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.

 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 

Staff put children at the center of all that we do and the decisions we make to create a happy, secure learning environment for all members of our school.

 We have 5 values;

Love

Kindness

Forgiveness

Wisdom  

Co-operation 

We are currently working with the school council to find out what these mean to children and families at Lynsted. 

How we aim to provide a safe secure learning environment

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 educate the children about e safety as part of everyday learning.

Improving the school

 We are committed to ensuring that the staff and systems remain consistent and stable. 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.

2018- 2019 School Improvement  Plan

Autumn Term 2019 Rapid Improvement Plan

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