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Mere School

The vision of the Governing Body of Mere School is that the school is:

  • a place where pupils are safe and they feel safe – emotionally, intellectually and physically.
  • a place where learning is the main purpose of all activity.  Each pupil’s learning is supported and guided and pupils are encouraged to take a positive role in guiding their own learning.  Parents are, likewise encouraged to take an active role in their children’s learning.
  • a place where pupils’ achievements both small and large are acknowledged.  In the same way, pupils’ endeavour is celebrated. The highest standards of educational achievement are the goal for each and every pupil.
  • a place of opportunity for a wide variety of children where respect for one another is paramount.
  • a place where the opinions of pupils, parents, staff, governors and the local community are sought and contribute to the further development of the school.

What do parents, visitors and former pupils say about Mere School?


Song for Mere School

Listen to a song performed by former pupil Klara Jenkins on Youtube:

"You have made a difference, you have shaped our minds, you have changed the world, one child at a time..."


  • “After my children lost their Uncle, Mere School were amazing. …..they went above and beyond my expectations.”
  • "My child has thrived, thanks to the excellent teachers."


  • “The school nurse helped my children when they had personal issues. I couldn't ask for better support.”


  • "We love the school."


  • "My daughter has settled in very well, Blue Class teachers have made sure she has had the best start to her school years."


  • "Very pleased with Reception class, the experience and the teachers."


  • "Fantastic residential trip. Made such a huge and lasting impact/impression on my child."


From a parent who assisted on a school trip:
I have had a wonderful day at the farm with KS1, we have such a great school and are very lucky our children get to experience these days out! All the children were so polite and behaved really well, which is a pleasure to watch and a credit to the school and all the teachers - that by the way the kids respect and look up to so much. Great role models, can't wait for the next trip.


From our School Improvement Advisor:

“It has been a pleasure visiting Mere Primary School in my role as School Improvement Advisor.  On entering the school it is clear that the atmosphere is calm and orderly.  The children are confident learners and take pride in all they do.  This is demonstrated in the class work and their involvement in a range of activities, for example, playing musical instruments in assembly.  The school has a culture of purposefulness with staff and children having high expectations of themselves and each other.  Adults talk about the school with professionalism and are focused on continuing to develop and improve.  Children, staff and governors respect and effectively support each other in striving to build on their achievements.”


Email from a former parent:


“I just thought I would write a note to you in regards to my son who was previously a pupil with you and I am sure you remember.  He has just completed his GCSEs and achieved some fantastic results – 2 Bs, 6As and 3A*s.


This means that his grades are in the top 15% of all Gillingham School pupils which has made me one very proud mum.

The reason I am sending you this is not to gloat (well maybe a little which I hope you will forgive!) but to show how the hard work from the staff at Mere School has helped my son to be a confident person able to achieve his potential.  I strongly believe that when I moved him to Mere School … with lots of problems, you were able to turn his life around and this has been the making of him.  Without your support, dedication and expertise at that time I think things could have been very different.


Please do keep up the fantastic work you are doing and do let the teachers know that taught my son how grateful I am and how highly he regards them too.”


Extract of a letter from a former parent:


"We would like to take this opportunity to say what a wonderful school we know Mere Primary to be. (Our daughter) has been immensely happy and progressed at the school in every way; we have nothing but full praise on all levels at how the school is run, functions and presents. It is exemplary in every way and we all as a family will take nothing but the happiest of memories with us from the school.

A big thank you to you and all the staff whom work in the school, from the front reception desk, the lunchtime staff and all the teachers that work so hard with the children, that together collectively make the school so good at what it does and such a happy place to be.

Exciting as this move potentially is for our family, it is with much regret that we have to say goodbye and leave behind such a brilliant school as this."


The Senior PE Lecturer from Winchester University:

“I have been a visitor at Mere School since 2013, where the head teacher, staff and pupils have always been very welcoming.  It is the little things that make you feel welcome, colleagues remembering you by your first name, asking if you would like a drink or something to eat, chatting to you as part of the team when you sit in the staffroom and inviting you to events that have been part of (year 6 leaver’s event), or other events the school are proud to celebrate.  Being at one of Mere’s teacher’s book launch was particularly special, seeing how the whole school came together to celebrate the achievements of a member of staff.  I have never witnessed anything like that before.

Having worked with colleagues in physical education specifically, the time committed to all staff to place the health and well being of young people at Mere has been remarkable.  There is a distinct culture of sporting achievement as well as participation that has been clearly nurtured by all staff from physical education lessons right through to individual/team accomplishments in extra-curricular provision.  Teachers and teaching assistants have been genuinely keen to learn, asked questions and contributed to ideas which has ensured working together has always been very productive.  A real team approach.  As a visitor you no longer feel like a visitor .. but part of the wider team.”