|A day at Westbourne|
|8:45am||School Gates Open|
|10:25am -10:45am||Morning Playtime|
|12:10pm - 1:10pm||Lunch|
|2:00pm - 2:15pm||Infant Afternoon Play|
The School Day:
The school year is divided into three terms, each of which has a half-term holiday of one week. The term dates are published each September and can be found on the this website, they are also included in the regular parents' newsletters.
The aim of our teaching at Westbourne is to introduce children to a wide range of experiences which will extend their understanding of themselves and the world they live in.
All children at the school follow the National Curriculum, which means that they spend a good deal of time on the Core Subjects: English, Mathematics and Science. Every child has a daily literacy and numeracy lesson. There is still time for the other Foundation Subjects; History, Design Technology and Information Technology, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education together with R.E. and P.S.E.
As part of their learning programme, children follow a variety of topics and themes over the course of the school year. The topics are diverse and are drawn from the appropriate programmes of study and level descriptors of the National Curriculum.
A variety of teaching approaches are used by teachers throughout the year, selected to be the most appropriate to the task in hand. This means that children are sometimes taught as a class, sometimes as a group or sometimes on an individual basis. This sensible approach ensures that every child will receive a broad and balanced education based on his or her needs.
Westbourne recognises that the best place for learning may not always be in a conventional classroom environment. The outdoors is seen as another, much larger classroom, with an abundance of natural resources and many opportunities for hands-on, 'real-life' learning. We always consider how and where learning would best take place, and plan for frequent, continuous progressive outdoor learning experiences.
The learning programme at the school covers the first two Key Stages of the National Curriculum. Children take part in Standard Assessment Tests and Tasks, often called SATs, during Year 2 and Year 6.
The Physical Education programme includes Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, Indoor Hockey, Football, Tennis and Swimming at Cheam Baths for all junior age children.
School teams take part in matches against local schools. Sports include Netball, Football, Athletics, Cricket and Badminton.
The R.E. programme is based on the London Borough of Sutton curriculum guidelines and follows a multi-faith approach with an emphasis on Christianity.
Homework is set to support the children's learning at Westbourne. For younger children, this is generally tasks from our reading scheme. As children progress through the school the tasks support other areas of the curriculum and are designed to encourage good study skills.
A strength of the school is the large number of extra curricular clubs and activities run at lunchtime and after school. A timetable for school clubs is issued at the start of each term.
For a number of years the school choir has performed with distinction at the annual Sutton Schools Music Festival held at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon.
Westbourne is housed in bright modern buildings. The school has benefited from a building programme that has won praise for its imaginative design.
Inside the school the classrooms are carpeted and there are special areas for science, mathematics and English and for practical activities such as technology, art, craft, cookery and music. Since 1999 we have opened a new library and two computer centres, fully equipped with our own networked computer system. Over £50,000 was raised by the parents and friends of the school to pay for this facility.
In addition to the computer centres, each classroom has at least one networked personal computer that may be used by all the children, even the very youngest, as well as excellent resources for teaching all the subjects of the curriculum.
There are very good facilities for P.E., games and gymnastics. Inside the school there is already a well equipped multi-purpose hall and 2001 saw the opening of our new sports hall. Outside there are attractively landscaped play and garden areas which include a netball and tennis court, two generous football pitches and a developing environmental area. For the younger children there is an outdoor adventure playground with slides and climbing frames set on a special safety surface.
The children at Westbourne are justifiably proud of their school that offers every opportunity for children to achieve the highest standards.
Throughout the year children are taken on visits which support their learning in school. Children in year 4 have the opportunity to go on 3 day visit to Sayers Croft, children in year 5 can go on a weekend visit to Kingswood and children in year 6 can go on a week long residential visit to the Isle of Wight. These visits play a vital part in developing children's learning and no child is ever excluded from a school visit on the grounds of cost.
Complaints & Concerns:
If parents have a concern about their child's education they are encouraged to speak without delay to their child's teacher or directly to the headteacher. Generally a concern or misunderstanding can be quickly resolved. Should the matter be more serious, parents may wish to make an appointment to see the headteacher.
The school has a formal complaints procedure and a copy of this is available from the school office if required.