Welcome to Wiggonby C of E Primary School. We hope that the following information is helpful. You are welcome to contact or visit us at any time to discuss your child’s education.
Wiggonby C of E Primary is a Voluntary Aided, single-site school which currently has 48 children on roll and 15 nursery. The prime catchment area is Aikton Parish; but many pupils travel from a much wider area, as parents are attracted by both our facilities, small class sizes, high standards and our exemplary OFSTED inspections.
We have a Nursery class on site which currently offers up to 30 hours. In addition to this we have our onsite after school activity club “Wiggonby Out Of School Hours” which operates until 5:30pm Monday to Thursday.
We encourage parental – and community – involvement; we have strong links with the Church and we belong to Solway and Wigton Cluster of local schools which enables us to generate a broad spectrum of opportunities for pupils.
Our April 2014 OFSTED inspection graded us as Good with Outstanding Leadership, management and behavior. Our June 2014 Church schools (SIAMS) inspection graded us as Outstanding in all areas. OFSTED went on to say:
About Wiggonby School
Wiggonby School is beautifully situated. We benefit from a quiet environment whilst still being able to access the facilities of the nearby market town of Wigton. Wiggonby School is in the catchment area of The Outstanding (2013) Nelson Thomlinson School, Wigton where most of our pupils continue their education after leaving Wiggonby. The original buildings are over two hundred years old and our facilities are attractive and up to date. We extended the school in Spring 2016 to create a dedicated infant space. In January 2017 we refurbished both of the junior classrooms and added a shuttered canopy area for use in all weather.
We foster a close family atmosphere where pastoral care has a high priority and every child is known and affirmed for his/her own unique contribution to the life of the school. Wiggonby School is a warm, friendly and welcoming community, which engenders great loyalty from its pupils.
OFSTED 2014 “leadership and management are outstanding”
Teaching and Learning.
Our teachers plan and deliver a vibrant and engaging curriculum.
Wiggonby School has built on its strengths as a small school by fostering our pupils’ interest in the wider world. Each year junior children take part in a residential trip. We use our environment and community to enhance our curriculum.
‘Teachers plan interesting work, including homework, which sparks pupils’ imagination. For example, all pupils and staff were invited to take part in an ‘extreme reading’ competition, where they were photographed reading in unusual places. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed this and individual pupils were photographed reading at the top of a mountain, in a field reading to sheep and dressed as a Spartan warrior!’
The school is organised into three classes:
Mrs N Corfield (head) and Mrs Turney are the Infant class teachers.
Our Infant department is made up of Foundation stage (reception and nursery) and Key stage one (years 1 and 2) children. The three year groups and nursery work both as a class and as individual year groups to allow the very best teaching and learning.
Mrs Burns is the infant class teaching assistant and Nursery Lead. Mrs Jones and Miss haney are our apprentice teaching assistants. The structure of the class ensures continuity, excellent staffing ratios and promotes an effective learning atmosphere.
Each morning our junior children are split into two classes Years 3 /4 and Years 5 / 6(no more than 17children in each). We have a specialist teaching approach in the mornings with Mrs Walsh teaching English and Mrs Little teaching Maths to each class.
Mrs Hewson (STA) works with Mrs Little to enable the class to work in small groups in the afternoons. We have Mrs Morrey and Mrs Bragg who work as special needs support.
Mrs Graham teaches PE and some topic work.
Year 6 take the Key Stage 2 assessments, in English, Mathematics and Science, producing excellent results, consistently above national targets.
Reading, writing and phonics are given high priority. Phonics is taught following the “Letters and Sounds” in a fun, interesting and systematic way.
This subject area is taught in a practical and structured way. Our teachers understand that children learn in different ways. Children are encouraged to use maths in all areas of the curriculum.
The overall percentage of pupils achieving Level 4+, combined with excellent rates of progress in both English and mathematics place us amongst the top performing primary schools.
Sport in school
Our aim is to provide a balanced programme of PE, games and dance to enable the pupils to:-
Facilities for indoor PE include apparatus which enables both Infant and Junior children to have regular timetabled indoor and outdoor sessions. Infants build up their skills, working as individuals, and taking turns within team games.
