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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

No going back?

Published: Oct 27, 2020

The precautionary steps necessary in response to the coronavirus pandemic have led to some unexpected outcomes and will, ultimately, leave schools pondering whether we will return to systems and organisations that were taken for granted up until March this year.

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Published: Oct 18, 2020

We had a meeting of four staff on Friday afternoon to talk about the profile of our RRS (rights Respecting Schools) work, and whether it being embedded and internalised was enough – we considered whether it didn’t need to have an openly overt presence and voice – so that we constantly proclaim what we…

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Re-covering the curriculum

Published: Oct 08, 2020

After staff had stripped all the display boards in the communal areas of school during the week, and then prepared them for next use, staff mounted our latest ‘whole school art’ after school today.The theme this term is ‘Fairy Tales’.

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Going in the right 'Direction'?

Published: Oct 02, 2020

Schools were told by DfE, back in July, what the expectation would be for ‘home learning’ (or ‘blended learning’ as it has also become known). Quite fairly they want to see every school earn its funding and fulfil each child’s right to a high quality education that meets the child’s needs if pupils of…

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Next Week's Assembly(ies) - Global Goals

Published: Sep 26, 2020

Each year we return to the Global Goals (https://www.globalgoals.org/), and use the World’s Largest Lesson (https://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/) to help each class consider how they, individually and collectively, can help the global effort to achieve sustainable development.

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It's all going very well

Published: Sep 20, 2020

In this blog I want to thank the school community for making our full return to school go smoothly so far. There have been changes to get used to, but everyone seems to have adjusted really well. Where we have had relatively small issues these are being addressed with practice adapted calmly and quietly.

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Giraffes are Tall Story Readers

Published: Sep 13, 2020

This framed poster is going up in the school library this week.

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Back to School Shopping

Published: Aug 22, 2020

Is it me, or is there distinctly less in the shops about 'Back to School'?

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School funding plan 'benefits wealthier pupils most'

Published: Aug 15, 2020

I was going to write about plans for the next stage of implementing the National Funding Formula by describing some of the reaction, as covered on the bbc website:

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Pay rises (for teachers)

Published: Jul 31, 2020

The education news this week has been heard before, and I’m pretty sure I have written about it previously on these pages; Covid-19 outbreaks and schools’ responses, changing guidance, potential mental health impact and response, obesity and the effectiveness or otherwise of strategies in response, cycling…

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