On behalf of the staff and governors of Messingham Primary School I would like to offer you a very warm welcome to our school.
There is a rich history of Education in Messingham village with the first school being built in the early 1900’s. Our current Primary School was built only 12 years ago to join together the separate Infant and Junior Schools into one Primary School. We are now fortunate to have a modern building, and we are well resourced to meet the challenges of a forward thinking Primary School.
We are a split form entry school and can accept up to 42 children in each year. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and caring school with a strong commitment to pupil achievement, serving the surrounding community, where we endeavour to enable our children to become creative confident learners. Our school accommodates pupils, aged 5 to 11 years. We have nine qualified teachers in our nine classrooms, supported by 5 Higher level teaching assistants (who have all received training within their time in the school) and a T.A. in very class (more so in our younger years). We see adult support, nurture and challenge as a very important part of engaging our children to become active learners.
We have recently become a “Values Based Education” school and the children, staff and parents have a say in values that we use to support the children to learn, and thus give us a greater understanding of the World around us. We have a value of the month with every assembly being about the value as well as bespoke lessons that introduce new values to the children. Our newly appointed values lead teacher shares lessons, assemblies and newsletters with children, parents and staff with a rolling program of values that enrich and develop a strong moral code and build on very positive behaviours to learn within the school.
Our motto is ‘Working together to grow our own story’ and we share a passionate vision that the opportunities and experiences coupled with strong academic provision will enable the children, staff and parents that attend, work and support the school to aspire to be the best version of ourselves.
Children have the opportunity to undertake important leadership positions in the school with a depth of roles to undertake, these include the school council, Values ambassadors, a Head Boy/Girl, wildlife ambassadors, Librarians, and Sports Leaders to name a few. We see this as an important part of developing confidence and independence as the children move through the school.
Since my appointment in September 2020 there have been a great deal of changes to the school. All of the classrooms have been fitted with brand new Interactive Whiteboards and the teaching resources for Maths and children with SEN have been greatly improved to match the bespoke curriculum that the children of the school receive. The school community through FOMs (Friends of Messingham) and parents have raised over £14,000 to provide the children with ICT equipment that has facilitated their learning opportunities. We also offer wrap around care from 7.45am in the morning through until 5.30pm in the evening where the children not only are cared for but have the opportunity to explore and thrive. We have had trips to ten pin bowling, the arcade warehouse, a wreath making session as well as a Cinema Night to name a few alongside the daily care, support and indeed fresh food in the evenings growing from one child a day to sometimes upwards of twenty!
Leadership and Results
Strong leadership coupled with extensive training and support of the staff has seen five teachers take leadership training that will enhance Messingham and their future careers. At the schools most recent review from the local authority the report stated ‘Senior leaders were able to describe the uniqueness of the Messingham curriculum and link this to the school context and in doing so were beginning to articulate a clear intent.’
Our current and historical academic achievements are also something we are really proud of at Messingham with the results in 2022 showing that the school achieved:
Key Stage 2
- Key stage 2 progress in reading (2.6) was significantly above national and in the highest 20% in 2022.
- Key stage 2 attainment of the expected standard (100+) in reading (91%) was significantly above national and in the highest 20% in 2022.
- Key stage 2 progress in writing (3.3) was significantly above national and in the highest 20% in 2022.
- Key Stage 1 attainment of the expected standard in mathematics (83%) was significantly above national and in the highest 20% in 2022
There is a strong sporting ethos within the school and Mesisngham are currently the football champions, cross country champions, and netball champions across many age ranges in the district; however, that doesn’t tell the whole story as we enter all events we can from SEN festivals, multi-skills, cricket, tag rugby, street dance, Rounders, cheerleading and Boccia. We are currently working on a gym and dance display that will further cement links with one of our local Secondary Schools as we take over 180 of our children there in March to participate in a gym, dance and cheerleading display to celebrate the learning that has taken place. Our PE is supported by a bespoke PE teacher who works with teachers to deliver high quality lessons as part of the Sports Premium funding the school receives.
These statements support where the school is currently at, however we have a deep commitment to continue to improve the quality of education and the experience and opportunities that the children of Messingham receive and these will be carefully detailed, and monitored in our school improvement plan for 2022-2023.
We actively encourage new and existing parents to take a walk around our lovely school and if you are interested please contact the main school office for an appointment.
I sincerely hope you find everything you need on this website and if you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the school office where either myself or one of my team will be more than happy to help you.