IT’S a big school with an even bigger heart.
Lindley CE Infant School has 360 pupils and each and every one of them is proud of the school, the community in which they live and believes in caring and sharing on a global scale.
Fundraising, Fair Trade school status and its partnership with a Nigerian school ensure pupils enjoy a worldwide education.
But as a Church school with a strong Christian ethos it is equally keen to have strong links in the area.
“We strive hard to serve the local community and being a community school is something which is very important to us,” said headteacher Sue Drake.
“Our school has a strong Christian ethos but we do as much outreach work as possible with children and families to retain the strong local links we have.”
Fundraising for local and national charities is one way in which the school extends the hand of friendship to the community it serves.
It is proud to have raised well over £2,000 in one year with the Joseph Salmon Trust, Christian African Relief Trust, Marie Curie Cancer Care and leprosy charity Lepra among those to benefit from fundraising. At Christmas children also give new and good quality used toys to the Salvation Army for needy children and staff donate cash to help provide the organisation’s Christmas Day lunch.
The school has also donated towards former pupil Hannah Lindley’s student trip with the Love Russia charity to help in an orphanage.
For the last four years the school has been linked with Glisten International Academy in Abjua, Nigeria.
Lindley teachers Adriane Pollard and Yolande Shire are currently at the school learning about the curriculum and teaching and later this month a 22-strong party of parents staff and children from Abjua will be visiting Huddersfield as part of a British trip.
Children from each school are producing Big Books to detail a day in their life and they are to be kept in each partner school as an educational resource.
“The Glisten Academy is a well resourced private school, so we are able to have good contacts with them through the internet and mobile phones. However it is useful for our children to learn about breaks in electricity and cable connections being commonplace in Nigeria and the more structured learning which children are given there. It is also interesting for them to learn they may share support for the same football teams such as Manchester United or Leeds!”
The school’s Fair Trade status is part of its caring and sharing ethos and it holds regular stalls selling produce and uses locally sourced produce as much as possible.
During Fresh Air Friday children are encouraged to, and rewarded for, walking to school. In the playground Lunchtime Buddies help younger children enjoy playtimes and teach them new games to enjoy with new friends.
Raising and building children’s self esteem and self confidence gives them a firm foundation for future life. The school is linked with the Kirklees-based Parents of Black Children Association and Stuart Alexander from the organisation is currently working with children of African and African-Caribbean descent as part of the Uniquely You project.
Future projects include helping to bridge the gap between old and young with older members of the community sharing lunchtimes with youngsters.