For 25 years the schools of our area have formed the Whitley Excellence Cluster (WEC) and we work very closely together for the benefit of all our children.
Our children come together in sporting competitions and for concerts. We hold a public speaking event in the Autumn each year as well as a competitive poetry slam during the summer term. WEC has a special relationship with the outdoor activity centre at Ufton Court and in Year 4 all the children of Christ the King have the opportunity to camp overnight and explore the outdoors at Ufton at no cost. Many go back to Ufton repeatedly including most of Year 5 who enjoy three 3 day residential visits during the year.
Teachers work together and help each other across all the WEC schools. We have joint training. We support and promote Aspire2 the charity for the children of Whitley. Find out more about Aspire2 here.
WEC has drawn up a Children’s Charter and a Mission Statement, setting out what we aim to achieve for the children of our area. The WEC schools are Christ the King Catholic Primary, Geoffrey Field Infants, Geoffrey Field Juniors, The Ridgeway, Whitley Park, The Palmer Academy, New Christchurch C of E Primary, the John Madejski Academy, Reading Girls' School and Blagdon Nursery School.
WEC Poetry Competition,
In 2017 Christ the King won both Infant and Junior categories of the poetry performance. Mrs Asker's class won in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 age group with their rendition of Gran Can you Rap by Jack Ousbey, while Mr Krasnopolski's class triumphed at Key Stage 2 with Homework by Ken Nesbitt.
In 2016, Cliward Goes of Year 2 won first prize in the 3 - 7 section at the First Whitley Poetry Festival with his fantasy poem What if...?
What if... The fireman turned into a scary dragon?
He would "roar, roar, roar."
And wear a silly top hat
And breathe hot fire on the city.
What if... the silly dragon breathed fire?
But... The city was fire proof!
in 2016 also Miss McWade's Year 3 class came second in the performance category with their presentation of Michael Rosen's The Car Trip.