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What Makes Us Special?

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Why choose William Lilley Infant and Nursery school for your child?


  • We are a small school in the heart of the Stapleford community,
  • We have high staff ratios, often with small class sizes,
  • As an Infant and Nursery school, we focus on the essential early learning experiences needed for the start of a child's educational journey,
  • We offer an exciting, inspirational curriculum where children learn through first-hand experiences,
  • We work with the whole family, supporting each child to fulfil their potential,
  • Children's individual strengths are celebrated and needs are supported by the whole school community,
  • We build confidence, resilience and engagement with learning, preparing each child in a small, nurturing environment before moving onto Year 3,
  • We have extensive and well-resourced outdoor learning spaces,
  • We focus upon the 'whole' child - balancing academic needs with the vital skills needed to live a healthy, happy and successful life,
  • Children make excellent progress, we are in-line or above National expectations in all areas,
  • We are a feeder school for Fairfield Primary Academy and from there, a lot of our children go on to George Spencer Academy.




What do our parents say?


"William Lilley offers a nurturing child lead learning environment. I love how small the class sizes are for Reception. This has made the transition from nursery to school a very smooth one."


"When a child enters William Lilley, they gain a family, not just a school."


"Our child has settled quickly thanks to William Lilley's warm and welcoming approach. 

My child is given all the stimulation she needs with their fantastic indoor and outdoor space."


"Both of our children have thrived at William Lilley. 

They are eager to go every day and are loving learning and developing at such a brilliant school."


"Both of our children started at William Lilley Nursery and continued into school. 

They are happy and settled and love going to school. 

The William Lilley team are caring, supportive and encourage the children to achieve."


"The day we visited the school, I knew as soon as we had stepped inside that we were

going to put William Lilley as our first choice school...William Lilley is a small, nurturing,

community school and I would whole heartedly recommend it."


"There is no other school I wanted my child to be at. 

William Lilley has always remained a professional, safe and happy learning environment for

the children and I know it will always continue to do so."



Each year, we continue to build on our success.  Please see a selection of our achievements for 2022/23 below:

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