we aspire for all individuals within our community to become confident, secure and caring learners who achieve personal success and develop a love of learning.
We are now running Parent Tours for new parents where they can tour the school.
They occur every other Tuesday.
A message from our Head of School
I would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome you to our website, where you will find information about our school and be able to see our children’s learning. We use our website to showcase the wide range of experiences that we offer our learners.
Lucas Vale Primary School is committed to creating a safe, secure and vibrant learning environment, one that is firmly rooted in strong moral values; our school community takes pride in helping each individual to flourish.
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Personalised learning ensures that we meet the needs of all children and enable them to reach their full potential. Children at Lucas Vale feel safe, happy and we strive to help them achieve their goals.
We value the close relationships that have developed with our local community and listen to the views of both our children and families. Pupil voice is important at Lucas Vale and we have active school advocates which act as a forum for exploring children’s ideas for school development.
Our exciting creative curriculum and our talented workforce engage all learners in reaching the highest standards and we hope that it equips them with a love of learning that will last them for life. High aspirations and expectations are at the heart of school life and support the children’s development of confidence, self esteem and respect.
Please take the opportunity to visit us and experience the inspiring and positive atmosphere of our school. Just call the office to make an appointment – I would be delighted to show you around.
Ruth Cobblah– Head of School
A message from our Executive Head
I am very proud to be the Executive Headteacher of the GGLV Federation. We have wonderful, eager learners who contribute greatly to the leadership of the schools.
We are all aware that we need to improve outcomes for our children at both schools. The most effective way to do this is to improve the quality of teaching for learning, this is what we are busy doing now. We are all learners, it’s important to us that we are constantly improving and learning alongside our children.
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Our curriculum mapping is also important to us. We want your children to be curious and to be hungry to learn. We can only achieve this through an exciting, relevant curriculum that allows your children to become scientists and historians. Again, this is something we are developing everyday- we must always strive to be better. Our children also need to play an important part in any curriculum development.
To help our schools develop, we work in partnership with two other schools in Lewisham- Haseltine and Fairlawn. Our leaders all share good practice and our children often compete against each other in various sporting competitions. We believe that we are stronger together.
We have a new Head of School at Lucas Vale, Mrs Cobblah, who started with us January 2019. She was previously the Head of Primary at Prendergast Vale, one of the most improved schools in the country. Please do come and meet Mrs Cobblah and Mr Gordon, the Head of School at Grinling Gibbons
If you are a prospective parent, please come on one of our fortnightly tours and see our schools in action. The Heads will show you around and introduce you to our lovely learners, they will all be keen to show you the learning in their books.
If there is something you need and you can’t find it on our website, please do call us.
Jeanette Brumby – Executive Head
Grinling Gibbons & Lucas Vale Federation
In our partnership we inspire all children to have a life long love of learning, allowing everyone to thrive in a rapidly changing landscape whilst celebrating the richness and diversity of the world we live in. We all believe in the power of learning.
In our Federation we always expect all children to be provided with high quality learning experiences that lead to consistently high levels of pupil achievement.
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There is a common purpose and shared responsibility amongst children, parents, staff and governors. All are actively committed to the life, growth and development of our schools. There is intellectual challenge for everyone and a culture of learning and questioning practice.
Teachers share a common understanding achieved through discussion, consideration of practice, the sharing of information and whole school planning of important issues. Teachers are reflective and self-critical. Teachers’ individuality is valued but some autonomy must be sacrificed for coherence, consistency and shared standards in school life.
The Grinling Gibbons and Lucas Vale Federation is a place for learning where:
- children can achieve
- learning is for life
- people are respected
- partnership is valued
Innovative Learning Experiences
Here at Lucas Vale, learning is never limited to just taking place in the classroom. We want our children to experience learning across a variety of contexts, and in different ways, so that they fully engage with their learning at all times. This is why we try, wherever possible, to plan for and provide an enriched context to all our learning.
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This could be done through visiting museums and heritage sites, both local and across London; exploring what’s available in our local area such as Deptford Creekside; or engaging with local community-based initiatives such as The Jimmy Mizen Foundation.
We also have regular themed topics across the school so that our children learn collaboratively with children in different year groups, and wherever possible, we invite in visitors and experts who can really help to make the learning come alive, whether that’s the fire service who come to visit EYFS to support with their topic ‘People who help us’, or survivors from WW2 who escaped from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport who come in and share their experiences with Year 6.
Did you get that letter?
Missed the last newsletter? Not sure about the latest school trips? Forgotten when the next school swimming lessons are? Need to arrange appointments with teachers for Parents evening? You’ll find all the correspondence we’ve sent out in one handy place!