Parents are extremely happy with all aspects of the school, particularly appreciating the progress made by their children, the high standards of care and the good range of extra-curricular activities that enrich curriculum.
ISI Inspection, June 2011
The Mead offer an enormous range of clubs for Junior children (Key Stage Two), which run both after school and during the lunch breaks.
Any child who stays for a club is served sandwiches and a drink at 3.30pm before commencing their club at 3.40 pm. Clubs finish at 4.30pm and a supervised Prep session follows, enabling all children to complete all homework tasks before being collected at 5.30pm.
We strongly encourage all Junior pupils to attend at least two clubs each week; there really is something for everyone – we do have some children who stay every night!
Details of some of the extra-curriculur clubs we regularly run here at The Mead are listed below.
Learn different types of sewing and crossstitch techniques in a warm relaxed atmosphere. A good natter included free of charge!
Rugby club to half term and Cricket club after half term. Due to the nature of our play, this is a Boys-only club at present.
This is a relaxed and fun club which has proved very popular. The children are able to choose from a range of programmes, including Maths Whizz, Word Shark, or more recently a selection of strategy games, which are proving to be the current favourites. Alternatively, they may access one of the programmes they have experimented with in class, and explore it further during the club sessions. Access to the internet is strictly controlled and monitored.
Sing to your heart's content as our enormous Choir takes you on a musical journey. Old favourites, show tunes, powerful Hymns and some popular modern-day classics all make an appearance.
This is a small, invitation-only club to experience one of the oldest artistic styles known, using the best materials and the most of your creative skills. Batik is a way of creating beautiful designs on fabric using hot wax and coloured inks.
Burn off some energy each week as we play a multitude of sports games and activities. Old and new skills are developed each week in a hard-work (but very fun) atmosphere.
Desserts to Pies are made each week by our budding cooks. Ingredients supplied by school - enthusiasm, ideas and equipment by you!
Come and build the model of your dreams in recycled boxes, tubes and trays, or develop mechanical skills using our LEGo and other buildingsets. Huge fun and very popular!
Our Green Team is comprised of elected members from each class. We work hard to keep our school as environmentally friendly as possible and are very proud to have achieved 'Green Flag' status for the school! We organise composting and recycling routines, encourage as many people as possible to walk to school and, once a term, invite everyone to 'Switch Off Sunday'.
What a great opportunity! All Juniors are welcome to come and have fun on wheels in a safe environment. Children bring their own skateboards, roller blades or scooters from home. Knee pads and helmets are optional, but all children must wear tracksuit bottoms for some measure of protection. This is an extremely popular club and a lovely end to the week.
Graded by class, our Professional Coach Sarah takes pupils through all the language, falls, moves and skills required to make them excellent Judo students. Gradings are twice a year.
Introducing meditation must be done sensitively. As meditation involves working with one's own mind children should be given the right to accept or reject it as they think fit.
Meditation is one of the most delightful of all subjects to teach, it is very rewarding to see a group of children find stillness and peace within themselves and return to the challenges, difficulties and joys of life with renewed energy and enthusiasm after joining in a Monday Meditation Session!
In Poetry Club we look at all aspects of poetry, from writing our own to performing favourites. We pick themes to cover and the teacher introduces the children to different forms of poetry they may not have previoulsy come across. The main aim is for the children to have fun and enjoy discovering something new and challenging their perception of words and how we can use them to express ourselves.
Mosaics Club is a creative and fun introduction to the art of mosaics, using the different mediums of paper, foam and stones. The children choose their own designs and learn how to use mosaics to complete them and produce colourful and fun creations.
Key Stage One
Key Stage One (Years One and Two) children have their own after school club know as 'The Number One Club'. This is run by KS1 staff and has organised activities and homework provision. children requiring wrap around care until 6.00 pm join Munch Bunch at 5.30 pm.
KS1 activities/clubs include:
Tap & Modern, Ballet, Choir
This is fully supervised Early Years wrap around care held in the Kindergarten between 3.30 pm and 6.00 pm
Runs in the Dining Room between 7.40 am and 8.30 am. Fully supervised and run by the Catering staff, this is a very social and nutritious start to the day. Children can choose from a range of cereals, fresh porridge, fresh fruit, toast, yoghurts, fruit juice or milk and in the Winter hot chocolate. We have even been known to have hot croissants or pain au chocolat!