Whittaker Moss Primary School opened in 1982, it is a single storey, open-plan Primary School (built in 1970) situated above the village of Norden near Rochdale.
We are an above average sized school with 362 children on roll (September 2016), aged 3 to 11 years, of which 32 are children aged 3+ in our nursery class.
We aim to provide a stimulating and caring environment where children feel both secure and happy whilst they learn. We feel the open plan design of our building greatly helps in achieving this.
There are twelve classes in school. These are arranged as mainly ‘single age’, though this year some mixed grouping has been introduced in Key Stage One.
We also have a nursery class, which caters for up to 52 children. The nursery class is part of our school and enjoys full use of school facilities. In addition, it has an impressive outdoor play area.
All classes have access to large, bright activity areas, a well stocked library, quiet carpeted areas and a spacious, well designed playground and playing field with outdoor challenge area.
The school benefits from wireless ICT infrastructure and each class has an interactive whiteboard enabling teachers to make use of the very latest software and the internet in their curriculum delivery. Children have regular access to lap-tops and IPADS. Staff and children can put information and work on the school website, which parents can share at home.
Throughout the school, children work in an informal but structured environment and teaching is provided on a class, small group or individual basis depending on the needs of the child and the area of curriculum.
Whittaker Moss Primary School has a School Council of elected children, who meet regularly with staff to discuss a range of issues and concerns. They have recently been awarded the bronze level award for effective school councils.
We also have an ‘Eco-Group’ who meet to discuss ways for the school to be more ‘eco-friendly’. We proudly fly the ‘Green Flag’ in our grounds to show we have achieved the gold standard for Eco schools. The school has also been awarded the national ‘Healthy Schools Award’.
Whittaker Moss Primary School welcomes children with special educational needs. They are integrated fully into mainstream classes and play a highly valued part in the life of the school.