Welcome from our headteacher, Miss Harris


Welcome to Elmwood Infant and Nursery School.

 Welcome to Elmwood Infant and Nursery School.

Choosing a school is no easy task, whether you are a prospective parent or potential member of staff. You will want to know what makes us special and what we have to offer. As a parent myself, I know that choosing the right school for your child is a really important decision. We want them to make the best possible academic progress as well as being happy and feeling safe and secure. We want our children to become well-rounded, responsible citizens with the skills necessary for dealing with life in our diverse and ever-changing world.

We are a thriving four form entry infant school set within the heart of a highly diverse community, with over 30 different languages spoken by our children, families and staff.  Close to West Croydon train station and within easy reach of other transport links, we are always a popular choice for parents and prospective staff.  We are fortunate to have a 52 place Nursery attached to our school, providing children from the age of three with a rich and creative learning environment, helping them to develop as confident and independent young people.

We have very high expectations and expect our children to make the best possible progress, providing support for all children, whatever their need/s. Our achievements at the end of Year 2 are in line with the national average and we are proud of the fact that children who join us make excellent progress and become confident learners in a very short space of time. We offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced, interesting and fun. We expect children to work hard but believe it is very important that children enjoy coming to school and achieve personally, socially and emotionally as well as accomplishing academic success.

The partnership between home and school is incredibly important in the overall development of the child and we work hard to ensure that the school is a welcoming place for everyone. We make ourselves accessible and provide guidance for parents on how to support their child’s overall development. We provide opportunities for you to get to know other parents and carers by organising coffee mornings, fund raising events, offering stay and play sessions and through the numerous workshops and courses that we run across the year.  

We are proud of the school as it is but are constantly seeking ways to improve. Each year we seek the views of parents and children and ask for feedback about our school and ideas to support us in making Elmwood an even better place to learn. Please take a look at our school improvement plan for more details of what we are trying to achieve this year.

We are always delighted to receive visitors, so do take the time to come and have a look around the school and meet the children and staff. By visiting, you will be able to get a feel for our ethos and see our values in action. We’ve a number of open mornings throughout the autumn term so do please contact the school office if you would like to attend one of these sessions.

With best wishes,

Zoe Harris