WILD Bank is a Community School through and through. Based in the heart of its Stalybridge community, it has its families and children at the very core of everything it does.
They have a strong nurturing ethos which is evident when you see the children and staff interact together.
All the staff are passionate about building kind, compassionate, and nurturing relationships with pupils and they pride themselves on those relationships, ensuring children are able to seek support if they have worries, anxieties, or concerns.
The school’s relationships with parents and carers are equally as important and the school regularly receives feedback such as “I feel honoured that my children are part of this school” and “It’s like a family”.
Wild Bank has been accredited with the AcSEED and Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark which recognise the school’s excellence in nurture.
Headteacher Jenny Callaghan explained: “We recognise the importance of establishing a highly nurturing environment and the impact this has on our children.
“We encourage all our parents and carers to take an active role in their children’s learning journey.
By working together, we enable all our children to reach their full potential and we value and celebrate all their achievements.
“Our aim is for all our pupils to become considerate, enquiring and self-confident young people, with a lifelong love of learning and the skills for life.”
Children at Wild Bank have a passion for storytelling. The children love to use their imaginations to create fabulous stories and bring them to life in many different ways.
The staff work hard to promote speech and language in all areas of their learning, and the team is well trained in teaching language interventions so every child is given a voice and opportunity to be heard.
Cycling is another favourite. Children as young as three are soon able to build the skills and confidence to independently progress from a balance bike to a pedal bike. Learning to ride a bike has many benefits and is a fantastic way for children to develop core strength and balance, risk taking, physical control, and it can even help to improve children’s fine and gross motor skills.
The Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) promotes independence and individuality and children are strongly encouraged to follow their own interests when learning. The setting incorporates large teaching spaces, a playground, and a wildlife-rich forest space.
The fantastic Forest School area is where children can learn how to use tools safely, work in a team to solve problems, and explore the natural environment. There is even a friendly robin who turns up to the forest story time, and sometimes a pheasant can be seen inspecting the area!
Take a look at the school’s website and virtual tour to see this wonderful school in action:
If you would like to apply for a Nursery or Reception place for your child, contact Wild Bank Community School, which is part of the Victorious Academies Trust.