Our History

The original school building dates back to 1875 and now houses one large Infant classroom. The schoolhouse was incorporated into the main school building in 1984 which now comprises the Reception and Year 1 classroom, library, staffroom and headteacher’s office. We are now fortunate to have a large modern extension which houses three further classrooms and practical area, a spacious hall, a disabled toilet and reception/ main entrance and is accessible for wheelchair users. About 54 children between the ages of four and eleven attend Whitley Village School. The school is organised into three mixed age classes. The kitchen facilities have also been extended so that our award winning school meals can be served to the children in the hall.

Outside is a playground, a large wooden adventure playground area, Reception and Year 1 outdoor learning area and a playing field. The playground and grounds have been transformed in recent years through the work of the Seed to Saucepan project; a collaboration between the Women’s  Institute, parents and school for which we won the NCPTA Gold Star Award in 2009 in the category ‘Changing the life of the school’.  Last year the school invested in an outside classroom area which the children love working in. A more recent development is a ‘wigloo’ which the children love to play in during lunch and playtime time periods. In recent years the children have enjoyed planting and growing a wide variety of vegetables in the new raised beds and have raised money for the school through selling them to parents.

The village Pre-School is situated in Village Lane, and due to its relative proximity we have developed close links and share open days, celebrations and stay and play sessions on a regular basis.

The school operates an excellent breakfast club and after school club.

In January 2011 two schools came together within CWAC to form a soft federation. The Acorns Primary & Nursery School joined with Whitley Village School as a result of positive relationships & action between the two school’s Governing Bodies.

There has been a drive by the Government to establish true working partnerships during a period of great change and these two schools from very different socio-economic backgrounds, 19 miles apart, have forged a unique partnership which seeks to benefit all stakeholders in both communities.

The Governors from both schools appointed Amanda Powell as Headteacher of the federation and together they have subsequently created a dynamic programme where staff, pupils, parents and Governors collaborate in order to create opportunities to enhance the teaching & learning experiences for both schools. 

Examples include joint teaching, planning and learning, shared residential experiences, environmental & farming experiences, whole school joint Olympic themed days, shared teacher professional development opportunities and Governor workshop’s.

In September 2011, the Federation grew further when opportunities were given to a senior teacher to develop her career experiences in a joint venture and for other staff to jointly plan and share expertise for the benefit of all.

Over the last five years, the federation has grown from strength to strength and this is enabling the schools to further establish and enhance their succession and sustainability plans.

A quote from the Ofsted report for The Acorns in May 2012 commented that;

Effective partnerships with parents and carers, external agencies, the federated school, and the local Education Improvement Partnership all help to make a positive contribution and share good practice to improve achievement for pupils in the school and local area.

Quotes from the Whitley Ofsted Report in April 2013 commented on the following:

‘Extensive work with the partner school in the federation has greatly supported the many improvements in the last two years’

‘Pupils are outgoing, and enjoy learning about life beyond the local area. They are very enthusiastic about the visits they have made to the other school in the federation, and the activities they have shared with their ‘buddies’ there’. 

‘Expertise shared between the two partner schools has been a major feature of many of the improvements that have been made, including working together to develop the curriculum and assessment’. 

In April 2016, Mrs Powell retired from her position as Executive Headteacher of the Federation, and Mrs Mansfield, previously the Executive Deputy Headteacher was appointed as the new Executive Headteacher. 

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Whitley Primary School

Village Lane
Whitley
WA4 4QH

Main Contact: Mrs Hannah Mansfield (Executive Headteacher)

Tel: 01606 288255
head@acornswhitleyfed.cheshire.sch.uk

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