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“The more we give it a go, the more we learn how to do something.” Brodie Year 2
COLLABORATION – ‘Work together’
“All of the staff at Winter Gardens – teachers, LSAs, office ladies, Middays and the children collaborate and work together to make the school a better place.” Maddie Year 6
PERSEVERANCE – ‘Never give up’
“Even when your arm aches from writing so much, we carry on persevering and don’t give up!” Lainey Year 4
CHALLENGE –‘Keep learning’
“When we are choosing our challenge in lessons we have to challenge ourselves and give it a go!” Joshua Year 2
Welcome to the website of Winter Gardens Academy. The quotes above from children at the school demonstrate why I am extremely proud to be the Headteacher of this thriving school, putting our fantastic children at the heart of everything we do.
Following the OFSTED inspection of October 2014, Winter Gardens joined a Multi Academy Trust and has since gone from strength to strength. I am in my fifth year of headship here and have witnessed the incredible journey of the school thanks to the hard work and dedication of staff, parents and the local community.
As one of four primary schools and one infant school in our Multi Academy Trust (South Essex Academy Trust), we firmly believe in collaboration at all levels which has enabled us to create a highly effective team of staff and instil the value of ‘working together’ in our children.
The teachers and leaders of the school ensure that children are engaged and enthused in their learning. Children are empowered to lead their learning and every child is encouraged to challenge themselves in the next step of their learning journey. As a result, the school have improved the outcomes for children year on year since Academy conversion.
Our school curriculum follows the ‘Significant Learning Model’ of Dee Fink. This enables us to pair the teaching of academic skills with lifelong learning which we believe is essential to ensuring the very best future for our children.
Here at Winter Gardens Academy, we promote a Growth Mindset in our children, encouraging them to persevere and take risks in their learning. Our Wellbeing Managers support the children in securing positive attitudes towards themselves and others, as we firmly believe that we can make a difference to the positive mental health of our children. The school values emotional awareness and develops children’s ability to regulate their emotions through the use of strategies such as ‘Zones of Regulation’ and relaxation techniques. Teaching children about how to stay safe online and keeping them constantly up to date with risks is an important priority of the school.
Our curriculum is full of exciting and relevant activities whether it’s a trip to the Houses of Parliament, attending a street dance club, competing in local art competitions or singing at the 02!
If you have any questions about our school, please don’t hesitate to phone the school office, we will be happy to help.
Please feel free to request a tour of the school to view our extensive grounds and facilities including Lake View Hall, The Zone, the sensory room and library. We look forward to meeting you and your child!
Mrs Catherine Stalham
Paper copies of information on the website are available on request, for free, from our school office.
Winter Gardens Academy are now part of the South Essex Academy Trust. Please click on the link below: