St Werburgh's School is situated in central Birkenhead in Merseyside. We are close to the town centre, near to the Birkenhead - Liverpool tunnel and within a two minute walk from Birkenhead Library, which we use regularly, St Werburgh and St Laurence church and the local mosque.
We are an average sized school with class sizes of 30 in Foundation 2, Year 1 and Year 2 and no more than 30 in Key Stage 2.
We offer places to 2 year old children (funded through the Local Authority). There are 32 places offered (16 in the morning and 16 in the afternoon).
We have 52 (part time) places in Foundation 1.
The adult pupil ratio is very good compared to other schools.
We have 7 Teaching Assistants working between the ages of 2 and 5.
We have an additional teacher who works in Year 6 delivering targeted intervention in Literacy and Numeracy.
We are an inclusive school
We pride ourselves on being an inclusive school where all children are welcomed and all children are equally valued.
Approximately 20% of our children speak English as their second language. Specialist Teaching Assistants are employed to support them to develop English and to translate when we can. We also have strong links with the Multi Ethnic Assessment Service through the Local Authority.
Children with Special Needs are well supported through the high pupil adult ratio and by a range of specialist services such as the Special Education Needs Assessment and Advice Team, the Educational Psychologist and a specialist Dyslexia Advisory Service.
Ofsted 2018 – “Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make good progress”.
Those with medical needs are well cared for and a number of children have Health Care Plans which are supported by the School Nurse.
School uniform is black/grey trousers/skirt, white polo shirt, jumper/cardigan and black shoes. Cardigans and jumpers are available from the school office.
Care, Guidance and Support
Care, Guidance and Support is a high priority for our children and their families.
Ofsted 2018 said “Pupils feel safe in school because they are well cared for and feel confident that members of staff will help them if they have any issues”.
We have a full time Home School Development Worker, Mrs Thompson, who devotes her time to listening to parents’ worries and concerns with regard to stresses and strains that can arise in all our lives from time to time. She is able to help directly herself or she will organise or “signpost” support from other agencies. She will liaise with the teaching staff or Headteacher where it is needed.
Teaching staff are always happy to talk to parents and can also deal with any concerns regarding progress in school work.
The Headteacher, Mrs Murphy, places care, guidance and support high on the agenda.
We have a Breakfast Club and After School Provision
A free Breakfast Club is available at School from 8.15am each school day.
There is also an After School Club at Woodlands Primary School. Further details of the prices and arrangements for the children can be given at our school office. A “walking bus” is in operation to take the children to Woodlands after school each day.
At St Werburgh’s, teachers provide homework tasks that consolidate learning and prepares pupils well for work to come. Homework builds from Reception and continues to Year 6. Homework tasks include reading, grammar and punctuation, maths and times tables.
Timing of the School Day
The school opens at 8.55am and ends at 3.15pm for children in Reception to Year 6. Children wait in the playground until the teacher collects them to take them into school. If your child is late, for any reason, you must bring them into the office to sign them in.
On wet days, we allow children to come into the school building to avoid “a soaking”! The doors are opened at 8.45am on these days. Members of staff are in the areas and around classrooms to supervise until class time begins.
The two year old provision is from 8.45am to 11.45am for morning sessions and from 12.30pm to 3.30pm for afternoon sessions.
The Nursery provision is from 8.50am to 11.50am for morning sessions and from 12.25pm to 3.25pm for afternoon sessions.
Lunch time starts at 11.50am for children in Foundation 2 and Year 1 and at 12 noon for the rest of the school. The lunch time period ends at 1.00pm.
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a Universal Infant Free School Meal. The children have their lunch in the school Hall, with a varied, healthy menu provided by Edsential Catering Services.
For children in Key Stage 2 who wish to purchase a school meal, the current cost is £2.25 per day. Children on packed lunch eat in the Hall with the other children.
If your child is entitled to free school meals, you must complete a form which is available from the school office or your local One Stop Shop. If you are unsure if you are entitled to free school meals, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Eakins in the school office.
Even if your child wishes to have a packed lunch or is entitled to a Universal Infant Free School Meal, it is important that you complete a free school meal form, as this contributes towards the school’s funding which enables us to provide extra resources for your children.