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Meadowdale Academy

Hazelmere Avenue

Bedlington, Northumberland

NE22 6HA

01670 823170



Primary School Admissions 

If you'd like to visit us to see if Meadowdale Academy is the right school for your child, please call 01670 823170 to arrange a tour with our headteacher, Lindsay Coates.

Special Educational Needs And Disabilities

We are committed to meeting the needs of all children including those with special educational needs and disabilities. We would ask parents to discuss the identified needs with the school prior to starting so that appropriate intervention and support can be planned and implemented. 

In Year Admissions

For any new admissions during the school year you must complete the NELT in-year admissions form (download below), for further information please contact Joanne Barker at or call 0191 563 4190 (ext. 10120).

All admission documents  and policies can be found here


Our local academy council members are: Kim Bennett (Chair), Linsday Coates (Headteacher), Andrea Gavaghan, Danielle Sparrow, Helene Turner, Kirsty Keen, Rosie Brimelow, Steve Richards, Rachel Morgan and Joanna Lamb.

Find our governors’ register of interest here

Find out governors’ register of attendance here


We make sure that children at Meadowdale Academy can access a curriculum that is balanced, relevant and responsive. Find out more about our curriculum below or contact the school office.

Curriculum intent 

Meadowdale Academy aims to provide a creative, inclusive, challenging and real-world curriculum that inspires future thinkers, innovators and problem solvers in an immersive environment that stimulates and supports high quality learning. To ensure that all learners exceed their potential academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually with their families, in their communities as in the wider world ensuring that they become ambitious lifelong learners.

Our curriculum is customised, tailor-made and structured so that the development of knowledge, skills and vocabulary is completed in a systematic and logical sequence, with big ideas being re-introduced throughout Key Stages in a variety of projects, making links between subjects and content.  The curriculum is organised to support pupils growing depth of learning using a project-based, thematic approach, it provides children with a range and breadth of rich and memorable learning experiences which promotes SMSC and British Values.

When designing our curriculum, we have ensured a well-planned program which recognises the knowledge and skills, pupils will need for later life taking into account our local coal mining heritage.  Meadowdale Academy places the community at the heart of all it does, we strive to leave a legacy for future learners and generations to come.

The teaching of all subjects within the curriculum is fully compliant with our duties under the Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 as exemplified in the NELT Equality and Diversity statement and objectives, the Academy SEND Policy and reported through the SEND Information Report.

View our curriculum intent document here 

View our curriculum themes here 

Teaching of reading, writing and maths 

At Meadowdale Academy, we really love writing as it gives us the opportunity to express our thoughts and opinions, and be truly creative with our imaginations. Writing has endless possibilities. 

When our children leave Meadowdale, we want them to have developed a love for all elements of the English curriculum; reading, writing and the spoken word. 

We want to produce children who write with confidence and accuracy for a variety of purposes and audiences whilst developing their own individual flair. We intend for our children to be able to write with grammatical accuracy and be able to apply spelling patterns correctly using a neat handwriting style. 

We aim to expose our children to a wide range of vocabulary so that they are able to decipher new words and use them when speaking both informally and formally. We recognise the importance of purpose and audience in our writing and want our children to develop a love for producing independent written work that they are proud of. We also aim for our children to apply all of these English skills to all areas of the curriculum. 

The process of writing is challenging and exciting, but when we are finished, we have the reward of a story or a report that has been brought to life. Writing is a great form of escape and allows our imagination to flow. We write to tell stories with amazing characters who face dilemmas, to inform and report on the world around us and to persuade adults and friends to listen to a cause close to our hearts.

Our children are very proud of their writing and love to share it with friends, family and visitors.

Our maths lesson approach in all year groups enables children to work independently and with a partner, to discuss the maths they are learning to solve problems and challenges. We believe every child can succeed in maths. 

We use the concrete, pictorial, abstract approach, allowing pupils plenty of time with objects and manipulatives to build their understanding of a concept, looking at the why and how initially. Building to pictorial representations to aid pupils' reasoning and problems-solving before moving onto abstract methods for more complex calculations.

Maths planning is set out as small sequential steps necessary for a deep and lasting understanding. These steps are taken at the necessary pace of the class, teachers will use their judgement and only move on when they are confident that pupils have grasped the small step. We believe these small steps will avoid cognitive overload and help us to cover the depth necessary for a greater understanding. 

Our maths lessons also show the connections or links between topics that are necessary for understanding and building on key skills that are essential for fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We encourage pupils to ask, ‘What do I know already?’ before tackling any problem and look for efficient methods of calculations, as well as, being able to check their own work and prove their thinking. 

Fluency, reasoning and problem-solving should be an integrated part of every lesson. Allowing plenty of time for children to talk and explain their thinking. Pupils need to be aware that the journey in maths is the most important, the process and strategies used to solve a problem, drawing on known facts. It is not always essential to find a solution or, on occasions, many solutions may be possible. 

Maths helps us in the everyday world but also allows us to describe, investigate, create, reason and explain.

We are passionate about reading and we try to share what we most enjoy about reading and encourage our children to read new genres and ever more challenging texts. Our children learn to read for enjoyment every day to develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. 

In Early Years and Key Stage One we use the Read Write Inc reading scheme both in school and for home reading. This ensures home reading books match the phonics children have learned so, early on, they experience success and gain confidence. As children complete Read Write Inc., they follow Accelerated Reader with a focus on comprehension, engaged reading time and complexity. 

Reading enables children to transform the way they see the world outside of school. Our children are encouraged to see that the written word can compete with electronic media. Reading requires the creative participation of the individual… that is what makes it so rewarding and special. But we also ensure a daily class story or novel is shared in all year groups. We hope you agree that our creativity will help children to share our own love of reading.

Year group overviews

Nursery whole year overview

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Nursery Summer 1           Nursery Summer 2  

Reception whole year overview

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Year 1 whole year overview

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Year 2 whole year overview

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Year 5 whole year overview

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Year 6 whole year overview

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