Lindal & Marton Primary School

LAMPS is a popular and successful non-denominational school in the village of Lindal-in-Furness. The school retained its cherished “Outstanding School” status at its latest Ofsted inspection in December 2011. The staff, governors and pupils at LAMPS are proud of our family ethos, and we value the opportunity to welcome you to our school.

LAMPS offers a safe, caring environment, and provides a wealth of learning opportunities that ensures that each child develops socially, academically and emotionally. We are confident that you will find a community where standards of behaviour and respect for others are given the highest priority; where every child is encouraged to strive to achieve their best, and above all an environment where children are happy and eager to learn. If you have not already done so, you are very welcome to visit the school by arrangement.

Learning, Ambition, Motivation and Perseverance lead to Success.

Contact us
Telephone/Fax

01229 462710

E-mail

admin@lindalmarton.cumbria.sch.uk

Address

Pit Lane, Lindal-in-Furness, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 0NB

Headteacher

Mrs F. Doran

Featured Events

Visit our Events Calendar for all events.

Hello! We are Linda and Martin, and we'd like to welcome you to our school.

OFSTED

The school underwent its first OFSTED inspection this week since December 2011.  It was a very busy two days but the inspector was supportive throughout and, as a staff team, we worked together to present all the strengths of the school.  Whilst we have received verbal feedback and an overview of the judgments made, this is provisional and will not be confirmed in writing for at least two weeks meaning we are unable to make any comment at this time.  You will receive a copy of the report as soon as we have the final draft.  I would like to thank all those who completed the Parent View survey.  The inspector was complimentary of the positive feedback given by parents.

Lego League

Two weeks ago Mr Procter took a team of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils to Furness College to take part in the Lego League competition.  The children worked for weeks in STEM Club to design and program a robot to conduct a series of tasks and maneuvers.  The children also had the task of delivering a presentation and were judged on their conduct and teamwork. We were thrilled when they returned from the competition with a trophy for the best robot design.  Although they were not the overall winners of the competition, they did receive very high praise from the organisers. 

Class 3 and Class 4 Dance

The children have been working with a dance coach, Nicola (from Stephenson School of Dance, Ulverston) in preparation for the Dance Platform festival which takes place on Wednesday 13th February at UVHS. The children have loved their sessions and the dances are amazing! We have one group performing a pirate themed dance and the other PE group are performing a Matilda themed dance. Tickets are being sent home with the children today.  There is one ticket available for free for each family and, if required parents can purchase further tickets from UVHS.  Details regarding what clothes the children require for the performance were provided in a letter but if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Elliott.

Diary Dates

These are useful dates for your diary that will be added to each week.  More information about each event will be provided nearer the time. New dates are highlighted, changes to any date/time are in red.

Date Event
13-02-19 Swimming Gala @ Barrow, selected pupils, 9:15 – 11:45am
13-02-19 Class 3 & 4 performing dance routine @ UVHS, 6pm
14-02-19 Young Voices Concert, Manchester
15-02-19 Friends Meeting, 3pm
15-02-19 Finish for half term
   
25-02-19 Return to school
07-03-19 World Book Day
29-03-19 Last Day of term
01-03-19 Gymnastics Competition @ Dowdales (KS1 am, KS2 pm)
04-03-19 UVHS students in for work experience
06-03-19 Year 5 Taster Day @ UVHS
08-03-19 Year 1 fun sports event @ Dowdales, 1:15-3:30pm
13-03-19 Library Van visit
15-03-19 KS2 Cross County competition @ Dowdales, 2:30-4:00pm
22-03-19 Book Fayre
22-03-19 Netball Competition @ Dowdales, 3:45 – 5:00pm
29-03-19 Last day of term

New Recruit
I am delighted to inform you that, after our challenging interview process, we offered the position of part-time class teacher to Nicole Erswell. Mrs Erswell lives in Ulverston where she moved to after re-locating from South Africa 18 months ago. She has taught for a number of years and has very good knowledge and experience of working with special educational needs. Mrs Erswell is excited to start and will be taking up her post on Monday 25th February 2019, sharing the teaching of Class 2 alongside myself.

Eskdale Residential
Just a reminder, any Class 3 and Class 4 parents who would like their child to attend this year’s residential to Eskdale need to pay the £19 deposit through Parentmail by Monday 28th. If you foresee any difficulties with this but would like your child to attend then please let us know. After Monday, we will be calculating how many spaces there are so they can be offered to Year 3 pupils. Staff and pupils from Ireleth St Peter’s attended this residential trip last year and gave excellent feedback so I am confident our children will enjoy it, especially paddle boarding which is something they have not done on any of our school trips before.

