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School Focus: Westrop Primary School
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IN AN increasingly smaller world, teaching children about other cultures and nationalities is becoming ever more important.
The staff at Westrop Primary School recognise this and therefore ensure each and every one of the pupils has an understanding of the world they live in.
The school has adopted the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), so all children explore the world around them through themes and a host country each term.
The International Primary Curriculum is one that is being used in more than 1,000 schools in 65 countries around the world.
Children learn through a series of IPC units of work. Each unit of work has a theme pupils find interesting and relevant. Examples of these themes include Treasure, Rainforest, Mission to Mars and Beyond and Fit for Life.
This enables the children to understand the cultures of others in a multicultural world.
“Personal skills are a very important part of learning at Westrop as we educate children to become good communicators,” said headteacher Janet Urban.
“We get the children to enquire about the world around them, show respect, empathise with others and be thoughtful.
“They are also taught to cooperate and become adaptable, understand morality and honesty, learn to work with resilience and develop independence.”
Another key to the success of the school is to encourage teamwork. The motto of the school is Working Together for Success and is taken very seriously by everyone.
It is not only the children who are encouraged to do so but also the staff. This philosophy has led the school to achieve success on the sports field as well as in music and drama.
Last year, the Year 5 and 6 football team won the North Swindon League for the second year in a row and finished the season undefeated.
The school is currently aiming towards getting Outstanding status in its next Ofsted report.
To achieve this, parents are being encouraged to come forward with ideas on how improve the school.
Every parent with a child at the school is a member of the Parent Teacher Association and, at the moment, there are three vacancies on the board of governors for those who wish to help see Westrop move forward.
Name: Westrop Primary School
Address: Rivers Road, Highworth, SN6 7DN
Phone: 01793 762897
Headteacher: Janet Urban
Chair of Governors: Amanda Wishart
Number of Pupils: 220
School Formed: 1969
Uniform: Royal Blue Sweatshirt