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Welcome to our School


Headteacher's Welcome

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you and your child to Wareside C of E Primary School.  Choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions that you will make for your child.  I hope that our website will help you decide that the warm and caring environment at our school is one in which your child will be happy and thrive.

Our whole school community lives by our core Christian values of Faith, Love, Patience and Courage and in turn doing our best to make our school a happy and harmonious place to learn and work.  Our school is a happy school where everyone is helpful, considerate and respectful of each other.  Relationships and attitudes are positive and an environment exists in which working and learning becomes an enjoyable and fulfilling experience for all.  I feel privileged to be the Headteacher of a school which is truly unique.

At Wareside we want to instil in the children a lifelong love of learning.  We aim to nurture happy, confident children with enquiring minds who learn to succeed.  We believe in the importance of developing self confidence, the ability to make decisions and to articulate feelings and ideas.  We place great importance in creating a positive and supportive atmosphere at our school.  Together we ensure that children experience success through an exciting, creative curriculum and many wider opportunities.

We believe that education is a partnership between school and family and will offer you many opportunities to share in the education of your child.  This shared partnership of home and school will make a valuable contribution to the high standards we maintain.

Please feel very welcome to make an appointment for a visit or to ask any questions which you may have.  I look forward to meeting you and welcoming your child to our school.


Head Teacher

Kanchana Vanhove





Extra-curricular Clubs & Activities

Want to do something interesting after school, but not sure what?
Look at the clubs our teachers & sports leaders run for you. 

We offer a wide range of activities for children after school finishes. These vary from term to term and details of the clubs and a list of activities currently available may be viewed by clicking below. Details will also be published in our weekly newsletter at the beginning of each term. Clubs and activities are either free of charge, or run at a minimal cost to cover expenses.

After school activities are usually run by our teaching staff, who very kindly do so in their own time, so please bear with us on the rare occasions when we have to cancel a club due to training, parents evenings or ill health. If a club is cancelled we will try to let parents know by text by 2pm.

When collecting your child from an after school activity please access the school via the double gates into the large playground and wait outside the classroom where the activity is being run, as the school entrance via the infant playground is usually locked at 3.45pm. Children should be collected promptly at the end of the activity.


News & Dates for your Diary

Keep up to date with everything that is happening in School


News Update

Sports Gold

We're delighted to announce that we've been awarded the School Games Gold Award for the third year running.

Breakfast club

We have had requests for a Breakfast Club at school.

What We Believe

The Christian values of Faith, Love, Courage and Patience help us to learn together to become the best we can be.

British Values

To help the children develop a sense of personal worth, self-confidence and to become a citizen for the future, our lessons are underpinned by the British Values: Democracy; Rule of Law; Individual Liberty; Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Different Faiths & Beliefs. For example, creating a class code at the start of term covers a wide range of British Values, it requires democracy as all are voting for behaviours they believe are required within a classroom.

The code created becomes the Rule of Law for those children in that classroom and Individual Liberty is expressed through the choice of rules and expectations. Pupils show Mutual Respect and develop socially by listening to one another’s ideas and following the class code. Collective Worship, RE lessons and PHSE are all areas where pupils develop morally and spiritually through deeper discussions and understanding as well as showing a Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs.

About Wareside C of E Primary School

Wareside is a small school with big opportunities. Everyone is valued and all are treated as individuals,
whilst working as part of a team.

An Overview of Wareside C of E Primary School

The original schoolroom, currently our Foundation Stage Unit, was built by the Church of England in the middle of the nineteenth century.  Over the years additional buildings and rooms have been added to create our current school buildings.  Wareside became a Voluntary Controlled School in 1951, meaning that we are funded by Hertfordshire County Council but that we are linked to St Albans Diocese.  We also have close links with the village church, Holy Trinity, and attend services for Harvest, Christmas and Easter as well as a Leavers' Service in the Summer Term.

Our small school, set in large, beautiful grounds on the outskirts of the village, is well resourced and maintained.  We have recently added an orchard to our school field, to create a wooded area where we can develop Outdoor Education.  Currently, our Friends are fundraising to turn a wasted part of the field into a Science Garden and Wildlife Habitat with a pond.  

We believe the size of our school to be one of our strengths.  The school’s small size means that the staff know the children extremely well and are able to cater for their individual needs.  We also have the time to develop close relationships with parents.


