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.


School Prospectus

WDPS Prospectus


Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to West Denton Primary School (WDPS).

During your child’s time here, we hope you will come to regard the school as your school and that your family’s involvement with the school will always be positive.  We very much value your part in the education of your own child and recognise the work you have already done in teaching your child as their first educators.  We want to continue to strengthen this partnership between home and school.

Mr MingStones

We believe we give our children a strong start in life as we are an innovative community who have developed a range of programmes that are unique for a school. We deliver the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) from Year 1 to Year 6 as we want our children to benefit from a combination of academic, personal and international learning. At WDPS we have created the WDPS Raising Aspirations Programme (RAP) as we believe that all children need to have positive adult role models in order to help them to achieve their full potential. This is why we invite inspirational speakers in to school to help our older children understand that hard work, perseverance and following your dreams can open up maximum choices in all aspects of life.

We believe that all children need a key skills-set in order to develop their potential and to make their life dreams become a reality. This is why we have created the WDPS Life Skills Challenge programme which includes modules like: ‘I Can Do It!’, ‘First Aid’, ‘Olympics Challenge’ and ‘Resilience’. We have invested in Forest School Training for staff and all our children have the opportunity to develop practical, people and problem-solving skills all year round in the WDPS Bushcraft Area. The all-weather WDPS Running and Mountain Bike Trail is a springboard for us all to develop fitness, cycling, motivational, people and resilience skills which easily transfer to other areas of our lives.

I have been fortunate in my life, as I have always benefitted from strong family support and I have also had the privilege to work in stimulating educational settings in the UK and around the world. In essence what we are creating at WDPS is the best of all that I believe is fundamental to giving our children ‘A Stepping Stone into the Future.’

This booklet sets out some information about our school which we hope you will find useful.  We pride ourselves on being responsive to the community we serve, and the school staff strive to make WDPS a happy and successful learning environment for all children who attend the school.
All information regarding our Nursery is in the second part of this prospectus.


Mick MingStones
Head Teacher


Where to find us

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Official address and telephone number of the school:

West Denton Primary School Hillhead Road West Denton Newcastle upon Tyne NE5 1DN
Tel/Fax. +44 (0) 0191 2674211  web:

General Information

WDPS caters for children age 4 – 11 years.  We also have a nursery, which provides part-time places for children aged 3 +.  The school has extensive grounds and secure play areas. We have created the bespoke WDPS Bushcraft Area and the all-weather WDPS Running and Mountain Bike Trail so that all children can develop their Multiple Intelligences to the full.
The school has enhanced the main building with a £1 million extension consisting of 6 new classrooms completely fitted with furniture and ICT equipment, a new 32 station state of the art ICT suite and a library. This building houses our 7-11 year olds. The building is joined on to the main school with a lovely bright and spacious entrance area. A  Playgroup is adjacent to the school and this provides activities for two and three year olds.
The school buildings have been brightened up with murals designed by the children.  Three large outdoor play areas are provided for the children according to age and these have been enhanced with exercise trails, seating, staging and games zones.
The school not only sees itself as a centre of education within the school day, but as a centre for community use during the school day and beyond.



School Organisation

WDPS is a county co-educational primary school for children aged 3 to 11 years old and we also provide Nursery education for fifty-two children, who attend on a part time basis.
Currently there are over 300 on roll. Each year group can admit 45 children.


Year Group

Key Stage

3 - 4


Foundation Stage

4 - 5


Foundation Stage

5 - 6

Year 1

Key Stage 1

6 - 7

Year 2

Key Stage 1

7 - 8

Year 3

Key Stage 2

8 - 9

Year 4

Key Stage 2

9 - 10

Year 5

Key Stage 2

10 - 11

Year 6

Key Stage 2

School Hours

  • School day                              8.55 am to 3.15 pm
  • Morning session                      8.55 am to 12 noon (12.10 pm for Key Stage 2)
  • Afternoon session                   1.00 pm to 3.15 pm

Year 1 has an afternoon break from 2.00 pm to 2.15 pm.
Teaching hours are in line with government recommendations.
Children should arrive at school no earlier than 15 minutes before school starts.


Children must be 3 years old by the first of September to be admitted to Nursery. Places are allocated according to criteria set by the Local Education Authority and within our allocated number of part-time places. Applications for Nursery places should be made as soon as possible, although it must be pointed out that putting your child’s name down does not guarantee a place in the Nursery class. Places are allocated on a part time basis. All children have access to all school activities and learning opportunities available. 


Pre School Playgroup

West Denton Playgroup links closely with our school nursery and the staff cater for children aged from two to three. This playgroup is based in the former Denton and Westerhope Sure Start Children’s Centre.
For more details please contact the Playgroup on 0191 2772031.

Reception Admission

Children are usually admitted to the Reception class in the September of the year in which their fifth birthday falls. They must be 4 by August 31st. Applications are made to the Local Education Authority in the autumn term of the year prior to admission. The Local Authority makes an offer of places in the spring term. Applications are made online.

Feeder Secondary Schools

All children stay at WDPS until they are 11 years old. After this time the children will transfer to a secondary school. At this point parents/carers then apply to either Walbottle Campus or another school of their choice including St. Cuthbert’s Catholic High School (Boys), Sacred Heart Catholic High School (Girls), Kenton School, Newcastle High School for Girls, Gosforth Academy and Emmanuel College.  These applications are made through the Local Authority in the autumn of the year prior to admission. Applications are made online.

Discipline and Behaviour

At WDPS we pride ourselves on the high standards of discipline and the good behaviour of the children attending our school. We actively promote self-discipline, encouraging children to be responsible for their own actions as well as to care for and respect other people and property. Reward and punishment systems do operate in school in order to help us maintain a high standard of discipline. Through planned curriculum activities, and collective acts of worship, children are taught tolerance of others, and to celebrate individual differences. A copy of the schools discipline and behaviour policy is available in school for any interested parents. Parents who wish to see a copy of this policy should contact the Head Teacher.


Bullying will not be tolerated in WDPS. Any parents who have any such concern should contact the school immediately. Parents will be informed by letter or in person, of any incidents which occur in school, and which we believe could lead to bullying, in order to ‘nip in the bud’ any hurt, which may arise.


In the event of any child’s persistent unacceptable behaviour the school may find it necessary to exclude that child from school. Exclusions may vary in length and may include temporary or permanent exclusions. This measure is very much a last resort, usually agreed with the parents of the child concerned and considered to be necessary in order to ensure the well-being of all staff and pupils in school. Parents have the right to appeal against exclusions through the local education authority.

