Head Teacher's Welcome
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you, on behalf of the children, staff and governors, to Meadowside Community Primary & Nursery School.
Meadowside is a highly inclusive school which caters for the needs of all children aged 2-11. We pride ourselves on the welcoming atmosphere of our school community that enables our children to thrive and reach their potential in all aspects of their life. We care about the health and well being of every child and want them to feel safe and secure so that they are able to take risks, are not afraid to make mistakes and will embrace learning. We want the children to be happy and excited about coming to school to learn and to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding across a wide curriculum.
The importance of language is central to our school curriculum and a significant emphasis is placed on oracy and vocabulary acquisition from Early Years to Year 6. We have created a curriculum that helps our children learn to talk and learn through talk, ensuring opportunities to acquire a rich and varied vocabulary, delivered in language-rich classrooms. We encourage our children to become 'Word Warriors', constantly searching for new words they can read, write and say. We agree with Albus Dumbledore, who once said, "Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic...".
A key concept, which also shapes the ethos of our school, is Growth Mindset - or 'Meadowside Mindset'. Rather than simply praising success, we praise effort and persistence. We recognise how important it is in the modern world that our children learn to love challenges, value effort, are intrigued by mistakes and are determined to keep on learning. Our children recognise that effort, persistence and good teaching are what help them improve. "I can’t" has been replaced by "I can’t do it yet… but I will learn how."
At Meadowside, the staff and governors work in partnership with parents and carers. We value the contributions of a child’s whole family and are committed to building strong links with the community. We know that the more parents are engaged in their child’s learning, the more they will achieve and we are delighted to talk with you about any aspect of your child’s learning and how you can support them at home.
As a school, we pride ourselves on being open and approachable and would encourage you to take the opportunity to visit us - we will be happy to welcome you.
We believe that education should be an exciting journey and our aim is that every child leaves our school with a love of learning that will remain with them throughout their lives.
We are a school where learners grow.