HEADTEACHER'S WELCOME

Welcome to the website of Wickham Church of England Primary School; a window on life and learning at our school.

Wickham Primary School is a very special place, with its own unique sense of community and I am very proud to be the headteacher. Each child is valued as an individual and their talents and strengths are recognised, celebrated and developed further. Learning opportunities here are rich and exciting with children given every opportunity to be the best that they can be.

Wickham is a warm, happy and caring school community built on our core Christian values of Love, Courage and Respect and our children are rightfully very proud of their school.

You are very welcome to pay us a visit if you'd like to find out more – the staff and children would be delighted tell you more about life and learning at Wickham Primary School.

Graham Cutter
Headteacher

OUR VISION

Wherever the river flows, life will flourish – Ezekiel 47:9

At Wickham, we are deeply committed to nurturing every person’s sense of self-worth and unique character.

Within our rich and memorable learning experiences we ignite curiosity and inspire courage to take risks.

Through our shared sense of responsibility, we make a difference to our village community and God's world beyond.

OUR VALUES

Wickham Church of England Primary School was founded by St Nicholas’ Church in 1868 and important documents, including a Trust Deed, define how our school is run today. Our Statutory Instrument of Government states:

Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.

OUR TEAM

OUR SCHOOL

Our single storey building has a large hall and 10 classrooms each with its own practical area and access to outside facilities.

Our school library is a focal point in the school, providing books that enhance the quality of teaching and learning for all children.

A well-equipped Early Years classrooms and outdoor learning area ensure that our youngest children enjoy a bright stimulating, secure, learning environment in which to begin their school life.

We are very fortunate to have an all-weather sports pitch, two large playing fields, two playgrounds and exciting Adventure Play Areas for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children.

A mature 2.5 acre Conservation Area, with established hedgerows, young and mature trees and a large pond, provides wonderful opportunities for children to experience practical environmental work.

We have a heated outdoor swimming pool, with toilet facilities and changing rooms.  This was provided by our Parent Teacher Association, and is used by all the children.  Swimming is timetabled throughout the summer term.

The school also enjoys the benefit of a successful Ofsted register Pre/After School Care Club for parents wishing to use this facility and an excellent pre-school run by Parrywood Childcare called 'Wickham Pre-School'.

We are fortunate to have a very supportive Parent Teacher Association 'The Friends of Wickham Primary School' who raise funds to support school projects.  Parents are encouraged to help in school and our Governors are involved fully in all events and activities.

CHURCH FOUNDATION

Wickham Church of England Primary School was founded by St Nicholas Church and was initially situated next to the Church site. The School moved to its current position in 1969 and caters for children from 4 to 11 years, drawn from the village and surrounding community.

Our school has a warm, family atmosphere where parents, the Church and village community are encouraged to become involved fully in all events and activities.  As a Voluntary Controlled School we are very proud of our strong links with St. Nicholas' Church in Wickham.

Throughout the year we visit the Church for school events including Harvest, Christmas and Easter. Our children also participate in a number of Church events, such as the Carols in the Square and the Church Fete. Classes use the Church for workshops to support programmes of study for Religious Education and History.

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OUR COMMUNITY

At Wickham Church of England Primary School we value strong links between home, school and our local community. Please use the menu on the left to find out about these important partnerships.

FOWPS

The Friends of Wickham CE Primary School is the parent teacher association for the School.   Constituted as a charity (number 1030439), FOWPS has the objective of “advancing the education of the pupils at the school”. It does this by:

 

  • Developing effective relationships between the staff, parents and others associated with the School;
  • Engaging in activities or providing facilities or equipment which support the School and advance the education of the pupils.

 

The association is controlled by a committee which is elected annually at the AGM.   The members of the Association are:

 

  • the parents, guardians or carers of any pupil currently attending the School
  • the teaching and non-teaching staff currently employed by the School
  • any person over the age of 18 wishing to offer appropriate support or help to the School and who is accepted by the Committee as a Member.

