When I speak to many of you I am often asked how the School compares to other schools in Lewisham and similar schools nationally. Naturally you want to know that your children are receiving a good, if not better, all-round education than those children attending other schools.
You will be pleased to know that Lewisham schools are generally close to the top of the league of schools in Inner London, Greater London and England as a whole. The following table of results for 2014 shows you where our School ranked against these other comparators in 2014.
Other areas of learning are also very strong at this School. In particular, along with other Catholic schools, we have a strong moral code of practice which permeates throughout the School and is based on the Gospel values, of love and respect for others. An example of this is our whole-school learning this term based on the First World War, Remembrance Day and our charity fundraising. This is supplemented by frequent visits to the Church, both for Mass and also for classes to use as a learning resource. The visitors we invite to School help deepen the children’s faith and knowledge of the world outside of their local environment.
Whilst we are very restricted for space on the School site, with the help of our Parent Teacher Association and the funds that they raise, we will soon be installing new equipment on the infant playground. Your support for the PTA by attending meetings and events allows the School to fund projects which would not be possible from our devolved capital.
Teachers and support staff make excellent use of resources which promote learning about our local community. This term we have many visits planned (see diary dates elsewhere on this blog/website). The visits we make each year to Horton Kirby, and the Year 6 residential holiday, give our children a chance to experience a very different environment to that of Brockley and they love the freedom to run, play and learn in the countryside. Performances in School offer our children a very varied selection of interactive and exciting opportunities to learn. These allow us to put into context the children’s learning carried out in the classroom.
One of the key achievements that we can be very proud of has been the growing development of our children’s ability to work independently and with resilience. The older children are now challenging themselves and setting high goals which they aim to achieve. This is a far cry from when I first visited the School in 2011 and was told by Year 6 pupils that they ‘hoped’ to leave School with a level 4. As a School we strive to encourage the children to be ambitious and take their learning seriously. As a result of this many of our feeder secondary schools tell us that our pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their learning. Our School Council, Young Leaders, Charity and Year 6 monitors, all play a vital role in determining that the children themselves take responsibility for their own learning, behaviour and setting of appropriate standards.
I hope therefore that you can see what a good School your children attend and how the choice that you have made to send your children here has been the right one. The Governors and School staff still have work to do in raising standards even higher, but all of us are very positive about the School’s continuing success, based on its rapid progress over the last three years.
Your support as parents and carers is vital to the School’s future and I would ask you to work with our Governors and staff, so that we can continue to improve the learning opportunities for your children.
Graeme WestHead Teacher