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Key Stage 1

Year 1 Yew


Year 1 includes children in the age range from 5-6 years of age. We believe that young learners learn best by doing and we encourage our children to take that approach and we support them in ‘having a go’. Exciting topics and play activities help make Year One a stimulating time to learn.

Miss Akhurst

Miss Akhurst joined Meadowside in March 2015 and teaches Monday – Friday in year 1. Miss Akhurst shares the responsibility of leading the ‘Eco-warriors’ alongside Mrs Stewart and is also a member of the curriculum team.

“It is an absolute pleasure to come to school each day and work with such fantastic and enthusiastic children and staff! Everyone is so friendly and kind and it truly is a family atmosphere.”


Mrs Stevens

Miss Akhurst is enthusiastically supported by the excellent Mrs Stevens a professionally qualified Teaching Assistant who joined Meadowside in 2003 and has experience in EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Keys stage 2. Mrs Stevens is qualified in Thrive and helps develop confident and resilient children. 

“I love my job and look forward to work every day! I enjoy helping children to reach their potential in all aspects of their school life. I like being part of the development of a great school.”

Mrs Emery

Mrs Emery joined us in 2013 and works in 1:1 support in Year 1.

“I really enjoy being part of the Meadowside family. It is very rewarding and I provide individual children with additional support, helping them shine and reach their full potential.

I work in a safe environment with fantastic staff who always support each other and children who can’t wait to learn!”

Year 2 Apple

Year 2 includes children from 6-7 years of age and are the oldest children in the infants. We like to take on extra responsibility to set a good example to the younger children. At the end of Year 2, the children undertake SATs to help identify next steps for the beginning of Key Stage 2. A big part of our curriculum in the summer helps prepare the children for this transition.

Miss Mellersh

The Year 2 Teacher is Miss Mellersh, who joined Meadowside in 2006. She has taught across all of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and is a member of our Senior Leadership Team. Miss Mellersh leads English and is on the Assessment team. She has offered extra curricular activities such as Spanish, Sign Language and Board Games.

“I thoroughly enjoy teaching at Meadowside, and think we make a fantastic school family with a love for learning and enthusiasm for life. Teaching our young children to be responsible, courteous citizens is an absolute must, and we do it brilliantly!!”


Mrs King

Miss Mellersh is very ably assisted by Mrs King a professionally qualified Teaching Assistant. Mrs King joined Meadowside in 2012 and is enjoying her time at our school.

“Since joining the Meadowside family, I have realised just how much of a fun, enjoyable atmosphere this school has. We always encourage individual successes.”


Additional Staff

Miss Visaranta

The reception team are supported by Miss Visaranta, a professionally qualified Teaching Assistant who joined Meadowside in September 2015. Miss Visaranta works 1:1, or in very small groups across Key Stage 1. If something arty has gone up in school, you can be sure Miss Visaranta is behind it! We are very lucky to have such a talented member of our team on board!


“Hello everyone! I’m pleased to be working at Meadowside Primary School. I live local to the area and my main passion is creativity.”

Mrs Stewart

 Mrs Stewart is currently on maternity leave.


Mrs Stewart joined us in 2015. She is a valued teaching assistant and we are very lucky to have her expertise on our team. Mrs Stewart is also a talented dancer and works with the children in school productions and special assemblies. Mrs Stewart shares the responsibility of leading the ‘Eco-warriors’ alongside Miss Akhurst.