Whittle-le-Woods CofE Primary School

Core Values

Our Core Values

Our School is a loving, caring and inclusive place to learn.

A place where we always expect the best of each other and care for each other. We have a vibrant online community which you can find on Facebook. We are a Church of England School in foundation with St John the Evangelist and Clayton Brook Church. Our admission criteria results in pupils in our school having connections to a number of churches, some from different faith backgrounds and a large proportion with no faith background at all.

Our Vision Statement

Our Christian family leads and encourages everyone to:

  • Be excited and curious to learn
  • Flourish; soar in faith and talents
  • Serve others courageously

We do this within our safe, happy, diverse and nurturing Christ centred environment ensuring all are strong in mind, body and spirit

We are God’s children doing God’s work

As a staff, school leaders, church and community we aim to works together harnessing each other’s God-given talents to develop children who:

  • are keen to develop their talents
  • are academically equipped to take their place in the world
  • use the 4 Rs when tackling challenges-Reflection, Resilience, Resourcefulness and Reciprocity
  • enjoy awe and wonder of God’s creation
  • know that they can have an impact on the world and the confidence to make it happen.
  • celebrate individuality, show respect and tolerance for others
  • know how to keep themselves safe
  • have the seeds of faith sewn within them through knowledge of the bible and spiritual reflection
  • know that they are loved

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart

Christian Values

Each half term we focus on one of our Christian Values. The teaching of these values is based on Bible teaching and all our work regarding these is ‘Rooted in Christ’.

During  2022/2023 the Values that we studied and celebrated through worship were ; Friendship, Hope, Endurance, Forgiveness, Thankfulness, Trust

During 2023/2024 the Values that we  will study and celebrate through worship will be: Compassion, Peace, Justice, Fellowship, Wisdom, Humility

SIAMS Report 2017 OUTSTANDING Judgement


Ofsted Report 2017 Good Judgement

This was a short inspection and was part of a pilot inspection. Margot D’Arcy came to inspect the school. Under the pilot, the inspector needed to make a decision during the inspection if a change of grade would be a likely outcome and if so the inspection would be ended and a new full inspection would take place within two weeks. Margot D’Arcy felt that the school was likely to move from Good to Outstanding and suggested that she ended the inspection. It was the judgement of the school leadership that the school was at that point Good and therefore requested that the inspection should continue. The outcome of this inspection was a grading of Good and the school has enjoyed developing its provision further.

Ofsted Report 2023 Undraded Inspection

During this ungraded inspection, the lead inspector felt that if our school had had  a full inspection there was enough evidence for us to be given an Outstanding judgement. Therefore this school will be re-inspected with a full inspection 1-2 years from the date of this inspection. We continue to strive to provide the best possible education for children in our care.



We are all God’s children doing God’s work.

Our Senior Leadership Team

No member of staff is paid over £100,000 at this school

Headteacher: Mrs Deborah Metcalfe BEd (Hons) QTS NPQH  Cambridge University

Deputy Headteacher: Mrs Jackie Haughin BA (Hons) PGCE NPQH Edge Hill University

Key Stage 2 Leader: Mrs Tracey Holmes BA (Hons)  UCLAN PGCE

FS/Key Stage 1 Leader: Mrs Rebecca Ruffley BA (Hons) PGCE Liverpool

Our Teaching Team

Reception Class: Miss Molly Grecic BA (Hons) QTS Leeds Trinity University,
Miss Emma Boden BA (Hons) QTS Edge Hill University

Year 1 Mr Neil Moysey BSC Cumbria University PGCE Cumbria QTS
Mrs Claire Fleming BA (Hons) QTS MMU

 Year 2: Mrs Rebecca Ruffley BA (Hons) PGCE Liverpool QTS
Mrs Jennifer Bertwistle BA (Hons) QTS University of Lancaster

Year 3: Miss Kate Dillon BSC Manchester University PGCE Cumbria University QTS

Year 4: Mr Lewis Brennan BA (Hons) QTS 

Year 5: Mrs Jackie Haughin BA (Hons) PGCE NPQH Edge Hill University

Year 6: Mrs Tracey Holmes Edge Hill University BA (Hons) UCLAN PGCE Edge Hill University QTS

SENCO: Mrs Lindsey Bidder BA (Hons) QTS Lancaster University (and Pod teacher)


Our Teaching Assistants

Mrs Adele Ball NNEB

Miss Jennifer Bertwistle BA (Hons) Primary Education QTS Edgehill University

Mr Michael Cummins BA (Hons) QTS Lancaster University

Mrs Amy Farrow

Miss Kayley Fillingham (Hons) QTS Edgehill University

Mrs Claire Fleming BA (Hons) QTS MMU

Ms Sam Killick

Mr Dan Porter HLTA  Studying part-time BA Primary Education with QTS Edgehill University

Miss Rosie Mansfield BA (Hons) QTS Edge Hill University

Mrs Julie McGreavy HLTA

Mrs Leanne Saumtally

Mrs Patricia Sumner

Our Pre-School Team

Pre-school Lead:    Miss Molly Grecic BA (Hons) QTS Leeds Trinity University,

Pre-school Manager:   Mrs Emma Steele BA (Hons) Education and Professional Studies UCLAN

Mrs Emma Sanderson L3 Early Years Educator

Our welfare team

 Mrs J Bertwistle, Mr M Cummins, Mrs A Farrow, Ms S Killick, Miss R Mansfield, Mrs J McGreavy, Mrs L Saumtally, Mrs T Sumner 

Our Office Team

Office Assistant: Mrs Gillian Chamberlain

Bursar: Mrs Janet Hanrahan

Our Extended Services Team

Mrs A Ball (Manager), Mr C Cummins, Mrs A Farrow, Miss K Fillingham, Miss R Mansfield, Miss J Shacklady, Mrs P Sumner, Ms S Killick, Mr D Porter, Mrs C Fleming

Site Supervisor: Mr G Eccleston