The Lea Primary School Word Cloud

September 29, 2017

You will shortly see appearing on various walls in our school, a lovely word cloud which includes a collection of carefully selected words that we believe define the values of our school. This was created by our former PTA Chair, Sue Stevens, and we were so impressed by it that we have decided to put it on display.


Herts Advertiser School Awards 2017

June 29, 2017

The annual Herts Advertiser School Awards were held at Oaklands College in St Albans last night.

What an exciting evening! Congratulations to The Lea Nursery on being a finalist in the Nursery of the Year category and to one of our Y2 pupils, Emily Carter, on being a finalist in both the Sporting Achiever and the Pupil of the Year categories!

To see all the photos from the awards evening, click here. For a full list of all the winners and finalists click here.


Harpenden in Bloom – Most Creative Planter

June 15, 2016

Harpenden in Bloom is a community initiative designed to enhance the appearance of Harpenden, Southdown and Batford, promote a sense of ownership of the Town by the local community and improve the quality of life for all.

This year the Best School Garden competition was replaced with the Most Creative Planter competition and offers a chance for children to be creative and plant up an unusual container with any flowers or vegetables they wish.

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At a School Council meeting on 18th May we asked the class representatives if they wanted to take part in the competition this year and the answer was a unanimous ‘yes’.  They then went back to their classes to discuss design ideas and decide what plants / vegetables they would like to use.

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They came up with a fantastic range of creative planters (over 125 of them!) – the 2 most popular themes being toilets and footballs!  It was a close call, but we decided that we’d go with a ‘football‘ theme as it incorporated more of the childrens’ ideas and with the Euro football championship this month it seemed quite fitting.

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The central part of our planter design is a foosball table, which was kindly donated to the school by the Dark Lane recycling centre.  We also asked parents to donate old football boots and popped footballs.  Luton Town FC and Menace Sports also donated old footballs to the school.

We have used a variety of red, white and green coloured flowers (red and white to represent England in the Euro; and green to represent the grass football field).  The foosball table is in the centre of our wildlife patch which is home to dozens of frogs.  We had children from our Nursery class help plant the plants so this display truly is the result of a whole-school effort.  We’ve also made good use of recycling / upcycling.

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The planter is on display in the school courtyard for all to enjoy.

Update 14 October 2016:

The Lea was awarded 2nd place at the Harpenden in Bloom awards this afternoon – WELL DONE!!!

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Harpenden in Bloom awards presentation - with Mayor Nicola Linacre

Harpenden in Bloom awards presentation – with Mayor Nicola Linacre


Nursery Open Mornings

February 11, 2016

For anyone looking for a school Nursery place from September (children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013) The Lea Primary School & Nursery is holding Open Mornings on Tuesday, 23rd February and Wednesday, 16th March from 9.30-10.30am.

Call the office on 01582 767 939 to book a space.

See the Early Years blog for more information.


Mrs Swinson Celebrates a Decade at The Lea!

January 22, 2016

Congratulations to our head teacher, Mrs Swinson, on celebrating her 10th anniversary with the school this month.  We would like to say a massive thank you for all that she does for our wonderful school and for its pupils!

Mrs Swinson with a Lego model of the school at our 1st Lego Exhibition in 2013.

Mrs Swinson with a model of the school at our 1st Lego Exhibition in 2013.


The Lea’s Lego Exhibition – 26 Sept 2015

September 27, 2015

Thank you to everyone who came to the Lego Exhibition on Saturday. Our third Lego Exhibition at the school was the most successful yet! It was a great day, everyone had a good time and we brought in over £7,000 for the school!

A massive thank you to Russell Chapman for sharing (and building!) his Lego collection for the event. It couldn’t have happened without him. Nor without the help and support of all those parents, carers and staff who volunteered their time to help plan, build, set up and run the event.

The amount of help we had and the enthusiasm received for this event bears testimony to what a great team of parents and staff we have, and what a great school The Lea is. THANK YOU all!

Note from Mrs Swinson: “What an amazing time we all had at the Lego Exhibition on Saturday! It was a fantastic success and everyone really enjoyed the day.  
Huge thanks goes to both Russell Chapman for bringing in his amazing Lego models and to the PTA who spent so much time and effort organising and running the event in the lead up to the day and on the day itself. The exhibition could not have taken place without these parents/carers and we are extremely grateful to them. The exhibition raised more than £8,000 in funds for the school which is absolutely magnificent! Thank you so much to everyone involved.”