Welcome to the the newly up-dated Whaley Bridge Primary School Web Site. I hope you find the content stimulating and interesting. We are part of a small but expanding rural town, situated approximately 7 miles north of Buxton, in the beautiful Goyt Valley on the edge of the Peak District National Park. There are good road and rail links to Stockport, Manchester, Buxton and other areas of Derbyshire and the North. The school is located on a very attractive, well resourced site, close to the centre of the town serving Whaley Bridge and the surrounding rural areas.

The school buildings, dating from 1911, were enhanced in 1995 by the addition of a new classroom link building to one of the outside classrooms. A further new classroom was added in the summer of 1999, completely enclosing a quiet area, with planters and foundation stage play equipment. The new gymnasium was constructed in 2003 and outfitted with all the latest sports exercise equipment, thanks to the generous donations of Discovery UK the personal training courses provider. The Enhanced Resource development was successfully completed in April 2004 with the extended provision and adventure playground.



The accommodation consists of a main building housing 10 classes, plus a large extended stone building which accommodates the highly inclusive Enhanced Resource Base, catering for pupils with Special Educational Needs. The main building also comprises a hall, library, computer suite, staff room, offices and cooking kitchen. A recently refurbished heated “learner” swimming pool is located on the extensive campus, together with large hard play areas, gardens, a grassed playing field, tennis,netball courts multisports arena and an environmental area with grass and flower meadows teaching areas and safe access to the river.

The school is presently organised into 4 KS1 and 6 KS2 classes with support for larger classes and an extensive provision for the development of literacy and numeracy above the already broad and balanced curriculum. The school has an extended enhanced resource status for SEN pupils from a wide geographical area; these children are integrated into the mainstream. The school has a positive philosophy regarding the inclusion of special needs pupils in the mainstream of education. Special needs teachers are supported by a full complement of teaching assistants at all times.We were the first school in the area to achieve the prestigious Investors in People Award and are proud recipients of the nationally recognised Basic Skills Award.

The School has now had three very complimentary inspections and praise from visiting H.M.I. The first inspection was in May 1997, the second June 2001 and most recently in September 2006, an even more successful, OFSTED inspection. We have further expanded our work in Literacy, Numeracy and Science providing small group reinforcements to our already high standards across the curriculum. The teachers, children and governors look forward to, and continue to plan for, further developments within our local community. Recent exciting innovations have included Philosophy For Children and Mind Mapping across the vibrant curriculum.