About Us - Ethos and Values

Our Vision Statement

'Striving for success, with pride and happiness'

Our vision is for our community of learners to be happy, see the value in learning and be proud of their achievements, in order to become lifelong learners.

In this ever changing and improving world we live in, we want our children to learn a variety of skills and knowledge on their journey to becoming successful, providing them with more opportunities for the future.

Our Mission Statement

West Melton Primary strives for success by:

  • Striving for the highest possible standards of achievement and behaviour in a stimulating environment, providing nurture and support for all abilities.
  • Building and developing independence, skills for learning, individual strengths and talents.
  • Equipping children with the resilience and perseverance to become creative and independent thinkers and to become learners for life within an ever-changing world.

West Melton Primary achieves with pride by:

  • Encouraging everyone to do their best.
  • Developing a love of learning inspired by quality teaching.
  • Valuing and celebrating success.

West Melton Primary achieves with happiness by:

  • Creating a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment, using praise and positivity to develop self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Promoting British values and attitudes of care, tolerance, trust and respect within the school and wider communities.
  • Developing learning activities which stimulate positive models of enquiry, reflection, challenge and innovation, encouraging a love for learning.

Our Core Values

  • Happiness, family and friendship
  • Honesty, trust and communication
  • Resilience, pride and achievement

About our School

West Melton Primary School, opened in 1973, is situated in a residential part of Rotherham close to Wath-Upon-Dearne.

Our children are accommodated in a single storey building with seven classrooms at the present time. Our large hall provides plenty of space for assemblies, PE lessons and productions and we have a multi-purpose community room.

We have our own kitchens and kitchen staff and a separate area for dining. We currently have 176 pupils on roll.

Entry to school

Children can take up a part-time place (15hrs per week) in Foundation Stage One at the start of the school year following their 3rd birthday. They transfer full-time into Foundation Stage Two at the beginning of the Autumn term of the academic year in which they have their 5th birthday.

More information about our Foundation Stage provision is contained in our booklet 'Off to a Good Start' which is available to download or from the school.


At West Melton Primary we are committed to providing a fully accessible environment which values and includes all staff, pupils and parents regardless of their education, physical, sensory, spiritual, social, emotional and cultural needs.

We aim to promote positive attitudes in children, staff and parents so that all our children can fulfil their potential regardless of their age, gender, abilities, ethnic origin or cultural background.

Ofsted Report

Our latest and previous Ofsted Reports can be viewed on the Ofsted website. Alternatively, you can download our latest 2016 Ofsted Report if you prefer.

Our Developing Excellence Plan 2016-2017 which sets out our plans for the 2016-17 school year is also available to download.

Our Key Issues Impact Report (March 2017) gives details of the steps we are taking to improve West Melton Primary School in line with recommendations from Ofsted.

Changes in the National Curriculum

In September 2014, the Government introduced a new National Curriculum, with a great deal of fresh content and ambitious expectations of learning. It is designed to provide children with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding that they require as citizens of Great Britain.

In addition, the National Curriculum provides statutory programmes of study for each subject, stating which content which should be taught to pupils in each stage of learning.

Assessment - The manner in which schools assess learning has also changed dramatically. Levels have been removed . Partially this is due to a shift in perception about levels: that children should master the skills that they have been taught rather than merely racing through the curriculum without gaining a secure understanding of what they have learnt.

Statutory Assessments will continue to be prescribed, however, schools are free to assess the skills acquired in each subject, at each stage of learning, in whatever manner they deem appropriate.

By the time children leave West Melton Primary school, they are 'Secondary ready'. In other words, that they are equipped with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding required for their next stage of learning when they leave our school.

The Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum - As a result, we have chosen to follow the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum which sets out essential coverage, learning objectives and standards which are required for all subjects. Furthermore, it provides progress measures for all subjects including personal development.

One of the primary reasons why we have chosen to adopt this curriculum is because it emphasises the importance of developing the depth of children's learning. In essence, this means providing children with increased cognitive challenge, allowing them to apply the skills which they have learnt independently in a range of contexts rather than moving them onto the next skill needlessly when they have not truly mastered it. Such thinking is encapsulated in the scenario below:

At West Melton Primary, we want to challenge our children to become independent, well-round individuals who take ownership of their learning and become deep thinkers. Moreover, we want our children to be able to apply their knowledge and skill set in a range of contexts within school and real life.

In the document below, you'll find expectations for the new curriculum for each year group.

~ The new national curriculum in English Primary schools - A guide for parents

Our Approaches to Teaching

The following downloadable documents explain how we approach teaching at West Melton Primary:

~ Teaching & Learning Policy 2016-17

~ Assessment Policy 2016-17

~ Marking & Feedback Policy

~ Science Policy

Pupil Premium

Our Pupil Premium Policy:

Pupil Premium Policy 2017

Pupil Premium data for 2016/17:

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) 2016/17 (.pdf download)

Pupil Premium Impact Report 2016/2017 (.pdf download)

Our use of the Pupil Premium in previous years:

Pupil Premium Impact Report 2015/2016 (.pdf download)

Pupil Premium Impact Report 2014/2015 (.pdf download)

Pupil Premium Impact Report 2013/2014 (.pdf download)

Sports Development Grant

Our use of the DfE Sports Development Grant:

PE Impact Report 2016/2017 (.pdf download)

Sports Development Grant 2015/2016 (.pdf download)

Sports Development Grant 2014/2015 (.pdf download)

Sports Development Grant 2013/2014 (.pdf download)

UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award

We have achieved the Level 1 Award as a UNICEF Rights Respecting School.

A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children's rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers / adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.

More information can be found on this downloadable UNICEF leaflet and also on the UNICEF website and if you'd like to see what is involved in achieving the Level 1 award, you can download our Assessment Report.

Ethos and Values - New Vision / Mission Statement

On Monday 5th September 2016, all the staff and Governors worked hard to develop a new and improved Vision and Mission Statement for our ever changing and improving school.

We encourage prospective parents to visit our school.

If you would like to arrange a visit to look around and see the school at work, please contact Mrs Haddrell in the school office to make an appointment.

Tel: 01709 760538

The School Day

KS am pm
FS 1 8.30am - 11.30am 12.00pm - 3.00pm
FS 2 - Y6 8.30am - 12.00pm 1.00pm - 3.05pm

Further information. . .

. . . about our school can be found in our Prospectus which is available to download.