Quotes from our February 2018 Ofsted Inspection
'In September 2016 you joined the school as the headteacher. You are a motivated and dynamic leader.'
'The staff team is highly engaged in school improvement.'
'Together, we saw how pupils were highly engaged in their learning.'
'Pupils are confident and self-assured because they are given a range of opportunities to develop their personal, spiritual, social and academic skills.'
'Staff at Blyton cum Laughton are proud to be part of the school. They feel well supported by you and feel the school is a positive place to be.'
'Parents and carers speak highly of your leadership and the care shown by staff.'
On behalf of the governing body and as the Headteacher of Blyton cum Laughton Church of England School, I am delighted to welcome you to our website. We know from feedback that the website is being used regularly by parents, carers and the children. I hope that you find the information helpful, interesting and engaging as you browse through the contents. We will continue to develop the site and would be delighted to take on board any ideas you may have to improve it further.
Leading the school has been a privilege since my arrival in 2016, culminating in the very successful Ofsted (Spring 2018) and SIAMs inspections. The team are looking to building on those successes for the next academic year. The wonderful team at the school work industriously all year round and with children at the heart of every decision we make.
Over the last threeyears we have created opportunities to develop closer links with parents, carers, the wider community and our neighbouring schools and I know from the surveys completed during that time and including the one during our last inspection that the work we have put into building a community feel is appreciated. The 'Head's Together' meetings - a forum for answering any questions you have about school life over a coffee and a biscuit or two - have previously been positively received and will return again for the 2019/20 academic year. We are looking forward to continuing to work alongside all members of the school community to ensure every child who arrives at the school is provided with the very best education enabling them to move onto the next step in their journey with confidence whilst developing their social, spiritual and emotional intelligence along the way.
We have a number of exciting events organised next year, which parents will, of course, be welcome to attend. These include events linked to the Christian calendar, our legendary Blyton 500 Words and workshops for parents.. We are looking forward to working with our local churches in the run up to Christmas and we will work with the Friends of the School to plan an exciting Christmas Fayre and to further develop the outdoor space at Blyton and Laughton following the development of the outdoor areas and the multi-use games area.
With our six Christian Values -threaded through our Christian ethos - working in tandem with our fantastic reading-inspired curriculum we believe we are providing an exciting and broad education for the children of Blyton, Laughton and surrounding villages.
I do hope that you will join with us in having a fantastic AutumnTerm. I look forward to meeting you all again.
Footnote from my arrival:
As an avid reader, I was delighted to discover original letters and a signed photograph from the children's author Enid Blyton hidden away in the cupboards. The letters are addressed to the children of the school in 1961 and a copy is now displayed in the entrance area of the Blyton site. I was interested to read that Enid's ancestors may have influenced the naming of the village of Blyton itself. I was a huge fan of the author as a child and perhaps fate had a say in where I would end up! Look out for the display at the Blyton site. In July 2019 we had the pleasure of hosting Reading Rocks at the school. Author Patrice Lawrence visited and incredibly she has recently written the stories for the new Mallory Towers books!