'A happy, welcoming school in which pupils blossom.'
These were the words of HMI Joanne Olsson during her feedback to the Governors and Leaders of Webster at the end of her inspection in January 2016, and we were delighted to hear them. If you are not familiar with us, we are a very popular and all-inclusive school in Moss Side, Manchester. We welcome children of all races and faiths, languages and cultures, and are famous for doing so.
During recent staff and governor training events we have debated what qualities we want our children to have when they leave Webster and what we as a whole staff can do to ensure this happens. Here are our thoughts:
Our 2015 SAT's results placed us 1st of all Manchester schools in Reading, Writing, Maths and Combined Subjects, and 7th nationally, of all 21,310 schools in England for Value Added Pupil Progress for Combined Subjects. Children who are with us for a full Key Stage 2 generally attain levels higher than the national average.
More importantly we are well known for the breadth of our curriculum and the range of experiences that our pupils engage in. We are one of very few schools nationally to have achieved The Arts Council of England’s Platinum Artsmark and offer an unrivalled range of music and art opportunities to all of our pupils. We also have a strong focus on STEM activity and on being leaders of the future, particularly through our Lessons From the Holocaust and Unicef RRSA (Silver Level) work. We are a very outward facing school which has also held the British Council’s International School Award continuously since 2007. Other awards we hold are reflective of our everyday work over a long period of time. The CDQS is one of long line of Inclusion and Diversity kitemarks which we have held. We were one of the very first Primary Schools in the country to achieve the Diamond Level of this award.
While we pay rigorous attention to the core skills of English and Mathematics, most other subjects are taught through exciting cross curricular themes. As an academy we have long been shaping the curriculum that is right for our own school community. We use partnerships with an incredible range of outside cultural organisations to enrich the school day We have particularly special relationships with Manchester Camerata, one of Europe’s leading Chamber Orchestras, several visiting instrumental tutors and Artists in Education, as well as the National Holocaust Centre & Museum, and we promote a great range of trips and enrichment activities to add further depth and colour to our curriculum.
Our most recent Ofsted inspection graded us as good. This was the fourth 'good' judgement in a row for the school. In 2011 the 'quality of pupils’ learning and their progress’ was graded ‘outstanding’ along with six other features.
Webster has been in a process of expansion in recent years and is currently designated as a three form entry school with capacity for 562 pupils. As of September 2021 we have two forms in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 & Year 3 and three forms in Years 4-6.
Our site has undergone a complete makeover in recent years. The original 1973 building has been completely re-modelled, refurbished and re-roofed to create a fresh and bright environment which is much more suitable for 21st century education than the original design. Recent additions to our school include a second building which opened in September 2018 comprising 8 new classrooms and a spectacular hall, as well as an extension to the front of school including a new main entrance, bespoke Music Room and Library and administration block. Our mature and spacious grounds feature an Outdoor Classroom, Forest School area, all-weather sports pitch, a school garden/wildlife area and several outdoor stages, play platforms and adventure trails.
We may very well be biased, but Webster children are the funniest, keenest to learn, kindest and loveliest bunch we know. They are simply the best to work with. Our teachers and teaching assistants, meanwhile, are loyal, talented, dedicated, passionate and highly trained. We’re lucky to have them.
We are proud to include 7 pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder/Speech and Language Impairment in our Resourced Provision, the Rainbow Rooms.
Our learning has achieved local, national and European accolades in recent years. Our pupils have appeared on several TV programmes, have composed poems live on Blue Peter, been featured on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour programme, won the National Holocaust Centre's art competition and been asked to participate in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
On April 1st 2013 Webster converted to Academy status after a long period of consideration and consultation. We are not connected to any Trust or Federation but are self-governed. Webster is a founder member of the Heart Of Manchester partnership of 6 schools in Moss Side, Hulme and Whalley Range who support each other to improve teaching, learning and educational outcomes for the children in our community.
On the website you can also read about the fascinating history of Webster Primary School and Webster Street School. We are proud of our heritage in this community which stretches back to the 19th century and a ‘playground on the roof.’ If you have any memories of being at this school, we would love to hear them. Feel free to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’ll be able to see some of the things we do by clicking on the various links, but what most visitors comment on is the warm atmosphere and the family feel to our buildings. That’s tricky to feel through a website; so you’d better come and visit us to see what we mean. If you are considering sending your child to our warm and friendly school, please give us a call!