About Us & Our Core Values

Whittle-le-Woods CE Primary School is a loving, caring and an inclusive place to learn.

A place where we always expect the best of each other and care for each other. We have a vibrant on-line community which you can find on Facebook- click the button at the bottom of this page.

We are a Church of England School in foundation with St John the Evangelist and Clayton Brook Church.

Our admission criteria result in pupils in our school having connections to a number of churches, some from different faith backgrounds and a large proportion with no faith background at all.

SIAMS Report 2017 OUTSTANDING Judgement

See our latest SIAMS inspection report SIAMS Report Whittle-le-Woods

We were judged to be OUTSTANDING in all areas.

Our Vision Statement

Our Christian family leads and encourages everyone to:

  • Flourish; soar in faith and talents
  •  Serve others courageously
  •  Be excited and curious to learn

We do this within our safe, happy, diverse and nurturing Christ centred environment ensuring ‘all have life and have it to the full’ John 10:10

As staff, school leaders, church and  community we aim to works together harnessing each others God given talents to develop children who:

  • are keen to develop their talents
  • are academically equipped to take their place in the world
  • use the 4 Rs when tackling challenges-Reflection, Resilience, Resourcefulness and Reciprocity
  • enjoy awe and wonder of God’s creation
  • know that they can have an impact on the world and the confidence to make it happen.
  • celebrate individuality, show respect and tolerance for others
  • know how to keep themselves safe
  • have the seeds of faith sewn within them through knowledge of the bible and spiritual reflection
  • know that they are loved

I have come in order that they might have life and have it to the full   John 10:10  NIV

Christian Values

Each half term we focus on one of our Christian Values. The teaching of these values is based on Bible teaching and all our work regarding these is ‘Rooted in Christ’.

During  2020/2021 the Values that studied and celebrated through worship will be; Friendship, Hope, Endurance, Forgiveness, Thankfulness, Trust

During 2021/2022 the Values that we will be studying and celebrating through worship will be: Compassion, Peace, Justice, Fellowship, Wisdom, Humility

Our Church Links

Our school comes under the Parish of St. John the Evangelist which is situated just next door to our school. This allows our pupils to easily take part in various services throughout the year, including a Harvest Festival service, Education Sunday Service and a Carols by Candlelight Service at Christmas. Reverend Philip Venables and other members of the lay clergy visit the school to lead worship for the whole school each Wednesday morning and often visit school to enhance our learning in a range of topic.

We admit pupils from a number of different churches from surrounding areas as our admission criteria do not specify any one church. We also admit and welcome pupils from a variety of faith and non faith backgrounds into our school family.

The finances of the school support our work

The school is in a very strong position financially due to the  Extended Services that we run in school.

Below is a link to the school financial bench marking page- this compares us to other schools.

Bench marking website

No employees at Whittle-le-Woods CE School earn over £100,000

Our Senior Leadership Team  …

We are God’s children doing God’s work.

Headteacher: Mrs Deborah Metcalfe BEd (Hons) QTS NPQH  Cambridge University

Deputy Headteacher: Mrs Jackie Haughin BA (Hons) PGCE NPQH Edge Hill University

Key Stage 2 Leader: Mrs Tracey Holmes BA (Hons)  UCLAN PGCE

FS/Key Stage 1 Leader: Mrs Rebecca Ruffley BA (Hons) PGCE Liverpool

Our Teaching Team  …

We are God’s children doing God’s work.

Earth Class FS: Miss Molly Grecic BA (Hons) QTS Leeds Trinity University

Mars Class Y1: Miss Kate Dillon BSC Manchester University PGCE Cumbria University QTS

Jupiter Class Y1 Mr Neil Moysey BSC Cumbria University PGCE Cumbria QTS

Saturn Class Y2: Mrs Rebecca Ruffley BA (Hons) PGCE Liverpool QTS

Year 3: Miss Lucy Beatty BA Law Hons Liverpool PGCE  Cumbria University QTS

Year 4: Mrs Fiona Eccles BA(Hons) QTS Edge Hill University

Year 5: Miss Lucy Eubank BA (Hons)  QTS Edge Hill University

Year 6: Mrs Tracey Holmes Edge Hill University BA (Hons) UCLAN PGCE Edge Hill University QTS

SENCO: Mrs Lindsey Bidder BA (Hons) QTS Lancaster University (and Pod teacher)

Our Teaching Assistants  …

We are God’s children doing God’s work.

Mrs Adele Ball NNEB

Miss Jennifer Bertwistle BA (Hons) Primary Education QTS Edgehill University

Mr C Day studying part time BA Primary Education with QTS Edgehill University

Miss Emily Cummins BA (Hons) QTS Early Years Education Edgehill University

Mr Michael Cummins BA (Hons) QTS Lancaster University

Mrs Gail Downs

Miss Joanne Fairhurst BSC (Hons)  UCLAN,  PGCE  QTS

Mrs Amy Farrow

Ms Sam Killick

Mrs Nicola Pope BEd (Hons) QTS Edgehill University

Mr Dan Porter HLTA  Studying part time BA Primary Education with QTS Edgehill University

Mrs Julie McGreavy HLTA

Mrs Gwen Morgan

Mrs Patricia Sumner

Our Pre-School Team …

Pre-school Lead:    Mrs Claire Fleming BA (Hons) QTS MMU

Pre-school Manager:    Mrs Emma Steele BA (Hons) Education and Professional Studies UCLAN

Mrs Emma Sanderson

Our welfare team …

We are God’s children doing God’s work.

Mrs Gail Downs, Mrs Amy Farrow, Ms Sam Killick, Mrs T Sumner, Mr C Day, Mrs N Pope

Our Office Team  …

We are God’s children doing God’s work.

Office Assistant: Mrs Gillian Chamberlain

Bursar: Mrs Janet Hanrahan

Our Extended Services Team …

We are God’s children doing God’s work.

Mrs A Ball (Manager), Mrs P Sumner, Ms S Killick, Mr D Porter, Mrs J Flinn, Mr C Day, Mrs N Pope, Mrs C Fleming

Site Supervisor:Mr G Eccleston