A welcome from the Principal


Posted by ebeveridge | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 16-09-2016


Welcome to Middlethorpe Primary Academy’s Blog!

We hope that you enjoy browsing through our wonderful learning experiences as much as we have enjoyed being part of them. At Middlethorpe we believe in memorable learning, learning that sticks and most importantly inspiring a love of learning. Our dedicated staff, children and parents make this academy what it is- a family, a community but with a cutting edge when it comes to moving education forward. We know the world that our children will enter as adults is difficult to imagine and for that reason we are committed to giving children the skills to learn and relearn. We do this in a variety of ways; Building Learning Power, Talk for Learning and our new, evolving Enquiry Focused Curriculum. As the new Principal of this amazing academy, I have been overwhelmed by the way our pupils conduct themselves and use their learning powers. They glow with curiosity, a love of learning, will and determination. It is always the highlight of my day when the children come to show me what they have been up to. Below are the happy faces of Taurus, Noah and Sophie after they discovered a dinosaur bone and Charlie’s dream- catcher created for the BFG!



Our Roald Dahl birthday celebrations were incredible and it was great to see so many families enjoying a good book! Thank you to everyone who came along to celebrate. We will have many, many more opportunities for you to come and see what learning is like at Middlethorpe as we move through the year. We will aim to offer these events at different times of the day to suit all working patterns.


We believe that reading is the passport learning, as Dr Seuss said, ‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go’. We offer a variety of opportunities for our pupils to read including; reading books, Bug Club, lunchtime reading club and our library service.

This academic year is already shaping up to be the best yet at Middlethorpe. I look forward to working with children, staff and parents to give our children a world-class educational experience. If you have any questions, compliments or queries then please pop and see me at the gate in a morning or evening, send me an email or make an appointment at the office.

Here’s to a great year of learning at Middlethorpe Primary Academy.

Emma Beveridge


Twitter: @EmmaJBeveridge



Posted by ebeveridge | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 13-12-2017

It is almost that time of year again but at Middlethorpe, we always have reason to celebrate. Our new Monday celebration assembly has become our favourite part of the week and we are really enjoying celebrating the wonderful mindset that our children are showing.

Our Mindset work is already having an incredibly positive impact on learning outcomes. A familiar phrase around the building is, ‘I can’t do it… yet’ and because our children understand that they will make mistakes, they are checking their learning more thoroughly. This is enabling pupils to be incredibly successful.

The next step in this work is to develop autonomy in children’s willingness to learn and their confidence when working independently. We are all working really hard to discover how we can best achieve this in school and some celebration assembly nominations may be for independence and resilience .

If your child is nominated for Celebration Assembly, you should receive a text no later than midday on a Friday as the nominations are made during Friday morning each week. If for some reason, you are unable to attend the assembly, please get in touch with school and we can look to delay your child’s celebration until the following week. You can contact the school via the office or email me directly.

Middlethorpe Mindset


Posted by ebeveridge | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 08-09-2017

My first year at Middlethorpe has flown by and what a year it was! 2017 was the year that Middlethorpe Primary Academy officially became outstanding, although we had known it for a long time before. One of the key reasons why this coveted judgement was awarded to us is because, as it said in the report, ‘we do not rest on our laurels’.

In education, we have to constantly analyse outcomes and redesign the provision that is place in order to provide the very best for our children. Analysis from last year has led the staff to ask the question, ‘how can we design a learning climate that enables children to be successful independently?’ This is our key priority one for 2017/18 because we find that our children are apprehensive when presented with a challenge that they have to complete on their own.

We want our children to be truly successful people at Middlethorpe and beyond so we are aiming towards the idea of ‘what I can do in a team today, I can do on my own tomorrow’ and ‘be the best me I can be’. For this vision to be successful we are applying research and strategies regarding mindset and in particular growth mindset. We are calling it Middlethorpe Mindset. We want our children to believe in themselves, to believe that they can do it and see the value in making mistakes. The biggest factor in a child’s mindset is the mindset of their parents and for that reason we would like to share what we are doing in school with you.

On Thursday 14th September we are hosting a Failure Festival. The afternoon will include a presentation  to learn more about the brain, Mindset and how we can improve our children’s life chances as well as their emotional and mental health and wellbeing. It will also include an opportunity for you to join your child in their classroom and see the  Middlethorpe Mindset in action.

We are looking to have every parent join us on this day. Our Middlethorpe Mindset vision will only work if we all work together!

Thank you!


Posted by ebeveridge | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 15-03-2017

I would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone within the Middlethorpe family for the support during the Ofsted inspection last week. The kind words expressed directly to inspectors and via the Parent View questionnaires gave an insight into how special our academy is. I am full of pride to be able to lead this amazing academy and I am astounded on a daily basis by the children, staff and parents that make Middlethorpe out of this world!

