Welcome to our school
Welcome to St Lawrence CE Primary School. We hope our website gives you a glimpse of life at our school and answers any questions you may have about our aims and ethos as well as the curriculum and wider learning opportunities we offer.
Our Christian values of Love, Compassion and Respect are the firm foundations on which everything else is built. This positive, caring ethos encourages all children and adults to develop into confident, reflective individuals, with a strong sense of belonging. As a Church of England school, we value our strong links with the church community and promote Christian values.
I believe our first priority is to ensure all our wonderful children are happy and feel safe in our school. From this, our children will learn, achieve without limits and develop through our carefully thought out curriculum. This curriculum is broad, balanced and knowledge-based combining the demands of the National Curriculum with cross-curricular themed work often linked to our locality. We expect high standards of work and behaviour and encourage our children to give their best in all areas of school life. Most importantly, we aim to motivate and encourage them to develop into independent, enquiring children who are prepared and ready to enter the next phase of their lives.
The staff here work so hard and have the children at the heart of everything they do. I am so grateful to work with such an incredible team. I believe it is so important that we recognise the uniqueness of each pupil, ensuring our children leave St Lawrence as well rounded, loving, tolerant individuals with our values of Love, Compassion and Respect intrinsically embedded.
Our School Improvement Plan is based around John 10:10 “I have come so that they may have life in all its fullness.” This means our priorities are to have flourishing pupils, staff, school and community – all flourishing together.
In order to be successful, it is important for school and parents to work in partnership so we value your support and interest. We are always willing to listen to your concerns and to share the successes of your children with you both informally and at parent consultation session. We believe the most effective incentives are praise for effort, encouragement and recognition.
About our School
St Lawrence CE Primary School is a one-form entry primary school in the heart of the market town of Alton. We have a dedicated and passionate staff who strive to meet the needs of every child in an exciting and innovative way. We pride ourselves on making learning irresistible. Outcomes throughout the school are strong with results well above county and national averages.
We are a warm, welcoming school and have strong relationships with the local community. Visitors always comment on how polite and respectful the children are and enthuse about the calm, purposeful feel of the school. Many parents describe the school as being one big family- going above and beyond to support every family.
Our Ofsted report (Feb 2022) states “This is a friendly, welcoming school. Leaders make sure that the values of love, compassion and respect flow through all aspects of school life. They want the very best for all pupils. Leaders know pupils and their families well. Pupils are very happy and feel safe and valued. Pupils trust adults to help them when they have worries or concerns…..Parents are highly positive about the school. They value the family feel. As one parent said, ‘St Lawrence is a lovely school. There is a home-from-home feel with much love, compassion and respect between pupils and staff.”
We are very keen to develop our links locally and nationally. We have already started this with our Year 5 and 6 children volunteering at the Dementia Café weekly joining in with gardening, singing and sharing books at Library Club; we would love to see this grow. We are also very excited about the possibility of setting up some global links in the future.
We encourage you to come and visit us - feel for yourself the strong values that underpin the work of the school and see how the learning here is shaped to ensure children love learning and thrive on the challenges they are set.
Mrs Fiona Micklefield