Minehead Middle School provides opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident and successful learners. Our children have high aspirations and understand how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. There is a central focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding. Minehead Middle ensures that children are well prepared for life in modern Britain and the next stage of their educational career.
Minehead Middle School provides a highly inclusive environment where every learning opportunity is exploited. Children achieve their potential through staff recognising and supporting children’s individual learning needs and encouraging the children in their care to take ownership of their learning journey. The curriculum at Minehead Middle is carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression. Children’s skills and knowledge are expanded and honed through varied curriculum opportunities. This provides rich and diverse experiences from which children can acquire and develop a range of transferable skills. The primary focus of the curriculum is to raise aspirations, engender a sense of personal pride in achievement, provide a purpose and relevance for learning and ultimately to help every student find strengths and interests.
Physical and mental well being have a high profile at Minehead Middle. Not only do the children have access to traditional sports such as Rugby and Football this is also complimented by non-competitive physical activities such as Dance and Yoga and fun games such as Dodgeball with the emphasis on developing a love of being of being active and healthy. Minehead Middle has strong links with community clubs and has created strong pathways encouraging children to continue being physically active out of school. Minehead Middle also has strong links with local First Schools and has developed a leadership programme, giving children the opportunity to plan, lead and assess focusing on the mantra “physical activity run by young people for young people.”
Minehead Middle also recognises the importance of the Arts. Art and Design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. Here at Minehead Middle School we deliver a high-quality art and design education that engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As they progress, they can think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. Music at MMS encourages students to develop and express themselves musically not only as performers but also composers. There are numerous performance opportunities throughout the year including our summer concert, musicals, federation performance and house music competitions. Provision is strengthened by our team of visiting music teachers that teach a vast array of instruments and all year five students receive free class instrumental tuition with the option to continue into year six.
Subject leaders, with Governors, play a central part in the success of the curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review. The innovative practice across Minehead Middle provides a strong foundation and opportunities for children to work in teams and develop social skills both indoors and out where they feel safe to try new things. The curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate. In this way it can be seen to impact in a very positive way on pupil outcomes. Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour. High quality visits and visitors into Minehead Middle are also well designed to enhance the curriculum.