Hello, I’m Miss Francis, the Headteacher at Whiteshill Primary School.
Thank you so much for showing an interest in our school. I hope that the photographs, information and video below will give you a bit of a sneak peak behind the scenes and allow you to find out what is important to us here at Whiteshill.
I know it is a really big step to choose the right primary school for your child and so I’m really pleased to say that this year we are able to offer visits to our school again. It is a real highlight of the year for me when families come to visit as I love meeting and getting to know the children and parents before you start as a family on your journey here with us. If you would like to visit the school, please do get in touch via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning the school office on 01453 762 949. I will take you on a personal tour of the school during one of our regular tours of the school in the Autumn Term or at a time that is convenient to you.
In the meantime, please do look through the photographs below and watch the video which takes you on a tour of Willow class, our reception classroom where your children would start their journey with Mrs Clarke and Mrs Fisher in their first year at Whiteshill. Please also visit the Willow class page on the website under ‘classes’ in the menu to find out a lot more about your children’s first year here.
New entrants to the school can be admitted in the September before their fifth birthday. Please see the admissions policy below for details on our admissions criteria and the process to follow.
We currently have 103 children on roll at Whiteshill and we have spaces in some year groups, if your child is already enrolled at a different school please contact our school office to find out whether we have space in the year group they will be moving in to. If your child is entering reception next year, we have up to 15 spaces available in this year group each year.
If you would like to come and look around our school, we would absolutely love to have you. It is always a good idea to see the school for yourself, hear about our vision for the children at Whiteshill and ask any questions you may have. Please contact Mrs Angove in our school office to arrange a tour of the school. You can phone (01453 762 949) or email (email@example.com).
Once your child has been successful in gaining a place at Whiteshill, a series of transition sessions are planned during the summer term so that as a family you can begin to feel part of the school and to ensure the children feel comfortable and happy in the school surroundings ready for a smooth start in September.
We also run a buddy system where each new Reception child is paired up with a child in year 6 who they will have met during the summer term transition. The year 6 buddies will accompany the children to lunch and spend time with them out in the playground as well so that they have a familiar face to talk to during the initial weeks.
All reception children start school on a part-time basis, enabling them to gradually come to terms with school routine and not get too tired. For the first week, children are in until lunchtime followed by a second week where they stay for lunch and go home at 1.15pm. After these initial two weeks, the children are then in full-time.
Sometimes, you as parents may prefer a longer period of part-time attendance up until your child is 5. This can be arranged on an individual basis when necessary.
To find out about our school admissions policy and procedures as well as the appeals process, please see our admissions policy below and visit the Gloucestershire Primary School Admissions website.
We look forward to welcoming you to Whiteshill.
Mrs Cripps has narrated a tour around our reception classroom so that you can see where your children will be spending their first year at Whiteshill. We also have a large, covered outdoor area at the back of class which you can see in the video. The children use this daily to free-flow outside and extend their learning through play in an outdoor environment.
I hope that this has given you a glimpse in to life at Whiteshill. Please do get in contact with the school office if you would like to speak to me further at all. We look forward to welcoming you to our Whiteshill family!