Mr T Mills-Bishop
Head Teacher

Rowans, Welwyn Garden City,
Hertfordshire, AL7 1NZ.
Waterside Academy is a business name of Agora Learning Partnership.
A charitable limited company, registered in England and Wales No 10290954
Registered Office The Orchard Primary School, Gammons Lane, Watford, WD24 5JW

01707 321203

Waterside Academy

Early Years transition activities are available to view and download over on the EYFS year group page. 

Latest School Events

Occasional Day - School Closed27Nov2020

Inset Day - School Closed30Nov2020

12:00 am - 1:00 am

Christmas Jumper Day11Dec2020

School Christmas Dinner11Dec2020

End of Autumn Term 202018Dec2020

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Waterside Academy

At Waterside Academy we all strive to follow our Golden Rules

We let other children learn

We are kind

We look after property

We keep ourselves safe

We try our hardest


Our motto is: Today's learning for tomorrow's world!


A warm welcome to Waterside Academy

Children get just one chance with their education and, at Waterside Academy, we want this to be the very best!

Dear Visitor,

Welcome to our wonderful school.

Waterside Academy is a small primary academy with a big welcome and an even bigger heart.

We are very proud to be a part of the Agora Learning Partnership, which includes a growing number of schools across Hertfordshire.

Each school within the Trust has its own values, ethos and culture but all work together to share best practice and enhance provision for all learners.

My aim as the Headteacher here at Waterside (and indeed the aim of all my brilliant staff members) is to ensure that the children who attend our school are kept safe and can learn happily, succeeding both academically and socially. We intend for our pupils to enjoy a really engaging and very broad curriculum that is laced with both knowledge and skills - all within our local Welwyn Garden City context. 

I understand that choosing the right school for your child is a big decision and I hope this website gives you an insight into what we can offer.

Although we place a great emphasis on continuously improving standards within maths and literacy, we also aim to develop all children's wider knowledge and skills through our evolving and broad curriculum. We encourage children to develop a love of all subjects and know that having a broad curriculum will help prepare our pupils for the next step in their journey. 

The children at our school are enthusiastic learners and we do our very best to make activities engaging, challenging and fun!

The early years of a child’s education are vitally important and we have an excellent Nursery which runs in the mornings.  

Working parents may also choose to make use of the breakfast club, run by school staff, which opens daily from 7:45am.

We pride ourselves on the sense of community the school offers children.

Relevant for those who already attend our wonderful school, but also for those looking to join, we have a very comprehensive staff 'safeguarding' team, who ensure the children are kept safe here within their educational setting but also beyond the school gates. I myself act as the lead safeguarding officer or 'designated senior lead' (DSL) and I am very ably supported by three other members of staff who deputise in my absence and meet with me to discuss child protection and safety regularly. The three deputy safeguarding officers are as follows; Mr S Sal, Mrs A Geaves and Mrs G Powell.

Should you have any concerns or questions regarding safeguarding, please do come and speak with us without delay.

Alternatively, feel free to e-mail me directly via - this is particularly useful during the school holidays or when the school is closed. 

Should you wish to come and see the school for yourself, please call the office and arrange a visit.

We look forward to getting to know you a little more...

Mr T Mills-Bishop


Waterside Academy is committed to safeguarding children.

Should you have any concerns regarding a child's safety, please contact our Designated Safeguarding Leader (DSL) or a Deputy DSL who can all be contacted via the office.

DSL - Mr T Mills-Bishop (Head Teacher)

Deputy DSLs - Miss Wilson, Mrs Geaves, Mrs Powell, Mr S Sal

Should you have any concerns or questions regarding safeguarding, please do come and speak with us without delay. Alternatively, feel free to e-mail me directly via - this is particularly useful during the school holidays and on other occasions when the school is closed. 


Our House System - A values orientated education

Last year we asked the children to give our 'teams' new 'House Names'!

The red, blue, yellow and green 'houses' still keep their iconic colours but also have a noble and fitting name to be proud of.

We asked the children to put their ideas into a box, placed in the school hall. Then we narrowed the children's ideas down to just three choices. Then our newly formed school council, as well as our House captains and House vice captains, picked just one option from the three below...

The three choices were as follows:

  • Types of tree (E.g. Rowan House, Oak House, Sycamore House etc)
  • Bodies of water (E.g. Lea House, Stanborough House, Thames House etc)
  • People who changed the world (E.g. Gandhi House, Pankhurst House, Grey-Thompson House etc) 

After careful consideration... The four ‘Houses’ will now be known as:

  • Rowan House (blue) - A nod to the old school name
  • Cherry House (red) - Welwyn Garden City is famous for cherry trees
  • Oak House (green) - There is an historic oak tree in Hatfield House grounds
  • Sycamore House (yellow) - We have a beautiful sycamore in our grounds


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