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Visiting St Wystan’s

Ensuring you choose the right school for your child is essential, and visiting the school is the very best way to really get a feel for it.  We know that at the moment, this isn’t always possible for families, but we have a range of ways for you to get to know our school in the way you feel most comfortable.

In normal circumstances, I would have been delighted to welcome you to St Wystan’s School and for you to meet our exceptional pupils and outstanding members of staff. We have created this page to give you the chance to to explore the school through images and videos from both staff and pupils. Learn more about the extra-curricular opportunities available to pupils, as well as the varied and creative curriculum, which endeavours to help children fulfil their true potential.

Alongside this, we are also hosting a Virtual Open Morning. Together, we hope that this can provide you with a sense of St Wystan’s and how we can positively effect your child.

 

 

 

Mrs Karan Hopkinson
Headteacher

Personalised Virtual School Tours

 

 

We would also be delighted to also offer prospective families an individual, virtual experience around St Wystan’s. This would be in the form of a video call with our Headteacher, Mrs Hopkinson. During this meeting, Mrs Hopkinson will discuss your child’s requirements and answer any other questions you may have. To arrange a meeting, please fill out the enquiry form below.

We also hope that our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ surrounding the admissions process assists you with some of your queries, these can be found at the bottom of the page. If you do have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Bursar, Mrs Islip via email: admissions@stwystans.org.uk.

Introduction to St Wystan's

Pastoral Care

One of the more outstanding aspects of our school is the Pastoral care we offer. Our emphasis is on developing a culture of care and kindness for all. St Wystan’s provides an in-depth level of pastoral care through: a range of extra-curricular clubs to suit every individual; small class sizes meaning that each child receives a tailored nurturing learning environment and staff dedicated to teach the children to face the world with confidence, self-esteem and an understanding of respect for one another.  

As part of this, we also offer flexible wrap around care. Our Pre School Care, After School Care and Prep clubs are extremely popular with parents and can be booked on a full-time, regular or casual basis.

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Sports

School sport is a hugely important and integral part of school life at St Wystan’s. We believe that high quality PE and sport has a very powerful impact on the all-round development of children. It boosts achievement, builds essential communication and leadership skills. We offer equal opportunities for pupils across our sports teams and it is our aim that all St Wystan’s children will have the chance to compete for their house and school in different sports throughout the academic year. 

Creative Arts

Drama

Everyone at St Wystan’s gets the opportunity to “tread the boards” in one of our annual productions. Kindergarten, Years 1 & 2 present a Christmas musical production and Years 3 to 6 stage a musical production in the Summer Term.
We have recently introduced Drama into the curriculum for Years 5 & 6. This will be taught throughout the academic year by a Drama specialist.

Music

Music is an intrinsic part of life at St Wystan’s School. We recognise and value how musical activities provide vital opportunities to develop creativity, self-confidence, and expression. Specialist music teaching is available throughout the school from Nursery to Year 6, in our well-equipped and inviting music room.

Art & Design Technology

Through our Art lessons, the children learn to develop and enhance their own skills and techniques in these areas, using a wide range of mixed media. Pupils also have the opportunity to develop their thinking, communication and evaluating skills, through a multi mechanism design technology curriculum where the children experience the process of developing 3D models, moving mechanisms, or even experimenting with designing flotation aids or buoyant models!

Forest School

At St Wystan’s, children from Nursery to Year 6 all have the opportunity to attend Forest School. We aim to encourage and inspire the children through positive experiences and participation in achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment. These experiences help the children to further develop their Personal, Social and Emotional skills such as:
•Independence
•Self-discovery (self-awareness and self-regulation)
•Intrinsic motivation
•Communication skills
•Empathy
•A positive mental attitude, self-esteem, and confidence
These attributes will help to provide an effective foundation to raise academic achievement and are lifelong skills.

Extra-Curricular

Our extensive range of activities available to students, ensures that the unique and natural talents of every child are recognised and encouraged, as well as helping to enrich their taught curriculum. Children are given the opportunity and encouraged to participate in a wide and varied number of extra-curricular activities. To give you a flavour of what is on offer, choices include drama, football, netball, dance, art, science, knitting, choir, quiz and French clubs. The costs of staff-run clubs are included in school fees, these are held before, during and after the school day. There are also chargeable clubs and activities provided by external specialists which
include dance, cookery, individual music lessons and specialist sports coaching.

Individual Tuition

Individual LAMDA lessons are available to pupils as a chargeable extra. This hugely popular extracurricular activity includes 1 to 1 tuition with the children and prepares them for the LAMDA examinations, in which our pupils have had great success.
Individual music lessons with external peripatetic specialists, are also available at an
additional cost. Available lessons include singing, piano, guitar, music theory, flute and more can be arranged through the Head of Music.

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FAQs

Are you taking registrations for September 2020?

Yes, we are taking registrations for both St Wystan’s School and the Nursery. You can find our registration form online here.

What are your entry points?

