Westmeads is an local education authority maintained infant school, which sits at the heart of the community that it serves.
The children join Westmeads in the academic year that they are 5 years old, and leave us to move to one of Whitstable's Junior Schools or another school of parents' choice in the September following their 7th birthday.
We have six classes; two Year 2 classes, two Year 1 classes and two Reception (EYFS) classes.
School Day timings
School starts promptly at 09h00. The gates open at 8:50am. School finishes at 3:30pm.
The children have a morning break before which they are able to help themselves to fresh fruit, water and milk. However, all children have access to water during the day and are encouraged to drink regularly.
Lunchtime starts at 12pm and finishes at 1pm for Reception and Year 1. Year 2 take lunch from 12:15 until 1:15pm. Lunch is cooked by our own team on the premises.
The school week totals 32.5 hours
The school's extended services include 7.30am to 6.00pm wrap-around care in respect of breakfast and after school clubs; 3+club for prospective pupils; drop-in information and support from our Inclusion Co-ordinator and Well-being team; opportunities for family learning; as well as a variety of after school clubs run by school staff and outside organisations.
Please see below for our school uniform list. There is no need to purchase every item from the list, but feel free to select those items of clothing that you feel will be most comfortable for your child. Branded uniform is not a necessity and many items are available in larger supermarket chains. Our branded school uniform is available to purchase from Barnum’s School Wear. You can purchase it online at www.barnumsschoolwear.co.uk or visit their shop: 12-16 William Street, Herne Bay, CT6 5EJ or call them on 01227 365 220.
We also have lots of donated and second-hand uniforms that are available. Please just ask a member of the EYFS team or in the school office if you would like to have a look.
Grey skirt or pinafore dress
Black or red school shoes (No trainers, Crocs or canvas shoes, please.)
White polo shirt
Burgundy sweatshirt or fleece
Red and white striped/checked summer dress
Burgundy book bag.
Burgundy or black jogging bottoms
Black or white plimsolls (No trainers)
PLEASE ENSURE ALL OF YOUR CHILD’S CLOTHES ARE CLEARLY LABELLED WITH THEIR NAME.
We believe that there is no inappropriate weather, only inappropriate clothing, so please ensure your child has a proper coat with them every day. EYFS have constant access to our outside area and we often find it is the most utilised area, whatever the weather, so please send you child to school with the appropriate clothing for all weathers.
The children will need to have a pair of wellies in school. These will need to be clearly named and left above their coat pegs. They will wear them on our regular beach visits and local walks.
Please make sure that your child does not wear earrings to school unless they can take them out by themselves. If children wear earrings to school they should only be plain studs. Please note that children wearing earrings will not be able to take part in P.E. lessons.
Suncream and Hats
During the warmer weather, we are very conscious of the need to protect young children’s skin. Please would you apply suncream to your child’s skin before leaving for school in the morning and also provide a sunhat for added protection. If the suncream needs reapplication before lunchtime, please send it in its container with your child’s name clearly marked. We are happy to support and supervise your child applying suncream and would like you to help us by teaching your child to apply it themselves.