As Head Teacher, I am take great pleasure in seeing children being the best that they can be. 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 love nothing more than to help your child to succeed.

It really does seem to work. Children attain well above the national average (86% combined scores at the end of KS2 compared to 64%) because they make so much progress: it is all down to good teaching and good support! A Gold Award for Sports and an Excellence in Music Award recognize the breadth and depth of provision at the school.

Excellence in Maths and English has to be a central focus but not at the expense of the broader curriculum. This is full of breadth and interest and is designed to engage and motivate your child. Art, Science, Computing, RE and Music are amongst the other areas that are key subjects that 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, 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: highly memorable and lots of fun: a First World War Day is planned. We are also very proud of our school orchestra (staff and children playing together). We look forward for opportunities to play together in assemblies, at the village hall, the church and Coventry Cathedral. We even played for one of the Bishop’s Garden Parties in the past year.

Talking of gardens, they are yet again becoming a source of produce for school cooking, 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 encouraging all to grow in grace and friendship.

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

John Brine