Elm Wood School
Carnac Street, London SE27 9RR
Carnac Street, London SE27 9RR
Elm Wood Primary School is a 2 form entry school based in West Norwood, South London. In 2008 we hard federated with Kingswood Primary School to form Gipsy Hill Federation, and our school is rated as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. Please explore our stories below and view our section links for more information about us.
This is a great place to work and provides real opportunity to progress your career. Our family of six highly inclusive primary schools are all very happy places with genuinely fantastic staff and really lovely children. The success of our Federation is due to unparalleled team work. There are multiple sources of support to draw upon and many outstanding colleagues to support you both early on and later in your career as you develop. Every week our teachers plan the curriculum together in teams – which is a great way to share expertise as well as workload and we strive to ensure that every individual teacher has full ownership of their planning to both meet the needs of their specific class cohort and reflect their own creativity and style. We are a values-driven family of schools sharply focussed on community transformation and providing our children and families with life-changing educational opportunities. Think about your skills, expertise and ambitions carefully and apply for a post with us if you like what you see. We encourage you to familiarise yourself with our website detailed background information.
We are a really ambitious family of schools and are keen to recruit the very best teachers to join our fantastic team.
Although we are a really successful Federation it doesn’t mean that our work is ever finished. We’re looking for talented teachers to further enrich our organisation and develop our practice. From experience, brilliant teachers do not always realise that they are exceptional; they tend to be highly reflective and are often very modest. If you are keen to continue developing your learning and skills, we can offer outstanding opportunities both within our schools and beyond. For newly appointed NQTs who are able to join us at the point you complete your training course, we will pay full monthly salary from your start date. This means you will be paid over the summer, and can avoid the need to find interim work. You can enjoy a break and be able to set up your classroom to a high standard ahead of the staff training days and children returning to school. For NQTs who can take advantage of this we carry out your full induction into our schools in the summer term so you hit the floor sprinting in September.
We recruit centrally, but please let us know if you have a preference for a particular school(s). Our teachers often ask to transfer between schools or year groups to broaden their experience and we will always support this if possible. Your contract of employment will be issued by Lambeth or Southwark, depending on which school you are initially employed in as we are not academies. We welcome visits to our schools, please contact Sonia Lima on 020 8670 1621 to arrange this.
Holmewood Nursery school is situated in Central Lambeth, off Brixton Hill. The school is located in a densely populated area of contrasting households in terms of culture, ethnicity, and socio-economic status.
Holmewood provides education for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), with 95 full time equivalent places in the main nursery (2 - 4 year olds) and 12 full time equivalent places in the two year old provision. The school's intake is very culturally diverse with a high percentage of children from mixed, or Black-British / Caribbean / African backgrounds. Nearly half of the children speak English as an additional language, with many at the early stages of learning English.
Holmewood is federated with Maytree and Triangle Nursery Schools. As a Federated Nursery School, Holmewood is led by an Executive Head Teacher, Head of School and teachers working with other qualified early years practitioners. Holmewood offers highly inclusive education with qualified and caring staff. It has rich and varied indoor and outdoor learning environments that allow children to play and be active in developing and acquiring new skills and knowledge; children are well motivated and are thoroughly absorbed in their learning.
They are encouraged to experiment and explore and children are very well challenged to enable them to take risks safely and develop their own problem solving skills. Outdoor learning is supported through the Natural Thinkers curriculum and an extensive allotment.
Each child is allocated a Key Person, one of our skilled early years educators or teachers. They get to know the children in their group very well and work in collaboration with their parents. Teachers and practitioners support, encourage and facilitate learning opportunities so that children are happy, confident and independent learners.
All teachers and practitioners have a thorough understanding of children’s early learning and development and the early years foundation stage and understand the importance of working together with parents and other professionals.
At Holmewood, we believe in investing in professional development and bespoke training to meet individual needs so that all teachers and practitioners feel motivated and committed to the continuing success of the school.
Visits to the school can be arranged by contacting the school office.
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