WPS joins the Independent Schools Association

February 2015

Warlingham Park School is delighted to announce its membership of the Independent Schools Association.


ISA recognises schools that provide high-quality and personalised learning for their pupils.  Schools within the association encourage their pupils to make the most of their talents, building confidence through academic achievement and offering a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities.


Furthermore, the ISA provides a valuable resource network for teachers, as well as organizing competitions and other events at regional and national level.  The school is looking forward to working with ISA as it maps out future developments of its already wide and varied curriculum.

WPS focuses on Performing Arts to develop confidence in Primary-aged children

February 2015

Warlingham Park School's curriculum offers the opportunity to develop musical understanding and knowledge in a practical way.  On 27th January, the Junior Choir joined forces with 7,000 other school children to embark on the experience of a lifetime singing in the O2 once arena.  They helped form a mass choir – the largest in the world of its kind – to perform to a packed house.  Young Voices strives to introduce children to a wide variety of music opportunities and this performance was no exception.


Two days following the performance at the O2, Warlingham Park School welcomed pupils from Laleham Lea School when it hosted a drama presentation about life in Ancient Greek.  The school’s Class 5 (Year 4) spent the day in Greek costume and enjoyed a Greek Feast in their classroom.  The day left the children thinking about how much Greek civilisation has taught us.

WPS Mums support Surrey Gift Appeal

December 2014

A Christmas gift appeal in support of local women affected by domestic abuse has been launched in time for Christmas by mums from Warlingham Park School, for the second year running.

Running right through the Christmas period, the Surrey Gift Appeal is looking for donations of toiletries, cosmetics, small luxury items such as chocolates, and other gift items.  Once collected, they will be wrapped and delivered in time for Christmas to the Reigate and Banstead's Women's Aid refuge and ESDAS (East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services).  Late donations can also be made right up to the 6th January as a further drop off will be arranged.

Class four mum, Sara Willcocks, who jointly runs the appeal, said: "Many women living in fear of domestic violence and abuse, suffer in silence and aren't able to reach out.  Christmas can be an especially difficult time.  The Christmas Gift Appeal is our way of letting them know that people care, and making sure they get a little treat at Christmas too."

WPS appoints Joint Deputy Head to start September 2014

July 17th 2014

Mrs Michelle Gravett has been appointed as joint Deputy Head and will work alongside Mr Donald and her Co-Deputy Mrs Taylor with specific responsibility for developing the school’s Academic Curriculum.


Michelle brings a wealth of experience to the role with over 18 years experience of teaching, predominately in the state sector. She is an honours graduate from an Ofsted "outstanding" graded teacher-training institution specialising in, Information and Computer Technology (ICT), Design Technology, and Physical Education." Michelle developed her teaching career at Christ Church C of E Primary School in Purley.  She combined her Class Teacher responsibilities with roles as a Design Technology, ICT, Literacy, SEN and Early Years Co-ordinator before being made acting Assistant Head Teacher and then Assistant Head Teacher in 2004. 


Michelle has successfully contributed to new initiatives during her teaching career including an intervention programme to provide additional and further literacy support during her time at Christ Church School and her involvement on projects such as the Croydon Writing Project, which lead to Christ Church being awarded the Quality Mark.  She has a keen interest in sport, and has no less than six Sports Leader Certificates to her name including Badminton, Rugby League, Ruby Union, Tennis, Netball and Lacrosse. 

WPS wins coveted National Education Business Award for ICT Facility

July 8th 2014

Warlingham Park School has won the National Education Business ICT Facility Award for providing outstanding progress in the provision of a first class environment for the teaching of ICT and related subjects. 


This investment project, which came to fruition in March this year, when the Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Yvette Hopley, re-opened the ICT Suite, has transformed Warlingham Park School’s IT infrastructure and IT provision.  The new network enables fast transfer of data throughout the site.  


In making these awards, researchers working on behalf of PSi Public Sector Information peruse a wide range of statistics, ratings, local and national media reports and education case studies to uncover best practice from both state and independent schools.  Government departments, education associations, private sector businesses all help nominate UK schools that are leading by example in many different and varied ways.

Dream On

May 15th

To celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, Classes 4 and 5 (years 3 and 4) put on a superb performance of 'Dream on' a musical adaptation of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' last night to a packed house of parents, grandparents and teachers. The Sexton Hall with its professional lighting, stage and sound equipment gives the children at WPS, no matter how young, a full theatrical experience

Easter Holiday Camp

Easter Holidays

Please click the link below to see a slide show of the activities the children enjoyed as nature detectives!! Hope you enjoy - just play slide show and the rest will happen by magic!!


