Mead Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL4 5YS
Ready for Life
Our school website aims to provide a taste of what our school is about. However, nothing can match a visit, so please, if you haven’t done so already, book a date to come and see us all in action. This invitation applies to both new and existing parents!
What impresses me most whenever I walk around Abbeymead is the mutual respect that exists between adults and children, and the commitment to and enjoyment of learning. I am extremely proud of all my staff. They all have one aim in mind, whether they work in the classrooms or office, on the playground or in the kitchen, and that is the well-being and further development of our pupils.
Society today provides our children with a range of challenges and opportunities that are entirely different to those that many of us encountered when we were young. Our overriding aim is to ensure that our pupils are ‘Ready for Life.’ This means our children leaving the school not only with strong curriculum skills (particularly in literacy and numeracy), but also able to organise themselves and interact effectively with others, and recognise the importance of self-awareness, compassion and personal happiness. In-class programmes such as ‘Successful Learners’ and ‘Positive Attitudes to Learning’ are designed to teach our pupils about how to learn effectively. The ABC (Awareness, Balance and Compassion) programme guides pupils in developing an ethical and reflective approach to life, prompting better understanding of themselves and how to manage relationships with others.
I was fortunate to spend my class teaching years at two schools in Hampshire that put creative and engaging learning at the heart of everything they did. Children learn best when they are enthused by what they are doing. For this reason, we work very hard at Abbeymead to ensure that the curriculum is full of exciting activity that recognises the abilities and interests of all of its pupils. Wherever possible, we ensure that learning is based upon real-life experiences, where children can ‘work with a purpose.’ This may include team collaboration to provide an exhibition on a current topic for parents to visit and appreciate, or the submission of a ‘Dragon’s Den’ proposal for a group of our governors to consider and vote on!
My staff will continue to work hard in ensuring that we realise our potential as a school. Effective parent partnership is central to our current and ongoing success. I look forward to the prospect of working with you to fulfil you child’s individual potential as part of our community.
With best wishes,