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Wordsworth Primary School


Primary School

About Us


I am delighted to welcome you to our school. Wordsworth is a large primary school,  re-built in 2013, in the Shirley area of West Southampton. There is something very special about Wordsworth that people notice as soon as they step through the door. We are incredibly proud of our children and supportive staff team who work together in a friendly and caring way to provide a safe and happy learning environment and we aim to work closely with families to give every child the best possible education.

We hope this website will give you a hint of what our school is about, but this can never replace first-hand experience. We would encourage you to come and see us in action and speak to our staff and children yourself.

During my first year as Headteacher I focussed on fully re-opening this school as safely as possible and on ensuring we have the right staffing structure in place to ensure teaching and learning is strong across the school. Over the coming year we will be having a focus on reviewing our school vision; this work will be led by the Senior Leadership Team with some external support and we look forward to sharing this with you

We are continuing to focus on our provision for SEN pupils which Mrs Hazelwood will be leading. There will be a programme of training for our teachers who lead subjects to ensure the teaching of all subjects is good or better. As you know we pride ourselves on providing a wide-ranging curriculum; making the most of our own nature zone, music room and playing field right in the heart of Shirley.

This year began with two INSET days beginning our programme of professional development and training for all staff. This will continue throughout the year, with support from Hamwic Trust, to ensure your children benefit from the most highly skilled staff.

Good attendance is really important for your children to ensure they feeling safe and settled in school. We will work with you as parents to ensure children come to school every day. Please get in touch if this is something you are finding difficult. Children achieve extraordinary things at Wordsworth School.

Each year they explore new frontiers within our broad curriculum, put on spectacular plays, perform in concerts and complete against local teams. Other quieter successes make us equally proud and happen every day – maybe a fear is overcome or something new attempted.

I am confident that your child will be happy in our school and I look forward to working with you and your family to achieve the very best for your child.

I would be very glad to show you around our school. Please ring the school office to make an appointment.

Best wishes,

Julie-Anne Palfrey

(B.Ed hons) Headteacher

About Us

After a period of rapid expansion since our new school building was opened in 2013. We are now full with 630 children in 21 classes. We are fortunate to have extensive grounds for play and sports provision with an environmental area that includes a pond, forest area and fire pit. We have a committed and highly professional staff team and a vibrant school community with active governors and parent support.

We pride ourselves in creating a very calm and purposeful learning environment and although we are a big school we often intrigue our visitors who always comment on the positive behaviour and attitude of our children and how quiet the school is considering our numbers… lunch times can be noisier as we let off steam but then there is a trail, climbing apparatus, table tennis, a range of clubs and football!

At Wordsworth we are passionate and aspirational about the learning of all our children and we have high expectations for learning and progress. We value and nurture the creativity and difference in every child and fundamentally believe in a holistic approach to education combining a resolute focus on the core subjects of Reading, Writing and maths along with an expansive topic based curriculum and our ‘Creative Child’ strategy. Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, said recently:

education should be about broadening minds, enriching communities and advancing civilisation. Ultimately, it is about leaving the world a better place than we found it.

Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman

We now employ specialist teachers for Music and Instrument teaching with two choirs and a school orchestra, Environmental Studies, Dance and Sports Coaching all within the school day. Put simply, it is our ambition for every child to develop a passion for at least one of these areas by the time they reach Year 4. In addition we offer a range of after school sports activities and school clubs including Rock Challenge, Philosophy, Maths, Art, Athletics, Football, Cross Country Running, American Football, Netball and a variety of Dance options.

This approach is expressed more fully in our school vision which was developed by all the staff and the governors. This year, as every year, the staff discuss and reflect on the school vision on our first INSET day. Our vision can be found on both the Mission page and the Information for Parents page. But asked to sum up our vision in one sentence we say …

‘Celebrating the individual and building a team’

Finally, we were very pleased with our recent Ofsted Report which not only confirmed us as a ‘Good’ school but included very many positive comments and references to the way we support and care for the children, the well-rounded and holistic approach to education and learning that we believe in, along with the strong team and collective culture.  The full report can be found on this website but here is one short extract from the Inspector’s report:

The school gives a well-rounded education that ensures pupils thrive. The broad range of interesting activities enables all-round development for pupils. The support for pupils’ well-being is very strong. This is valued and appreciated by pupils and parents alike. Parents praise the caring nature of the school and many comment on how their child has benefited from the school’s support. Pupils enjoy school and are making good progress from their starting points.

We are proud of our children, our staff and the strength in our school community. If you would like to talk to us about a place for your child at our school please do contact the school office.

Julie-Anne Palfrey