Hitherfield Primary School and Children’s Centre
Leigham Vale, London SW16 2JQ
Leigham Vale, London SW16 2JQ
Hitherfield is a three-form entry Primary School, Nursery and Children’s Centre located between Tulse Hill and Streatham Hill, with excellent transport links into central London and to neighbouring boroughs. Hitherfield has been educating the community for over 120 years and is an excellent, high achieving school with motivated staff, children and parents. We are an extremely popular, over subscribed school.
The school has undergone modernisation over the last 10 years and, in addition to beautifully designed Victorian and Edwardian buildings it has modern, newly built classrooms, staff facilities and information technology. We have three halls, expansive playgrounds, a nature area and our edible playground, where the children grow a range of fruit and vegetables.
Our vision is to create a school community where everyone feels valued, has the opportunity to explore, develop their strengths and participate in new experiences. Our aim is to be an inspirational school creating good people in an atmosphere that promotes confidence, high academic achievement, physical health and emotional well-being.
We invest in the collective professional development of all staff in order to make us the best educators we can be. Hitherfield is a forward thinking school and we use research from around the world to inform our decisions. We have staff who came to the school as children themselves and staff who have developed from teaching assistants to teachers to middle and senior leaders.
If you want to start or develop your career at a successful, supportive, popular and friendly school – Hitherfield is the obvious choice.
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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