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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 opened in 2009 after the amalgamation of Windmill Hill Primary School and Freshbrook Primary School.

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, website and local radio stations.

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 the last 4 years. I would like to thank all pupils, staff, governors, parents and members of the local community for their hard work in moving the school forward and  making it 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 fulfils their potential. We are using the International Primary Curriculum throughout the school, which provides an exciting and varied curriculum. Assertive Mentoring, our system to assess learning, involves children being much more aware of their learning targets and levels of attainment and has proved popular with both children and parents. This has had a very positive impact on  progress throughout the school.

The Foundation Stage, which includes Caterpillar Pre- School, continues to give our children a fantastic start to their education.  During our last inspection we were judged to be preparing pupils adequately for the next stages in their education and were working hard to further improve this.  The inspection report found that parents and carers were overwhelmingly positive about the school. As one parent commented, ‘ Much needed changes have happened and now we are proud to send our children here’.

Our priorities for 2014 – 2015 are;

  • To increase the proportion of consistently good or better teaching.
  • To improve progress and attainment in Literacy.
  • To instil a ‘Can do’ attitude into the pupils at Millbrook, improving perseverance and increasing resilience.
  • To increase the experiences that children have, giving them the inspiration and motivation to write and succeed in the future.
  • To devise a method of assessment, that works within the New Curriculum, so that we can use it to ensure progress and accurately focus teaching.
  • To strengthen leadership at all levels
  • 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 nine pupils.

We continue to offer a wide range of extracurricular activities, including clubs for sports, writing, science, ICT and music, after school 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.

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

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 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, that recently achieved a ‘Speaker’s School Council Award’, and through our curriculum. Each year the Y6 make a visit to the Houses of Parliament and this year not only met with Robert Buckland, our local MP, but 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 that focus on current affairs, locally, nationally and internationally and had major, whole school celebrations for both Royal Wedding and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and a recent focus on the General Election and the 70th Anniversary of VE Day.