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The National Junior School. 258D
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National Junior School is an active and friendly school which prides itself in the variety of activities it offers children.

As well as the basic curriculum, the school offers a plethora of enrichment activities as evidenced by the wide variety of school clubs on offer. Music and sport are much in evidence and the school takes part in many out-of-school activities as well as hosting theme days in school.

Recently, for example, 50 Year 5 and 6 children took part in the Rock Challenge regional finals in Grimsby, winning the prestigious award for concept interpretation. Meanwhile, football teams took part in the Lincolnshire Schools Football Tournament at Pointon, with both the Year 4/5 and the Year 6 teams finishing as runners-up. The Year 5 and Year 6 cricket teams were involved in tournaments in Grantham and Stamford, both finishing in the top three.

This week, the Year 6 children are undertaking a visit to Skegness as part of their studies on coastal erosion and are visiting Duxford Imperial War Museum next month as part of their Second World War studies. The Year 3 children all took part in a cricket and countryside day in the Vale of Belvoir earlier this week. Year 4 children will be visiting Belton House before the end of term and Year 5 children are currently engaged on a business project leading to manufacture of biscuits which will be on sale at the school’s midsummer fair on July 5.

In addition, a group of Year 5 children represented the National in a school maths mania quiz event held recently, while many will be taking part in the traditional summer concert in early July which will showcase the school orchestra, other music groups and school choirs. They will also be performing at the Spire Appeal Concert at St Wulfram’s Church on June 27.

Headteacher John Gibbs said: “Since acquiring academy status in July 2012 the school governors have altered their charging policy so that from September 2013 there will be free music tuition, swimming lessons and day visits outside school to ensure as many children as possible are able to gain a true, all-rounded education.”