Lyncombe House, Lyncombe Vale, BA2 4LT. Tel: 01225 310837, email: reception.paragon@priorparkschools.com, web: priorparkschools.com


Autumn term: 5 September – 13 December 2019
Half term: 23 October – 3 November 2019
Spring term: 7 January – 31 March 2020
Half term: 14 February – 23 February 2020
Summer term: 20 April – 7 July 2020
Half term: 23 May – 31 May 2020

Age of pupils: 3–11 years
Number of pupils: 258

Termly fees: Juniors: Years 3–6 £3,650 per term including lunches; Reception, Years 1 and 2 £3,280 per term including lunches. Squirrels Pre-School: Full-time, including lunches £2,989 per term; Part-time (per day) including lunch: £600 per term. Per morning, without lunch (until 12pm): £330 per term. Per morning, including lunch (until 1pm): £440 per term. Per afternoon, without lunch (from 1pm) £270 per term. Per afternoon, including lunch (from 12pm): £380 per term.

Religious denomination: Christian

The curriculum: Broad, balanced curriculum with cross-curricular links and some topic-based work. Emphasis on core subjects and attaining high academic standards, with an engaging humanities curriculum and cross-curricular ICT. Sport, art, music and outdoor learning are also extremely strong.

Extra curricular activities: A fantastic range of extra-curricular activities from chess and pottery to conservation and African drumming. Staff and external specialist teachers and coaches run over 65 lunchtime and after-school clubs. The majority of the clubs focus on enjoyment and exploring new interests. Some of the clubs are by invitation only to provide the children with the opportunity to develop their skill level. There is also a rich mix of school trips and activity days, including a week in France for Year 6 children, a trip to Osmington Bay for Year 5 and a residential to Mill on the Brue for Year 4. Visits are to local historical and educational sites, and many themed days make full use of the school’s grounds.

Pastoral care: Every child at The Paragon should feel secure and affirmed, valued for who they are regardless of their ability. Children feel comfortable about approaching a teacher to talk about something that’s bothering them. Strong relationships with parents help identify problems at an early stage. A school council, with democratically elected representatives from Year 2 up, meets monthly with the headmaster.

Name of principal: Mr Andrew Harvey

Outstanding characteristics: The Paragon feels so special: its friendly family atmosphere and belief that happy children learn best is at the heart of what they do.