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The Paragon School

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

Name of principal: Mrs Rosie Allen

Age of pupils: 3 – 11 years

Number of pupils: 250

Termly fees: per term: Years 5&6 £3,909 per term. Years 3-4 £3,814 per term. Reception to Year 2, £3,428 per term. Squirrels Pre-School full time (5 days term time only) £3,200. Part time information available on request. Fees for all year groups include lunch.

Religious denomination: Christian

The curriculum: Broad, balanced curriculum with exciting topic-based work which is explored across all subject areas. Each child is supported to achieve their full potential academically with ‘limitless’ opportunities to discover their passions and learning strengths. Sport, art, music and outdoor learning are extremely strong.

Extra curricular activities: A fantastic range of extra-curricular activities from sewing and pottery to cricket 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 3 up, meets monthly with the Head.

Outstanding characteristics: The Paragon is a vibrant school, full of fun and energy. Its friendly family atmosphere and belief that happy children learn best, is at the heart of what they do.