Westende Junior School
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Westende Junior School is a co-educational junior school in Wokingham, Berkshire, England, established in 1974. The school caters for children from the ages of seven to eleven, and there are 229 children on roll (2008/9). The school is near the town centre in Seaford Road, and is bordered by St Crispin's School and the King George V playing field. The majority of children at Westende come from the nearby Wescott Infant School, and the two schools share a joint Parent Teachers' Association.
Westende achieved the Gold award in the Healthy Schools Programme in 2007. In November 2006 Westende became accredited as an Edward de Bono 'Thinking School', joining just 30 other schools in the whole of the UK who are entitled to use this kitemark. De Bono's Six Thinking Hats technique is used throughout the school to focus children's thinking and to improve their oral language skills. The school is also an Investor in People.
In September 1995 the school opened ‘The Acorns’, the first junior school resource in Berkshire for pupils with a diagnosis of Special Educational Need for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The pupils have their own base within the school but are integrated into mainstream classes for up to 90% of the week. The resource provides for a maximum of 12 pupils, with two full-time teachers and four support staff. In addition the school offers an 'outreach' service on the management of ASD pupils in mainstream schools across Berkshire.
The school is built around a central courtyard and has changed significantly following the replacement of the open-plan teaching areas with classrooms. There is a hall, a library with a network of computers. The school has an outdoor heated swimming pool which is used in the summer months for swimming lessons and is also open after school and at weekends for family use.
- Bracknell News, November 9, 1995.
- Westende Junior School website
- School overview and profile from Schoolsfinder
- DFES page on Westende Junior School
- Public Autism Resource and Information Service
- Six Thinking Hats Technique