Our Vision and Ethos
The vision for the proposing school, Webster Primary School, is to develop a 2 Form Entry Free School of 420 pupils age 4-11, with a Pupil Admission Number of 60. The Free School (formerly known as Webster West Primary) will replicate the highest standards of leadership and management, teaching and learning and pupil outcomes that are currently in place in the proposing school. We expect children to leave at age 11 as confident young people, well prepared academically and socially to be successful in their educational journey and well equipped to play their full part in society.
We will achieve this in the Free School by:
- Building on the existing highly effective leadership and management in Webster Primary School to provide the highest quality of educational experience for children in Moss Side and Hulme in an inclusive and successful new school;
- Making provision of a rich, broad and balanced curriculum, enhanced through creativity, drama, music, a modern foreign language and a range of cultural experiences;
- Providing a cohesive and coherent curriculum throughout the school, with pupils matching and exceeding statutory expectations of their progress;
- Recruitment and development of outstanding teachers;
- Effective management of all transition points, from joining to leaving and every stage in between;
- Offering extended activities beyond the school day;
- An emphasis on outstanding behaviour management throughout the school;
- Close engagement with parents, carers and the wider community;
- Effective use of a wide range of external agencies;
- Diligent, efficient financial management and governance.
The Free School Curriculum
Building on the curriculum of the proposing school, which has been so successful in meeting the educational needs of a range of groups including disadvantaged pupils, the Free School will deliver the core National Curriculum with the following particular elements:
- A sharp focus on the core curriculum of English and Maths. A strong culture of Reading and Writing promoted through a love of high-quality books. A Maths curriculum rooted in the approaches and ethos of the Singapore Maths programme.
- A unique entitlement to learning across The Arts, built on a special relationship with Manchester Camerata, one of Europe’s leading Chamber Orchestras, and the work of visiting instrumental tutors and Artists in Education.
- A rich international ethos with Spanish taught as a Modern Foreign Language, and the International Primary Curriculum used as a foundation for learning in other areas including Science, History, Geography and Design Technology.
- The promotion of British values through a unique partnership with the National Holocaust Centre and Museum. In RE/PSHE the school will follow a scheme of work which encompasses teaching and learning about all major religions, the Peace Mala project and lessons from the Holocaust.
What do we want Whitworth Primary children to be like when they leave us?