HEADTEACHER’S WELCOME
WELCOME TO LONGVERNAL SCHOOL

As from 1st July 2016 Longvernal were proud to join the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership. We firmly believe that, as education providers, if we can offer education for pupils from two years of age to nineteen, we can foster a love of learning, seamless transitions, breadth of opportunity and expertise to ensure that every child is able to fulfil their full potential.

Longvernal School is led by a team consisting of Kerrie Courtier who was appointed Executive Headteacher for the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership in 2018, leading on teaching and learning across the MAT Primary Schools and Karen Bazeley, Associate Headteacher, supported by Rebecca Leyman, Deputy Headteacher and Jamie Thomson, Assistant Headteacher and SEND Lead. Between them they have a breadth of experience in the teaching profession having experience of teaching across KS1, KS2 and KS3. Prior to joining Longvernal in 2014, Kerrie was Assistant Headteacher at Weston All Saints Primary School in Bath. Karen has experience in Primary, Junior and Middle Schools in the UK, in addition to having taught internationally in Botswana and as Deputy Headteacher in Zambia and English Coordinator in Egypt.

At Longvernal we embrace diversity and we believe in preparing pupils to be responsible global citizens. We encourage pupils to empathise and respect and understand diversity within society today. We enjoy links with Zion Community School in Uganda and have actively fundraised and shared resources and have been pen pals for over four years. Furthermore we hold weekly British Values assemblies; we also seek to invite a variety of societies and religions into school to broaden our pupils’ outlook and understanding of a range of cultures. We are proud to be a Stonewall School and promote respect for all members of our ‘Longvernal Family.’

We are a leading Forest School and are committed to outdoor learning. In addition to every child benefiting from a weekly dedicated Forest session which is exploited for cross-curricular opportunities, Forest School is also a means of providing small-group nurture support. We firmly believe that Forest School activities are a great benefit to pupils both academically and socially, helping them to grow into confident, well - rounded individuals who aspire to achieve their very best in life. We believe that every child has a gift or talent, whether it is academic, sporting, artistic or vocational. In our role as educators we aim to equip pupils with the skills and confidence to achieve their best in life, entering sporting and arts festivals in addition to public speaking, poetry shows and maths competitions. Each year all pupils have the opportunity to perform in a production or concert.

We have established ourselves as a hub for promoting learning outside. As a school we are supporting other local schools to become outdoor learners and are facilitating the training for other educational providers to become specialists in this field. Over the next year we are promoting learning everywhere, with a focus on the outdoors, learning around heritage and culture and in the local community.

We are proud of the tremendous achievements reflected in the school’s last Ofsted inspection (October 2015). Teachers and support staff work tirelessly to offer a rich curriculum with a wealth of opportunities in which pupils can engage and the school is rapidly growing from a small primary school of 86 pupils to a medium-sized primary school of 180 pupils in July 2018.

It is a privilege for us to lead such a great school, where staff and parents work together in partnership to ensure that we provide our children with the best possible education, opportunities and start to life.

We hope you find our website useful and are able to get a snapshot of life at our school. Please also book a visit through the school office; we would love to share and celebrate our pupils’ achievements and the wonderful opportunities which are on offer at our school.


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