News & Events

Leighfield Strike Gold…Again!!!

Congratulations to all the children and staff who have played their part in helping Leighfield Primary School achieve the Gold School Games Award for the third year in a row.

The award was presented by Chris Thomas who is the School Games Manager for Rutland. The award recognises the sporting effort and achievements of our school. This was a significant award because it was the third year running that we achieved gold and if we manage this for the 2017/18 academic year, we can then apply for the platinum award.

The award was accepted on behalf of the school by our four sport ambassadors. 



RSSP Basketball Finals

Congratulations to the sixteen children who represented Leighfield Academy at the Rutland School Sport Partnership Basketball Athletics Finals on Thursday 7th December 2017.

Both our teams qualified for these finals and they were in two groups of five. One team finished 5th in their group and lost the 9th/10th play-off, and the other team finished 2nd in their group and drew the 3rd/4th place play-off. The children worked really hard as a team and I was so proud of their determination and perseverance.



Leicestershire and Rutland Sportshall Athletics Finals

Congratulations to the eighteen children who represented Rutland at the Leicestershire and Rutland School Games Finals at Leicester Arena on Tuesday 5th December 2017.

The children came seventh out of the ten districts teams and represented the school superbly.




RSSP Sportshall Athletics Finals

RSSP Sportshall Athletics Finals

Congratulations to the seventeen children who represented Leighfield Academy at the Rutland School Sport Partnership Sportshall Athletics Finals on Monday 27th November 2017.

The children came first out of eight teams and represented the school superbly. They will now go on to the Level 3 Finals at Leicester Arena.

The results are below:

  1. Leighfield (260)
  2. English Martyrs (218)
  3. Langham (196)
  4. Brooke Hill (188)
  5. Bringhurst (178)
  6. Hallaton (162)
  7. Cottesmore (128)
  8. Ryhall (118)

India Day (27/09/17)

 Mrs Roddy organised an excellent 'India Day' with food tasting, craft activities and an afternoon sponsored fun run with alll classes taking part. She is looking forward to being part of a team of DSAT teachers working in schools in the slum district of Delhi during the October half term holiday. The events were held to raise funds for the Asha charity which works closely with the schools being visited.   Take a look in the Gallery opposite for more photos of a very enjoyable day.




Award Winning Poet visits Year 4

Year 4 were very excited to receive a visit from Michaela Morgan, award winning children's poet.  The children were given the opportunity to explore language using a variety of poetry writing frames, including 'freedom is' which will form the basis of a poetry chain that will stretch the length of the country.  Year 4 also recorded a selection of performance poetry for Rutland Radio. Fabulous!






Leighfield Win Gold for Best School Garden

Absolutely fantastic news to hear that Leighfield has won a Gold award from East Midlands Britain in Bloom for having the best school garden. A massive thank you to the sterling efforts of Mrs Sedgwick, Mrs Roddy, Mr & Mrs Merricks plus a huge band of green fingered voluteers. 







Happy New Academic Year Everyone!

We hope you all had a fantastic summer holiday and it's been fabulous to greet the children back to Leighfield in their new classes.  A specal welcome to all the new families and children joining school this year. Please look out for details of the class teacher meet and greet sessions coming soon and for individual class newsletters and topic webs which provide more information about the work and activities your child will be doing during the autumn term.  We are all looking forward to another busy and successful year ahead.

It's the summer holiday! (21/7/17)

And so today we reach the end of a very busy but highly enjoyable and successful academic year!  We wish Good Luck to all the children leaving Leighfield and going onto pastures new.  Particularly, our very talented Year 6 children who have made us very proud to see their determination and teamwork on show at a fabulous Leavers' Evening and again today at our special Leavers' assembly.  Trophies were presented to individuals in Year 6 for achievements, positive attitudes and contributions to school life.  Other awards were presented for 100% attendance during the year,  Highest score in Mathletics - gaining 50 certificates over the year (well done Georgia, Year 3) and to those who had been chosen through interview and diligently tundertaken daily lunch and break time duties around school.  Last, but certainly not least, the staff and children said goodbye to our headteacher, Mrs Sedgwick. A big "Thank You Mrs Sedgwick" from all of us for all the great things that you have achieved at Leighfield during the last 9 years.  We wish you Good Luck and every success with your new adventures.   Have a very safe and happy summer holiday everyone. 