We take children from the ages of 2½ to 11 years. Children are welcome to join in any year group where there is availability, and registrations are accepted throughout the year. Parents who are considering St Wystan’s School are invited to contact the Bursar, for further information – bursar@stwystans.org.uk.

Are you currently open for tours around the school?

Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances, we are unable to provide tours around the school. However, please visit our virtual admissions page, to get a holistic feel of the school. If you would like more information or to receive a prospectus information pack, then please fill out the form here.

Can we speak with the Headteacher?

Yes, Mrs Hopkinson is available for personal conversations about St Wystan’s and what it can offer your child. Please contact the bursar, bursar@stwystans.org.uk to arrange the meeting.

What is the admissions process?

Under normal circumstances parents would come for a personal tour around the school to see the school in action and to meet the Headteacher and Bursar. Following this, parents who wish to register their child will need to complete the registration form here and then pay the £100 non-refundable registration fee. Taster days are also offered to children so that they can spend time with their peer group and for teachers to get an understanding of their individual needs and abilities.

We are still taking registrations and further information can be found here.

Do you offer Bursaries and Scholarships?

Yes, we do offer annual means tested bursaries for children entering Kindergarten to Year 6. Bursaries are means-tested in accordance with the criteria published in the school’s Bursary Policy, which can be obtained by contacting the bursar, bursar@stwystans.org.uk. The level of support varies according to parental need. Further information can be found on our website here, or by contacting the bursar.

St Wystan’s School operates a scholarship scheme for pupils entering the school at the age of 7. Scholarships are awarded to pupils who enhance the musical, sporting, and academic life of St Wystan’s School. Academic Scholarships are offered to the top performing pupil in English and Maths. For further information please read our scholarships page here, or get in contact with our bursar, bursar@stwystans.org.uk.

Do you offer a learning support programme?

Understanding individuals learning abilities is extremely important to us. We are committed to ensuring that all pupils reach their full potential, including those with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Our SENDCo works closely with the child’s class teacher to set individual targets and measure progress. Extra support and precision teaching interventions may be offered in class, in small groups or individually. For more information, please arrange a meeting with Mrs Hopkinson to discuss your child’s individual requirements.

What pastoral care do you offer?

One of the more outstanding aspects of our school is the Pastoral care that we provide. Our staff take great pride in the supportive and respectful relationship we enjoy with our pupils and parents. St Wystan’s provides an in-depth level of pastoral care through: a range of extra-curricular clubs to suit every individual; small class sizes means that each child receives a tailored nurturing learning environment and staff dedicated to teach the children to face the world with confidence, self-esteem and an understanding of respect for one another. Find out more.

What facilities do you have?

We have a fantastic relationship with Repton School, which offers us the accessibility to facilities beyond the reach of most stand-alone prep schools. These include a swimming pool, astro turf, tennis courts, sports field, gymnasium, and woodland orchard for forest schools. On site we have a specialist computer suite, library, secure playground, and expansive music teaching room.

What extra-curricular provisions do you provide?

We are extremely proud of the extra opportunity’s pupils receive at St Wystan’s. This is integrated throughout the school curriculum with specialist teachers in music and French. A wide range of activities enriches the taught curriculum and includes includes school trips, assemblies, and clubs. We encourage children to be involved in a range of activities, helping to develop and nurture every child’s strengths and interests. Children are given the opportunity to participate in a wide and varied number of extra-curricular activities. We offer a variety of chargeable and non-chargeable clubs before, during and after school. Chargeable clubs include drama, dance, and individual music lessons. Find out more here.

What wrap around care do you provide?

During term-time additional care is provided from 7.30am – 6.30pm. St Wystan’s operates a very popular Pre School Care and After School Club run by our own staff and includes a light snack. Spaces can be booked on a full-time, regular, or casual basis by using the booking form. Find out more information.

What sports provisions are on offer for children?

PE and school sport are a hugely important and integral part of the curriculum and school life at St Wystan’s. We work with specialist sports teachers to provide the best possible training and experience for our pupils. It is our aim that all St Wystan’s children will have the chance to compete for their house and school in different sports. There are many Sports and Activity Clubs available throughout the school day. Examples of extra-curricular activities are: Netball, Football, Tag Rugby, Hockey, Cricket, Rounders, Boccia, Curling, Cycling, Goalball, Gymnastics and Athletics.

What schools do your children go onto attend?

We are extremely proud of our record of success in independent senior entrance, with pupils gaining places at the school of their choice. St Wystan’s is not affiliated to any one senior school and a large part of our success is down to our relationship with a wide choice of destination schools and the understanding of the children’s requirements. The school is delighted of the range of scholarships it secures annually. Find out more here.

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Register For Your Personalised School Tour

In light of Covid-19 and the current restrictions, we welcome families to register for our virtual school tour, with Head teacher Mrs Karan Hopkinson.

Either complete the form on our website, email admissions@stwystans.org.uk or call Mrs Helen Islip in the School Office on 01283 703258.

Find out how St Wystan’s can positively affect your child.