The Headteacher's Blog


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

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Welcome to Year 3!

The Y3 teachers are Mrs Dutton & Mrs de Brouwer (3D/dB), Miss Hayden (3RH), Mrs Holden (3SH) and Miss Wall (3AW). We have several Teaching Assistants who work with Y3 children at different times through the week: Miss Mahon, Mr Bartholomew, Mrs Dawes and Miss Kania.

We will use this blog to keep you up-to-date with all the exciting things that we do in Year 3, share some of the things that the children learn and show you some of their fantastic work. We hope you enjoy reading it!

The Y3 team.

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Welcome to the Y4 blog. 

The Y4 team consists of the following teachers: Mrs Purdom in Y4JP, Mrs Smith and Mrs Smith (yes, that's right) in Y4SS, Mrs Wymer in Y4CW and Mrs Drury in Y4JD. The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mrs Proctor, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Mulqueen, Mrs Allen, Mrs Hill and Mr Gartrell. We have help from Ms Reasbeck, Miss Lee and Mrs Grimsley too. What a team!

We know that the question children are mostly asked when they arrive home is 'What did you do today?' The response is often 'nothing'! Well, here is where you can find out what 'nothing' looks like. In our weekly blogs your children will share with you what they have been getting up to and show some of the wonderful work they have been doing. Check in each weekend for our latest news.

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Welcome to the Year 5 Blog page.

The Year 5 teaching team consists of: Mrs Loosley (5NL), Miss Cunningham (5EC),  Mrs Ridsdale and Mrs Webb (5W/R) and Mr Bradshaw (5BB).  The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mr Swain, Mr Jenkinson, Mrs Hornsey and Mrs Allen. We have help from Mr Jones, Miss Lee, Ms Grimsley and Ms Reasbeck too. What a fantastic team!

Our PE days are Tuesday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor): the children need to wear their PE kits for school on those days. 

Spellings are sent home every Monday, to learn ready for a spelling dictation each Friday. 

Homework books (maths and SPaG) will be sent home once a week - the days will be decided by the class teachers who will let their classes know. They will have a whole week to complete the homework tasks. 

In our weekly blogs, the children will share some of the things they have been doing at school. Check in each weekend for the latest Y5 news!

The Year 5 Team

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We are the children in Y6 at Lydgate Junior School. There are 120 of us and our teachers are: Mrs Shaw and Mrs Watkinson (Y6S/W); Mrs Rougvie and Mrs Jones (Y6R/J); Mrs Phillips (Y6CP); and Miss Norris (Y6HN). Also teaching in Year 6 are: Miss Lee (Thursday in Y6R/J); Mrs Farrell (Thursday  in Y6HN); Mrs Grimsley (Thursday in Y6CP); and Mr Jones (Thursday inY6S/W).We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Hill, Mrs Mulqueen and Mr Gartrell. We use this space to share all of the great things that are happening in our classrooms. Join us each week on our learning journey....

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04 Dec 2020

Adverse Weather School Closures

It’s coming up to that time of year again, when the weather is colder and more ‘adverse’. I thought I might explain our position on ‘snow days’ so you know what to expect.

We do not have a policy of ‘we will be open no matter what’. However, we have never closed due to adverse weather conditions.

On a normal day staff do not arrive, and do not have to arrive, ridiculously early, so until they are all in I am only ever assuming that they will all arrive on time and that we can open as usual. Funnily enough, we do not require staff to let us know every day that they are going to make it in on time. This morning, with a weather forecast of sleet – should I have required them to let me know? Or every day in January? Just because?

And if I don’t know which days are ‘adverse weather days’ until they happen, and I don’t know if staff will make it in on time until they do actually arrive, how and when can I decide to tell parents that we will be open as usual?

We open for 190 days for pupils, and aim to do so on time every day of those 195 days. We aim to do this on days with ‘adverse weather’. We do not tell parents we are opening on sunny, warm summer days as they just expect us to, but if the boiler broke, or the school kitchen had to close, or we discovered a major bee infestation we might have to close unexpectedly. We would tell parents if and when we had to close or open later than usual.

So the same applies in snowy weather. Please assume we will be open – we will tell you if we will not be and as soon as we possibly can.

How soon would that be? It would be as soon as we knew – that might be the night before or an hour before opening time, or only at nine o’clock.

How do we manage to always have opened in wintry conditions when some schools close? The answer is partly that our staff and our pupils live locally. Most can simply walk into work and walk to school, and so we do. Premises staff work exceptionally hard to clear paths and doorways and to make sure the buildings are warm.

Some schools have to close because pupils and staff travel between sites by bus during the day – and this cannot happen if roads close. Some do not get enough staff in to be safe. Some lose school meal service. Maybe we are lucky.

There is no need to phone us to check if we are going to open – please assume we are open. If we have to close then we will text parents as soon as we possibly can.

Next week: getting down (on the bottom playground) and getting dirty (while playing there)