All Saints
LEssingham

History

All Saints School opened in the Summer term of 1987 in a local village school at Lessingham, which had closed two years earlier and was being sold by the Local Authority. The school began with nine pupils aged between 4 and 9 and quickly increased to thirty pupils by the Autumn term.

It soon became obvious that there was a need for a small Independent school with affordable fees and one which could perhaps help those children who needed extra support and especially when it opened, those with Dyslexia.

Mrs Gardiner, had herself struggled at school and would be the first to say that she had more detentions after school than any other student through her inability to spell. Having been to Teacher Training College and been privileged to be taught by an early Cambridge Authority in this almost unrecognised condition in the early seventies, this was a field where her knowledge and empathy for her pupils has made her a leading provider of Dyslexic teaching. The aim of the school was to provide education for the full range and needs of pupils and students gained entrances and scholarships to  other senior schools. The reputation of the school increased with the dedication of not just the Headteacher but a strong team of teachers.

Over the next few years having helped so many students gain confidence at Junior level, many parents began to ask whether as well as the introduction of a Nursery, a small Senior School could be opened. In 1994 Mrs Gardiner bought another small village school at Ingham, the adjoining village and set off on the new venture. Many of the new teachers employed had been Heads of Departments and brought with them a wealth of knowledge and experience.

It was not until 1999, when the School House next to the main school became vacant that the possibility of bringing both schools closer together was possible. With Parents agreement, the plan went ahead and Ingham School was sold.

Following the provision of most village schools having their own Nursery facilities, All Saints decided to close this end of education and provide a more specialist unit for students with special needs whilst still providing main stream students with the opportunity to study to a high level in a full range of subjects. The introduction of the use of Great Yarmouth and Easton Colleges enabled students to take both an academic route as well as provide vocational courses.

Trips abroad have included Russia, Switzerland and France as well as canal, camping and activity holidays in the U.K.