News & Events

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!

Sleeping Beauty

Bravo to all the children in Years 3, 4 and 5 who gave superb perfomances of Sleeping Beauty (the ugly truth) to packed audiences.  Everyone enjoyed the beautiful singing (especially Immy and Joey's solos), acting and dancing. What talent we have at Leighfield - so proud of you all! A massive thank you to Mrs Stephenson who produced and directed the show and also to Mrs Crowle and Mr Walding for teaching the songs and routines to their respective classes. Not forgetting all the behind the scenes efforts of parents and staff.  Full Gallery in the Drama section of the website.



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.




History Enrichment Workshops

A big thank you to FOLS for funding two history curriculum enrichment days (hosted by Get The Specialist) during which all classes took part.  More photographs following  the Galleries link.





World Book Day, 2nd March 2017

We have had a fantastic celebration of World Book Day with some amazing book characters arriving to school this morning.  Thank you to parents and relatives who volunteered to read stories to individuals and small goups of children at the beginning of the day. During  a special assembly led by Mrs Crowle, each class 'showed off' their costumes to the rest of school and Mrs Allison and Mrs Wedge had the impossible task of choosing three winners from each Key stage.  Here are the worthy winners who each won a book prize of their choice. More photographs in the Galleries area.




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.




Year 5 Scarborough Residential Trip 2017

Our Year 5 children had a fantastic time on their residential trip to Scarborough during the last week of term.  Take a look in the Gallery on the Year 5 class page to see some of the action (and hard work!) that took place.  A big thank you to Mrs Sedgwick, Mrs Goldsmith, Mr Walding and Mr Willoughby for accompanying the children and organising a great week.





Safer Internet Day

On Tuesday 7th February, together with children and adults in Europe and other countries worldwide, we will be celebrating Safer Internet Day at Leighfield. To learn about the safety messages your children receive in school, upload a copy of our e-safety newsletter from the link at the bottom of the Learning Links page regarding internet safety.  




Musical Safari

On 4th February, members of our Dead Poets Society performed 3 songs as part of of the High Sheriff of Rutland's Musical Safari through Uppingham.  Infont of a large and appreciative audience gathered at the Town Hall, the children sang songs from the forthcoming school production of Sleeping Beauty. Thank you to Mrs Stephenson for preparing the children who delivered the songs brilliantly!  It was great to see such smiley faces and hear such beautiful singing on a sunny Saturday afternoon.




Leicestershire Police Workshop

Children in Years 4 and 6 recently took part in a Leicestershire Police workshop called the 'Keep Safe Club'.  Covering topics such as personal safety, how to make a 999 call and the characteristics of a good citizen, the workshop aimed to inform each class with the knowledge they need in day to day life, and the confidence to ask for help and advice.  More photographs on the Years 4 and 6 class pages.




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!

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!






Happy New Year

A Happy New Year to all our friends and families! 2017 starts with an amazing variety of events at Leighfield.  Look out for further details about the annual Year 5 residential trip to Scarborough, Years 3 & 4 swimming lessons, gymnastics festivals (all abilities), mindfulness sessions in Year 5, KS1 class assemblies, Swimming Gala for years 4 to 6, Year 6 Road safety quiz and the FOLS School Disco on 3rd February.  It's going to be a busy term..!

Countdown to Christmas

As usual, it's been a hectic final week at Leighfield Academy in the countdown to Christmas.  A big thank you to Mrs Stephenson for organising a very well attended and warmly received traditional carol concert held at the parish church.  Congratulations to all the children who took part with readings, music ensemble, class singing and the Dead Poet's Society. Well done everyone.  A big thank you too to Mrs Donnaloia and all the Reception and KS1 staff helping the childen with their magical performances of 'The Little Robin'.  Absolutely 'wow' from start to finish.  We are so proud of all our children taking part in these events - what 'shining stars' they are!  Governors joined us for a delicious christmas dinner - which went down a treat (thank you to all the hardworking and talented kitchen and serving staff).  You only need to look in the Gallery to see what fun we've had in our final week of 2016.  Merry Christmas everyone!



Wilton Bake-off Finals

Our Wilton Bake-off winner, Georgia, represented Leighfield at the finals in Lecester on 13/12/16.  She impressed the judges with her fabulous reindeer cakes, pulling Santa in his sleigh.  At the finals, she iced her own Christmas cake, showing off her brilliant creative skills.  Well done Georgia!  More photographs of Georgia at the finals (and our other semi-finalists) can be found in the Gallery.



 Gold School Games Award - for the second time!

