Primary schools

There are 150 schools in the Cheshire West and Chester area. Some details of local schools are given below. For details of schools outside the CH64 area see here

From September 2013, schools in the CWaC area have a standardised school year, based on 195 days, which includes 5 INSET days:

  1. All terms will start on a Monday (or a Tuesday if the Monday is a Bank Holiday).
  2. October half term to be the last full week in October.
  3. The term dates surrounding the Christmas/ New Year Break remain unchanged.
  4. February half term will be the third week in February.
  5. The Easter Break will be named the Spring break and will be the first two full weeks in April.
  6. Easter will be observed via the Bank Holidays Good Friday and Easter Monday.
  7. Whitsun half term break will be one week across all Primary, Secondary and Special schools.
  8. Where the school is open for part of a week, the school will be open for 3 or more days (to encourage good attendance).
  9. The five INSET days are to be designated by the individual school governing body, but there will be no more than two days (in any one term) set consecutively for this purpose.

Burton Bishop Wilson Church of England Primary School

Puddington Lane Burton, NESTON CH64 5SE

0151 336 3396 email

Head Mr Darren Jones

In 2011 there were 91 students. Founded in 1724 by Bishop Thomas Wilson, the school is situated on the edge of the village of Burton, in the parish of St Nicholas. The original school was housed in a small sandstone building which can be still be seen in the village. The present school, built in 1966, looks out over fields to the Dee Estuary and the Welsh Hills. The school was extended in 1993 and again in 2001. The school has a large playing field to the rear with play areas, seating and gardens to the front.

Ofsted Report October 2011 – Good ‘Bishop Wilson is smaller than the average-sized primary school. There are much smaller than average proportions of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, from minority-ethnic groups and with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The school has a number of awards in recognition of its success in promoting a healthy lifestyle, sport, arts and inclusion. The current headteacher took up post in September 2011.’ For details see here

Neston Primary School

Burton Road, NESTON CH64 9RE

0151 338 2500 email

Neston Primary School opened on the Burton Road site in 1906.

The school has always been proud of its welcoming atmosphere and strong links with the local community. The school mission statement is “Work hard to make this a welcoming, busy, safe and healthy school, where you will see happy, respectful children who enjoy learning, do their best and achieve their full potential now and later in life”

The school offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities throughout the year – the vast majority of which are free. Three residential visits are organised each year for children in Year 2, 4 and 6.

Neston Primary School has close links with the other local Primary Schools and Neston High School, with many joint activities taking place during the year.

Mr Rob Golding, was appointed head teacher in January 2010. The school has a stable and experienced teaching staff. The school is well supported by a team of dedicated Governors who are each linked to class.

To experience a fuller picture of the school please visit the website. Prospective parents are most welcome to ring the school to arrange a visit.

The school hosts a privately run nursery class – Acorn Pre-school.  The school has the Gold Active Sports mark, the Healthy School award , the Silver Eco-Schools Award, several awards for the school grounds and gardens and the Gold Sing-Up Award.’ For details see here

Parkgate Primary School

Brooklands Road, Parkgate NESTON CH64 6SW

0151 338 2082 email

173 on roll December 2018.

Head Mr Andrew Hutchings

Ofsted Report December 2018 Good details

St Winefride’s Catholic Primary School

Mellock Lane, Little Neston NESTON CH64 9RW

0151 338 2468 email

Head Mrs Dawn Ormes.

180 on roll 2018.

St. Winefride’s is a one-form entry, co-educational school in extensive grounds close to the centre of Neston. The younger children are taught in three large, self-contained rooms which, together with the school office and library, was completed in 1967. The second phase, for our older children, was completed in 1974. A dedicated I.C.T. Suite was opened in summer 2002. The school seeks to promote Catholic education by encouraging parents to send their children, at the age of eleven, to our designated Catholic High School in Chester.
Ofsted Report Dec 2018 – Good

‘Pupils who attend this school come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds. There are smaller than average proportions of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds or who are entitled to free school meals. Since its last inspection in 2005, the school roll has grown and the number of pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities has increased. While this group of pupils represents a slightly lower than average proportion than normally found in most schools, there is a higher percentage than average with a statement of special educational needs. Most children who enter Reception class, which represents the EYFS, do so from a privately run Nursery which is sited in the school. The organisation that runs the Nursery also provides before- and after-school care for pupils. The Nursery and the before- and after-school provision are inspected and reported on separately.
The school has an Activemark Gold award.’ For details see here

Willaston Church of England Primary School

Neston Road, Willaston NESTON CH64 2TN

0151 338 2421

In 2009 there were 203 students.

Head Mrs Julie Chambers

Ofsted report June 2009 Satisfactory. ‘This smaller than average sized school is set in a small village and draws pupils from relatively advantaged backgrounds. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage and a very small proportion is of a minority ethnic background. The percentage of pupils eligible for a free school meal is below average and the proportion of pupils who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities is below average. The school provides for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage in one Reception class. The school holds many awards including Healthy Schools, Inclusion Quality Mark and has Investors in People status.’ For details see here

Woodfall Primary School

Woodfall Lane, Little Neston, NESTON CH64 4BT

0151 338 2288 email

Head Helen Hough

396 on roll 2014. Woodfall Primary School opened in September 2005, following the amalgamation of the popular and successful Woodfall Infant and Woodfall Junior schools. The school was built in 1967-1970. We have two separate, well maintained buildings, one housing six single age group infant classes and the other housing eight single age group junior classes and a Primary Resource Base for pupils aged 4 – 11 with special educational needs. Both buildings have their own dining halls, separate playgrounds and share extensive playing fields. The majority of children transfer to Neston High School.

Ofsted Report Nov 2014 – Outstanding. ‘Woodfall Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school.
Most of the pupils are White British.
The proportions of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are broadly in line with the national average.
Up until 2013, the school had resource base provision on site. This was funded by the local authority and offered tuition and support to pupils with particular learning needs from Woodfall and other schools. The school now runs its own specialist provision for Woodfall pupils with special educational needs. This allows some pupils to be taught in small groups away from the main classes.
The proportion of disadvantaged pupils at the school is below the national average. The term disadvantaged pupils is used to describe those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. These pupils receive additional support from pupil premium funding.
Before- and after-school care is available on the school site. This is not managed by the school and is subject to a separate inspection at a different time.
The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets out the minimum expectations for pupils’ progress and attainment in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.
The current headteacher was appointed in 2012.’

Ofsted Report

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