 

The Headteacher is the President of FOWPS.

FOWPS Committee

The FOWPS committee members for the 2019-20 school year are:

 

Person

Role

Heidi Willis

Chair

Rene White

Vice-Chair

(Vacant)

Secretary

Ian Ogilvy

Treasurer

Nicky Portlock

Teacher representative

 

The committee meets each term to plan future events and to discuss bids for spending.   All parents and carers are welcome to give their views on FOWPS matters direct to any member of the committee, or by e-mail to: f[email protected] The Annual General Meeting is held in the Autumn term and all members of the Association are encouraged to come along to the meeting and give their views.

FOWPS Events and Fundraising

The FOWPS committee arranges a variety of events each year.   The main fundraising activities are the Christmas and Summer Fayres, but there are also events to celebrate Mothers Day and Fathers Day.   FOWPS also arranges an Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bonnet Parade for the children, twice-yearly discos and a Secret Santa, and provides support such as teas, soft drinks and food at other School functions.

There is always a need for helpers at events and parents and carers who can offer their time are encouraged to speak to a member of the committee.   Good ideas for fundraising activities are also always welcome!

The various events normally raise about £4,500 each year for FOWPS’ funds.   In addition, we have been very grateful in recent years to receive donations from the Wickham Beer Festival (£1,500 in 2012) and from HSBC (£1,500 in 2012 and 2013, and £3,000 in 2014).

A major fundraising exercise in 2014 was our participation in the Co-op’s ‘Community Support Programme’.   By using a ‘community support card’ each time they shopped at the Co-op in Wickham village, our supporters built up a donation of £20,000 from the Co-op that was used to fund the ‘Trim Trail’ in the School grounds.

FOWPS ‘Stay At Home’ Competitions

During the school closure, FOWPS will be running ‘Stay at Home’ competitions for children to enter for fun from home.  The competition winners and runners up will each receive a certificate by email and will be announced here and on the school’s Facebook page.

To submit a competition entry, please upload a photograph to our school Facebook page or email it to [email protected] with the child/children’s name(s).

Congratulations to our competition winners and runners up:

Easter Window Decoration

Winner -  Alannah H

Runner Up - Freya & Josh A

Land Art Competition

Winner- Noah & Isla S

Runner Up- Summer M

'Toilet Roll Transformation' Competition 

Winner- Teddy R

Runners Up- Amelia H & Zachary and Oscar & Finley S

 

FOWPS Spending

 

The money that FOWPS raises is used exclusively to support the education and wellbeing of the children attending Wickham CE Primary School.   Broadly speaking, the committee aims to spend each year the income that it raises, and to avoid building up a large reserve.   Each year the committee aims to provide:  home school diaries, year 6 keepsake books, songs and rhymes books for year R, maths packs for years 1 & 3, and contributions to the Green Goblins and the travelling theatre company performance.   In recent years FOWPS has also funded:

 

2012-13

2013-14

DJ lights £250

Contribution to pool refurbishment £7,000

Football kit £420

Fee for a ‘mathemagician’ for Maths Week £500

Life Education Bus health sessions £325

Plants for the sensory garden £180

 

Lunchtime play equipment £350

 

Lego Club £500

Wickham Pre-School
Time Out Club

 

 

Tree Tops Time-Out Club is the schools Wrap Around Care provider.

 

Breakfast club runs from 7.45am until school time and after school club operate from the end of the school day until 6pm

 

Session times and prices:

Per Child 7:45am-8:45am (With breakfast) £6.00

Per Child 3:15pm-4:30pm £6.00

Per Child 3:15pm-5:30pm £9.00

Per Child 3:15pm-6:00pm £10.50

 

Contract bookings require one month’s notice to cancel or amend sessions. Ad Hoc bookings are non-refundable and cannot be swapped.

 

All parents are required to register on the Tree Tops system for their children to attend at a Tree Top breakfast and/or after school club.

 

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