Beyond the Classroom
The children at Monken Hadley come from a range of backgrounds and our aim is to ensure ALL children have enriched experiences throughout their time at school, building their cultural capital. To achieve this, the school exposes the children to a range of opportunities across all curriculum areas. Such as regular educational visits per term, drama workshops, an opportunity to learn musical instruments, science workshops, and whole-school book week.
With our location being on the edge of Hadley Wood and Common we include forest school activities throughout the year making the most of our surroundings.
Pupil Voice and leadership
We value our pupil opinions and views of curriculum and their experiences at Monken Hadley. We regularly collect pupil views and feedback and use this to tailor and adapt our curriculum to incorporate the pupil’s views. Pupils contribute to the newsletter sharing their experiences. We have a school council made of children elected from each class and the older children run these meetings. Our Year 6s can stand for House Captains and playground buddies, helping them develop both their public speaking and leadership skills,
We Are Community
Our school has strong links with our community. Our commitment to a broader curriculum includes children understanding they have a role in the community in which they come to school. Spending time out in the community and understanding that they have responsibilities beyond themselves is important to us and so opportunities for these community links are built into our curriculum. Whether it is raising money for local food banks, collecting food donations for the elderly, visiting local care homes or singing at Barnet Hospital, developing in our children a sense of responsibility and a place in our community is an essential element of life at Monken Hadley.
Developing independence and new skills is a key part of primary school life. This is enhanced at our school through extended school journey experiences for both Year 5 and Year 6. Three days and five days away respectively at activity centres gives the children an opportunity to try climbing, rafting, abseiling, working as a team and becoming more self sufficient. Often, these trips are one of the highlights of primary school!