Pear Tree Mead - Partners in Learning

All About Pear Tree Mead Primary And Nursery School

Pear Tree Mead is a community school, taking children from 3 - 11 years. Most children begin the nursery class throughout the year, part time from when they turn 3 years old. The school was built in 1959 to serve the growing needs of Harlow New Town. Many families originally came from London but have now been well established in the town for two or three generations. The school has positive links with the local community, business links, an informed governing body who play a positive role in the management of the school and supportive parents. In return the school works closely with parents, providing them with quality information about their children's progress and how they can help. Parents are well represented on the governing body who understand the school's needs well and are highly supportive.

Although an established primary school, there were originally two schools - separate infant and junior. Consequently the school is in two buildings close together and has plenty of additional office, amenity and teaching spaces. The school is well resourced with a bank of laptop computers, Interactive White Boards in all classrooms and additional desktop computers in each classroom. All computers are networked and connected to the internet. The school has many plans to continue to develop both inside and outside environments over the next few years.

The first building houses the nursery,reception classes and key stage one classes. The Nursery is a large, newly refurbished room with its own kitchen, large practical and quiet areas, and a pleasant outdoor play area. We recently developed the early year's outdoor area to provide additional hard surface and canopied facilities. A link was made between the two reception classes to allow these two classes to work together. There is a children's kitchen, a pleasant hall, a group room, an office used by the finance manager and the site manager's office. In addition to the nursery there are five classrooms, each with refurbished cloakrooms and toilets, one with a disabled toilet and ramp.

The second building accommodates children from years three to six. There is a large hall and six classrooms, three of which are upstairs. All the classrooms have their own cloakrooms and toilets. There is a disabled toilet which is directly accessible from the hall. This building also houses the office staff, reception, head teacher's office, deputy head teacher and inclusion manager's offices, group teaching area, library, school meals kitchen, resource room and a large staff room.
There are extensive and pleasant grounds with a wildlife area, a pond, shaded picnic area, large playing fields and three playgrounds, recently updated with fantastic play equipment. The parent's association funded an all weather surface for one of our adventure playgrounds. We also have our own indoor, heated swimming pool.

We work closely with other schools, both secondary and primary and are part of the Harlow Education Consortium. We have a committed team of parents who form our Friends of Pear Tree Mead Association and hold many fund-raising events. We also run an adult helper scheme.

If you would like to arrange a visit to look around the school please contact the school office on 01279 836181.

 

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