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About the School

The Lea Primary School and Nursery is a wonderful community to be part of. We enjoy a strong partnership with parents and carers; we have talented and committed staff, dedicated governors and most importantly – energetic, enthusiastic children. Together we work tirelessly to help the children to be the best they can be.

The school is located in a quiet area on the north-east corner of Harpenden. We are a welcoming one form entry school for boys and girls aged between three and eleven years. As a small school there is a caring, family atmosphere where all children are taught the importance of consideration and respect for other people and their beliefs. Visitors frequently remark on the friendly atmosphere that exists here. Our children are happy to come to school and are well looked after by our extremely caring and committed staff who work hard to make sure every lesson is creative, challenging and relevant to our children.

We were rated GOOD by Ofsted in February 2018.

The vast majority of our pupils move on to Harpenden secondary schools when they leave Year 6 including St George’s, Sir John Lawes, Roundwood Park and Katherine Warrington School.

Parent Survey 2022/23: “Fantastic leadership, amazing facilities and staffing (such as forest school, bikeability scheme, full time sports coach), wonderful supportive caring teachers, amazing wraparound care and clubs, great support staff, great PTA events, brilliant communication, wonderful facilities.”

The School Day

08h45 School Gates Open
08h55 School Begins
12h00 – 13h00 Lunch and Playtime (KS1)
12h15 – 13h15 Lunch and playtime (KS2)
15h20 School Ends


  • 9 indoor classrooms
  • 1 outdoor classroom
  • large school hall
  • dining hall
  • Wellbeing Hub
  • 4 playgrounds
  • library
  • gym equipment
  • KS1 trim trail- climbing frames
  • climbing wall
  • daily mile track
  • Forest School area
  • pond area
  • mud kitchen
  • school meals cooked on site
  • IT equipment (incl. laptops, Chromebooks and iPads)
  • interactive whiteboards
  • music equipment
  • sports equipment
  • scooter/bike park
  • covered Early Years indoor/outdoor space – and more…
Exercise area on the KS2 field at The Lea Primary School and NurseryLunch table with pupils at The Lea Primary School and NurseryHappy Reception pupil playing in mud kitchen at The Lea Primary SchoolGirl pupil playing with the bug hotel at The Lea Primary School and NurseryThe Lea - LanguagesLea SunriseThe Lea Primary Forest School SticksKS2 climbing frame on field at The Lea Primary School and NurseryThe Lea Primary Girls and Boys Football TeamThe Lea Primary School and Nursery pondThe Lea Primary School and Nursery exercise area and climbing frame on KS2 fieldPupil doing craft at The Lea Primary School and NurseryPupils reading in the outdoor classroom at The Lea Primary School and NurseryHappy Reception pupils looking at fish in the pond at The Lea Primary School

We welcome prospective families to visit our school.

Please contact the school office on 01582 767939 to book an appointment.

School Games Gold mark award


Reception Parent, 2021: “We are really pleased we have chosen The Lea for our son. He has settled into Reception really well with the help of Mrs Gallagher and the early years team. Opportunities such as learning in Forest School are great as well as the Buddy system. The school has a lovely community feel which we are enjoying being part of!“