Priory Partnership for Learning
The ’Priory Partnership for Learning’ is a group of successful schools comprising Dunstable Icknield Lower School, Studham CofE VC Lower School, Watling Lower School and Forest Club and Priory Academy.
Working closely together to ensure the continuity of learning and sharing of good practice, our partnership’s vision is:
To provide a solid educational pathway, to sustain high standards of education and maintain the nurturing and well-being of children by offering the combination of outstanding practice and policy, high quality teaching and excellent leadership.
Our objectives include:
- To have high aspirations for all learners, promoting quality learning and teaching
- To ensure that high standards are maintained throughout the partnership schools
- To enable smooth and effective transfer and transition of pupils
- To encourage collaboration and agreed solutions
- To share practice and expertise
- To provide the diversity, flexibility and enrichment opportunities that no single setting can offer
Click to find out more about each of the schools in the Partnership
Dunstable Icknield Lower School
Studham C of E Village School
Watling Lower School and Forest Club
Joining our School
Most of our children join us during the Early Years (Nursery or Reception) but we welcome new pupils at any time of the year, providing that we have space in their year group.
As a Community school, we follow the Admissions Guidelines set by Central Bedfordshire Council. All applications for places at Watling Lower School and Forest Club, in any year group, are made through Central Bedfordshire Council.
Download our Admissions Policy.
See Central Bedfordshire Council’s School Admissions Site.
Term Dates and School Times
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2015-2016 | 2016-2017 | 2017-2018 | 2018-2019
The School Day
|9.00 – 10.15
|10.30 to Lunchtime
|12.05 to 1.05pm
||Lunchtime Reception and Key Stage 1
|12.20 to 1.20pm
|| Lunchtime Key Stage 2
|End of Lunchtime to 3.05pm
||End of School – Reception
||End of School – Key Stage 1
||End of School – Key Stage 2
We believe that a school uniform is important:
- It looks smart
- Wears well
- Contributes to a sense of belonging and community
- Makes children feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance
- Fosters a feeling of pride
- Is designed with health and safety in mind
We ask that all children wear our uniform and encourage them to maintain a good standard of clean and tidy dress in school. The uniform is designed to be practical, maintainable and good value for money.
Hair accessories such as slides, ribbons bobbles, etc, should be fairly simple and if possible in school colours. For safety reasons we ask that the children do not wear jewellery in school.
Parents are asked to ensure that all items are labelled clearly with their child’s name.
For health reasons it is important that children are properly dressed for physical activity. PE kit should be kept in a named drawstring bag.
Your child will need a PE t-shirt in their house colour. Your welcome pack has a sticker on the front giving your the name and colour of your child’s house. If you are unsure of which house your child will be in, please call the school office.
Buying your school uniform:
Please note: We do not sell school uniform at school.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
At Watling Lower School and Forest Club, we believe that every child has the right to be supported in order fulfil their potential.
If your child is finding an aspect of the curriculum particularly difficult, their teacher will speak to you about some additional support for them.
If they are finding an aspect of school particularly difficult, we may suggest that they would benefit from extra support through our Special Educational Needs programme. We would then meet with you and discuss how we could best support your child in school. As your child’s parent, you play a key role in this decision making process.
If your child has a disability or a condition that requires them to have additional support in school, we will do our very best to provide whatever help and support we can.
If you have any questions about Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND), please feel free to contact our SEND Coordinator, Mrs Michaels. You can contact her by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the school office on 01582 662 232.
Download our Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Policy.
Download our 2016-2017 SEND Information Report.
Visit the Central Bedfordshire Local Offer for more information.
Pupil Premium Funding
What is Pupil Premium Funding?
The Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children registered for a free school meal and children that have been in care for more than six months.
Why has it been introduced?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium.
Download our Pupil Premium Impact Report and Pupil Premium Policy.
PE and Sports Grants
In April 2013, the Government announced funding of £150 million for physical education (PE) and sport, to be used to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision. Funding has been allocated to all maintained and state- funded schools with primary phase pupils from 1 September 2013. A typical primary school receives about £9,250 annually in the academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15. Funding will continue for 2015/16 and into the future.
Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of, and increase participation in PE and sport. This is so that all pupils are encouraged to develop healthy lifestyles and have the best chance of reaching the performance levels they are capable of.
In 2013/14 Watling Lower School received: £8000 plus £5 per eligible pupil.
During 2014/15 we received: £8441
In 2015/16 we received: £9705
This is how we have used and are currently using the PE and Sports Grant:
- Paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport.
- Increasing pupils’ participation in inter-school games opportunities.
- Supporting and engaging children through new equipment, enhanced curriculum opportunities and clubs.
- Quality assuring the work of sports coaches and instructors employed to coach in PE lessons and after-school sports clubs.
- Buying into existing local sports networks such as school sport partnerships or community sports coaching initiatives.
- Working in partnership with Priory Learning Partnership to develop opportunities for staff and children to develop their skills and compete in sports activities.
In addition, we are planning to use the funding this year to:
- Specialist coach team teaching opportunities for teachers.
- Provide training and equipment for midday supervisors to introduce more playground games at lunchtimes.
- Purchase specialist equipment and teaching resources to develop new sports.
- Provide pupils who are gifted or talented in sport with expert, intensive coaching and support.
- Accessing additional web based exercise routines to engage all children in daily excerise.
So far, the impact of additional funding on improving the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision has been:
- Greater numbers of children accessing lunchtime and after school clubs.
- Significant improvement in childhood obesity over recent years and the school’s high position when compared to other schools in the area.
- Greater range of activities and equipment for children to access at break times.
- Improved knowledge of Midday Supervisors to engage children in activities.
- Daily exercise for all children.
- Introduction of new activities including archery and fencing.
- Children have taken part in more competitions within school through House to House challenges.
- There is an increased number of clubs on offer and a wider variety at different times of the year.
Higher Level Teaching Assistant
This is an exciting opportunity to develop a new role at Watling Lower School – Forest Club from September 2017. We are looking for a Higher Level Teaching Assistant to provide PPA, classroom cover and learning support across the school. The successful candidate should:
- Hold a HLTA qualification or be able to demonstrate relevant experience
- Have English and Maths GCSE or equivalent
- Demonstrate flexibility and enthusiasm
- Be highly motivated and organised
- Show initiative and work as part of a team
- Demonstrate leadership skills
- Be keen to attend relevant training
The successful applicant will join a committed team with happy, entusiastic and motivated children along with supportive staff, parents and governors. They will also become a key player in helping the school achieve its vision and live its values.
Watling Lower School – Forest Club is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children and young people. All staff and volunteers are expected to share this commitment and all appointments will be subject to appropriate vetting including an enhanced CRB disclosure check.
Closing Date noon Friday 12th May 2017
Interviews Thursday 18th May 2017
Early Years Practitioner
Part-time – mornings during school term time Level 3, Scale point 15 -18
To start as soon as possible.
Watling Lower School Forest Club have a vacancy for an enthusiastic Early Years Practitioner with a relevant Level 3 qualification to join our friendly team. Knowledge of the EYFS together with understanding and experience of children’s development and needs are essential.
The successful candidate will be a member of our Early Year Team with provision for 2 year olds onwards. We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated staff that must be physically able to work actively with children and be involved in daily setting-up and packing away of equipment.
Our setting is dedicated to developing staff skills and knowledge through in house and external training opportunities. This is initially a temporary appointment for the summer term with the possibility opportunity for it to become permanent from September.
Closing Date: 21.04.17 applications to be submitted to email@example.com
Interviews: Week beginning 24.04.17
Visits to the school are warmly welcomed.
The school operates a safe recruiting policy to ensure child protection and welfare.
Relief Midday Supervisors
If you are interested in becoming a relief Midday Supervisor at Watling Lower School please contact the School Office for more details.
We are always looking for members of the community to help with different things in school, from reading with children to helping with the grounds. If you are interested, please contact Mrs Jandu via the office for more details.
All staff and volunteers are subject to Safer Recruitment procedures and will be required to undergo enhanced DBS checks.