Maidwell Primary School

"An Oustanding School in a peaceful, rural setting"


Hardcopies of all policies and reports found on this website are available on request at the school office.

Contact Details

The name, postal address and telephone number of the school, and the name of a person to whom enquiries should be addressed is:

Mrs Rosemarie James, Headteacher, Maidwell Primary School, Draughton Road, Maidwell, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN6 9JF

Our Telephone Number

Our telephone lines are open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday, excluding school holidays. The number to call is: 01604 686240


Maidwell Primary School caters for children from 4 to 11 years. Parents are warmly invited to visit the school.

When do I apply for my child to have a place at Maidwell School?

Maidwell School follows the defined process that is set by the Northants Local Authority. The website link in the sidebar will provide more detail, but below we outline the basic issues.

  • You must apply to the county council for your child's school place. 
  • Parents will be able to apply for a place at Maidwell Primary school for September 2019 from September 2018
  • The school presently has an admission number of 10 pupils per year group. We hope to offer a place to all families who choose Maidwell Primary School, however, parents should be aware that in the event of the school being oversubscribed, the places will be offered in accordance with the Local Authority's regulations.
  • If your child is unsuccessful in gaining a place at Maidwell, please contact the local authority (NCC) and ask to be put onto the waiting list.

How do I apply?

Before making an application, please visit the Northamptonshire County Council website for guidance on how to apply, school information and oversubscription criteria. A link for this site can be found in the sidebar.


In the event of a place not being available, parents may appeal and should write to:

Schools Service,
PO Box 216,
John Dryden House,
8-10 The Lakes,

The admission arrangements for the school in relation to each relevant age group at the school, including any arrangements for selection, any oversubscription criteria and an explanation of the process of applying for a school place is provided by NCC and you will find this in the Key Weblinks in the sidebar.

In May 2014, Maidwell School was inspected by Ofsted. The Inspector commented:

"Outstanding teaching enables pupils to make outstanding gains in their learning from their starting points at school."

"The headteacher provideds very strong leadership.  Determined efforts by the headteacher, subject leaders and governors have maintained the oustanding quality of teaching and pupils' achievement since the previous inspection."

"Pupils' behaviour and knowledge of how to keep themselves safe are excellent"

"The quality of teaching is regularly kept under review and staff support one another extremely well."

"Pupils' moral and social development is promoted particularly well."

"The school caters equally well for all groups of pupils, so all are very happy in school and make excellent progress."

"The curriculum is very well planned and offers pupils a very good range of experiences."

"The governing body is well led and both supports and challenges the school very effectively."

"Very good attention is given to individuals and their progress is tracked very well."

"Parents think highly of the school and all those who completed the 'Parent View' would recommend the school to others."


The most recent report about the school published by her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills can be found in the Key Weblinks in the sidebar


Parent View gives you the chance to tell us what you think about your child’s school and asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child’s school, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. Click the sidebar weblink for this site.

School Comparison Website

The School Comparison Website provides a snapshot of school performance at Key Stages 1, 2 and 4. The dashboard can be used by school governors and by members of the public to check the performance of the school in which they are interested. Click the sidebar weblink for this site.

Performance Data


Each Class at Maidwell has a Newsletter that describes what will be happening in their learning over the coming weeks. It is normal to have a newsletter every term and each is different from term to term.

Each newsletter outlines the focus of each term’s learning. As Class 1 has mixed Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 children the curriculum of those children in Foundation Stage is linked as/when appropriate to the activities experienced in Key Stage 1. The six areas of learning will be accessed and the focus for Foundation Stage is outlined in their own Newsletter. In Key Stage 1 and 2, the following elements of the curriculium are defined so that parents and children understand what objectives are ahead in the term to come. These include; Literacy, Numeracy, Science, ICT, PE, History, Art, RE, DT, Music, Spanish,PSHE.

Phonics and Reading

At Maidwell Primary School we use Read, Write Inc phonics which is called speed sounds.  The children begin by learning the first set of sounds, and as soon as they know a group of sounds they can begin to sound-blend. The children are taught the pure sound in order for sound blending to be effective. So c-a-t will equal cat.  Avoid cuh-a-tuh.  Our learning in the early years meeting in the Autumn term informs parents on how to say pure sounds.  If at any time you would like support in using pure sounds, please speak to a member of our Early Years Team. 

As soon as the children can recognise the first set of speed sounds - c t a h e r d f they can then begin to read using the sound-blend process.  e.g. A fat cat in a red hat.  Soon the children will be reading from our extensive range of Read, Write inc books.  The children have guided reading lessons daily in Reception and three times weekily in Key Stage 1.  In the Guided Reading sessions, the children are grouped according to their reading ability and the session is led by a teacher or teaching assistant.  We also use the Rigby Star guided reading programme.  All of our guided reading books are carefully structured in reading levels and have specific teaching objectives for each session.  The children will also read both fiction and non-fiction texts. 

At Maidwell we also encourage each child to read daily at home, to enable parents/carers and children to read together. We have a wide range of ability banded reading books including the Project X reading books which are written specifically to engage boys in learning, although we find that they are loved by all our children. For further information on the progression of sounds and key words, please use the link to: Reading and Writing in the Early Years.


Pupil Premium

Sports Funding 

PE Provision

At Maidwell Primary School we offer weekly swimming lessons to all of our children from Reception Year 6. The lessons are delivered at Maidwell Hall Swimming Pool which is a few minutes walk away from school. We employ a fully qualified swimming teacher who is supported by Mr Woods, the school's PE Coordinator.

All children also have dedicated PE lessons delivered in our fully equipped school hall. We also have an extensive field which is used for outdoor and athletic activities.

The school provides a range of sporting extra-curricular activities. This year we provide the following in our timetable:

ActivityDay and TimeProvider
Gym Monday 3:30 - 4:30 Pacesetter Sports
Football Tuesday 12:15 - 13:00 Freestyle Football
Rugby Wednesday 15:30 - 16:30 Northants Saints
Olympic Club Thursday 15:30 - 16:30 Pacesetter Sports

To access our evaluation of the impact of our most recent Sports Funding please use the download in the Key Files & Reports panel in the sidebar.

Inclusion - Incorporating Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

Equalities Objectives

  • Children will have an increased understanding of diversity of race and multicultural society
  • To implement strategies which engage boys in learning in accordance with the national agenda
  • To promote inclusion of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN); children with SEN meet their individual targets and have high levels of self-esteem

Charging & Remissions

Safeguarding & Child Protection

Vision & Ethos

Our aim is to create a school where everyone feels part of a partnership working towards providing the best education for our children.

We will accomplish this by:

  • Creating a happy and secure environment where everyone is valued and can grow in confidence
  • Setting high standards and helping children achieve their full potential
  • Providing a carefully planned and well equipped environment, which meets both the demands of the National Curriculum and the needs of the children
  • Ensuring quality teaching and learning through a continual review and improvement of the service we provide
  • Encouraging self-esteem and respect for all
  • Providing a balanced and focussed curriculum which will develop engaged, lively and questioning minds


Our Governors web page details who our governors are, their roles and responsibilities. We also show a declaration of interest and fit and proper declaration.

Complaints procedures

Key Files & Reports