A day in the life of Nook Lane

About the school

Nook Lane Junior School is a community, co-educational school catering for children in the 7+ to 10+ range.

We are a warm, welcoming school that serves the local Stannington area and the wider Sheffield community, incorporating a 12 place Integrated Resource for children with Language/Autistic Spectrum/ Communication Difficulties.

The school is situated in the heart of the Stannington community, amid lush surroundings, overlooking the Loxley Valley and offering excellent outdoor facilities for sports and leisure.

The School Day

8.40 - 8.55am Children arrive in the playground
8.50 - 8.55am Children go into the classroom
8.55am Registration
10.45 - 11.00am Morning Break
12.15 - 1.25pm Lunch
2.30 - 2.40pm Afternoon break
3.35pm End of the school day

Organisation of Classes

The school is organised at present into four year groups, with two mixed ability classes in each year, totalling 8 classes plus an Integrated Resource. Children spend the majority of their time with their own class teacher.

There is a statutory duty to allow teachers some time during the school day to plan, prepare and assess work for their classes. At these times children will be taught by other staff. When funding allows extra staffing, smaller groups or sets are sometimes formed. Teachers plan the curriculum in year teams and each class follows a very similar programme of work to the other class in that age group.

Admission Arrangements for Mainstream Pupils

Children who attend Stannington Infant School are given first priority for places at Nook Lane Junior School but all parents must make an application to the Local Authority admissions department.

Each child will receive a personalised letter and guidance leaflet via Stannington Infants, which will guide parents through the process of applying on-line, by telephone or with a paper application. Applications for children at other schools also have to be made via the admissions department.

Admission arrangements for Pupils in the Integrated Resource

This is a separate process than that for children in mainstream.

Admission to the IR is administered through the Local Authority Special Needs Section at Moorfoot.

Liaison with other Schools

We have close links with Stannington Infant School, our linked feeder school. Pupils in Year 2 and Year 5 work together on various projects each year and this leads to a 'buddy' system in September. During the summer term a Year 2/3 transition programme enables close liaison to ensure continuity and awareness of the needs of individual children.

The majority of our children go to Bradfield School at the end of Year 6. There are opportunities in the summer term to visit secondary schools and familiarisation activities are set up. The local authority gives full information about how to apply for a secondary school place, sent through school at the beginning of Year 6.

Working Together in Schools

At Nook Lane our aim is to maintain a positive ethos, where care and consideration for others are paramount. It involves all those who are concerned with the school - children, teaching and non-teaching staff, parents and Governors, and encourages support from the local community and the wider Sheffield community.