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Head's Welcome

This prospectus and our school website will tell you about the school, its aims, vision, our organisation, curriculum and other activities.

This prospectus is addressed to parents who are considering sending their children to our school and to those who have already confirmed that decision.

We welcome you to our school and look forward to a friendly, mutually supportive partnership over the years your child spends with us. We will soon get to know each other, but in the meantime, we hope the following information will be useful to you.

Markyate Village School and Nursery is a Community School maintained by the County Council. We cater for children of all abilities in the primary age range of compulsory education from five to eleven years. In addition, we offer part-time nursery education for three to four year olds.

Prospective parents and visitors are warmly welcomed to our school. It is advisable to make an appointment for your visit as this will ensure that there is sufficient time for a tour of the school and for a full discussion of our work and your questions.

We hope that you will quickly come to think of Markyate Village School as your school as well as your child’s. We aim to be a real community school in which parents and friends feel that they have a part to play and a contribution to make.

What Makes us special?

We pride ourselves in our pastoral care and provision for all pupils. Children at Markyate Village School and Nursery are happy to come to school and show genuine enthusiasm for their learning. We use the Restorative Principles in Practice to underpin our behaviour systems alongside the Leuven Scale for well-being and learning zones to measure children’s well-being and engagement.

We take every opportunity to ensure all pupils have equal access to the curriculum irrespective of needs whether learning or physical. We take positive steps to include pupils with disability, constantly evaluating our practice and facilities. Each individual disability will be evaluated in terms of specific support required. Our Access plan is updated annually; further support and advice would be sought from the Local Authority as appropriate.

We seek to challenge every child to give of his or her best in school. Tasks set are adjusted to the abilities of each child, often within a group context. This group may be made up of children of mixed ability or of children of similar ability, depending on the activity. Some class and individual teaching is also carried out as appropriate.

How we learn

Our aim is to provide a lively, broad-based and challenging education, which will help each child to develop his/her potential to the full, irrespective of race, gender or disability. We seek to do this by encouraging and harnessing the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of every child.

Through work in the classroom and elsewhere, every child will be encouraged to strive for greater educational achievement, confident that his/her contribution will be valued and respected. S/he will also be encouraged towards a developing awareness and understanding of the social, moral, spiritual and aesthetic sides of life, and of the part s/he has to play.

We seek to promote these aims through the study of the National Curriculum subjects, supplemented by a variety of additional subjects as judged appropriate by the staff, and by the very life of the school.

Planning the Curriculum

We have devised a whole School Curriculum Plan which aims to ensure full coverage of the new National Curriculum.

The National Curriculum Subjects

English, Mathematics, Science and Computing are National Curriculum Core Subjects with Design Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, PHSE, Music and Physical Education as the Foundation subjects. In addition, the school plans work of its own as we judge appropriate to the needs of the children. Our work is designed to contribute towards the spiritual moral, cultural, social intellectual and physical development of all of our pupils as well as teaching them the British Values. In years 3 to 6 the children study French as a Modern Foreign Language.

The Early Years Foundation Stage

Work in the Nursery and Reception classes provide a firm base of learning as outlined in the Early Learning Goals. The children’s activities are, as far as possible, tailored to their special developmental needs and are aimed at the development of language and the introduction of reading, writing and number skills, plus the encouragement of creative, physical and social abilities. The children also meet simple ideas of time and place, as a foundation for history and geography, and observation and testing which are the foundations of science. There is a large emphasis on learning through play.

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 1 children’s work is carefully designed to ensure full National Curriculum coverage through a broad topic approach to learning in addition to emphasis on English and Maths. Our Curriculum Plan guides the selection of topics and also provides for reading, writing and mathematical teaching. In addition lessons are devoted to music, art and physical education.

Key Stage 2

Progress to Key Stage 2 sees the balance of the children’s curriculum gradually changing as more subject specialism is introduced. This may be achieved by the selection of particular historical or scientific topics, for example, or by the increased use of subject-focused lessons. In addition swimming lessons for some children are arranged at Westminster Lodge in St Albans.

Environment

Situated to the north of the village, the school enjoys the benefit of extensive grounds. We have ample play space which includes three large playgrounds, a separate Early Years play area, extensive playing fields and a delightful ”Dell” composed of well-established trees, bushes and an amphitheatre.

In addition we have three adventure playgrounds, which were co-funded by the Friends of Markyate School.

The school buildings were constructed in three phases. Begun in 1959, they were extensively enlarged in 1972 and completed in 1976. Since this time minor improvements have also been made. An additional Infant classroom was built in 2001. A front extension and Nursery were added in 2013 and a further three class extension was completed in September 2015.

Our school is split into four main teaching areas: Early Years, (Nursery and Reception) Infants (Y1 & Y2); Lower Juniors (Y3 & Y4) and Upper Juniors (Y5 & Y6).

Every class has regular access to computers, laptops and iPads. We use a wide range of software, which includes word processing, data handling, computer graphics, programming and various educational software packages.

Extra-Curricular

We are lucky to be surrounded by playing fields and open spaces. The playgrounds give the opportunity to play court games such as netball and short tennis.

The children are offered a comprehensive Physical Education and Sport curriculum and through the use of Sports Premium we further enhance the children’s access to sports through coaching and clubs.

All sporting activities aim to develop fitness, individual skills and enthusiasms within a context of lively but friendly competition and good sportsmanship, combined with achieving personal best and improving own performance.

In the Early Years and Infant Years, activities are aimed at developing skills, competition and rule-following. This is done through individual skills, pair development and small-team activities. Other activities include gymnastics and dance. Sporting skills and achievements are demonstrated on Sports Day.

We are fortunate in having the support of staff and parents who offer a range of Extra-Curricular Activities to the children. Activities vary according to the season and staff availability and may include eco-warrior work, science, singing, recorders, craft, drama, dance, gymnastics and speed stacking.