Wilkinson Primary School

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Wilkinson Primary School's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Wilkinson Primary School is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.wilkinsonprimaryschool.gov.uk

THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
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A curriculum for all
Located on the site of the former iron works of John
Wilkinson – from whom the school derives its name –
Wilkinson Primary School has proudly served its local
community since 1973. The school has fulfilled the difficult but
important role of supporting, and playing a key part in the lives
of, generations of families. This, Headteacher Christina Gibbon
says, is due in no small part to the dedication and commitment
given by all stakeholders in delivering an aspirational and
creative curriculum – one which is designed to offer a wide
range of experiences, allowing children to fulfil their potential
and prepare them for adulthood. On this and other topics,
Christina expands.
“Show pride and respect in all that we do”
Integral to the ethos of the school is our motto, which engenders both pride and
respect as a core principle, upon which children can navigate their way through
all aspects of their lives. This gives our children strength of character which allows
them to succeed, achieve and be recognised wherever they go. We are immensely
proud of the way that our children interact with each other and with the wider
community. We are also proud of the frequent recognition given for their manners,
behaviour, enthusiasm and high standards of work. All stakeholders embrace
this motto and allow it to permeate the school, which in turn radiates into the
surrounding community and provides the foundations for our success.
REPORT CARD
WILKINSON PRIMARY SCHOOL
»Headteacher: Christina Gibbon
»Founded in 1973; new school
opened in 2014
»Based in Bradley, West
Midlands
»Type of school: Mainstream
»No. of students: 520
»The school motto is “Show
pride and respect in all that
we do!”
Wilkinson Primary
School
39WILKINSON PRIMARY SCHOOL |
PRIMARY EDUCATION
The school motto forms the bedrock of
our mission to “ASPIRE”. From this we
realise the key elements of our mission,
allowing the children to: Achieve,
Succeed, reach their full Potential,
be Independent learners and show
Resilience and Excellence.
An inspirational curriculum
designed for an aspirational life
At Wilkinson Primary School, we have
long been at the forefront of delivering
an innovative and creative curriculum.
All staff understand the power the
curriculum has to provide the children
with the transferable knowledge, skills
and understanding both for the here
and now - and beyond. Staff instil in
the children a love for learning, helping
to guard against the constraints of
existing expectations and to broaden
their horizons, be ambitious and have
high expectations of what their futures
can be.
From the moment the children
begin their journey at Wilkinson, the
curriculum is designed to provide them
with new and exciting experiences.
For each year group, from “Terrific
for Twos” up to year 6, each term
commences with the “WOW” of a
stunning start, from which carefully
planned topics culminate in a variety
of creative outcomes. These have
included an award-winning ebook,
exhibitions in local museums, a dance
extravaganza at Wroxeter Roman
City, an early years audiobook and
the transformation of the school
hall into the departure lounge of an
international airport with parents
boarding a “plane” travelling
toMexico.
We continually strive to improve our
teaching and ensure that the delivery
of our curriculum follows the latest,
best and well-researched practice. This
is evident in the recent adoption of
a practical approach to mathematics
teaching and the use of writing as an
integral means of developing thought
processes, deepening understanding
and communicating effectively.
An extensive programme
of activities
We continually
strive to improve
our teaching
and ensure that
the delivery of
our curriculum
follows the
latest, best and
well-researched
practice
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
38 | WILKINSON PRIMARY SCHOOL
A curriculum for all
Located on the site of the former iron works of John
Wilkinson – from whom the school derives its name –
Wilkinson Primary School has proudly served its local
community since 1973. The school has fulfilled the difficult but
important role of supporting, and playing a key part in the lives
of, generations of families. This, Headteacher Christina Gibbon
says, is due in no small part to the dedication and commitment
given by all stakeholders in delivering an aspirational and
creative curriculum – one which is designed to offer a wide
range of experiences, allowing children to fulfil their potential
and prepare them for adulthood. On this and other topics,
Christina expands.
“Show pride and respect in all that we do”
Integral to the ethos of the school is our motto, which engenders both pride and
respect as a core principle, upon which children can navigate their way through
all aspects of their lives. This gives our children strength of character which allows
them to succeed, achieve and be recognised wherever they go. We are immensely
proud of the way that our children interact with each other and with the wider
community. We are also proud of the frequent recognition given for their manners,
behaviour, enthusiasm and high standards of work. All stakeholders embrace
this motto and allow it to permeate the school, which in turn radiates into the
surrounding community and provides the foundations for our success.
REPORT CARD
WILKINSON PRIMARY SCHOOL
»Headteacher: Christina Gibbon
»Founded in 1973; new school
opened in 2014
»Based in Bradley, West
Midlands
»Type of school: Mainstream
»No. of students: 520
»The school motto is “Show
pride and respect in all that
we do!”
Wilkinson Primary
School
39WILKINSON PRIMARY SCHOOL |
PRIMARY EDUCATION
The school motto forms the bedrock of
our mission to “ASPIRE”. From this we
realise the key elements of our mission,
allowing the children to: Achieve,
Succeed, reach their full Potential,
be Independent learners and show
Resilience and Excellence.
An inspirational curriculum
designed for an aspirational life
At Wilkinson Primary School, we have
long been at the forefront of delivering
an innovative and creative curriculum.
All staff understand the power the
curriculum has to provide the children
with the transferable knowledge, skills
and understanding both for the here
and now - and beyond. Staff instil in
the children a love for learning, helping
