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Train to Teach

Exciting opportunities: The Wren School is now recruiting for 7 new teachers!

For more information please click on our vacancy section under the School Information tab.

The Wren School receives planning permission

The Wren School is delighted to announce we now have the planning permission from Reading Borough Council to go ahead with our permanent building on the former Elvian site. Mrs Broadhead and the team are all very excited and we cannot wait for the building work to commence.

Arrangements for last day of Term – Friday 18th December

The last day of Term is this Friday, 18th December, the school will finish at 12.40p.m.  Students are allowed to wear a Christmas jumper, alternatively if they do not have a jumper they may wear tinsel etc.


Wear it Purple day at The Wren

Form 3 lead an assembly in the morning, where they talked about the misuse of the word ‘gay’ – often used to describe something or someone in a negative way. Students were then encouraged to pledge a promise by signing their name on a board, in return for a purple ribbon that they could wear on their school jumpers.

The promise was this:
‘I promise not to use the word ‘gay’ to talk about something or someone in a negative way. I promise to do this in school and at home. I understand the correct use of the word, and that using it in the wrong way may upset other people’
All the children signed up and wore their ribbons with pride. The photo shows some of Form 3 and the ‘Wear it Purple’ board.

Socktober at The Wren

The Wren School participated in “Socktober”, an international charity event organised by youtuber Robby Novak, also known as Kid President.  Originally organised to raise socks for homeless charities across the United States, students at The Wren participated by donating socks and other items to Launchpad, Reading’s Homeless Support Charity.  73 pairs of socks were donated and we hope to double that next year!

 Pictured with Jason McMahon from Launchpad are students from Miss Berry’s form- the form who donated the most socks!



Caretaker – Part Time Vacancy

A unique opportunity for an extraordinary person.

Have you ever thought that Education is far more than just churning out children with qualifications? Do you believe in working in partnership with families and the local community to enable children to exceed their expectations? Do you believe each child’s journey of discovery should include learning life and academic skills in equal measure, preparing children to thrive in our global society? The Wren School does.

The Wren School Academy Trust is looking to appoint a permanent part-time Caretaker for The Wren School – a new six form entry secondary Free School in West Reading which opened in September 2015. We’re currently in a temporary building whilst the plans for the design of the permanent building are finalised; building works are due to commence in the spring of 2016. It is our vision to create a happy and thriving school that will facilitate the growth and development of the community. We are searching for exceptional people who will share our vision in building the school, quite literally, from the ground up.

Working with the School Business Manager and Headteacher’s PA/Personnel Leader, your core purpose will be to provide an excellent level of caretaking and general maintenance of our temporary buildings and grounds to ensure the site is secure and meets all statutory health and safety obligations.  The role will be people focussed and no two days will ever be the same, so this job would appeal to those who thrive on variety, love working with people and enjoy the creativity of starting in a new school! This is a key role where the opportunities for personal development and future career progression are genuine and significant.

The role is part-time, 10 hours per week, term time only with the addition of four weeks during the holidays across the year. Salary £14,075 FTE (actual salary £3,146 p.a.).

Closing date for applications is midday on Monday 7th December 2015.  Call Lynn Smith on 0118 958 5128 for an application pack or to find out more about the role. Completed application forms and equal opportunities monitoring forms should be emailed to

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview on Wednesday 9th December 2015.

The Wren School Safeguarding Statement

 The Wren School takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of the students in its care, because “the welfare of the child is paramount” (Children Act 1989).

The Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy recognises the significant role played by school staff in supporting vulnerable students.  “Because of their day to day contact with individual children during the school terms, teachers and other school staff are particularly well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse, changes in behaviour or failure to develop” (Working Together under the Children Act 1989.)

This policy applies to all students, staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to The Wren School, which recognises it is responsible for making referrals and not enquiries or investigations.


Click the link below to download the application pack.

Application Pack – Caretaker

Press Release: RBC Planning

Dear Santa,
We’ve worked very hard and been good all year so please deliver our permanent planning approval in time for Christmas!
Thank you.
The Wren School

Reading Borough Council’s Planning Committee met on Wednesday 11 November to consider outline planning permission for the permanent Wren School buildings on the Bath Road in Southcote. The school already has temporary permission from Reading Borough Council to use the Bath Road site and were hoping to get permanent approval rubber stamped in Wednesday’s meeting. The Wren School application is linked to Taylor Wimpey’s plans to build 118 homes on Southcote Road and a further 71 homes on the former Defra site in Coley Park.

