Christmas Fair

December 13, 2018

We hope that you enjoyed the Christmas Fair last Friday and many thanks to everyone for their kind and extremely generous donations. Thank you also to all the parents and staff who volunteered to help run the event and make it so special and such a success.

Congratulations to the Havenga family on winning the 1st prize hamper in the raffle. (All winners not at the draw have been notified.)

We are still finalising the accounts but it looks like we made over £1900 for the school which is fantastic! Thank you for your continued support.


Meet James Berry, Headteacher at The Lea Primary School

December 11, 2018

Great article on The Lea today from Mums Guide to Harpenden:-

Mum’s guide to Harpenden were recently invited to The Lea Primary School to meet their new headteacher, James Berry, who is very keen to share his vision for the school with Harpenden parents and explain why it will appeal to all prospective parents.

Mr Berry has recently moved up from South London with his wife and 10-month-old to be nearer to family. Having seen the vast amount of outdoor space and resources available at The Lea, met the “amazing teachers” and discovered the huge support offered by the parents, he decided this would be a very positive step up from his previous deputy headship in a city school. He has a very clear vision that every child will achieve their full potential socially, emotionally and academically by the time they move up to secondary school and that each child can have a great outcome and be a success.

Success was a big key word within every aspect of Mr Berry’s vision. To successfully build on the ethos of the school’s motto – Learn Enjoy Achieve – by ensuring a balance between these 3 elements. Maintaining the already very nurturing environment that The Lea already promotes whilst successfully pushing for greater depths of learning.  He has a keen interest in understanding how the children learn and to use these findings in making learning accessible for all the pupils. By continuing to be involved in the class teaching as well as a managerial role he feels he will get to know the pupils individually and therefore know what the school needs to continually evolve and be successful. Just this week he was in nursery reading them a story, although he was quick to exit the classroom where they were using glitter in arts and crafts! (To be fair, I have a personal aversion to glitter – or more correctly the clearing up of glitter and we save this fun for Granny’s house.)

Mr Berry was eager to point out how fantastic the support is from the parents and the surrounding community and how the school PTA play a large part to the success of the school. They have raised large sums of money to buy fabulous school equipment, an outdoor classroom and playground facilities – they even have an outdoor gym!

We asked Mr Berry to describe his headteacher style in 3 words and we also asked some of the staff. We couldn’t decide which were our favourite 3 so we’re going with: approachable, driven, enthusiastic, resourceful, collaborative and fiercely competitive with himself to make things happen!

During our tour of the school, and as mums who have done school tours ourselves, it was wonderful to see the children engaged in their lessons. There was a delightfully calm buzz around the school with children busy in their learning and the thing that struck us the most was how happy they all were.

As with all primary schools, prospective parents need to see The Lea Primary Schoolfor themselves to see what a great school it is.

An additional open morning and tour for prospective parents has been scheduled for 9th January 2019.  Please call the school office on 01582 767939 to book a place.

Christmas Shopping

December 7, 2018

If you’re doing any of your Christmas shopping online then please use Easy Fundraising and raise money for
the school for FREE at the same time.

How it Works: Instead of going directly to a retailer’s website, first go to EasyFundraising and choose the retailer you want to shop with – then everything you spend with that retailer earns a donation for The Lea Primary School.

It’s completely free to use and your shopping won’t cost you a penny more.

Spotlight on Governors

December 7, 2018

Response to Parent Survey:
As mentioned last week the governors recently met for a full governing body meeting. Lots was discussed at this meeting, including the responses from the parent questionnaire that was handed out during the consultation evenings in October. There were some very positive responses and also some great suggestions on how the school could further improve. We will be publishing more details of this on the website in the coming weeks.

Nursery and Reception – Nativity

December 7, 2018

The lead up to Christmas has well and truly begun, with a fabulous performance by our Nursery and Reception pupils in their Nativity ‘Away in a Manger’ – each and every one of them were absolute superstars!

Thank you to our Year 6 helpers; Alex with the music, and Noah, Lena and Asma with the props. They were a great help and very much appreciated! Also, thank you to Mr Jelfs for providing the straw bales. Lastly, thank you to all our members of staff who helped the children rehearse for and give such a wonderful performance.

Christmas Cards

December 6, 2018

Thank you to everyone who bought Christmas cards this year. We made £353 for the school which is fantastic!

Thank you to the teachers for finding the time for the children to design the cards, and a massive thank you to Mariangela Milioto for pulling it all together. Much appreciated.

Christmas Post Box

December 6, 2018

The postbox is now in the entrance hall from next until the end of term. Children are invited to post their Christmas cards to classmates and friends in the school. These will be distributed every day by our older pupils.

Please ensure that your child puts both the name and class on the envelope to make it easier for our postboys and postgirls to sort.