Equal Opportunities

The school endorses and fully supports Newcastle upon Tyne City Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy and Statement. We believe it is an important function of this school to endeavour to prepare pupils for life in a multi-cultural society, and promote an awareness of racism as well as ways of combatting it. Racist behaviour or remarks will not be tolerated in WDPS where we teach acceptance and understanding of others without prejudice. In school we positively promote different cultures and traditions through the curriculum and through assemblies.

School Council

A school council, made up of elected pupils and staff, meets regularly to resolve issues and plan developments as suggested by the children. This council gives the children a voice in school and allows them the opportunity to ‘Make Things Happen’ that they want.

Statement of Intent

At WDPS we provide a friendly, caring learning environment in which all children can reach their highest potential.
 We provide: -

  • An excellent education for all our pupils.
  • A welcoming and stimulating environment, which enables pupils to become effective, independent learners.
  • A challenging international curriculum which is broad, balanced and differentiated to meet the needs of every child, whilst maintaining high expectations and equality of opportunity.
  • High standards of behaviour, with respect for each other, a pride in ourselves and good moral values.
  • An environment where we develop children's motivation, confidence and enjoyment of the process of education, where they can acquire a wide range of knowledge, skills and understanding.
  • A welcome to parents and carers as key partners in their child's education.
  • A school that is valued in the local community.


statement of intent

'a stepping stone into the future'


The WDPS Core Values

Our Attitudes to Promote

I think like I can try or do most things
I want to know more
I am polite and kind to myself and others
I think and do things for myself
I work together well with other children and adults
I show I am grateful for something
I finish what I start and I don’t give up (Winners never quit, quitters never win!)
I come up with my own ideas
I enjoy learning
I accept others
I am honest to myself and others
I put myself in someone else’s shoes
I adjust myself to new or changing situations

Our Learner Profile

I care for other people.
I try to help others.
I want people around me to be happy and I am sensitive to their needs.
I care for animals and Planet Earth.
I eat healthy food and I exercise.
I like to learn about different things.
I understand it is important to have a balance of work and play.
I ask questions.
I like to learn and discover new things about the world.
I am curious.
I will carry this love of learning with me throughout life.
I am thoughtful.
I try to solve problems and make good decisions.
I do this by thinking about things and by learning from my mistakes.
I have the courage to try new things.
I'm not afraid to give it a go even if I feel shy.
I try to solve problems in a lot of ways.
I talk about my ideas.
I am able to express myself in more than one language.
I can also communicate using mathematical language, symbols and drawings.
I have learned many things.
I can tell you about / show you these things.
I can use this information to solve problems in life.
I always try to do what is right.
I am fair and follow rules.
I am honest with myself and with others.
I know that people are different and may do different things.
I know that not everyone will think like me and that's fine.
I listen and try to understand others.
I think about what I have learned, what I am good at and what I can improve the next time.
I take the time to think about my actions and their effects.



Our youngest children in school, the Nursery and Reception classes are taught within the school’s Foundation Stage. The Early Years curriculum is based on the recommended ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Framework’ and is carefully planned to incorporate: -
The 3 prime areas:

  • Communication and Language;
  • Physical Development; and
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

The prime areas will help to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding of the World; and
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

The Early Years Learning Journey provides an on-going record of each child’s achievements. We welcome parents and carers to share in their children’s early success.
For children over the age of five, the school ensures it covers the statutory knowledge, skills and understanding from the English National Curriculum which is made up of these subjects:

  • English      Maths
  • Science     Religious Education
  • Information Technology   
  • Design Technology
  • History       Geography
  • Music         Art
  • Physical Education
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
At WDPS we believe children learn best when they are engaged in exciting learning opportunities. This is why   our children follow the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) for many areas of learning

The International Primary Curriculum

10 things Parents should know about the IPC

1. The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a curriculum that is being used in over 1000 schools in 65 countries around the world. It was created by a group of leading experts in children’s learning from around the world.
2. The goal of the IPC is for children to focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning. We want children to enjoy their learning; develop enquiring minds, develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens of the world, and develop a sense of their own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others. Most of all, we want children to develop all the skills they will need in order to confidently face the world of tomorrow.
3. Children learn through a series of IPC units of work. Each unit of work has a theme that today’s children find interesting and relevant. Examples of these themes include ‘Treasure’, ‘Rainforest’, ‘Mission to Mars and Beyond’ and ‘Fit for Life’. Each unit of work lasts on average between four and eight weeks and children learn many of their subjects through this one common theme so that their learning has meaning to them.
4. Linking subjects means that children can make lots of connections with their learning. We now know that the more connections that the brain can make, the better a child can learn.
5. The development of skills is a very big part of the IPC and learning activities have been designed so that children can develop these skills. This development of skills even applies to the personal learning goals which emphasize adaptability, resilience, thoughtfulness, cooperation and respect and which, as a result of progressive skill development, help children to become able and inspired learners.
6. The IPC is not just topic learning. Although the learning is based around a theme, the learning that the children do within that theme has very distinct outcomes to ensure that children are learning exactly what they need to learn.
7. The IPC focuses children’s learning on a combination of knowledge, skills and understanding. No one can properly predict the nature of work and life opportunities that will be available for today’s primary age children by the time they are adults. Many of the jobs they will have don’t yet exist; especially in the fields of ICT, technology and science. So the IPC focuses on a skills-based approach, developing adaptable and resilient globally-minded learners, prepared for the fast-changing world that they’ll be living and working in.
8. The IPC has been designed for children of all abilities and all learning styles, and encourages learning in groups as well as individual learning.
9. In order that parents know what their child is learning, they are sent a letter at the beginning of each IPC unit which outlines what learning will be covered and how parents can help continue that learning at home if they choose.
10. The continued development of the IPC ensures that children are learning a highly relevant curriculum based on the latest research into the brain and children’s learning.

The WDPS Raising Aspirations Programme

At WDPS we have created the WDPS Raising Aspirations Programme (RAP) as we believe that all children need to have positive adult role models in order to help them to achieve their full potential. This is why we invite inspirational speakers in to school to help our older children understand that hard work, perseverance and following your dreams can open up maximum choices in all aspects of life.

Paramjeet Singh Bhogal. Paramjeet Singh Bhogal.
Paramjeet Singh Bhogal. Rode a motorbike to India. Fund-raising for UNICEF and St. Oswald’s Hospice.



The English curriculum consists of three profile components:

  • Speaking and Listening.
  • Reading.
  • Writing.

