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.
We have a computer suite consisting of thirty three PCs, as well as two PCs in each class and access in most teaching areas. The suite machines are connected to the internet; children may only work there when supervised. The class-based machines are linked by intranet to the suite machines. All classes and some teaching areas have data projectors; classrooms all have interactive whiteboards.
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.