WHERE - West Park Primary school is located in the beautiful village of Nottage, Porthcawl about 1 mile from the golden sands of Rest Bay. The Victorian Seaside resort of Porthcawl possesses a good range of shops, restaurants and amenities. The school has easy access from junction 37 of the M4 and has good road links to surrounding towns and villages. The school is set in extensive grounds that include a maturing woodland.

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ABOUT - The school was built and opened for teaching in 1971 and has since been extended to incorporate the growing needs of the surrounding area and community. Our most recent development is the opening of a purpose- built, full-time nursery. The school has also been awarded 'Eco-schools Green Flags' , 'ICT innovation and excellence awards' and we are a recognised 'Healthy-schools'.

 

SCHOOL ETHOS - In our school we believe in developing the whole child. We endeavour to provide our children with the necessary skills to embrace life and make a valid contribution to it. We hope that as the children of this school grow physically and mentally that they will also grow socially and spiritually and gain respect for themselves and each other and indeed for the whole of this exciting world.

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SCHOOL COMMUNITY - We try and make the children aware of their local community and the part they play in its future development. We have visits from ministers of religious and other organisations concerned with the moral welfare of the children. Also people with expertise are invited to talk to the children. The school has forged links with local homes for the elderly, making visits to entertain the residents at Christmas. The school involves itself in events and competitions generated by local charity and commercial organisations.


SCHOOL RULES - Rules are kept to a minimum and always relate to the well being of the children. Paying particular attention to the way the children conduct themselves inside and outside the school. We therefore follow our 'school values' selected by the children which are aimed at maintaining a high standard of behaviour and promoting well-being.

1. We treat others as we wish to be treated.
 
2. We listen at all times.

3. We respect other people and their property.

4. We are kind to everyone.

6. We work hard and persevere to succeed. 


7. We are honest at all times.

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ANTI-BULLYING - At West Park we believe that every child has the right to be taught in a safe caring atmosphere and to feel secure and contented in our school. Our aim is to prevent bullying taking place so that each child is happy and is able to take advantage of the time she/he spends in school.

To achieve our aim we:

· Let children know that bullying is unacceptable inside or outside school.

· Encourage children to speak out.

· Are accessible to the children who may need our help.

· Investigate incidents of bullying thoroughly.

· Raise awareness through the curriculum.

· Issue information to new parents.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS - The Special Educational Needs policy aims to help each child to develop its full potential. If a pupil has special needs he/she has to be placed on a special needs register and an appropriate programme of work has to be planned. If the programme doesn’t help the pupil he/she will then be referred to the Educational Psychologist for diagnostic testing. The result of the testing will decide if the pupil is given a statement of special needs and possible extra support.

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STRATEGIC EQUALITY PLAN - We aim, within West Park Primary to provide equality of opportunity for all children whatever their age, ability, gender, race or background. We want all our pupils to achieve to their full potential during their time with us. As such, we work to ensure that our expectations, attitudes, and practices do not prevent any child from reaching their potential.

 

HEALTH & SAFETY - The school aims to provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of work, for all pupils staff and visitors.The Governors and head teacher accept responsibility for ensuring that, as far as it is reasonably practicable, a safe environment is maintained for all pupils, staff and visitors and that all activities and operations are free from risk and properly supervised. Any hazards to health and safety which may by apparent in the fabric of the building, grounds or equipment must be brought to the attention of all persons who may be affected by them and steps must be taken, so far as is reasonably practicable, to eradicate any risk to a persons health and well being.

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