Prospectus

Prospectus

We are a primary school and nursery for nearly 700 pupils aged 3 to 11 that opened in September 2009.

In December 2010 and February 2014 our school was inspected by OFSTED and was judged to be ‘outstanding’ – the highest grade possible. Only 8% of primary schools nationally have been found to be outstanding.

A copy of the inspectors’ report can be accessed through our website or at Ofsted.gov.uk

Here are a few extracts from the report:
‘Pupils bask in the warm, nurturing environment that the school provides’

‘Remarkable leadership has embedded high expectations of what pupils can achieve’

‘Pupils in all year groups are making good and sometimes outstanding progress’

‘Parents and carers are overwhelmingly supportive of the school’

In September 2012, Heathland School federated with Whitefriars School in Wealdstone to form the Heathland Whitefriars Federation.

Ethos and Aims

Kids jumping upOur school is based upon the principle that everyone matters and everyone can achieve to the best of their ability. We have very high expectations of ourselves and each other. The staff team work hard to create a purposeful, harmonious atmosphere in which all children will thrive and learn well. We have an active governing body and we encourage parents to get involved in all aspects of their child’s education.We regard our diverse community and rich variety of home languages, cultures, faiths and traditions as a positive asset. We are preparing our children to be global citizens, able to succeed and build a fulfilling life for themselves and their families in a sustainable and increasingly international society. We believe everyone in our school is entitled to

  • Be safe and happy
  • Have respect and kindness
  • Learn and achieve to the very best of their ability

We do not tolerate bullying or violence of any kind. A parents’ guide to our behaviour policy is included in this portfolio.

Our Curriculum

Kids climbingOur curriculum in Nursery and Reception classes follows the national Early Years Foundation Stage framework. Children learn and develop in six areas through adult teaching and their own play:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication, language and literacy in English
  • Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Physical development
  • Creative development

From Year 1 to Year 6 we follow the National Curriculum for England and Wales. Children learn the essential skills of English and mathematics, as well as ICT and other subjects including, science, design technology, history, geography, art, music, P.E., French and Religious Education. Often learning in a range of subjects is taught through cross-curricular topics designed to be exciting for primary aged children.
In addition we offer a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities throughout the year for children of all ages. Please see the list here for details. We also have a Breakfast Club and After School Club offering excellent care at reasonable rates from 7.45 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. every day.
At Heathland we actively teach values to all our children, learning about a new value each month across the whole school as an important part of each child’s personal and social development.

We carefully support children who are learning English as a new language and those who have special educational needs or disabilities.

Home Learning

All children are expected to read or look at books every day. Until they are fluent readers, children should practise reading aloud to an adult at home each day. From Year 1 children are given activities to do in their home learning book each week that extend what is being learned in school. Parents may request additional home learning activities for their children if they wish.

Partnership with Parents

We work closely with parents and carers to ensure that all our children are happy and learning well. We expect you to ensure that your child comes to school on time and has good attendance. We communicate regularly through newsletters, parents’ evenings, reports and our school website and information boards. There is a suggestion box in the main entrance foyer for parents’ feedback and ideas.

If you have a concern or complaint, please contact us straight away. I am usually at the front of the school each morning so you can talk to me or your child’s teacher. You can write or e-mail or telephone the school too.

We hope more parents will get involved in school life. We have a community room with a growing range of activities including family learning, toy library, parent workshops in English and mathematics, parent forums and access to other services.

Safety and Welfare

The safety and well being of every pupil is our top priority. Our fully qualified first aiders look after children if they are unwell or have an accident. We make sure parents are informed about any incident in school and we ask parents to keep us informed of any medical needs. We have fully compliant child protection and safeguarding procedures.

Information

Most of the key information about Heathland School that you will find most helpful to start with is included in this portfolio including; admissions, school achievement and results, guidance on what to do if your child is unwell/absent, school uniform, healthy eating, school rules and the school year dates. More policy information, including child protection, attendance, information about Special Educational Needs and disability provision is available upon request.

This prospectus and more information is available upon request from the school office.

I look forward to getting to know you and your child as part of the Heathland family.