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/deB), Mrs Holden (3SH), Mrs Noble & Mrs Finney (3N/R) and Miss Wall (3AW). We have three Teaching Assistants who work within the team: Mrs Allen, Mrs Dawes and Mr Gartrell.

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 Ms Reasbeck and Mrs Drury in Y4RD. The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mrs Proctor, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Hornsey, Mr Jenkinson and Mrs Wolff. We have help from Mrs Farrell, Miss Lee and Mrs Grimsley too and some of the children are lucky enough to spend time in The Hub with Mrs Allen. 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 includes our class teachers, Mrs Loosley (5NL), Mrs Rougvie and Mrs Jones (5RJ), Mrs Webb and Mrs Ridsdale (5WR) and Miss Cunningham (5EC).  Many children are supported by Mrs Hill, Mr Swain and Ms Kania (the Year 5 Teaching 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 Shaw and Mrs Watkinson (Y6S/W), Mr Bradshaw (until Mrs Parker returns) in Y6AP), Mrs Phillips (Y6CP) and Miss Norris (Y6HN). Also teaching in Year 6 is Miss Lee (Monday - Y6AP, Tuesday - Y6HN and Wednesday - Y6S/W) and Mrs Grimsley (Tuesday -Y6CP).We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Ainsworth and Mrs Biggs. 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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01 Oct 2015

Mia Culpa, my chocolate-loving people

I really misunderestimated (George W Bush, I believe) your confidence in me, trust in the printed word, and faith in the words of Willy Wonka.

I dressed up as Mr Wonka on our Roald Dahl Day on Tuesday, using an outfit we have at home. Last time it was used was by my wife in her school. Big hat, brown trousers, purple frock coat, flowery waistcoat, cravat, silver topped cane; the works. As a little extra touch I had a ‘Golden Ticket’ stuck to the lapel. This was a photocopy of one in an illustrated book of the film of the book.

By coincidence, and entirely and only by coincidence, the wording on the ‘Golden Ticket’ had it that the Bearer could present it at the Wonka factory gates at ten in the morning (don’t be late) on the first of October to gain admission for themselves and a family member.

I did wonder last night, at home, as sleep evaded me for a while, whether I shouldn’t prepare something chocolaty for the day ahead, but then realised that my day planned would make it very hard time-wise, that I didn’t have time to make factory gates or a big sign (or to lay a series of clues like a treasure hunt), that colleagues would get upset at children missing lessons, it would cost a small fortune, and what if no-one found where I was? So I didn’t.

And then, at school, the phone started ringing. Parents wanted to know where the factory gates were. Others wanted to know if they could bring the little one along in the pushchair if it ate no chocolate. Children who had ‘lost’ their ticket wanted to know if they could still get in. Younger brothers wanted to know if older brothers would be coming for them or if they had to go for their brothers.

Oh, heck!

Honestly, the date on the ‘Golden Ticket’ was a complete coincidence. I didn’t think on Tuesday there would be such a clamour on Thursday. I didn’t think, I suppose, that I had made a contract with each holder of one of those ‘Golden Tickets’. And if I had, I would have printed far, far fewer and had proper criteria for handing them out!

What’s to be done, apart from suing me in court for breach of contract?

  • I’m arranging for a chef-come-chocolate expert to come into school to do some demonstrations,

  • I’ll hold a screening of the classic film,

  • I’m planning a chocolate-themed treasure hunt – with real prizes, honest.

It’s not enough, I suppose, to say that if you come with me, then we’ll be in a world of pure imagination?

Click on the link – enjoy the song:


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