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Ladysmith Infant School and Nursery Unit
Ladysmith Road, EX1 2PS Exeter
01392 271596

"At Ladysmith Infant School and Nursery we encourage children to respond to learning experiences with enjoyment, purpose and vitality."


Welcome to the Ladysmith Infant School and Nursery official website. It's packed with information for everyone. You'll be able to get a flavour of what the school does and it's beliefs. You'll also have the chance to view examples of children's work and their comments. You will see 'Our Aims and Values' as well as information about forthcoming and recent events, awards, achievements and our future goals.

Come and Visit Us 

This website can only provide a snapshot of what life is like at Ladysmith Infant School and is no substitute for a visit. We warmly encourage visits to the school and appointments can be made through the school office (Tel. No. 01392 271596).

About As

Aims & Values

These aims and values are based on the school's Aims and Values Policy, adapted by the Parents and Community Committee. They are extremely important to all of the school community: children, staff, parents, governors and the wider community.

What is the first and foremost aim of the school?
To provide the highest quality education possible. This reflects a caring, committed attitude, which helps all adults and children to achieve the highest standards they are capable of in any area of the curriculum.

What do we mean by the curriculum?
The curriculum means all that we experience in Ladysmith Infant School . Curriculum is not just about subjects. We present this curriculum through high quality care, welfare, teaching and learning.

A learning community.
Everyone at Ladysmith Infant School wishes to:

  • boost people's desire to learn;
  • raise expectations and change attitudes towards learning;
  • achieve a real, measurable and beneficial difference in behaviour;
  • to strive for happiness and a positive attitude towards life in the school;
  • to see that childhood is an important part of life to be enjoyed and valued in itself, and not simply as a preparation for adulthood and the world of work;
  • to respect, encourage and recognise work carried out by all members of staff of the school, including teachers, classroom assistants, office staff, meal-time assistants, parent helpers, cleaners and caretaker.

For children to:

  • enjoy and be enthusiastic about learning;
  • achieve the highest standards possible;
  • develop self-confidence and self-discipline;
  • respect and value others.

For all staff working in the school to:

  • have high, but realistic, expectations of what each child can achieve;
  • teach effectively, using a suitable approach, allowing children to learn and understand.

For the curriculum to:

  • teach a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum;
  • teach the National Curriculum to all children at all levels, according to their age and ability;
  • make sure that all children are prepared in all areas of the curriculum for the transition to junior school;
  • heighten awareness of our responsibility to our global environment and neighbours within.


Our governing body is very supportive and many governors are closely involved in the life of the school. They provide the school with varying levels of expertise across all areas of school life and are very much valued by staff. All governors visit regularly and work with staff to ensure that standards remain high, curriculum provision is broad and balanced and our excellent facilities are well maintained.

Governors organise themselves into Committees and work with the Headteacher of Ladysmith and the Local Education Authority in a close and balanced partnership, making decisions about a range of issues, including the aims, policies and ethos of Ladysmith Infant School.

If you would like more details about the role of a governor, or feel that you would like to take up such a position, please contact Julie Walker, Chair of the Governing Body, through the school.

Question Times

Our termly Question Time Coffee mornings organised between the governors and the PTA are very well attended and informative! Parents are invited to request a particular issue/subject/insight that they would like to be considered for future 'Question Times'. Representatives from the Governors, Teachers and the PTA attend.

Mrs Julie Walker - Chair of Governing Body

Mrs Sue Cross - Clerk to the Governors

Governors serve on a variety of committee such as:-

  • Finance & Personnel
  • Chairs Committee
  • Sites & Buildings Committee
  • Curriculum Committee
  • Nursery Admissions Panel
  • Parent & Community
Mrs H Thomson (Headteacher) Mrs J Walker (Chair)
Mr A Fothergill Mrs SJ Lovell
Mrs A Peart Mrs M Kelly
Mr J Peart Mr R Lyons (Deputy Chair)
Mrs E McGill Mrs H Dunn
Mrs J Clemens Miss L Hansford
Mr A Greenaway Mrs J Green
Mrs M Freestone  

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