‘Together we strive to create and nurture an inclusive child centred environment where our teaching and learning celebrates individuality and inspires all children to reach their potential as lifelong learners.’
Millennium Integrated Primary School prides itself on its positive commitment to integrated, all-ability education and inclusive child-centred education which includes a commitment to equality of opportunity and working in partnership with governors, teachers, parents and the local community.
Millennium Integrated Primary School opened in September 2000, with ten P1 children, a teaching principal and a classroom assistant, on a temporary site. This new integrated primary school was pioneered by a group of parents who were passionate in their desire to deliver integrated education. Millennium Integrated Primary School is situated on the Old Saintfield Road between Saintfield and Carryduff and proudly serves the local and wider community. In 2013, Millennium Integrated Primary School was granted a Development Proposal to allow the school to grow further to a double entry intake and an enrolment capacity of 400 pupils.
Millennium provides a nurturing and inclusive environment for children of all abilities. The strength of the ethos is characterised by the commitment of all the staff to integration and outstanding learning for all the pupils at the school. The quality of the children’s achievements is very high and the school inspection reports note that the school achieves standards that are ‘very good’ to ‘outstanding’. There is dedicated provision for our children with special educational needs and a positive and proactive approach is taken to ensure that early intervention strategies are in place.
The school staff is presently made up of 17 teaching staff, including the vice principal, full time SENCO, and one full time special needs teacher. In addition, there are two learning support assistants across P1 to P7, two P1 assistants, two P2 assistants, and two nursery assistants. There is also a full complement of non-teaching administrative and financial staff, a building supervisor and catering staff.
Millennium has on-site Breakfast and After-School facilities and to ensure that the children are afforded a wide range of experiences offers a wide range of extracurricular activities for the pupils, including netball, Gaelic, football, gardening club, dance, lyre, Monkeynastix and choir. These clubs are all taken by specialist coaches and teachers and are provided at a reasonable cost. The school boasts a dedicated library, and music, sport and drama are very important parts of the fabric of the school.
The school benefits from a supportive Board of Governors, a very active Parent’s Council, and excellent partnerships which exist between staff, governors, parents and children.
At Millennium Integrated Primary School we aim….
- To provide a welcoming, happy, secure learning environment, giving all children stimulating, challenging and equal educational experiences. We want our children to learn effectively and to be empowered to communicate clearly and confidently.
- To educate together children from all faith backgrounds and none.
- To provide a broad and balanced curriculum.
- To nurture the child’s self-esteem in an environment where each person feels valued and respected so that they can accept others whose ideas and beliefs are different from their own.
- To develop in our children an-open-mindedness about the world and the confidence and ability to think, question, observe and make wise decisions.
- To help children to develop personally, spiritually and socially, recognising the importance of self-fulfilment, irrespective of ability.
- To strive continuously for improvement by having high expectations and through active, co-operative and independent learning, as well as through quality teaching and learning as well as through quality teaching enhanced by effective staff development.
- To promote a supportive, respectful partnership between school, the home and the wider community.