Jo Broadhead (The Wren School Headteacher) and Nils Franke (Director of The Wren School Single Academy Trust) both attended, with various other member of the school’s Trust and Governing Body. During the meeting, Jo Broadhead spoke passionately about The Wren School’s vision to be a local school, for the local community (including the provision of wraparound care so that students are safely cared for between 8am and 6pm daily) and her presentation was warmly received.

Reading Borough Council Officers made recommendations for the Planning Councillors to approve the application and, importantly, there was no challenge to the education or housing aspect of the application. The Planners did, however, request more information regarding traffic flow and volume and how it would be managed. Disappointingly, this means that we have to wait a little longer for the Planners’ final decision for the two sites, while the traffic information is gathered and considered.

After the meeting, Nils Franke said “I am pleased that the Councillors considered the scheme from every angle. The Committee noted the benefits to education and housing and took on board residents’ wishes for clarification and partial amendment of traffic-related proposals.” He added “What seemed apparent is that the ‘the bigger picture’ of the application is that it delivers more choice in education and housing in Reading”.

It’s anticipated that the Planning Committee will meet again in mid-December once the requested clarifications on traffic have been made, so fingers crossed that they’re able to deliver a Wren Christmas full of good cheer!


Wrap Around Care Timetable September 14th – December 17th 2015


15:30 – 16:30

DayClub 1Club 2Club 3
MondaySchool band, JJO, Room E
TuesdayArt/crafts, JBE, Room DFootball skills, DZE, Playground, Room E & B (Change)
WednesdayClassics, EMA, Room C
ThursdayBook club, DDE, Room CDrama club*, External (Berzerk), Room E
FridayScience, JBA, Room BSpanish, ACL, Room A

* Provided by an external company and attracts an additional charge.

Extended Learning

15:30 – 16:30

This will be an opportunity for you to continue your out of hours learning with additional teacher support.

MondayGBORoom C
TuesdayJRORoom C
Wednesday[Rota] Room A
ThursdayDZERoom A
FridayDDERoom C

Social time

16:30 – 18:00

This time will be spent playing board games, doing jigsaws, watching DVDs or current affairs programmes.  It will be technology-free.

MondayJBRRoom C
TuesdayDZERoom C
WednesdayDZERoom A
ThursdayDZERoom A
FridayJBRRoom C



  • Parents/carers are expected to let the school know the regular days each week when their child will attend an after school club. Parents/carers are responsible for notifying the school if a child is unable to attend on a particular date.
  • Parents/carers can request that their child attends for an additional specified date by including a note in their child’s planner.
  • Parents/carers will be charged £2 a day for any period of Wrap around care between 15:20 and 18:00 (17:30 on Fridays); this will be billed monthly in arrears.
  • Unless specifically notified otherwise, students who participate in Wrap around care will be able to leave the site at any time once after school clubs have finished. Students will be expected to check out with the member of staff on end of day duty before they leave.

Our Opening Week was such a success!

Our open mornings and evening have proven to be a huge success. The Wren School opened its doors and welcomed in excess of 250 Year 5 or 6 students and their parents to our school. Informal feedback is that the parents were impressed by all that we have to offer; the contributions of our students and the Friends of Wren ensured that our visitors recognised that The Wren School is a local school for the local community.

Opening Week Newsletter

The Wren School Newsletter September 2015

Download The Wren School Newsletter September 2015

Click the link to view our school newsletter.

It’s full of important news about what’s going on, our successes and details about our open day to parents.


Opening Week

Visits from Year 5 and 6 students and their parents/carers

A gift to the school

School attendance

Uniform update

Tuck shop

Payment for Hot meals and After school clubs

School photographs

Parent governors


Download: 15 09 14 Newsletter for parents

Term Dates

Term 4
Mon 24 Feb – Fri 3 Apr 2020
Easter holiday – Mon 6 Apr – Fri 17 Apr 2020
Term 5
Mon 20 Apr – INSET day
Tue 21 Apr – Fri  22 May 2020
Bank Holiday – Friday 8th May
Spring break – Mon 25 May – Fri 29 May 2020