Welcome to the West Croft School website.
As of the 1st September 2015 West Croft Junior School and Pynes Infant and Nursery School are working as one school.
As you can imagine, as we start the new term, there is a lot of work still to do in amalgamating our schools. As we start the new term, our administration team have merged and are located in the old Junior School Office. You can contact them on 01237 473548. The phone number for Pynes Infants is no longer operational.
The review of the websites is yet to be completed. You can still find information on our Infants and Nursery on the old Pynes Website: www.bideford-pynes-infants.devon.sch.uk In the near future you will be able to find all of that information on the West Croft School website here.
Enjoy Learn Achieve
Welcome to Our School - Mr A Brierley - Head Teacher
Enjoy, Learn, Achieve:
our aims for your child
Our vision is simple: we want all our children to enjoy their time at West Croft. Think of your own learning and you will probably find that your most memorable learning came from an experience you enjoyed. It's the same for the children: a child who enjoys school is more likely to learn. With learning comes achievement. Please note that this is not the same as attainment: attainment is competitive, achievement is improvement on personal best.
We set high expectations of our pupils because we want our children to achieve and because we want to equip them with the necessary life skills to make decisions and take control of their own destinies in the 'real world'. We want our children to steer their own path through life, not have their lives determined by others.
Teaching and Learning
At West Croft we encourage children to talk about their learning to and with adults and their peers: if you can articulate your thoughts you are more able to write them down clearly. We place great value on teaching through guided learning: the teacher working with small groups to correct misconceptions and provide support and challenge. Sometimes this work can take place outside the class with a Teaching Assistant or one-to-one teacher.
We set whole school targets for Literacy and Numeracy. These give children a clear focus for their learning and a clear sense of achievement.
The Hisory of West Croft Junior School
Built originally in 1958, the school benefits from a spacious, well-equipped hall from which the main building rooms extend. Our building ensures ample, effective teaching space. Classrooms are of a generous size and are well appointed. There are also additional areas for group study and a Library.
The school is situated in pleasant grounds. The playground and field areas are large. We have a small arboretum and attractive areas for environmental studies, including our own pond.
Pynes Infants and Nursery is on the adjacent site. This allows the children to move safely between schools whenever necessary and facilitates liaison, but as each school has a small age range we can concentrate our resources. This enables us both to produce a very effective, well-linked curriculum, combining the assets of both schools.