I am very proud of our school and I hope you can make time to visit. We usually hold our open days in October, we haven't set any dates yet because of the pandemic but we are hoping we can return to normal as soon as possible and we will publish dates in September, in the meantime, you are welcome to ring up or e-mail and arrange an individual appointment to look around. We'd love to meet you. Just give me a ring on 01529 302772 and I will personally show you around.
We are a large school but with a small school atmosphere. Our size enables us to provide opportunities for all the children that just would not be possible at a smaller school. Our dance teacher works here full-time, we have three specialist music teachers, orchestra, various music groups and an infant and junior choir. We offer a wide range of after school clubs offering skilled instruction in sport, ICT, drama, music and art. We are very successful in local and national sporting events, we like to win but we have not forgotten that taking part, fair play and sportsmanship are equally important.
There are 30 children in each class and three classes in each year group. Every year group has a designated year group leader. The teachers plan together every week to ensure all the children get the same deal and as a large school we are in the happy position financially, to ensure we can employ additional staff when and where we need them, without waiting for additional funding. In many ways this provides a more personal, intimate atmosphere than in most smaller schools.
Pupils at The William Alvey are happy, well-behaved and motivated. Our curriculum is engaging and stimulating and based around their interests. The school day is carefully structured even in Reception with daily literacy, numeracy and phonics lessons. Throughout the year in Reception there is a balance between adult led and child initiated activities.
There are certain standards and values at the school that we are not willing to compromise on but I am always willing to listen to new ideas and views. We are 'positive traditional' but also understand that we must meet the demands of an ever changing world.
We like all our children to wear school uniform. You can buy it from SJB Clothing in the Market Square in Sleaford or you can order it online from Uniform Direct: www.uniformdirect.com
The School Day
Things are a little different with our COVID-19 restrictions but come rain or shine, the Deputy Head Teacher, Mrs Browning and I stand at the entrance gate every morning to welcome the children.
At the start of the day:
I come out at 8.30am.
The gates open at 8.40am.
The doors open at 8.45 am.
At the end of the day:
The gates open at 3.10pm.
Reception and KS1 (Year 1 and Year 2) leave at 3.15pm and only leave the classroom when a designated adult arrives.
KS2 (Year 3, 4, 5 and 6) leave at 3.25pm. The KS2 children have their own pick up arrangements but we always encourage them to return to school if the arrangements that you have made at the end of the day go awry.
Breakfast and After School Care
Sleaford Day Nursery run a very successful before and after school club from our new school hall. If you are interested in booking a place please call Keith on: 01529 414464.
We run four walking buses from different locations in the town. You can drop your child off, for free, with a paid member of school staff from 8.20am. The 'bus' and their 'conductor' will then walk to school without you having to drive and park outside the school. Simply ring and book a place.
All Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children are offered free hot lunches provided by Farm Kitchen. We will give you a password and you simply log onto their website: www.thefarmkitchen.com and tick the meal options for your child. If you know your child likes roast dinner on Monday you tick Monday and if you know they won't like lasagne on Tuesday you put a cross and then send in a packed lunch instead. The menus are available four weeks in advance.
You can find our admissions arrangements in a separate section on the school website and our latest admissions policy in the 'Key policy' drop down'.