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  • #2 DECEMBER 2019 - Ofsted: The RESULTS!.....

    Published 09/12/19, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #2

    The Ofsted report is live on the Ofsted website: This link will take you to the Larwood Academy Ofsted page, which includes the Academy conversion letter published on November, 10th 2016. The Larwood School Ofsted page, now reads as CLOSED.

    You should have received your own personal copy of this via email. If you haven’t, and you would like a paper copy; then please do let us know.

    I am very pleased and proud to report that the inspection led by Fyfe Johnston identified the tremendous work that staff undertake with our pupils and the amazing progress that they make with us. As always, your support is essential with this process, alongside the challenge and support of the governing body.

    However, we have no time to ‘sit on our laurels’ and therefore we are continuing with our development plans to make our school truly outstanding in every way.


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  • #1 September 2019 - Welcome Back!

    Published 05/09/19, by Nic Newman

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    Welcome back. It’s the start of a new academic year and a chance to be successful in lots of different ways. This has formed the basis of my first assembly back, where we discussed what success is and what it may look like. I was shocked that nobody recognised Jayden Ashman as part of this assembly, bearing in mind how popular Fortnite is, and that he had recently won £1.8 million in the Fortnite World Cup Finals. Please note I am not a player or fan of the game but came across this in the news! Our definition of success was not rooted in fame or fortune. It was firmly grounded in making a small change in the right direction, which can then lead to another and another etc. With this type of attitude, you can quickly become a great reader, artist, mathematician or be great in a sport of your choice.

    As it is the start of the year please I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that just as in previous years, we do not expect you to take pupils on holidays (unless truly exceptional circumstances and agreed with us). This is detrimental for your son/daughters learning you do have the extended October break where better value holidays can be sourced. In similar fashion to last year, Mr Van and I will be personally seeing any parent that takes this course of action.

    Thanks you for your support with this matter. 

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  • #8 Goodbye Year 6 & Good luck!

    Published 15/07/19, by Nic Newman

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    What an amazing group of very special young people we have at Larwood. I am so proud of our pupils and staff for the way they work together to overcome barriers and achieve so much together. As we approach end of the term, there are so many examples of this including; the way pupils are working towards a performance of Aladdin; taking part in a three day PGL trip; some amazing pieces of work (showed off in celebration assembly on Monday 8th July); Sports Day, and making art work that is being used by Stevenage Council and praised by the Mayor!

    Our place of work is challenging in many ways but it is also a place where we get to see your sons and daughters make significant change, when compared to where they were before we met them. This is a privilege!

    Thank you all for your continued support and the blog will return next academic year.

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  • #7MAY 2019 TESTS FOR ALL!

    Published 21/06/19, by Nic Newman

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    Imagine the scene when all of the staff at Larwood School had to suddenly take a quick English and Maths test as part of an application process during a training session. This did actually happen and it was to enable staff to access and complete the Level 2 Certificate of Awareness of Mental Health Problems. So that pupils could see that we feel very similar to them when doing tests, all staff were asked to tick either a happy, O.K or sad face about how they felt when they had to do the tests. Unsurprisingly most ticks went into the sad face area, some in the OK and just one in the happy face area! The point that has been emphasised to pupils in assembly this week is that there are tests that we all have to complete in life. Most of us do not enjoy them however, we are all bound together by trying our best when we do have to complete a test. Pupils have been reminded this week to do their best and if they do, we will be very proud of them for doing just that.

    Please note that a range of supportive measures have also been in place for this week and next week to help our pupils prepare for SAT’s.

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  • #6 MARCH 2019 - ZOOOOM!

    Published 28/03/19, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #6 This month is passing by very quickly but not so quickly that I cannot mention some fantastic events at Larwood!

    We had a wonderful day when pupils and staff dressed up to celebrate World Book day, and during the same week we had our traditional Pancake assembly and inter-house pancake races. This is always a fun event and many thanks to Mrs Osborne for organising this.

    We also held a non-uniform event for Red Nose Day and again, staff and pupils supported this event in a really positive way.

    Supporting the curriculum, Miss Trott organised an amazing afternoon/evening trip into London for Year 6 pupils who went to see Aladdin. This is their theme for Music, Art and Performance Skills (MAPS) this year, so the level of inspiration was certainly high!

    There are also some fantastic finishes for curriculum about to happen in the next few weeks. This includes a trip back into London, to see visit The London Eye as well as a trip for younger pupils to Gullivers Land. Finally, we have the end of term reward trips to look forward to as well!

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  • #5 FEBRUARY 2019 - Quick Update!

    Published 04/02/19, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #5 January was busy and packed full of fun things, and February looks the same!  

    A cold and snowy day arrived on Friday! It is always a very difficult decision to close the school on such a day, but I do hope that all concerned appreciate that for many pupils, long taxi journeys on a variety of roads may lead to all sorts of issues. It is safety for all concerned that is the moist important aspect of such a decision.

    As always there continues to be lots of activity here! The new Chris Quigley curriculum, is being used by staff and pupils and is being developed fantastically! You can find out more about by using this link:

    Chris Quigley

    There is also lots of information on our website here:

    Larwood School: Curriculum 

    If you would like to ask any questions about this, please do contact us and we will be happy to obliged.

    During the last few weeks, we have seen some of our KS2 pupils take part in mini Olympics, Year 6 pupils visit London and see how the Police and their horses work and are cared for, a visit for younger pupils to Tring museum and a ‘rapid fire’ sporting event. We like to keep busy!