Leighfield win Rutland School Games Champion trophy (14/7/17)

For the second year running, Leighfield have won this presigious trophy affirming top sporting achievement in a Rutland primary school.  Mr Chris Thomas (School Sport Network Manager, Rutland School Sports Partnership) presented the trophy at a special assembly, describing Leighfield's achievement as "incredible".  Moreover, a number of individual sporting awards had been presented to Leighfield children at the recent Rutland School Sports Award evening.  Follow the links in the Sport News section to see photo montages of this and other recent sporting events.  A special thank you goes to Mr Wallace and Mrs Donnaloia for their endless involvement and encouragement with sport in school throughout the year.



Arts Day (11/7/17)

Our theme for the day was the BFG (Roald Dahl) and following an inspirational assembly presented by Mrs Stephenson, classes worked in pairs to create visual and performing art pieces related to the story.  Reception class (EYFS) made giant ears and walked and roared like giants, years 1/2 created giant breakfasts and wrote menu's using their IT skills, Years 3/4 created art based on 'dreams' and performed their own drama based on the BFG's capture of Sophie and Years 5/6 re-enacted (with sound effects) the capture of the giants by the army- having made their own puppets of the giants and helicopters.  Parents and friends were stunned by the creativity, communication, imagination, bravery and teamwork demonstrated at the 'show and tell' assembly held at the end of the day.  Everyone in school had a great day and moreover, had learnt something new.  'Splendidiliocious' as the BFG would say!  More photos in the gallery section opposite.



DSAT Awards Evening

Discovery Schools Academy Trust held an awards evening to celebrate some of the achievements in the Trust this year.  Leighfield had four nominees who had been shortlisted for awards; Omar Agha-Bird was shortlisted for Artist of the Year, Isla Cullen for Humanitarian of the Year, Rosie Tetlow for Leading Arts Performer and Mrs Hebditch for Support Staff of the Year.  We are really proud of all their achievements and know that they all fully deserved to be shortlisted.  A special well done goes to Isla for winning the award for Humanitarian of the Year.





Sporting News - Leighfield is at the the top of the Rutland Schools Sports League Table!

We have had some amazing results recently in a wide range of sporting events against other Rutland schools. Take a look on the Sports News page at the July Rutland League Table (not that we're bragging that we're at the top again of course with a staggering 1112 points!).  See individual sport pages for photographs and match reports.  A truly spectacular summer term of sport at Leighfield.  We are SO proud of the amazing achievements and sportsmanship of all our teams and sporting individuals.   

Year 4 are on Rutland Radio! 30/6/17

Listen to Rob Persani's Breakfast Show on Rutland Radio at approx 7.40am each weekday morning until the end of term  to hear different children from our Year 4 class announcing the clues for Rob's quiz question!

Uppingham Feast 25/6/17

A large group of Leighfield children entertained the crowds at the Uppingham Feast.  A combined children's choir with Uppingham C of E Primary School sang beautifully in the Market Square and our Dead Poets' Society later gave a delightful dramatic performance from Alice in Wonderland in the Falcon Hotel. Such a fantastic opportunity for us to show the creative arts of our children who always make us so proud at these events.  Look in the Gallery for more photographs.  A massive thank you to Mrs Stephenson who skilfully planned,organised and executed such amazing performances.  The children and the crowds loved it all! 



Co-operative Store Charity Cheque Presentation

 We send a big 'thank you' to the Uppingham branch of the Co-op for their donatation towards the re-furbishment of our Conservation area.   Mrs Roddy (together with some of the junior members of the team who gave up their spare time to help with this project) visited the store to collect the cheque.




Science Fair 14/6/17

Our ann ual Science Fair was a fantastic success - possibly the best ever!  It was wonderful to see all our children being so enthusiastic about science and making fantastic models to take part in the various challenges.  A big thank you to Mrs Roddy for organising the event and to parents and friends who came along to see the models being put to the test. Look in the Science section gallery for photographs.  Update- 26th June As a result of the work each class undertook on the morning of the Science Fair related to the Woodland Trust, Mrs Roddy has just been notified that Leighfield have been awarded the Gold level Woodland Trust Green Tree Schools Award!  Brilliant news!







