Positive development

We take pride in being a school that helps make big things happen for our children, in and out of the classroom.

Amazing progress

We pour limitless time and energy into ensuring that our pupils at Manadon develop and succeed. Our teaching team work collaboratively to create a joined-up programme of learning – and their talent and passion help propel our children to become enthusiastic and ambitious learners.

An enriching journey

The primary school years are ones of adventure and discovery. We provide a wonderful and varied menu of opportunities for our children to experience. From clubs that involve sport, art and science to inspiring trips and activities organised by groups outside school, there’s so much to do.

Collaborating with parents

As a parent or carer, you are the most important person in your child’s world. We love to include you – to help support their learning and share in their journey. Plus, our Breakfast Club and After School Club provide a useful option to help you balance the demands of work, family and life.

A fantastic place to learn

With our engaging curriculum, skilled teaching teams and fantastic facilities, Manadon Vale empowers our pupils to flourish. This shows in the high levels of academic success children achieve at Manadon.

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Frequently asked questions

Are there any specialist teachers or teaching assistants?

We have one HLTA in each phase, teaching assistant in every year group and individual music lessons are taught by peripatetic teachers.

How are lessons structured in primary school?

Children will complete core subject learning (reading, writing and maths) on a daily basis and foundation subject learning spread throughout the week. 

How can Current Families communicate with their child's teacher?

They can speak to them at drop off in the morning, collection at home time, phone the school office to speak to them or email them directly. 

How does the school support pupils who are struggling in a particular subject?

We adapt learning in every lesson for children who require additional support and teachers would refer children to the SENDCo if they felt additional support would be beneficial for the child. 

What is the average class size?

30 pupils.

What is the homework policy at the school?

We set homework weekly from Y1 upwards which focuses on key skills such as reading and maths.

What is the pupil-to-teacher ratio?

1 teacher to 30 pupils with additional adults to support learning and pupils needs.

What is the school's approach to promoting healthy eating and physical activity?

Healthy and happy in mind and body is one of our school values so we ensure that all children complete 2 hours of physical activity a week through a range of approaches. Plus, we teach this through our PHSE lessons and encourage parents to pack healthy food in children’s lunch boxes. 

What is the school's approach to promoting language and communication development?

We teach early reading through phonics (ELS) but we firmly believe that speaking comes first so we teach the pronunciation of sounds along with cued articulation (signs) to support the children’s understanding. 

What is the school's approach to providing a broad and balanced Curriculum?

See the curriculum page of the school website.

What is the school's approach to supporting pupils with additional learning needs?

See the SEND page of the website for all information.

What is the school's approach to teaching and promoting creativity and the arts?

All children have access to creative subjects and we support children to thrive in their area of strength, whatever that may be. 

What is the school's approach to teaching literacy and numeracy?

See curriculum page of the school website.

What resources are available to support pupils with their learning?

We use a range of texts to teach English, manipulatives when teaching maths and any additional resources relevant to the subject e.g. artefact for RE. 

What subjects are taught in primary school?

See curriculum page of the school website.

What support is available for pupils who are struggling?

We adapt learning in every lesson for children who require additional support and teachers would refer children to the SENDCo if they felt additional support would be beneficial for the child. 

Any Questions

If there’s anything else you’d like to know about what we can offer your child here at Manadon Vale, we’d be happy to hear from you.

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