Introduction

Netherbrook Primary School is a large school at the heart of its community.

We are a two form entry school with 60 pupils in each year group split into two classes of 30. We also have a 56 place Time for Twos part time pre-school and a 78 place part time and 30 place full time Nursery unit within our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We have a very large site that offers our pupils an exceptional environment in which to learn. We have a Forest School area, large playing field, an Eco Zone, two large playgrounds and a fully equipped enhanced Nurture Unit.

When a child begins their education with us our Early Years Unit offers a very wide variety of experiences and opportunities for pupils to express themselves and learn. Our pupils’ personal, social and emotional development is key and our dedicated team of EYFS staff ensure pupils’ needs are met every day. Child Initiated learning is a fundamental part of our EYFS practice and our pupils quickly develop into confident, independent learners who are well prepared to move into Year 1.

At Key Stage 1 a high emphasis is placed on the development of reading as this is crucial to success in both writing and mathematics. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme to deliver our phonics and pupils achieve well by the end of Key Stage 1.

In Key Stage 2 we focus on developing our pupils’ skills across the curriculum and in English and Mathematics in particular. Our fundamental aim is to ensure all our pupils are given the skills to learn effectively throughout their lives. When they leave our school, our pupils are always well prepared for the future.

At Netherbrook we offer a broad and balanced curriculum that is based on the aim of developing confident, independent pupils, high in self esteem, with meaningful skills and a clear understanding of their place in the world. Our curriculum is creative, fun and full of interesting and vibrant learning experiences for all our pupils. Underpinning our curriculum are what we call our ‘Golden Threads’. This is a core curriculum based on the personal, social and emotional development of our pupils. We do this through ‘Global Dimensions’, this is a programme of study that enables our pupils to be well prepared for learning and develops the key skills of independence and deeper thinking.

The performing arts are very important to us here at Netherbrook. We are recognised locally for our excellent choirs and dance troupes and our productions are unparalleled. We take a great amount of pride in everything that we do and our pupils are very proud of their school. Our lunchtimes are packed full of fun activities for pupils to take part in and we have a high number of lunchtime and after school clubs on offer to enrich the learning experiences of our pupils.

Netherbrook Primary School from above, courtesy Bing Maps