Plantworx and Primary Engineer Celebration Challenge 8/6/17

The children who attended Mrs Roddy's STEM club have been busy designing and building vehicles that could climb a ramp.  Two vehicles made it through the testing elimination process to take part in the Primary Engineer Celebration Challenge held during the Plantworx exhibition at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, Leicestershire.  Rhys and Daniel, accompanied by Chang and Amy had a fabulous time at the event with Rhys and Daniel's cars being scrutinised and put to the test by engineers. Amidst strong competition from other schools, Rhys' team Eliminator came runner-up and made it through to the next round in Derby.  Congratulations!   Despite very muddy conditions everyone had a great time watching the heavy plant vehicle demonstrations.  Awesome!  See photographs in the Science section gallery.




Prom in the Playgound 24/5/17

On what must have been the warmest evening so far this year we presented our first 'Prom in the Playground' event.  And what a fantastic evening of entertainment it was.  We are SO proud of our musicians who performed so confidently and beautifully on stage infront of a very large audience of proud parents, friends and music teachers.   A massive thank you to everyone who helped behind the scenes and especially to Mrs Stephenson for organising the event (ably assisted by Oscar), Mr Hern for operating a fab sound system, Mr & Mrs MacFarlane for teaching and conducting the Leighfield Orchestra, Mr Smith (Uppingham School) for preparing the Leighfield Music Group, Mr Miller for accompanying the children and all our instrumental teachers for their expertise in teaching our wonderful budding musicians.  A truly awesome evening.  Read more about the event and view the photo gallery by following the link to Music News.



Conservation Area

WOW! The conservation area has been transformed! We are absolutely thrilled with the result...take a look at individual class visits to the conservation area in the 'Conservation Area' gallery under the Science News section of the website.







Ground Force!

Our school gar den is looking super smart and healthy- thanks to a weekend make-over!  A big thank you to all the parents and children who helped to tidy our garden.  As you can see, it won't be long before Mrs Sedgwick and members of the Gardening Club are at the school gate selling the delicious results of their lunch time labours!  See more photos in the Ground Force gallery.








'Open the Book'

Thank you to the 'Open the Book' team from Uppingham Parish Church, who are celebrating 8 years of bible story telling at Leighfield.  Each month, the team bring along fabulous costumes and props to re-enact a bible story in assembly using performers from KS2.  It is an expereince enjoyed by all the children in school  and we look forward to continuing to hold our 'Open the Book' assemblies in the years ahead.   This week we enjoyed the story of Moses...complete with plague and burning bush!





Leighfield Master Bakers

 A big thank you to Mrs Gant and Mrs Wedge who have organised the Cookery Club this year - open exclusively to budding bakers from Year 6.  Here are the children from the final session who are clearly enjoying themselves. All the children attending the Club have learnt new culinary skills that they can now put to good use in the kitchen at home! More photographs in the Gallery.





Happy Easter!

Congratulations to our group of amazing dancers from Years 3 and 4 who won the DSAT Dance-Off competition on 31st March, and to dancers in Years 1-6 who gave fantastic performances at Stamford Corn Exchange in the annual Spotlight on Dance event. We are so proud of you all, and a big thank you to  Mrs Donnaloia for choreographing and rehearsing the routines.  There have been many other  visual art, music and sporting events taking place throughout school .... so take a break and visit all the pages and Galleries on our website to catch up during the holiday!  Happy Easter everybody!


Red Nose Day, 24th March 2017

We have had a great day of fun and fundraising to celebrate Red Nose Day! Apart from non-uniform, many children worked in groups to organise games and  quizzes as well as baking cakes and cookies to sell.  We even had an enormous 'red nose' cake to raffle at the end of the day.  So proud of everyone for helping others who are less fortunate than us today.  Follow the Galleries link for more photographs.







Service to Celebrate the County of Rutland 

We were most honoured to receive an invitation from the Lord Lieutenant and the High Sheriff of Rutland to participate in the above service at Peterborough Cathedral 26th February.  Mrs Stephenson accompanied a small group of children from across the school who have volunteered to sing a hymn during the service. A wonderful opportunity at a very special event. We are very proud of you all.  Look in the Music News rea of the website for further photographs.




The High Sheriff of Rutland visits Year 4

Year 4 welcomed Dr. Furness, High Sheriff of Rutland into their class today (26/1/17).  She informed the children of her duties and intrigued all the class with details of her 'uniform' - and why she didn't carry a sword!  Read Hannah's report on the Year 4 page.





Flying High! 2017

Leighfield now has a very tall portable 'feather' flag to use at sporting and other events -  our name can be clearly seen from far and wide.  A big thank you to Mr Sturgess (parent) for sponsoring this super marker.  We think it's fabulous!