Special Educational Needs

At Wareside we welcome all children, ensuring the lessons and activities we plan are inclusive.  Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Policy, School Information Report and Accessibility Plan clearly state our intentions when working with pupils with SEND.  Our experienced team has a wide range of knowledge and skills to ensure all pupils reach the best of their ability and are supported according to individual needs. 



If you are interested in sending your child to Wareside, please contact the school to arrange a visit.  We welcome the opportunity to take you on a school tour and discuss our ethos and vision with you, so that you can decide if we are the right school for you.  As a voluntary-controlled school, our school admissions (Reception to Year 6) are regulated by Hertfordshire County Council and you will need to contact the local authority to apply for a school place and to find out more about our admission arrangements.

For admission to Nursery, please refer to our Nursery Admission Arrangements and use our application form (links in the orange box to the right/below).

Our School Uniform

At Wareside we proudly wear our school uniform and by choosing to send your child to our school, you too are committing to ensure all pupils adhere to our policy.  The idea of wearing uniform is to create a feeling of unity throughout the school and to underpin the idea that we are one school family.  There are non-uniform days linked with fund-raising when we all enjoy the opportunity to wear fancy dress or our own clothes.

Download our school uniform policy here

School Meals

Wareside is catered for by Herts Catering limited in our own school kitchen.  The meals are delicious and beautifully presented by our cook, Mrs Roberts.  The children have a choice of hot meals and desserts; with unlimited availability of the salad bar too.  The tasty meals are on a three week rota, with Wednesday Roasts and Friday Favourites being very popular.  We have sharing meals once a month when we invite our school community to come and share our dinner with us.  These have been very popular with parents and grandparents alike.  On creative curriculum days, Mrs Roberts will link her meals to fit with our topics and HCL also have their own celebration topic lunches that the children really enjoy!

Download our weekly
menu here


WOW events, exploration afternoons and child-led planning are some of the ways we make lessons at Wareside stimulating, engaging, challenging and fun; to create life-long active learners with a thirst for knowledge and a passion for excellence.

To ensure successful learning, we developed an inspiring curriculum to engage all learners and offer challenging and stimulating lessons.  Because our school is small, all the children in Key Stage 1 are taught together, so we created a 2-year rolling programme to ensure all the elements in every subject were covered.  Likewise in Key Stage 2, where all four year groups work together, we designed a four-year rolling programme.


Our Creative Curriculum encourages pupil participation and active learning: involving the children in the planning process; including their ideas into the sequence of learning and using their questions as the Key Questions of the lessons.  Children choose topics that interest them and become the ‘experts’ and share their knowledge.  We enhance our Creative Curriculum with WOW events or WOW days as a ‘hook’ to learning, a way in which to excite and motive.  For example, we have had a “mystery beach scene with a VW Campervan’ appearing in our playground as a stimulus for a week of writing. 


To help the children develop a sense of personal worth, self-confidence and to become a citizen for the future, our lessons promote the social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) development of the child and are underpinned by our School Christian Values of Faith, Love, Courage and Patience as well as the British Values: Democracy; Rule of Law; Individual Liberty; Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Different Faiths & Beliefs.


"Pupils are highly motivated and their attitudes to learning are often exemplary. Their behaviour is good and they thrive in an atmosphere of respect and dignity." 

Ofsted (March 2013)

View our
latest Ofsted
Report here

Physical Education

As part of the Hertford and Ware School Sports Partnership (H&WSSP) we have access to a range of PE & sporting experts, resources and competitions for the benefit of our children.

We currently offer extra-curricular activities such as a Dance Club, Football club and Change for Life club.

Primary School’s Sports Funding

Click here for the Department of Education link to the Primary School’s Sports Funding page.

What is the Sports Premium?

The government has been providing funding of £150 million per annum towards new and substantial investment in primary school sport.  The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and has seen money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.  The money can only be spent on sport, PE provision and related resources in schools.

When the scheme started, each school received £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil.  In the academic year 2017-18, the Sports Premium has been doubled.  (And this doubled figure has also been confirmed for 2018-19.)  For us at Wareside, this has meant that our premium for 2017-18 is £16,350 and will be broadly the same next year (£16,000 plus £5 per pupil).

