‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire’. In a backdrop of testing and assessment in UK schools, my colleagues and I have a rare opportunity to offer children the chance to guide their own learning, both in and out of the classroom.  Learning is meant to be fun, and we want to install a passion for life-long learning in all our children, whilst giving them the chance to explore and experience a feast of exciting opportunities, both within the classroom and across all areas of school life. Through our leading curriculum, the Primary Years Programme, we foster curiosity, risk-taking and discovery, skills that will remain with children for life.

St Leonards offers the children an opportunity to experience a breadth of education that encompasses a creative curriculum, a thrilling array of sport, music, drama, art, design and activities.

Most important to me, however, is the happiness of each child. Happy children succeed, and I place the relationships between staff, children and parents at the fore-front of my ethos for education. I couldn’t be prouder to lead a team who care deeply about children and have a commitment to find each individual child’s strengths and develop their self-esteem. 

I would be absolutely delighted to welcome you and your son / daughter to St Leonards in the near future. A website gives you a flavor of life here, but is no substitute for you to visit us in person. I very much look forward to welcoming you here to meet me, the staff and most importantly the children who make this school the special community it is. 

William Goldsmith

St Leonards Junior School