Speaking and Listening

In order to communicate effectively with others, children need to develop a range of speaking skills and to be able to listen and respond to others with increasing concentration. We aim to develop these skills by giving the children a wide range of speaking and listening experiences.


We aim to develop children’s ability to read, understand and enjoy a wide range of literature. We have a structured reading scheme, consisting of a wide variety of books for early, independent and more competent readers. Home involvement is encouraged through the use of reading diaries. Phonics teaching is a key element of early reading and we utilise the ‘Read Write Inc’ programme from Reception class.
The school has a well-resourced library, which provides an attractive learning environment for the children. Pupils have regular library lessons in school where specific library skills are taught and the children are encouraged to borrow books. Children also visit Denton Park Library to develop library skills and borrow books.



We aim to give the children an understanding of the value of writing as a means of communication. Activities are planned to ensure that the children write for a range of purposes and in a variety of styles. A weekly extended writing activity encourages children to write freely.
The teaching of spelling is seen as very important, and children will bring home spellings to learn on a weekly basis. The children are provided with strategies for learning their spellings.
The correct formation of letters is developed from an early age. The children are taught a specific form of script - copies of which are available for parents. Children are encouraged to use a cursive (joined up) style when appropriate.


Drama, including role-play, is important in developing all aspects of English. In school, drama is used in the promotion of collaborative talk, extending language skills, and in giving children an awareness of language at work. Drama is not only an art form in its own right, but also a valuable learning tool. We see drama as a key way in which children can gain self-confidence as decision makers, and problem solvers. It also helps them to explore a range of human feelings, social situations and moral dilemmas.


Children are encouraged to use and apply their mathematical skills by practical problem solving and investigation. They also are given a firm foundation in traditional number work alongside the development of mathematical skills within algebra, measures, shape & space and handling data. All children are expected to learn multiplication tables as developmentally appropriate.
Regular mathematics homework will be set.


Science is taught using an investigation and experimental approach.  Children are taught the intellectual and practical skills that will enable them to explore the world of science, and to develop a scientific vocabulary. Practical experiments and investigations are carefully planned so as to develop children’s scientific skills, including - observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, recording, interpreting and communicating.


Children are given opportunities to develop a sense of chronology. Our younger children study the recent past and Key Stage 2 pupils study units relating to earlier periods in British and World history.
Wherever possible, use is made of the local environment, using buildings and historical sites to inform topic work.


In this area of the curriculum children are involved in practical projects where they are encouraged to generate their own solution to problems, designing, making and evaluating products and processes. Children are introduced to the safe handling of a variety of materials and tools.


Computing prepares children to participate in the rapidly changing world in which we live. At WDPS we have excellent facilities to enable children to begin to develop the skills they need in future life. The school has a networked suite, comprising of 32 multimedia PC’s. It is through this powerful resource that the children are able to explore ICT, and learn to use it confidently and for a purpose. Pupils are provided with supervised internet access as part of their lessons, and the children are taught how to share and exchange information.  Children begin developing their computing skills from Nursery age. In addition to this we have a pod of computers in every classroom. WDPS has also invested in Apple iPads and the whole school site is covered by a wireless network.


Virtual Classroom

All classes from Nursery up have interactive whiteboard technology which is used to support all curriculum areas.  The ever expanding variety of software available to the children, according to age and ability, allows the children to find, explore and present information creatively.
The children also have the opportunity to work with programmable toys and robots and experience is gained using calculators, electronic games, cameras and camcorders.


Children from Year 3 upwards have the opportunity to learn Spanish in school. They enjoy communicating in another language and they learn about the diverse culture of Spain. Each year the whole school celebrates a special day in Spanish culture. We believe this is necessary so that our children have a strong springboard to help them become Global Citizens.


We use geography as the route to teach children about their own environment as well as the wider world beyond. It is the study of both people and places and as such is taught mainly in topic areas including, for example, journeys, contrasting locations in Britain and overseas, and through a mixture of direct experience and secondary sources. Relevant skills and geographical terminology are taught across the age range and WDPS children have the opportunity to participate in orienteering events. The school has forged international links with schools in Spain and Ghana.


Children are introduced to a great variety of materials and media both 2 and 3 dimensional. They are also given opportunities to work using a range of skills and techniques e.g.  drawing, painting, sketching, collage-making, printing, modelling and weaving etc.
The children are introduced to the work and techniques of a range of artists from different times and cultures.      



In our physical education programme we aim to promote our children’s health, physical development and confidence. The children experience a wide range of P.E. activities including dance, gymnastics, games, athletics and swimming. At WDPS we aim to provide a wide range of sporting activities according to the National Curriculum for P.E. A major focus has been to broaden our curricular provision and to introduce cycling throughout the school. Children
benefit from dance coaches who teach ‘Hip Hop’ and ‘Street Dance.’
As a result of our high quality P.E. we have been awarded the government ‘Activemark’.
Through physical education we aim to encourage:

  • Physical activity, fitness and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle where safety is paramount.
  • Positive attitudes and a sense of fair play.
  • Social interaction through children’s involvement in extra-curricular activities.
  • In gymnastics we aim to offer the children experience of exercising on the floor and using apparatus.
  • In dance we aim to develop the children’s ability to control their movements in response to music, communicating and interpreting feelings and emotions.


The WDPS Life Skills Challenge

We want our children to achieve all that they are capable of in life and so they need a strong skills base in order to make their dreams come true. This is why we have created the WDPS Life Skills Challenge programme which includes modules like: ‘I Can Do It!’, ‘First Aid’, ‘Olympics Challenge’ and ‘Resilience’. All children have the opportunity to develop practical, people and problem-solving skills all year round in the WDPS Bushcraft Area. The all-weather WDPS Running and Mountain Bike Trail is a great springboard to developing fitness, cycling, motivational, people and resilience skills which easily transfer to other areas of our lives.

Sporting Aims

In games and athletics children develop and practise a wide variety of skills which enhance their understanding of team and individual pursuits. Children in Years 3 to 6 have the opportunity to benefit from coaching from external experts in a variety of sports e.g. cricket, football, tennis and swimming.
We have a strong commitment to providing every opportunity for children to participate in a variety of sports both within school and through extra-curricular activities. We aim to identify and exploit individuals’ particular sporting talents and to celebrate children's achievements in school and beyond.
In addition to the outdoor and adventurous activities such as orienteering offered in school, there is the opportunity for older pupils to take part in activities provided at residential centres in the Lake District under the careful supervision of qualified instructors.