Inclement Weather
Following the icy and wintery weather conditions we have experienced this week I thought I would remind you of our procedures. On icy days, please only use the Children’s Entrance as the playground and pathway to the office door may be too slippery and dangerous. Driving up the hill and parking may also be difficult so please consider parking by The Green and walking up. Children are welcome to come to school on icy days in their trainers or other sensible footwear. We understand that your journey to school may be delayed due to slow traffic so please just get here when you can and only travel if you deem it is safe to do so. If in extreme cases the school did need to close you would receive a text message as soon as a decision had been made. This information would also be included on our school website, social media sites, both The Bay and Radio Cumbria radio stations and the Evening Mail website. The decision to close school would never be taken lightly.

Coniston/Keswick 2 Barrow Walk
We are very excited to have a team of staff, parents and pupils taking part in the Coniston 2 Barrow walk again this year. We would love to be able to enter a team for the K2B too but need six walkers and so far we only have two volunteers (myself and Mrs Elliott). If you are interested in walking or supporting, then please let myself or Kim Brettle know.

 

Diary Dates
These are useful dates for your diary that will be added to each week. More information about each event will be provided nearer the time. New dates are highlighted, changes to any date/time are in red.

30-01-19 Dental survey (5 year olds)
01-02-19 Y2 indoor athletics @ Dowdales, 3:45 – 4:45pm
05-02-19 Helper’s Treat – selected pupils, 11-12pm
13-02-19 Swimming Gala @ Barrow, selected pupils, 9:15 – 11:45am
13-02-19 Class 3 & 4 performing dance routine @ UVHS, 6pm
14-02-19 Young Voices Concert, Manchester
15-02-19 Friends Meeting, 3pm
15-02-19 Finish for half term
25-02-19 Return to school
07-03-19 World Book Day
29-03-19 Last Day of term
01-03-19 Gymnastics Competition @ Dowdales (KS1 am, KS2 pm)
06-03-19 Year 5 Taster Day @ UVHS
08-03-19 Year 1 fun sports event @ Dowdales, 1:15-3:30pm
13-03-19 Library Van visit
15-03-19 KS2 Cross County competition @ Dowdales, 2:30-4:00pm
22-03-19 Book Fayre
22-03-19 Netball Competition @ Dowdales, 3:45 – 5:00pm
29-03-19 Last day of term

 

Parking

Yesterday Mrs Gallagher emailed out a complaint that we have received from a neighbour. Whilst I feel quite defensive about some of the comments made in the complaint and its general tone, there are some issues around the drop off and pick up time that do need to be addressed.

 

  • Firstly, there should be NO children in the playground, unsupervised by a parent, until 8:40am. We are aware of some older children arriving early and they are causing unnecessary noise.
  • Secondly, no parent/grandparent, or any other person dropping off, must use School Terrace as a point to reverse and turn around. We know there are individuals who regularly do this and they are putting children at risk. Please drive a few meters up the road and turn at the junction.
  • Cars must not stop on the zig zags, even to pause and let children get out. This is very dangerous. Please drop children off further down (where there is space for two cars to pass) so they can walk up to school on the path.
  • Whilst there has been occasions where car horns have been pressed to alert other drivers of bad practice, we have been made aware of individuals allowing children to press the horn intentionally. This is also needs to stop.
  • If parking your car, ensure it does not block the road, and definitely do not block our neighbour’s driveways or access to and from their house.

 

I am fully aware of how difficult the drop off and pick up times are. I wish more than anyone that we weren’t so limited for space due to our location but this is not a situation that I can change. Thankfully, most of our parents do adhere to the general guidelines for parking but unfortunately there is a small minority putting children at risk and causing this time to be stressful and unpleasant for everyone.

 

Interviews

We have shortlisted 4 candidates to interview for the part-time post of Year 2/3 teacher and these interviews will take place on Monday.  Our School Council have prepared their own set of questions and Class 2 are looking forward to being taught a lesson by each of the interviewees.  We will also be asking them to assess some of the writing that Year 2 and Year 3 have produced recently.  It is robust process and I am confident that we will be able to appoint an excellent addition to our hardworking, dedicated team.

 

Mid-Morning Snack

We are throwing away a significant amount of fruit each week.  This is fruit provided through the Free Fruit for Schools scheme and is given to pupils in Class 1 and Class 2.  I have noticed there are a number of children in these classes who are bringing in their own snack each day and wondered if parents actually knew that a fruit snack is provided.  It is a worry that so many children are not taking the snack at break time as not only will it instil healthy eating habits, it is helpful for their concentration and learning to have an energy boost part way through the morning.  Please encourage your child to take their free piece of fruit.

 

Date Event
21-01-19 Interviews
23-01-19 Year 5 Taster Day @ Dowdales, 9:15am – 2:35pm
25-01-19 Writing Workshop – Class4
18-01-19 Dance coach to work with Class 3 & 4 (and next 3 Fridays)
13-02-19 Class 3 & 4 performing dance routine @ UVHS, 6pm
14-02-19 Young Voices Concert, Manchester
15-02-19 Friends Meeting, 3pm
15-02-19 Finish for half term
   
25-02-19 Return to school
07-03-19 World Book Day
29-03-19 Last Day of term