Welcome to Reception and Nursery
Black Lives Matter in Lewisham
A message form Pinaki Ghoshal, Lewisham’s Executive Director for Children and Young People and Angela Scattergood, Director of Education.
The Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan has published a statement on behalf of Lewisham Council in response to the killing of George Floyd in the United States. You can read the full statement here: https://lewisham.gov.uk/articles/news/black-lives-matter-in-lewisham
We believe that our schools and settings are key to tackling racism and other forms of discrimination. We will support all Lewisham schools and settings in their commitment to standing against racism and injustice, alongside and in solidarity with the local and global Black community.
Lucas Vale Primary School has always been a warm and welcoming place; we believe it always will be. Three of our core values are tolerance, equality and respect – they are in our DNA. We are here for you, regardless of your race, sexuality, gender, religion or anything else which makes you, you.
Today and every other day, all of us at Lucas Vale as one with our black pupils, staff, parents and the entire BAME community in condemning racism. #BlackLivesMatter
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 Head of School
I would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome you to our website, where you can find information about our school and see our pupils’ learning.
At Lucas Vale Primary the safety of our pupils is our top most priority and therefore thorough check are done for any member of the public who comes into our school and any concerns are reported to the police.
Our vision is that every child will succeed. We are highly aspirational for all our pupils and we do whatever it takes to enable them to overcome barriers to their learning. We are committed to fair and equal access to the curriculum for all pupils, regardless of their starting points and consider any additional needs they may have. We work together to give each individual child the best possible experience of school life.
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Personalised learning ensures that we meet the needs of all children and enable them to reach their full
We are committed to developing lifelong learners who value and understand the importance of education and what it means to be educated. We have core values which we promote and instil in our children. These are:
We are relentless in our effort to ensure every child achieves and is well equipped for the challenges they face on their learning journey. We achieve our aim by:
- Giving pupils ownership of their own learning and a role in planning a curriculum which reflects their interests and questions
- Giving teachers autonomy in the way they plan and teach the pupils as we believe the pupils in each class are different and so are the teachers
- Developing and training our pupils to become outstanding learners: independent and resilient
- Helping our pupils understand the impact of every action they take and every decision they make
- Having the very highest expectations of all our pupils and ensuring they have a positive mindset towards everything they do
We aim to excel at Lucas Vale Primary School and our pupils continue to make progress in all areas of their learning.
To learn more about our school please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 86924660 to arrange a visit.
Ruth Cobblah– Head of School
A message from our Executive Head
I am very proud to be the Executive Headteacher of the Phoenix 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 every day- 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.
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.
Mickey Kelly – Executive Head
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!