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Meridian Primary School
Harbour Avenue, CB23 7DD, UK Comberton
Tel. 01223 262423


The Meridian Primary School was opened in September 1968 and serves the villages of Comberton, Toft, Great Eversden and Little Eversden.

The school is situated some five miles south-west of Cambridge. Prior to starting school the majority of children attend a local playgroup. At eleven they normally transfer to Comberton Village College.

Staff, volunteers and governors

The school employs a large staff including teachers, office staff, learning support and assistants, site manager, cleaners, midday supervisors and kitchen staff.

Many parents work in the school as volunteers and there is an active PTA.

There are 15 highly committed governors, of whom 5 are parents, 3 staff and the remainder members of the community.

Organisation and facilities

Approximately 300 children attend Meridian School. They are organised into ten classes, which are grouped around paved courtyards.

We have a school hall which is used during the day for school assembly and P.E. As the school kitchen is attached to the hall we also serve lunch there.

In 2001 we installed a new IT suite with 16 workstations and in 2003 a new hi-tech library. In 2006 the toilets underwent major refurbishment.


There are two hard play areas, equipped with state-of-the-art playground equipment - one for infant children and the other for junior children. The school has its own playing field with direct access to the village recreation ground.

On site there is also an open-air, heated swimming pool which is used during the Summer term.

On the contact page there is a scale map showing the exact location of our school...Do take a look...

  • Contact us - How to contact Meridian School
  • Plan - A plan of Meridian School


The Meridian Community

Opening minds, eyes, ears and hearts.

The National Curriculum

As a state school within the Cambridgeshire Local Education Authority, Meridian School teaches the National Curriculum of England and Wales.

The parents' zone of the DFES website explains the National Curriculum in detail, including the key stages, assessments and other statutory information.

Child studying

Our principles

Here we see a photo of the Meridian Mill in Malawi. Pupils at Meridian held table top sales and games activities to raise enough money to buy the mill.

Meridian has adopted the following principles to guide its application of the National Curriculum:

  • Create a safe, happy and healthy environment in which each child feels secure and valued and is able to develop as a confident individual
  • Through a broad and balanced curriculum and through a variety of teaching styles, help all children, including those with special needs, to achieve their full potential in all curriculum subjects
  • Help pupils develop lively, enquiring minds, with an ability to question and discuss rationally and to communicate clearly
  • Develop good working habits through concentration and self-discipline and to encourage independent learning
  • Offer a programme which will develop knowledge, understanding, imagination and practical skills in all areas of the curriculum
  • Develop basic skills of numeracy and literacy
  • Develop and encourage honesty and an understanding of the needs and views of others
  • Expect that pupils will show courtesy and consideration to everyone in the school and also in the wider community
  • Encourage children to work with staff and with each other to acquire respect for themselves and others
  • Encourage an understanding and tolerance of different faiths, moral values and ways of life
  • Help pupils understand the world in which we live and the interdependence of groups and nations

Class organisation and teaching style

Teaching styles in general vary from teacher to teacher and also depend on the activity. Sometimes it is necessary to introduce a theme with a whole class session, i.e. "chalk and talk". On other occasions this style of teaching would be out of place and group work, either in pairs or larger groups, is the order of the day. Yet again there maybe other times when it is necessary for each child to work individually.

School visits

The school organises a wide range of visits to enrich and extend the curriculum. These range from local visits within the school day to a residential trip for year 5 pupils.

Recent visits have included Kentwell, Wimpole Hall, Grafham Water, Duxford and Stratford-upon-Avon. The residential trip for year 5 usually takes place in the spring or summer term.

Visits that take place within the school day are free-of-charge, though we normally ask for a voluntary contribution from parents to help cover the costs.

Visits outside the school day, including the week away, are chargeable. Parents who have difficulties paying are invited to contact the head teacher, who will deal with the matter sympathetically and in the strictest confidence.

Special educational needs

Teachers select appropriate content, resources, methods and organisation to match each individual child's abilities and needs within a group situation.

The school caters for the needs of all pupils with special educational needs, with or without statements. Pupils with special needs are encouraged and helped to become increasingly independent, take responsibility within the school and play a full part in school life.

Extra-curricula activities

Meridian runs a number of extra-curricula activities in such areas as music, sport, dance, drama, sign language and chess. Further details are in the out-of-school section.

Older pupils can become playground assistants, helping with games and looking after younger children at breaks and lunchtimes.

External assessments

Ofsted and the DFES produce reports and compile statistics for all schools in England and Wales.

The Ofsted inspection report from February 2006 can be downloaded by clicking here (PDF file). Other information can be accessed via the links below.


For brevity, we use the term parents to apply both to parents and to legal carers.

Home-school agreement

Our home-school agreement is designed to be discussed by parents with their children and then signed by parents, the Head Teacher and the Chair of Governors.

Approaching the school

The school welcomes parents into the school but, for security and logistical reasons, please contact or report to the office.

If you wish to see a teacher about your child, please book a time via the office.

Becoming a voluntary helper

There are many opportunities to help in classrooms, the office, with sports and clubs, with school visits and with special events. Please discuss opportunities with your child's teacher, the school secretary or any HSA committee member.

The Home School Association (HSA)

The Meridian School is fortunate in that it has a strong parents' and carers' association, which helps and supports the school. Use the link below to visit the HSA pages for more information.

Grounds for Growing (GFG)

Meridian Grounds for Growing makes improvements to the school's outdoor environment, promotes its educational and play use and runs a school gardening club. Use the link below to visit the GFG pages for more information.

Out of School

The school runs and supports a wide variety of clubs, both at lunch-time and after-school. Some of these are run by approved outside organisations and there is a charge. If you feel your child would benefit from a chargeable activity but are unable to pay, please contact in confidence the Head Teacher.

Please follow the Out of School link below for more information

Parents and child


The school enjoys a good relationship with parents and welcomes their involvement in school life, for example through the Home School Association, Grounds for Growing or

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