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

Statutory Information

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 (Headteacher)

Deputy DSLs - Mrs Powell, Mrs Geaves, Mr 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. 

Child Protection Policy

Behaviour Policy

Operation Encompass

We are an Operation Encompass school.

This is a 'police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership' which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Abuse.

Operation Encompass means that the police will share information about Domestic Abuse incidents with our school PRIOR to the start of the next school day when they have been called to a domestic incident.
Once a Key Adult (DSL) has attended at an Operation Encompass briefing they will cascade the principles of Operation Encompass to all DDSL’s.
The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.

The Key Adult has also led training for all school staff and Governors about Operation Encompass, the prevalence of Domestic Abuse and the impact of this abuse on children.

We have also discussed how we can support our children following the Operation Encompass notification.

The Safeguarding Governor will report on Operation Encompass in the termly report to Governors.

All information is anonymised for these reports.

The Key Adult has used the Operation Encompass Toolkit to ensure that all appropriate actions have been taken by the school.


Our School:

Waterside Academy

Rowans, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 1NZ

Telephone : 01707 321203
Fax No : 01707 339612



For queries, information or paper copies of policies please contact  School Office where Mrs Powell will be able to discuss any queries.

Admissions Arrangements

Please find below our admissions policy for 2019/20 and 2020/21 along with other associated forms.

WATERSIDE Admissions Policy

HFL MAT Application Form - In Year Admissions

HFL MAT School Admission Appeal Timetable

HFL MAT Admission outside of normal age range

HFL MAT Admissions Policy 2019-20

HFL MAT Medical _ social needs form 2020_21

HFL MAT Admissions Policy 2020-21

Admissions letter-to-parents


Promoting British Valuesplease click here


Financial Information

Please click here 2016/17

Please click here  - School Supplementary Funding Agreement - Conversion to Academy

Agora Learning Partnership - Trust Accounts - click here


Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)

At the point of writing this (February 2020) we currently have 39 pupils eligible for the pupil premium grant. This is additional funding that we receive to directly benefit the outcomes of those particular pupils. 

Last year the school worked hard to ensure we overcame the barriers to education that our most disadvantaged pupils had.

We also wanted to ensure that those disadvantaged pupils in our reception class never saw an achievement gap (with their peers) even open up in the first place. This is a part of our 'keeping-up' vision for interventions and was the driving factor behind the decision to place our PPG specific TA within the reception class each morning.

We are proud to say that all of those particular learners achieved a 'good level of development' and moved into year one ready for the challenges of the national curriculum. 

This year we have moved our provision around to meet our current pupils' needs. 

We have conducted many reviews into provision and have identified that typically there are three main barriers to success that our most disadvantaged children face. 

These are: 

-Poor starting points within speech and language

-Low interests / low wider engagement-in and enjoyment-of reading

-A narrower vocabulary compared with peers

To target our funding specifically, in order to address these needs, we have given ourselves four specific and measurable targets.

These are broadly as follows:

1) Enhanced progress within 'speech and language' across EYFS and KS1 so that...

EYFS: Communication and language PPG percentages are at least in-line with non PPG eligible pupils

Year 1 PPG phonics scores are at least in-line with non PPG eligible pupils

2) Enhanced progress within reading so that…

KS1 Reading ARE PPG percentages are in-line with non PPG

KS2 Reading ARE PPG percentages are in-line with non PPG

3) Enhanced progress within literacy so that…

KS1 Reading, Writing and Grammar EXS PPG percentages are in-line with non PPG

KS2 Reading, Writing and Grammar EXS PPG percentages are in-line with non PPG

4) PPG attendance rates rise so that, over-time, they are in-line with non PPG attendance rates

In order to achieve these four objectives the school has taken various actions:

-A proportion of our funding has been spent on staffing. Four members of staff have a proportion of their salary paid-for by the PPG. The proportion of their salary paid-for by the grant is directly related to the proportion of their time that is spent supporting PPG eligible pupils.

-The school has also 'ring-fenced' some of our funding for 'additional TA hours' - these give us the opportunity to provide additional learning time and interventions for PPG eligible pupils

-Some of our funding is spent on our school family support worker

-Some of our funding is spent on resources, for example our Unicef teaching resources

-Some of the funding is spent on supporting the cost of extra-curricular activities

Additionally, this year we have also launched our 'Pupil Premium Pledge' that highlights the fact that enhancing the progress and outcomes for disadvantaged pupils is the responsibility of the whole school, with associated actions. A version of the pledge, with our teacher's names taken off, can be found below...

Pupil Premium Pledge - blank copy, click here...

For more information on pupil premium funding, please click on the report below...

Pupil Premium Impact (2018.19) and Strategy (2019.20) Report

Our Pupil Premium Team

Whilst everyone at Waterside fully recognises that, well, everyone at Waterside is responsible for the progress and learning of pupils who are eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant, we have still assembled our very own PPG 'dream team' - A team of professionals who work hard to ensure our pupils make excellent progress.

The team is as follows:

Mr T Mills-Bishop (HT and in charge of the 'staff pupil premium pledge')

Mr S Sal (SENDCO and in charge of our PPG/SEN cross-over work)

Mrs G Woods (SEND TA and in charge of nurture provision)

Mrs C.A Sturmey (Lead TA and in charge of interventions)

Mrs G Powell (Attendance officer and in charge of punctuality and attendance) 


PE and Sports Premium Grant (SPG) Funding

PE and Sports Premium Impact (2018.19) and Strategy (2019.10) Report


Ofsted Report

As a new academy, which opened in January 2018, Waterside Academy has not yet been inspected.

We are always keen for parents to use Ofsted's Parent View to register their thoughts.

Our predecessor school, Rowans, was inspected in November 2016 and the report for that inspection can be found here... Ofsted Report November 2016

School Ethos and Values Statement
School Performance - Assessment Results

School Performance Data 2018.19

Key Stage 2 Summary Figures

National League Tables (Performance Tables)
National league tables for schools across the UK were released in December 2019.
By way of comparison, we have looked at where Waterside Academy ranks compared to the other primary schools across Hertfordshire, which is typically a high-achieving county. 
There are 481 primary schools in Hertfordshire - Waterside Academy ranked...
Reading Progress = 159th out of 481
Writing Progress = 210th out of 481
Maths Progress = 77th out of 481

Compare Waterside Here - National Performance Tables

Compare Waterside Academy to other schools here

Individual Healthcare Forms

At Waterside we want to support children with long term, serious medical conditions. Qualifying conditions include diabetes, serious/acute asthma (simply needing an inhaler in school  ‘just in case’ would not require a healthcare plan) or allergies requiring an epipen. If you are uncertain at to whether  your child’s condition qualifies, Mr Mills-Bishop will be able to talk it through with you.

If you feel your child does qualify, we ask that parents fill out an individual healthcare form and come and discuss it with Mr Mills-Bishop If you prefer, Mr Mills-Bishop can fill one out with you. Once your child’s needs are understood, we will ensure all adults in the school, who need to know, are aware and know their part in keeping your child safe and secure.

Healthcare plans are reviewed yearly, or sooner as needs change.

Please click here for a copy of the Health Care Plan form. 


SEND Information Report


DSPL website


Complaints Procedure

Click here and scroll down for the trust wide complaints policy


Requests for paper copies

If a parent/carer requests a paper copy of the information on our school’s website, we will provide this free of any charge.