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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

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.

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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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Adverse Weather School Closures

Published: Dec 04, 2020

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.

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Cognitive Dissonance

Published: Nov 28, 2020

As you do, I was discussing Leon Festinger’s theory of cognitive dissonance with a colleague this week. Cognitive dissonance refers to a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviours. This produces a feeling of mental discomfort leading to an alteration in one of the attitudes, beliefs…

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On Becoming The Grinch

Published: Nov 21, 2020

We are having a school Christmas tree – all booked for delivery, and going up in the hall so every child can see it at lunch every day in December.

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That's just typical

Published: Nov 13, 2020

I wasn’t clear on what I wanted to write about this week; some obvious contenders as a theme were not entirely appealing and might be less of a good read. It has been just the normal, extraordinarily busy week in school, with the usual demands and delights, highs and highers, methods and meetings.

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Gate Locks – Site Access – Site Security

Published: Nov 07, 2020

Magnetic locks, with remote control and operation, have been installed on our Shore Lane entrances. Some parents will assume we have always had such things, some will assume there is a legal minimum standard that would demand them on all school perimeter gates, some will say ‘about time’ and others will…

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