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 showcase for celebrating the many activities that take place at St George’s School. It is also a vital tool for communicating with parents, carers and visitors, whilst providing information about the various school policies, practice and procedures. Our website gives you a taster of school life at St George’s, as well as providing regular updated information for parents and carers.
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.
Leading Teaching and Learning
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.’
Into the future
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.