The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Headteacher's Welcome

Lynsted and Norton Primary School is a small, rural school founded in 1878.

We are proud to be part of The Village Academy, a federation of schools under the leadership and guidance of Chief Executive Officer Mr David Whitehead. We also work closely with the PIEAT (Potential in Everyone) Trust.

 The school has has major works during the summer of 2019 and we are now even more accessible than ever, which is always interesting in Victorian schools. The school is centered around 2 main buildings. The main school building consists of a school hall, (which is used for assemblies, drama, educational activities and sport, and as a dining hall at lunch times) three classrooms and an intervention room. The School House has the Admin hub, some central Trust offices, the play therapy room and the Reception classroom that shares an outside area with Stepping Stones an onsite pre-school. 

 We are particularly fortunate to be situated in the middle of the countryside surrounded by green fields and orchards.  Outside we have a school field and a large traditional playground. Working together with the on-site pre-school, Stepping Stones, we have also developed an exciting outside classroom for our Reception children. We rent a local woodland and have our own wetland area. The outdoors curriculum is becoming increasing central to our learning.

We are a busy, but friendly school, with lots going on. This website aims to give you a taster of the school, as well as providing regularly updated information for both parents and pupils.

We have recently had our Ofsted inspection and we feel the judgements were a fair reflection on our journey towards GOOD. Personal development, behaviour and welfare and our Early Years provision, were both graded as GOOD.

 I have a passion for Lynsted and Norton school and learning. I have been a Heateacher at a range of schools including Lynsted from 2007-2012. I am in charge of the day to day running and ensuring our children and staff are safe, happy and learning.

Our Vision and Values 

Recently we have re-looked at our values  in the light of what it means to be a child at Lynsted and Norton school. We asked parents, staff, governors and children and school council came up with 6 values that they felt reflected us as a school.

Who they apply to

These school values don’t just apply to us, the pupils, but to everyone: teachers, TAs, mums, dads and even Mrs Haney.  The reason is so that everyone is treated the same, with an even amount of respect.  It wouldn’t be fair if we were kind and polite towards the adults but that they were mean and unkind to us.  In this school we all share the same values. (Lacey)

What are they?

Creativity - The definition of creativity is showing imagination and thought, as well as skill.  If you, or someone else, was being creative you would be thoughtful and have a good imagination.  Obviously, not everyone’s imagination is kittens and rainbows. Some people like dinosaurs, football and plenty of other things.

Some people think that creativity is only about art.  We know that we can be creative in everything we do, whether it is painting or thinking about solving a maths problem in a new way.  We could grow up to be artists, scientists, engineers or doctors.  We will be creative whatever we do. (Niamh)

Honesty It means telling the truth and obeying the rules.  A synonym is being truthful.  For example, if you have done something wrong you admit you were wrong and don’t tell a lie.  Another way to be honest is to not copy the person next to you in class if you don’t know the answer to a question.  It’s also about being honest with yourself and thinking “ have I actually put 100% effort into my work today?” (Jessica)

Respect -   It means to have respect for other people. Their feelings and things like possessions.  You can show this by taking care of people, being kind and taking care of equipment.  What respect really means is treating people how you would want to be treated. (Isabelle)

Co-operation - Co-operation means to work helpfully with other people.  We often work in groups or teams in school and we know that lots of adults work like this in their jobs.  By sharing ideas, working together, helping others and accepting help from our friends we will achieve greater things than we could do on our own.  I am important but WE are better together. (Lenny)

Empathy -Empathy is the ability to understand and share someone else’s feelings.  If we can understand the people around us, and see the world through their eyes, we will get along better. We will know when and how to help them and when they need to be left on their own. (Archie)

Perseverance -Perseverance is a really good value.  It means to never give up on something even though it seems impossible.  You will always achieve something with the right mind set.  (Robert)

 

Improving the school

 We are committed to ensuring that the staff and systems remain consistent and stable as we can. We are currently updating the school environment making sure that this is a positive place to learn. We are also looking to increase parental engagement in the school and develop home school links even further.

Happy children and parents: We aim to improve our communication with parents via newsletters, week ahead sheets, using parent mail for updates. We are committed to sharing info with parents about their child: through reports, Tapestry, a chat at the end of the day, a phone call, we will be rewarding the children when they get it right and certificates and stickers will share this good news.

We will listen to everyone's views through parent surveys, pupil voice, pupil surveys, school council and by being available at the beginning and end of the day and by appointment through the office.

Pastoral support is provided by all staff and we maintain high ratios of adults to children on the playground. We also fund additional play therapy sessions and 1-1 sports coaching for those children who we feel need additional support. We have a room and a member of staff who is dedicated to ensuring any interventions are effective and move children forward and we have an experienced SENco.

  We educate the children about different forms of bullying and strategies to deal with these. We also educate the children about e safety as part of everyday learning.

 

We hope that you will continue to explore our website and find what you are looking for. Please feel free to contact the school direct with any queries you may have.

Thank you for visiting our website!

Mrs Mary Haney

Headteacher