, iPads, books and an adventure playground.
Academies Enterprise Trust (AET)
The school chose to become an academy in 2011 and joined 'Academies Enterprise Trust'. We work closely with the other academies in the local area as well as other local schools and Rochford Extended Services. We have established links with other AET academies nationally and work with Primary Academies, Secondary Academies and Pre-Schools.
Our academic results continue to be higher than both County and National Averages at the end of EYFS, KS1 and KS2 and children make good to outstanding progress from their starting points at all stages of their school life
To encourage each and every member of the academy community to attain their full potential in a happy, caring environment.