About us

Our children and community are at the very centre of all we do at Frances Olive Anderson Church of England School. We have a strong, dedicated team of staff who strive to provide an exciting and enriched curriculum from which all our pupils learn. Each individual learner is carefully planned for and teaching and learning methods deployed to ensure ALL pupils make progress from their starting points academically and emotionally. Our vision underpins our approach at all times: ‘Being Different, Belonging Together,’

We celebrate and share our differences and similarities. In doing so, we realise the valuable contribution which all members of the community can make to Frances Olive Anderson Church of England Primary School. We continually review our practice to take into account the different needs and contributions of pupils, staff, parents and Governors. All of our pupils are guided, cared for and supported in a close partnership with parents and the community; promoting the culture of belonging and working together.

Frances Olive Anderson Church of England Primary School is located in the rural village of Lea which is situated in between Gainsborough and Lincoln. The school is growing in popularity.

The catchment area includes Lea, Knaith, Knaith Park, Gate Burton, Upton and Kexby, although many children from Gainsborough and the surrounding area choose our school. A free bus provided by LCC transports children from Upton and Kexby and there is a limited concessionary service from Knaith Park.

Our strong Christian ethos and values provide a good foundation that children can take with them through to adulthood. We believe that it is our duty to equip all of our pupils with the necessary skills and knowledge in order to reach their potential in an ever changing world. Our children have one chance at education. We constantly encourage our schoo, community to have high expectations of what they can achieve and provide the support to one another to develop positive attitudes to learning. At all times we consider the support our children, families and staff require for their emotional well-being. We are proud of our pastoral care and the positive impact this has on our community. Happy learners are lifelong and successful learners.


Our Values

Everything we do in our school community is based on the following five values.


"Do unto others as you would have them do for you."

Luke 6:31


"Love is patient, love is kind."

1 Corinthians 13:4


"But take courage; I have conquered the world."

John 16:33


 "I have set you an example, that you should do as I have done for you."

John 13:15

Commitment to Achieve:

"Strive for the greater gifts and I will show you a more excellent way."

1 Corinthians 12:31


School Brochure

Please feel free to download our latest prospectus that will give you information about many aspects of our school.

Our Brochure PDF

Our Staff


Position Held Name Area
Headteacher Mrs Sarah Woolley (PSHE,DSL, Pastoral)
Leadership Team Miss Rebecca Bishop Year 2, KS1, Science (DT,PE)
Leadership Team Mr Stewart Cook Year 6, SENDCo (ICT, Int Sch)
Leadership Team Mrs Sarah Hill Year 1,English (Pastoral) 
Teacher  Miss Samantha Lee Year 4 (Maths) 
Teacher  Mrs Carey Hearn Year 5
Teacher  Mrs Hannah Strellis Reception (Early Years, Art, Music,) 
Teacher Mr Sam Rance Year 3
Teacher  Miss Kerri Stanton PPA, PE
Teacher  Mrs Rosanna McGlynn PPA, RE 
Teaching Assistants Ms Vickie Beastall Year 2
Teaching Assistants Mrs Alex Bolderson Year 1
Teaching Assistants Mrs Julie Iredale Interventions
Teaching Assistants Mrs Cheryl Colbeck Year 6
Teaching Assistants Mrs Donna Robinson Year 4
Teaching Assistants Mrs Verity Thompson 1:1
Teaching Assistants Mrs Tracy Wright Year 3, 1:1
Teaching Assistant Miss Katie Gamwell Reception
Health Mentor/SEND TA Mrs Karen Cullum  
Teaching Assistant  Miss Rachel Goddard 1:1
Teaching Assistant Mrs Zoe Simpson 1:1
School Business Manager Mrs Carol Kirby  
Admin Assistant

Miss Sharon Smith

Cleaner Mrs Sally Graves  
Cleaners Mrs Serena Vince  
Cleaners Mrs Patricia Farrington   
Midday Supervisory Assistant Ms Vickie Beastall  
Midday Supervisory Assistant Mrs Tracy Wright  
Midday Supervisory Assistant

Mrs Serena Vince

Midday Supervisory Assistant Mrs Patricia Farrington  
Midday Supervisory Assistants Mrs Sally Graves Relief


Church Links

Lea Frances Olive Anderson Church of England Primary School is a one form entry that caters for children and families of all religion and no religion. We are a voluntary aided Church of England School. The proportion of pupils who are considered to be disadvantaged is in line with national averages. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is in line with national averages. The leadership structure of the school has changed significantly since the last SIAMS inspection. Our latest inspection in 2020 rated us a Good school.

The school's Christian vision is:

Being Different, Belonging Together

'All of us are Christ's body, and each one a part of it.'

A place where all are welcomed, accepted and valued as unique pupils of God. As a school community we aim for all to develop wisdom, resilience, hope for the future, a sense of self-worth, to flourish - so to aspire to be the very best we can be, and to enable us to serve others.

The SIAMS report key findings:

  • The school community has worked collectively to establish a Christian vision which reflects the local context well and can be articulated by all. This vision permeates all day to day aspects of school life.
  • The school works tirelessly to ensure that all are valued and treated with dignity and respect. The strength of relationships means the school community is one where all live well together and this contributes significantly in removing barriers to learning.
  • Teaching and learning in RE is good. Pupils demonstrate an informed and respectful understanding of religions and world views. RE is monitored well against the school vision.
  • Partnership with the Diocese is a strength, in particular in the development of RE.
  • Pupils enjoy the opportunity to plan and deliver collective worship but are yet to be fully involved in the evaluation process or able to recognise the impact it has on their daily lives.

We value our close links with the local community and the church. We have positions on our Governing Body which are elected by the parochial parish councils. These are known as our Foundation Governors. The parishes represented are:

  • St Helen’s Lea
  • All Saints Upton Cum Kexby
  • St Helen’s Gate Burton
  • St Mary’s Knaith

Reverend Phillip Wain is the incumbent of the four Churches and he is a member of the Governing Body and is a regular visitor in school.

Please follow the links to find out more about Church Schools and our latest SIAMS report.

SIAMS Report March 2020

Info about the diocese of Lincoln

Collective Worship Summer 2021

Collective Worship Guidance

Gainsborough Village Schools Collaboration

Frances Olive Anderson Church of England Primary School is part of a collaboration of village schools in the local area. We work very closely with 4 other schools of varying sizes and catchments:

  • Scotter Primary School
  • Corringham Church of England Primary School
  • Blyton Cum Laughton Church of England Primary School
  • Waddingham Primary School

The relationships between the schools has proved to be invaluable in providing support and training for all of our staff to enable the sharing of the best practice possible. We have embarked on a cycle of peer review, we scrutinise data across the schools and where possible, identify joint areas for development. We are also part of the wider Gainsborough Partnership of Schools which includes secondary and special schools. There is a vast wealth of knowledge, expertise and leadership within the partnership which serves to support all.


Our Address

Frances Olive Anderson Primary School
The Grove
DN21 5EP
T: 01427 612827

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