about us


The first years of a child’s formal education are crucial, and we at Larkfields Infant School hope that by providing a happy, stimulating environment, the children in our care will feel secure and eager to learn. Our vision statement outlines the ethos of the school.

‘We believe in promoting self-respect and respect for one another, accompanied by high positive values and attitudes. We believe that parents, carers and the wider community should be valued as partners in learning and that we must provide a caring, safe and orderly environment. Our school is a special place full of learning, laughter and friendship and where all children are happy, feel safe, are valued and enabled to reach their full potential.’

This website, in conjunction with a visit to the school, will give you some idea of the kind of exciting learning environment that children experience here at Larkfields.

We have tried to tell you all that you will need to know for when your child starts school, but if you have any other questions then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jo Cuthbert
Head Teacher

Our School

Larkfields Infant School is set in the heart of a quiet residential area, surrounded by well-maintained lawns and gardens. We have our own playground and there are extensive playing fields shared with the adjacent Junior School. Our outdoor learning provision consists of a well-equipped lower playground for the children in Foundation Stage 2 and the secure inner courtyard for children in Key Stage 1.

Inside, the school has several light and spacious general-purpose teaching areas, as well as specially equipped sections devoted to art and craft, ICT, creative play, and baking. Each class has its own ‘quiet corner‟, which is used for activities such as role play, discussion and story time.

In addition to these teaching areas, Larkfields Infants has a well-stocked library and a carpeted hall, which is used for P.E, music, drama and assemblies. We are also fortunate to have a separate dining area where children can enjoy either the delicious meals prepared on the premises, or their own packed lunches.

At Larkfields we possess a varied selection of ICT equipment, which is widely used in all areas of the curriculum. Each teaching area has its own Interactive Whiteboard, computers, access to the Internet and various school owned programs.


The organisation of classes varies each year, depending on the number of children in each year group and the number of teaching personnel.

School Session Times

The normal session times are 8.45am to 12 noon and 1.10pm to 3.30pm.

The time spent on teaching in the normal school week, including R.E. but excluding daily acts of worship, registration and breaks (including lunch) is 22.5 hours.

School Assembly Times

Monday to Thursday, school assembly times are 11.30am until 11.50am and Friday is from 2.50pm until 3.20pm.

Arriving at School, and Going Home

Coming into school the children use their own side doors which are opened at 8.45am. These doors are closed at 8.50am, entrance is then by the main door. Children attending Kids Club for the before school session are escorted into school by Kids Club Staff.

At 3.30pm the children leave by the door through which they enter each morning, except for the children in Area 4, who leave by the front door to ease congestion on the path by Area 3. Older children leave by the same door as younger siblings. Children going to the Kids Club gather in the library before being taken to the club.

Our values …

– Entitling every child to the enjoyment of his or her childhood

– Helping every child to thrive in a secure and caring atmosphere where standards of behaviour, social conduct and academic achievement are paramount

– Building upon and developing individuals’ strengths and talents through a love of learning inspired by quality teaching

– Equipping each child with the skills and the positive disposition they need for lifelong learning through an effective curriculum

– Developing confident learners, who take responsibility for their own learning and are proud of their achievements

– Providing an inclusive environment that is healthy, caring and safe and promotes a healthy and active lifestyle

– Teaching the importance of moral values and providing the foundation for lifelong friendships

– Working in close partnership with the community to develop citizens who will lead happy and rewarding lives in an ever-changing modern Britain


Larkfields has a very active Governing Body involved in all areas of school life. The Full Governing Body meets twice a term to manage finance, health and safety, pupil, personnel and curriculum issues. The Governing Body also regularly monitors the progress pupils are making and the progress the school is making with regard to its school improvement priorities. Membership of this important body includes elected parents and teacher representatives as well as members co-opted by the Governing Body and those nominated by the Local Authority. This ensures the Governing Body has the full range of necessary skills.