Purpose of the funding

Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses of the funding include:

  •  Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
  •  New or additional Change4Life sport clubs
  •  Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
  •  Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
  •  Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
  •  Buying quality assured professional development modules or material for PE/sport

At Wareside C of E Primary School we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children.  In addition, it is considered that an innovative and varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children.

We believe that the money must be used so that all children benefit regardless of their sporting ability.  It is important that we use this money wisely.  We will continue to place a high priority on our PE provision and, as such, have invested in additional staffing/coaching and resources to further enhance the curriculum.

Our Sports Funding allocation will enable us to continue and extend our provision through entering into more competitive sports competitions, improving our assessment opportunities and by training our staff to deliver in-house quality PE sessions.

Physical Literacy: All children benefit and are educated about physical literacy, regardless of their social, cultural and economic background or sporting ability.  The pupils will be educated about physical fitness, promoting healthy and active lifestyles and looking after their mental well-being: at Wareside we care for the whole child.

Sports Competitions 





























Young Ambassadors

Our Sports Ambassadors are Marnie, Ted and Tom.  They represent our school at partnership events and promote PE, Sport and healthy lifestyles within the school.  Additionally, all KS2 children are trained as 'Sports Organising Crew' - they plan and lead activities daily.

Click on the logo to find out more

Who are the Governors?

We are a diverse group of people including school staff, the parents of pupils, church representatives and members of the wider community.  All of us are volunteers committed to making our school the best it can be.  Each of us brings our own skills and experience and uses them to help the school provide the highest quality education for all the children.  Governors, working together as a “Governing Body”, provide strategic oversight to support the work of the Headteacher and other staff.

Become a Governor

The role of School Governor is a rewarding one; challenging, but interesting and rewarding.  The standard term of office is four years, so we are nearly always on the lookout for new team members.  Insofar as is possible, we seek to welcome new members who bring specific skills or experience which will be of particular value to the school, but we warmly welcome all applications to join us.  If you think you might have something to contribute to the Governing Body and its work, please contact the Chair of Governors who will be very happy to talk to you.

Our Aims

The Governing Body’s ultimate aim is to fulfil the school’s vision. As stepping stones along the way, it strives to raise standards in all areas of school life for pupils and staff. 

What do we do?

First of all, it’s probably worth noting something that Governors don’t do.  The Governors are not responsible for the day-to-day management of the school – this responsibility belongs to the Headteacher. Governors don’t run the school – they are there to help.  Indeed, a key aspect of the Governing Body’s role is to act as a “critical friend”.  This involves Governors asking questions of the Headteacher and other senior leaders about all aspects of the school’s activity including, but not limited to, pupils’ attainment and progress and the way that the school’s resources are being used.  This questioning process helps to sharpen the focus of the Headteacher and to raise standards across the board.  Governors also offer insights from their own experience, and these can help to raise standards, too.

Overall, the Governing Body is responsible for managing the school’s budget in order to gain best value for the public money which is invested in the school.  Governors are therefore accountable to the pupils, their parents and the wider community – they have to make sure that the school delivers an excellent education.  In the course of their work, they appoint the Headteacher and hold her or him to account, they help shape the vision for the school and they provide energy and drive for the school’s ongoing development, keeping abreast of both the needs of the school community and any changes in National Education policy.

Much of the Governing Body’s work is conducted by the two subcommittees:

• The School Improvement Committee, chaired by Revd Mark Dunstan, which monitors the school’s progress against the targets on its development plan and reviews pupil progress and attainment, and

• The Resources Committee, chaired by Mrs Nicky Stracey, which considers the effective use and development of our assets; personnel, buildings and finance.

The Chair of Governors and Headteacher meet frequently and all Governors are expected to support the school by undertaking relevant training, preparing for and attending meetings throughout the year and visiting the school – both for school functions and during the working day to observe the school in action.

We also publish an occasional briefing paper, “The Guv’nor”, to keep the parents and wider community abreast of what the school is doing and how Governors are making a difference.


Governors (as at 30th September 2018)


Governors who have left within 12 months of 30th September 2018


Contact Information

Wareside C of E Primary School

Reeves Green,
SG12 7QR

Admin: Sue Duffy
Headteacher: Kanchana Vanhove

Phone: (01920) 462354
Fax: (01920) 462354

Paper copies of the information on this web
site are available upon request.