At Lavington School we believe that regular attendance and punctuality are crucial to the educational success, personal well-being and safety of our students. The school aims to work closely with parents, students and the Educational Welfare Service to ensure that attendance procedures are robust and that all parties fulfil their legal responsibilities with regards to attendance.

If parents require any advice or help with attendance issues, they should contact their child’s Pastoral Leader for support.

Please see the Attendance Policy for more details

 pdf iconAttendance policy

pdf iconLeave of absence guidance for parents 

pdf iconLeave of absence request form

pdf iconLeave of absence poster

pdf iconAttendance Poster

 

There are 18 governors on the Lavington School Board, made up of 10 ‘governors’, 5 ‘parent governors’ and 3 ‘staff governors’ (including the headteacher). Governors are appointed by the members of the Lavington School Acadmy Trust, parent governors are elected by parents of current students and staff governors are elected by school staff, except the headteacher who is ex-officio. Vacancies and details of elections are placed in the school newsletter. There is a link to the list of current governors below.

As Lavington School is an academy, these governors are also trustees. The full governing body usually meets six times per year, and there is a link to the minutes of these meetings below.  A large part of this meeting is used to discuss the work carried out by the governor committees. 

There are 5 committees, each aligned to the responsibilities of a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) who attends the meeting.  Three or four governors sit on each committee, utilising their individual experience and skills.

The committee are:

  • Leadership and Management – responsible for recruiting staff, reviewing pay and performance, human resources and developing leadership.
  • Achievement and Standards – responsible for evaluating exam performance, assessment and target setting for students, curriculum and timetabling.
  • Personal Development – responsible for spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC), the achievement and welfare of students with special educational needs (SEN) and entitled to pupil premium, child protection, behaviour and safety.
  • Teaching and Learning – responsible for the quality of teaching and learning, the induction and professional development of staff, initial teacher training in the school and curriculum development.
  • Business Management – responsible for financial planning and management, site and resource management, health and safety and school administration.

Governance is a strength of the school as recognised by Ofsted inspectors.  “Governors use their skills and expertise to work with senior and middle leaders, thus achieving a breadth and depth to the leadership of the school.  Through the work of committees, and by using their excellent understanding about how to use information about students, governors are rigorous in holding the school to account for improving standards of achievement, the quality of teaching and the impact of middle leaders.  They have an in-depth understanding of the school’s finances.”    

If you are interested in becoming a governor please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see the newsletter.

If you would like to address any concerns directly with Mr Morse, Chair of Governors, please email:

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pdf iconGoverning Body pecuniary interests - 2019/2020

pdf icon2018/2019 attendance 


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Governors' minutes - October 2018

 


 pdf iconScheme of Delegation 

 

At Lavington School we pride ourselves on providing a secure, stable and well-ordered environment, based on high educational standards, together with genuine care and concern for individuals.  We work with all students, whatever their ability, to help them achieve their potential.  Our aim is for students to leave Lavington School as confident young people, ready to take on new challenges, and have a lifelong love of learning.  Lavington students will have resilience, resourcefulness and the wisdom to treat others with respect and courtesy; this forms the foundation of our ethos.

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Our vision

Aim, Aspire, Achieve

Lavington: Learning for Life

Lavington School; where students are happy, healthy and safe and achieve more than they thought possible, at school and beyond.

At Lavington School we pride ourselves on providing a secure, stable and well-ordered environment based on high educational standards and genuine care and concern for individuals. We work with all students, whatever their ability, to help them achieve their potential.  We aim for students to leave Lavington School as aspirational, confident young people, ready to take on new challenges and have a lifelong love of learning.  Our students will have resilience and resourcefulness and the wisdom to treat others with respect and courtesy, and this forms the foundation of our ethos.

Well-being

We ensure our students have the knowledge and confidence to make positive, safe and aspirational decisions about their lives whilst at school and for their futures.

Learning

We ensure that our students are active and independent learners, who strive to achieve their best in every learning situation, and will continue to do so throughout their lives.

Skills

We ensure that students are highly literate and numerate, able to apply their skills and knowledge to new and different situations, to achieve well in school and beyond.

Progress

We ensure that students fulfil their potential, and are fully prepared and qualified to leave school and move onto the next stage of their lives.

We are proud of our achievements at Lavington School, but there is always more we can do. By working together, we can shape a positive and successful future for our young people.

We are immensely proud of all of our students and their achievements through their time with us. We place a strong emphasis on the holistic development of each child as a valued individual.  We provide a positive, challenging and exciting learning environment in which children flourish.  Academic achievement is high, but there is much more to life at Lavington School. We are well known for our successes in sports and outdoor pursuits as well as excelling in art, technology, music and drama. Many students are involved in charitable work and community projects both within school and the wider community.

