The quality of pupils' achievements and learning is excellent.
ISI Inspection Report, June 2014
We work at The Mead to a carefully-supervised but organic Curriculum, reflective both of the needs of schools we feed to, the expectations of National Test levels, the specialisms of the teachers and the interests of the curriculum. At its heart is an appreciation that we all learn a little differently from each other, and that we need to be challenged personally in order to succeed.
From Year 1, we track the children's scores in a range of tests (both formally and informally), and allow this information to guide our planning and individualised input. Further on in the school, we share this data with parents, helping them to make the right decisions for their children's next school. We offer an academic aspiration for all pupils, but support those who find this a challenge in certain curriculum areas.
Our 'success rate' in having pupils achieving a pass in the Kent Selection Tests (or 11+ tests as they are known) is admirably high for a school of our size. Equally, we are proud of the wide range of schools our pupils go on to attend. At heart, we are most proud of the work ethic and attitude we develop within our pupils; one of presentation, thoughtful reflection, thorough research and imaginative interest. We set ourselves a high standard in academic achievement, and encourage all our pupils to achieve to the best of their potential.
By ensuring the wellbeing and happiness of each child, we are also providing for them a safe and welcoming envirnoment in which learning is challenging but unthreatening, where discovery is integral, and where they have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding both with staff and their peers.