Malmesbury Park Primary School: pupils proud of inclusive school where 38 languages are spoken

Bournemouth Echo: Malmesbury Park School: pupils proud of inclusive school where 38 languages are spoken Malmesbury Park School: pupils proud of inclusive school where 38 languages are spoken

WITH 21 classes, a nursery and two specialist units, there’s never a dull moment at Malmesbury Park Primary School.

Recently refurbished, the school has a welcoming atmosphere with confident pupils, proud to show off their smart new school uniforms.

The children appear immensely proud of their school and are quick to point out the inclusive nature of the school community.

They are not concerned that a total of 38 different languages are spoken by the pupils, 40 per cent of whom speak English as an additional language.

Neither is the headteacher, Jackie Green, who has put in place measures to integrate the children into the school community without affecting the learning of others.

Those with low English language skills spend six weeks in specialist classes before joining their permanent classmates throughout the school. By then, all can manage conversational English and are ready to learn alongside other pupils.

There are three classes in each year group and a total of 708 children.

The school is on a relatively small site in Lowther Road in Charminster, meaning it cannot expand further despite the pressure on primary school places in Bournemouth.

Three-year-olds attend the nursery and there are two other units used by schools across the borough of Bournemouth and beyond.

Eight pupils attend the Riggs Unit, for children with social and communication disorders, and there are 16 pupils of nursery age in Small Talk, which deals with those who have speech and language disorders.

Pupils at the school have access to a wide range of activities and |particular attention is paid to music and art.

Youngsters attend their first residential trip to Swanage in Year 2, followed by an overnight trip to London in Year 4 and a week-long trip to Paris in Year 6.

When they leave the school, they head to a variety of secondary schools in Bournemouth with some moving on to Poole or Dorset.

Mrs Green has recently joined forces with five other primary schools to form Collaboration First.

She will share ideas with senior leaders from Hill View, Corpus Christi, Pokesdown, St James and Queen’s Park infant schools.

She said: “The children and families are amazing, they are fun, lively and curious and they are very proud of their school.

“The staff are incredibly hard working and always go above and beyond for the children.”

FACTFILE:
Malmesbury Park Primary School, Lowther Road, Bournemouth BH8 8LU
Telephone: 01202 291227
Email: malmesburypark@bournemouth.gov.uk
Mixed
Age range: 3-11
Number of pupils: 708
OFSTED:
Latest report carried out in March 2013

Overall rating: Requires improvement
Inspectors said: “Senior leaders demonstrate very effective teamwork. There has been significant improvement to the amount of good teaching. The school has a very caring environment in which pupils feel safe and where they can settle to their learning. Behaviour is good.”

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11:18am Thu 13 Feb 14

Townee says...

38 different languages, I thought this was England. Where do all these languages come from?
38 different languages, I thought this was England. Where do all these languages come from? Townee

11:33am Thu 13 Feb 14

richardcompton3 says...

I bet English is the least spoken of the lot!
I bet English is the least spoken of the lot! richardcompton3

11:47am Thu 13 Feb 14

we-shall-see says...

I fail to see the relevance in this article. We are In ENGLAND and every pupil should be talking ENGLISH - and yes I know I will get multiple thumbs down from the too-good-to-be-true-
liberals amongst us - but I bet my last pound that if we went to any other country in the world, we would be expected to speak their language in schools and workplaces .....

Immigrants are happy to sign a declaration that they will make an effort to immigrate into society in order the gain the right to live here, but many of them make little or no effort to do so once they are settled and this is proof of that if ever I saw it
I fail to see the relevance in this article. We are In ENGLAND and every pupil should be talking ENGLISH - and yes I know I will get multiple thumbs down from the too-good-to-be-true- liberals amongst us - but I bet my last pound that if we went to any other country in the world, we would be expected to speak their language in schools and workplaces ..... Immigrants are happy to sign a declaration that they will make an effort to immigrate into society in order the gain the right to live here, but many of them make little or no effort to do so once they are settled and this is proof of that if ever I saw it we-shall-see

12:09pm Thu 13 Feb 14

RM says...