We have close links with Carlisle United and have partnership agreements with The Nelson Thomlinson School and Netherhall Sports Partnership.
Regular visits from sports coaches enhance the range of sports provided. Juniors take part in swimming sessions, gymnastics, rounders, cricket, basketball, hockey, tag rugby, tennis, netball and football. Interschool matches and tournaments are a good source of contact with other schools in the area. Success is a great source of pride to the children, and all those involved.
The summer term brings Sports Day, with athletics practised throughout this term in preparation, watched and cheered on by parents, grandparents, past pupils and carers!
Wiggonby School is a Church of England, Voluntary Aided School that seeks to reflect, in its common life, the values of the Christian faith. The religious education programme it follows is in keeping with Anglican beliefs and traditions. The School’s link with the parish church is one aspect of its involvement with the wider local community. Our recent SIAMS (Church schools) inspection graded us outstanding in all areas.
Rev. Tudor Boddam-Whetham visits school regularly and leads assembly.
Ofsted 2014 ‘They have outstanding opportunities to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding.’
SIAMS: The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Wiggonby as a Church of England school are outstanding
Arrangements for children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities
Every child matters at Wiggonby School; so all children get the education and pastoral care that gives them a sense of self-worth and self- confidence, which enables them to achieve their full potential, and promotes their well-being.
We follow all codes of practice relating to Special Educational Needs and disabilities. That is: early identification; needs assessments; setting realistic targets and continual monitoring of progress. These plans are agreed with and work in partnership with the child, parent/carers, teaching staff and professionals.
Mrs Corfield is the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).
OFSTED 2014: Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make good progress to reach higher standards than usually found. This is because the school tracks their progress closely and provides very good additional support when needed.
Music in School
The children are able to learn how to play musical instruments, sing, and learn about rhythm. The juniors play recorders and children can choose to play violin. The children take great pride in their musical skills, performing in concerts and the annual Christmas play to large audiences of parents, grandparents, relatives, ex -pupils and those who have heard how skilled they all are!
Our children are growing up in an increasingly complex and global world, in which their lives are connected to people and places at the click of a button, or by the purchase of a chocolate bar! The skills and understanding needed to be a ‘global citizen’ are crucial for children as never before.
In 2013 we had Solar Panels installed and through our “Green Groups” work and our involvement with Cumbria Development and Education Centre (CDEC) we aim to help children to learn about sustainability, the world, and their role within it.
The school council is the pupil voice of the school; a representative for each year group is elected at the beginning of the school year. This ensures that the pupil’s views are respected. They meet regularly providing a forum for discussion and decision making, providing a means to raise issues, concerns and to consult all pupils. The meetings are led by the chair and conventional committee procedures are used with the class representative bringing issues to the Council.
Our school council are also part of “Solway and Wigton” schools council, supporting the community.
The School council helps the children develop responsible attitudes, improves behaviour, builds pupil/teacher relationships and gives the children experience of wider issues that may be encountered in school in the National curriculum including PSHE (personal, social and health education) and citizenship.
All three of the spacious classrooms are light, airy and well equipped with IT facilities. We have a suite of 18 laptops, 8 ipads as well as several desktop machines. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard installed and children have home access to our school Moodle Learning Platform for interactive learning. Excellent school meals are produced on the premises. The school hall is the venue for a wide range of activities: drama, P.E., and collective worship. The children perform concerts and plays in the Hall, and we play host to visiting music and drama groups there.
Outdoor we have a range of play equipment suitable for all ages, an outdoor covered learning space and sports area. Our early years children have their own distinct area. Children have access to a range of playtime equipment for enjoyable, active playtimes.
A ‘Wiggonby Community Garden’ has been established within the school grounds and the pupils are able to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers.
In September 2014 the school opened its Nursery class. This is open to children, the term after they are 3 years old. The nursrey is open full time and parents can choose the sessions they wish to book depending on availability. Mrs. Burns is nursery class teaching assistant. She is happy to provide full details and can be contacted through school.
