Welcome to Mandeville Primary School, a school for children from 3 to 11 years old with a long and successful history of personalised education for children. We pride ourselves on knowing the strengths and motivations of each individual child as well as the potential challenges they face and how best to overcome their barriers to learning. We are an ambitious and forward looking school which aims to make a real difference to all the children who come here.
Following an extensive building project, the school now has a beautiful state-of-the-art Foundation Stage unit, which combines nursery and reception. They enjoy excellent facilities inside and out, including a large landscaped area to encourage discovery and ambitious play, high quality ICT provision and generous indoor space for every aspect of learning and play.
Key Stages 1 and 2 include twelve light and spacious classrooms with excellent facilities, space for learning outdoors and outstanding ICT resources. The classrooms are complemented by landscaped playgrounds at the heart of the school, which encourage social play and the opportunity to use a variety of different environments. In redesigning the school we have sought to value the natural environment and to include every possible opportunity to learn from the world around us – we are extremely proud of the results, which far exceed our original expectations.
Most of our pupils come from the surrounding neighbourhood, reflecting the cosmopolitan nature of our local community. Their differing backgrounds are respected by everyone and add interest and insight to our lessons. In each class there are children of varying abilities.
We work in partnership with parents and the local community to provide a wide range of services and support and have a thriving PTA who work hard to host a range of social and fund raising activities for children throughout the year. We offer a wide range of extended services to children and their families; breakfast club, after-school clubs, parent classes and adult education. We provide a wide variety of opportunities for our pupils to exercise their talents and try their hands at new skills and interests. We also work closely with a wide range of professionals to support families. Sopwell and Verulum Children’s Centre is part of our school site, working with health professionals and child care specialists to offer the best possible range of services to pre-school children.
We consider our greatest strength to be the strong commitment of the staff and governors to provide a secure, caring and stimulating environment in which children will be encouraged and inspired to achieve their potential in all aspects of their academic, physical and social development. I invite you to come and meet our staff and children and to experience for yourselves the warmth of a Mandeville welcome.
Mrs Cathy Longhurst