Universal Free School Meals

What does it mean? It means great news for you and your child:

From September 2014 all children in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England will receive free school meals. The government made this decision after a recommendation in the School Food Plan. This is very exciting news and has fantastic benefits for our children, parents and the school.

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The School Food Plan

The School Food Plan, published in July 2013, aims to further increase the quality and take-up of school meals, develop a whole-school food culture in every school and excite children about good food and cooking so that they can lead healthy lives.

Read more: The School Food Plan


The Meads Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with their parents/carers unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Catherine Glantz (Assistant Headteacher). Our Deputy DSLs are Mrs Jenni Mills (Inclusion Manager) and Mrs Sharon Downey (Family Worker). Mr Tariq Khan and Miss Holly Stack (Family Workers) are also part of our safeguarding team. The Head Teacher Richard Jenkins, has overall responsibility for Safeguarding and Child Protection in the school

Read more: Policies

New National Curriculum

In September 2014, The Meads Primary School implemented the New National Curriculum.
This new approach allows teachers to be more creative with their lessons across all subjects. This distinct and dynamic curriculum enables our children to become confident and thoughtful learners while being responsible citizens of their community and society.

You can find out more about the New National Curriculum here.

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Assessment of Pupils without Levels

As part of Government reforms, the current system of national curriculum levels used to report children’s attainment and progress will be removed.  It will not be replaced. Government is encouraging schools to introduce their own approaches to assessment to support pupil attainment and progression.

Read more: Assessment of Pupils without Levels


Get informed regularly with the School newsletters and achievement newsletters.

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Term Dates

School Term dates for the academic year 2018/2019

For a calendar please click here


Staff Training Days: Monday 3rd September 2018; Tuesday 4th September 2018, Monday 15th October 2018

Term Starts: Wednesday 5th September 2018

Half Term: Monday 22nd October to Friday 26th October 2018

Term Ends: Friday 21st December 2018


Staff Training Days: Monday 7th January 2019

Term Starts: Tuesday 8th January 2019

Half Term: Monday 18th February to Friday 22nd February

Term Ends: Friday 5th April 2019


Staff Training Days: Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Term Starts: Wednesday 24th April 2019

May Day Holiday: Monday 6th May 2019

Half Term: Monday 27th May to Friday 31st May 2019

Term Ends: Tuesday 23rd July 2019


School Term dates for the academic year 2019/2020

For a calendar please click here


Staff Training Days: Monday 2nd September 2018; Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Term Starts: Wednesday 4th September 2019

Half Term: Monday 21st October to Friday 25th October 2019

Term Ends: Friday 20th December 2019


Staff Training Days: Friday 3rd January 2020, 24th February 2020

Term Starts: Monday 6th January 2020

Half Term: Monday 17th February to Friday 21st February 2020

Term Ends: Friday 3rd April 2020


Staff Training Days: 17th July 2020

Term Starts: Monday 20th April 2020

May Day Holiday: Friday 8th May 2020

Half Term: Monday 25th May to Friday 29th May 2020

Term Ends: Thursday 16th July 2020

Find more information at Luton.gov.uk School Term Dates website.


School meals


As part of Luton Borough Council catering service, at The Meads we understand the importance of school meals for children, both for physical needs and also as a key part of the educational process. We like to encourage all children to enjoy school meals, to allow them to benefit from a wide choice and at the same time to take part in the social experience with friends.

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Brochures & Forms

Here you can find information about the school policies and other documents related.

Read more: Brochures & Forms


Our Mission Statement


At The Meads we are proud to celebrate each child as an individual with unique needs, aspirations and beliefs. We aim to give each child the opportunity to flourish and develop through a nurturing, creative and engaging learning journey, enabling them to take responsibility for their own learning. Our values programme promotes diversity and unites children, parents, staff, governors and the wider community in our shared vision to help our children to become emotionally intelligent, resilient and socially responsible individuals who set and achieve the highest standards for themselves.

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Our Values

August 2019

This month's value is Happiness. Happiness is not out there, it's in you.

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Online Safety Update 20th May 2019

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Online Safety Update 13th May 2019

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Online Safety – Distorted Selfies

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Online Safety Update 6th May 2019

Children and Social Media (privacy settings) Last week I was at a wonderful school speaking to Y3 and 4 children. As part of the talk with the children, the subject of social media and privacy settings came up. One Y3 child stated that she wasn’t...




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