Mere is an attractive, small rural town nestling in the Wiltshire Downs to the south of Salisbury Plain and on the edge of the Blackmore Vale. It is well served by good road (A303) and main rail line links to London, the West Country and the Dorset Coast. The town has a good range of shops and services and offers the community excellent religious, cultural and sporting interests.
The town was highlighted by the Sunday Times newspaper in April 2016 as one of the Top 10 places to live in the South West of England.
Mere School is a primary school with year 6 children transferring to Gillingham School, Dorset at the age of 11. We operate 8 classes - children are taught in single year groups, not mixed year classes. Classes and staffing issues are constantly addressed.
The school is a modern building on a spacious and attractive site. It benefits from the use of extensive playing fields for sport which are adjoining the school, and has a large hall for gymnastics, dance and theatrical productions. Our pupils also enjoy hot lunches (made from locally sourced, fresh produce) from our school kitchen. The school consists of 9 well-equipped classrooms, a library and an additional hall, as well as offices and a staffroom. Our building is spacious and the envy of most schools!
The school grounds consist of an area of hard playing surface and a large artificial grass area with a good variety of play equipment. There is also a wildlife garden, a garden area with raised beds and a greenhouse for growing produce, a science area and pond, and a large quiet area for children to use during playtimes. The quiet area also doubles up as an outdoor classroom during the school day. Reception class have their own well-equipped play area leading directly from their classroom. Children also have regular supervised lunchtime use of the town's Multi-Use Games Area which adjoins the school. Much of the work on the school grounds has been undertaken by our very active Friends Association from their fund raising activities, and improvements are constantly considered.
Mere School is part of the Mere and Tisbury Cluster of 8 schools. The cluster schools meet regularly for joint events. Our school maintains good links with both the secondary school and our local pre-schools, as well as with the wider community, including our local churches.