A message from our Headteacher, Mrs Constable
On behalf of the Governors, the staff, the pupils and myself, it gives me great pleasure, as Headteacher, to welcome you to the St George’s School website.
The school website is a very important tool in celebrating the activities that take place at St George’s School. It is also a vital tool in communicating with parents, carers and visitors as well as providing information about the various policies, practice and procedures in our school. Our new website has been designed to give you a taste of our school as well as providing regular updated information for parents but to find out more please contact the school.
We are proud of our reputation for providing a good quality education within a caring Christian environment. Our school provides 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 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 the children’s voice is clearly heard in an atmosphere that encourages respect for all and respect for the environment.
Every decision within the school is made by firstly considering what is in the best interest 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 value your involvement with your child’s education.
St George’s employs a full time Parent Advisor, from the organisation School Home Support, 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, Fr John Ackland, is an important part of our school community.
Leading Teaching and Learning
I feel privileged to lead a team of professional, talented and committed staff who provide well planned and organised lessons and activities. A wide range of curriculum enrichment activities are also 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).
At the school’s last Ofsted Inspection in 2011 the school was judged to be overall Good with many outstanding features, the report found that the school’s “outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is helped by a good range of curriculum topics, the school’s positive ethos and the good example set by all adults in the school”
The Southwark Diocesan Board of Education Inspection in 2011 judged the school to be an outstanding church school and found that the school “has an ethos of treating people as individuals in the sight of God and creates a stimulating place of education in which learners, parents and staff feel special and supported.
Into the future
In September 2014 the school was renamed from Christ Church School to reflect the fact that there is no longer a Christ Church within our parish and our actual link church is St George’s church. Although the school has changed its name we still have the same aims, values and ethos. We are now looking forward to the expansion of the school to two forms of entry. During that process we will strive to maintain and further develop our provision to ensure that more families can become part of our thriving school community.