General Information about our School


Woodthorpe is a Community, day, co-educational Primary School for children from 3 to 11 years old. It has no particular religious affiliation.

The information shown here is extracted from our prospectus. A full Prospectus 2017/18 is available to download.

Admission information

Prospective parents are always most welcome to visit the school. Please contact the school office to arrange an appointment.

Children are admitted to the Nursery (Foundation Stage 1) in the term following their third birthday. Applications for Nursery places can be made directly to the Head of Nursery or through the school office. The Nursery is part time; your child will be offered either a morning or afternoon place.

NB a place at Woodthorpe Nursery does not guarantee a place at Woodthorpe School.

From September 2011 all children may start school from the September after their fourth birthday which gives parents/carers a greater choice about when your child starts school in Foundation Stage 2 class. Application forms for Foundation Stage 2 must be made using the Children' and Young Person's Service (CYPS) form which can be provided by the Nursery, through the school office or directly from the LA. From September 2001 class sizes in FS2 and KS1 have been restricted by law to 30 or below.

At the end of Year 6 most of our children transfer to the Outwood Academy City School on Stradbroke Road. Application information will be provided by the LA in the July of Year 5. NB a place at Woodthorpe School does not guarantee a place at City.

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Throughout their time in school, it is not unusual for children to, on occasions, require some additional help. This may be for a short period to assist them with a specific problem or it may be more long term.

Regardless of the needs of your child, at Woodthorpe we will always endeavour to provide them with the very best. If at any time you wish to discuss a concern you have about your child you can of course speak to their teacher.

If you would like further advice, Mrs Oliver is our Special Needs Co-ordinator.

An appointment to meet with her may be made at the school office.

Our Special Educational Needs (SEN) Policy is available to download.

Disabled Access

Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do. As a result we pride ourselves on being able to provide for the needs of all our community. The school is well equipped to meet the needs of all our learners including those with disabilities.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact school and ask to speak to:

  • Dave Smith - Headteacher, or
  • Karen Bister - Deputy Head

Our Accessibility Plan is available to download.

Should you require a paper copy of any of the information on our website, please contact our school office.

School Organisation

The School Day

It is very important that children arrive in school on time each day, ready to learn.

This is a reminder of the school session timetable and registration times.

Foundation Stage 1:

Morning: 8.50am - 11.50am

Afternoon: 12.00pm - 3.00pm

Foundation Stage2 / Key Stage 1:

School starts: 8.45am

Lunch break: 11.40am - 12.50pm

School ends: 2.55pm

Key stage 2:

School starts: 8.45am

Lunch break: 12.20pm - 13.05pm

School ends: 3.00pm

Registration FS2 - Y6

  • Classrooms are open to pupils from 8.35am
  • Children should be in their classes by 8.45am, ready for morning registration.

A printable version of The School Day is available to download.

School Attendance

Our school's Attendance Policy has been updated in response to recent communication with representatives of the Local Authority.

The Local Authority monitors the attendance of all pupils and works closely with the school to identify and address any concerns.

As a result of concerns about attendance, changes to the policy have been agreed in order to support our children to attend school regularly.

The Letter to Parents (October 2017) summarises these changes and is available to download.

Our Attendance Policy is also available to download.

Attendance and Punctuality

Regular and punctual attendance is vital if a child is to be happy, settled and successful at school.

In 2011-12 Woodthorpe School had 91.8% attendance.

In 2012-13 Woodthorpe School had 93% attendance.

In 2013-14 Woodthorpe School had 94.4% attendance.

In 2014-15 Woodthorpe School had 93.7% attendance.

In 2015-16 Woodthorpe School had 94.4% attendance.

In 2016-17 Woodthorpe School had 94.6% attendance.

Unauthorised absence is that for which no explanation has been given or where the explanation does not meet government guidelines - for example shopping or a birthday. Up to two weeks' holiday may be authorised at the Headteacher's discretion - this is dependent on your child's attendance over the past year; to request authorisation please ask for a form from the school office. Please make every effort to avoid term time holidays - they disrupt your child's education, particularly if taken in September. Holidays taken in September or during test weeks in school will not be authorised.

If your child is absent for any reason please contact school by 9.30am. If no message is received we will contact you before 10 am.

If your child has to leave school for an urgent reason eg medical appointments please obtain an authorised absence pass from the school office when you collect your child. NB children will not be able to leave school during the day unless collected by a parent or carer.

If your child is late for school please make sure s/he still attends. After 8.45am, please report to the office to obtain a late mark in the register.

Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is specific, additional funding provided to support the education of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years, children who have been looked after continuously for a period of six months or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces or have been eligible since May 2011.

From 2015 additional funding the Early Years Pupil Premium has been available for children aged three and four in our Early Years provision to support children's learning development and care. This funding is available to school if you claim one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit
  • Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Service) under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Please contact your child's teacher if you think they may be eligible.

What Pupil Premium funding does school receive?

Academic Year 2017-18
Pupil Premium £308,550
Early Years Pupil Premium £6,000

Academic Year 2016-17
Pupil Premium £291,720
Early Years Pupil Premium £2,481.99

A detailed breakdown of these figures is discussed on a termly basis with the governing body.

How will we spend the Pupil Premium at Woodthorpe in 2017-18?

