What You Should Know about Hunstanton Primary School

Hunstanton primary school is a foundation school that has mixed gender. It converted from junior to primary school in 2015. Previously it had been federated with a local infant school. While enrollment number has risen significantly in the recent past, Hunstanton School is considerably smaller than the average size of primary school. It is located in Hunstanton town, Norfolk county East England. You can read a brief history of Hunstanton.

The school head teacher is Mrs. Diane Mapllebeck. It boasts of a good Ofsted rating according to government schools’ performance comparison. Hunstanton School does not have a religious character. Pupils with SEN and disability proportion in this school are higher than the national average. The school has a lower proportion of pupils with SEN statement or care, education and health plan. Also, the Hunstanton School has a higher proportion of pupils eligible for premium funding than the national average.

Hunstanton primary school vision is to have motivated and engaged children who value learning and can enjoy, Aspire and succeed. They ensure pupils succeed by promoting curriculum access to all pupils. Similarly, the teachers have skills that ensure every pupil can access planned activities.

The school is a non-denomination foundation school. They have an anti-bullying policy. If there is a bullying case, the school uses conflict resolution technique, social skills, stress management and opportunities to deal with the issue. Tough measures may be used if need be including sanctions, withdrawing lunchtime and break privileges and removal from class.

Application

They first consider receiving applications within the set deadlines. After all, on tome application have been considered they may find on time consideration. An exception is when circumstance merit earlier consideration.  The school admits children during the autumn term where they are ushered into foundation stage.

Hunstanton in primary school makes going to school enjoyable to pupils by incorporating enjoyable lessons. They also have a wide range of activities and opportunities to share achievements with their parents. It also promotes aspirations by analyzing data and responding effectively to raise standards higher. This includes evaluating children and informing them where to make more progress.

The school also invites inspiration speaks with different backgrounds to broaden the aspirations of the students. Hunstanton School works in collaboration with the community to create a multipurpose games area on the school ground.

Learning in the school starts at 9 am and ends at 3:10 pm for infant pupils. For junior pupils, it starts at 8:55 am and 3:20 pm. When supervision is available children should not arrive at school earlier than 8:40 am. They should wait for the class teachers to come and collect them at 8:40. If it is cold, they should wait in the hall where supervision will take place. The School has 11 teachers representing a pupil to teacher ratio of 18.4. The school also has 4 support staff.

School population

Hunstanton primary school boasts of a convivial and safe learning environment.  Everyone and care and helps each other to become responsible individuals. The school has 177 pupils between the age of 4 and 11. It has governors who are basically volunteers who help in running the school. They are involved in all aspects ranging from budget review running buildings, to supporting staff and head teacher in setting school discipline standards.

The chair of the governors is Stephen Jones. The governing council determines the admission arrangements.  The school council consists of pupils. Hunstanton primary school is also a member of children’s university.

The school governing body has three core functions. Ensuring clarity of vision, holding the headteacher to account for schools education performance and ensuring money is well spent by providing financial performance oversight.

Contact information

If you need to reach the school management, you can email them through head@hunstanton.norfolk.sch.uk or call 01485533373.  The school address is Collingwood Road, Hunstanton, PE36 5DY.

Extra Curriculum

Every term the school organizes clubs for pupils to take place in.  This enables students to develop interests in new areas. The clubs are run by school staff. Wider varieties of clubs are availed to students as they progress through classes. Some of the clubs in the school include\

Football club

Dance club

Art Club

Yoga Club

Tennis club

Competitions

•      Hunstanton primary school hosts competitions including

•      Sunflower growing competition

•      Pumpkin carving competition

•      Summer challenge for RAF centenary

Other Schools in Hunstanton include

•      Glebe House School

•      Hunstanton Infant School

•      Redgate Junior School

•      Smithdon School

•      Sedgeford primary school

A brief history of Hunstanton by Ken Arnott

Hunstanton is a small Norfolk seaside resort that lies at the mouth of the Wash and is affectionately known, for obvious reasons, as “Sunny Hunny”. It is the best kind of resort with its award winning beaches that are among the safest in England, plenty of seaside sports and entertainments and a climate that boasts more sunshine and less rainfall that the great majority of resorts in Britain – What a combination!

A special bonus, thanks to Hunstanton being the only East Coast resort that faces West (check the map!), visitors can enjoy the extraordinary sight of the sun setting over the sea – a memorable experience.

Hunstanton’s motto is “Alios delectare iuvat” which freely translates to “It is our pleasure to please others”

Let’s get the confusing bit over to start with. The village of Hunstanton was mentioned in the Domesday Book so it has a long history. The seaside resort, on the other hand, was created in the middle of the 19th Century by the Squire of Hunstanton Hall, the largest landowner in the area. In the early days it was known as “the sea-bathing station of Hunstanton St Edmund”

At the time there was nothing between the lighthouse and the neighbouring village of Heacham apart from an extensive sheep run, so when the resort’s oldest building, The Golden Lion Hotel, opened in 1846 it was nicknamed “le Strange Folly” But the critics were unaware that the Squire, who not only conceived but designed the resort, had made careful plans for the town’s development, plans that included a railway. When the line opened in 1862, the year that Henry Styleman le Strange died, the future was secure.

