At Thomas Willingale School and Nursery, staff endeavour to empower all children to learn effectively, develop individual talents, social skills and moral responsibility. We hope that the children of this school, as they grow physically and mentally, will also grow socially and spiritually gaining respect for themselves and each other.
Thomas Willingale School was opened in 1957. It was originally a separate Infant and Junior School. The schools were combined in 1968. The buildings were re-clad and refurbished in 1989. In 1999 a new KS2 Department was built and the land previously housing the old KS2 building was sold for housing.
We have two halls - the Main Hall is used for music, PE, assemblies and lunches and the Activity Hall is used for dance, PE and assemblies. The music room is situated adjacent to the Reception classes. An IT suite and well stocked library were completed in 2000. In 2015 we built four more rooms on a piece of waste land. This has given us two 'state of the art' group rooms, a sensory room and a fully equipped medical room.
The Foundation Stage consists of the Nursery Department which is a self contained unit within the school consisting of two activity bases with access to a canopied outdoor learning area and a large shaded play area. The Reception year is also self contained with two adjacent classrooms, a canopied outdoor learning area and a playground.
The Key Stage 1 Department has four rooms used by Years One and Two which were built in 1996. All Key Stage 1 classes have doors to the play area and integral toilets.
The Key Stage 2 Department has eight classrooms. There is a large hard play area with a fenced area for football and netball.
Each of the classes has a garden area. The playing field is used for football, rugby, cricket and athletics. During the summer it is also used as a play area and houses our Play Trail and Literacy Shed. There is a purpose built "Daily Mile" track around the perimeter used by the children each morning before lessons. Throughout the grounds, trees and shrubs are planted. Different habitats have been developed in hedgerows, butterfly gardens, ponds, a wild area and woodland. The whole site is used to enhance the children’s environment and facilitate their learning.