Welcome to Millwood.
We aim to let your child shine, to support you when times are difficult, and to help you celebrate your child's successes.
Our dedicated staff are here to provide you with the best possible support for your child and for you whether you are a parent or a carer. We look forward to working with you in co-production and encourage you to take part in what we do including summer events and prize-giving, Interfaith Week, Christmas Fair, Easter raffle, Christmas production, parents' and carers' coffee mornings. You can make your views known in our annual parent and carer questionnaire; on ParentView (please register at THIS LINK); and by using the home school diary and SeeSaw. We send home a weekly newsletter which is published on this website (CLICK HERE). We translate our most important letters and communications into Urdu and Polish. We have achieved the Leading Parent Partnership Award and Beckie Savage, Assistant Head, is our lead practitioner for monitoring the quality of our offer to you. We hope you find everything you need to on our website. If not, please let us know!
If you wish to speak to anyone in school, Katherine Ashworth (School Business Manager) is on 0161 724 2266 and you are welcome to leave a message with her or with the office team. If you have any problems or feedback and you would like to speak to someone, please ask Katherine if you can make an appointment with a member of the senior leadership team - Helen Chadwick, headteacher; Joanne Hurst, job share headteacher; Caroline Henley, deputy head (Redvales); Jill Tierney, assistant head (Irwell); Beckie Savage, assistant head (Whitelow). Our Child and Family Support Worker is Cath Lomax and we all work closely with our professional colleagues from nursing and therapy. Belinda Zabel is our school nurse and is on site full-time and we also have close links with the School and College Transport Team who can be contacted on (CLICK HERE).
We take your feedback very seriously and are keen to improve our provision and our understanding through regular communication with you. For example, we now publish our weekly newsletter on the website as well as sending home a paper copy to ensure that those families who do not have internet access can share in the pupils' achievements each week. In response to your feedback, we have reviewed the catering offer for our children who have had now direct input into the new menus including halal meals. As a result of your continued feedback, we have increased the number of parents'/carers' evenings to one per term as well as continuing the new parents'/carers' evening and prospective parents'/carers' visits and coffee mornings. We use a text messaging service for important and emergency communication and we ask that you are always available to be contacted if necessary.
We have 18 classes in 3 separate 'wings' - Whitelow (EYFS), Redvales and Irwell - and a huge amount of outdoor space for playing, adventure, sports and horticulture.
We aim for your child to be safe and happy at school and safeguarding (child protection) is the priority in everything we do. All our staff and governors have safeguarding training and key staff and governors have completed safer recruitment training. Sometimes parents, carers and families ask us to do particular activities or to act on their feedback. Where this is safe for all our children, then we are happy to introduce your ideas, for example, increasing the number of hydrotherapy slots in our pool and swimming slots in the local leisure centre. However, we consider carefully how to maintain your child's safety; for example, we do not publish a plan of the interior of the school for security reasons and we are very strict about who can use the school facilities outside school hours and who is allowed inside school during the school day.
Many of the positive comments we have received from our parents and carers are included on our website (CLICK HERE). Here are a few (anonymised):
"(Our child) has flourished since attending Millwood."
"We have been delighted with Millwood for (our child). She is extremely happy and has made great progress. The staff are all wonderful with (our child) and extremely knowledgeable and caring."
"Every time I visit the school I am blown away by the work the school does for each child."
"Getting the phone call to say (our child) had a place at Millwood was the best news."
"We strongly feel like (our child's) special needs are being understood and helped and supported very well in order to achieve his best."
"(Our child) loves coming to school each day and we would be lost without it."
"(Our child) has tremendously improved in both social and educational aspects of life."
"Thank you very much for all the fabulous memories he will take with him."
All our pupils are represented on the School Council by an elected pupil representative from each class. As a Rights Respecting School we have been awarded the Bronze Award- Rights Committed - from UNICEF. We have achieved the Bury Inclusion Quality Mark and the National Inclusion Quality Mark, which recognises what we do in The Millwood Inclusion Project and the level of support and training we offer through Bury Education, Training and Support (BEST) across the borough. We hold the licence for training staff in Bury in Team Teach, behaviour support and de-escalation.
Our experienced, well-qualified, and highly trained staff at Millwood are committed to helping your child develop, achieve and excel. We value your child as an individual and we aim to provide a holistic approach to your child's learning and care. We teach children through the National Curriculum and we further extend children's skills, understanding and knowledge through the Millwood Curriculum which includes a range of strategies and interventions to help reduce and remove barriers to learning and to enable faster progress. We have a very wide range of sports and PE opportunities. Your child will have an individual safety plan, an individual learning plan, an individual behaviour support plan and an individual care plan. We can further help your child if necessary through the Pupil Premium Grant and we have a PPG team who can work 1:1 with your child. If you wish to apply for Free School Meals please CLICK HERE.
A moderated and rigorous assessment process will enable you to track your child's progress year on year. Each year in the summer term, we hold an annual Awards Ceremony where pupils receive Oscars and Stars for particularly good progress during the year. Every Year 6 child has a transition plan and we celebrate their success at Millwood in the annual Leavers' Ceremony.
Your Chair of Governors is local Radcliffe councillor, Beth Mortenson. Your governing body works very hard on your behalf and governors visit school regularly to meet staff and children. Governing body meetings take place termly and governing body reports are available on the website.
If you would prefer your child to attend a different school, you are welcome to ask the SEN team about this (LINK HERE) as there is no expectation that you have to send your child to Millwood. If you move house to another local authority or area, then your child would probably attend the local special school nearest to your new house. If you want your child to be home educated, then you should contact the SEN team so that their place can be given to someone else. If your child wishes to attend their local mainstream primary school in Bury, perhaps with their friends or siblings, then we are happy to facilitate this inclusion on your behalf.
With best wishes now and for the future
Headteacher (until retirement in July 2021 after 14 extremely happy years)
Headteacher on Mondays and Fridays (taking over in September 2021!)