Offa's Mead Academy
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
About Offa's Mead Academy
Offa’s Mead Primary is located in Gloucestershire and we are situated about a mile outside Chepstow. Approximately a third of our pupils are from Service families as we serve nearby Beachley Barracks. We are a GOOD school (Ofsted 2014). We currently have 156 pupils on roll, with six classes and our numbers are steadily rising. We create a safe, happy and caring environment, where all children are valued, encouraged and supported to achieve their best in all areas of learning and development, whatever their individual needs.
Care, Guidance and Support
Taking care of our children and encouraging them to develop a positive attitude is an essential element of the work we do at Offa’s Mead.
We value and respect the views of the children. The Pupil Leadership Team (PLT) give the children a voice to express their opinions and make decisions which affect the whole school. For example, choosing books to purchase after our fundraising.
We encourage our children to care for each other. Upper KS2 children are trained as Peer Mediators (who resolve any difficulties in the playground), Reception Buddies (to help the transition to ‘big’ school) and as Yellow Caps (who organise play and lunchtime games with our new equipment) We also encourage work across classes- writing for younger audiences and joining together for drama activities or to play Maths games.
We develop the whole child, including the use of the SEAL programme (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) to develop their emotional skills.
Our Behaviour System
Our positive behaviour system uses a range of strategies, including our Ladder of Intervention. This has different levels.
Level 1 Non-verbal/ Praise
Level 2 Remind & Redirect
Level 3 Warning and Intervention
Level 4 Choices and Consequences.
We also use Golden Time on Friday Afternoons with fun activities as a reward as well as TEAM points to be collected to earn extra play. Classes can earn trophies for best attendance and the smartest line. Sanctions include loss of Golden Time, Chill out chair, in class or time out in an other class where there is persistent unacceptable behaviour. To see our rules please click here
At Offa’s Mead Academy we provide a broad and balanced curriculum through a thematic approach. Each class follows a subject focused theme which includes cross-curricular links to other subjects. This Academic year we will be continuing the the new curriculum, starting with History themes in October. In September, each class spent time on PSHCE and completing learning based on a class book. These included Mr Stink by David Walliams and Boy by Roald Dahl.
Summer Term- Geography focus
Year 1 From Sedbury to a Safari
Year 2- Around the World
Year 3/4- Passage to India
Year 4/5 Brooks, Beaches and Bubbling Lava
Year 6- Rainforest to Rio
Spring Term- Science focus
Reception- Winter,Jack and the Beanstalk
Year 1 Animals and Plant Life
Year 2 Sound, Living things and their habitats
Year 3/4 Solids, Liquids and Gases (Charlie and the Chocolate factory)
Y4/5 Bugs, Bones and Botany!
Year 6 Blood, bones and body bits!
Autumn Term- History focus
Reception- Marvellous Me and Bears Bears Everywhere!
Year 1- Castles
Year 2- The Great Fire of London
Year 3/4- Battles, Burial and Beowulf
Year 4/5- Egypt
Year 6- Battles, Black Out and The Blitz
We are currently judged to be a 'good' school and we were last inspected in June 2014. To view all our Ofsted reports please click here
We are proud to be part of Academies Enterprise Trust.
Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is a national network of 64 primary, secondary and special schools across England. Our schools are located across England including the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, Midlands, London, West of England, Kent and the South Coast.
As the sponsor, AET believes that all young people deserve to become world-class learners – to learn, enjoy, succeed and thrive in a first rate educational environment with the best facilities, the best teaching and the most up-to-date resources available to them. In each of our academies, you will benefit from visionary, inspirational and dynamic leadership and be empowered to develop your own skills with access to world-class CPD and Talent Management programmes. You will also be entitled to the following benefits: a health cash plan, vehicle affinity scheme, childcare vouchers and Westfield rewards.
As the largest MAT across England we work together in partnership and embrace the different contexts and diverse communities our schools serve to provide the very best possible education for around 35,000 young people and their families.
We offer a wide range of career pathways to our teachers, middle leaders, support staff and senior leaders with many of our schools being host to Teach First and Ambition School Leadership.
AET is also an approved Apprenticeship Training Provider (through the SFA) which allows us to deliver a wide range of apprenticeship programmes across the Trust and our school network. To find out more about what we offer click here
We also offer School Direct teacher training programmes across our network. For more information please click here
To find out more about about AET please visit us at http://www.academiesenterprisetrust.org/
Offa’s Mead Academy creates a safe, happy and caring environment, where all children are valued, encouraged and supported to achieve their best in all areas of learning and development.-