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Lydgate Junior & Infant School
Lydgate Road, Batley,WF17 6EY Soothill
01924 326714

Lydgate Junior and Infant School is situated at the summit of Soothill Lane and overlooks the towns of Batley, Dewsbury, Wakefield and Leeds. There are panoramic views across the Yorkshire Pennines.

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The school has 252 children aged between 4 and 11 years. It was opened in 1969 and replaced the original school at Gregory Street.
In 1998 a new extension, housing six classrooms, a shared area and a staffroom, was completed. This accommodates the Key Stage 1 department.


Learning for Life

Our vision is to create a school which people aspire to be part of - children, staff, parents and governors, where the needs of our children are met and their abilities are nurtured. We will develop the whole child to their full potential by providing a rich and varied curriculum and a balanced education for all. We will encourage academic achievement and recognise and nurture talents.

Our School Aims

Every day offers opportunities to the children for learning and understanding the world in which we live. We will strive to provide a climate for achievement for children and staff within a friendly, caring environment. We aim to promote high expectations in a quality environment, where children will be happy and will want to learn and develop into independent, creative thinkers. We want to encourage the children, with the help of their parents/carers, to have respect for themselves, other children, their parents, school staff and the local community. We are committed to improvement by raising standards and continually providing challenging yet appropriate activities for the children.

We aim to develop in the children positive attitudes towards themselves, with a strong sense of self-respect. Self-confidence will create an understanding of the need to respect others, their property, their ideas and beliefs, irrespective of gender, race, disability and academic achievement. In aiming to fulfil each child's needs we will aim to create an environment of achievement, where all forms of discrimination are actively challenged.

We aim to celebrate the diversity of languages, cultures, backgrounds, faiths and beliefs and recognise the positive contribution that they can make within the school.

We aim to provide a safe, welcoming, caring environment within a well-maintained site, featuring displays of high quality which are informative and/or show achievement.

We want to create a welcoming atmosphere and foster good relationships with parents and community. We value the contribution of all members of our community, children, staff, parents, governors and friends.

We aim to maintain and enhance our relationship with Lydgate House, Soothill Manor, the Whitfield Centre for the Blind and Soothill Community Centre. Links, too, will be forged with Soothill Community Forum and several local Churches, businesses and sporting facilities. We will work with various agencies seeking specialist help to support our children and families.


Curricular Aims

We wish our pupils to learn:-

1. To read fluently and accurately, with understanding, feeling and enjoyment.

2. To develop a legible style of handwriting and satisfactory standards of spelling and grammar.

3. To communicate clearly and confidently in speech and writing, in ways appropriate for various occasions and purposes.

4. To listen attentively with understanding, and to question perceptively, if appropriate.

5. To learn how to find information from various sources, interpret and record it.

6. To apply computational skills with speed and accuracy.

7. To understand the applications of mathematical ideas in the real world.

8. To become literate and numerate.

9. To examine living and inanimate things, and to observe recognisable characteristics.

10. To develop an awareness of the scientific nature of the world.

11. To develop a sense of respect both for others and oneself

12. To know about geographical, historical and social aspects of the local environment and the National heritage, to be aware of other times and other places and to recognise links between local, national and international events.

13. To acquire sufficient control of self in the appropriate use of tools and equipment.

14. To be able to use music, drama and several forms of art and craft as a means of expression.

15. To develop physical co-ordination, agility and confidence and the ability to express feeling through movement.

16. To reflect on and appreciate the world in which we live.

We have a genuine belief that it is necessary for children to gain a sense of satisfaction from school activities, and to be happy in school, if these aims are to be realised. We aim to make education meaningful and relevant to our children.

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