Welcome to Westhead Lathom St.James
Welcome to Westhead Lathom St James C.E. Primary School. My name is Mrs Albion and I am the headteacher. I would like to take this opportunty to tell you about our school and the children and staff within it.
We are fortunate to be a small semi-rural school with excellent resources. One advantage of being small is that we know our pupils very well indeed and there is a family atmophere within school that gives our children a sense of security and stability leading to high self esteem and the ability to cope with new situations later on in life.
Another advantage is that we know our children as individuals when planning our teaching. We have high expectations for our pupils and we plan learning on an individal basis. We soon know whether a child is gifted in certain areas or has Special Educational Needs in a subject and we teach and provide extra support according to their needs.
The staff are totally committed to giving the children the best possible start to their formal education. The caring atmosphere engendered gives the children a feeling of security, self-worth and belonging in a place where every individual is encouraged to fulfil their potential and develop a love of learning and life itself. These words figure strongly in our school prayer.
We pride ourselves in aiming to develop each child to their full potential academically, socially, morally, spiritually and physically. Every opportunity is taken to ensure that learning is purposeful, meaningful and fun.
The curriculum is enriched with visits, visitors and themed days and weeks. The discipline is excellent and we are truly proud of the way in which our children empathise with others. We have very good links with our farming and ex-farming community. Some examples of our work and our most recent OfSTED report can be seen on our website: www.st- james56.lancsngfl.ac.uk. We are working together to give our children the best possible education.
Because I’ve always believed that in order for a school to be successful, it must be happy, we have nurtured a strong sense of partnership between the school and the family, and this lies at the heart of the children’s happiness and success.
Westhead thom St. James C.E. Primary School is a fun place to be, and there is always something happening to enhance an already exciting curriculum. It is not unusual to see the staff and children dressed up as Romans, or perhaps World War 2 refugees. These events bring the curriculum to life and make learning fun for everyone.
Success is something we readily celebrate, both academic and personal. We know this helps the children develop their self-confidence and self-esteem, which in turn encourages them to continue to do their very best. We hold a wide range of events throughout the year where we invite parents into the school to help us celebrate the achievements of all the children.
We hope this website is a useful introduction to the school. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us or, better still, come and see us at work during a school day. The teachers, children and I will be very pleased to welcome you.
Mrs. A. Abion