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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

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Welcome to Year 3!

The Y3 Team includes Mrs Dutton & Mrs de Brouwer (3D/deB), Miss Cunningham (3EC), Mrs Webb & Mrs Watkinson (3W/W) and Miss Roberts & Mrs Noble (3AR). We have three Teaching Assistants who work with small groups and help across the four classes: Mrs Dale, Ms Kania and Mr Swain. Mrs Proctor, one of the School Governors, also helps out in all four classes.

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. We know that the question that children are mostly asked as they leave school is 'What did you do today?' The response is often 'nothing'! Well, here is where you can find what 'nothing' looks like. In our weekly blogs we will share with you what your children have been getting up to and all of the wonderful work that they have been doing. The Y4 team consists of the following teachers: Mrs Shaw and Mrs Drury in Y4S/D, Mrs Smith and Mrs Smith (this is not a typo!) in Y4S/S, Miss Norris in Y4HN and Miss Wall in Y4AW. The children are supported by our teaching assistants too, including Mrs Biggs, Mr Jenkinson and Mrs Tandy. We also have help from Miss Lee, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Flynn and Mrs Wolff. Some of the children are lucky enough to spend time in The Hub too with Mrs Tandy. What a team!

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Welcome to the Year 5 Blog page.

The Year 5 teaching team includes our class teachers, Mrs Parker (5AP), Mrs Rougvie and Mrs Jones (5RJ), Miss Reasbeck and Mrs Ridsdale (5RR) and Mrs Holden (5SH). . Many children are supported by Mrs Hill and Mrs Allen (the Year 5Teaching Assistants) who work with children across the 4 classes. Our Year 5 teaching team aims to create a stimulating learning environment that is safe, happy, exciting and challenging, where each pupil is encouraged to achieve their full potential.

As a parent or carer, you play a massively important role in your child's development and we'd love to work closely with you. Please feel free to make an appointment to see us if you want to discuss your child's attitude to learning, their progress, attainment or anything else that might be on your mind. We'd also love to hear from you if you have any skills that we could use to make our Year 5 curriculum even more exciting. Are you an avid reader, a talented sportsman, a budding artist, a mad scientist or a natural mathematician? Would you be willing to listen to children read on a regular basis? If so, please contact your child’s class teacher. Similarly, if you have a good idea, a resource, a 'contact' or any other way of supporting our learning in year 5, please let us know.

We are working very hard to ensure your child has a successful year 5, please help us with this by ensuring your child completes and returns any homework they are given each week. If there are any issues regarding homework or your child finds a particular piece of homework challenging, then please do not hesitate to come and speak to us. In order to help improve your child’s reading skills, increase their vocabulary and develop their comprehension skills, we also ask that you listen to your child read and ask them questions to ensure they have understood what they have read.

We look forward to keeping you up to date on the exciting things that we do in year 5 through our year group blog.

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 Purdom, Mrs Phillips, Mrs Loosley and Mrs Wymer. Our Monday and Thursday morning teachers are Mrs Farrell, Miss Lee and Mr Jones.We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Ainsworth, Mrs Cooper, Mr Jenkinson, Mrs Biggs and Mrs Dawes. 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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09 Feb 2019

Easy come - easy go

Started the day thinking setting a balanced budget for 32019/20 was going to be difficult.

By 10:30 things were looking rosy – we were more than £74,000 up with more to be announced and detailed. The National Funding Formula is set from March for just a push towards completion rather than a single giant step, and so we haven’t to hit that wall (just yet). For April we are told there will be a slight shift in Primary School funding, with less coming as a set block to each school (currently £150,000 and dropping to £130,000 next financial year) and more by way of the charmingly known AWPU, or 'age-weighted pupil unit'. In other words, income per pupil. The same money but handed out by a different algorithm. Small schools lose out, larger school gain. Secondary Schools pretty much all gain, as money new to the city is going to that sector to increase the ratio (a euphemism for ‘disparity’) of funding.

By midday this had gone down to a less-celebratory £30,000 because of pay awards being properly factored in (over the full financial year), inflation costs rises, and staffing costs not previously known. The previously forecast deficit also had to be covered. £30,000 is less than 2% of annual income and so we would not have to register a plan or excuse for holding so much.

The projected balance rose a bit when we added in the ‘Sugar Tax’ income. This Health Capital is a one-off – who knows how much if anything will be raised in the second year. £2,500 to £3,000 will not be turned down, even if strings are attached as long as we can use it to effectively impact on the healthy habits of the less physically active in school (and outside). Back up to close to £35,000 surplus being forecast.

A change in Employer Pension Contributions for teachers is out for consultation right now, with expected implementation in September. A 3% increase took a huge slice off the projected surplus. We tried to get detail on a quietly announced Grant to schools to support them in delivering this pension change, but without detail we guessed at an income figure. It could put 3% to 3.5% into budget. These ideas cancelled out.

While the teachers’ pay grant is greater this time, because it covers the full year, the budget also has to cover the cost for the full year; budget neutral.

I was still pretty happy with all this at the start of the afternoon – we certainly wouldn’t need quiet so much restraint as I had feared.

Then, after a bit of quiet working, Office staff pointed to the obvious impending cost of (temporary) staff replacement (one teacher is pregnant and we assume will take some maternity leave), the obvious drop in income from having fewer children attracting Pupil Premium than a year before (£1,300 per pupil and six fewer) and extra costs from covering longer term staff absences that we guessed at. In all it brought the forecast down to £3,000 surplus.

While Mr Micawber might be happy with any kind of surplus, no matter how small, it really isn’t enough for us to plan anything new – it is one electricity price rise and gone, or one larger than hoped for repair bill and gone, or a second maternity / paternity leave and more than gone.

My dreams of expansive expenditure plans and sweeping improvements evaporated in a few hours, leaving ‘stability’ as the bye-word.

Finished the day thinking that setting a balanced budget might well be difficult for 2019/20.