St George's CofE Primary
We are proud of our reputation for providing a good quality education within a caring Christian environment. Our school offers a wide range of experiences for all children so that everyone can have success and enjoy coming to school. We aim to encourage a love of learning from an early age, delivering an exciting curriculum. Our children work within high behavioural expectations, as we believe that is an essential foundation for effective learning. All aspects of school life are underpinned by a set of Christian values and a set of Learner Qualities, which are explicitly taught. We teach children to value themselves, others, their community and the environment, thinking ahead to our children’s place in the communities of the future.
When visitors walk around the school they comment on happy children engaged in their learning in a calm, fun environment. We take great pride in the fact that we have a happy and inclusive school in which children’s voices are heard, in an atmosphere that encourages respect for everyone as well as respect for the environment.
Every decision within the school is made with due consideration given to what is in the best interests of the children. In this way, children lie at the heart of everything we do. We look forward to working with you and your child so that St George’s can continue to be the popular and very special place that it is today. Parents are welcomed as partners in their child’s education as we believe that our children learn best when members of staff and parents work in partnership and so we encourage and value your involvement with your child’s education.
St George’s employs a full time Parent Advisor who works closely with families in the school, providing parents and children with any help and advice they might need. We have strong links with our local Church, St George’s, and our local vicar, Rev’d Richard Lane, is an important part of our school community.
I feel privileged to lead a team of professional, talented and committed staff who provide well-planned and well-organised lessons and activities. Wide ranges of curriculum enrichment activities are provided to enhance children’s learning. We have a supportive and hard-working group of governors who are highly skilled in different areas. Governors and staff work together to provide our children with the very best learning opportunities. We encourage our pupils to be responsible for their learning, to grow in confidence and become independent.
We use the best of evidenced based practice to inform our decisions re educational provision. Looking forward to your child’s place in the global world, the school utilises the world-renowned Singapore Maths scheme. We teach children about fixed and growth mindsets, based on the Theory of Motivation developed by Carol Dweck (Stanford University) and our teaching and learning policies incorporate many aspects of the theories of Visible Learning based on the findings of leading research analyst John Hattie (Professor of Education at the University of Melbourne). Our aim is for your children to become independent life-long learners who are aspirational and positive about their futures lives.
At the school’s last Ofsted Inspection in 2016 the school was judged to be overall Good with many outstanding features, the report found that ‘a passionate belief that all pupils can grow their capacity to think and learn is at the heart of the culture’ of the school.
The Southwark Diocesan Board of Education Inspection in July 2016 judged the school to be an Outstanding church school. The Inspector found that the school has a ‘relentless and unwavering mission to support and develop the wholeness of every pupil, guided by the recognition that all are precious and equal in the sight of God, ensure each pupil achieves their full potential.’
On May 1st 2018, St George’s C of E School converted to become an Academy becoming part of the newly created SDBE Multi Academy Trust. Moving forward it is an exciting time for the school as the MAT will provide opportunities for collaboration between schools and access to resources that will benefit staff, children and parents at the school.
Geraldine Constable - Headteacher
Our Christian Vision
‘Let your light shine’ -Matthew 5:16
To provide our children with a stimulating learning environment within a Christian ethos, that enables them to develop socially, spiritually and academically to their highest potential and to gain a life-long love of learning.
We believe that if children are engaged in their learning and have fun in the process; they will achieve and learn to their full potential. We want every adult and child to go home excited and buzzing about their day, and we believe that our curriculum is the perfect vehicle to provide this.
The children follow a broad and balanced curriculum in accordance with the New National Curriculum (2014). We have completely revamped the curriculum we teach, to use the Edison Learning Connected Curriculum, covering themes that change across the school term by term. Our integrated units allow us to deliver the curriculum in a meaningful, exciting and motivational way.
English, Mathematics and Science receive the majority of the teaching time and R.E. PE, History, Geography, Art, Design & Technology, Computing and Music make up the rest of the timetable. English and Maths are taught as discrete subjects but there are opportunities for the skills from these subjects to be applied in aspects of each of the learning units. In addition to the above the school curriculum also addresses cross-curricular areas, such as Personal and Social Education, and Multi-cultural Education.
At St George’s school, we have developed our own Learner Qualities and these are at the forefront of our curriculum. We believe the skills, values and attitudes that our Learner Qualities promote will develop in our pupils the capacity to be lifelong learners and make positive contributions to their communities now and in the future.
We have identified key qualities that we want our pupils to develop and help them to understand and recognise what these qualities are and how to develop them in themselves. These are:
- Ability to use feedback
- Growth mindset