Changes to the school day.
The leadership team of the school has made changes to the school day from September for the following reasons:
Most children are here well before our current start time and therefore have nothing to do for a good half hour before school starts-obviously breakfast club is available from 8.15 but not all children attend.
The school day at the other Stone schools finishes earlier (Alleynes at 3.25, Christchurch at 3.30), meaning that either joint meetings between staff or sporting fixtures for children are compromised by our later finish time.
KS2 children are tired at the end of the long day-especially those that travel by bus in the winter-some 9 year olds don’t get home until 4.45.
We still provide free care until 5pm every day in the library for homework or computer use. This compares favourably with other schools taking children of the same age in Stone.
All teachers will be required to provide at least 6 hours of either after school or lunchtime provision from September, which should mean there is a greater range of clubs and activities for children.
A warm welcome from the headteacher
The school has worked hard to develop a vision and identity based on what we believe is working well for us all. The mission statement ‘Creating tomorrow’s role models by combining traditional values with futures thinking’ sums up the direction for the school. We want Walton Priory pupils to retain the strong values that the school established in 1974, which were:
However, in an ever changing world, we also want to prepare all our pupils for careers in tomorrow’s world by providing the best opportunities for developing skills in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). We plan to capitalise further on this agenda by engaging more local businesses to work with us. As part of this vision to improve learning opportunities with technology, we intend to install plasma screens in each classroom for teachers to use. This is a significant investment for the school, but will help to ensure that all pupils engage with first class 21st century learning. We will also be replacing the outdated technology used for discrete computing lessons.
This is an exciting time for Walton Priory as you will be aware. We are looking forward to welcoming over 150 Year 5 pupils in September into 6 classes.
Lindsay Taylor-Potts BA (Hons), MA.