Our School Day
Start of School
The school day begins at 8.40am and your child should be on site by this time. The school gates are open from 8.25am for you and your child to enter the school playground. Children should only enter the school site through the playground. They are then able to enter the building through the cloakroom doors from 8.30am.
We ask that the children do not come onto the school site unattended before 8.25am – staff are not on duty prior to this time and the car park is not a safe place from the children to wait unsupervised.
If you need your child to attend school earlier due to work commitments, please contact the office and book them a place at breakfast club. This facility is available from 7.30am.
At lunchtime, the children are able to have a school meal or bring their own packed lunch. This is entirely at parents’ discretion. The children all eat together in the school hall.
School meals can be purchased on a daily, weekly or termly basis – whichever is most convenient for parents. A menu is sent home at the start of each term so that parents are aware of the meals that are provided. The school operates a simple choice system that ensures all children are able to have the meal that they would like.
Parents are asked if possible to send any dinner money into school at the start of the week. This should be in an envelope clearly labelled with the child’s name, class and the amount enclosed.
Children may bring a packed lunch in a named lunch box. We encourage the children to bring a healthy lunch. Hot and fizzy drinks are not permitted. We also ask that children do not bring in food that contains nuts as we have several pupils with life threatening allergies.
End of School Day
The playground gates are opened at 3.05pm so that parents may wait on the playground. At the end of the school day each class teacher will bring the children round onto the playground to meet you.
Staff will then be available to speak to you and/or make an appointment for another time.
Extra Curricular Clubs
We are committed to providing a curriculum enriched with opportunities for a range of extra-curricular activities (activities that take place outside of the normal classroom hours).
These are planned before school, across lunchtime and after school.
We believe they establish a habit of learning beyond the school day and encourage and sustain our ‘partnership in learning’.
The range of clubs available changes each term and the children are kept informed through assemblies and a large notice board outside the school library. Currently the clubs we have available are:
- Football Y3 and Y4, Y5 and Y6, Girl’s football
Before and After School Club
Our ‘Stay & Play Club’ has been set up in partnership with local schools to provide affordable, quality childcare for families within the local area. Working together we hope to establish long term provision that enables children to be safely and happily cared for at the beginning and end of the school day. For bookings during term time please contact the school office.
Located at the back of the school in our Music/Community room. The space is self contained and very secure for all the children attending the club. The children are also able to access the school playground and field, weather permitting.
Children from Lymington Infant School are escorted by staff between the two sites.
Lights around the school building make it easy for picking up and dropping off the children and the club itself is accessed by a secure door. Parents are asked to ring the bell when collecting their child and a member of staff will come to assist.
The room is equipped with a wide range of toys and resources. The staff regularly plan additional activities for the children to engage in.
We also host a ‘Holiday Club’, providing quality childcare within the Stay and Play facilities during selected school holidays.
For more information or to book a place please call Danielle on 07867534398.
The move from one school to the next is a major step in a child’s life. We work closely with all schools to ensure that this transition is as smooth as possible.
We welcome visits from any parents considering our school and have an open day in October. The school office staff will be happy to provide you with details and/organise an individual appointment.
Hampshire County Council is the admission authority for all community and voluntary controlled schools. The admission arrangements are determined by the County Council after consultation. Hampshire will consider all applications for Year 2 to Year 3 transfer in accordance with their latest Admissions Policy.
More information about Hampshire school admissions can be found here.
Recent changes to admissions now means that out of round admissions – those not involving children in Years 2 or 6 for the following September – are now once again the responsibility of the school to process in accordance with their admission policy. If you are looking for a place for your child in Years 4, 5 or 6 please contact the school directly for advice.
As a state school we are inspected by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate, Ofsted.
Our most recent inspection was conducted in March 2018 and found Lymington Junior School continues to be good and that the strengths identified during the last inspection have been maintained and areas of weakness have been improved.
In particular the inspectors praised the school’s high academic performance and the behaviour and safety of the pupils. The feedback from the report can be downloaded here:
The school’s previous inspection reports can be found on the Ofsted website.
We would love to know what you think of us and value your feedback. In addition to the usual lines of communication we also collect parental opinion using Ofsted’s ParentView website which can be found here:
Transfer 'to and from' LJS
The majority of our children come from Lymington Infant School and we have a strong links between the schools to promote this. We run several transition events over the course of the summer term as well as opportunities for parents and carers to meet the teachers to ensure that each child’s transition is as smooth enjoyable as possible.
Intake visits and events are planned through the academic year so that the children can confidently and quickly settle when starting in Year 3.
- Intake Visits where the children are able to meet their teachers and experience the school environment and routines
- Opportunities to come and watch school productions and take part in musical exchanges
- Shared use of our field at play and lunchtime in the summer
- Liaison visits between teaching staff to plan and moderate work together
- Intake meetings for parents.
Progressing to Secondary
Children transfer to secondary school at the end of Year 6 when they are aged 11. The local secondary school for the majority of our children is Priestlands; with whom we have excellent links.
During the course of Year 6 the children will be involved in a range of visits and activities as part of our commitment to ensuring that all our children get off to the best possible start in Year 7.
Information about the admissions process for secondary school is made available to parents by the Local Authority during the autumn term of your child’s final year at junior school. At other points of the school year, more information can be found here.
Freedom of Information Requests
We will endeavour to provide a response to requests within 20 school days or 60 working days, whichever is shorter, from the date the request is received. Where circumstances make it difficult for the information to be provided in time to meet this deadline, we will advise the enquirer accordingly and seek to provide the information as soon as possible.
Once a request has been recieved, we will:
- acknowledge your request
- say whether a fee is required to provide the information requested
- ask for more details if required
- let you know of any reason your request may be refused or if any of the information you have requested falls under exemptions
- give a timescale for completing your request if that information cannot be provided immediatly or if a third party must be consulted
Where information can be disclosed, we will normally provide you with a copy/summary of the information, or let you inspect our records as most appropriate. If we do not hold the information requested, we may be able to transfer your request to another public authority that does.
Please note that an administration fee may apply. See related policies for more information.