Welcome to Lakenheath Community Primary School. We are very proud of our school and hope you will enjoy using this website to explore and find out all about our school. If you would like further information or would like to organise a visit please contact the school office.

Lakenheath Community Primary School is a 1.5 entry primary school serving the local area of Lakenheath, Brandon and Eriswell although we do have a few children from further afield including our American pupils from the USAF base.

At Lakenheath our aim is for all our children to develop a love of learning through fun and challenging lessons. By the time our children leave us we hope they will have the knowledge and understanding they need to succeed at secondary school and a very good grounding in the life skills they need for their future.

We teach our children to be kind, to think of others, to share their difficulties and look out for their own well-being and that of others. In our current, uncertain, climate we also endeavour to provide a safe, familiar environment and routines that enable our children to enjoy their learning and time with their friends in conditions that are as normal as they possibly can be.

We expect all children to aim for the highest standards in behaviour meaning they can be the best they can be in all areas of life - at school and then in the wider world. We want all children to see their time in school as a journey for learning and to challenge themselves every day. We expect out children to make mistakes as these are our best learning opportunities and we also expect them to put things right and turn their behaviour round where others are affected.

We underpin all learning with 6 Rs – respect, relationships, resilience, risk-taking, resourcefulness and reflection. Children who show these qualities are rewarded with purple positives, star awards, pride awards and Headteacher awards.

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum as well as focusing on the key skills of reading, writing and maths.

We have high aspirations for all our pupils and value all that they have to offer. We provide a safe, caring environment for all our pupils and staff to reach their potential. We look forward to working in partnership with you and your children.

Sally Esom

Headteacher

The History behind our school

Lakenheath Schools were built in 1878. The Victorian front of the present school looks very much as it did when it was built apart from a couple of flat roof additions, a front entrance porch, and a bell tower which was blown down in a storm.

Up to 1943 there were in fact two schools, one for the Infants and one for older children. When one of the Head teachers retired the schools were joined and have remained one ever since despite changes to the age ranges, first from 13 down to 11, then 9 years old. A modern extension was added in 1969 to cater for the growing population.

Each year group at the school can admit up to 45 children, meaning that when we are full we can now accommodate up to 315 children. Our catchment area includes Lakenheath, Eriswell and Sedge Fen. We also have a number of children who come to our school from other neighbouring towns and villages. With Lakenheath village living alongside the USAF airbase, we also have a number of American children on our school roll. It is usually somewhere between 15 and 20% of the total school population. We enjoy having our US children on roll and appreciate the diversity of cultures they bring to our school.