Granton Primary School
Granton Road, Streatham Vale, London, SW16 5AN
Granton Road, Streatham Vale, London, SW16 5AN
Granton Primary School is a 3-form entry state-maintained primary school educating 615 pupils. It is larger than average-sized primary school with a diverse pupil population. There are 36 languages spoken by pupils and staff.
The school regards itself as an ‘extended family’; every child and member of staff feels cared for in what is an inspirational community. Through its unique, inclusive, family ethos, Granton pupils are encouraged to be thoughtful and responsible young people with high self-esteem and with the motivation, skills and knowledge to succeed in life.
A national study on schools who are successful in closing the gap wrote about the school in 2017: At Granton there is very strong distributed leadership and clarity about the roles and responsibilities of leaders and the areas they are accountable for. School improvement is a whole team effort. The headteacher and senior leaders, a large group, all understand their key roles thoroughly and each is familiar with everybody else’s job. The school’s systems are so established and consistently applied that staff no longer have to focus on them but can concentrate instead on powerful and innovative teaching. The leadership team draw on individual strengths and expertise to create a common approach that benefits from their collective knowledge.
The school places great emphasis on reducing teachers’ workload. The school has reduced the amount of monitoring, for example, lesson observation is linked to performance management cycles and leaders are careful to link up observations with another purpose. Monitoring of the learning environment and pupils’ work is also carried out regularly by Phase leads, who check pupils’ progress and set challenging targets for achievement. Teachers use these aspirational targets to modify how they teach their classes and to identify pupils who need extra support. The school is aiming to be paperless so demand for documentation from teachers is low. There is a bespoke training programme for NQTS and the professional development available to staff is second to none.
There are excellent transport links close to the school. The school site is a 10-minute walk from either Streatham Common or Mitcham Eastfields Railway station.
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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