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; Mrs Hayley Spedding
As the Executive Headteacher I am in charge of the day-to-day running of Lynsted and Norton School alongside my lead teacher Mr Wood. I am passionate about the school and the positive developments I can make to an already thriving village school.
The accommodation consists of a school hall which is used for assemblies, drama, educational activities and sport, and as a dining hall at lunch times. There are three classrooms and a library/intervention room in our main building with a further classroom, learning rooms and offices in the School House.
We are particularly fortunate to be situated in the middle of the countryside surrounded by green fields and orchards. Outside we have a large 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 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.
Our Vision and Values
Staff put children at the centre of all that we do and the decisions we make to create a happy, secure learning environment for all members of our school, with the motto Be The Best You Can Be Today:
- That we promote the Values of our school and the links to the local community
- That we have happy children and happy parents
- That we care for children who have adversity and difficulty by offering a high level of pastoral support
- That we provide an all-round curriculum that celebrates all achievements
- That the staff work as a team putting the children first
- That we learn together
- That we use the outside environment as much as possible to improve learning
How we aim to do this
Happy children and parents: good communication via newsletters, parent mail, by listening to their views via parent surveys, pupil voice, pupil surveys, school council and parent council, by keeping the children safe and listening when a child has fallen out with someone and offering solutions, by sharing info with parents about their child: reports, Tapestry, a chat at the end of the day, a phone call. Rewarding the children: stickers, certificates, raffles, finding out about out of school achievements and putting on our newsletter. We have annual CP training for all staff and on induction for new staff and volunteers.
Pastoral support is provided by a Family liasion officer, however play time pastoral support is provided by all staff on duty and in class if necessary. We will provide a resilience programme and provide staff with information about children’s resilience. The employment of 1 counsellor for our most vulnerable pupils. This has ranged from bereavement support to anger management issues. 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.
Enriched curriculum: 2 PE specialist teachers, Music specialist teacher going forward from January. We will learn French across the school, we will have a language of the term to celebrate other cultures, we will teach First Aid, we support charities across the academic year, we will have a current affairs slot each week to promote listening to other’s views and opinions and we promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those of different religions and belief. We will take part in the national initiative Daily Mile.
Team work: being positive around each other, listening to each other’s opinions and views, staff surveys, supporting each other. We use the values as part of our team work towards each other. By being concerned for each other’s well-being. Providing supervision if required.
The new values of love, forgiveness, kindness, wisdom and co-operation will be well known by all stakeholders and will be promoted intrinsically on a daily basis by everyone. Assembly reiterates these values and we promote will promote reflection within assembly and throughout the day. We attend church 3 times each year. We have a defibrillator on our school wall for the community to access.
We learn together by showing children that adults are always learning and finding out and improving themselves and that we do this alongside the children. We share what good learning looks like and we model this behaviour. All adults are mentors, all adults have something to share.
We are lucky to be situated in beautiful countryside. We need to tap into this resource to enhance the children’s experiences and learning at the school. We have the woods as a resource. We need to visit as a class at least once an academic year and use the outdoor environment on the school site as much as possible; including the pond area.
Please find the link below to tell you how we are working to improve our school this year.
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 Kristina Dyer, Executive Head teacher