I notice the Ofsted report says 'Requires improvement' so strange that they would want to appear in the Echo.
I notice the Ofsted report says 'Requires improvement' so strange that they would want to appear in the Echo. RM

12:29pm Thu 13 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

In many people's view there is ONLY one way any British School can be fully inclusive and that is when only the English Language is EVER spoken and written in it. Contrary to increasingly unfashionable and extreme left wing PC mantra anything else is seriously detrimental to the education and future well being of children of all and any race now living in the United Kingdom - a Country where that English Language is their chosen new or old native tongue.

If the intellectually challenged liberal lefties want to thumb down those with this very basic common sense view please help yourselves, because thankfully this opinion does now completely prevail where it actually matters.
In many people's view there is ONLY one way any British School can be fully inclusive and that is when only the English Language is EVER spoken and written in it. Contrary to increasingly unfashionable and extreme left wing PC mantra anything else is seriously detrimental to the education and future well being of children of all and any race now living in the United Kingdom - a Country where that English Language is their chosen new or old native tongue. If the intellectually challenged liberal lefties want to thumb down those with this very basic common sense view please help yourselves, because thankfully this opinion does now completely prevail where it actually matters. muscliffman

1:24pm Thu 13 Feb 14

pauls55 says...

Typical right-wing tripe in the comments here. Read the article, all the kids end up speaking English thanks to the dedication of the teachers, and the school is a success, so why all this tiresome, idiotic xenophobia? Do all the 2 million Brits currently living abroad in the EU bother to learn the language there?
Typical right-wing tripe in the comments here. Read the article, all the kids end up speaking English thanks to the dedication of the teachers, and the school is a success, so why all this tiresome, idiotic xenophobia? Do all the 2 million Brits currently living abroad in the EU bother to learn the language there? pauls55

4:13pm Thu 13 Feb 14

aliw1974 says...

I completely agree with Pauls55 -- you people need to read the article before passing your hidden racist views !!!!
"Those with low English language skills spend six weeks in specialist classes before joining their permanent classmates throughout the school. By then, all can manage conversational English and are ready to learn alongside other pupils. "
So the English language does become the main language to speak at school - In their own homes, if they choose to speak in their native tongue then brilliant !!!! To hear a child that is bilingual is a wonderful asset and can only be a fabulous advantage for when the time comes for them to apply for jobs where another language is needed - Keep it up MP - I'm so pleased I took my child out of MSJ and into MP !!!!
I completely agree with Pauls55 -- you people need to read the article before passing your hidden racist views !!!! "Those with low English language skills spend six weeks in specialist classes before joining their permanent classmates throughout the school. By then, all can manage conversational English and are ready to learn alongside other pupils. " So the English language does become the main language to speak at school - In their own homes, if they choose to speak in their native tongue then brilliant !!!! To hear a child that is bilingual is a wonderful asset and can only be a fabulous advantage for when the time comes for them to apply for jobs where another language is needed - Keep it up MP - I'm so pleased I took my child out of MSJ and into MP !!!! aliw1974

7:54pm Thu 13 Feb 14

curryandstella says...

Things have changed since I was there in 1977. Myself and fellow pupils who raised money for the swimming pool. Is it really for the better? People now are brain washed to have the same views and no one else is to have a different opinion or they are accused of being a racist. My daughter went there and she fell behind in maths, the main reason was because other children who did not understand English very well got more attention.
Things have changed since I was there in 1977. Myself and fellow pupils who raised money for the swimming pool. Is it really for the better? People now are brain washed to have the same views and no one else is to have a different opinion or they are accused of being a racist. My daughter went there and she fell behind in maths, the main reason was because other children who did not understand English very well got more attention. curryandstella

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