to guard against the constraints of
existing expectations and to broaden
their horizons, be ambitious and have
high expectations of what their futures
can be.
From the moment the children
begin their journey at Wilkinson, the
curriculum is designed to provide them
with new and exciting experiences.
For each year group, from “Terrific
for Twos” up to year 6, each term
commences with the “WOW” of a
stunning start, from which carefully
planned topics culminate in a variety
of creative outcomes. These have
included an award-winning ebook,
exhibitions in local museums, a dance
extravaganza at Wroxeter Roman
City, an early years audiobook and
the transformation of the school
hall into the departure lounge of an
international airport with parents
boarding a “plane” travelling
toMexico.
We continually strive to improve our
teaching and ensure that the delivery
of our curriculum follows the latest,
best and well-researched practice. This
is evident in the recent adoption of
a practical approach to mathematics
teaching and the use of writing as an
integral means of developing thought
processes, deepening understanding
and communicating effectively.
An extensive programme
of activities
We continually
strive to improve
our teaching
and ensure that
the delivery of
our curriculum
follows the
latest, best and
well-researched
practice
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Widening opportunities
Fundamental to our commitment
to opportunity is the provision
of activities which take the child
beyond their current experiences. An
extensive programme of activities runs
alongside the curriculum: gardening to
photography; street dance to a school
band; cooking club to “Cool Kids” –
there’s something for everyone.
To help the children to glimpse a
world beyond the school gates and
to appreciate the diversity of British
society, external visits and visitors to
our school are the norm. The children
benefit from a plethora of experiences,
such as an annual Shakespeare festival
including professionally led workshops,
visiting poets, weekly gardening
sessions delivered by the “Walled
Garden Project” and other workshops
including historical experience days,
computing projects and music and
dance workshops.
Thanks to a recent new build
incorporating 21st-century facilities,
we are able to offer such activities
as participating in whole school
productions utilising sophisticated
sound and lighting systems operated
from a dedicated booth. This facility
also enables us to broadcast our
own “Wilkinson Radio” station
and podcasts. A purpose-built all-
weather running track supports
our long-established sporting
tradition which includes county-level
representation at cross country meets.
The children access the study of nature
through the school pond and a thriving
allotment area. All of this is situated in
safe, enclosed, purposefully designed
schoolgrounds.
Wilkinson in the wider
community
Wilkinson Primary School does not
exist in isolation but endeavours to
ensure that we are fully involved in the
wider community. Close to home, the
school invites parents to participate
in a host of workshops and training
events including paediatric first aid,
parent support groups and internet
safety sessions. Parents are also closely
involved in working alongside their
child and sharing in their successes.
The school embraces the opportunity
to broaden experiences by involving
ourselves in inter-school competitions.
These include “Bilston in Bloom”,
a community gardening initiative;
maths competitions; sporting events;
book quizzes and chess competitions.
The school choir enjoys singing in a
number of local children’s musical
celebrations and entertains members
of the local community when they visit
local residential centres.
A lasting legacy
The headteacher and the leadership
team are committed to education at
all levels. We are proud to champion
the “Teach First” teacher training
programme, utilising the highest-
achieving graduates to continue our
reputation of high-quality teaching.
This approach ensures that the school
brings forward a new generation of
inspirational practitioners to perpetuate
the school’s ongoing commitment to
the highest of standards.
Parents are
also closely
involved in
working
alongside their
child and
sharing in their
successes
Broadening experiences
41WOMBRIDGE PRIMARY SCHOOL |
PRIMARY EDUCATION
When national strategies weren’t
engaging our children, we
designed a curriculum that would
Pupils cook once a fortnight, with ingredients
grown at school, and explore challenges such as
how to feed nine billion people by 2050
In 2010 Wombridge Primary School was consistently at the
bottom of performance tables, dramatically overspending
and had lost sight of its core purpose. Twenty-five per cent
of the school’s population had SEND at a level which required
the involvement of external agencies.In the previous year there
had been 17 reported assaults against staff by children and 96
pupils had been excluded from the school in the previous three
years. In ten years the school had been led by five different
headteachers. Current Headteacher Neil Satoor discusses how a
change of attitude helped turn the school around.
The school was in a disadvantaged area, but disadvantage was being worn like
a badge of honour. We needed a different way of thinking, a new curriculum
and a commitment to a vision that would lift aspirations. Sixty-six per cent of
students live in some of the worst conditions in England and Wales, and 40 per
cent live in households where there has been unemployment for three generations.
The catchment area records some of the worst figures in England for teenage
pregnancy, obesity and alcohol-related hospital admissions. Currently 20 per cent
of students have witnessed or been exposed to domestic violence.
Today, end of Key Stage 2 performance is in line with or above national average in
reading, writing and maths and since 2010, 126 of our children have finished year
6 with a GCSE in computing. We have been awarded the BIG national anti-bullying
award for the last six years. Apple recognises us as one of the most innovative
schools in the world. We have been awarded both Regional Training Centre and
Distinguished School status, as a centre of excellence for the use of IT. In 2017, we
REPORT CARD
WOMBRIDGE PRIMARY SCHOOL
»Headteacher: Neil Satoor
»Based in Telford, Shropshire
»Type of school: Maintained
»No. of pupils: 245
»No. of staff: 26
»www.wombridgeprimary.co.uk
Wombridge Primary
School

www.wilkinsonprimaryschool.gov.uk

This article was sponsored by Wilkinson Primary School. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development