This helps to introduce and familiarise the younger children with the school and meet older children in the school.
The 2014 Ofsted Outstanding report stated that at Wiggonby Playgroup:
Aikton Toddler group meet in school each week on a Monday afternoon. It is a friendly and welcoming group. Please contact the school office for more information.
WOOSH (Wiggonby Out Of School Hours)
Our after school activity club runs four nights a week (Monday to Thursday). It is run by qualified Teaching Assistants. We offer places from Nursery to Year 6 at £6.50 per session from 3pm to 5:30pm. Each night has a different theme and planned instructional activity (see the website for each week’s activities). Ad hoc and regular bookings welcome.
Wiggonby School teaching sessions begin at 8:45am, children must be in school by this time. School doors open at 8:30am. School finishes at 3:00pm.
The children wear
The uniform can be ordered at a shop in Wigton – ‘Gladrags.’
A uniform exchange which offers good quality second hand items is available in school.
Jewellery for safety reasons must not be worn in school. Ear studs may be worn if removed/covered for PE and sports.
These are freshly prepared and cooked on the premises each day, providing a nourishing and varied menu, and served in the spacious hall. Wiggonby School has been awarded ‘Healthy Schools’ status. All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to free school meals.
The majority of the children have the school dinners, and thoroughly enjoy them. Lunch time is an important part of our school day, as all the children sit and eat together in small mixed groups with the older children serving and helping the younger ones.
Those children, who do not wish to take school meals, eat their packed lunches sitting around the tables, mixing with the others, in the hall. Those children who may qualify for free school meals can obtain the relevant forms from the school office.
A Child Protection policy for the safeguarding of children is available in school with Mrs Corfield as the designated person for child protection within school. However, all staff have a responsibility to protect the children in their care.
Children are taught about e-safety and it is embedded in all our computing work.
Wiggonby School has strong links with Watch Tree Nature Reserve. This fantastic resource is regularly used for projects in science, environmental work and geography.
We welcome involvement of parents in all aspects of school life, be it helping in the classroom, accompanying on trips, coaching football and netball teams, making and providing costumes for the Christmas play. We appreciate this help and support and those parents involved find it interesting, gaining first hand experience of school life.
Parents meetings are held twice a year: one in the autumn term to discuss targets for the year and one in the spring term. The annual written report is sent home for your child in the summer term.
Staff members are available immediately before and after school should parents have any queries or concerns they wish to discuss.
Behaviour at Wiggonby was rated outstanding by OFSTED 2014. Pupils are encouraged to treat all people with respect and kindness; and in their relationships with one another, to treat each other as they themselves would like to be treated. It is expected that pupils will take a pride in their school and use the school’s equipment with care, leaving it in good condition for others.
Transport to and from school is provided if Wiggonby is the nearest or catchment school. This is free as the roads around Wiggonby have been assessed and regarded as unsafe for walking to school.
The Local Education Authority is responsible for providing transport if the child qualifies. The Transport Unit, 18 Portland Square, Carlisle, implement the policy and process applications. They can be contacted on 01228 226045 for enquires and application form.
Further information can be found in the ‘Starting School in Cumbria’ information pack provided by the Local Authority.
Hodgson’s School Foundation arises from a bequest of money, land and property in 1792 by Miss Margaret Hodgson and is run by Trustees.
The Trust contributes to the school budget which helps to maintain excellent staffing ratios and enables school to provide the children with additional experiences and learning opportunities. It also provides the prizes at the annual presentation to the children for attainment and achievement.
In addition, the Trustees provide small financial grants to support the education of young people under the age of 25 who are resident in the parishes of Burgh, Beaumont or Aikton, or former pupils of the school not resident in any of these parishes.
Parents Association Wiggonby School. ‘P.A.W.S’
The Supporters of Wiggonby School were set up as a fundraising body to raise money to buy items that are desirable but that school funds cannot always stretch to after the essentials have been provided.
If you wish to join the group which meets on an informal basis, or have any ideas for
fund-raising please contact Mrs Jones at School (016973 42752).
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