Laxton Junior School offers a broad and well-balanced curriculum where children are encouraged to fulfil their potential in a happy and secure environment.Through the academic curriculum and caring pastoral system, the school lays solid foundations in the development of well-motivated, confident and happy individuals who are always willing to give of their best on the road to high achievement.
Founded in 1973, Laxton Junior School is a co-educational day school (4-11 years), which is housed in new premises, located in the picturesque market town of Oundle, Northamptonshire. The school offers a broad and well-balanced curriculum where children are encouraged to fulfil their potential in a happy and secure environment, supported by a dedicated team of professionals.
Through the academic curriculum and caring pastoral system, the school aims to lay solid foundations in the development of well-motivated, confident and happy individuals who are always willing to give of their best on the road to high achievement.
Ask a pupil or parent what they like about Laxton Junior School and they will always mention the extra-curricular activities. In addition to the traditional games coaching that takes place, a huge variety of minority interests and hobbies are offered at the school in Oundle.
Ensembles, choirs and other groups provide an exciting range of musical opportunities and experiences. Pupils are encouraged to learn a musical instrument from an early age and individual lessons are arranged so that they do not interfere with the teaching and learning of core subjects.
The extra-curricular programme is delivered by an enthusiastic and energetic staff, who truly believe that working with children in an informal setting enables relationships to be built and talent to show itself.
PERCUSSIONISTS AT LJS AND OUNDLE COMBINE IN CONCERT
The LJS hall was buzzing in the evening of Monday, 27th January, as parents, staff and children of Laxton Junior and Oundle School converged for the annual Percussion Concert. Led by our extraordinary and inspiring Percussion Teacher, Mr Rhys Matthews, children from Year 1 to the 6th Form performed a range of individual and ensemble pieces that had a packed hall smiling and seat-dancing throughout!
28th January 2020 — The LJS hall was buzzing in the evening of Monday, 27th January, as parents, staff and children of Laxton Junior and Oundle School converged for the annual Percussion Concert. Led by our extraordinary and inspiring Percussion Teacher, Mr Rhys Matthews, children from Year 1 to the 6th Form performed a range of individual and ensemble pieces that had a packed hall smiling and seat-dancing throughout!
Evenings such as this are not just a display of the phenomenal musical talent that exists across both schools, it is an opportunity for the entire community to observe and listen to the progression of knowledge and skill from its origins, in Year 1 and Year 2 at LJS, all the way up to those working on Grade 8 and Diploma pieces at the top end of Oundle School. It is an incredible journey and one that involves exceptional levels of dedication and, importantly, passion; to see this evolution, then, so exquisitely portrayed before the audience’s eyes was an absolute joy to behold.
There were many highlights of the evening: the confident first public performances by LJS’s Junior and Intermediate Ensembles; the remarkably choreographed ‘body beats’ by the senior school’s percussionists; and the hugely entertaining ‘beats and brooms’ by Laxton’s Senior Ensemble. A favourite moment of so many of the audience, though, was watching the LJS children listen to the fantastic individual performances by Oundle School’s percussionists; they were utterly spellbound by these, and got a real-life taste of what they could become if they continue to work hard and love every moment of their musical adventure.
Each year, LJS celebrate LJS, our children come as an array of characters and our teachers find the most innovative ways of bringing Roald Dahl stories into their lessons.
7th November 2019 — Year 3 enjoyed a wonderful Roald Dahl Day on Friday, 1st November. The children were unrecognisable as Matilda, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Enormous Crocodile or many of Roald Dahl’s other brilliant characters.
The classrooms buzzed with excitement as the children had great fun in Maths, measuring a range of Enormous Crocodiles, from The Slightly Small Enormous Crocodile to The Very Enormous Crocodile. Measuring the BFG caused great excitement, too, before weighing James' giant peach and making comparisons with other peaches. The children practised their mathematical skills in a fun and practical way and loved working in their groups.
James and the Giant Peach was the inspiration for some fabulous creative writing. Using this story as a stimulus, the children selected their own main character, giant fruit and animals before planning an adventure with problems and solutions. They all became creative authors in their own right and weird and wonderful stories were created.
In the afternoon, children drew their own illustrations in the style of the fantastic Quentin Blake. The group work undertaken by the children embodied our LJS values beautifully as they collaborated and cooperated with each other throughout the day to reach a common goal.
Our Year 6 reporting team interviewed Ms Stacey Crump, the new Deputy Head of LJS.
8th October 2019 — About the following article, Mr Robertson writes: ‘Last year, five children, now in Year 6, won a competition to become journalists for the School website; they will be contributing an article each month that looks at key people, events and issues taking place at Laxton Junior School. Their first article is below: an interview with Ms Crump.’