The outcome of the inspection will be announced in approximately four weeks and a full report will be published.


Wishing you a wonderful 2017!


Posted by ebeveridge | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 01-02-2017

Happy New Year to everyone at Middlethorpe Primary Academy. I can’t believe that we are already two weeks into the new term and what a start we have had. On 21st December, our staff were in school working on our project-based learning. Children across the school are now working on a learning project in their newly invigorated and immersive learning environments.

In Neptune and Earth classes, children are being asked the question ‘Is it worth the risk?’ as they embark on learning based on the book Shackleton and  his quest to cross Antarctica.

In Mercury and Saturn classes, children are being asked the question ‘How can we save the world?’ . Their learning will lead them to create promotional films that encourage people to save endangered animals.

In Venus and Jupiter classes, they are being asked the question ‘Who is king of the Jungle?’ The final exhibition will be the performance of a jungle dance, wearing the costumes that they have created.

Mars class are wondering about ‘Happily Ever After…’. Their learning is based on famous fairy tales, with the final exhibition being the opening and unveiling of the children’s fairy tale village in which they will re-enact fairy tale stories.


The celebrations have started!


Posted by ebeveridge | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 02-12-2016


The celebrations have started!

cf-4Behind the scenes our children, Friends of Middlethorpe and staff have been working tirelessly to organise and stock our Christmas fair and what a fantastic job they did! Their hard worked paid off…So far the grand total profit raised approximately £1,250!!! This is unbelievable. Everyone at the academy would like to say an enormous thank you to parents, carers, grandparents, aunties, uncles and friends who came to our fair and helped us to raise such a fantastic amount of money.

As I am sure you are all aware, educational budgets are being tightened across the country and for that reason we are even more grateful for your generosity. I would also like to say a huge thank you for the fantastic number of shoe boxes as part of the Samaritans Purse Shoebox appeal.

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Having met with the Academy Council and spoken with staff and parents, we have made the decision that this £1,250 will be the start of a fundraising challenge. We would like to improve opportunities for outdoor learning across the academy. Fundraising could provide a covered space for outdoor learning in KS1, a sensory garden, opportunities to lessen our carbon footprint and development of an eco-friendly environment at Middlethorpe. Over the coming months a display showing the total raised will be created and events will be put onto the calendar. The design of this will be created by children, parents and staff.


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Once again, thank you so much for your generosity and kindness. I look forward to my first Christmas at Middlethorpe.


Emma Beveridge

A Great Start and Academy Council Elections!


Posted by ebeveridge | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 09-10-2016

We have had a great start to the new academic year. I can’t believe that we have already been back for five weeks – time certainly does fly when you are having fun! The best part of my job is when our amazing children arrive at my office door to celebrate their achievements. If pupils are seen to be using their learning powers or putting an incredible amount of effort into their learning, they come to see me to celebrate. I have seen so much amazing learning! I am so proud of the fantastic children and staff at our academy.


Above are photographs of just a small selection of celebrations of learning that I have been lucky enough to be part of. Finnley is pictured with his amazing home learning- a shield designed as his family crest. The next picture is not a 3D castle model, it is actually a cake! Gracie in year 6 brought this masterpiece to show me. I look forward to seeing her on the Great British Bake Off in a few years time. Next are a group of children from class 5 who brought me their reading records to celebrate the amount of time that they are dedicating to reading. The final photograph is class 4 children showing me the dream catchers that they have been making at home. I am so proud of all of the effort that everyone is putting into all that they do. Keep it up.


This week has seen the very exciting Academy Council Elections. This year, two boys and two girls were selected in every class. These pupils then worked with me to write a speech and they presented this speech in a special assembly on Friday 7th October.

In year 2, Violet, Evie-Mae, Isaac and Luke  were brave and confident.

In year 3, Joshua, Sam, Ava-Rose and Ashleigh gave it their all!

In year 4, Freya, Maddison, Raiden and Jamie put their heart and soul into their speeches.

In year 5 Gracie, Mia, Taurus and Ethan blew our socks off with  maturity and poise!

In year 6, Kody, Finley, Tily and Frankie were amazing ambassadors for Middlethorpe.

Every one did themselves proud!  Having listened to the speeches, all of our pupils took part in a secret poll, made votes and placed them in a ballot box. This gives them a chance to experience the democratic process of voting from a young age. The votes were counted and verified and our new academy council is….

Violet, Luke, Sam, Ashleigh, Maddison, Raiden, Mia, Taurus, Kody and Tilly.

Congratulations and well done! We would all like to say a huge well done to everyone who was nominated. You make me feel extremely proud to be your Principal!


Above- pupils voting for their new Academy Council


Above left to right- All of our candidates, our new Academy Council with their certificates and our new Academy Council celebrating!