Welcome to Reception and Nursery
We’d love you to come and see our fantastic school! Here is a video to give you a taste of what we do and how we learn.
Please do call and arrange a visit with Mr Wills, Assistant Head/Reception teacher.
As our children are all spending more time on phones and other electronic devices, it is really important that we keep them safe! Please remember to regularly check what your child is looking at online and talk to them about what to do if they see something that makes them feel uncomfortable.
School may be closed but we are still here to help you in anyway we can. Please email your child’s class teacher or call the school number if your situation has changed since we last spoke to you, or if you are in need of support.
If you are self-isolating and are unable to go to the shops, you can refer yourself for help from Lewisham Local Authority. Please use the link below to find out more:
Please check on the link below to see if your child is eligible for free school meals. If they are, we may be able to provide you with extra support during this difficult time.
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.
A message from our Executive Head
My name is Mickey Kelly and I am very proud to lead both Lucas Vale and Grinling Gibbons schools in the relaunched Federation- the Phoenix Federation. The Federation is named after a courageous and outspoken local community activist Mrs Sybil Phoenix OBE. Mrs Phoenix cared for many children in Lewisham and fought tenaciously for justice particularly for the black community this area.
I have worked for many years in Rotherhithe as a school leader for Redriff and Galleywall schools. I am a National Leader of Education, and I was privileged to lead Redriff from special measures to outstanding. I also have founded Galleywall Free School and the City of London Multi Academy Trust. Galleywall is now also judged to be outstanding. Over the years I have worked in significant number of London schools facing difficulty. Our school, Lucas Vale has the potential to be truly great, the children and the parents are second to none.
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The staff of Lucas Vale have worked tirelessly to review and revise their approach to teaching and the curriculum so that the latest most effective, research-based approaches are used. The curriculum which we have adopted brings together all of the strengths and joys of the city in which we live, celebrating both its diversity and the history to which all her people have contributed for many years.
It is our aspiration that all our children leave this school with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in their lives. We want them to be leaders in our world, and to lead with moral purpose and resilience in all the uncertainty we will face. We cannot predict the future and what it holds for us all but, in partnership with you, we will prepare these children to lead it to a better fairer place.
Mickey Kelly MBE NLE
The Phoenix Federation
In our partnership we inspire all children to have a lifelong 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 Phoenix 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!