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Values and Ethos

Valuing Children, Valuing Learning, Valuing our Community


Each half term we focus on a particular value and share what this means for us, our learning and our community. We learn to understand what the value looks like for us and how we can demonstrate the value in the way we behave in our attitude towards each other and in our learning.

For those children who go that extra mile and show us all what the value means in what they do each week we say thank you by awarding them a ‘Value Apple’ which we display on our Value Apple Tree in the entrance hall.

For those children who demonstrate that they understand our value and are consistent in the way they express this over a half term, we invite parents into to school for a special Golden Apple Award assembly.

Our Values are part of everything we do in school and are an important part of everyday life. We have a cycle of Values as shown below.

Year A
Appreciation Co-operation & Responsibility Courage
Respect Friendship & Forgiveness Honesty
Year B
Unity Tolerance & Understanding Patience
Peace Love Caring & Sharing

Year A: 2015-2016 and 2017-2018
Year B: 2014-2015 and 2016-2017

Click here to download our British Values Statement

Values-Tree– Work together



Teaching and Learning

We aim to develop all pupils and staff to maximise their learning through high quality teaching and aspiration to achieve beyond their dreams. 


We provide a stimulating and safe environment with high expectations of all based on an ethos of respect and responsibility, where children are able to learn and achieve well both independently and together as part of a team.  We aim to enrich the learning experience of children through our outdoor learning environment. 


We provide a creative, challenging, supportive and aspiring wider curriculum enabling children to think critically, becoming independent, confident learners for both their future success and that of the wider community in which they live. 


Through a rich, values based ethos we encourage and provide opportunities for our learners to understand, care and respect the values and beliefs of other cultures, to create friendship and tolerance of each other within the local and world community. We celebrate and value the diversity of our community and the achievements of all.


We aim to develop and sustain valued partnerships, working together with parents, staff and governors, our partnership schools and the extended community to gain positive outcomes for all our children. 


We aim to provide the opportunities and develop the confidence and skills in children that are fit for the 21st century so that they are open to possibilities and aspire to lead a successful, healthy and happy life in the future.



Our Watling Lower School and Forest Club Curriculum ensures that learning is relevant and interesting for our children. Through a rich variety of opportunities, learning is brought to life ensuring not only the acquisition of key skills, but also through a creative approach aims to nurture the love of learning itself.

We follow the new National Curriculum and continue to incorporate this statutory requirement with our own school curriculum through our Learning Themes. The content and approach to our learning is designed to engage and motivate each specific group of children.

In order to develop the fundamental skills of reading, we use Letters and Sounds and the Bug Club phonics scheme. For Guided Reading we use the Rigby Star and Pelican schemes. Therefore, ensuring that all of our children have the best start in their reading.

We use the ‘Talk for Writing‘ approach to encourage child in their writing.  We challenge and encourage children to improve their mathematical skills through ‘Big Maths‘.






Our curriculum is planned to provide every opportunity for children to apply their reading, writing and mathematical skills through all the other subjects where we also aim to provide enhanced opportunities to develop the skills within each subject. You can click on the Learning Theme title to access more information.

If you have any questions about our curriculum or want to find our more, please see your child’s class teacher.

Click here to see more detail about the learning in each Key Stage.

Who’s Who at Watling?

Head Teacher Mrs Sue Penglase
Chair of Governors Mrs Sian Muggridge
Deputy Head Teacher Mrs Jit Jandu
SEND Coordinator Ms Jackie Brooks
Admissions and Office Administrator Ms Jacqueline Dunnell
Admin Apprentice Miss Beth Fleckner
Finance Mrs Karen Hatherley
Teacher Miss Sarah Colliss
Teacher Mr Chris Penglase
Teacher Mrs Jeannette Khan
Teacher Mr Ben Gates
Teacher Miss Beth Taylor
Teacher Mrs Sue Michaels
Teacher Mrs Sam Robblett
Teacher Mrs Karen Puddefoot
Higher Level Teaching Assistant Mrs Claire Ashenden
Teaching Assistant Mrs Lynne Cooke
Teaching Assistant Mrs Maxine Field
Teaching Assistant Mrs Lynette Human
Teaching Assistant Mrs Sam Kenny
Teaching Assistant Mrs Lynne Peck
Teaching Assistant Mrs Kathryn Spooner
Teaching Assistant Mrs Karen Shaw
Teaching Assistant Mrs Danielle Ellis
Teaching Assistant – Early Years Mrs Trudy Barral
Learning Mentor Mrs Debbie Meredith

