Welcome from William Torbitt
Welcome to William Torbitt Primary School. It is a school that lies at the heart of the community, where the children’s learning is paramount, and the learning of the whole school community is highly valued and encouraged. There are high expectations of staff as well as pupils, and a continual striving for excellence.
We believe that when children feel valued, safe and are well-supported and appropriately challenged, they make good progress and achieve well. To this end, we work hard to ensure there is very much a family feel here, even though we are a large primary school, with well over 700 pupils. It is also our belief that children achieve most when the home and school are working together, so we see parents/carers as partners in their education.
The majority of our pupils live very locally and walk to school. They come from a diverse range of backgrounds and are very enthusiastic about their school life. Our children are very well behaved and get on well together.
The school is caring community which includes all pupils in everything the school has to offer. As a result, pupils are confident young people, who are polite towards one another and towards adults. (Ofsted 2013)
This is an exciting time for the school as we have now completed our extensive building works, adding two new wings with state-of-the-art classrooms, two new 2-storey toilet blocks, and an extension to our hall to incorporate a dining and kitchen area. Our school has 3 classes in each year from Year 3 to Year 6, and now 4 classes in Reception, Year 1 and 2, as well as a 52 place nursery.
The school is well resourced, with interactive whiteboards in every classroom, a purpose built cookery room, library, ICT suite, sensory room and multi-purpose community space. Our nursery is a large open plan space with a very spacious outdoor play area. The school itself is set in extensive grounds, with an orchard, allotment plot and wildlife area; an invaluable outside learning environment for the children.
At William Torbitt, parents/carers are very supportive and want their children to do well. The % of pupils with SEN is just below average; they are supported well. We wholeheartedly endorse education for a diverse, multi-cultural society.
Welcome racial, cultural and linguistic diversity.
Reject and oppose racism and prejudice, and are committed to promote equality of opportunity, racial justice and good relationships between all groups.
All our children and parents are treated with the same care and consideration irrespective of their gender, race, religion, nationality or ability. We aim to provide the children in our care with the necessary values, skills, knowledge and understanding to be confident, respectful and successful young people
Mrs Patricia Hinds