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Headteacher’s Welcome

A very warm welcome to our school website. Hopefully this will give you a flavour of what our school is all about and what we are aiming to achieve.

We are very proud of our school and the wonderful young people and community that it serves! Ours is a dynamic, exciting place of learning where children are encouraged to become lifelong learners.

Our children are the most important part of our school community, without them our school would just be a building! Making a positive difference to their lives motivates us to do the very best that we can for the children in our school.

Our Mission Statement “Inspiring Minds, Shaping Futures” hopefully reflects this desire. We aim to encourage our young people to become independent, resilient, enthusiastic learners with high aspirations.

We have recently made many changes to our school and to our curriculum, and are already seeing some huge improvements. Our new approach to the curriculum aims to promote children’s emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical and social development through offering investigative, creative and inspiring activities.

Questioning is a key aspect of our curriculum and learning is supported by a literacy rich environment. The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active exploration and learning for all pupils and links to local community groups, businesses and local heritage are continually being forged and nurtured.

We have a strong focus on high quality teaching and learning, and we have an exciting curriculum planned for all year groups, that is tailored to their needs, but also motivates children giving them a determination to succeed.  Children are becoming resilient, independent learners who show a pride in their achievements and are inspired to be the best that they can be. 

Staff, pupils, parents and Governors get on well, work together and constantly try to improve on our achievements. Our current OFSTED judgement certainly doesn’t reflect who we are. We are committed to making the necessary improvements. We had already made many significant changes before OFSTED called but, in many ways, they came to soon for the impact to be seen. The Lead Inspector was confident that improvements would be seen.

We pride ourselves on being a very caring school. We actively support our families and wider community through a range of initiatives and activities/events. We have an award-winning Family Learning Mentor. Elsie, our Therapy Dog also supports our children in school who are struggling with their emotional health and well-being by offering emotional support. Elsie is also happy to hear children read and work with children in small groups or in the class. She is very much loved by all our school community.

Over the past few months we have made some significant improvements to our school environment including re-tarmacking/marking our KS1 playground, internal/external decoration and the re-marking of our KS2 playground. We are planning to install a MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) and to re-develop the front of our school. The school has a wealth of technological resources to enhance the curriculum with a selection of laptops, Computing suite, iPads and large interaction teaching boards at the children’s disposal. We want to ensure that our children are well prepared for the 21st century.                            

If you’re a potential new family to school and would like to arrange a visit and see for yourself what Manor Beach has to offer. I would be delighted to show you around our lovely school and share our vision.

With my very best wishes

Miss Jane Mason

Headteacher