Our School

I am delighted to welcome you to the West Kidlington Primary and Nursery School website. We want to create a place of exceptional learning for all our children. Thank you for your interest in our school.

West Kidlington Primary and Nursery School is the home of “Values led” learning. We teach children the importance of key values such as Respect, Trust, Courage, Co-operation, Love, Peace, Happiness and Humility. It enables them to develop high levels of emotional resilience as well as a strong stamina for learning. We have been recognised in every Ofsted report since 2002 as a school which has outstanding approaches to this way of learning. We are also a “School of Character,” identified by Birmingham University through its Jubilee centre for character and values. The school regularly welcomes visitors from all over the world who come to see how we approach teaching and learning at OUR school. We are a school with sharp focus and frequent reflection.

In the recent past, we have been identified as a school with exceptional approaches to “Values led learning” by the Children’s Society, as part of their book on “A Good Childhood” written by Lord Layard. We also featured in a BBC news report about this. Our approaches have also shaped curriculum content as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

We have also created the “sparkling” curriculum! Children learn through direct experience in stimulating and purposeful learning environments. The school has a strong tradition of support for new technology to support learning, and we actively encourage children to take part in music, art and sport. We were awarded the Basic Skills Quality Mark for the third time in 2014.

We value the role parents play in helping the learning of our children and the role we all play in shaping their character and attitudes to learning.

I am incredibly proud to be part of such a dedicated team of professionals, as we work continuously to make our school an exceptional learning community.  I look forward to working with you as we continue to achieve this goal.

Simon Isherwood