Local Authority Representative

Cllr Philip Owen – appointed 01.05.14

Staff Representatives

Head Teacher: Mrs Jo Cuthbert – appointed 01.09.11

Deputy Head Teacher: Mrs Nichola Irwin – appointed 11.09.15

Parent Representatives

Mr Mark Blyton (Vice-chair of governors) – appointed 04.12.15

Ms Kirstie Houlton – appointed 21.03.16

Mr Simon Attenborough – appointed 16.01.18

Mr James Quested – appointed 01.10.18

Mrs Gail Rowark – appointed 01.10.18

Co-opted Representatives

Mr Matt Batterham (Chair of Governors) – appointed 04.12.15

Mrs Lindsay Austin – appointed 22.06.17

Mrs Zoe Allen (School Business Manager) – appointed 31.08.15

Mr Steve Archer  – appointed 31.08.15

Mrs Kerry Bear (Teacher) – appointed 18.11.15

Mrs Janet Wilson – appointed 31.08.15


Councillor Philip Owen is also a school governor at Mornington Primary School.

Governor Services – 0115 8040628

Teaching Staff

Jo Cuthbert: Apart from her duties as Head Teacher, Mrs Cuthbert is responsible for the budget, building and grounds maintenance and the school’s Special Needs provision. She is the designated teacher for Child Protection and Safeguarding, Looked After Children, security and is the school’s Health and Safety Representative. She co-ordinates staff development, performance management, assessment and shares responsibility for the school’s virtual learning platform. She also organises the School Council.

Nichola Irwin: Mrs Irwin is the Deputy Headteacher; she is also the Early Years curriculum leader and co-ordinator. She is a member of the Senior Management Team and is responsible for ensuring that the school runs smoothly in the absence of the Head Teacher. She is responsible for Literacy and teaches a Reception class.

Kerry Bear: Mrs Bear is currently teaching a Year 2 class. She is Key Stage 1 curriculum leader and co-ordinator, subject leader for science and sustainability, and she runs a gardening after school club.

Edwina Bamford: Miss Bamford is currently on maternity leave

Hope Linford: Miss Linford is currently teaching in FS2. She is subject leader for maths.

Laura Matthias: Miss Matthias is currently teaching in Year 2. She is subject leader for computing and music.

Catherine May: Mrs May is currently teaching in Year 1. She is subject leader for R.E.

Catherine Taylor: Mrs Taylor is currently teaching part time in Year 1. She is the subject leader for humanties.

Beth Robertson: Mrs Robertson shares a Year 1 class with Mrs Taylor and is subject leader for Art and D&T.

Non Teaching Staff

Tina Clarke – Mrs Clarke is a Teaching Assistant working in Year 1
Julie Jones – Mrs Jones is a Teaching Assistant working in Year 2
Teresa Reed – Mrs Reed is a Teaching Assistant working FS2
Clare Bostock – Mrs Bostock is a Teaching Assistant working in FS2
Helena Tooth – Mrs Tooth is a Teaching Assistant working in Year 2
Joanne Turner – Mrs Turner is a Teaching Assistant working in Year 1

Zoe Allen – School Business Manager

Jane Maltby – School Administrator

Justine Lloyd – General Support Assistant to teaching Staff

Hilary Barnes – Cleaner in charge

Eleanor  Allsop – Cleaner

Our Senior Midday Supervisor is Heather Blackburn and she leads a team of Midday Supervisory Assistants: Julie Crunkhorn, Susan Groom, Justine Lloyd, Vicky Lloyd, Joanna Kalinowska, Adele Makin, Jean Shelton, Andrea Short and Laura Needham.

Amanda Bestwick-Stevenson is the Cook Supervisor. She is assisted by Marlena Domalewska, Jill Grzesiczek and Vicky Lloyd.


For the academic year 2018 – 2019 the school will admit all children at a set date within the school year. This date will be 5th September. This means that children will be admitted as follows:

Chidren who have their 5th birthday between 01.09.18 – 31.08.19 will be admitted on the first day of the Autumn Term 2018. The induction programme includes children attending part-time in the first instance.

Parents may defer taking up the place at this time and may choose to have their child admitted on the first day of the spring term 2019 or when the child is of compulsory school age, [the beginning of the term after the fifth birthday] without detriment to the place if statutory age would be in the same school year.

Deferring and part-time attendance for children who are not of compulsory school age

If parents do not wish their child to start school full time in reception, but want to wait until their child reaches compulsory school age, they can request to defer taking up the place until later in the year.

Born Between Latest starting date in reception

1 September – 31 December  –  spring term
1 January – 31 March  –  summer term
1 April – 1 August –  beginning of summer term

As shown above, admission to reception cannot be deferred beyond the point at which the child reaches compulsory school age or beyond the start of the final term of that school year.
Parents may also wish their child to attend school part-time until they reach compulsory school age.
All requests to defer admission in the reception year should be discussed directly with the school.

