Wilmington Primary School, Common Lane, Wilmington, DA2 7DF
01322 274080

School Information

Admissions

We accept children at any point during the school year, providing we have space available. If you have any queries regarding placing your child at our school, please contact us on 01322 274080 or [email protected].

If your child has any special educational needs then please let us know when you apply for a place. Once your child has been offered a plan then we will be able to plan a specialist transition if needed. For more information please see our inclusion tab and SEN policy.

Foundation Stage

Children start school in the September following their 4th birthday. The admissions round opens in November for the following September and applications are made online at www.kent.gov.uk/ola. If you have any difficulty with the process, please do not hesitate to contact us as we will be happy to help with the application process. You should choose up to 3 schools in order of preference, and the Local Education Authority will advise you in the middle of April which school you have been allocated.

We hold new parent tours in October, November, December and January to give prospective families an opportunity to view the school. Details of the tours can be found on our calendar. Please contact the school office with the date you would like to attend.

If your child is due to start Primary school in September 2024, you can appeal if you are refused a place at one of your preferred schools on National Offer Day (Tuesday, 16 April 2024). You needed to submit your appeal before Tuesday 14 May 2024 for it to be considered by Tuesday 16th July 2024. Any appeals received after this time will be heard within 40 school days from the deadline, or where reasonably possible in line with updated guidance from the Department for Education.

For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged where reasonably possible in line with updated guidance from the Department for Education

Kent County Council’s admissions team can be contacted on 03000 416 789 for in-year places, or 03000 416 111 for entry to primary school.

For advice call 03000 41 21 21 or email [email protected].
For information about appealing for a primary school place, please click here where you will find information and documentation regarding the process.

In Year Admissions

We are currently holding a waiting list for all year groups. The waiting list is structured using our admission criteria.

If you would like to join the waiting list please complete an IYCAF (in year casual admission form) and send it to the school office. There is a copy in the documents below.

Once we have have responded to your IYCAF, if you would like to appeal for an in year place, please write to the school detailing reasons for your appeal. In year appeals will be heard 30 days after the appeal is lodged.
Our current admissions policy is below.

In Year Application FormAdmissions Policy 2024-2025Admissions Policy 2025-2026

Inclusion

Wilmington Primary School is committed to providing an inclusive education for all children, regardless of ability, gender, language, ethnic or cultural origin. We work effectively with a wide variety of agencies and individuals to focus on improving outcomes for all children with Special Educational Needs.

What are special needs?
Special educational needs could mean that a child has:

Learning difficulties – in acquiring basic skills in school
Emotional and behavioural difficulties – making friends or relating to adults or behaving properly in school
Specific learning difficulty – with reading, writing, number work or understanding information
Sensory or physical needs – such as hearing or visual impairment, which might affect them in school
Communication problems – in expressing themselves or understanding others

The school has a policy for Special Educational Needs (SEN) and follows the Code of Practice. When appropriate, referrals are made to specialist learning services and medical services. Any referral to an outside agency is undertaken with parental consent. Further details can be found in our SEN policy, which can be viewed here.

The staff work in partnership with parents/carers and pupils and liaise with external agencies to build upon pupil’s strengths and develop the individual. We promote equality of opportunity for people with disabilities: pupils, staff, parents, carers and other people who use the school.

We are committed to ensuring that pupils with disabilities can participate in the school curriculum, school trips and take an active role in all extra-curricular activities. The school environment includes designated parking and step free access to the school building. There are designated disabled toilets within the school and a dedicated medical room.

More able children, children who have English as an additional language and those on our pupil premium register are also recognised as having additional needs. There may also be stressful times such illness, bereavement and family breakdowns when families and children require support. We will support their learning and ensure they are fully included in all school activities.

We recognise that there are some pupils who may require additional resources or extra support at some time in their primary school life and we aim to cater for the needs of all pupils. Early identification of a child’s needs is made by close consultation with parents and pre-school settings from school entry. Individual pupils are monitored through teacher assessment, pupil progress meetings and provision mapping.

Equality and Diversity

At Wilmington Primary School we aim to create an inclusive culture for all staff, pupils, families and visitors to the school. We recognise respect and value people’s differences and ensure that individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally and no less favourably, specific to their needs, including areas of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age. We promote equality and diversity, treating all staff and students fairly, ensuring equal access to opportunities to enable children and staff to fully participate in the learning process and achieve and equip children and staff with the skills to challenge inequality and discrimination.

Objectives

To promote a positive self-image in all children and to respect their individuality, providing for all pupils according to their needs
To ensure equality of opportunity permeates the whole curriculum and ethos of the school
In delivering the curriculum, ensure it contains non-stereotypical images in order to overcome preconceived ideas of gender, ethnic origin, culture or religion
To include in resources: books, materials and equipment that are multicultural and non-sexist, providing positive images of all groups
Ensure that the organisation of the school is sensitive to the needs of all
To acknowledge the richness and diversity of British society and to help prepare children for their part in that society
To develop a positive attitude to equal opportunity by all staff, parents, helpers, governors, children and all who participate in the school.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

We celebrate the fact that some of our children speak more than one language. We carefully monitor and track the progress of pupils with EAL to ensure they are not disadvantaged and recognise that they may require additional support to acquire the same competence in English as in their home language(s). This support is provided in class through carefully differentiated work and, where appropriate, through the additional support and specific teaching with a teaching assistant.

