William Alvey School Lincoln

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Welcome to the William Alvey Church of England School

 

The William Alvey C.E. school is a large primary school with a small school ethos. In this school children come first and consequently all developments are driven by their needs.  Our children have a strong voice in much of the schools development planning and as they pass through the school so the opportunities grow for them to assume more formal and influential roles. The roles of School Councillor, Team Representative, Junior Road Safety Officer and Eco Warrior are just some of the roles adopted by our older pupils.

The school dates back some 160 years on its current site but has been central to  the education ofSleaford’s  primary aged children since 1729. The William Alvey School has deep rooted associations with the church of
St Denys and enjoys a high standing within the town. Indeed, the status of the William Alvey as a Church Controlled school is central to its ethos and continues to shape its daily rituals,  practises and routines.

The school may be old but every effort has been made to create a high quality facility fit for a twenty first century education. A beautiful stone clad exterior hides a modern facility which is subject to constant updates to ensure that pupils can access the best and most modern of facilities.

The school enjoyed a very successful OFSTED inspection in December 2006 in which it was deemed to be outstanding in all respects. This was further complimented by a church schools inspection which reached the same conclusion. The school now receives regular health checks to ensure that standards are maintained. Academically, the school sits above national averages and evidence shows that all children make good progress regardless of ability.  The school has also achieved a number of awards. These include the Healthy schools award; Investors in People; Arts Mark Gold; The Inclusion Mark and a variety of other national standards.

Pupils attending the William Alvey school are drawn from all quarters of Sleaford as well as from some outlying villages.  As a whole-school body our pupils are known for being very well-mannered  and diligent. This is in no small part due to the children’s enjoyment of their time in school where our year group teams work tirelessly to create a rich and vibrant curriculum which emphasises basic skills in a creative context. The school offers and is committed to providing a curriculum which is stimulating and relevant to the needs of tomorrow.

We hope you enjoy our website and find it helpful.  If you would like to visit our school please don’t hesitate to telephone the school office to arrange a visit.

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Statement from the school about our service children:-

 

We track all our children and monitor their progress towards key benchmarks throughout their time at William Alvey. If any child starts falling behind we consider all contributing factors and then try an address the issue with a focussed package of support. We take a similar approach to our gifted and talented children in an effort to stretch their learning and challenge the way they think.

The Armed Forces premium helps fund the extra support for our service children but we also use it to run our Bluey Club. 5% of our children have Parents in the forces (30 children out of 600).  It’s hard to find comparable statistics for other counties but I would imagine that the number of RAF Bases in Lincolnshire mean that this figure is slightly higher than the national average. These Bases mean that the majority of our Bluey Club children have Parents in the RAF although there are several who serve in the Army and one of our Parents serves in the Navy.

I know that lots of local schools run similar clubs to ours, I was interested to hear that Chestnut Street in Ruskington run an e-Bluey Club along similar lines and I’m sure that the schools either attached to RAF Bases or adjacent to them have always supported service children even before the Government introduced this premium.

The Bluey Club provides a chance for the children to mix with other service children and share their experiences. It makes them feel a little special, which can help if Dad or Mum is serving abroad or working in another part of the country. We have organised several fund raising activities and the money we raised was sent to support Fisher House. We have been visited by Richard Nauyokas (from the TV series Bad Lads’ Army) as well as some of the RAF and Army, Mums and Dads.

Last Wednesday morning our Bluey Club along with four volunteer parents, all of whom either served in the forces themselves or whose partners serve in the forces, visited Cranwell Aviation Centre.  We learnt about the history of the RAF, had a go at marshalling and raced our own balloon jet engines. In the afternoon we popped over to RAF Digby and visited the secret WWII operation centre that had remained largely untouched since the end of the war.

There aren’t many clubs in school that involve children from Reception (4-5 year olds) and Year 6 children (10-11 year olds). The older children help the younger children and it makes for a very caring atmosphere and that’s what Bluey Club is all about.

Although it is important to recognise the challenge that Forces children face, if the Government increased funding to all schools  and trusted the teaching profession to address educational and emotional needs whichever group a child belonged then I think we would be in an even stronger position.

Lilia Colledge one our Bluey Members, who has never missed a session says, “ I love Bluey Club, I help take the register and remind Mr. Tapley when it’s on! Last term we made a book to send to the injured servicemen at Fisher House. Sometimes we just chill out, I like it when we get to eat our lunch in the office”.

Eve O’Rourke “I like going to Bluey Club because my sister can also go and she’s much younger.”

Grace Gordon “My Dad came in and talked to our Bluey Club about the RAF. He wore his uniform and I felt very proud”.

Jacob Pope “At one meeting I made a tank out of cardboard and I used the yogurt pot I had at lunchtime as a turret.”

Byron Blackburn “Mr Henwood, who was a Lieutenant Colonel in the army, came to talk to us and he showed us all the Bluey letters he had received from his wife when he was in the Falklands. There were hundreds of them and he said some things they had written to each other were private.”

Joshua Hobbs “My Dad knows Richard Nauyokas (Nookie) and he came to school and did some marching with us”.