Coronavirus update

29th May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

As you are aware, schools are being asked to open to more children from Monday 1st June.  I met with my senior management team as soon as this was announced by the Government a few weeks ago and after much consideration we made the decision to open for Year 6 children from 15th June, ensuring we had time to plan and embed new routines to help reduce risk to staff and pupils from this date. 

You may recall that at this point we contacted all Year 6 parents to ask whether they would be likely to send their child in, in order to help us plan for particular numbers of children. Of the many parents who responded we were able to gauge an understandable feeling of caution, with many reserving judgement until nearer the time, when the Government may be able to confirm it is ‘safe’ for children to return and so we moved forward with a plan that will allow us to accommodate all Year 6 children, should we need to.

The school has been open up until this point, to vulnerable children, a group that has grown steadily as time has gone by and as of Monday 1st these children will continue to be in our care.  We have carefully considered how to amend our current arrangements from 15th June, to accommodate the Year 6 children and will be in touch next week with more details of the new procedures we will be putting in place to minimise risk in school.  This will hopefully help you to make a decision about whether or not to send your child in and for those that do, help you to prepare your child for the changes they will see.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email.

Very best wishes

Mike Fairclough



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Statement of our ethos and values

At West Rise Junior School we inspire and empower independent and creative learners, who will continue to enrich their lives and  those of others within a culture of high achievement and mutual respect.

We are a Rights Respecting School and put the articles of the Unicef Children's Rights Charter at the heart of all school policy. We recognise that all children have a right to be safe, to be educated and learn, to be treated fairly and to be listened to. They all have a right to have a healthy lifestyle, to have extra support if needed and a right to join in cultural and artistic experiences.

“I only wish I was seven again and could be a child at your school. You do such amazing things!”

Kate Humble, July 2013, BBC wildlife presenter. 

“West Rise is a very inspiring school! I have told everyone about it!”

Jon Severs, July 2013, Editor of the Times Educational Supplement.

“West Rise Junior School is an amazing school with amazing pupils and staff”

John Craven, March 2016, Presenter on BBC’s Countryfile.

 "A beautiful school community"

Sir Ken Robinson, June 2016, Internationally acclaimed author and speaker.

At West Rise, we offer our pupils a dynamic, creative learning environment. Room 13, Shine Radio Station, artists in residence, a school farm, a Bronze Age village, Forest School, water buffalo, chickens, sheep, ducks and 120 acres of marshland are all integral and contribute to the unique experience pupils enjoy at West Rise.

The school has featured regularly in the National Press, including BBC Television News, The Times, BBC Countryfile and the Times Educational Supplement. Our media coverage has a very positive impact on the school community and inspires other schools to feel confident about embracing an educational ethos similar to our own, if they wish to do so.

Children achieve highly in sport, music and the arts both in and outside school. “Pupils achieve well throughout the school and in a wide variety of subjects, benefitting from a rich and diverse curriculum.”  “Behaviour and safety are outstanding” Ofsted 2013.

In June 2015, West Rise Junior School was named "Primary School of the Year" by the Times Educational Supplement.

There is an extraordinary community feel throughout the school as confirmed by the vast majority of visitors. If you are inspired by us, we would love to show you our amazing learning environment, innovative projects, fantastic staff and brilliant

Mike Fairclough, Headteacher