We are the Year 6 reporting team of Edward, Willa, Bibiana, Bea and Isla and we had lunch with Ms Crump on Thursday, 12th September to find out all about our new Deputy Head; we had a brilliant time and learnt so much about her!
Ms Crump moved from America to England (after living there for 5 years!) because she missed her family and especially her new nephew. She can do an American accent very well and learnt French and Spanish when she was younger.
Ms Crump was very excited about coming to Laxton Junior School and had to fly to England for three days to be interviewed. When she got the call from Mr Robertson, to inform her she had got the job, she was driving in her car, so she pulled over into a layby (to be safe). Mr Robertson asked her if she would like to become our new Deputy Head and she had to be very professional when she answered. Afterwards, when she had hung up, she started cheering and singing along to the music in her car (very loudly)!
Ms Crump thinks that LJS is full of friendly people; she told us that there is a feeling of great community and everyone is showing a love of learning. Her favourite LJS value is ‘Care’ as it encompasses so many things, like ourselves, each other, our learning and protecting the environment (which she is very passionate about).
We had such a good time meeting Ms Crump and think she is going to be a fantastic Deputy Head!
Pupils from Laxton Junior School concoct smelly cocktails at Stibbington
Laxton Junior School visit Stibbington to explore the senses
30th October 2017 — At the beginning of October the children in Reception at Laxton Junior School had a fabulous time exploring the environment using their senses with Peter Rabbit and his friends at Stibbington.
Activities included environmental music making, creating smelly cocktails, investigating camouflage colours with hidden caterpillars, making collage butterflies, tasting Mr McGregor’s harvest and building shelters. A particular highlight enjoyed by the children was collecting and describing items to stick on to Miss Spider’s web which culminated in the creation of miniature autumnal pieces of art.
Reception teacher Miss Sandall said, ‘This was a wonderful opportunity to explore the great outdoors and the children have definitely extended their understanding of their five senses.'
Pupils from Laxton Junior School are put to work at Holdenby House
To kick start their Victorian topic, Year Two pupils from Laxton Junior School travelled back in time to 1891.
11th October 2017 — Modern day minibuses transported the pupils to Holdenby House in Northamptonshire where they met Mrs Bumbridge, the Housekeeper and Mrs Crumpet, the Cook. Mrs Bumbridge allocated job titles to each of the children including Bell Boy, Chamber Maid, Laundry Runner, Gardener and Tweeny (a maid who worked wherever she was needed). Before starting work Mrs Crumpet administered a dose of purge to everyone, including the big girls (otherwise known as the teachers!).
During the course of the morning many jobs were completed. Bread was kneaded, beans and courgettes were sliced and salted, stale bread was ground into breadcrumbs and apples were peeled and sliced ready to make a crumble. On the other side of the kitchen, the posser, dolly and mangle were put to good use by the Laundry Maid, whilst flat irons were carefully handled to iron the sheets. A group of boy servants were set to task cleaning the range and cold box as well as setting the table. Meanwhile in the bedroom much cleaning and tidying was being done. In the boot room, polishing was the theme – brass, boots, saddles, cutlery and garden tools all needed a bit of elbow grease!
Before the pupils left they were lucky enough to be presented to Lady Annaly to recite the house prayer and entertain Her Ladyship with a beautiful rendition of ‘Twinkle Twinkle’. All of the pupils worked extremely hard but four children were given certificates so that they could return to Holdenby House to begin work at the age of eleven.
Mrs Crumpet and Mrs Bumbridge commented, ‘The children have been delightful and all worked well, taking on their roles with enthusiasm.’
‘Dahlicious’ Snozzcumbers for Lunch at Laxton Junior School
The children in Year Three at Laxton Junior School have had a fabulous time celebrating Roald Dahl Day.
28th September 2017 — Excited pupils dressed as characters from Roald Dahl’s much loved stories arrived for school ready to celebrate what would have been the author’s 100th birthday.
Roald Dahl Day is celebrated annually giving the children the opportunity to get really creative, donning impressive costumes, which this year included Willy Wonka, Charlie Bucket, Matilda, Fantastic Mr Fox, the Twits, and there was even a visit from the BFG. The children were delighted with a celebratory lunch of snozzcumbers, chicken liver donuts and a variety of cakes with some even daring to drink George’s marvelous medicine! The children spoke about their favorite Roald Dahl stories and learned the history of this children’s literary hero. One Year Three pupil said "my favourite bit was lunchtime, the food was 'Dahlicious’!’’
Head Mr Robertson commented, “It has been the most incredible day of Roald Dahl themed learning in our Year Three forms; the children, led by our wonderfully creative staff, have been immersed in a spectacular array of activities that have encouraged a deeper understanding of Dahl’s stories whilst celebrating the sense of fun and wonder that weave so beautifully through the pages of his books.”
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