Our Values

At the heart of this success are the core values that the whole school community believe are important:

•           Excellent teaching by experienced, specialist teachers

•           Individual care through an excellent pastoral system

•           High levels of achievement through a challenging academic curriculum chosen to give students the best life chances

•           Innovation in all aspects of education

•           Traditional values of behaviour, appearance and conduct

•           Developing personal leadership through a wide programme of extra-curricular activities.

At Lavington, we believe that every member of staff contributes to the development of your son or daughter. Whatever their role, we expect all staff to support your child, challenge them to excel and celebrate their achievements. It is only through close partnership between students, their families and school staff that we can make your child’s dreams a reality.

 

COVID-19 Official Guidance

In terms of advice and guidance regarding COVID-19, it is important to ensure that you access the correct and current information through official channels.  Below are selected links to help find the information relevant to you:

NHS COVID-19 Information Page

NHS Corona Virus Service

UK Government COVID-19 Information Page

COVID-19 Guidance for schools

pdf iconLetter to parents - 21 May 2020

pdf iconYear 10 update letter - 15 May 2020

pdf iconKS3 update letter - 15 May 2020

pdf iconDfE COVID 19 Update Letter - 12 May 2020

Safeguarding and wellbeing information 

In the event of a safeguarding emergency and you think a child or young person is at risk of significant harm, or is injured, contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 4560108, 8.45am-5pm, Monday-Thursday and 8.45am-4pm Friday; out of hours 0300 456 0100. Or if there is immediate danger, phone the police or emergency services on 999. For less urgent enquiries, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Government on-line safety advice and useful links: www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-staying-safe-online

www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings

Support networks and useful resources 

NHS: Call 111 can help if you have an urgent medical problem and not sure what to do. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days of a week.

CAMHS: 01865 903 777 or  https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/camhs/wiltshire/ specialist NHS service providing assessment and support for children and young people up to 18 who are experiencing poor mental health.

Childline: 08001111 or childline.org.uk

NSPCC:0808 8005000 or www.nspcc.org.uk

SPLITZ: 01225 777 724 (Reception/Admin) www.splitz.org Splitz is a Support Service and registered charity that delivers support services to adults and young people experiencing the trauma of domestic abuse and sexual violence across south-west England.

Wiltshire Parent Carer Council: www.wiltshireparentcarercouncil.co.uk local services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities

KOOTH:  www.kooth.com/ A digital mental health support service. It gives children and young people easy access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors. Access is free of the typical barriers to support: no waiting lists, no thresholds, no cost and complete anonymity.

Young Minds: www.youngminds.org.uk

Thinkuknow: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/ 


Guidance and resources to help you keep children safe online

Fantastic free information book from @NosyCrow explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler: 

https://nosycrowcoronavirus.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/Coronavirus_ABookForChildren.pdf

Website: https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/grown-ups/parents-and-carers/covid-19-guidance-for-children-and-families/

Follow this link for information for families about the new co-parent hub: CAFCASS – Note for Stakeholders on Co-Parent Hub

ThinkNinja – Empowering children and young people to build resilience, manage their emotional health and to fulfill their potential.

Before coronavirus, ThinkNinja was a commissioned service only, made available in parts of the country through the NHS, schools, local authorities as well as charities working with young people.  During COVID-19 it is free for all and provides a range of content

  • Fears relating to the virus
  • Isolation struggles and how to stay connected to family and friends
  • Worries about personal health and health of family members
  • Mental strength
  • Coping techniques to use during the crisis
  • Plus many other helpful tips

NHS Helpline

The NHS have launched a help line to support parents, carers and young people The helpline can be contacted 9am – 5pm (weekdays) on 01865 903777 and 5pm – 9am (weekdays and weekends) on 01865 901000.

‘When children and young people need non-emergency mental health care, support or advice they should call the 24/7 Children’s Mental Health Helpline.

Our clinicians will be able to provide the help and support to direct people to the most appropriate service.

We will also be able to signpost children and young people’s to resources they can access by themselves to maintain good mental well-being, as well as working closely with local voluntary sector organisations.


Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub 

If you are self-isolating due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and you need help and do not have any family, friends or neighbours who can support you please let us know.
We are here to help you with:

  • deliveries of food and other essentials
  • loneliness and wellbeing.

