IT'S the New Forest school in the heart of the community.

Children at Lymington Junior School take their learning seriously -but have plenty of opportunity to have fun too.

And with three performances a year there is the chance to show off musical and acting skills when the youngsters get up on stage - with The Puzzled Penguin at the end of last year. Years four and five have a show together while year three do theirs at Christmas.

And they take their talents out into the community as well, dancing for St Thomas church and local lunch clubs in the area.

Currently oversubscribed the school has a waiting list of around six children for most year groups - but there are some spaces in year three.

Head teacher Dan Twyman started at the school in September after leaving his post as executive head teacher of Burley and Sopley school.

And in his new role his vision is to maintain the school's "execellent academic standards" while at the same time building on the extra-curricular activities currently on offer.

He said: "I'm particularly proud of how hard the children and the staff all work. They really give of their best in everything they do, and the staff routinely go above and beyond their jobs."

He added: "The children are absolutely fabulous. I know every head teacher would say that, but they really are."

Fact File:

256 children on roll

7-11 year olds

Last Ofsted - 2014, good with outstanding features