Opportunity for sporting activities exists both within the curriculum and as extra-curricular clubs. The school offers children additional coaching in football, netball, cricket, tennis, cross- country running and rounders. Year 4 children have swimming lessons at West Denton Swimming Pool where they have the chance to compete in a gala alongside other local schools.
Each year children take part in our sports day, which strikes a balance between competitive sports and participation and enjoyment for all. In addition we participate in a number of sports competitions and tournaments during the course of the year, including football tournaments, swimming galas, the city cross country running championships and athletics events.


Music is an art form through which children can express their feelings and emotions. It enables them to participate in an area, which is active, creative and joyful  and which furthers their emotional and aesthetic development. Our music curriculum sets out to encourage music making using percussion, tuned instruments and voice. It is a valued part of our school life and our aim is for maximum participation and enjoyment. WDPS enriches the children’s learning opportunities by contracting the services of specialist music teachers from the Newcastle Music Service who deliver workshops and instrument tuition in normal curricular time.

Religious Education

Religious and moral education takes place throughout the age ranges. Emphasis is placed on valuing and respecting each other as individuals and establishing a code of conduct for life which is broadly based on a Christian ethos. The beliefs and customs of other religions are taught and links within them highlighted. Our children benefit from visiting speakers who give them an insight into global cultures and religions.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from R.E. lessons. Any parent wishing to exercise this right should contact the Head Teacher.

Acts of Worship

Acts of Collective Worship take place on a daily basis. These assembly times are used as a focal time for the school to emphasise its positive ethos (WDPS Core Values) and celebrate children’s achievements and they also are a time for reflection and reverence.
Our acts of worship are mainly Christian in nature though special occasions and festivals from other cultures and religions are recognised and valued.
It is a parent’s right to request that their child be excused from acts of collective worship.

Personal, Social and Health Education

In school PSHE and Citizenship are taught to provide children with the knowledge, skills, and understanding so that they can develop confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities. This encourages children to take increasing responsibility for themselves and their actions, and helps to develop self-esteem. We strive to enable children to express how they feel and also to communicate their needs and wishes. Children from year 4 to Year 6 benefit from an ABC Project (Attitudes, Behaviour and Consequences) which is designed to help children in primary schools understand what antisocial behaviour is and how to avoid it in school and in their local neighbourhood.

Health Education &Drug Awareness

An on-going programme of health education takes place in school encouraging our children to take some responsibility for their own well-being through understanding the need for a healthy diet, exercise, sleep and good personal hygiene. The school has regular visits from the school nurse and dentist. WDPS has achieved the government Healthy School Plus Status in recognition of the work covered. In Years 5 and 6, as part of the health programme, issues around drug education are discussed.


Sex Education

In Nursery to Year 4 the school does not teach a formal programme of sex education. Our policy is to use our health education and science curriculum as the forum to deliver age appropriate knowledge regarding the development of the human being, relationships, family life and the importance of choosing a healthy lifestyle.
In Years 5 and 6 the school introduces sex education and discusses issues around personal hygiene, body changes and relationships. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from participating in the lessons. However all parents will have the opportunity to view the materials used and the curriculum covered.

Parental Consultation

Parents are offered the opportunity to visit school for a formal discussion of their child’s progress with the class teacher at least three times during the course of the academic year i.e. once each term. The Head Teacher is available to meet with parents whenever requested. As a result of pressures on the Head Teacher’s time, it may be necessary for an appointment to be made.

Curriculum Workshops

Parents are invited to attend curriculum workshops at regular intervals.

Friends of WDPS

The Friends of WDPS are parents and carers of our children who fundraise for the school throughout the year through events like selling refreshments and the ‘Santa’s Surprise’ stall.  This extra income enriches educational experiences for our children. Please get involved as it’s fun and all help is very much appreciated.

School Reports

An end of year report will be sent out towards the end of the school year. This will provide information on your child’s progress in all curriculum areas as well as attendance and a general comment on attitudes and behaviour.
The report will also suggest major targets for the following year. Children at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 6) will receive a full report detailing the results of their National Curriculum Assessments.
Children in Reception will receive a full report detailing their attainment against the Early Learning Goals (ELGs).

Assessment and Target Setting

Detailed tracking records are kept of your child's progress from Nursery to Year 6. Records are kept from SATs (Statutory Assessment Tests) and other local, national and school - based assessments.
Individual records of achievement with assessed levels are kept by the class teacher and updated each half term. Targets for improvement are agreed with the children through pupil progress meetings. All children have personal targets which are shared with parents.


In order to support the work done in school we ask that all children do some work at home on a regular basis. All children from Nursery to Year 6 are encouraged to bring books home to share with their parents. Five minutes a day reading with your child, without interruption, will prove to be of enormous benefit as he or she develops into a fluent reader. At various intervals during the year the older children in school will have other work to take home. This may include spellings, times-tables, number work or a research task. The school also has a homework policy and a guidance booklet is sent to parents outlining how to help children with their work.

Extra Curricular Activities

The school extends the curriculum through additional activities either during the lunchtime or at the end of the school day. The following are some of the recent clubs:
Sports, football, art, computers, gardening, film, netball, dance, library, newspaper, homework, cooking, netball and recorders. These clubs may alter due to school staffing changes.
In order to satisfy parental demand, we have contracted Active Kids to provide an after school club on a Monday evening from 3.30 to 4.30pm. There is a termly charge for this club as is the case with our Judo club which is delivered by Newburn Judo Club.

Special Education Needs

At some stage in a child’s life he or she may need additional or specialist teaching. In accordance with the Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs, the school will provide SEN Support Plans for children. In addition these children will receive a limited amount of additional small group or individual teaching in school. This may be supplied by the Class Teacher, the school’s SENDco or by a Teaching Assistant qualified in Special Educational Needs.
Parents/carers will be kept fully informed, during regular consultation sessions, of their child’s progress. The school has close links with external agencies including the school nurse, audiometrician, speech therapist and educational and behavioural psychologist. We ensure we work very closely with external agencies to provide the very best support possible for children with Special Education Needs from the most gifted to the least able.
The school’s designated ‘Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator’ (SENDco) is Miss Alexander. Mrs Taylor leads the team of Teaching Assistants. Further details of the school’s special educational needs policy is available, on request, from the Head Teacher. This policy is reviewed annually.