If you are self-isolating due to coronavirus (COVID-19), we’re here to help with:

You can request this help by calling our helpline on: 0300 003 4576 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It’s available from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Food parcels being delivered by Wiltshire Council through the hub are emergency parcels to last people for three days while more sustainable solutions are found, such as a delivery by the voluntary sector. The council is charging for these parcels where appropriate. Please be assured that we will still be providing food parcels without charge for those that can show they are unable to afford them.

The charges are £20 to cover at least three days worth of food for one person, either meat or vegetarian, and up to £25 if the household has specialist dietary requirements such as gluten-free.

All funds received for payment of these food parcels cover the cost of the food only, and no profit is being made from the charging for food parcels.

Download our posters and colouring sheets

Please put these up in your windows to promote the Wiltshire Well-being hub:

Use these on your door to let others know if you are self-isolating and not answering the door:


Wiltshire School Nursing Service

Message from Wiltshire School Nursing Service…

We are aware that it is a very anxious time as a school nursing service we would like to let you know we are here to support you…

For secondary school age young people:

  • We have set up a confidential telephone drop-in service Monday to Friday 12-2pm. Any young person that would like to call and speak to a qualified nurse on the end of the phone can call 0300 247 0090 Monday to Friday 12-2pm and speak to them.
  • We also have our CHAT health text service so you can text a school nurse for advice or support for any health issues or worries, again this is confidential and you don’t need to give your name if you don’t want to the number is 07480 635513

For parents of any school age child:

We have duty school nurses available at the end of the phone Monday to Friday 9-5 pm, should you require any support with your school age child. This is available permanently for all parents to access for advice and support. If you would like support please call one of our nurses through our Single Point of access on 0300 247 0090


pdf icon COVID 19 A Levels and GCSE Information

 

 

Recent letters home will be published as a PDF download in this area of the web site

General Letters

Parent update - 21 May 2020

Year 10 update letter - 15 May 2020

KS3 update letter - 15 May 2020

DfE COVID 19 Update Letter - 12 May 2020

COVID 19 A Levels and GCSE Information

Parent update - 5 May 2020

Parent update - 28 April 2020

School update - April 2020

Sixth Form update for Year 11 - April 2020

Free School Meal Information

If you would like to complete the application on line, please open the document in "Word" format This will take several  minutes.

Trip Letters

Ski trip Easter 2021

Thailand 2021 update

Ski trip – Year 7, Year 8 & Year 9

Thailand - Year 7 to Year 11

Proposed trips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our menu at Lavington School offers a great variety of food to our students. New options include a collection of street food and a wide range of pasta and rice with sauces, changing on a daily basis. We also offer a comprehensive selection of vegetarian and vegan meals to complement our menu. Our meals are nutritious and use fresh ingredients.

A main meal will cost £2.00.

The Pasta and Sauce, Rice and Sauce and Street Food items are £1.50.

Upgrade any of the above to include a traybake or fruit bag and a bottle of water or juice for an extra 50p.

 

Please see our menus below:

pdf iconWeek 1

pdf iconWeek 2

The school uses a cashless catering service.  Please ensure your ParentPay account is activated. 

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 pdf icon 2017 short inspection

 

Ofsted 2017

The Ofsted report has now been published.  I am delighted that the inspection team recognised the many strengths of Lavington School, and the improvements we have made.

The report identifies the commitment of everyone here to improve student outcomes, the good quality of teaching and the excellent behaviour of our students. We are not surprised that we have been judged as outstanding for the behaviour and safety of pupils and for leadership and management.

Governors, senior and middle leaders have worked tirelessly to make rapid progress since the last inspection.  I am pleased that the inspectors recognised the sensible way we have approached recruiting staff. There is well-earned recognition of the pastoral support and guidance we provide. The team were rightly impressed by our polite and courteous students, whose conduct and attitude in lessons and around school are exemplary.

The terminology in the behaviour section of the report is exceptionally praising.

The current outstanding level in maths and the improved good standard in English is recognised.  It is a pity that the many other areas where achievement is already outstanding identified by the team during the inspection could not be included in the final report.  We are confident that English will soon be as high achieving as maths, and that our plans for home learning and response to feedback will mean achievement will soon be outstanding overall.  This is, of course, lined to teaching which is already ‘good and much is outstanding’.  Our aim is to increase the amount of outstanding teaching

Lavington School has a strong, governing body and effective and driven leaders.  Teachers ensure a very positive climate for learning exists; they work very effectively with teaching assistants and colleagues in school and beyond.  Students are well-supported, as a result of how well staff know them. Students’ behaviour is outstanding, being mutually supportive in a safe and caring community.  None of this happens by accident, and I thank all the staff, students, governors and parents for their hard work and determination to make Lavington such a great school.