Leader Early Years Practitioner and Forest Club

Ms Sarah Ward

Early Years and Forest Club Admin

Mrs Dawn Rosier
Early Years Practitioner Mrs Karen Bird
Early Years Practitioner Mrs Agata Patterson
Early Years Practitioner Mrs Monika Gwozdz
Early Years Practitioner and Forest Club Ms Ana Elezi
Early Years Practitioner Mrs Mandy Taylor
Early Years Practitioner Miss Tracy Burger
Senior Midday Supervisor Mrs Iffet Anwar
Midday Supervisor Mrs Mandy Power
Midday Supervisor Mrs Lisa Osborne
Midday Supervisor Mrs Dawn French
Midday Supervisor Mrs Sam Kenny
Midday Supervisor Mrs Mudi Mandalwatthage
Midday Supervisor Mrs Christine Wheeler
Site Agent Mrs Donna Barker
Cleaner Mrs Chrissy McGarvey

Watling Forest Club


Watling Forest Club was originally set up in 1995 as an after-school facility provided by the school.  As a result of its growing popularity the Management Committee formed in 2001 to establish the club as a separate body and our doors were first opened in July 2002. In September 2015, it merged back with Watling Lower School and moved into the refurbished Watling Lower School building.

Our Nursery provides affordable good quality care for children in Arboretum Room for 2 year olds and Woodlands Room for 3 and 4 year olds. Please contact the office for more information including details of funded places.

We comply with current staff to children ratios of 1:8. (1:4 for children under 3)

Watling Forest Club

Our Forest Club offers before and after School Care and a fun filled Holiday Club. For details and to book a place call 01582 662232 option 3.

 Chairperson – Our Governors

Full Governing Body

Chairperson – Mrs Sian Muggridge

Vice-Chairperson – Mrs Fiona Kiteley

Curriculum and Standards Governor – Miss Busola Fasida

SEND Governor – Mrs Sian Muggridge

Safeguarding Person Governor – Mrs Fiona Kiteley

Governors – Mr Paul Kiteley – Associate

Local Authority – Mr Andrew Whayman

Staff – Mrs Jit Jandu & Mrs Lynne Peck

Community – Mrs Dawn Rosier

Parent – Mrs Busola Fasida

Headteacher – Mrs Sue Penglase

Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee Members

Mrs Fiona Kiteley (Chairperson)

Mrs Dawn Rosier

Mr Andrew Whayman

Mrs Sue Penglase

Standards and Curriculum Committee Members

Miss Busola Fasida (Chairperson)

Mrs Sian Muggridge

Mrs Lynne Peck

Mrs Sue Penglase

Mrs Jit Jandu

Download more information about our Governors.

School Council


Our School Council is very important to us and it is a way for the children to have their voices heard.  Each class votes for their two children to represent them on the School Council for the school year.

The School Council is run by Mrs Roblett and meets every other week.

Every child in the school has the chance to be heard in School Council either by talking to their School Council representative or by writing in their class School Council book.

Each class also elects two Eco-Warriers, who help our school with our Green initiatives.

School Meals

Principals Contract Catering Limited

Principals-CateringWe offer an exciting 3 course lunch which includes freshly prepared bread, fruit and salad.

Payment must be made either on the day or in advance as lunch will only be served in exceptional circumstances without payment.

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal.  Cost of meal for all other children is £2.10 per day.


We show the children photographs of the lunch choices each morning to help them choose their lunch.

Download: Menu 1   Menu 2   Menu 3

You can download information about food allergens here.



We have lots of clubs to choose from at Watling Lower School and Forest Club.

Some of the clubs are at lunch time and some are after school.  Some of the clubs are free and some you have to pay for.  If you would like more information about any of these clubs, please see the school office.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Before school Breakfast club Breakfast club Breakfast club Breakfast club Breakfast club
Lunch time Choir Hot Shots
After school Kickboxing

Film Club

Dance club

Really Wild club