A King’s Ransom

Posted on December 7th, 2017

‘A King’s Ransom’ is an opera written for KS2 children, with music composed by Patrick Hawes, and is based on the legend of Robin Hood. It is being premiered in Norwich in February 2018 and we are delighted to have been selected to take part as an Audience School. Prior to the performance in Norwich, a group of our KS2 children will be taking part in a workshop at school run by Tom Floyd (Music Director) and Genevieve Raghu (Stage Director) which will involve drama activities exploring ‘A King’s Ransom’, learning about what an opera is and learning some music from the opera.

We are really looking forward to the opportunity to become involved in an opera…watch this space for more information and pictures!

Mrs Strudwick

December  2017

Sports Hall Athletics Competition at Lynnsport

Posted on December 7th, 2017


Lynnsport, Tuesday December 5th

Today Miss Leftley took 12 children from years 5/6, 6 girls and 6 boys, to the West Norfolk Small Schools Athletics Competition at Lynnsport.  It comprised of some familiar events such as; throwing the javelin, chest throwing a weighted ball, standing long jump, vertical jump and relays, along with some unfamiliar ones; triple jump, bounce jumps and an obstacle race for good measure.  The children embraced these events and refused to give in, even when things didn’t go as they had hoped, supporting and cheering each other on, and their smiles and enjoyment of the day were reflected in their performances.   We knew it was a close race between Denver, Walpole and ourselves as far as track events were concerned, however we didn’t know the results of the field type events, as these were individual ones so it was down to waiting for the announcement.

As we had thought, the top 3 teams were; Walpole 3rd, Denver 2nd with Sandringham finishing 1st, they couldn’t quite believe it, this means we will represent West Norfolk in the Small Schools event at the UEA in February.

It was a fantastic achievement, which we are all very proud of.  Well done to all of our athletes and a huge thank you to Miss Leftley and Mrs Underwood for accompanying and supporting the team.

Rugby Triumph!

Posted on November 16th, 2017

In 2016 with an adhoc team and short notice we were invited to enter the West Norfolk Rugby School Sport Partnership (SSP) tournament, in our PE kits, we came second to last. We were stirred by this and felt we could do better and so The Sandringham & West Newton School Rugby Team was duly created.

However, this year with our new professional kit there was a worry that we were ‘all kit and no idea’ that’s how smart we looked – thanks to Bespoke Norfolk LTD who sponsored our rugby kit. But, this year not only did we look the part – we WON! We won ALL the games and our team came away with the GOLD medals.

It was such a TEAM effort every one of our team scored a ‘try’.

Thank you so much to Stewart Parris (rugby coach) who freely volunteered his time to coach the team pre / mid and post-matches on Friday 10th November. And Mrs James who helped transport players to and from the West Norfolk Rugby Club.

I have to say the buzz in the playground upon the teams return, was just immeasurable!

Fridays Rugby Team included: Giovanni, Henry, Josh, Lilly, Niamh, Stanley, Thomas and Tyler.


 Additional details available on SSP website: and details will be in the Lynn News.

Thank you for  the support of all our wonderful parents.

Mrs Cullum (Niamh’s Mummy)


Remembrance Day 2017

Posted on November 13th, 2017

We were delighted to welcome Flight Sergeant Bill Wells (retired RAF) to school on Friday afternoon to join us in our traditional Act of Remembrance. Bill brought his new young dog, Glenn, with him and this was his first official outing as the Colour Mascot to the Royal British Legion and the 7th Armoured Brigade (Desert Rats).

For a young dog Glenn behaved impeccably throughout the short ceremony and Bill was incredibly proud of him.

Afterwards the children were all given the chance to meet Glenn and  everyone remarked on how good-natured and calm he is.

We are so grateful to Bill for his part in our Act of Remembrance and would also like to thank the huge crowd of family and friends who joined us to pay their respects.

Mrs Strudwick

Head of School

Mayoral Visit for Official Opening of our Wonderful New Room

Posted on October 3rd, 2017

It truly was a case of parent power in action. The Friends PTA asked us what needed doing in school and we spoke about the shared learning/kitchen space being somewhat run down and unloved. Through months of fundraising, followed by a whole summer of transformation, comprising every trade and task, from plumbing to building to decorating to tiling, we came back from the summer holidays to an incredible conversion. Our new multi-purpose space, comprises a kitchen area, learning space, library and even the staff room, which has been moved upstairs has new units and utilities. We even have a new toilet just for Year 3 and 4! All of this would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of everyone that contributed, through fundraising. The school would like to thank everyone involved. We would also like to say a special thank you to these people, who really went above and beyond, spending much of their summer in school working on the project :-

Simon Easter from D and C Easter Builders, Mr and Mrs Allen, Mr Johnson, Mr Sharp of Atelier Associates, Mr Hamilton, Mrs Young, Mr May and Mrs Moreland, Mars for their £3000 grant , Mr Afflitt and of course a huge thank you to Mrs Easter and Mrs May, for all their hard work and coordination of the project.  The Mayor of Kings Lynn, Carole Bower, came to officially open the new facilities on Friday and was very impressed with the transformation. She spent time visiting each class to talk about her work as Mayor and meet the children and then enjoyed a cup of tea in the new room. The PTA will be organising an open afternoon for everyone to come and enjoy cake and a cup of tea in the new space shortly.