At Woodthorpe, we believe the best approach to accelerating progress is through personalising the approach to Teaching and Learning for each individual child. With this in mind we spend the bulk of our Pupil Premium funding on staffing. This is split between class based staff delivering high quality learning opportunities and leadership time for the monitoring and evaluation of these approaches.

Central to this is a focus on the progress of all vulnerable groups to guard against any barriers to progress.

From self-evaluation and our analysis of pupil outcomes 2016-17 key priorities for this year are:

  • Increase the proportion of pupils (in receipt of Pupil Premium) who are learning at expected and higher standards in English and Maths across school
  • Improve pupil's confidence in developing reasoning skills and applying problem-solving skills in mathematics
  • Improve the basic skills of pupils who receive pupil premium (including spelling skills, phonic knowledge, and use of basic grammar in writing)
  • Improve the attendance of pupils
  • Support pupils social and emotional well-being resulting in them being ready to access learning

Here are some of the ways we are spending or plan to spend the money:

  • Specialist intervention teachers and teaching assistants - contribution to salaries
  • Contribution to Education Welfare Officer salary
  • Contribution to family liaison/support specialist salary
  • Contributions to leadership team salaries to increase leadership capacity
  • Contribution to additional speech and language support in school
  • Enrichment of learning through educational visits and investment in high quality curriculum provision

How will we know if our pupil premium strategy has been effective?

  • Half termly whole school monitoring of pupil progress data
  • Progress review meetings
  • Termly monitoring by the Governing Body
  • Regular monitoring of attendance and persistent absence
  • Regular Inclusion Team monitoring of vulnerable pupils
  • Monitoring of pupil participation in extra-curricular activities
  • Pupil Voice interviews
  • Capture of pupil and parent voice

A detailed breakdown of the impact of our approaches is discussed on a termly basis with the governing body.

The school's pupil premium strategy is reviewed on an annual basis. The next review will be in July 2018.

What is the impact of the use of the Pupil Premium at Woodthorpe School?

Last year (2016-17) 61% of Year Six pupils attracted Pupil Premium funding. Use of this funding to address barriers to learning resulted in this group exceeding the average progress of their non-disadvantaged peers nationally in Reading, Writing and Maths.


Key Stage Two Progress score for disadvantaged pupils at Woodthorpe Progress score for non-disadvantaged pupils Nationally
Reading +0.54 +0.33
Writing +2.67 +0.17
Mathematics +0.90 +0.28

In Key Stage One more pupils who attracted Pupil Premium funding met the expected standard in 2017 compared to 2016.

More about our School

School Uniform and Dress Code

All full-time pupils are expected to wear the school uniform. This is a blue sweatshirt with a blue school polo shirt. These can be ordered through the school office using our School Uniform Order Form. Children should wear dark trousers/skirts and dark shoes. In addition children are expected to dress in a way that is safe and suitable for school. Specifically:

  • High heeled or excessively heavy shoes or boots should not be worn.
  • Our jewellery code should be observed- only small studs for pierced ears and watches can be worn. No rings, bracelets, or necklaces of any material should be worn. Nose studs or other piercings should not be worn. All ear studs and watches should be removed for PE lessons.
  • Long hair should be tied back for certain lessons - eg swimming, PE or technology.
  • Children should wear our agreed kit for PE - the office can provide details.
  • Crop tops or other revealing clothes should not be worn.
  • Children should be covered up in the sun to prevent sunburn; we encourage the wearing of baseball caps or hats as a sun protector; we ask that these are removed in the school building.

Please note that the school cannot be held responsible for the loss of clothing or other possessions in school.


Lost property is kept outside the school office. Unclaimed, unmarked lost property will be displayed termly and then be disposed of.

Healthy Eating Policy

We achieved the national Healthy Schools Standard in 2007. It is our policy that children should be encouraged to eat and drink healthily and follow an active healthy lifestyle. This in turn will support their learning. As part of this approach we follow the following rules:

No sweets should be brought to school or eaten at any time (including lunch time) during the school day.

  • At break times only fruit or healthy snacks should be eaten. No crisps or chocolate.
  • No sugary or fizzy drinks should be drunk at break times or during the day.
  • Water is available to all children throughout the day.
  • Fruit is available free to FS and KS1 children. In KS2 a fruit tuck shop is open every morning.
  • Milk can be bought termly in FS and KS1 and daily in KS2.

School Meals

School meals are cooked on site by our own staff. The current cost is £2.00 per day (£10.00 per week). Please try to send the correct money to school on Monday no matter which days your child has lunch.

Weekly Menus showing the choice of meals can be downloaded as follows:

If special diets are required for medical reasons please inform the school office.

If you think you are eligible for Free School Meals or you think you may need to renew your application, there is a new online service you can access. Log on to and look for the free school meals link applications form. You will be sent a reply via your email address.

You can also collect a form from the school office. Please register entitlement to free school meals even if you do not intend to take up a meal for your child.

School Milk

Children entitled to free school meals are entitled to free school milk. Children under five are eligible for free school milk.

In FS and KS1 milk can be purchased termly; this costs £12.75 from September 2017 till December 2017.

In KS2 it can be purchased daily from the School Office at 15p. Milk with fluoride added for dental care can be ordered.

In Conclusion

We work very hard to treat your child as an individual. We are always keen to involve you as the people who know your child best in providing the best learning opportunities possible. In turn we are always open to suggestions from you and committed to helping you find any support you might need that will benefit your child.

If there is anything else you would like to know please ask or, better still, come and see us for yourself.