About

Our school aims and philosophy can be summarised as ‘Caring People; Happy, Confident Learners; High Achievers.’

Our goal is to provide a caring environment for children. We offer a wide range of balanced learning opportunities for all children to help them grow into independent and responsible people.

At present, there are 248 children on roll aged from 4 to 11, and we have a highly talented and motivated team of teaching and support staff. A school business manager, an administrative assistants and a caretaker support the management team. All stakeholders are strongly encouraged to fully participate in school reviews and contribute to whole school policies.

The spacious school grounds are located on the outskirts of Wivenhoe next to open countryside, and offer outstanding views across the river estuary out to the sea. Our site contains two hard-surfaced playgrounds, sports pitches, playing fields, and nature areas for the study of wildlife, an activity trail and a ‘living maze’ with pathways through trees, shrub borders and flower-beds.

Millfields was awarded the Schools Curriculum Award for its work in developing and strengthening positive links with the local community.

The success of Millfields School is very evident in the enthusiasm of the pupils and the praise voiced by their very satisfied parents.

Ofsted, 2010

Dear Parents,

Welcome to our happy, vibrant school.

Our aim is to provide high quality learning for your child in a caring environment. Children who enjoy their learning remain curious, focussed and aspire to achieve their very best. We develop this love of learning through our exciting curriculum and very good teaching from our dedicated staff. We support every child’s social and emotional development and have high expectations of behaviour and attainment.

Millfields is a happy school. Staff pride themselves on taking a holistic approach, knowing what excites or concerns each child and taking real care of their personal development. Children feel safe in their learning environment to explore and learn from their experiences. They develop in confidence, become independent and in this way their own individual talents flourish.

The school’s curriculum is theme based and integrated. The children are encouraged to adapt quickly to a day that is full and rich in interest and variety. Our objective is that all children should leave us at eleven years old confidently able to apply skills and knowledge in English, mathematics, science and ICT. The child’s natural enthusiasm for books, painting, music and physical activities, for handling and touching, for seeing and exploring, for making and enquiring will have been developed.

Our aim is to pass on to the secondary school, children for whom school is an exciting place, rich in a wide range of experiences.

We believe that we can only achieve the best for your child by close cooperation between home and school. There will be many opportunities for you to share in your child’s education and we are always available to talk to you about any aspect of your child’s well-being, progress and development.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Janet Meacock

Vision

We work together as a community to provide a happy, secure and stimulating environment where every learner is entitled to an experience of learning which is rich and varied, enjoyable and challenging, and inspires all to strive for excellence so that every individual is able to shape his/her own destiny and create a better future for themselves and others.

As children are at the heart of our learning community, we actively seek their involvement in the development of the school, valuing their ideas, opinions and contributions.

We recognise the importance of parents as the first educators and we aim to build on that foundation. We see them as partners in the learning process and we seek ways to strengthen that partnership for the benefit of the children.

We encourage and support people to become effective members of, and contributors to, their local communities. We work with the wider community to enrich our learning opportunities and promote understanding, tolerance and respect for others’ differences and beliefs.

We will aim for effective communication between children, staff, parents and governors, which will provide a sound basis for learning together.

We provide an exciting curriculum which is relevant to children’s lives, where provision is matched to need and which ensures that pupils have the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for the next stage of their education and the changing world in which we live. In addition, we feel it is important that the curriculum also promotes children’s creative, expressive, empathic, social, moral, spiritual and physical development. We encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own actions and make informed choices in order to prepare them for adult life and lifelong learning.

This vision was discussed and agreed by pupils, staff, parents and governors. All of the school community are committed to realising the vision.