The unique WDPS Life Skills Challenge program has been created because all children need a key skills-set in order to develop their potential and to make their life dreams become a reality.
All visitors help us to become enquirers and to learn and discover new things about the world.
Visiting 10 Downing Street helps us appreciate that the WDPS Core Values are reflected in fundamental ‘British Values.’
WDPS Cycle offsite multi-day challenges help us all to develop resilience and to become effective team players.
We develop higher-level thinking skills online by learning to analyse, synthesise and evaluate.
Our teachers appreciate that we are all unique individuals with different learning styles.
Learning is fun as our Teachers plan exciting learning experiences through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).
The all–weather WDPS Mountain Bike and Running Trail helps us develop fitness, stamina and essential bike-handling skills.
We learn from different world cultures which helps shape us into well-balanced and open-minded global citizens.
In the WDPS Bushcraft Area we develop our Multiple Intelligences and self-confidence whilst learning to manage risks.

Leading Parent - Carer Partnership Award - LPPA

Leading Parent/Carer Partnership Award - LPPA

LPPA Update September 2013

West Denton Primary School (WDPS) gained LPPA status when we were assessed in July 2013. As a school, we have an excellent relationship with our parents and carers and this shone through.

During the assessment the assessor looked through a high quality portfolio of work as well as interviewing, parents, carers, children, staff and governors.

They said:
* Parents and carers are provided with guidance to enable them to support their children’s learning and development both in school through curriculum information and in partnership with external agencies.

* Joint enrichment opportunities were offered e.g. family learning and celebrations at various venues.

* Extensive induction and transition programmes for parents on entry, throughout the school journey at West Denton Primary School (WDPS) and into secondary school life.

* Informative prospectus and parent friendly policy guides were provided.

* WDPS has an exciting and meaningful vision for the school in relation to working with parents and carers demonstrating the strong commitment of the headteacher, staff and governors.

* The school values the unique insights that parents can provide into their children’s learning and models effectively the fact that parental engagement cannot just be a bolt on but is integral to the school improvement and development planning processes.

* Taking part in the LPPA has enabled the school to recognise good practice and highlight areas for development.  These areas have already been built into the school improvement plan for the next academic year through the integrated action plan that has enabled WDPS to reflect on current practice and improve evaluation mechanisms.

* The tour showed the school as a welcoming environment with high quality displays of children’s work and the WDPS Core Values throughout.  There are also notice boards displaying information for parents to enable them to support their children’s learning and development.

* The school has developed a thoughtful approach and implemented successful strategies to facilitate parental and carer involvement and engagement including accessing external funding sources to support these developments e.g. funding for bicycles.

* The school has access to the services of a Family and Student Support Officer (Parent Support Adviser) contracted by WDPS from Walbottle Campus.  Her services are integral to the school and the ethos it places on parental involvement and engagement.

* Communication is excellent.  Examples of the effective communication methods were viewed within the portfolios and on the school tour.  It was apparent that the school listens to parents and uses their views effectively.

* There are close links with neighbouring schools, Surestart, community and other agencies to support families and pupils.

* Parents and carers felt that they were made to feel welcome when visiting school and also when contacting school with any queries.  They saw the school as an open, accessible and welcoming environment and felt supported by the information and feedback they received both in person and through various media systems.

However as a school we do not just sit back as we are constantly striving to be even better and to do so we now need to continue to:

* Celebrate and develop key areas of success highlighted throughout the LPPA period and to look for innovative ways to develop partnerships and provision for parents.

* Facilitate the parent drop in and surgery sessions and to enhance the information provided to parents at these events in line with parental need based on evaluation and feedback.

* Develop the parent forum as a platform for engaging parents in the strategic direction and policy development procedures of the school.

Further endeavour to:

* Involve parents in planning a culturally diverse event to engage all groups of parents across the school.

* Endeavour to engage more parents in their own learning based on the work currently undertaken in partnership with local agencies.

* Look at ways to further inform and celebrate success with parents e.g. by replicating photographic information present in school on the school website and noticeboards and by sending invitations to in- school presentations.

We are very proud of our efforts. Please watch this space for future events - especially a Parent/Carer Group which will meet on Thursday 24th October 2013 at 2.30pm. We would love to see you there!

Thanks again for your continued support.

Miss. Croll
D Head