Welcome from the Head Teacher
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our school website. Choosing your child’s school is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. At Tow Law Millennium Primary School our staff team, in partnership with the Governing Body, strive to provide the very best opportunities and experiences for children and by looking through our website I hope to give you an insight into the wonderful opportunities and developments we have to offer. TLMPS is a vibrant school where children are enthusiastic and motivated to achieve and they are truly at the heart of every decision we make.
Investors in Children, Young Carers Charter, working with the eXtreme Group (Investors in Children) to improve accessibility, Sainsbury’s Gold Mark for PE as well as achieving the Physical Education and Sport quality Mark with Distinction are but a few of our achievements on our journey from 2015 – 2017. We have outstanding School Councillors and Buddies and a strong staff team who have steered our children through life without levels into a new National Curriculum.
I am pleased to introduce you to this year’s Buddies and School Councillors. Buddies meet weekly with Mrs Jackson on a Wednesday 2.50 – 3.10pm and School Councillors with Miss Dobson on a Monday 12.00 – 12.30pm.
At Tow Law Millennium Primary School, we pride ourselves in working together with the community. We are an integral part of the town and as such strive towards providing a high quality learning environment for all our children. In February 2012, we opened a 16 place (8 morning and 8 afternoon) nursery in our existing Reception classroom which has recently been extended to enable us to offer 32 places (16 morning and 16 afternoon) in order to cater for the new Government initiative offering 30 hours of free childcare per week. This is available for parents of three and four year olds, to help them continue or take up employment.
Our Early Years facilities offer high quality provision in a respectful and caring environment. We recognise and celebrate that all children are individuals and as such develop at different rates, have different interests and come from varied cultural backgrounds. We strive to ensure our provision reflects and supports all children both indoors and outdoors.
We have always had a good relationship with the two local childminders and together recently looked at the facilities in and around Tow Law. We all recognised that these are limited, especially when you look at SAFE areas for our very youngest residents to play. During the school holidays, we are now opening the school to allow the Childminders to bring their children to TLMPS to access our facilities.
Miss Dobson and I are very proud of our KS1 pupils. They have had a wonderful attitude to all aspects of school life and we look forward to watching them embrace the challenges of the KS2 curriculum.
In May 2017, our Year 6 pupils took their end of KS2 SATs. They worked hard and Miss Mawson and I are very proud of their results. We worked with three secondary schools, Wolsingham School and Community College, Parkside Academy and the Academy Consett on a clear transition programme for pupils and we wish them well fort the next phase of their education. We also took part in the Wolsingham Eurovision evening.
Governors have had another very proactive year starting with the remodelling of the Early Years’ environment, preparing the school to meet the demand, for those parents eligible, for 30 hours nursery provision and reacting to the results of our summer term surveys for pupils, parents and staff.
We have listened to the views of parents regarding the gate to the yard beside my office which has been fitted with a stop plate as well as allocating £1,000 to extending the reading book provision within the school.
During the school year, we worked with Chris Cook, Olympic swimmer, through the Inspire Programme. The focus, as you can guess, was to inspire our pupils through believing in themselves. We recognise the importance of exercise and a healthy lifestyle for our pupils and have, from September 2017, employed a Sports Apprentice to support the provision of sport across the school day and within after school clubs.
Finally, my thanks go to the whole school staff for all their hard work and commitment to our school as well as the following:
o Our children/parents/carers
o The Pantry
o Councillor Hart
o Fundraising Committee
o All the shops/businesses in Tow Law
o The Town Council
o School Governors
Lisa Jackson (Head Teacher)