Arrangements for children with disabilities

WDPS welcomes children who have disabilities and will meet the needs of these children as fully as possible. The school follows the Local Authority admissions criteria and has taken steps to allow disabled pupils greater access to school. Staff are aware of the needs of children who have medical disabilities and provide support as needed. The school maintains good contact with the school nurse and other professionals. All children are treated equally with access to all areas of the curriculum offered to all children.

School Walfare Officer(SWO)

WDPS has a School Welfare Officer, Paula Stones. She is in school each Wednesday morning and she is happy to make appointments to see parents at any time in the school or at home. Paula can advise parents/carers about their child’s attendance/punctuality and also offer referrals to other agencies in a wealth of areas e.g. behaviour, health, issues at home or at school. All her work is confidential and is only shared with people you agree to.
Paula can be contacted on 07803209965.

Child Protection Statement

Our school recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils.  We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.  We will be alert to the signs of abuse and maltreatment and will follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
Please also refer to ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ guidelines March 2015.
Mick MingStones (Head Teacher) is our school Child Protection Officer.

School Lunches

School meals are supplied by City Cuisine and are served in our school hall from 11.45am to 1 p.m. A choice of meal is available to children on a rota basis. School meals should be paid for in advance on the first school day of each week. Children should bring the correct money for the week in a named envelope, which should be placed in their class dinner money ‘basket’. Credits for meals not taken are dealt with as they arise. Parents eligible for ‘free school meals’ must apply to the Civic Centre. Application forms are available from the school office and must be renewed each year. It is not possible to extend any form of credit for school meals. From September 2014, children from Reception to Year 2 are eligible for Universal Free School Meals.
Packed lunches may be brought to school and eaten in the school-dining hall. Children are supervised during the lunch break, both in the hall and on the schoolyard, by supervisory assistants in accordance with Local Authority policy.


In the interests of the children’s dental and medical health, sweets are not permitted in school. Children are encouraged to bring a piece of fruit to be eaten during break times

School Uniform

All children are encouraged to wear the school uniform. By wearing the recommended school uniform all children can take pride in being a member of WDPS.  It also gives them a strong feeling of identity. Not only is the uniform smart and practical, but also it can save wear and tear on more expensive fashionable clothes.

School uniform consists of:

  • Grey shorts or trousers ; skirt or pinafore (blue checked dress in summer)
  • Light blue polo shirt or blouse.
  • Royal blue sweatshirt / cardigan displaying the school logo.
  • Sweatshirt / cardigan and book- bag can be purchased from the school office.
    school uniform


We request that all children wear sensible, low-heeled black shoes (not trainers) and that they bring a change of footwear in inclement weather.

  • All items of clothing and footwear must be clearly marked with the child’s name.

P.E. and Games

Children in Nursery do P.E. and games in bare feet, underpants and vest. From Reception the children must have a change of clothing for P.E. and games. This should consist of:

  • Top: Plain white round neck T-shirt (no logo)
  • Bottoms:  Plain black or blue shorts (no Logo)
  • Sand-shoes or trainers for indoor/outdoor games

From Year 3 the children may wear joggers and sweat tops for outdoor games in colder weather. P.E. clothes should be labelled with the child’s name and kept in a small named bag on the child’s coat peg.
Children in Year 4 who have a weekly swimming lesson at West Denton Pool will need swimming trunks or a one-piece swimsuit and a towel. These can be carried in a plastic carrier bag. Children do not need a large expensive sports bag.

Jewellery and Hair

Jewellery may not be worn in school for health and safety reasons. Earrings may be worn, but they must be studs and only one pair. Children must be able to remove their own earrings for physical education. School can accept no responsibility for the loss of, or damage caused by jewellery. Watches may be worn but again school accepts no responsibility for loss or damage.
For health and safety reasons, we ask that long hair be tied back at all times.
Extreme haircuts are not permitted.

Damage or Loss of Property

We make every reasonable effort to avoid loss or damage to pupils’ property or clothing parents are advised that the school does not provide insurance cover for pupils’ clothes or property. Accidents do sometimes happen in school. Under the rules governing the financial management of school we are not allowed to make any kind of ex-gratia payment for any loss or damage to property. Parents may wish to make their own personal insurance cover.
A lost property box is kept in school. Any unclaimed items of clothing and footwear which have no marked name tag are stored in the lost property box.

No Smoking

In line with Local Authority policy, WDPS is a no - smoking zone.  This includes the school grounds as well as the school buildings.  This rule has been made for the health and safety of all members of the school community.


If you are moving to a new home (we’ll be sorry to lose you) please come and see the Head Teacher as soon as possible

Car Parking and Site Safety

To safeguard your child, we keep traffic on site to a minimum.  Accordingly, parking is permitted on site only for school employees and visitors on official school business.  No car may enter the site between 8.45am – 9.15 a.m. and 3.00pm –3.30 p.m.

Charging for School Activities

WDPS has adopted the following policy regarding charging:
No charges are to be made for books, materials, equipment, tuition or any other associated costs for education provided as part of the National Curriculum.
Parents will usually be invited to make voluntary contribution towards any activities taking place either inside or outside school hours.  However, it is made clear that failure to contribute will not affect the pupil’s right to take part in any activity.
The school may charge for the following activities:

  • Optional extras – deemed to be activities which take place outside school hours and not related in whole/part to the National Curriculum.
  • Board and lodgings on residential trips.
  • Full or partial costs of residential trips.
  • If appropriate, a charge shall be made for the maintenance of a musical instrument borrowed by a pupil.   Parents may be asked to pay for the cost of replacement or repair where damage is deemed to be the pupil’s fault.

Parents may be asked to pay the cost of repairing or


Children MUST attend school every day. Parents are legally responsible for their child’s attendance at school. The regulations covering a child’s absence from school are laid down in law and are deemed ‘authorised’ or ‘unauthorised’. Each school is required to record and publicise the attendance figures. Individual children’s attendance figures are reported to parents annually.
The school monitors children’s attendance very closely. Frequent absences will result in the absent child’s family being contacted by the School Welfare Officer, Head Teacher or Attendance Officer. The school operates a traffic light system whereby if attendance falls below 97% a monitoring period will take place. This is the amber zone. If attendance improves over the 4 weeks no further action will be taken. If attendance is below 93% in the monitoring period you now enter the red zone. A meeting will be called in school and if attendance does not improve a fine or legal action could take place.

Authorised Absences

These are any absences of which the school has been informed e.g. the child is unwell, attending a doctor or dentist appointment, absence due to the death of a close relative or  absence due to religious observance. As per Government guidelines, WDPS is unable to authorise any holiday in term time. Although holidays will not be authorised, we would still like you to complete a notification of absence form which we can hold on record. It is crucial that we have correct information about your child’s absences as part of our Safeguarding procedures and to ensure your child remains on roll.