Judy and The WPS Holiday Club

Mothers Day Song

March 28th

On Friday 28th March, all mother’s from Nursery through to Class 7 were invited to the school gym to listen to their children sing them a special Mother’s Day song. The event coincided beautifully with the Parents’ Association Sports Relief fundraising Mufti Day where the children were invited to wear something red or sporty for £1 donation. A colourful array of outfits and sporting themes were represented from horse riders and gymnasts to taekwondo and football players. Mrs King, Head of music at Warlingham Park School, had rehearsed the children beautifully to a song with some very apt lyrics, particularly telling of the demands of today’s parents! At the end of the performance, the children presented their mother’s with handmade paper flowers which they had made with Mrs King.

The Tempest (performed by Class 6 & 7)

March 27th

On Thursday 27th March, Classes 6 and 7 stunned the audience with a fabulous performance of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Mrs Samuel and Mrs King selected this play with the children to help celebrate the 450th anniversary of our famous playwright. The children worked hard to master challenging scripts and learn some difficult songs. They absolutely delighted the audience with their talent and imagination. Our thanks go to Mrs Wood for assisting with costume design, the parents who helped with make-up and to all those involved in creating and designing the set.

Class 5 Trip to Penshurst Place

March 17th

Class 5 pupils were accompanied by Mrs Gravett and Mrs Fairchild to Penshurst Place on Friday 17th March to witness a living history presentation about the Tudors. A skilled cast of musicians, actors and actresses recreate colourful characters of the period and involve students in the life of the household as it prepares for the coming of the Spanish Armada. Class 5 met a musician, a barber surgeon, a bell man, local militia, a lady’s maid, a Spanish prisoner and a kitchen servant. They learnt about dance and manners, the grizzly tools of surgeons, crimes and punishments, how to use a musket and pike, how to dress Elizabethan-style, what food to prepare for the sailors and how to treat a Spanish prisoner. It was truly inspiring day which gave a lively and relevant insight into life in Tudor England.

ICT Suite Official Opening

March 14th

On Friday 14th March we were delighted to welcome The Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Yvette Hopley, to open our ICT suite. The school, in partnership with Acuity Unified Communications, has invested in the very latest in IT technology the enables information to be stored centrally and accessed securely via a Local Area Network from classroom to staffroom. Each pupil has been assigned their own data folder so that teachers can monitor and assess individuals’ work easily. The ICT Suite has been refurbished with high-end all-in-one PCs, ideally suited to children of primary age. Finally, a high-speed secure wireless network has been installed to provide fast, safe connection to the Internet from anywhere in the school. This is an exciting new provision which offers a vital platform for future development of the school’s ICT curriculum.

WPS celebrated World Book Day with a special visitor to the school, Ciaran Murtagh. Ciaran has enjoyed sell-out runs in London's West End, and at the Edinburgh Festival with the hit improvised comedy show for kids, Professor Bumm's Story Machine. He has also appeared in two series of CBBC's The Slammer and is a writer on the show. Most recently Ciaran has been scripting the new show for Dick and Dom – The Legend of Dick and Dom. The children recognized much of his work in his written episodes for Shaun the Sheep and the cartoon Mr Bean. Ciaran helped all the children from Nursery to Class 7 find their own inspiration for story writing. With Nursery, Ciaran invented the story of ‘The Mouse in the House’; Pre-School helped Ciaran to make up a cautionary tale entitled ‘The Dad Who Ate Too Much’; Class 1 and Class 2 managed to ‘Hide the Headteacher’ (let's hope the children haven't been given too many good ideas!); Classes 3, 4 and 5 decided on the story ‘Selfish by the Seaside’ and Classes 6 & 7 wrote a romantic tale about the ‘Orphan Ornament’ who was all sad and alone.

Cross Country Competition at Oakhyrst Grange

Monday 2 Dec, 2013

The Cross Country team performed admirably in a competition hosted by Oakhyrst Grange on Monday 2nd Dec.  William Davies gained the top position for the school coming 3rd in the Year 6 race.

Santa Visits the WPS Xmas Fair

November 23, 2013

Saturday saw a great turn out for the WPS Christmas Fair.  Thank you to the WPS PA and all the other mums and dads who helped to make it a really fun day.  And of course great big thanks to Santa and his elves! 

Class 1 Visit Igtham Mote

October 23, 2013

Class 1 had great fun going back in time at Ightham Mote playing with toys from the past. They played with whirligigs, cup and ball, shove penny, spun tops, rode their hobby horses round the gardens and made their own toys. 


Pre-School 2 Visit Knights

October 17, 2013

Pre-School 2 went shopping at Knight’s Garden Centre to buy daffodil bulbs to plant in their class garden. Each child chose two bulbs by carefully looking at the pictures of the daffodil flowers.  A large bag of compost was picked up too and back to school they went just in time for break! 


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