Officially Hunstanton embraces both the resort and the old village, but the latter is still known as Old Hunstanton.

The le Strange family have been associated with Hunstanton for nearly a thousand years. Indeed the present Squire lives in the town today. The family’s ancestral home, Hunstanton Hall, was sold in 1948 and converted into flats. It is reputed to have a ghost!

The le Strange’s came from Brittany after the Norman invasion and married into a leading Saxon family in the area. Probably the best known le Strange was Roger who translated Aesops Tales into English, fought unsuccessfully to dislodge Cromwell’s forces from King’s Lynn and, in 1663, produced the country’s first newspaper “The Public Intelligencer” earning him the title “Father of the English Press”.

Hunstanton has long been associated with Sir Edmund who, as King of East Anglia, led a small army against the invading Vikings, was captured and, after refusing to give up his Christian faith, was tied to a tree and shot by Danish archers. Legend has it that when St Edmund first came from Saxony in AD855 he landed near Hunstanton cliffs.

The ruined Chapel near the lighthouse was built in his memory in 1272. Nine stained glass windows depicting the life of the saint can be found in St Edmund’s Church.

The cross on the top Green is a bit of a mystery. It is assumed to be the reeded shaft of an ancient village cross that was moved from Old Hunstanton to the present position when the Golden Lion Hotel was built but its previous history is unknown.

Blazing beacons and lanterns warned ships of dangerous sandbanks in the Wash centuries before the first lighthouse in 1666. The present lighthouse, built in 1844, ceased operations in 1921 when it was replaced first by a lightship, then by a remote-control fog buoy. It is now a holiday home.

Getting About

Once in HUNSTANTON, why not take the opportunity to explore by bus, by cycle or on foot. It’s a great way to really tune in to the pace of the countryside.

Coasthopper

The Coasthopper bus service is a really great way to explore the Norfolk coast. You can use it to travel between King’s Lynn, Hunstanton, Wells, Sheringham and Cromer. The service operates daily up to every hour during early spring, late autumn and winter and up to every half hour from April to October.

The combination of the Norfolk Coast Path and the Coasthopper bus offers excellent opportunities to leave the car behind and discover this beautiful part of our coastline. Most services from King’s Lynn to Hunstanton are timetabled to connect with First Capital Connect rail services, with through-ticketing available. See www.coasthopper.co.uk or email enquires@coasthopper.co.uk.

Cycling in and around Hunstanton

Much of the Peddars Way is open to cyclists. The Norfolk Coast Path is NOT. Two long-distance cycle routes pass through Hunstanton: National Cycle Route 30 (Norfolk Coast Cycleway) and National Cycle Route 1. For a list of Norfolk cycle paths and information about free cycling maps, see www.sustrans.org.uk.

Norfolk has a host of cycle routes including the 59 mile Norfolk Coast cycleway from King’s Lynn to Cromer and the Peddar’s Way. Sandringham is another lovely spot where families take young children to enjoy their bikes.
You don’t even have to bring your own bikes on holiday. There are many places to hire cycles along the way.

Explore on Foot

There are many paths, bridleways, local and national trails to take you across the wide expanses of West Norfolk, and through our charming villages, on foot.

www.visitwestnorfolk.com – where you can find information about the Norfolk Coast Path, Peddars Way, Peter Scott Walk, Fen Rivers way and nar Valley Way.

For circular walking routes visit www.countrysideaccess.norfolk.gov.uk

To find more information about the Norfolk coast Path and Peddars Way, please go to www.nationaltrail.co.uk

www.sandringhamestate.co.uk – which will tell you about the country park of the Queen’s private estate where you can walk..

www.holkham.co.uk – which also has a country park where you can walk and also along the award winning beach.

Hunstanton remembers the great flood of 1953

Family of flood rescue hero Reis Leming fly from America to take part in memorial which included the unveiling of a bus named after him.

Reis Leming

Mr Leming was just 22, and stationed at RAF Sculthorpe, when he waded into the icy flood water, towing a rubber dinghy. An action made all the more remarkable because he could not swim.

Within an hour of the tidal wave striking, American serviceman had arrived to offer help.

The first house Mr Leming, who was 6ft 3ins tall, waded out to was in ruins, its occupants dead. Afterwards he admitted to being “scared to death” but had pressed on regardless.

Further down the street he found a huddle of people on the roof of house. He helped them into the raft, pulled them to higher, drier ground, and turned once more into the water.

For hours he waded back and forth, plucking a total of 27 people from the water until eventually he collapsed.

He became the first non-Briton ever to receive the George Medal and was also awarded the Soldiers Medal – America’s highest honour to any serviceman for heroic action outside of conflict.

