Behaviour at Meadlands has been graded Outstanding. Our school motto is ‘Work Hard & Be Kind’ — in fact we dedicate a whole school week to kindness, see below.
We have high expectations of pupil’s behaviour and staff conduct. Visitors often comment about the family atmosphere in our school and inspectors have identified the strong relationships between adults and children, built on mutual respect. For more information on our behaviour system please refer to our behaviour policy here.
We have eight school values, chosen by the school community, which we all, pupils and staff alike, are expected to demonstrate every single day:
Celebrating pupils Pupils are celebrated at school in a wide variety of ways. On our wall of wonder we post photographs of pupils who have achieved something special outside school, e.g, passing a ballet exam or learning to ride a bike. Each class has a ‘Warrior Board’ which celebrates resilience and the importance of learning from a mistake ('Be a warrior not a worrier'). In our weekly celebration assemblies, pupils are awarded certificates, stickers and, sometimes, school badges. Each term, children who have achieved something really special (once again, this can range from an improvement in behaviour to consistently good homework) are nominated by a member of staff to join the Headteacher for afternoon tea. This is a wonderful afternoon, not only because Mrs McGeoch enjoys eating cake, but also because a group of children from across the school come together to talk about their successes and are truly celebrated.
Each year we hold a special Kindness Week. Our children plan events and activities to show their thanks and love to friends and family, as well as random acts of kindness to people within our community.
Quotes from Kindness Week
Our children have been going out into the community and doing random acts of kindness. These have been met with a wonderful response. Below are some emails we have received:
I would just like to say a big "thank you" to the boy who gave me flowers yesterday outside the chemist on Ham Parade. He also wished me a "nice life". I have had a nice life but those flowers made it that much nicer, I have put them in a vase and look at them all the time.
Dear Meadlands School,
I just wanted to write to commend you on the good behaviour and confidence of the children from your school who my elderly parents and I encountered at the British Museum on Tuesday this week.
A small group approached us and explained it was Kindness Week and that they wanted to share this with us and gave us their gifts. It was, indeed, a very kind gesture and a lovely surprise.
With best wishes to you all