As Head Teacher, I 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 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 and good support! A Gold Award for Sports and an Excellence in Music Award recognise 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.

Excellence in Maths and English has to be a central focus but not at the expense of the broader curriculum. Geography and History inform much of the termly learning. 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 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, 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 Explorers Day is planned but there are generally two themed days a year. 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.

Talking of gardens, they 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