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From the front, what appears to be a Comic Relief style red nose bulging out of the first floor is actually the library – gives reading for fun a new slant. The entrance hall holds a tile display where every child has a handprint – a sense of community and belonging. Pupils felt ‘work can be difficult but once you get into it can be relaxing’. Staff ‘won’t give you the answers, they help you.’ Rehearsals for end of term production of Aladdin in the John Hind Hall were in full flow for year 6. One of our guides leapt onto the stage and seamlessly sang her heart out as the genie and then jumped back down to continue the tour. Didn’t miss a beat - one to watch...

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head of junior school

Since September 2018, Geoff Laidler. Music degree from Durham; PGCE from Northumbria. Had spells at local state primaries including Rowlands Gill Primary and Gateshead – as well as headships at St John Boste, Washington and St Agnes’ Catholic Primary, Crawcrook - before taking up the reins here. He, like his wife, attended the school. Both their children are in senior school.

On the academic front, he emphasises the importance of cross-curricular; when it comes to extracurricular, he is most proud of building the capacity for sport - ‘Sport for all’ is his mantra. Prioritises building confidence in children and says he likes to ‘connect’ with them, listening to their opinions - changes to toilets and provision of water fountains have resulted recently. Pupils say he is ‘really...

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