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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

Starting at The Big School

Published: Sep 12, 2021

Transition activity at the end of last term was designed to allay the fears of parents as much as children. Has it worked?

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Cooking on gas – or not

Published: Sep 03, 2021

How we made a rapid start, though unseen difficulties tried to thwart us.

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CO2 monitors are the answer to a different question

Published: Aug 29, 2021

How much ventilation is enough ventilation? Has anybody tried to measure it, and define it in such as way that we know how far we need to crack open the windows (and doors?)

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Looking for a new Lunchtime

Published: Jul 27, 2021

Come September we’ll have two year groups with no experience of how things were organised here pre-pandemic, and a third with only hazy recollection from a half academic year. As we return, revert or convert arrangements, these will be novel for most, and odd. We should explain not only what we plan…

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When the stain says ‘hot’… but the label says ‘not’.

Published: Jul 02, 2021

The best laid plans ... Staff at secondary schools are on version 9 of their plans for transition events. And then out comes public health advice, worded very clearly and strongly, that throws all those plans aside.

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What to do when the Risk Assessment does not reduce the risk far enough

Published: Jun 12, 2021

'Write a thorough Risk Assessment', they say, as if the production of the document will magically reduce risk or remove hazards. The document is NOT the objective.

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The Chase

Published: Jun 05, 2021

Are sponsored events too soft? Shouldn't they require a little sacrifice?

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The Lunchtime ‘Tick-Tock’

Published: May 21, 2021

On a typical, but wet, lunchtime, this is the running order for 480 pupils in 16 classes across 4 year groups and occupying 4 open-plan ‘bases’ and 5 ‘mobiles’ in order to have all get their lunch and get a Covid-safe play outside.

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Does cash in the bank burn a hole in the pocket?

Published: May 16, 2021

We have money left over from last year, and a forecast of more left over this year – nearly £70,000 altogether. Should we: pay down debt, set it aside for a rainy day, or spend it all while we have it?

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Not EoKSA Week

Published: May 09, 2021

Why do boys lag girls in writing at this age? And is there anything we can / should do about it?

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