A howling wind today greeted the family of a man who is known to one West Norfolk town as a hero.

A crowd gathered at a memorial on Hunstanton seafront to remember the 31 people who died on the night of the great storm. They also remembered Reis Leming, the American serviceman who saved 27 lives.

His wife Kathy and two children, Michael and Debra, were guests of the town and visibly moved by the event which included the unveiling of a bus named after Mr Leming specially liveried with pictures from the floods.

The images, including one of Mr Leming, who died in November, were taken from the EDP archives.

Pictured (from left) Debra Ross, Kathy Leming, Michael Leming, Fr John Bloomfield and Hunstanton mayor Elaine Clutton. Picture: Ian Burt

The Norfolk Green bus also featured a tide mark indicator on the top deck, which showed the depth of the waters on the night Mr Leming waded through the waves with a dinghy to rescue people.

“We are so moved and have got through a lot of tissues today,” said his daughter.

“Dad never really never talked a lot about what he did, but when we came over ten years ago he was treated like a hero by everyone here. It was so touching and I know he wanted to come back.”

His son Michael proudly wore a flying jacket which was specially made for his father and would have been presented to him last November when he was due to return to Hunstanton where a path has been named in his honour.

Sadly he died just days before the trip aged 81, and the jacket was given to Michael.

Mrs Leming said she was deeply moved by the esteem in which her husband was held by the people of Hunstanton.

The City of Norwich Pipe Band paraded along the sea front prior to the service and Mr Leming’s family followed in an American 1941 Plymouth car.

Members of the American air force’s 67th Special Operations Squadron from RAF Mildenhall were also on parade during the service.

The squadron was previously 67th Air Rescue and had been based at Sculthorpe when Mr Leming served.

Lt Col Shelley Rodriguez said the unit was honoured to be taking part in the event, as it had done in November to mark the path naming.

“It is humbling to see how people remember and we are honoured to be here today to mark the anniversary,” she said.

Members of the US airforce based at Sculthorpe were living in Hunstanton at the time of the flood and 16 Americans died.

During the service at the memorial, the names of all 31 victims were read out by town councillor John Maiden and Lt Col Rodrigiuez.

Prayers were led by Fr John Bloomfield who also took a service at St Edmund’s church. 

Cliffs & Beach Information

Hunstanton is famous for its striped cliffs and is otherwise known as Sunny Hunny.

The beach and cliffs face west which means they capture the sunshine and are the perfect spots for viewing some spectacular sunsets. The shallow beach runs for two miles along the coast to Brancaster and the tide can go out a mile, allowing rock pools to appear around the groynes.


The cliffs show an amazing slice of Britain’s history over many million years. Here is the geology – White Chalk from the Upper Cretaceous era forms the top layer, followed by a layer of limestone, known as red chalk from the Lower Cretaceous period formed over a period of 15 million years and finally beneath is grey/green Carstone. As both the red and white chalk contains fossils the beach below is a magnet for keen fossil hunters. On top of the striped cliffs is Hunstanton North Promenade, which has lovely gardens and walks overlooking the sea.

Ideas to keep the children happy!

Playground by the Crazy Golf, swings, seesaw and rocking horse.

Crazy Golf at Esplanade Gardens / Pitch and Putt by the Lighthouse – phone resort services for opening times 01485 535150.

Visit Paint me Ceramics – 22 Westgate, 01485 534340 to make your own pot etc.

Do the bug hunt on Boston Sensory Park, pick up details at TIC.

Oasis Leisure centre – Swimming (indoors) Fun Castle Adventure Play area and Eco Ice Skating – 01485 534227.

Beach combing (rock pools under cliffs when tide out) and sandcastle building.

Paddling and swimming in the sea.

Donkey and Pony rides on the beach.

Visit the Sea Life Centre and Seal Hospital (indoors) – 01485 533576. Use the new pirate ship adventure playground there.

Fairgrounds rides at the end of the promenade and amusements arcades around the town.

Sea Monster Tour or Sea Tours to Seal Island – 01485 534444.

Blackbeard’s Adventure Golf along the promenade– 01485 535737.

Captain Willie’s Soft Play Activity Centre at Searle’s (indoors) – 01485 534211.

Bowlers Ten Pin Bowling Alley and amusements (indoors) – 01485 534960.

Take a Trip on the Land Train from Searles Holiday Park to the lighthouse at Old Hunstanton and back.

Learn to sail, windsurf or kite surf 01485 534455 or 07897 563734.

See a show or a film at The Princess Theatre (indoors) – 01485 532252.

Play Tennis. At the recreation ground, to hire courts contact oasis leisure centre. 01485 534227.

Children’s playgroundat the Recreation Ground.

Watch a game of cricket or football up at the recreation ground.

Swim at Old Hunstanton Beach and have an ice cream at the Old Beach Cafe.

Visit the RNLA Lifeboat Station at Old Hunstanton on a Sunday Morning.