St Bede’s Catholic Infant School

Thornton Road, London SW12 0LF

St Bede’s Catholic school is a small, happy, thriving and inclusive two form entry Infant and Nursery school (200 on roll), with a strong Catholic ethos and sense of community. The life of our school is centred on our Catholic Faith in which we proclaim the Gospel values of love, peace and justice that influence all our activities and relationships. As an outstanding RE provider, our school is ‘’clearly an excellent school, focussed on challenge in a drive to maximise pupils’ outcomes in every aspect of its Catholic life. It provides a warm, nurturing and very caring environment for pupils in which they develop and learn.’’ (Section 48, 2015)  The strong Catholic ethos of the school reflects the teachings of Christ and there is a positive culture within the school Catholic community amongst staff, governors, pupils and parents.

The whole school community shows respect, tolerance and forgiveness to others. Children are taught that everyone is an individual and that each person is valued as a special child of God. These are summarised by our Core Values: We are Respectful, We are Responsible, We are Resilient, We are Resourceful, Everyone Matters!

Pupils say that they enjoy being part of the school’s community. ‘‘Many nationalities are represented. Pupils are happy to come to school and be with their friends.’’ (Ofsted 2017)
The school has been in a hard federation since 2017 with St Bernadette Catholic Junior School, on Atkins Road, and most of our Year 2 children transfer there at the end of key stage 1.

At St Bede’s, the children develop their knowledge, skills and understanding by engaging in our broad and creative International Primary Curriculum. This curriculum has been designed to ensure rigorous learning by making all learning exciting, active and meaningful for the children.

Leaders are extremely ambitious for the school and individual pupils and this is borne out in our end of key stage results, which are at or above Lambeth and National averages in Reading, Writing and Maths, both in the Early Years and at Key Stage 1.

In our most recent Ofsted inspection, the extent to which pupils feel safe, pupils’ behaviour and the extent of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development were all judged to be outstanding. ‘‘Pupils behave very well in lessons and around the school. They are friendly and polite, reflecting the school’s core values.’’ (Ofsted October 2017)

Much of our success is due to our hard-working and highly committed staff and the strong working relationship we have with our supportive parents and carers, our Junior school, our Parish and outside agencies.

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming your children to our St Bede’s community!


  • “Pupils' behaviour is second to none. They are eager to learn. They are kind, confident, articulate young people. They respect those from all backgrounds and heritages.”

  • “The school's values are shared by its whole community. Pupils leave Ashmole exceptionally well prepared to take their place in society as fully rounded citizens.”

  • “All adults share the drive to raise pupils' aspirations and provide them with extensive chances to take responsibility and to think for themselves.”

  • “Adults are caring. Children are kept safe. Adults all know each child and provide for their individual needs extremely well.”


The school is easily reached from most areas of London being situated in Kennington and only minutes away from Oval Underground Station.

Visits to the school are always welcome.


  • “Pupils' behaviour is second to none. They are eager to learn. They are kind, confident, articulate young people. They respect those from all backgrounds and heritages.”

  • “The school's values are shared by its whole community. Pupils leave Ashmole exceptionally well prepared to take their place in society as fully rounded citizens.”

  • “All adults share the drive to raise pupils' aspirations and provide them with extensive chances to take responsibility and to think for themselves.”

  • “Adults are caring. Children are kept safe. Adults all know each child and provide for their individual needs extremely well.”


The school is easily reached from most areas of London being situated in Kennington and only minutes away from Oval Underground Station.

Visits to the school are always welcome.

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.

Ages: 3 - 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Type of School: Maintained School

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