Children who are learning English as an additional language have skills and knowledge about language similar to monolingual English-speaking children. Their ability to participate in the full curriculum may be in advance of their communicative skills in English.

At Wilmington Primary School teachers take action to help children who are learning English as an additional language by various means such as:
Ensuring that vocabulary work covers the technical as well as the everyday meaning of key words, metaphors and idioms;
Displaying key vocabulary and using visual prompts
Using ‘Mantra Lingua’ resources such as Talking Whiteboards
Ensuring that there are effective opportunities for talking, and that talking is used to support writing;
Encouraging children to transfer their knowledge, skills and understanding of one language to another;

Children in Need (ChiC) / Looked After Children

We provide a safe learning environment for our Looked after Pupils ensuring that their individual needs are met by maintaining good communication with those caring for the child, social services and support services. We commit to attending review meetings and ensuring the targets set on Personal Education Plans are integrated into school life.

Mainstream Core Standards –
Parents Guide
Special Educational Needs
Mainstream Core Strandards

Wilmington Primary School’s Provision for Meeting the Needs of all Children

We want the children who attend Wilmington Primary School to leave us in Year 6 with the skills and positive thinking needed to achieve their ambitions and to lead happy, successful lives. We believe all children’s potential is needs to be met and encourage children to exceed and challenge their own expectations. We hold this as true for every child who attends our school, regardless of background or ability. Their specific talents and skills need to be nurtured; by providing them with either the opportunities to work at high cognitive levels in academic areas or a chance to aspire for creative or physical excellence, whilst still ensuring the holistic needs of the child are met, in order to provide a well-rounded education. We are committed to providing an environment which encourages all pupils to pursue a high level of performance in academic and non-academic areas.

We aim to encourage pupils to be independent learners, provide challenging work at an appropriate level and provide opportunities for pupils to work with like-minded peers both within school and the wider community.
Provision for pupils is through quality first teaching, differentiation and high challenge in the classroom, teacher expectation of pupil performance and additional learning in interventions.

Miss Louise Ullah is the SENCo, so please contact her for further information.

School Uniform

The uniform has been chosen as it is good value for money, practical and flexible.
All items can be bought from most supermarkets or children’s clothing stores.

Your child does not have to have logoed items but if you wish them to they can be bought from: Wilmington Primary School – Schoolshop

School Uniform:

 A Red school sweatshirt or cardigan, which can be logoed or not
Red or white polo shirt, or white collared blouse/shirt, which can be logoed or not
Grey shorts or trousers
Knee length grey skirt or pinafore
Plain, black, flat shoes (no trainers)
Suitable, warm outdoor coat or anorak (hooded zip up tops/sweatshirts are not permitted)
Red checked summer dress
Grey or red tights
 Grey or white socks (no large bows)

We ask that children with long hair wear it neatly tied back in a hair band. The children can wear a small headband which is either red or brown. The wearing of nail varnish is not permitted.
If children have pierced ears they should wear a small plain stud which needs to be removed for P.E. Children should not come to school with extreme hairstyles such as shaved patterns in the side of their hair.

For P.E:

 Navy blue shorts
White ‘T’ shirt (plain)
 Black Plimsolls

For outdoor sport activities and clubs during the winter:
Dark coloured tracksuits with no logos
 Trainers

The children may wear football kits, shin pads, gloves and football boots for football club

School Uniform Policy

School Meals

Alliance in Partnership (AiP) is the FRESH FOOD caterer at school offering varied menus using fresh UK meats, fresh salads and fresh vegetables every day from our local suppliers. For full details of how to register and to view our menus please click on the below attachments.

Parent/Carer sign up guideThe School Food United App is here!WP Weekly Menu – from October

Our Staff

NAME

JOB ROLE

Charlotte Scott

Headteacher

Laura Bell

Deputy Headteacher - Year 1 Class Teacher

Sarsa Moore

Deputy Headteacher - Year 2 Class Teacher

Susie Beveridge

Year 3 Class Teacher

Lorae Cooper

Year 6 Class Teacher

Charlotte Edwards

Year 5 Class Teacher

Kirsty Finch

Year 5 Class Teacher

Moira Keech

Year 1 Class Teacher

Rebecca Ray

Year 3 Class Teacher and Writing Lead

Louise Ullah

SENCo and Reception Class Teacher

Marc White

Year 4 Class Teacher

Lynne Greenbank

Music Teacher

Gavin Warner

School Business Manager

Sarah Batty

School Secretary

Laura Birch

Year 2 Class HLTA

Claire Collins

SEN TA

Tessa Cracknell

Year 4 Class TA

Gaynor Griffin

Year 6 Class HLTA

Julie Killick

Year 1 Class HLTA

Sherilee Langrish

Year 4 Class HLTA

Jo Lewis

Year 5 Class HLTA

Tracie Nye

Year 3 Class HLTA

Gemma Price

Year 2 Class TA

Sophie Richardson

Reception HLTA

Jacqui Wilkinson

SEN TA

Tracey Griffiths

MDS and Office Secretary

Sarah Griffiths

MDS

Roger Ojeda

Site Manager

The curriculum provides pupils with a range of interesting and meaningful learning opportunities across a wide range of subjects.

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