Welcome to Lawrence. We are a very busy but friendly school and we've always got lots of things going on.
At our school we have three very clear aims that underpin everything we do:
1. To develop a school where effective teaching and learning take place and there is fairness for all.
2. To enable all our children achieve their full potential while helping them become responsible members of society.
3. To develop a school community where everyone is valued.
We have high standards at Lawrence and achieve this through a creative and fun curriculum but also by providing an environment where children feel safe and happy. Further information about how well.. why... and what we are doing can be found on the "HEAD'S SELF EVALUATION REPORT TO GOVERNORS", which can be found on the Governors page of this website. This is updated 3 times a year, please have a read and see what we are all doing.
Our children are eager to learn and they bring out the best in our teachers. They are polite and courteous and these qualities are commented on by visitors to our school.
I am proud to be the Head Teacher at Lawrence Primary, our children are wonderful, our staff are hardworking, our Governors are supportive and our parents want the best for their children which all go to make Lawrence Community Primary School such a fantastic place for children to learn.
At Lawrence it is our privilege and duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our children and we expect all staff and visitors to support us in these aims.
This website aims to give you a taster of the school, as well as providing up to date information for parents, pupils and the wider community. We hope that you enjoy your visit and that you find the information you are looking for. Please feel free to contact the school direct with any queries you may have. Further information or detail about our curriculum and/or our School Development Plan or any additional information about our policies or practices can easily be provided on request by the school office or a member of the School's Leadership Team.
At Lawrence we aim to foster a caring, sharing environment where a total commitment to equality and opportunities permeates the whole curriculum. Our school motto is “Where Everyone is Valued”… and we mean it!
Every member of our school community, pupils, parents, staff, governors and friends are welcome, valued and respected regardless of race, gender or disability.
We aim to provide a secure, happy and stimulating learning environment in which the talents and abilities of our children are recognised and nurtured. Everyone within our school is given opportunities to achieve their full potential in all aspects of intellectual, spiritual, moral, social and physical development.
Our school proudly takes its place in our local community and we establish strong links between our children and their families and friends promoting attitudes of mutual respect and responsibility.
At Lawrence Community Primary School we value and celebrate the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all our pupils and families and celebrate together the British Values that underpin our school, our city and our country. One of our key aims at Lawrence is to ensure that all of our children are equipped with the skills and attitudes to become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background. We are extremely proud to be a "School of Sanctuary".
We have a duty to ‘actively promote’ the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and we believe that this idea of fairness for all encourages an acceptance that people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated. An example of this in action is having School Council members voted for by the children in their class.
To support this aim we include in our curriculum, and in other aspects of school life, objectives and activities that develop an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process. As a school, lucky enough to have children and families from very many different cultures and faiths, we promote a shared understanding as we all have the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs. This principle is protected in British law and is a proper requirement for any compassionate society.
We believe and promote through all our actions, both within the curriculum and throughout all our activities, that differences in faiths or beliefs should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour and as a school community we challenge any type of discrimination that we identify.
Throughout our curriculum, but especially through PSHCE, Religious studies, History and our work with and in the community we:
We undertake a variety of events and lessons throughout our curriculum and through all areas of our school life that help us celebrate together, share and learn together all about these and all about each other.
Our motto is “Where everyone is valued” and we find that this encompassing approach enriches everybody involved with our school. We teach and promote respect and tolerance for the differences in our community and the wider world through all aspects of school life.
We have daily assemblies, either class, Phase, Key Stage or whole school which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These values are also taught within formal SEAL, PSHCE and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school days. Our expectations in this area are very high especially during play times, in the dinner hall and around the school… working together we can achieve anything.
Why not view our school's contribution to a "STOP HATE CRIME" video shot but JMU students as part of an "Inclusive Cities" project at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkTEYF6Awws