Miklem Primay School in Hemel Hempstead has achieved Centre of Excellence status.
A Fully Inclusive School
Micklem Primary School is a fully inclusive school. The school promotes inclusion across every aspect of school life. The school motto “Learning, achieving, working together” is at the heart of the school and reflects the high level of inclusive practices. This ethos is led by the headteacher and the deputy headteacher and clearly supported by the whole school community.
Warm, Happy and Exciting
The school is a warm, happy, exciting place. The staff have excellent relationships with the children. The staff team know each pupil very well. They are aware of the needs of the whole child and plan projects to help them to develop. For example, the recent ‘Feeling Good Week’ culminated in a stunning display which is at the entrance to the school. The project involved all the children. It resulted in eleven ‘values’ being decided by the pupils. Every pupil has added their own hand print to the tree, which was painted with an artist. These ideas will be further developed over the coming months during assemblies. This collaborative approach really demonstrates the inclusive nature of Micklem Primary School.
Outdoor Learning Environment
The outdoor learning environment has been developed exceptionally well and pupils use this for a wide range of activities. There are woodland areas to explore, ponds to dip and recently a ‘Glastonbury festival’ was in full swing! The new track for running the ‘daily mile’ is supplemented by a huge electronic stopwatch for pupils to time themselves on their run. There is a range of large fixed play equipment which is used by the whole school. It is very clear that this environment enhances the learning opportunities and enjoyment for all pupils.
Children enjoy coming to school and engage in a creative curriculum with opportunities to develop skills in all subjects, including music, sport and art. The engaging curriculum links subjects together so that from the first day of the project, the ‘stunning start’, the children are hooked. The learning and teaching styles ensure pupils are fully involved and there is some very well-presented work on the walls and in workbooks. The classrooms are large, well organised and full of examples of interesting projects. For example, practical science investigations to study growing potatoes
Parents Feel Involved
Parents feel that they are involved in their children’s education. They commented on how much they value the ‘family learning’ sessions, the opportunities to take part in events such as the ‘outdoor learning day’ and assemblies. They know the school website is accessible and frequent emails and reminders on the school app ensure that there is every opportunity to keep up to date with all the events at Micklem Primary School. The professionalism and approachability of the staff is valued and appreciated by the community.
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