Unauthorised Absences

These are any absences, which do not meet the above criteria. These must be reported to the Local Authority and Department for Education annually and the Attendance Officer may visit any family presenting frequent unauthorised absences.
Unauthorised absences include: - buying new shoes or clothes in school time, having hair cut in school time, taking a day off because of a birthday or good weather, keeping a child off because he or she does not want to come to school and any absence without written or verbal explanation from parent or guardian.
Children arriving in school after the close of the class register (approx. 9.10 a.m. each day) will be marked as late.

Please ensure you inform school of your child’s absences by telephone or letter in order to avoid any unauthorised absences being recorded against him or her.


In normal circumstances the school staff do not administer medication in school for reasons of health and safety. However in cases of chronic or long-term illness, medicines can be administered providing the Local Authority’s guidelines detailed below are adhered to.
Newcastle Education Authority has issued the following guidelines for medicines in schools. These guidelines refer to Essential Prescribed Medication only.
Before following these guidelines it is essential to establish that:

  1. It is essential for the pupil to receive medication during school hours and on school premises.
  2. The Head Teacher or his/her nominated representative has agreed to the medication being administered.
  3. A named volunteer has been identified.
  4. Appropriate guidance and training have been given to the volunteer and written validation has been issued.


  1. All essential medication, in the smallest practicable amount, should be brought to school by the carer/parent, not the pupil, and should be delivered personally to the Head Teacher or designated member of staff.
  2. All medication given to school must be labelled with the child’s name by a health care professional.
  3. All essential medication should be accompanied by clear, written, signed instructions from carer/parent on the agreed pro-forma which includes dose, frequency, duration of course and date prescribed. These details and the pupil’s name should be clearly marked on the medication container.
  4. Essential medication to be taken orally should be supplied with an individual measuring spoon. Eye drops and eardrops should be supplied with a dropper.
  5. Essential medication kept at the school should be under suitable secure storage and arrangements made for it to be readily accessible to the named volunteer when required.
  6. A few medicines, such as inhalers and Epi- pens must be readily available to children and therefore not locked away, but stored in a clearly marked medical box within the classroom.
  7. Any pupils known to carry their own medication, and who have received instruction in its use, should continue to be responsible for their own treatment.
  8. Any medication that needs to be administered 3 times a day can be given to your child at home.


Accidents or Illness in School

If your child feels unwell in school,  we will contact parents/carers and if possible arrange for the child to be taken home. For this reason it is important that children who are feeling unwell are not sent to school. It is difficult for us to provide them with the comfort they need in these circumstances.

Emergency Contact

On entry to school parents/carers are requested to complete an application form identifying any medical conditions a child may have and indicating names and telephone numbers of responsible adults who may be contacted at any time during the school day in the event of accident or illness.
It is vital that parents/carers inform school of any change of address, landline or mobile phone number so that our emergency contacts can be kept up to date.

Parents/Carers in School and On Site

We welcome parents/carers into school. Your child’s teacher is available to talk to you about any concerns you may have at the end of the day when you collect your child.  Parents/carers are not able to visit classrooms during teaching time without a prior arrangement, as this causes disruption to both teacher and children. Parents/carers are encouraged to take part in school activities. Many parents/carers and grandparents have talents to offer and we are most grateful for any support in school. Throughout the school year a variety of different functions are held including book weeks, concerts and plays, religious festivals etc. A warm invitation is extended to all parents/carers and friends to attend these whenever numbers permit.
The school follows the City Council “Dignity at Work Policy” and as such does not have to tolerate any verbal abuse or aggression from any person on the school site. If an incident occurs, this could result in an injunction being taken under Section 574 of the Education Act banning that person from the school site.


Your child’s class teacher will be happy to address any day to day concerns you may have. The Head Teacher is also available to see parents/carers on a daily basis although it may be necessary to make an appointment with the school’s administrative officer. A parent governor or the Chair of Governors will also be happy to listen to any concerns you may have and report these to the Head Teacher. If you have a serious concern or complaint which you are not satisfied has been adequately dealt with in school, you could speak to someone at the Local Authority.

West Denton Nursery

Our Nursery currently offers 52 part time funded places. Depending on capacity, parents may be able to purchase additional Nursery morning, afternoon or full day sessions for their child.
Regulations from Central Government came into place in April 2011 which requires providers to offer 15 hours of provision (e.g. 3 hours a day or 2½ days).
WDPS has offered 2 ½ days provision since September 2010.
The funding arrangements in school mean we are only funded for part-time places, therefore no full-time places are currently funded.

nursery 1

Nursery Staffing

  • 1 full-time Nursery teacher

  • 1 full-time Nursery nurse

During the course of the year additional staff will work with the children in the Nursery, including Teaching Assistants, student teachers from Northumbria University, student Nursery nurses from Newcastle College and work experience students from local high schools.

Nursery Admissions

The Nursery intake includes children from the West Denton, Chapel House and Lemington areas of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Children must be 3 years old on or before 31st August to be admitted to the Nursery class in September following their 3rd birthday. The places are allocated strictly according to criteria set by the Local Authority and within our allocated number of part-time places. 

The criteria are as follows:

  1. Siblings already attending WDPS.
  2. Special needs requirements or exceptional circumstances.
  3. Distance between home address and school.

Applications for Nursery places should be made as early as possible leading up to the academic year of admission, although it must be pointed out that putting your child’s name down does not guarantee a place in the Nursery class.  Letters offering allocated places are sent out in the last week of the Easter term.

Entry to School

Children must be 4 years old on or before 31st August to be admitted to the Reception class in the September following their 4th birthday. The places are allocated strictly according to the criteria set out by the Local Authority.  The criteria are the same as that for Nursery Admissions.  Applications for Reception places need to be made in the autumn term of the year prior to admission. Letters offering allocated places are sent out by the Local Authority in the spring term. 

Children stay at WDPS until they are 11 years old.

Settling Your Child in to Nursery

New children are admitted in September in smaller groups so that staff, parents/carers and children have time to get to know each other.  It is our school policy to have all the children admitted to Nursery before the end of October. In June or July of the year of starting Nursery you and your child will be invited to visit Nursery in preparation for starting.  Dates and times for visits will be distributed at the new Nursery parents/carers meetings which are held in the summer term.

