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Aspirations, Responsibility, Respect, Tolerance, Resilience and Equality are the anchors of our life at Grinling Gibbons Primary School

Open Mornings

We are now running Open Mornings for new parents where they can tour the school.
Tours start at 9.30 am and last ~1 hour.

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.

I am extremely proud to be the Head of School at Grinling Gibbons Primary School. I oversee the day-to-day running of the school, where among other important jobs, I ensure that safeguarding our children is one of the school’s key priorities.

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Grinling Gibbons is a successful and popular mainstream primary school with a nursery, where diversity is celebrated and we are ambitious for all our pupils. Children are at the heart of everything we do, and we have a team of talented, hardworking and committed staff who are dedicated to doing the very best for every individual. We are committed to inclusive education and work hard to meet the needs of all the children in our care. Through our engaging curriculum, we ensure that children can foster a passion for learning and curiosity which will help them to develop high aspirations and a lifetime of memories.

This is a special place, where individual talents can be spotted and nurtured; where all children learn together, experience success and reach their full potential; and where the foundations are laid for a life-long journey of discovery and exploration.

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.

Dean Gordon – Head of School

A message from our Executive Head

I am very proud to be the Executive Headteacher at the GGLV federation. We have two very special schools that we all enjoy working in. I joined the Federation in September 2019 and I have loved every minute of it. The children at Grinling Gibbons and Lucas Vale are kind, caring and so very friendly. They are fantastic learners. Our parents really contribute to the success of the schools and take pride in being part of the School Community. All our staff are here for one reason only- the Children! They all work hard to ensure our children get the best possible education. We believe everyone can succeed.

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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 you will see the learners and their books. If there is something you need and you can’t find it on our website, please do call us and we will do our best to answer any questions.

Lesley Jones – 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 Grinling Gibbons, 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 and The Surrey Docks Watersports Centre; or engaging with local community-based initiatives such as The Jimmy Mizen Foundation or Heart’n’Soul creative arts company.

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.

Great progress is being made within the school in all aspects from teaching to results and from behaviour to manners. It is a real joy to see Grinling Gibbons succeeding in all the areas we asked them to improve upon.

Ofsted January 2017

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!