Aims and Values
Our School Aims
- delivery of an enriching curriculum in which we constantly strive to raise and maintain our high standards
- that the school environment is colourful, stimulating and well cared for
- that the school reflects and promote the excitement and enjoyment of the children's learning
- children and staff to achieve success which can be celebrated and built upon
- progression so that we can extend each child by defining achievable targets and appropriate challenges
- values and promote learning in a happy and positive atmosphere
- each child as an individual
- good relationships between parents/carers, staff and children, this is essential for successful learning
- and expect the support of parent/carers in a partnership role to support and encourage children's learning
- each member of our learning community
- the support of our governors and members of the wider community
- all children to value and respect each other
- encourage positive attitudes to school and life long learning, acknowledge different interests, strengths and ways of learning, meeting individual needs
- children to have due regard for their own property and that of others
- good relations and links between the school and the wider community of which we are a part, so that all may benefit
Our School Values
The school has four values which are central to school expectations. They are displayed in the main halls and in each classroom. They are discussed with the children and used as a basis for class rules.
At Meadowside Primary School, our children are separated into 6 Houses:
Children have the opportunity to earn House Points by demonstrating our school values, producing outstanding efforts and outcomes in their work as well as showing great manners. The house that earns the most points in a term will be eligible for a special prize!
Jeff, The Reading and Therapy Dog
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Meet Jeff, The Reading and Therapy Dog
Jeff is a regular attender at Meadowside Primary School as a Reading and Therapy Dog. Jeff is a Cavapoo dog. Cavapoos are a breed of dog that are known for their mild temperament and hypo-allergenic coats.
Jeff is Mrs Garnham's dog and lives at home with her.
As a leadership team we have undertaken a significant amount of research and are aware of many benefits to having a school dog including:
- a calming effect on pupils
- improved behaviour and concentration, reduced stress and improved self-esteem
- encouraging expression, participation and confidence for all children
- fostering a sense of responsibility
- motivating pupils to think and to learn, as most children have a high level of natural interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of animals
- encouraging respect and thereby improving pupils’ relationships with each other, parents and teachers
- teaching children to nurture and respect life
- helping work undertaken with the most vulnerable children, and educational the improvements with low achievers
- helping children build confidence in reading
- improving attendance.
Dogs are increasingly being used in schools with great success and some of you may have seen in the media that they are now being used in some hospitals as the emotional health benefits they bring are just so vast.
Jeff comes into school on certain days of the week and helps pupils in many ways. He will encourage and motivate pupils who find reading tricky by letting them read to him. On top of this, he will help pupils who might be upset or worried about something and he will be seen with children who have earned ‘Jeff time’ as a reward for their good work or behaviour.
We will publish pictures of our school dog via our Twitter feeds so that everyone can enjoy his development and Meadowside Matters will provide regular ‘pupdates’. Follow Jeff at @Jeffmeadowside
Jeff has the full approval of the Governing Body, a full risk assessment Dogs in school Policy have been completed and ratified by the Governing Body.