Glebelands is a popular school serving the Glebelands and Thurcaston Park areas of North West Leicester, with many children travelling to the school from a much wider area. The school opened in 1997 and now has approximately 280 children between the ages of 3 and 11.
Ofsted (2010) described Glebelands as a good and improving school with ambitions to be even better.
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At Glebelands we want children to:
· strive for their best achievement
· have confidence, self-worth and a positive attitude to learning
· develop enquiring minds and a spirit of curiosity
· become independent learners
· develop individual strengths
· be tolerant and respectful of themselves and others
· care for their body, mind and spirit
· take their place as active members of the world community
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Staff provide a stimulating working environment with imaginative teaching. Children’s learning is enriched through a range of out of school clubs and visits, including residential visits.
Each child is an individual to be nurtured and supported. We have a good record of working with children who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and became the first primary school in Leicester to be awarded Dyslexic Friendly School status.
Our Gold Artsmark reflects our commitment to developing the arts. Our choirs and drama groups perform in public each year. Click here for arts.
Children and staff are encouraged to respect the natural resources that we use. All our paper and food waste is recycled. We were one of the first schools in the country to achieve the environmental EMAS status.
We have high expectations of children’s behaviour. All children are assembly every week to celebrate children’s successes, to which parents are invited.
As a school with Enhanced Healthy Schools status we are committed to the children’s health and safety. Foundation and Key Stage 1 children have free fruit every day. and we have a healthy tuck shop. Healthy school meals are cooked on site. Click here for school dinners. We have signed up to the Anti Bullying Charter. Click here for anti-bullying.
We gained the Activemark because of our commitment to providing high quality physical education and a range of extra-curricular sports and dance opportunities. Click here for sports.
Our modern building is set within its own grounds and is well equipped. Facilities include a library, a newly refurbished computer suite, a separate Foundation base for our youngest children, classrooms with computers connected to interactive whiteboards, changing rooms and a disabled toilet. It is all on one level.
The school admits up to 40 children in each year group. Application forms are available from the school office.
Children aged 3 on 31st August are entitled to a year’s part time education. Children aged 4 and above on 31st August may start full time.
Where Glebelands is a suitable school for children with disabilities, our disability action plan (available on the website) provides for adaptations such as a disabled toilet and modifications to the classroom for children on the autistic spectrum.
We want to work closely with parents as partners in their child’s education. Staff are happy to talk to parents throughout the year and we welcome parents who would like to help in the classroom. An active Parent Teacher Association organises activities for the children and raises funds for the school.
Glebelands is in the process of becoming an extended school. We work closely with the Glebelands Pre-School who share our site and provide before and after school child care.
What children say about us:
'Everyone loves the school and works hard'
'We all get on very well with each other.'
What parents say about us:
“I can see that Glebelands is a happy, thriving place... with an engaged and highly motivated team of people who want the best for everyone."
"The school supports my children’s development and encourages their full potential.”
"Thank you for all the hard work and relationships built with my child. He enjoys going to school and speaks highly of all the staff."
"I feel my child's improvement is due to having encouragement from the excellent teachers she has had."
Parents are very welcome to come and look round the school. Please contact the school office (0116 234 0010) to make an appointment
At Glebelands, children and staff have agreed the following:
What we all expect of children when they are learning: To
What we all expect of staff when they are supporting learning: To
Attitudes we expect from every child: To
Attitudes we expect from staff: To
These expectations were suggested by the children through Whole School Circle Time and agreed by staff on our training day - August 2010
Glebelands can be reached from the A46, via the A6 to Birstall and Greengate Lane, or from the A563 Leicester Outer Ring Road, via Beaumont Leys Lane.
We operate a voluntary one way system on the roads around school as they can become very congested.
When parking, please respect our neighbours and do obstruct their drives, park on corners or on the zig-zag lines by the school entrances.
The governors are committed to keeping class sizes small wherever possible.
The school can admit up to 40 children in each year.
Foundation children are split into two classes with a mixture of F1 and F2 children in each. Each class has a class teacher who will work with them for parts of the day. At other times they will work as year groups or altogether in the Foundation Base. Two nursery nurses and a part time teaching assistant also work with the children.
The school is organised into bases with three classes in each base.
Key Stage 1: Years 1 and 2
Lower Key Stage 2: Years 3 and 4
Upper Key Stage 2: Years 5 and 6
Each pair of year groups are organised into three classes. Usually one of these will be a mixed age class. The way we spilt the children into classes will vary year to year as we look at the particular characteristics of the year groups involved and the needs of individual children. The factors we consider may include the age of children, their ability and their social groupings.
Glebelands pre-school and before and after school club are a separate organisation. We do have close links, with many of our children transferring from the pre-school.
They also bring and collect children from the before & after school club. Click here for their website. Contact them on 0116 236 2122.