St Helen’s Catholic School
Knowle Close, Brixton, London, SW9 0TQ
Knowle Close, Brixton, London, SW9 0TQ
St Helen’s Catholic Primary School is a thriving school in the heart of Brixton. Our values and ethos are based on our aims to provide a high-quality education for your children rooted in Gospel values. We are a happy and enthusiastic community of learners who aim to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment in which each child can thrive and develop their own interests and talents.
Ofsted (2018) continue to recognise St Helen’s to be a good school where pupils say that they absolutely love coming to school’ and, ‘it is a wonderful place to learn’.
Therefore, At Saint Helen’s School we aim to:
Ensure that the gospel values, the love of God and of our neighbours, are found in every aspect of the school’s life through:
• helping each other to live out the gospel values
• having good interpersonal relationships
• a commitment to restorative justice
• fostering the talents of the whole school community
• a full programme of caring for and serving those who have particular needs, both
within and outside the school community
• providing appropriate programmes that meet the challenge of a culturally and racially diverse society
We are at an exciting stage of development as we move toward becoming a two form entry school. We are on the lookout for enthusiastic, conscientious and committed professionals to join and enhance our rapidly growing team. As a Catholic school, we are proud of our inclusive community and nurturing environment. We aim to provide a basis for all pupils, who have many first languages other than English, to fulfil their academic and spiritual potential. The children are keen, creative and enthusiastic and we warmly welcome visits to our school.
Adrian Le Cuirot
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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