Whyteleafe School welcomes children aged 4 to 11 years of age to join the school in the September following their 4th birthday. Each year the school admits 60 children to two reception classes of up to 30 pupils per class. Whyteleafe is a high achieving, happy, vibrant and forward thinking school in which children excel themselves, both academically and socially. Our eager children have a real thirst for learning and our excellent staff team are committed and dedicated in ensuring that each and every child achieves.

We have high standards and expect the best.  ‘Whyteleafe School is a good school. It combines above average academic standards with strong personal development and in the process ensures that pupils enjoy all aspects of school life’ Ofsted  


Whyteleafe school is a popular and over subscribed two form entry primary school serving pupils between the ages of 4 and 11. We have a committed, energetic and supportive staff team totalling around 50 who work alongside our dedicated team of Governance and vibrant Parent Teacher Association. Housed in an old grammar school building constructed in the early 1900's we have extensive facilities including three halls, an indoor swimming pool, large playing fields and an after-school and breakfast club.

We are committed to providing our children with an inclusive and inspiring curriculum and have high aspirations both for their academic and pastoral achievement.  We expect our children to succeed at Whyteleafe and run many positive reward systems such as house points, Star of the Week and honours boards to support and encourage your child’s achievement. Our ethos is one of high expectation in a happy, purposeful and safe environment and is one that is often commented upon by visitors as one of the ingredients that make Whyteleafe such a great school.  

Our Vision Statement: Aim high. Be Independent. Enjoy Yourself. We believe that every child should leave us: ·         Literate and Numerate ·         With a love of learning ·         With Excellent social skills

Progress of each child is monitored closely and support and intervention programmes  will be individually tailored to meet the needs of our pupils. We expect our parents to support their child in their learning and the success of this partnership between the school and our parents is strength of our school community. Our children love learning and the opportunities that our staff provide for them both inside and outside the classroom. This results in our high academic achievements, superb ethos and the fantastic social skills of our children that visitors so often comment on.

Working for Us

Working For Us Whyteleafe School is conveniently located between Whyteleafe station and Upper Warlington Station. We offer:

* A warm, friendly and supportive school ethos;

* A successful school with a great learning environment;

* Fantastic children who have high aspirations for their achievement;

* Great staff who are welcoming, committed and energetic;

* A strong belief in the development of the whole child through a broad and balanced curriculum;

* A commitment to ongoing professional development of staff.  

*Pension Scheme As a contracted member of staff you will be automatically enrolled into either the Teachers’ Pension Scheme or the Surrey Pension Fund (whichever is appropriate). Further details can be found on the following websites: ·         Teachers’ Pensions ·         http://surreypensionfund.org/

* Car Parking Free car parking is available on the school premises. Spaces are on a ‘first come first served’ basis.   

*Catering Facilities. Our catering is provided by Pride.  Whytelicious Café offers a choice of healthy and delicious hot lunches, all prepared fresh using great ingredients every day.  We offer a choice of 3 meals served with 2 types of vegetables, a salad bar, fresh bread, pudding, fresh fruit or cheese and biscuits.

*Childcare Vouchers We participate in the childcare voucher scheme, which provides tax benefits to working parents.

*PTA  We have a very a very active and well supported PTA who host many fundraising events for the school not only fairs, but fashion shows, comedy nights, quizzes and provide refreshments at school events and productions.  Colleagues are all encouraged to participate.  


We have teachers who:

* Are or have the proven ability to be outstanding practitioners;

* Engage learners inspiring them to achieve;

* Have wide ranging skills and abilities to teach across the whole primary age range;

* Work hard and are good team players;

* Have a great sense of humour and are fully committed to Whyteleafe School and its community. 


  If you're ready for the next stage in your career, why not contact us now? You'll be working at a great school and be part of a friendly, helpful team. We're always interested to hear from enthusiastic, committed teachers - send us your CV now via our School Talent Pool and say what sort of role you're looking for. By joining our School Talent Pool we'll know you're interested in working here when a future vacancy occurs.Join our School Talent Pool now!For more information about School Talent Pools visit www.eteach.com

Local Area



Whyteleafe was a sparsely populated part of the valley to the north of Caterham until the railway was built through here and opened in 1856. The name came from a field called White Leaf Field from the aspen or poplar trees which grew around it. In 1855 a Mr Glover bought the field, no doubt anticipating the opening of the railway, and built a house on it, which he called 'Whiteleaf'. Whyteleafe South station opened with the name 'Warlingham' in August 1856 but the name was changed to the present one in 1956.  It was not long before other houses sprang up in the fields adjacent to 'Whiteleaf' and the new settlement took its name from the original house. The present spelling of the name was introduced later. The church of St Luke was built in 1866 , a post office was established and in 1892, a school. A second railway station, 'Whyteleafe' opened at the beginning of 1900.  It continues today as a popular residential area for those working in London or Croydon.

