Introduction from Mrs Nicky Lauchlan, Headteacher
A very warm welcome to Shinfield Infant and Nursery School. I am Mrs Lauchlan and have the great pleasure of being Headteacher at this lovely school. Whether you are looking for a school or nursery for your child, or are already a parent of a child starting with us, I hope that you find our website helpful and informative. Founded in 1707, and much expanded since then, our school is an attractive blend of historic and state of the art new buildings. We have been at the heart of the local community, educating Shinfield children for over 300 years. Closely linked with Shinfield St Mary’s CE Junior School, we have a strong tradition of providing excellent teaching and learning outcomes for all our pupils aged 3 to 11 years.
Our vision ‘Everyone shining in their own field’ comes from the water meadows around Shinfield that give it the ‘shining field’ name. It encompasses our whole school approach; ensuring that each child is nurtured and encouraged to shine through his or her own interests, talents and skills. We take time and care to develop positive and supportive relationships with parents and carers for the benefit of all pupils and offer wrap around care before and after school. We are proud that in the latest Ofsted inspection (February 2019), we are graded as a ‘Good’ school and that ‘all parents who responded to the online questionnaire would recommend this school to other parents’.
Our enthusiastic, nurturing and supportive teachers take great pride in delivering a rich, safe and healthy learning environment. We develop active learning through a fun, inspiring and challenging curriculum and extra-curricular activities. Good communication and collaborative working skills are an integral part of the children’s learning, along with developing independence in working at school and at home. Our school community is very diverse and inclusive and we respect equal opportunities, valuing the needs, skills and contributions of all individuals. We have high expectations of good learning behaviour. We encourage our pupils to become caring, responsible citizens, respecting others through self-discipline and kindness. This provides them with a sure foundation from which they can gain self-confidence and continue to make a positive contribution in their future lives.
Visitors are warmly welcomed to come and see us when the school is open, or please take our virtual tour and email any questions. We would be delighted to meet you and share our vibrant and friendly school.
Mrs Nicky Lauchlan