The school is a County Council maintained Infant and Nursery School, which caters for children from 3 to 7 years old. In September 2014, Lionwood Infant and Nursery School entered into a Federation with Lionwood Junior School to form the Lionwood School’s Federation. This Federation shares a Governing Body and a Leadership Team, which includes our Executive Headteacher, Mrs Sawyer.
Lionwood Infant & Nursery School is set on the eastern side of Norwich close to the city centre. The Riverside development alongside the station includes leisure activities, a retail park and mixed housing. The school will accommodate 270 children in the main school with 52 attending the nursery unit on a half-day basis. Most of the children transfer to Lionwood Junior School at the age of seven.
The school serves a mixed catchment area taking pupils from both local authority and private housing. The Pilling Park area of Thorpe Hamlet has been identified as an area of need with the establishment of the Sure-Start Project in 2000 aimed at improving health and social provision for local families. This creates a vibrant school community which demands careful organisation of teaching and learning to meet the needs of a wide ability range of pupils.
From September 2014 there are eleven classes which include two Nursery classes. All classes have part-time Teaching Assistants and the nursery has 3 part-time Teaching Assistants.
Play areas consist of a totally enclosed inner courtyard with a range of play equipment where the younger children learn through play, an all-weather surface (astro-turf) and the field, which are used by the older children for PE lessons and all children use them outdoor learning and at play times. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) benefit from enclosed garden areas providing opportunities to use all aspects of the environment to enhance their learning. The Year One classes benefit from dedicated outside learning areas connected to their classrooms which they use on a daily basis to enrich the children’s learning.
The play area at the rear of the school serves children in Key Stage 1.