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All parents commented on how well staff knew their children and motivated them. ‘A fabulous all round education,’ came up more than once. The children are bright and cheerful, as are the staff.  We were greeted with friendly smiles by all on our tour. Active school council with representatives from all years who have just introduced a ‘friendship bench’ in the playground. ‘It’s where you can go if you are feeling sad, lonely or cross.  It’s like a buddy bench. Sit there and someone will…

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Founded in 1973, Laxton Junior School is housed in purpose built premises, located in the picturesque market town of Oundle. The school offers a broad and well-balanced curriculum where children are encouraged to fulfil their potential in a happy, secure environment, supported by a dedicated team of professionals. Through the academic curriculum and nurturing pastoral system, the school aims to lay solid foundations in the development of well-motivated, confident and happy individuals who are always willing to give of their best on the road to high achievement. Ask a pupil or parent what they like about Laxton Junior School and they will always mention the extra-curricular activities. In addition to the traditional games coaching that takes place, a huge variety of minority interests and hobbies are offered. Ensembles, choirs and other groups also provide an exciting range of musical opportunities and experiences. ...Read more

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Since September 2017, Sam Robertson, previously deputy head at the Modern English School Cairo. Degree from Cambridge, and a PGCE, in natural sciences and education. Newly married to Claire, also a teacher.


Entry into reception is non-selective but the children have three visits to the school prior to starting so staff get to know them. Entry after that depends on previous school records. Assessment for the older pupils. Reasoning paper and maths and English tests for key stage 1, Saturday exam for older ones. ‘There is no pass or fail as such, but it allows us to discuss the child’s prior learning with the parents. We do not have a one size fits all approach here as all children are different.’ Some are kindly advised the school is not for them, but not many. Means-tested...

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