Ladycross Infant School is a successful infant and nursery school in Sandiacre, Derbyshire. The school was built in the early 1900s and has had numerous additions since. We have made the most of our environment and take pride in ensuring that Ladycross is a warm and friendly place, with lots going on.
The children are central to everything we do. Team Ladycross are constantly striving to develop and improve our practice. Since our Outstanding Ofsted judgement in 2008, Ladycross has made many further improvements in a wide range of areas. coming together to collaborate on a range of improvement priorities.
We have nursery, reception, year 1 and year 2 classes.
Positive Behaviour Change
This year we have reviewed and completely reformed our behaviour systems. We have moved to a new behaviour blueprint (available at the end of our Behaviour policy) which has positive behaviour change and restorative practice at it’s core. Adults have committed to several consistencies that children can expect from them at all times. These include using a calm voice, giving children take up time and greeting the children at the classroom door each day with a smile and a high 5! We also have a script which adults follow when discussing behaviour, which reduces anxiety and in turn helps to reinforce positive behaviour change in school.
The children are enthused by our new reward system that is linked to the new positive behaviour system. In school we celebrate pupils for a number of reasons, including good learning behaviours, best work, being a role model and attendance. Children who earn enough dots get very excited about a visit to the dot stop to collect their rewards!
In school we value the development of a growth mindset and spend a lot of time supporting the children in this. We use Class Dojo to help embed a growth mindset and also celebrate the wonderful things our pupils achieve to parents. Having a growth mindset is using the understanding that we can achieve anything, we are not born being able in one area and we are not born unable to excel in any area. With hard work and a positive outlook we can achieve anything. We speak a lot in school about the power of yet and how important it is to understand that if we are willing to try something and take a chance then we will always be able to achieve our goals. Each week the class selects a growth mindset champion to have popcorn and hot chocolate with the Head Teacher! “Pop and Choc Fridays” have become very popular.
Mr Hooley is the Head Teacher of the school. The leadership team also consists of Miss Griffin, senior teacher and maths coordinator, Mrs Robertson the Special Needs and Pupil Premium Coordinator, Mrs Bradly the Early Years Coordinator and Mr Hancock the English Coordinator and Sports Coordinator. If you contact Ladycross, then you will speak to someone in the school office, either Mrs Mawer, the School Business Officer or one of her team. Our Safeguarding team consists of Mr Hooley, Miss Jenkins and Paul Randall, a governor. It is of course everyone’s responsibility within our school to follow safeguarding procedures to keep our children safe as part of daily life. If you have concerns about the safety and well-being of a child, the number you need is Call Derbyshire 01629 533190.
At Ladycross we work within our school values of:
compassion, co-operation, resilience, inspiration, kindness, thoughtfulness, hope, courage, patience, responsibility, honesty, trust, resourcefulness, communication, respect, loyalty and understanding.
The children and adults share our values in assemblies and life around school. We work within the values and ethos of UNICEF’s Rights of the Child.
The key provisions are:
The right to have a childhood, including protection from harm
The right to be educated, including all girls and boys
The right to be healthy, including having clean water, nutritious food and medical care
The right to be treated fairly including changing laws and practices that discriminate
The right to be heard including considering children’s views.
What Parents have said about Ladycross…
“All my children love school and their teachers. This is reflected in their levels of confidence and their achievements.”
“I cannot stress enough how much my son loves Ladycross and how impressed I am all the time with the school and especially the staff. Many thanks for all you have done for my son’s future.”
“The trip to Twinlakes was brilliant. A lot of work was put in by the school for my child to take part in the dance performance which he loved.”