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  • #4 JANUARY 2019 - Happy New Year!

    Published 14/01/19, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #4 Welcome back and a Happy New Year to you all!

    Pupils were welcomed back to school on the 7th January, with an assembly all about resolutions. It was impressed upon pupils that it’s ok to create such resolutions, but you can set yourself challenges and targets at any time of year. Most resolutions fail due to them being so big and difficult and if a setback is experienced, people may give up. Examples were provided whereby setbacks were experienced and yet the people concerned kept going. This included Thomas Edison and Michael Jordan. Therefore, the start of 2019 is all about setting ourselves big challenges, but not giving up and being prepared to fail, until we do get it right. Support and guidance from adults at school and at home are key to help pupils get it right.

    All the very best for 2019.

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  • #3 NOVEMBER 2018 - OUTSTANDING School Governor Awards 2018 - We WON! Congratulations Mrs Barr!

    Published 06/12/18, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #3 This week started with a surprise announcement and moved onto a planned change.

    Please see our release on the website with information about Sandra Barr winning the Governor of The Year Award, from Herts4Learning. This was fantastic news and was announced at the Hertfordshire Governors conference on Saturday. Sandra has and continue to be a key part of our schools development and always ensures that the very best quality of teaching, learning and development is being provided for our pupils.

    Following confirmation that our residential unit is now closed, we have moved swiftly to change the space that was the residential area, to enable more pupils to join our school. Staffed by Mrs Williams, Mrs McKeever and Mrs Otero, The Space Hub, officially took off on Thursday 22nd November. To start with, it has been populated with five of our current pupils. Other new pupils will join the Hub in due course. This is a new area for our school and it will be an area, whereby pupils with autism will be taught in a different way to the rest of the school. This does not mean that every pupil with autism has to be part of the Hub. I am sure it will develop very quickly and no doubt, we will see some excellent progress form our pupils whilst they are there.

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  • #2 October 2018 - The Momentum Has Begun!

    Published 11/10/18, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #2 A warm October and a stunning start to the year! A quick note to keep you updated on how things are progressing at Larwood. Pupils have settled in really well, and this includes new pupils that may have only been with us for a few weeks. We have seen many make some notable progress in comparison to how things may have been before they joined us. Thank you to all parents for your support with this.

    So far this year, we have had a group of Year 6 pupils attend a fantastic charity fishing trip (they all caught or shared their fish with each other), an amazing McMillan Coffee morning with over 30 parents in attendance, some Pobble Time Travel workshops for pupils supporting writing, and had a visit from Captain Morgan! The latter making Maths a little bit more fun for some of our pupils. 

    Our residential consultation closed on September 28th and all information relating to this will now be processed, and collated so that the Governing Body can make a final decision on Tuesday 16th October. I will pass this decision, as soon as I can.


    Please do not book holidays during term time. It is not acceptable, it will not be authorised and you may be fined. If you do, please note that you will be required to attend a school based meeting to discuss this matter.

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  • #1 September 2018 - Welcome Back!

    Published 07/09/18, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #1 Welcome back to all returning pupils, new pupils and to all of our families, working partners and members of our governing body.  The start of this year equals new opportunities, a new curriculum and many changes for our school as the year proceeds. My assembly on the first day back this year reminded pupils about such opportunities, but I also the link to the history of our school. Therefore, I told the story of Harold Larwood and the many qualities that he displayed as top cricketer in challenging and changing times. Our school motto of ‘achieve, believe, expect and enjoy’ would be something that I think Harold would have great empathy with. I am sure it will be another fantastic year ahead for all concerned.

    Please note that I am sending out a letter at the end of the week beginning Friday 7th September. It will provide you with information about a range of events and activities that will take place over the coming weeks and months. Please read!

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  • #8 MAY 2018 - SUPER SATS!

    Published 19/07/18, by Nic Newman

    A headline you will not see very often! The truth is that I don’t really think they are ‘super’ but they are part of our education system and testing is part of life. What is truly super is the fact that our Year 6 pupils, supported our staff and you, all did as well as they could with each of the tests. It is a tough week for our pupils and I told them all today, during our Friday assembly how proud I was of every single one of them. I even waved a British flag around in honour of them all. My flag waving may have also been linked to a wedding taking place this weekend, but more so for our youngsters.

    Connected to the Royal Wedding, our pupils have joined in a number of themed activities this week. Flag making and cooking being two examples. Let’s hope the day is one to remember for all concerned.

    We continue to be very busy with a number of events taking place. It is that time of the year again! Dragon and Bell boat racing will soon be upon us. We take part and compete against all of the other Stevenage primary Schools. We are the smallest school to take part and we always do really well. I am sure all of the pupils and staff will have a great time.

    As always, please do keep in touch with your child’s class teaching team about anything that may have an effect on them whilst at school.


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  • #7 MARCH 2018

    Published 23/03/18, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #7 Your children (our pupils) are amazing! As part of our approach to Sports Relief, Mr V began the week by setting all pupils a challenge. Therefore, during the week, pupils have had to complete daily activities such as Burpees, Star Jumps, Knee ups and Mountain Climbers! Plus, all pupils were set the task of running a mile! I am amazed at how much enthusiasm pupils and staff have displayed during the challenges, throughout the week. To top this off, a number of pupils have also raised some incredible amounts of money for Sports Relief. Sums have varied and all pupils who have raised money in this way, will be receiving a special letter form myself. The sums involved vary from £20-£100! Superb efforts from all involved and we are really proud of our pupils.


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