Parent Workshop – Reading with your Child

September 30, 2013

Thank you to those parents and carers from Reception to Year 2 who attended the reading workshop today, which was run by Claire Todd, a specialist teacher from Windermere Base. I hope that you found it useful and that it will help you to support your child’s reading at home.  Thank you to Mrs Carberry for organising the session.


Quiz Night – Saturday, 19th October 2013

September 27, 2013

The PTA will be hosting a Quiz Night at the school on Saturday, 19th October from 7.30-10pm (doors open at 7pm).

Tickets cost £5 per person.  You also have the option of including a fish ‘n chips dinner for an additional £5 per person.  Bring your own alcohol, soft drinks and nibbles.  All money raised will go towards buying equipment for the school.

There will be fun filled questions throughout the night on various subjects with a break halfway through for food, drinks and a natter.

It promises to be a really fun night out so line up your babysitters and come spend a highly entertaining evening at the school!  Family, friends and neighbours welcome – the more the merrier.

Teams of up to 6 people per table.  If you can’t get a team of 6 together on your own let us know and we’ll help put you into teams with others who are also short of numbers.  Likewise, if you can’t get babysitters why not have a mums/dads table while the other one babysits…

Prize for the winning team!    Raffle with great prizes!

Please return booking slips to the school office together with payment by Tuesday 15th October – tables are booking fast! Payment should be in a sealed envelope marked for the attention of the PTA.  (Cheques should be made payable to “The Lea School Association”.)

For more information contact: or 07507 174 199 or speak to Sue or Vanessa in the playground (Y2 mums).

Quiz Night 2013 booking form


HRFC – Firework Display

September 27, 2013

The Harpenden Rugby Football Club will be holding its annual fireworks extravaganza on Sunday 10th November. They are kindly offering 50% cashback to our school on any tickets sold by us.  Prices are £8 per adult, £5 per child (up to 16) or £20 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children up to 16). Gates open at 3pm and the display starts at 6pm.

If you are interested in going please remember to buy your tickets in advance from the school office!


No Strike Action

September 27, 2013

You may be aware that some teachers will be taking strike action on Tuesday next week.  Please note that our school is not affected by this and is open as normal.

Nursery and Reception Phonics Workshop

September 26, 2013

I have received really positive feedback from parents who attended the Nursery and Reception Phonics Workshop on yesterday. Thank you to Mrs Broadbridge and Miss Robinson for organising this.


Christmas Cards 2013

September 20, 2013

The PTA will be organising Christmas cards again this year as usual.  The children will soon have the opportunity to make their own designs in class and next month a finished sample will be sent home in their book bags for you to place an order for cards, gift tags and mugs.  

So hold off buying other cards until you’ve seen your child’s masterpiece! The mugs also make fantastic Christmas gifts.

For those of you with more than one child at the school, you now have the option to create one card at home that all of your children have designed:

1. Print out the Christmas Card – Template

2. When drawing in the template remember the following:
– use only felt tip pens, colour pencils or paint;
– do not use glitter;
– do not stick anything to the drawing template; and
– make sure drawings and words are well within the black border as anything outside will be cropped.

3. Once the template is complete ensure that all your childrens’ names are clearly readable in the ‘Childs name’ box at the bottom as this is printed on the reverse of the card.  Leave the ‘Class name’ box blank.

4. Return the completed template to the School Office in an envelope marked with your childrens’ names and classes, and “Multiple Siblings PTA Christmas Card” no later than Wednesday 2 October 2013.

Please Support The Lea – New Classroom

September 17, 2013

The number of pupils at the Lea has increased significantly over the last year following our positive Ofsted report.  While this is great, it has left us in need of new and improved classroom space to ensure that each year group has an adequate classroom.  The Local Authority has recognised this need and is providing us with a new double classroom to replace our existing single Nursery classroom.

As is common with all planning applications, we have received some objections. We believe this is because the plan has been wrongly perceived as a school expansion and a move away one-form entry, rather than organic growth in existing class sizes.  A replacement classroom will provide the essential space we need for our existing pupils. The planned works will be completed before Christmas with minimal disruption to the surrounding streets, and we believe a new modern building will enhance the look of the both the school and the local neighbourhood.

We would be really grateful if you would take just a few minutes of your time to complete the form on the Planning department’s website in support of our new classroom. The more comments submitted the better – it really could make a difference on whether the application is approved or not. Thank you.

The planning application reference number is 5/2013/2410.

The following link takes you directly to the planning application where you can complete the Online Representation Form:

At the top of the page it states, “submit comments about this application” – click on this to complete the form and support the application.