Welcome to 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

Educationalist, teach thyself

Published: Feb 28, 2020

I turned down the invitation to send colleagues on a training course, even though the title was exactly on the topic at the heart of our school development planning this year; boy’s greater depth writing.

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The Pressure of Space

Published: Feb 15, 2020

The number one challenge for our school remains the continued pressure for space. I have used (over-used?) one phrase continually in the last 12 months –we are a school with 484 pupils using a site and building facilities built for 360 only. We are 34% over capacity and it shows every single day.While…

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The School Fruit and Veg Scheme

Published: Feb 07, 2020

pka (or ‘properly known as’) School financial value standards

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Schools like ours

Published: Feb 02, 2020

Are there any? any schools like ours?

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Addressing School-based Period Poverty

Published: Jan 18, 2020

I want to write detail on the announcement this morning from DfE and phs of the plan to address school-age period poverty by providing free period products in every school in England.

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Eggs are not the only fruit

Published: Jan 11, 2020

I called in on Cooking Club after school. They were just pouring their cake mix (Chocolate and Raspberry Cake) into the baking trays when I arrived.

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A Short Christmas Blog

Published: Dec 23, 2019

On the Sunday before Christmas I get to attend the Carol Concert at St. Columba’s Church in Crosspool. It has become a traditional Christmas invitation, and I am invited to give a Reading, along with other significant members of the local community.

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Numbers never lie

Published: Dec 13, 2019

On a day where the news was all about the day before’s General Election, the annual School Pupil Performance Tables were published.

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Coat and Hat Hooks

Published: Dec 06, 2019

I overheard a conversation at the Office hatch a couple of weeks ago, and on reflection later I was embarrassed that a parent had felt it necessary to come and talk to school about the issue that was troubling them and their child.

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How do Headteachers get held to account?

Published: Nov 29, 2019

How do Headteachers get held accountable for what their schools do when Ofsted only visit so rarely? (If your school is rated Outstanding then you can have gone ten years and more since that last Inspection.) Once in post is it all very safe and sound and unquestioned in a position of ultimate power?

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