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.
We were most recently inspected by Claire Brown, one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors, on 3rd October 2017 and judged to continue to be a “Good” school. Her report highlighted the good work of the Leadership Team ensuring that pupils continue to benefit from a good standard of education and also noted the higher than average proportion of Y6 pupils who leave the school well prepared for their secondary school education.
She recognised that pupils demonstrate excellent attitudes to learning. They are polite, considerate of others and behave very well around school. She commented that leaders’ work to instil pupils with a good understanding of the values which are fundamental in modern Britain has been particularly successful. Pupils recognise their responsibility to, as they stated, ‘use their voice’. They take pride in the democratic processes in place in school to elect School Councillors and ‘Buddies’ and make good use of the “Suggestions Box”. We are proud to say our pupils show respect for, and tolerance of, others, recognising that ‘it doesn’t matter what skin colour you have, or what religion you believe in – what matters is the person you are’. Consequently, she concluded that this is a happy community, where pupils feel safe and nurtured by everyone around them.
Parents were full of praise for the school, citing the approachability of leaders and the willingness of all staff to ‘bend over backwards’ to help and support pupils. I would like to thank all those parents who took the time to take part in the inspection survey and for your passionate support of our school.
LGBTQ+ Silver Award, Investing in Children, Young Carers’ Charter, 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 over the past 3 years.
This past year, due to COVID-19, has been very different. We have established robust remote online learning and a strong partnership and communication with parents. School looks very different at the moment but rest assured that the children continue to be at the heart of everything we do.
Wellbeing is our priority and we are supporting this in a number of ways including:
- having a PSHE wellbeing afternoon on a Friday both in a school and at home;
- sending out daily wellbeing activities as part of remote learning;
- introducing wellbeing areas for our KS2 bubble in the main entrance; providing pupils with a more private area away from their classroom to support their wellbeing and mental health;
- whole school virtual pre-recorded assemblies led by me on a Friday to allow children to rebuild their sense of community and belonging to our school. When school is fully open, I will resume live Friday whole school assemblies over Teams;
- support through the Mental Health Support Team where needed;
- a detailed plan communicated to all staff for the full reopening of school on 8 March following the third national lockdown.
Due to the pandemic and lockdowns, all children have experienced losses of:
These losses could cause:
Our Rainbow Curriculum which was implemented in Autumn 2020, was very successful in supporting the children returning to school. Following this, we have adapted our long-term curriculum plan to ensure that a broad and balanced curriculum is taught across the academic year in 2020-21.
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 continue to offer them the use of the school outside facilities during the holiday periods.
Governors have had another very pro-active year revising the Accessibility Plan and planning a 3-year programme of work, carrying out a full skills audit and supporting the school during this pandemic. Meetings have been held virtually and Governors have continued to access training remotely.
I would also like to thank the Town Council for their continued support of our school, The Pantry, Councillor Manchester, all the shops/businesses, the whole school staff for all their hard work and commitment to our school and last, but by no means least, all of our children and parents/carers. We look forward to working with you in the future as we progress to a more ‘normal’ way of life.