We ask that you settle your child to an activity before leaving him/her.  In the early stages you may wish to spend longer in the Nursery, this can gradually be reduced as your child becomes more settled.  Parents/carers are very welcome to stay as long as they wish during the settling in period.

Children must be brought to a member of staff and collected from a member of staff by an adult known to the staff. Staff must know immediately when your child has arrived and is leaving.  Please inform a member of staff is someone other than the usual person will be collecting your child.

Child Protection Statement

Our school recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils.  We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.  We will be alert to the signs of abuse and maltreatment and will follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.

Please also refer to ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ guidelines March 2015.

Mick MingStones (Head Teacher) is our school Child Protection Officer.

Nursery Premises and Equipment

The WDPS Nursery unit is situated next to the Reception classroom at the far end of the main school building closest to West Denton Indoor Bowls Club.  The Nursery unit consists of 2 rooms. The Reception classroom is linked to the Nursery by a connecting door.  All rooms are spacious and well-equipped with direct access to a well-equipped outdoor play area.

Our Early Years children benefit from a bespoke, fenced play area. Features have been created to promote enquiry, thinking, gross and fine motor skills.  These zones include: ‘Willow Area’, ‘Minibeast Wildlife Zone’, ‘Pulley Challenge’, ‘Water Exploration’, ‘Planting Beds’, ‘Driving Challenge’, ‘Role Play Den’ and ‘Construction Site’. The entrance area to Nursery has a further flat play surface and grass area which is fenced in from the main yard area.

The classrooms are light and spacious.  The rooms are partially carpeted and are divided into working bays including: a quiet library area, comfortable areas for group times, areas for art and crafts, role play, construction, sand and water, computers, story/music listening area and writing areas.  All areas are exceptionally well resourced.

The Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) staff meet regularly to plan what they will be teaching your child.  The staff have long and short term plans, which set out the teaching in the Nursery each half term and each week (weekly plans are displayed outside the Nursery classroom to keep you fully informed).  The planning is carefully designed to build on what your child already knows and can do.  As a parent/carer you are your child’s first teacher.  Before coming into school, you have already taught your child to walk, talk, feed, dress etc.  We hope to work very closely with you to continue to teach your child in school and at home.
The Foundation Stage begins from birth until the end of the Reception year.  Much of the teaching in the Foundation Stage will take place through well planned play, both indoors and outdoors, which is the key way in which young children learn with plenty of enjoyment and challenge.
The teaching will have more structured activities in the Reception class with an emphasis on numeracy and literacy development, but will still continue to challenge children through play across the seven areas of learning.
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
Communication and Language;
Physical Development; and
Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.

These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding of  the World; and
  • Expressive Arts and Design.
  • These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The staff at school will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is similar to the curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.
  • Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors.

Important Stage

The Early Years is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their Early Years’ experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure and also support their development, care and learning needs.

    • Please can you inform the Nursery staff if your child has any allergies (peanuts, other foods, animals etc.)

    • Can you let us know if your child has asthma.

    • If during the course of the Nursery year staff become aware of any health concerns e.g. hearing or vision they will inform you.

    • Your child should be toilet trained and able to wash and dry his/her own hands before starting Nursery.
    • Nursery children are encouraged to wear clothes that are sensible for outdoor play (Wellington boots are particularly useful).  Fasteners that children can manage themselves are ideal to encourage them to be independent.  Shoes that fasten easily are especially useful.
    • No jewellery should be worn by children. 
    • Children with pierced ears may wear studs ONLY.
    • Children should arrive on time and be collected promptly so that they are not upset.
    • Play equipment, both indoor and outdoor, is checked regularly.
    • Climbing frames are on the outdoor area which is an approved safety surface.
    • Information of interest to parents/carers will be displayed on the notice board in the corridor just outside the Nursery.

    • In Nursery children will regularly bring home library books. These may be kept clean and dry inside a school book bag, which can be purchased from the school office.

    • We have regular fund raising events and would appreciate your help with these.

    • During the year, educational visits will be arranged for the children.
    • Parents/carers will be informed in advance and asked for their written consent.
    • We rely on parental help to ensure a safe adult/child ratio for these outings.
    • Parents/carers may be asked to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of these outings.
    • At the start of the year parents/carers will be asked to sign a local permission slip for the year ahead.  This enables us to take your child out on visits to Denton Park library/ church and other activities locally.
    • Mrs L. Wood
    • Mrs R. Croll
    • Mr N. Jones
    • Mr N. Shiel
    • Mrs S. Singleton
    • Mrs B. Elliot
    • Miss C. Knowles
    • Mrs E. Hughes
    • Mrs J. Taylor
    • Mrs H. Barr
    • Miss M. Alexander
    • Mrs E. Iceton
    • Mr R. Erskine 
    • Mrs N. Khan
    • Mr C. Gaines    
  • The Early Years Currriculum

    The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is broken down into 7 areas of learning. The Prime Areas are the fundamental parts of development which children need in order to develop fully in all of the other Specific Areas of learning.

    Prime Areas

    Communication and Language

    We aim first to enable your child to become a good listener and provide the tools for every child to become a great communicator. Through lots of speaking and listening games and activities we can ensure that your child plays in a language rich environment where they are constantly encouraged to talk about what they see and what they do so that they can begin to use their own developing knowledge inorder to make new connections and links.

    Physical Development

    Your child will develop many skills such as climbing, sliding, crawling, riding a bike and being able to judge their own and others’ space. They will develop skills in handling tools and equipment such as pencils, clay tools, knives and forks and brushes. We aim to encourage every child to understand the need to be healthy and what we need to do to stay healthy.

    Personal, Social and Emotional Development

    We support your child and give them the tools they need to manage their own feelings, make relationships and develop self-confidence and self-awareness. We aim to enable your child to understand their feelings and ensure that they become independent learners in a nurturing environment which helps them feel safe and secure.

    Specific Areas of Learning


    Your child will enter an environment which is full of print, stories, poems and rhymes. We aim to intrigue children with a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books as well as things that particularly interest your child. Children will have daily phonic sessions which may include listening to sounds in the environment, learning new sounds and blending these sounds to read words. Children are encouraged to be writers both inside and outside with most areas having writing equipment attractively placed in them.


    Children’s knowledge of number will be deepened through real life experiences and things that children understand e.g. trips to the shops. They will develop a sound knowledge of shape, space and measure through shape walks, weighing and measuring real things and through many interactive games on the smart boards.

