At Meridian High School, we adopt a team approach. We believe our staff are the team to uphold our core values and to move our school forward in our journey of rapid and sustained improvement. We are unapologetically ambitious and relentless in our approach. Our vision is one to be a centre of excellence for our community where students can present the best version of themselves where they are challenged, they learn and achieve all within and ethos of resilience, ambition and respect.
There is no doubt that Meridian High is on an incredibly exciting journey of school improvement and our aim is to provide our young people and our community with the school they deserve. A school that is centred around learning, a school that, through strong pastoral support and high academic challenge, supports our students and our staff to thrive.
We are proud to offer a broad and rich curriculum designed specifically with our students needs at the heart of it. Our core curriculum (not optional) is EBACC centric and all students, with the exception of those who need additional support with Literacy, study English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, World Views, and Spanish. We understand the need to develop our student's understanding of the world in which they live and fully support the cultural appreciation offered by an extensive EBACC programme. At the end of Year 9, in addition to the core curriculum offer, students opt to continue with History or Geography, specialise in one aspect of our World View Curriculum (RE, Psychology, Sociology), choose their creative pathway in Art or Drama and select a vocational pathway via BTEC Sport, NCFE Business or Catering.
Our priorities for the academic year are clear:
- All staff always embody our core values. We are role models to our young people.
- We provide consistently high-quality Teaching and Learning in all subjects. Every lesson, every day.
- We develop Oracy skills with our young people so that they leave school able to confidently articulate themselves and present the best version of themselves.
- We adopt a Thrive approach in our interactions with our young people. Our expectations are high, and we are supportive in student’s personal development.
- We encourage ambition and celebrate success. We are proud of achievement.
As a staff body we are open, honest and transparent with each other. We must be comfortable with feedback and challenge as we strive to improve. We support each other. We are authentic and reflective of our practice. We are rigorous and relentless. We use robust assessment to inform our planning; we know our students’ academic and pastoral needs. We celebrate mistakes as opportunities to learn and improve. We always put the students at the centre of decision-making. We embrace change and we do not fear failure. We ask questions, we communicate.
I am absolutely honoured to be part of the journey we have been on since 2019 and I am excited for the next academic year. It is a privilege to work with such an exceptional team.