Highwood Primary School is a community, co-educational school for children aged 3-11 years that is maintained by Wokingham Borough Council. We have c180 children on roll.
The school opened in September 1999 on the site of an existing infant and junior school. Extensive building work has given us a modern building with large, light classrooms set in very spacious grounds.
We have two large grass fields which, weather permitting, are used at break times and for outdoor PE lessons. There are separate playgrounds for nursery, infant and junior children. We are well resourced with a networked computer suite, dance drama studio, playroom for breakfast and after school club and a sensory room.
The school is 10 minutes walk from Woodley town centre. Bulmershe Leisure Centre is opposite the school and is used by our older children for swimming lessons. The University of Reading's education faculty is on our western border and our close ties with the department allows us to benefit from their expertise.
Our School Aims
- to create a safe and friendly learning environment where all children and staff know they are cared for, valued and respected and can enjoy their time in school
- to provide a broad, balanced curriculum, which promotes high standards and ensures the equality of opportunity for all children to achieve their full potential
- to value each child as an individual and enable all our children to develop a positive self-image and recognise their own strengths and interests
- to teach the skills to promote good citizenship and prepare children to respond positively to the challenges of life in our inter-cultural, fast-changing and globally interdependent society
- to develop respect and understanding for religious, spiritual, moral and cultural values of self and others and an awareness of human achievements and aspirations
- to build a strong staff team which works closely in partnership with parents and the local community
Breakfast & After school child care facilities
The school also has a Breakfast Club which operates each morning from 7.45am to the start of school and an After School club which operates from 3.15 to 6.00pm each school day.
Children from the ages of 3 to 11 may attend and spaces permitting, the club is flexible in its booking arrangements.
The club is managed by the school.
We are proud to be the only school in the Wokingham LEA with a language resource and see the resource as a centre of excellence on which our own staff and those in other schools can draw. The 24-place Resource meets the needs of pupils with language and communication difficulties. It caters for children ranging from Nursery through to 11 years of age and is staffed by two specialist teachers, a speech therapist and a range of support staff.
A wide range of extra curricular activities
We provide a wide range of extra curricular activities. Over the past year we have been able to offer football training, netball, basketball, recorder club, art club, choir, ICT, chess, drama, a library club and tag-rugby. We also have a qualified sports coach who does much of the schools PE lessons as well as runs lunchtime and after school sports clubs. All our clubs are free and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Educational visits and visitors to school
We are keen to make children's learning as active and as fun as possible. We aim to ensure that all our children have the opportunity to learn outside the school. As well as a number of local venues, recent day visits have included trips to the Living Rainforest, Royal Festival Hall, Hexagon and Ufton Court.
We know our children enjoy the range of visitors who come to school to teach and entertain us. As well as inviting members of the local community into school to support the curriculum work we are also keen to bring in visitors and artistes from around the UK and the world.
We work closely with you as parents
We value your opinions as parents at Highwood and as a school we respond to the needs of our community. We know that a child's successful education depends on a close partnership between parents and school. We are always available to talk to you to discuss any matters on your mind and we regularly offer you opportunities to meet with us.
· Open evenings each term where parents are invited to meet the teachers, to see their child's work and to discuss progress
· Termly curriculum workshops where you can find out more about what we do in school and how you can support your children with their learning
· Regular governor meetings with parents to get feedback on the work of the school
We welcome parents into school to work with us in a variety of ways
We can always use help to hear children read, take part in more practical tasks like art and support us when we make visits off the school site. This doesn't have to be time consuming. A regular time slot though would be appreciated. If you are able to help please let us know.