As Head Teacher, I take the greatest pleasure in seeing children flourishing and being the best that they can be. Whatever the challenges (and there have been quite a few recently around the world) I am passionate about creating an environment for them that ensures they are engaged and inspired. The personal approach, in my opinion, makes all the difference.

Just as I believe that every child has individual strengths, I also very much believe in celebrating the different strengths of staff as well. Of course, they need to be great teachers but some are music specialists, others love computing, some love their sports whilst others love their languages: some have a combination of these and a host of others! I am very fortunate in having an excellent team that loves nothing more than to help your child to succeed.

It really does seem to work. Children attain well above the national average because they make so much progress: it is all down to good teaching, good support and staff that go that extra mile! A Gold Award for Sports and an Excellence in Music Award recognises the breadth and depth of provision at the school. We are currently working towards a ‘Science Mark’ and are, as part of this, working with Bath Spa University and have received the highest of praises as we extend engage with other universities engaged in primary science research.

Excellence in Maths and English has to be a central focus but not at the expense of the broader curriculum: it never has been. High quality RE is used to broaden the children’s knowledge and experience whilst challenging them to think. Geography and History inform much of the termly learning and is designed to engage and motivate your child. Art, Science, Computing and Music are amongst the other areas that are key subjects and ensure that children have a much-needed well- rounded education. Clear progression is carefully planned for, but there are also many opportunities for the school to learn together.

We embrace whole-school opportunities to learn together and have a reputation for providing a full range of extra-curricular opportunities that include our competitive sports, orchestra and those inspired by children: programming, chess, eco, debating and now … even a little bit of needlework. Children love the annual opportunity to be in a drama, musical or play. We are also very proud of our topic days: an Elizabethans Day is planned but there are generally at least two themed days a year. Though temporarily on hold, We are also very proud of our school orchestra (staff and children playing together). We look forward to opportunities to play together in assemblies, at the village hall, the church and Coventry Cathedral.

So many children love the big outdoors and take environmental issues very seriously. The gardens for example, are a source of produce for school cooking, and a great opportunity for children to get their hands dirty as they dig, plant and harvest. Our youngest children love the Forest School Area: accessed every week through ‘Muddy Mondays’ and ‘Forest Fridays’.

Partnership between the school, church and community is vital here in the vibrant village of Napton and results in a richness of opportunity, of learning and of a wholeness of being. The school looks great; it feels great for all to learn in. St Lawrence’s is a school family where the unique talents of all are valued: where all are encouraged to grow in grace and friendship so that all ‘will soar on wings like eagles’.

If you are looking to give your child an excellent start to their school life (for example in our preschool provision: Little Lawrences) or you are looking to relocate, then please do enquire directly to the school about any available places.

John Brine