An Extended School at Emerged Level with a ‘Space for the Sports and Arts’
The Extended Schools provision at Lionwood Infant and Nursery School has been in flow in its community since 2004. The school has established a feel for being one of the main hubs of the community.
The school employs a development officer qualified in the field of sports and arts development along with community cohesion training, health and safety and parent and family support training. She was also trained in Extended Schools Delivery and was part of the original pilot scheme in Norfolk (the school changing to its current name). The hours and ways in which she works enables the Head to have the extended schools commitment firmly embedded into her School Development Plan.
The school also is able to offer a 52 week programme by the extended schools officer being on a 52 week contract. This enables the workings which have been established to continue through the holiday times. The officer also engages community volunteers and ‘Young Leaders’ in sport and dance qualified under the Education Authorities ‘Sports Partnership Scheme’.
The school building allows access too many structured and developing ‘User Groups’.
These range from providers within the educational structure of Norfolk Government (PE, Music services, Children’s and Social Services) to community providers, local businesses and beyond:
- Thorpe and Dussindale Action for Children Centre
- Neil Paris Performing Arts Theatre
- Norfolk Police Service
- Soccer Stars
- Early Help Processing Team
- Central Dance Academy
- Norwich Fine City Chorus
- Norfolk Suzuki Group
- Norfolk Family Learning
- Norwich Barbershop Harmony
- Alex Yoga
- Community Sports Foundation
- Dee Pilates
- Aviva Community Partnership
- Norwich City Football Club and Community Sports foundation
- Hillside Youth Football Club
- School Nursing Services
The above gives a broad and varied partnership from the sports and the arts fields.
The school also uses other venues within its community to deliver additional extended activities throughout the whole year. These areas have been developed by our ‘Extended Schools Officer’ and run at a sustainable level again 52 weeks of the year
- Matthews Church Rooms for International Friendship Group, After School Family Fun Club, Autism Group, Toddler stay and play and Sunday play club. The church also house Thorpe Fish feeding families during the school holidays and this linkage is direct to the school.
- Open Academy for Sports and Dance Activity Days
- Francis Church for Community Luncheon
- Pilling Park for Community events weekly, Boogie Bounce, Woodcraft, Young carers, Contact centre, Priory Nursery, Cinema Sessions, Family Bingo, Family Disco and BBQ, Love Norwich, Buddhist Group and International Celebration Events.
The Extended Schools Officer attends many local groups to enhance her knowledge of the ever changing face of a very diverse community. She sits on the Local Leadership Forum, Action for Children Steering Group, Pilling Park Residents Association, NCFA LTD Steering Group, Pilling Park Community Management Committee and several other local community groups.
She helps to run a Community Lunch for our community liaising in with Norwich City Council and Norfolk Library Service to provide and deliver this, she also attends the Heartsease Community Lunch.
The school also hosts the venue for a weekly ‘Parents Group’ which brings together parents with pre-school children, school children and beyond. Parent Support Advisors from Lionwood Infant and Nursery School along with Lionwood Junior School lead this group and offer extensive knowledge in child development, parenting skills and everyday worries and concerns. PSA’s offer signposting to agencies that can offer additional support to the families. The Extended Schools Officer continues to add support to the group on a need basis and continues to monitor with them their sustainability and continued development.
The school runs an established ‘Breakfast Club’ which has proved to be sustainable. This again is being monitored and promoted by the Extended Schools Officer and financially by the school’s Finance Officer.
Pupil Premium adds additional bonuses to the school community aiding those children to being able to experience a huge range of activities that would normally be beyond their parents reach. It links in its capacity to aid attendance by the Breakfast Club usage and engagement in holidays when families fail to thrive.
The school sign posts to two ‘After School Providers’ and children are taken by minibus to this local provision. In addition there is a full range of ‘After Schools Clubs’ running at the school. These are run by staff around the school terms and vary for the age ranges we have in the school and the variation in clubs to give a balanced and varied number of clubs. The school also has contracted NCFC Community Sports Foundation’ to run weekly multi skills and football clubs at the school. All after school clubs are rotated and always at full capacity.
These range from : Gym Club, Dance Club, Zumba Club, Yoga Club, Lego Club, Signing Club, Gardening Club, Jump Rope, Choir, Craft Club, Knitting Club, Table Games, Korfball Club, Cookery Club and many more…….
Early Evening and Weekend Clubs offered at the school also provide a varied amount of affordable extra activities. These are ran by local providers that are all assigned and registered to their NGB’s and have full insurance policies to provide cover for the out of school schedules they provide.
These include… Karate, Dance, Girls and Boys Football (6-13yrs).
The school has a link with the local Morrison’s Supermarket, which gives the children access to two days of baking time with the Morrison’s Community Champion every term. He leads baking activities with children from each of the year groups as well as offering additional opportunities for both the children and the parents’ group too. Additional visits to the store include: fishmonger (looking at the fish, learn about fish as a food stock and serving customers), bakery (cooking in the bakery with the baker, talking to customers about the ingredients and types of bread and from where ingredients are sourced), Choir (carol singing and bag packing for the customers to enjoy in December).
Swimming sessions at Heartsease Primary are given half termly for the Year 1 children. A fully qualified swimming teacher is attached to this ongoing provision.
Linkage with the ‘Country Trust’ enables free visits to many Norfolk Attractions; transportation is the only funded part of these trips by the school. These trips have included Mannington Hall, Winterton Sand Dunes and Beach and Blickling Hall.
The school ‘Minibus’ enables us to expand the children’s accessibility to local community events and attractions. The school also regularly walks to areas of curriculum interest in the City of Norwich. These have included the cinema, synagogue, Buddhist temple and sports linked events (disability sports days, cricket, rugby, netball and other inter school event days).
If you have any enquiries about Space for Sports and Arts please do not hesitate to contact Glenda Prior via the School Office, 01603 433957.