Summer born children

Parents of children born between 1 April and 31 August, may choose not to send their child to school until the September following the child’s fifth birthday (the point at which at other children in their age range are beginning Year 1).

Parents can decide if they want their child to miss reception completely and start in Year 1, or whether they would prefer to start in reception the following year.

If parents want to defer their child’s admission to the reception year group they should contact the home local authority to request this.


In the event of over-subscription, the following criteria will be applied, in priority order, to determine which applications will be granted once places have first been allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs which names the school:

  • Children looked after by the local authority and previously looked after children.
  • Children who live in the catchment area and who, at the time of admission, will have a brother or sister attending the school or linked junior/primary school.
  • Other children who live in the catchment area.
  • Children who live outside the catchment area and who, at the time of admission, will have a brother or sister attending the school or linked junior/primary school.
  • Other children who live outside the catchment area.

​In the event of over-subscription within any criterion, preference will normally be given to children who live nearest to the school as the crow flies. Distances are measured from the entrance to the child’s home to the principal entrance to the main administrative building of the school using the County Council’s distance measuring software. in the event of two distances being measured equal, the local authority will measure to the next decimal point. If the measurements remain equal, lots will be drawn by a person independent of the admission’s team.

Special Circumstances

The following groups of children will be given special consideration in their application for a particular school:

Children whose particular medical needs, mobility support needs, special educational needs or social circumstances are supported by written evidence from a doctor, social worker or other relevant professional stating that the school is the only school which could cater for the child‟s particular needs. The evidence must be presented at the time of application.

​The Admissions team will consider each case on its merits and determine the allocation of any such place on the basis of the written evidence. Admission under ‘special circumstances’ will take precedence over all but the first of the numbered criteria.

Children of nomadic travellers will be allocated a place at their catchment area school.

Admissions to year groups other than the intake year

Applications for admission to other year groups will be considered in relation to the published admission number (PAN) which applied when the year group was first admitted to the school, subject to infant class size restrictions. In some schools, changes in circumstances, such as the building of additional classrooms or as a result of teaching group organisation, will require the school and the LA to agree admission numbers which apply to each year group. The Local Education Officer will agree the detail of this should any issues arise.

If places are available within the year group, applications will be considered in accordance with the current published admission criteria for admission to the school. If places are available, the child will normally be admitted to the school.

For a more detailed version of the Nottinghamshire School Admission Arrangements 2018-19 please refer to www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk and search for Admissions to schools: school information 2018 – 2019. This will give specific guidance on how to apply for a school place.

Home School Agreement

The school’s Home School Agreement, developed after consultation with parents, governors and staff, is given to each family when a child starts school. The agreement indicates the school’s aims and values. It summarises the responsibilities of pupils and their parents and the main responsibilities of the school.

As a pupil I will do my best to develop the qualities of a ‘Larkfields STAR’ by …

behaving sensibly in school so that I keep myself and others safe

working alongside my friends to make a safe, happy and hardworking community

– coming to school every day on time
– always having my reading bag and P.E. kit ready to use
– listening carefully to my teacher
– doing all my home activities and sharing what I have been doing at school

– behaving well inside and outside school
– being polite and helpful to others
– looking after our school

As a parent/carer I will …

– Encourage my child to do their best
– Read with them every day
– Be aware of the school’s behaviour policy
– Support school events
– Read all communication from school from school and reply when necessary
– Mark every item of uniform and equipment with their name
– Ensure my child attends school regularly and punctually and notify school early on the first day of every absence

Together we will…

– Celebrate achievement and share concerns as they arise
– Treat everyone with respect
– Look after and enjoy our school

Starting School

Before your child starts school you are welcome to visit at any time after making an appointment with the Head Teacher.

Parents of children who are due to start school are invited to attend meetings in the term prior to admission. There is also a series of visits for the children where they meet their teacher and experience school life.

In September children attend for half a day only for the first six days, followed by four days when they also stay for lunch. Full time attendance commences on the 11th day of term. Specific details and dates are included in the new starter pack for parents.


School attendance is a priority for our school.

– We value punctuality.
– We value high levels of attendance.
– We value respect for the start and finishing times of each day.

