About Wareside C of E 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.

The school is a harmonious community.
Pupils appreciate being in a small school where they
'are all friends'.
Ofsted
March 2013

An Overview

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.

Admissions

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.  There is some information here, but you will need to contact the local authority to apply for a school place and to find out more about our admission arrangements.

School Meals

Wareside school children are fed by Herts Catering limited in our own school kitchen.  The meals are nutritious, 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!

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. 

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.