Facilities & Resources
Windermere Primary School was opened on 2 April 1957 and we will celebrate our 60th anniversary in 2017. We have a large attractive site with well-resourced classrooms and communal spaces.
Our building is typical of those built in the 1950s with bright and sunny classrooms, a large hall and separate dining room. The classrooms are built around a quadrangle which was redesigned in 2008 to provide the Reception class with a high quality outside area with a canopy to enable outdoor learning in all weather conditions. Each classroom has its own toilet and cloakroom area. The school is fully adapted and accessible for all pupils, parents, carers and visitors.
The Governors are committed to ensuring that the building is well maintained. In recent years the school has had all of the windows in the school renewed and a new entrance lobby built. The classroom carpets have been replaced with more practical vinyl flooring and the classroom washbasins and sinks have been replaced too.
In addition to this we also have a suite of rooms that provide accommodation for our Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) Outreach Service. This specialist provision does not have children on-site, but provides an outreach service for more than 50 schools throughout St Albans, Redbourn, Harpenden and Wheathampstead. Our four qualified teachers provide advice, training and support for teachers to support the teaching and learning of pupils with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia. We are fortunate to be able to take advantage of their expertise and resources to support learning and teaching across the school.
There are approximately 210 pupils at the school, in seven classes. Each class is taught by a qualified teacher and has the support of a trained teaching assistant. Our children need to be prepared for life in the 21st Century, so not only does every classroom have an interactive whiteboard, visualiser and laptops, the school also has a suite of laptop computers and iPads which are available for use in the classroom. All of these are linked to the internet via the Hertfordshire Grid for Learning. In order to meet the needs of the new computing curriculum we also have an extensive range of control and programming technologies. We regularly review and update our IT facilities and carry out staff training to reflect the ever changing developments in modern technology.
However more traditional methods of learning are still valued. There is a well-stocked non-fiction library which all children are encouraged to use and every class has its own fiction library.
The school grounds include two playgrounds, a playing field and car park. Both playgrounds have adventure trails and the playground itself has been enhanced with playground markings to support games and activities. The junior playground also has a beautiful, year round kitchen garden built in 2016, a pergola with seating area and an outdoor theatre.
A second pergola on the field provides additional shade for the children when they are playing on the field during the good weather. The large playing field is also home to our wildlife garden, which has an exciting new pond with seating to form a study and relaxation area.
In 2013, an outside theatre was built adjacent to the KS2 playground. It offers opportunities for Learning Outside the Classroom as well as an additional play area.