There are so many things to remember when you start a new job, but there’s one invaluable lesson to be upheld if your job involves going anywhere near a staffroom. It’s nothing to do with those old chestnuts of sitting in the wrong chair or using somebody else’s coffee cup, milk or fridge space. The lesson that will stand you in good stead is to NEVER say anything to anybody beyond small talk about the weather until you know who hates who, who tells what to who else, who once pissed off somebody else six years ago and has never been forgiven, and so on. In other words, who’s bitching for which team. In fact, discussing the weather can be a useful test of where conversation trickles when your back is turned. You’ll know how far your comments go when a kid comes up to tell you that “Mrs X said you’re always moaning about the weather”. All you have to do then is work out how Mrs X knows when you only told Mr A. It all seems so innocent when you first start. There are so many names to learn that it really is best to say nothing of any significance about anyone else to anybody at all. Otherwise, it will be an awful stomach-dropping moment when you realise that Miss Mills is actually the mother of that wretch in your Year 9 group, and that she is married to Mr Smythe, who is not related to Mrs Smythe, despite what you saw going on in the science lab on your way to slag off the Year 9 wretch to the head of year, who happens to be Miss Mills’ best friend since teacher training college. Confusing? Oh yes. Particularly if you fall victim of any of the following:
only knowing the first names of some teachers and the surnames of others, and not being able to match up either of these with the sets of initials by which they are known on the edge of the pigeonholes or in the staff handbook;
assuming that teachers who drink tea together like each other;
assuming that teachers who stay huddled in their department’s office can bear the sight of each other.
You have an important decision to make – to choose a Primary School for your child. In 2003 OFSTED described our school as a “very good school with some excellent features”. We feel proud of our school and hope you will consider Wallands for your child.
The school is well known for being a very happy, open and vibrant school as well as for the outstanding quality and work of its staff, who are experienced and approachable. We believe in high standards both in the core subjects and in the more artistic side of the curriculum. Visitors will find stimulating displays of children’s work throughout the school and there is a strong musical tradition at Wallands. In addition the school is increasingly strong at PE and computer work.
At Wallands we strive to help children to develop a positive self-image through knowledge of the world and of themselves. The skills of good communication, independence and awareness of self and others, are taught in the context of a clear moral framework. Spiritual values, creative expression and logical thought are encouraged. It is a school in which clear expectations are set in terms of work and behaviour and where equal access to the curriculum is provided for each child. Full details of the curriculum are available at the school.
Reception and Key Stage 1 classes are limited to a maximum of 30 and Key Stage 2 to a maximum of 32. All classes are very well supported by Teaching Assistants with full time assistants in Reception classes. Our aim is to ensure that all children enjoy school and experience success, whilst also achieving the highest standard of which they are capable.