Light Oaks Junior School is a larger than average junior school, with three classes in each year group. We specialise in educating children from 7-11 years old and work closely with the Infant School with whom we share the site.
We hold the Emotionally Friendly Schools' Silver Award, the Gold Schools' Games Mark for PE, The Fair Trade Achiever Award, One Education Silver Award for Reading and definitely need a bigger trophy cabinet for all the other awards and trophies we win across the year.
We are also a Heart Safe School and were named HeartStart Educational Establishment of the Year 2014 for our work providing all pupils and staff first aid and CPR training, which we do annually. We have also been awarded the Salford Sports Network School of the Year award for 2019 and have been regognised for our commitment to music provision by Salford's Music and Performing Arts Service.
In 2020-21, we are working hard to acheive the Emotionally Friendly Schools' Gold Award, and we are hoping to become a Rights respecting School through Unicef with our work on Children's Rights, as well as continuing to apply for the Gold School Games Mark, which this year, would entitle us to apply for the prestigious Platinum award.
We believe in learning through enjoyment and fun, but we also instill in our children the values of persistence, resilience, respect and self-belief. We put the wellbeing of every member of our school community at the heart of all we do and have developed a number of systems in school that directly impact on children's wellbeing such as our outdoor therapeutic play area, the Th.Inc Room and our Wild Crew and Wild Tribe Woods adventures!
To support this ethos we employ a valued team of hard working, committed staff who always put the needs of the individual child at the forefront of everything they do. We strive constantly to develop the individual strengths and talents of every child, supporting any needs that a child may have with structured and personalized support. We encourage children to have high aspirations and dreams for the future, fostering their progress and supporting them to reach their full potential academically, socially and emotionally. We put wellbeing at the heart of all we do, and dedicate almost two hours a week to ensure pupils become well-rounded, happy indivuals and ready for the next stage of their education with dedicated wellbeing lessons. High schools comment on the maturity of our children when they arrive in Year 7, and how well they cope with the transition to their new school.
Visitors to the school always comment on the calm and purposeful working environment, our friendly and polite pupils, and the positive atmosphere we strive to develop. More than that, though, they feel the 'buzz' we all - both pupils and staff - have for learning.
Our mission is to develop confident, happy children who are passionate about learning and are ready for the next step on their journey through life; we recognize how special each child is and see the potential which they all have to make a difference to our world. All of our pupils are valued and we work hard to ensure that they all do the very best they can whilst they are with us, and once they leave.