    Understanding of the World

    Your child will develop a greater knowledge of the world in which they live through trips offsite and making links to other countries and they will truly understand their place within the community in which they live. They will learn about other cultures and gain a greater respect for their own and other people’s beliefs. Your child will have a deepened knowledge of ICT equipment such as talking tins, cameras and programmable toys and they will understand how to use computer programs to help support their learning in a fun and enjoyable way.

    Expressive Arts and Design

    We aim to encourage your child to develop their imagination to its full potential. We want them to discover their own creativity and to use a variety of media in innovative ways. In creating an environment which allows them to independently explore a range of media, it allows every child to express themselves in a way that is fun and exciting to them as a unique individual.


    Recording Progress and Reporting to Parents

    Before your child begins Nursery, he/she will be given an ‘All About Me’ booklet to fill in at home with help from an adult.  This provides a starting point for the Early Years staff getting to know your child by talking to him/her about important people at home.  This booklet also forms the basis of the home/school Learning Journey, which will be shared between home and school, to form a record of your child’s progress throughout the Nursery year.  We also like to hear, and see examples of any interesting and significant achievements your child has made at home.

    Parents are informed of their child’s achievements in the course of every day contact with Early Years staff.  This is also an opportunity for you to inform the staff of any concerns you may have or to share information about your child generally.

    The Early Years staff in school work as a team and they plan a relevant curriculum based upon Early Learning Goals for Early Years children. Staff observe, assess, and record the children’s progress to plan activities to help children reach each learning goal.

    Parents are invited to meet with the class teacher for a more formal discussion of their child’s progress during parental consultations, twice yearly.  Detailed written reports are issued at the end of the summer term to parents.  Parents have the opportunity to discuss the end of year report with staff.

    Medical Information

    Health and Safety

    The following points are particularly relevant to the Early Years children:

    We request that families ring us immediately on the first day of absence if your child is going to be absent from school.  If your child is unwell please do not bring him or her to the school as infection spreads quickly between young children.  It is important children are fit and healthy to fully benefit from the Nursery experiences and to be happy in the school.

    Parent and Carer Involvement

    Parents and carers are more than welcome in the Early Years at any time.  Anyone willing to join in the activities will be given guidance in participating.  Activities may include reading stories, playing games, working with the computer, assisting with outdoor play, baking and general help.

    Early Years Profile

    Each weekend the children will take home their home/school profile to share with their families.  This provides a link between home and school and records the child’s achievement.

    Learning Journey

    The Early Years Learning Journey provides an on-going record of children’s achievements. School invites all parents and carers to share in their children’s early successes.


    The Early Years promote learning at home and school through the use of Share Bags which parents and carers are encouraged to borrow.

    Homework is also given to develop your child’s fine-motor, numeracy and literacy skills.


    Educational Outings


    Please dress your child in comfortable, practical clothing.  Aprons are provided for messy activities but paint spills etc. cannot be completely avoided.  Please try to avoid clothes with difficult fastenings such as dungarees.

    We encourage the children to wear the school uniform sweatshirt, which is easily washed and very durable.  School sweatshirts and polo shirts can be purchased from the school office.

    Grey trousers or skirts can be purchased through most clothing outlets. 
    Light blue polo type shirts are recommended for wearing under the sweatshirts.

    Shoes should be dark in colour and comfortable. Trainers and fashion shoes are not appropriate for school. The children also need wellington boots and a spare set of clothes to be kept in school at all times.

    Special Needs

    Specific arrangements are made to help children who experience learning or behavioural difficulties at any stage.   If you feel that your child has any problems with hearing, sight, speech or behaviour, we may be able to arrange specialist help from outside agencies.  We must be informed if your child has any allergies or special dietary requirements.  We seek to fully involve parents and carers and work closely together to support children with special educational needs.

    Equal Opportunities

    In the Early Years all children are encouraged to engage in a wide range of activities that promote non-stereotypical play e.g. girls building in the construction area, boys dressing up and playing in the kitchen.

    Resources are carefully chosen to develop equal opportunities regardless of gender or race and to develop their awareness of world cultures and different ways of life.


    A half termly Nursery Newsletter keeps parents fully informed of everything going on in the Nursery, including the curriculum, educational visits, fundraising events and special dates.
    A monthly school newsletter goes out to inform parents of everything going on in school e.g. events, information, achievements, dates for the diary etc.

    Additional Information

    Details of your child: address, doctor, emergency telephone numbers (mobile and home landline) etc. are kept in the school office.  It is vital that parents/carers inform the school staff of any changes in these particulars.

    Please inform a member of staff immediately of any change in home circumstances which you feel may affect your child’s behaviour in school.

    Milk and fruit is provided free of charge for each Nursery child every day.  Water is available for those children who do not drink milk.

    We would appreciate a small donation of 50p per week to be collected at the start of each half term. This covers the cost of snacks, birthday treats and baking materials.

    Please do not send sweets or crisps


    School Staff

    Mr Mick MingStones - Head Teacher

    Miss Rachael Croll - Deputy Head

    Class Teachers

    Additional teachers enrich learning experiences across the school.

    Mrs A. Mason Miss L. Weatherburn Mrs. D. Garvey


    Classroom Assistants

    Mrs T. Taylor (team leader) Mrs J. Williams Mrs C. Wright
    Mrs S. Henderson Mrs F. Grogan Miss J.Torrance
    Mrs A. Sutcliffe Miss S. Fleck Mrs Mc Hatton
    Mrs J. Gibson Miss N. Phillips Mrs L. Edwards
    Mrs A. Sparke Miss K. Gullon
    Mrs T. Gray Mrs C. Hull


    Nursery Nurse Mrs. S Trainer
    Business Manager Mrs C. Hollins
    Administrative officer Mrs A. Hall
    Cook Mrs W. Wilson
    Facility Supervisor:  Miss P. Rice

    School Governors

    These people serve on the governing body of West Denton Primary School. Both staff and members of the governing body are always willing to talk to you and keep you fully informed of the developments of the school.

    • Mr M. MingStones Head Teacher
      Mrs. J. Lockey Foundation Trust Governor (Vice Chair)
      Rev. J. Stober Foundation Trust Governor
      Mr J. Gallant LEA Representative (Chair)
      Mrs T. Taylor Staff Governor
      Miss R. Croll Co-opted Governor
      Mr J. West Co-opted Governor
      Mrs E. Thompson Co-opted Governor
    • Vacancy Co-opted Governor
      Mr M. Wright Parent Governor
      Mr I. Proud Parent Governor
    • Mrs L. Ions Parent Governor

    Clerk to the governors: Karen Miller                                                                    

    Director of Children’s Services   Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8PU