Whyteleafe is a village on the narrow facing slopes of a dry valley of the North Downs in Surrey. To the west are Kenley airfield, Kenley Common, Coxes Wood, and Blize Wood. To the east are Riddlesdown, the Dobbins, and Marden Park. St Luke’s churchyard contains graves of airmen who died during WW2, stationed at RAF Kenley nearby.

The Whyteleafe Tavern hosts many community events and Whyteleafe has a very active village council http://www.whyteleafecouncil.org.uk .  

Local Attractions

The culture and diversity of London are a brief train journey away.  Whyteleafe has a local football club http://www.theleafe.co.uk who also use the school playing fields for training purposes.

Recreational Activities

Whyteleafe school has its own sports field just up from the main site as well as their playgrounds and playing fields. There are a number of parks nearby with public tennis courts, cricket pitches and playing fields.  Whyteleafe school has its own indoor swimming pool which is also hired out at weekends and after school to local swimming classes.

Transport Links

Whyteleafe school has excellent transport links with two stations, Whyteleafe and Upper Warlingham, both within easy access.  There is a local bus service that runs up to Caterham-on-the-hill and Warlingham, plus another route to Caterham and Croydon.


Headteacher's Welcome

Whyteleafe is a high achieving, happy, vibrant and forward thinking school in which children excel themselves, both academically and socially. Our eager children have a real thirst for learning and our excellent staff team are committed and dedicated in ensuring that each and every child achieves. We have high standards and expect the best.

Whilst our website will give you a flavour of what makes Whyteleafe a great school, we highly recommend coming to visit us so that you can see us and our children in action.

I look forward to meeting you.

John Williams

Head Teacher

Teaching and Learning at Whyteleafe School

Teaching and Learning

September 2014 saw the introduction of a new National Curriculum for England and Wales. Our curriculum, which you can find in various links at the bottom of this page, is derived from this document and enriched to reflect the values that we hold at Whyteleafe. 

Our curriculum is balanced and broad and based on our School Vision. It consists of activities designed and encouraged in the school to develop the intellectual, personal, social and physical activities in the children.

It includes not only the formal programme of lessons, but also the ‘informal’ programme of extra-curricular activities as well as the features which produce the school’s ethos, such as equality of opportunity, the values shown in the way the school sets about its task and the way in which it is organised and managed.

The curriculum is planned by our staff team. The National Curriculum provides a necessary framework and ensures continuity throughout the child’s school life. 

Our teaching is child-centred in that our pupils are central to all our planning. We have high expectations of our children. They have already learned a great deal so we start with what is familiar and, using practical activities wherever possible, extend this knowledge. We plan learning to interest and excite our children whilst promoting pupil independence so that they want to learn and enjoy their new skills. Success is a firm foundation for future learning and we show due appreciation of their successes.

Within the class our children are planned for to their abilities in the different fields. Our planning is detailed, inclusive and differentiated to meet all pupils’ talents, skills and abilities.

Class Organisation 

Each year group consists of two classes and is organised under the direction of a Teaching and Learning Leader who, in collaboration with the Head and Deputy Head, oversees the curriculum and the quality of its delivery.

Classes in each year cover a similar curriculum – but will have individual delivery depending on teacher personality and class needs. The work is aimed at covering the appropriate attainment targets which are detailed in the National Curriculum.

Curriculum Leaders 

Each class teacher is able to teach a broad curriculum including the core subjects. They are supported by the use of specialist curriculum teams who are able to advise and work alongside colleagues within the classroom. Specialist help and advice are also available from supporting consultants, Advisory Teachers and other School Improvement Advisors.

Teaching Assistants 

We employ a number of teaching assistants to help and support the work of the class teacher. Teaching assistants help with both individual children and groups; they assist with the general supervision of the children and learning activities

GLF Schools

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Whilst operating as a part of a family, each school exists in its own right maintaining its own unique characteristics and individual identity.
Whilst each school serves to meet the needs of its local community, all are united in their core purpose of providing an outstanding educational experience.

We are confident that GLF Schools has the capacity to support any school in its improvement journey, no matter its present context. We are passionate about helping schools achieve the best possible outcomes for their children and young people. In addition to being an approved Academy sponsor, we are able to offer a range of value-for-money services. These services range from full academy conversion with GLF Schools through to collaboration and support regarding school improvement, HR, business and finance management services, behaviour support, bespoke training or assistance with governance.

GLF Schools holds an ambitious vision for education. Its academies are committed to our core remit of providing an outstanding educational experience so that:

 1. all children will enjoy their learning, attain high outcomes and be helped to become confident individuals and responsible citizens whilst making excellent progress in all respects;

 2. all children will benefit from an inclusive ethos, excellent teaching and a broad and balanced curriculum underpinned by strong leadership, in a local school;

3. all children will be supported and encouraged to lead healthy and active lives developing the legacy of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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