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Welcome to Lydgate Junior School.

We aim to ensure that all children receive a high quality, enjoyable and exciting education.

We feel that our school is a true reflection of the community we serve. Lydgate children are well motivated and come from a range of social and cultural backgrounds. Within the school community we appreciate the richness of experience that the children bring to school. This enhances the learning experiences of everyone and it also gives all pupils the opportunity to develop respect and tolerance for each other by working and playing together. We want your child's time at Lydgate to be memorable for the right reasons - that is, a happy, fulfilling and successful period of his/her childhood.

Yours sincerely,
Stuart Jones

Are schools really a ‘vector of transmission’?

Published: Feb 21, 2021

When will we be open again for all pupils? Is it because of schools that we have 'lockdown'?

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What we learnt about Remote Learning from the survey

Published: Feb 13, 2021

We asked, 160 parents responded, and we are taking note and acting

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Published: Feb 07, 2021

Why things are important to that person (when they seem less so to others)

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The biggest room? The room for improvement

Published: Feb 01, 2021

'Something is wrong if workers do not look around each day, find things that are tedious or boring, and then rewrite the procedures'; continuously improving remote learning.

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Random but crucial differences - how context matters

Published: Jan 25, 2021

I have been asked recently, quite a few times and quite forcefully at times, why our school does things differently to a school next door or a school up the road.

The simple and honest answer is, always, because we are different.

To illustrate, here are some figures from this week’s…

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Positively Speaking

Published: Jan 25, 2021

I was pondering the half-full / half-empty view of life. I find that I habitually challenge colleagues and friends to look at things the other way round when we are questioned or perhaps sell ourselves short, or fail to see what strengths we have and what achievements we have made.

2% off…

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Press Pause and await further instructions

Published: Jan 11, 2021

Parents will wonder why we haven’t got everything sorted for lockdown schooling as quickly as the Prime Minister suggested in his address to the nation on Monday 4th January (see it here).He announced at 8:00 pm that all schools would move to remote leaning from the next morning. ‘Schools are closed’…

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We will be open as usual on Monday 4th January

Published: Jan 03, 2021

To give clarity where there is 'noise' and confusion, speculation and doubt, rumour and contradiction:

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Greater Depth Writing - through your Thank You notes

Published: Dec 22, 2020

The Greater Depth standard in writing (though there isn’t one for reading or maths) has only four requirements:

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Mucky – the conflict between active play, keeping clean, scrapes and grazes, and limited cash resources

Published: Dec 13, 2020

It has been about five years since we invested heavily (for us), and used a tidy grant from a sport-promoting charity, to carpet and equip our lower playground.

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