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, more so during these unprecedented times. I hope that you find the information helpful, interesting and engaging as you browse through the contents.
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. The children of BcL are truly wonderful and they we are so grateful for having the opportunity to play such an important role in their lives. We are very proud to be part of a community that is working so hard during the challenging times of 2020 and 2021 to help children and families.
Over the last five years 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. 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.
COVID-19 has restricted opportunities to invite the community into school, but we will be arranging so many opportunities for you to step back into the friendly arms of BcL this year, including a BcL Reading Festival in 2022.
With our six Christian Values threaded through our Christian ethos and working in tandem with our fantastic BcL Reading-Inspired Curriculum we believe we are providing an exciting and broad education for the children of Blyton, Laughton and the surrounding villages.
I do hope that you will join with us in having a fantastic 2021/22. 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!
Quotes from our parent survey
'Our experience of schooling hasn't been the norm but despite this we couldn't be happier.'
'Everything you do has helped my child settle in to school life, he loves coming and has progressed so much already.'
'The new Reading Curriculum is great. I like how you link all the areas of learning.'
Quotes from visitors
"To walk into Karl's offive (which any pupil can do) and discover that half of it is dedicated to a book-filled reading space perfectly illustrates the school's commitment to reading for pleasure - reading to illuminate and inspire, not just as a tool for learning. Books are everywhere; writing projects cover the walls. Reading is at the heart of the school's ethos and, effortlessly or so it seems, is part of everyday life for the children." GUY BASS, AUTHOR
'The adults in your school show such respect to the children; they help, support and nurture them more than any other school I've been in. In turn, the children respect them." TEACHER, BGU
"Blyton is an extraordinary school, reading for pleasure at its core. It seems that every classroom and corridor is designed to promote reading and stories. Every teacher and child advocates for books. The breadth and the passion for books, magazines and other words is palpable." TOM PALMER, AUTHOR
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.'