Ofsted visited Edmund Waller School Services (EWSS) in October 2010. To read the report click here.
Edmund Waller School Services (EWSS), is a fun place to be for children where parents/carers can have peace of mind knowing that their child is being cared for in a secure environment. EWSS is an organisation that provides after-school care, breakfast club activities and holiday play schemes for 120 children aged 4-12 years who either attend the school or live locally.
EWSS is located in Blume Building and Alhberg Building and will be extending to another building in the near future. This means that at hometime, the children are escorted to the EWSS and are looked after by trained adults until 6pm.
If a child attends an Edmund Waller after school club, Key Stage 1 children are automatically collected at 3:30pm.
Throughout the school year, EWSS provides a range of stimulating play activities for the children including craft workshops, general knowledge quizzes and drama games. Children are encouraged to become involved in programme planning at the club through monthly children’s meetings. Newsletters are also given out telling parents/carers the activities that are planned for.
Edmund Waller School Services Limited is the UK's first school company formed under Section 11 of the Education Act 2002. It was formed as a company limited by guarantee.
The company is a registered charity, and is managed by a board of directors consisting of an independent chair, the headteacher of the school, the deputy head, a finance director, company secretary, four community representatives, an LEA representative and a member nominated by the PTA. The board meets five times a year.
The headteacher has assumed responsibility for day-to-day management of the company. It employs ten part-time members of staff who report to a senior playleader and the headteacher.
The governors intend to use the company to further develop the school as an extended school by providing a range of services to children and adults. The company is a recognised independent legal entity which can employ people, enter into contracts and apply for charitable and grant funding in its own right.
It also provides a forum for joined-up thinking between the Governors, the PTA, the school management team and the wider community. Board minutes are open to scrutiny by all governors and the company's AGM is open to all parents and interested parties from the local community.
The school company is funded through a mixture of parental subscriptions and grants from various funding bodies which has included:
- New Deals for Communities
- Childrens Fund
- New Opportunity Funding
EWSS is always striving to ensure that the club is an inclusive, welcoming and safe environment. Therefore they are continually active in seeking funding to ensure that both the club members and the wider community can benefit from opportunities.