Westerton Primary is situated in an outer suburb of South Leeds, which has grown from a small village community to a suburban commuter area. The school has grown in size over the last decade and we now have around 708 pupils on roll, including a 52 place nursery (78 pupils in total). The school was built in 1988 and the buildings are attractive and well equipped.
Children with special educational needs are well catered for and OFSTED considered this to be a real strength in the school. We have a very good team of teaching assistants who work very closely with the teaching staff to provide supportive learning experiences. Parents are kept well informed through additional channels of communication and we are keen to develop further intervention systems to allow and encourage parents to help their children overcome difficulties in the basic skills.
There is an established programme of extra-curricular provision with several staff undertaking to run clubs or sports activities outside hours. We have an expectation that all new staff will be able to contribute in some way to this side of school life. Visiting tutors provide instrumental tuition and there are established orchestras, woodwind, strings and brass groups and choirs. Music is a very strong feature in the school.
A School Council plays its part in school decision making and a house system supports motivation and the organisation of school events. A strong sense of partnership exists between staff, governors and parents. A very active PTFA provides excellent support in terms of fundraising and a programme of social events, while the School plays a key role in the life of the community, through involvement in community projects and links with various organisations.
We want everyone at Westerton to feel proud of our school and to give that little bit extra to make it one of the very best schools in the country. It’s a great place to work and we can promise new staff excellent support when they join our lively team! For those who wish to move on for further promotion and senior management positions, there are good opportunities for excellent professional development and it is worth noting that as staff leave, they often move to a role with greater responsibility. Some of our most recent leavers have secured deputy headships.