Our links with Leonard Stanley & the Wider Community
We would like to think that our school is at the heart of the village community, as well as supporting wider community initiatives and causes. Our children are encouraged to develop a sense of belonging and to value themselves and their neighbours. We do this via:
The Community Police and Fire Officers’ are familiar faces in school with occasional visits to the school from Road Safety organisations and various charities.
Charities & Good Causes
As an active School Community we regularly support local and national charities and causes. This is done through various fundraising activities and supporting initiatives, which you can view on our Community Activities page on our website and on our blog.
We have a Local Buying Policy in our school kitchen which requires and encourages us to support local producers where practical.
We are members of the Stroud Association of Schools and are continuing to develop successful links with local industries, cluster schools and business. Working with businesses has enriched the curriculum and we, in turn, have been able to inform and advise industry about education.
School Facility Hire/Use
We welcome local community groups use of our school facilities. For example the local Brownie and Rainbow Packs who used the school playing fields for their ‘Race for Life’ during the summer of 2016, a local Judo Club who use the school hall on a Friday morning (currently not available) and a yoga group who hold classes on a Wednesday evening.
We publish a weekly Newsletter aimed at keeping you informed of our activities and inviting participation. You can sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of the page.
School Swimming Pool
We are very fortunate to have a heated outdoor school swimming pool. This is funded by our PTFA (FOLSS) and is used throughout the last half term every day by all pupils of the school for swimming lessons and our PTFA (FOLSS) operate a Family Membership, whereby families at the school and in the wider community can use the pool after school, at weekends and during the summer holidays, as part of a closed membership scheme. Membership is at the sole discretion of FOLSS. You can find more information about the pool and it’s Membership on the FOLSS website.
St. Swithun’s Church
Leonard Stanley Primary School is very fortunate to have St. Swithun’s Church in Leonard Stanley situated a short walk from the school. The school uses the church for worship, celebrations and learning.
A dedicated team of volunteers from the church come into school every Wednesday to do ‘Open the Book’ sessions in our school assembly.
The Stanley’s churches also combine volunteer forces to organise and run a quarterly Crafts Activity Afternoon at St. Swithun’s. This is held on a Saturday afternoon between 2:30 – 4:30pm and has a wide range of craft and make activities available free for children to do. There is also free face painting and refreshments. The church welcome donations.
Christmas Activity Afternoon (November 2017)
“Thank you to everyone who came to the Christmas Activity Afternoon on Saturday 25th November in St Swithuns Church. The combined organisers from both village churches were delighted to see over 70 children and their parents/guardians fill the church. There were many excellent creations, and it was obvious from their enthusiasm that the children enjoyed their afternoon going home with lots of gifts they had taken pride in creating. These included pinecone Christmas trees, snowmen biscuits, origami bookmarks, peg angels, fondant robins and table decorations made from logs, greenery and candles. The next workshop will take place at Easter.”
We host Leonard Stanley Dozule Twinning Association events, including hosting French visitors in the school, who visit to take part in our school assemblies and talk with pupils etc.
Pupils from the school are invited to form part of the annual procession that is part of the Leonard Stanley Village Fair. The school also exhibit pupils work within St. Swithun’s Church as part of the Village Fair which is open to the public.