West Denton Primary School (WDPS) is located in the Outer West of Newcastle Upon Tyne.
WDPS caters for children aged four to eleven years in the primary year groups and there is also a 52 place nursery. WDPS is at the heart of the community and we feel it is a very special place for all to learn and develop their potential.
WDPS Core Values
As a school we believe it is important to create the best environment so that each child can develop their many talents to the full. The School Council, the Governors the children and the staff have created a list of ‘Attitudes to Promote’ and a ‘Learner Profile’ that we all aspire to. Through our many praise mechanisms like the Friday ‘Achievers Assembly, we reward children who represent the WDPS Core Values which include ‘Empathy’, ‘Respect’ and ‘Commitment’.
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
We are delighted to have embedded the IPC in WDPS. The goal of the IPC is for children to focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning. We want our children to enjoy their learning; develop enquiring minds, develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens and develop all the skills they will need in order to succeed in life.
Year 3 to Year 6 children enjoy Spanish lessons and they have also benefitted from learning from a native student. At WDPS we want our children to become global citizens and learning to communicate in another language is an important aspect of this.
WDPS Raising Aspirations Programme (RAP)
All children need to have positive adult role models in order to help them to achieve their full potential. This is why we invite inspirational speakers like UNICEF fund-raiser Paramjeet Singh Bhogal in to school to help children understand that hard work, perseverance and following your dreams can open up maximum choices in all aspects of life.
WDPS Life Skills Challenge (LSC)
WDPS has created a Life Skills Challenge. The children benefit from a programme of activities which will equip them with skills to cope better in life. The modules include:
WDPS I Can Do It!
WDPS First Aid
WDPS Olympics Challenge
We have created a whole school programme of work from Foundation Stage up to Phase 3 so that all children can benefit from learning outdoors in the WDPS Bushcraft Area. In the future we will build on this by visiting more diverse, offsite environments. The programme is highly practical and children will develop skills and expertise at their appropriate level of development.
By using the Bushcraft Area regularly, children are able to build on previous learning and skills. Each activity is built up through a series of small achievable tasks that help to develop resilience and self-confidence. In this way the children are encouraged to challenge themselves and to enjoy experiencing success.
WDPS Bushcraft includes the following elements:
This is a major initiative that we are developing with external partners. We have recently installed a hard core all-weather Running and Mountain Bike Trail so that our children can develop fitness and also essential bike-handling skills.
We train our riders throughout the year so that they develop the key skills of balance and gear changing . Our most experienced cyclists embark on a multi-day challange in the Summer term like the WDPS Tour de Northumberland and the Sandstone Way.
Our School Houses create opportunities for multi-age team work and challenges. Each child belongs to one of the Houses and they can earn points for their House through living out the WDPS Core Values. The children decided on four inspirational North East role models for the names of the Houses: Armstrong, Shearer, Cookson and Collingwood.
In order to reward positive behaviour, attitude and good attendance, the children compete for the ‘Class of the Week Trophy’. At the end of each term, the winning class chooses a treat that rewards their efforts.
Our children understand the importance of helping others. Being ‘Caring’ and ‘Principled’ are some of the school’s ‘Core Values’ which we seek to promote daily.
The Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) – Freeman Hospital
The WDPS School Council decided to raise money for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) which is based at the Freeman Hospital, here in Newcastle. The School Council organised a sponsored running event around the school field. Also Jim West (School Governor) Neil Jones (Class Teacher) and Mick MingStones (Head Teacher) competed in the 32 km Chevy Chase Race in the Cheviot Hills in order to raise money for CHUF. As a community we raised over £2,500.00.
In June 2015 the WDPS school community completed a 24 hour fitness challenge to raise funds for CHUF again. Head Teacher, Mick MingStones, ran an hour, cycled an hour and then walked an hour on a rota basis for the 24 hour event. The support of our families and friends even throughout the night was incredible.
Remembrance and The Royal British Legion
Ian Proud (School Governor) has raised the WDPS community awareness of the Royal British Legion and how it helps Service people and their families past and present. Ian has worked with children and staff to plan lots of activities including: a Remembrance celebration in school, creating a Garden of Remembrance in the school grounds, fund-raising and placing poppy crosses in Lemington Cemetery and the West Road Cemetery and Crematorium.
Due to the success of their efforts the children decided that they wanted to produce a single to support The Legion. With the help of professional singer Toni Marie Oetting and record producer Compton McDonald, the children recorded their own version of the Faith Hill classic 'There You'll Be' which was released nationwide and is available to download from i-Tunes as a 'Poppy Appeal' official song. The single was showcased at Newcastle City Hall to the delight of our school family.
24 Hour Fitness Event to Fund-raise for CHUF
The children and staff of West Denton Primary School (WDPS) decided to fundraise for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) which is based at the Freeman Hospital, here in Newcastle. Providing world class heart care, the unit is structured to deliver the best possible results for critically ill babies, children and young people.
From 2pm on the afternoon of Thursday 18th June for 24 hours, the WDPS community walked, ran and cycled through the night (adults only!) around the WDPS Running and Mountain Bike Trail. Joe Waugh (Former Olympic cyclist) and Sharon Gayter (International ultra-distance athlete and author of ‘The Clock Keeps Ticking’) officially opened our track and launched the event.
All of our children, their families, WDPS staff and their families and friends had the opportunity to walk, cycle or run around the track on Thursday 18th or Friday 19th on a rota basis. We kindly asked that families and friends sponsored our children in order to help other children and families who are very much in need.
The WDPS community certainly lived out the CHUF motto: ‘From kind hearts grow healthy hearts’.
I am so proud of our 20 intrepid Y5 and Y6 cyclists who took on the mammoth challenge of the off-road 'Sandstone Way' in July 2015.
Day 1 Berwick to Wooler
Day 2 Wooler to Rothbury
Day 3 Rothbury to WDPS
The children grew in character as they tackled the challenges of coastal paths and the Cheviot hills in soaring summer temperatures.
They demonstrated many of the WDPS Core Values including Resilience (Winners never quit and quitters never win), Co-operation, Communication, Empathy and Respect.