Why choose Water Meadows Primary School?

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We're a Microsoft Showcase School!

We are a Microsoft Showcase School for 2022-23 – a prestigious achievement, with only hundreds of schools around the world achieving the accolade each year.

Microsoft has recognised our school as a member of an elite group of global schools that exemplify the best of teaching and learning in the world today.

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An engaging Curriculum that prepares children for the future

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A modern approach to teaching and learning

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Purposeful integration of technology

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A child-centred, collaborative environment

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A close knit community


A caring, supportive and responsive EYFS

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A smooth transition from EYFS to KS1

Children learning at Water Meadows Primary School

We believe that expecting our 5-year-old children to settle down to formal lessons as soon as they move into Year 1 is wrong. We passionately believe that young children learn best through play and exploration and therefore follow a ‘Continuous Provision’ method to ensure that children experience a smooth transition into more formal teaching. This results in happier, more engaged children, who are able to develop a lifelong love of learning.

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Wrap-around care

We recognise the importance of providing childcare options to assist working parents. 

Water Meadows is open from 7:30am – 6:00pm Monday to Friday.

As well as our Breakfast Club and After School Club, we offer a range of free Extra-Curricular Clubs every term that children can take part in after school.

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We have an OUTSTANDING Early Years

Ofsted at Water Meadows Primary School

Water Meadows Primary School (Previously known as Hersden Village Primary School) was inspected by Ofsted in March 2019 and was judged to be Outstanding in Early years provision and and Outstanding in effectiveness of leadership and management with a Good rating overall. 

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A fully inclusive environment

We are committed to providing a fully inclusive environment. 

We believe that all children have the right to succeed and we aim to meet the individual needs of our pupils at all times. We are able to provide a range of interventions and strategies which will minimise barriers to learning in a fun and stimulating manner. 

Children with Tarantulas at Water Meadow Primary School

A commitment to well-being

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We prepare children to succeed in their personal and professional lives by nurturing both their thinking and social-emotional skills.

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A smooth transition to Reception

Do you want to help your child’s transition into their first year at school?

From we run sessions every week to help familiarise children of pre-school age with our school.

Outdoor learning

Memorable residential opportunities

All children are given the opportunity to attend memorable residential trips in Year 4 and Year 6. 

Part of a transformative Multi Academy Trust

Water Meadows is one of the founding schools of The Stour Academy Trust, a Multi Academy Trust of 8 Primary Schools across Kent.

The Stour Academy Trust has set out to transform schools to better prepare our young people for the 21st century.