Mrs Gardener October 3rd 2017

Rugby Spectacular

Posted on October 3rd, 2017

I am delighted to report the first rugby match took place last week and the children were sporting their new kit kindly donated to the team by Year 1 parent Ben Day of Bespoke Norfolk. The children looked so professional in their kit and played incredibly well, in their first match. We are so grateful for the sponsorship, as it has really enabled this club to get off the ground. Thanks also go to Mrs Cullum for promoting the idea for the club. The children really enjoyed it and are looking forward to their next fixture.

Mrs Gardener October 2017




’52 Lives’ visit

Posted on September 28th, 2017

We welcomed Grieg from the ’52 Lives’ project into school this morning. Grieg talked with us about what kindness looks like and we thought about how we can all be kind in our school community. Kindness is a theme that fits in especially well at this point in the year as our Christian value this term is ‘Friendship’.

Grieg shared pictures and talked about how the project started and evolved, from one advertisement in a newspaper asking for some carpet off-cuts for a family in need of support, to the global status that the project now enjoys. A school’s version of the project also exists, where schools are invited to make cards, pictures, and send messages of support to individual children who are having a tough time. Grieg told us about a 10 year old girl from Derbyshire, Mollie, who is unwell and has had a lot to deal with in her short life. We all agreed that it would be lovely to make some cards etc to send to Mollie to let her know that other people are thinking about her and to try to brighten up her day. Everyone returned to their classrooms and were given an hour to create something to send. At the end of the morning we gathered in the Hall to share our gifts and to record a video message to send to Mollie.

We are really grateful to Grieg for making time to visit us and enabling us to spread the message of kindness beyond our school community. We hope that Mollie enjoys our messages and gifts when she receives them.

Mrs Strudwick

September 28th 2017

Cookery Club launches!

Posted on September 21st, 2017

Our lovely group of ‘Friends’ revamped our central teaching and learning space over the summer holiday and so this term we are very excited to be able to offer an after-school cookery club, run by Mrs Berry and Miss Sandford. Lots of children were keen to join the club, so, as numbers are limited, we had to offer places on a first-come first-served basis and will change the groups regularly so that everyone can have a turn.

The first group of budding chefs gathered after school today and Apple Crumble was the dish of the day. The children worked really hard together and all took home their crumbles to cook and enjoy.

A big thank you to Mrs Berry and Miss Sandford. I wonder what will be on the menu next week…

Mrs Strudwick

September 21st 2017



Posted on July 21st, 2017

Mrs May, a parent and the Chair of our ‘Friends’, is also a  Technology teacher at King’s Lynn Academy and has been working with each year group in turn since January to produce these wonderful Jitterbugs. Everyone drew their design first before assembling the motor and shaping their piece of styrofoam, using a variety of saws and cutting tools. All the Jitterbugs looked amazing when we gathered together on the playground earlier this week to have a whole-school ‘Jitterbug Dance’!

We would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs May for giving up so much of her time to lead this project.

Mrs Strudwick

July 21st 2017

West Norfolk Netball Champions in Norwich

Posted on July 21st, 2017

Our Netball team, representing West Norfolk as champions, travelled to Norwich Sportspark on June 19th to compete in the Norfolk Games, Small Schools Hi5 Netball.

Sandringham and West Newton were in Pool B, which we won, unbeaten and only conceding two goals. It was a brilliant performance, given the extreme weather conditions – blazing sunshine, very hot, and no breeze or shade.

After quite a long lunch break it was time for the semi-final against Great Ellingham. Unfortunately we were soon two goals down, but dug deep to get level in the second half. Then Ellingham scored to win 3-2, it was end to end play.

That left us to play Wrenningham for 3/4th place. It was a frenetic game. We came out and scored first, Wrenningham scored twice, we levelled but they went on to score just before the whistle…the final score was 3-2.

Understandably the children were deflated, they had given it everything in the heat but, as we have said numerous times, 4th place in the whole of Norfolk is a fantastic achievement. Our umpire in particular was very impressed and complimentary of our children, their game, play and attitude, which was lovely to hear.

Many thanks to the parents for their support and the gazebo!

Well done children!!!!!

Miss Leftley

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