We are constantly monitoring pupil attendance and would like to work together with parents/ carers to help ensure excellent attendance and punctuality for all pupils from an early age. The positive impact of regular attendance upon a child’s development and learning is very important and has been proven through a range of research. Regular attendance at school is of course extremely important and parental support in ensuring this is paramount. We wish to give our children the very best education possible, this comes hand in hand with good attendance. Attendance and punctuality are monitored on a regular basis. Our Governors are keen to promote good attendance and as a result have a policy of carefully monitoring requests for holidays.

To make our expectations clear we would like to share with you the following attendance guidelines:

Our school target is to achieve an average of 97%

Our average rate of attendance for the academic year 2015/2016 was 96.26%

Please remember that the only acceptable reasons for absence are:

– Illness
– Medical Appointment (a copy of the appointment letter is required to put on file)
– Religious Observance
– Leave of Absence (with the schools permission in advance)

Please download a leave of absence request form here and return it to the school office marked for the attention of the Head Teacher.

The following reasons for absence are unacceptable:

– Family Holiday
– Lateness
– Looking after another member of the family/another member of the family is unwell
– No alternative method of getting to school has been organised by the parents or carers when they are not able to bring their child to school
– No uniform/shopping to buy uniform
– Any of the reasons mentioned will result in an unauthorised absence.

Leave may be granted in exceptional circumstances providing the matter is discussed with the head teacher in advance. More information about the responsibilities of parents in relation to school attendance, and the potential penalties parents can face for non-compliance, is available on the Direct Gov website.

Arriving late to school:

Every moment of the school day is valuable and that is why we like our children to be here ready to work from 8.45am onwards.

Lateness is not acceptable unless there are specific reasons. These should be shared with the head teacher as early as possible so that the reason can be dealt with quickly and in the interests of the child. Persistent lateness will be challenged directly by the head teacher and if necessary by a member of the Local Authority Education Welfare Team (Targeted Support Services)

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children who are registered for Free School Meals (FSM) or have been registered for FSM within the last 6 years, and children that have been Looked After by the Local Authority for more than six months.

Why was it introduced?

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Schools are free to allocate the money to the initiatives they feel will best ensure their pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.

For 2017-18 the school has received £14250 in Pupil Premium funding. Below is a breakdown of where these monies may be spent for the benefit of children in receipt of PPG. The parents of pupils who receive Pupil Premium funding are notified of the initiatives we spend the money on to support their child. Feedback from parents is welcomed and encouraged. The date of our next strategy review is 15th November 2017.

Resource Total Percentage Number of pupils Intended Impact
To enable participation inafter school clubs

Educational visits and Year 2 residential visit





All PP pupils

4 Year 2 pupils

To promote improved self-confidence and self-esteem, and to improve social and emotional behaviour.
Literacy Volunteer £300 2% 4 per term To improve reading attainment
Think Children £370 2.5% 2 pupils To improve social and emotional well-being
TA intervention – reading – 1:1 and small group * £5700 40% All PP pupils Improved reading attainment
TA intervention – writing * £2850 20% All PP pupils Improved writing attainment
TA intervention- maths * £2150 15% All PP pupils Improved maths attainment
TA intervention – music £150 1% All PP pupils Improved social and communication skill
Resources £50 0.3% All PP pupils Provision of specific resources
ELSA (emotional literacy support) training and nurture group time £2800 20%  To benefit all PP pupils To provide emotional support in order to improve self-confidence and self-esteem

*This percentage may change each term depending on specific learning needs of the pupils for whom we receive Pupil Premium funding.

Additionally, the Primary Sports Development funding has been targeted at pupils who are in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding. This is to ensure that our most disadvantaged children are able to access out of school activities to broaden and deepen their overall development.


Pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding have their attainment monitored every half-term to ensure they are making sufficient progress and that the interventions delivered by teaching assistants are resulting ain accelerated progress. The school’s Pupil Premium strategy review takes place at the end of each academic year when the impact of the initiatives is measured by reviewing pupil progress.

Last year, the funding was spent on similar initiatives to those we have chosen this year other than training one of members of staff to support pupils with their emotional development. While our pupils have made good progress, we believe that giving them emotional stability and support will accelerate this rate of progress. The outcomes of last year’s spending were that 27% of our pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding made expected progress in reading, with 55% making good or outstanding progress. In writing, 36% made expected progress and 45% made good progress. In maths, 45% made expected progress with a further 18% making good or outstanding progress.

