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About Millbrook

Millbrook Primary School is a 1.5 form entry primary school in the residential area of Freshbrook, Swindon. It has an annual intake of 45 pupils (1.5 form), which results in some mixed year group classes. Millbrook Primary School benefits from a stunningly designed, modern, light, purpose-built building which opened in 2009.

We will endeavour to ensure that Millbrook School is kept open for every day during the academic year. However there are rare occasions, when due to extreme weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances, the school or part of the school may need to close. On these days school will communicate with all parties via text message and the school website.


Headteacher’s Welcome

I would like to warmly welcome you to the Millbrook Primary School website and let you know how very proud I am of the achievements made by the school over recent years. I’d also like to thank all pupils, staff, governors, parents and members of the local community for their hard work in making our school the wonderful place it is today.
The Senior Leadership Team are continuing to drive school improvement in teaching and learning. We are determined to achieve excellence and ensure that every child at Millbrook fulfils their potential. We have an exciting and varied curriculum, which enthuses children and supports them in making the best progress they can. “Staff at all levels share a passion that successfully provides a curriculum that develops pupils’ life experiences. You have developed a school culture that encourages calm and orderly conduct and is aspirational for all pupils. Parents and carers that I spoke with feel well informed about their children’s learning and are thrilled by the variety of activities their children participate in.” Ofsted February 2019
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The Foundation Stage, which includes Caterpillar Pre- School, continues to give our children a fantastic start to their education and was judged Outstanding by Ofsted in 2015. The strengths of our provision were recognised again in our most recent inspection. “The provision for learning in the early years is vibrant and exceptionally well ordered. Teachers provide a challenging and stimulating environment.” “Children thrive and make strong progress in the early years so that they are well prepared for Year 1.” Ofsted February 2019.

During our last inspection we were judged to be a Good School overall. The inspection report found “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.” “Good manners are a strong feature at Millbrook. Pupils move around the school safely, hold open doors for others and are polite in lessons. They have good attitudes towards their learning and wear their uniform with pride.” “Pupils strive to improve and take pride in their successes. They follow their teachers’ guidance closely and make strong progress as a result.” Ofsted February 2019.

Our priorities for 2019 – 2020 are;
• Science – improving the teaching and assessment of scientific skills and understanding.
• Using new vocabulary – expanding everyone’s vocabulary and learning to use new words.
• Progress in Reading – improve reading and comprehension skills for all pupils.
• Embracing all cultures and languages – ensuring we are an inclusive and welcoming school
• Rich and broad curriculum – designing a bespoke curriculum to suit our school.

The Ark, our Specialist resourced provision for children with complex leaning needs, provides a fantastic learning environment and a high level of integration into the mainstream for ten pupils from across Swindon. “Highly skilled staff provide a nurturing and finely tuned education for pupils who have an education, health and care plan. Similar to other parts of the school, teachers make effective use of what pupils know, can do and understand to ensure that pupils make good progress.” Ofsted February 2019.
We continue to offer a wide range of extracurricular activities, including clubs for sports, craft, cycling, gardening and music, which many children participate in and ‘The Hub’ continues to provide convenient, high quality, affordable child care both before and after school.
We look forward to meeting you and working with you on our journey towards providing the best possible primary education for the children of West Swindon.

Mrs Karen Pyman – Headteacher


Aims, Vision and Ethos

At Millbrook Primary School, we value learning and see it as a lifelong process. We seek to create an open and creative community where all are valued, supported and challenged. Everyone receives regular praise and encouragement to be the best they can possibly be and we work towards making people feel good.

Our learning community is based on honesty, integrity and responsibility borne out of mutual respect and kindness towards each other.

At Millbrook Primary School we respond to challenges in creative and flexible ways which demonstrate our values and inspire a positive culture. We continually aim for excellence by providing a high quality education for each young person in a caring and safe environment.

At Millbrook we:

  • Will provide a safe, dynamic and nurturing environment for all;
  • Will respect each other and treat others in the way that we would want to be treated ourselves; – we actively support and monitor equal opportunities and are sensitive to the issues of race, gender, social background and culture. Feeling good about ourselves raises self esteem and gives us the confidence to be the best that we can be.
  • Will all work together to make learning enjoyable and fulfilling for everyone; – lifelong learning is a goal for us all and learning is about passion and ambition with quality at its heart.
  • Strive to give everyone the opportunity to fulfil their ambitions, dreams and goals and recognise everyone’s achievements.
  • We will seek to unlock talent and for every member of our community to achieve excellence and fulfil their potential in every way possible. Our expectation is for all of us to be the best we can be.
  • Will work together to build good relationships within and beyond the school gates; – we seek to be responsible citizens and actively promote community responsibility. We are members of local, regional, national and global communities and we seek to engender amongst learners a sense of tolerance, understanding and integrity.
  • Value every person as we positively promote equal opportunities; – everyone having an entitlement to education and support. Through the active promotion of equality of opportunity, we demonstrate how much we value each other.

Future generations will need to thrive in a challenging and fast paced environment. At Millbrook Primary School we want every individual to flourish whilst preparing to meet these challenges.


Our Values

At Millbrook we aim to produce thoughtful, confident citizens that understand, respect and promote the values of our country and society. So how do we go about doing this?

Firstly, all the adults in the school, lead by example and model fairness, justice and respect for others at all times. Everyone is treated equally, regardless of race, religion, language, age or ability. We find time to talk to each other and learn about each other, valuing differences, always using good manners and speaking politely. The older children demonstrate expected behaviours and attitudes to the younger children and we make sure that small things, like a smile or a sticker, are valued and appreciated.

Secondly, we teach democracy and social responsibility through our School Council and through our curriculum. Each year the Y6 make a visit to the Houses of Parliament and have previously met with Robert Buckland, our local MP, and watched part of a debate in the House of Commons.

We have regular assemblies that focus on the themes of respect, taking responsibility and working cooperatively, to make sure that the understanding and respect we have for each other is applied to the whole community and everyone we meet. We also have regular assemblies and events that focus on current affairs, locally, nationally and internationally.