  We are delighted to have been awarded the Gold level School Games Award - for the second time running!  This fantastic acheivement comes for our commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sports.  Mr Chris Thomas, School Sports Network Manager at  the Rutland School Sport Partnership, Rutland County Council, presented the award during assembly. It is a great credit to all our children and staff who arrange and take part in sporting activities inside and outside school (not forgetting the helpers who assist with transport to events and give encouragement from the side lines!). We are so proud of you all.  Leighfield is one of only 6 Rutland schools currently holding a Gold award.

Our Sports Ambassadors accept the award from Mr Thomas.


Open Mornings

We  welcomed a number of prospective parents (and current parents) to our recent open mornings where visitors could see Leighfield 'in action' .  Thank you to our Year 6 children who acted as excellent tour guides - we hope everyone enjoyed themsleves and we hope to see you again soon!  Should you have any further questions to ask about school life at Leighfield or are a prospective parent wishing to have an individual vist to look around our school, please do not hesitate to contact us. 



Samaritan's Purse Shoe Box Appeal 2016

Thank you to everyone who brought in a filled and decorated shoebox for the Samaritan's Purse appeal.  We collected almost 80 boxes for this very worthy cause -  21 donated by Year 6 children. There is an extra treat in store for them - going into lunch early for a week! 




Wilton Baking Competition

Mrs Sedgwick had a 'Mary Berry moment' judging the Leighfield winner of the  Wilton baking competition this week.  As well as submitting written details and photographic evidence of baking their autumn themed biscuits, the ten finalists also had to wait anxiously in a 'Bake Off' style assembly for their biscuits to be tasted and the winner revealed!  A massive well done to all our incredibly talented bakers - and special congratulations to Georgia in Year 5 who won with her halloween pumpkin shaped biscuits (beautifully arranged complete with flickering tealight)!  Photographs of all the finalists and their bakes are in the Gallery. At playtime the following day all the biscuits were sold to raise funds for charity.





Harvest Assembly

The children in KS2 presented an entertaining harvest themed assembly which was enjoyed by the rest of school, family and friends.  From Faitrade and Ancient Egyptians- embracing music , dance and readings- everyone came away enriched by the event.  Well done one and all! Thank you to all the children for bringing in  non-perishable food which was distributed to needy families by Voluntary Action Rutland.  Photographs in the Gallery.




Welcome Back!

We hope all our new and existing families have enjoyed a super summer holiday.  Our children are settling in well to new classes and getting to know new faces and routines.  Through funds raised by FOLS we have some fantastic new playground markings which are proving to be very popular - take a look in the Gallery for more photographs.   A very big thank you to FOLS for providing us with more fun at break times! 





Not only that, celebrity talent arrived at our first Friday assembly with a surprise visit from Jasmine Elcock and Lyrickal (contestants from Britains Got Talent and The Voice respectively).   The hall was brimming with tension and excitement which bubbled over into an incredibly noisy reception for our truly special guests.  Everyone enjoyed Jasmine and Lyrickal's performances, singing and clapping along.  There was even an opportunity for them to answer questions.  What an awesome start to the new academic year! Thank you Jasmine and Lyrickal, you made our afternoon VERY special.





Summer Term Events

Every class has been involved in a number of events in the lead up to the end of the academic year.  Please take a look on the individual class pages, Sporting News, Drama and Music pages to see reports and photographs of some fantastic learning opportunities which the children have enjoyed. During the holidays, visit the Welland Vale Garden Centre in Uppingham and take a look at  the display of miniature gardens created by our Year 2 children during the Alice in Wonderland themed Arts Day.  You can also see photographs of all the other activities going on in school during the event too.  Thank you Welland Vale once again for supplying plant pots. seed trays and display space!

Sports Day

Thanks to good weather and excellent organisation, the whole school enjoyed a very exciting Sports Day arranged by Mrs Donnaloia.  Parents and friends enjoyed watching the event from the sidelines.  A big thank you to Mr Hern for providing a running commentary of the action. Full report and photomontage in the Sporting News section.

Author Visit

Reception, Years 1 and 2 enjoyed a visit from author Clare Luther who ran class workshops around her stories. A wonderful opportunity for our youngest children to work with a live author!