All infant children now receive Universal Infant Free School Meals but if you think your child may be eligible for Pupil Premium Funding because of your family’s level of income, please contact the school office, (in confidence), to discuss registering and follow the instruction below. The Pupil Premium funding will then be used to support your child in achieving their full potential.

You can register for Pupil Premium Funding by following the instructions:-

Log onto the Nottinghamshire County Council website – http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk
In the search box type ‘Free School Meals’
Click on ‘Free School meals and Milk’
Scroll down the page and click on ‘register and apply online’. This will take you to the citizens portal.

Register and follow the instructions to apply for free school meals and milk.

If you do not have access to the internet or if you have any problems please call into the office and speak to Mrs Allen or Mrs Maltby.

Parents and the Community


Parents are an invaluable resource at Larkfields Infant School, and many parents choose to take an interest not only in their own child’s educational attainment, but also in a variety of school activities.

Parents’ Evenings are held regularly and parents are also invited to attend special school events, such as concerts, exhibitions and Sports Day.

Many parents help us in school, becoming involved in a number of areas, including baking, sewing and art work. We are also grateful for the help that we receive from parents in organising fund-raising activities. If you feel that there are any areas in which you can be of assistance to us, then we would be pleased to hear from you.

Even more importantly, if you ever have any worries or questions, then please do not hesitate to contact us. The class teachers are usually available before and after school, as is the Head, but it is a good idea to telephone in advance just to be sure. If you would prefer to speak to a Governor you will find a list of their names in the ‘About Us’ section of the website and an email contact address for our Chair of Governors on the ‘Contact Us’ page.

It is our aim to foster a good rapport between home and school, working in partnership with parents to better understand the needs of their children.

Community Links

It is our aim to develop positive relationships with the School Governors, the Family of Schools and the community.

Extended Services

We offer before and after school care in a facility on the school grounds run by Little Oaks Nursery. Their “Kids Club‟ is open each weekday from 7.30am to 8.45am and from 3.30pm to 6.00pm. Little Oaks also provide a “Holiday Club‟ for children during the school holidays. They can be contacted on 0115 9382022 or 07989392633.

SEN at Larkfields Infant School

Every child is valued and each child’s rich diversity is celebrated, SEN and EAL pupils and parents have a valuable contribution to make to school with clear procedures in place to develop and support their needs.

Plans are drawn up to address individual needs by class teachers, the Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and Teaching Assistants.

Appropriate assessments, programmes and adjustments are made where required.

Parents are kept informed with regular meetings. We follow the new and updated SEND code of practice and believe strongly that our Special Needs system is a tool for actively raising attainment wherever possible.

Teaching Assistants work across the school in various ways to support the work of the class teachers by working alongside them to prepare and deliver activities which are designed to meet the children’s individual needs. It is our school policy to regard every child as a unique and important individual who must be encouraged to learn in his or her own way and to reach their full potential at their own pace. In our school we have children with a variety of special needs. Some may have difficulty with academic studies. Others may have physical needs. Occasionally children need help and support with their behaviour or with integrating socially with their peers. In all cases we take our role of helping, supporting and including these children very seriously.

If your child does need to be placed on the special needs register we will endeavour to contact you and ‘put you in the picture’. You will also be invited to any review meetings that we have about your child. We believe that all our children should be valued equally and encouraged to have a positive self-image. From time to time many children will encounter difficulties in their schoolwork and in order to help these children in the best possible way we have a Special Needs Policy (please see policies section), which caters for all children and ensures that any work they do is matched to their needs. Children are continually assessed and changes made to their individual/group programmes where necessary, in accordance with the SEN Code of Practice. Some of our interventions mean that the participants are classified as SEND (special educational needs/ disability) Support for the duration of the intervention; you will by advised in writing if this is the case.

We are firmly committed to raising the attainment of all our children from the least to the most able.

Where necessary an Educational Psychologist may be asked to evaluate a child’s needs with a view to guiding and supporting home and school in addressing them.

Other specialist agencies may also be involved in this process.

The Kimberley Family of Schools has a Family SENCO who helps to support schools with their provision and assessment of need and works in partnership with the school.