Starting School at QI
Thank you for your interest in Queen's Inclosure Primary School.
Choosing the right school for your child to begin their early education is an important task and the current challenges imposed upon us during this coronavirus pandemic make it impossible (for you) to visit different schools to help inform that choice.
We wish we were able to invite you in to experience the school first hand, but until that time, we have created two films to show you our wonderful school and our Foundation Stage, which we hope you enjoy watching.
This is specific to our Foundation Stage.
For more information about our Foundation Stage provision, please click here.
Message from Mrs Allen, Headteacher
Thank you for your interest in our wonderful school.
I have been the Headteacher at Queen’s Inclosure for over 15 years, and it has been an absolute pleasure to be part of such an incredible school. I am passionate about children having the best opportunities we can provide and developing their skills and attributes to benefit them throughout their lives.
Our children are supported by a very strong team of staff whose commitment and dedication to our ethos and values create an environment where children thrive.
Our school is a two form entry primary school, nestled in the stunning surroundings of the Queen’s Inclosure Woodland (part of the old Forest of Bere) in Waterlooville. We have 60 children in each year group, with 7 year groups across the school. This means that your child will start with us in Foundation, during the academic year that they turn 5 years old, and then continue their journey until they leave for secondary school seven years later. (I know, that seems such a long time but it goes quickly!)
One of the most significant benefits of a primary school, is that your child would not need to transition to a new setting at the end of Year 2. One of the other strengths of this continued journey, is that children are together with their siblings, in Year 5 and Year 2 for example, in the same school. Our parents and children both feel that this contributes to the friendly, family atmosphere that is so evident in our school.
Another important thing for you to know about our school is our intrinsic motivation and Growth Mindset ethos. This is founded on our very high expectations for learning and behaviour and our aim for children to be motivated to do their best for themselves and not for the rewards they might get. We do not give children stickers and certificates for doing what we expect of them, but instead we use careful praise and encouragement to recognise and value all that they do. It certainly seems to work as our children are exceptionally well behaved, motivated, resilient learners!
When helping children learn about Growth Mindset, we teach them that their brain can grow just the same as their bodies and that putting more effort into something usually achieves positive results. They learn that trying difficult things, learning from their mistakes and never giving up helps them to get ‘smarter’. This is a fundamental part of our vision for children to be equipped ‘with the skills and attributes for their lifelong learning journey’.
If you are interested to discover more about Growth Mindset, please click on the following link: https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/01/29/carol-dweck-mindset/
Our learning GM from Carol Dweck has contributed considerably to how our values and ethos have become embedded across the school. You can find out more about Carol Dweck’s research here: https://www.ted.com/speakers/carol_dweck
We are very proud of our engaging, broad and balanced curriculum that has been created using a thematic approach and uses the statutory National Curriculum subjects and objectives. Each of our themes is based around a ‘lead subject’ (generally English, Science, Geography or History) into which other subjects are integrated. Each theme begins with a stimulating and exciting ‘hook’ and culminates in a purposeful ‘outcome’ where the children will produce something as a product of their learning. For each theme, Curious Cornelius – our school dragon – asks the children a range of questions to drive the learning, encourage them to want to find out more and to think at a deeper level.
We are extremely fortunate to be able to offer our children a stunning outdoor environment in which they can play and learn. We have hard court playgrounds, a large field, a quiet area with a class pagoda, an outdoor allotment and polytunnel, three ponds (for pond dipping), an outdoor classroom and, of course, our own area of woodland.
It is hard for us to share everything we'd like to about our school, just through this website but hopefully you will find the information you need to help make the right decision for you and your child. If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us.
Mrs Allen, Headteacher
Starting School in Reception/Foundation September 2021
The application deadline for September 2021 for Year F/Year R is 15 January 2021.
We know that choosing the right school for your child to begin their early education is a really important task. Sadly, the restrictions of the Coronavirus Pandemic prevent us from inviting you to visit our school to experience it first hand, so we are sharing a snapshot of our Foundation Stage environment that we produced for our current Foundation families who joined us in September 2020.
For additional information, and to apply for a place at Queen's Inclosure Primary, please visit: https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/admissions/applicationprocess/yearrandyear3
Moving your child from one school to another is known as an in-year admission. If you are looking to move your child's school and considering us as a possibility, please contact us on 02392 268067, in the first instance, to see if we have any spaces in the year group(s) you require. We prefer to speak to parents regarding admissions to enable us to ascertain an individual's circumstance.
Parents with a child in Year 2 at an infant school, may wish to apply for a Year 3 place at Queen's Inclosure Primary school. As we are a primary, you will not be able to apply for a place at QI when applying for a junior school place. We would advise you to contact us to see if we have any spaces available - an in-year application would need to be made in addition to a junior school place of your choosing.
For additional information, and to apply for a school place, please visit https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/admissions/applicationprocess/inyear
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