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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

Are we opening? I’m sorry, but we don’t know yet

Published: May 16, 2020

It’s all very well Government making big announcements with dashing headlines (Schools to reopen from 1st June) but when they don’t do the detail until later, and when that detail covers only half the possibilities, and when it misses a few of the fundamentals that apply to schools in some contexts,…

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Home Learning Supplement

Published: May 07, 2020

This morning I have spent an hour in a meeting listening to preparations for thinking about possible responses to announcements that may or may not be made in the next few days about reopening or partial reopening or staged reopening or not of schools and colleges. Or not.

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Are we nearly there yet?

Published: May 02, 2020

Time, said Doctor Who in one of his / her more recent incarnations, is not so much a straight progression of cause to effect, ‘but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff’.

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Thompson's Law of Kitchen Utensils

Published: Apr 17, 2020

Thompson’s Law (of kitchen utensils) states, quite accurately, that kitchen utensils expand to fill the cupboard space available.

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Mere semantics?

Published: Apr 10, 2020

One subtle change eagle-eyed parents might pick up on next week is the subtle change in language to describe what schools provide for children (with adult support) to do while schools ar e closed and the child is cared for at home.

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The Least We Can Do – getting Free School Meals to the children

Published: Apr 02, 2020

There are so many incredible things going on in response to the Covid-1 9 crisis. I am in awe of the planning and preparation that has taken place and the speed with which they are being put into full-speed action.

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Stay Home - Stay Safe

Published: Mar 27, 2020

Like many of you will have done, I stepped outside my front door yesterday evening to join the tribute to the entire NHS and social care staff team across the country. I blew a vuvuzela loud enough so my eldest son could hear it at his house two streets away! I clapped along with my next-door neighbours.

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School Closure: Covid-19

Published: Mar 20, 2020

As you will know the government has taken the decision to close schools from Friday 20th March. The government has published guidance about how schools will continue to support vulnerable children and the children of key workers. The guidance makes clear that our priority, as a country, is to do everything…

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Split over School Admissions

Published: Mar 13, 2020

When Lydgate Middle School was opened, in 1974, it occupied only what is now our main building, and had a pupil capacity of 360. It was in the style of the time; open-plan, fluid, with support or withdrawal spaces, and a space allowance for cultural activities that might make noise.

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Never Mind The Quality - feel the width

Published: Mar 07, 2020

It might be tempting, in a school as busy as ours, to be distracted by the very breadth and frequency of what we offer and then to judge us on that alone.

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