Dear parents and carers

Some of you will be aware that we recently advertised nationally for a full-time, permanent Executive Headteacher to improve the outcomes for all pupils across the GGLV Federation. I am pleased to let you know that we have appointed an outstanding London headteacher who is currently leading three outstanding schools. Mickey Kelly, who lives locally, will start with us in January (school leaders have to give a term’s notice).
In the meantime, John Calvert, who has been with us since the Covid lockdown, will be staying with us and will work with Mickey to ensure a smooth handover.

The last few months have been a difficult time for everybody and I’m grateful to all of you for working with the schools to support your children. By September, we know that many children will have been away from school for six months. We are determined to give them a really positive return to school. The schools have been developing the curriculum and look forward to welcoming you all back.

In the meantime, I hope everyone has a chance over the Summer to rest and enjoy themselves so we can start the new school year refreshed and ready to go.

Very best wishes Laura

Laura Cunningham
Chair of Governors
GGLV Federation

#BlackLivesMatter

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.

Grinling Gibbons Primary School has always been a warm and welcoming place for everyone; we believe it always will be.  Three of our core values are tolerance, equality and respect – they are in our DNA. We are always 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 Grinling Gibbons stand 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.

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

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

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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