Arts Day

 There is no doubt that our whole school Arts Day was a resounding success and enjoyed not only by our children but parents and friends who joined in the fun of a joint afternoon challenge.  Each class was set a morning activity based on Alice in Wonderland (covering music, drama, arts and crafts).  During the afternoon, working in class groups, adults helped to design and create a display board around the main theme.  The afternoon was rounded off with a special visit from Cllr. Baines (Vice Chairman, Rutland County Council) complete with his Mad Hatter hat who attended the special assembly where each class presented the results of their activities.  Everyone then tucked in to an outdoor teaparty which we think the Queen of Hearts and Cheshire Cat would have been proud ot!  Thank you Mrs Stephenson for organising our fantastic first Arts Day.  A big thank you too to the Welland Vale Garden Centre and Lands End for their kind contributions and donations towards the enormous success of the event.   Photographs in the Gallery.


Leicestershire Character Project

Take a look in the Character Project section of the News and Events page to see the latest shining photographic collages of the children demonstrating a multitude of characteristics such as listening, independence, creativity, determination...

Uppingham Feast Day

A joint choir comprising children from Leighfield Academy and Uppingham C of E School wowed the large crowds in Uppingham Market Place during the annual Feast Day celebration.  Led by Mrs Stephenson and Mrs Whitmore, the choir had thoroughly enjoyed rehearsing together and as could be seen from their faces, really enjoyed the fun of  performing on an 'open stage'.   Well done everybody!  Further photos in the Gallery. 



Rutland Children's Drama Festival

 Mrs Stephenson accompanied our Drama Group and backstage crew who performed at the Rutland Children's Drama Festival held at Uppingham Theatre.  Our children gave exemplary performances and we are so incredibly proud of you all!  Photographs and more details in the Drama News section.



Tarmac Target Maths

We all came away a little wiser about subtraction following the Tarmac Target Maths session at 8.50am!  An impressive number of children and parents / carers became engrossed in the activites arranged by our teachers which provided an early morning buzz in the playground.  Further photographs in the Gallery.




School Fete 

A big thank you to everyone who helped and supported our fantastic school fete.  Despite the rain visiting later in the evening FOLS raised a very impressive £2362.59!  Photographs in the Gallery.




Science Fair

All the children and staff in school took part in our fabulous Science Fair organised by Mrs Roddy.  The day began with an inter-active demonstration given by Mad Science followed by individual classes undertaking their own 'bubbletastic' investigations.  During the afternoon, friends and familiy were invited to watch the children's entries to class challenges being tested. From rocket launching, liquid timers, boat loads, catapults, biscuit breaking, and Buzz launching - the range and inginuity seen in the entries was awesome.  Prizes were awarded class winners during a special assembly.  Needless to say everyone had a great time and came away much wiser, having 'dabbled' with many aspects of science during the event.  More photographs in the Gallery on the Science page.



Problem Solving Day

Everyone in school enjoyed their class session problem solving with help from the Problem Solving Company who visited for the day.  Thanks to the good weather we were able to solve our puzzles in the sunshine and everyone had great fun whilst learning at the same time.  Teamwork, resilience, creativity, listening and name but a few of our character traits were put to the test to solve tricky problems.  A very big thank you to FOLS who supported this fantastic learning opportunity for our children.  Look in the Gallery to see photos of the action!


French Day

There was plenty of red, white and blue on display as we all wore these colours to celebrate our day of French themed learning.  Amongst the carousel of  activites organised by Mrs Darlington were tood tasting, boules, the parachute game in French, singing in French and making pictures of the Eiffel Tower.  Look in the Gallery to see the children in action.  Un jour fantastique!




Leighfield Fete

As the FOLS preparations for our annual fete 'hot up',  a big thank you to all the children who supported our 'non uniform' day and contributed by donating  edible and small stationery items to be used as prizes at the fete.  Don't forget the decorated jar (plus contents) competition (see Parentmail) - to be judged on Thursday 9th June.  The fete will be held at school on Friday 10th June from 4 - 7pm.  Put it in your diary now, it's sure to be a scorcher!




Welcoming the Royal Anglian Regiment to Uppingham

Children from Years 4, 5 and 6 joined in the Freedom of Entry to Uppingham celebrations for soldiers from the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment. It is the first time such an honour has been awarded and our children certainly enjoyed waving flags and cheering as the soldiers and their band marched down Stockerston Road.  Year 4 also joined the ceremony held in the Market Square - read the children's report on the Year 4 class page.  More pictures in the Gallery.



Music Extravaganza

For the first time at Leighfield, 74 children taking instrumental lessons all gathered together for a fabulous morning of music making under the baton of Mrs Cable.  Following a rehearsal, the 'band' gave a brilliant performance to everyone in school.  Apart from the obvious enjoyment of the players and listeners alike, it  was an excellent opportunity for the children to work as a team with opportunities to improve listening skills and to inspire others to take up an instrument (these attributes are all included in our character project).  A massive thank you to Mrs Cable and music teachers who came along to support the band.  More information and photographs are in the Music area of our website.



Leighfield's Got Talent

Not only did we have a sparkling cake in our Friday raffle  - we saw some sparkling 'acts' in our 'Leighfield's Got Talent' show organised by the School Council.   Following class auditions, the finalists battled it out to find a more in Year 5's report link at the bottom of this page and see photographs on the School Council page of our website.  Huge congratulations to everyone who took part in this charity fund raiser.  We didn't know we had so much hidden talent in school!



Oundle Festival of Music & Drama 2016

On Wednesaday 13th April, Leighfield Academy did this competition proud with the winners of our recent poetry competition picking up two 1st and a 2nd prize and our Dead Poets' Society gaining 1st prize with their performance of Androcles and the Lion.  Not only were the children fabulous on stage, their exemplary behaviour off stage ensured that the excellent name of Leighfield Academy spread out of county! Look in the Drama section of the website for details of our winning performers. Photographs coming soon.

KS1 Easter Assembly

The spring chickens were out in force at our special Easter assembly presented by Reception and KS1 children.  Year 1 and 2 acted out the story of Six Little Chicks whilst the Reception children sang 'I'm a Spring Chicken' with actions.  It was lovely to have the support of parents and carers amongst the audience.  Everyone left the hall with a spring in their step and ready to enjoy the Easter holiday.  Well done everyone, it was delightful!


Spotlight on Dance

Once again, a group of children represented Leighfield Academy at the annual Spotlight on Dance event. Following auditions and an intense schedule of rehearsals choreographed by Mrs Donnaloia, the children (selected from Years 1-6) had a fun time learning the very impressive routine.  Together with other participating schools, the children then gave two brilliant performances at the Corn Exchange in Stamford infront of large audiences.  Teamwork, confidence, enthusiasm, bravery and pride - all these characteristics on show in abundance.  Excellent job Team Leighfield!  Look in the Sports News section for more photographs.


Sport Relief

Leighfield Academy raised a magnificent £431.07 for Sport Relief.  Wearing a red accessory, children (and brave members of staff) walked, ran, pretended to swim, danced and cartwheeled down lengths of the hall.  Ably encouraged on the microphone by Mr Wallace, participants were arranged in house groups and lengths of the hall achieved in a gven time recorded.  In the end, Beech were the winners, achieving 2231 lengths!  Needless to say, it was a huge amount of fun...and raised a large amount for a worthy cause. 

Indian Enrichment Experience

Thank you to FOLS for funding our Indian enrichment experience led by a visit from Sunita.  All the children in school attended class workshops which included Bollywood style dancing and making impressive Rangoli patterns.  Sunita read Indian folk tales at a special assembly and showed cultural artefacts. A great event for everyone - look in the Gallery for photographs of the super activities we undertook as part of our multicultural learning. 


Year 3,4,5 Production of Troy Story

A fabulous time was had by all at our production of Troy Story. With excellent singing, choreography and wonderful acting by our KS2 children, all the hard work put in through rehearsals and the blood, sweat and tears shed by Mrs Stephenson paid off!  Feedback from the audience was brilliant and we know that there are many who are still singing the catchy tunes.   Look in the Drama page Gallery to see more photographs.  Bravo everyone!



Poetry Recital Competition, 7th March 2016

The judges of our inaugural poetry recital competition (organised by Mrs Stephenson) had a very tough time deciding the winners - visit the Drama page to read the full report and details of  the winners and take a look in the Gallery on the Drama page to get a flavour of the event.  Well done to every child in school for reciting their poems off by heart in class.  It takes a  lot of courage and concentration - we are very proud of you all!  Special congratulations go to all the finalists who performed infront of a panel of friendly judges. 




Character Project 2016

Further details of our participation in the Character Project and how parents can help support the work we are doing in school can be found on the 'Character Project' page (click on the appropriate link to the left of this screen.


Leighfield Academy is Top of the League

We are delighted to announce that Leighfield Academy is at the top of the Rutland Primary School League Table for the second year running. In The Times newspaper list of 1000 top schools in the country (published 11/12/15), Leighfield Academy is 178th.  This is a wonderful achievement for the Academy and all the children and staff should feel incredibly  proud of all their hard work.  We're giving ourselves a well deserved  big 'pat on the back'!  See the attachment link at the foot of the page for further data.





  1. The Times League Table
  2. Leighfield's Got Talent April 2016 - Report by Year 5