Welcome from our Headteacher, Miss Harris


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Welcome to Elmwood Infant and Nursery School.

Welcome to Elmwood Infant and Nursery School.

Thank you for visiting our website to learn a bit more about us and to find out what makes us special.

We are a thriving four form entry infant school set within the heart of a highly diverse community, with over 50 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.

At Elmwood, children learn about their rights and we are very proud of the fact that we are a UNICEF Rights Respecting School.  These rights, alongside our ten super skills, encourage our children to be the best they possibly be in their learning and behaviour.  We recognise the individuality and uniqueness of every child and were awarded the Jo Cox Memorial Award in 2017 for our work on inclusion and equality. We have also won a prize in the Show Racism the Red Card competition for twelve consecutive years!

Pupils at our school achieve in line with the national average at the end of Year 2 and we have seen an increase over the past few years in the number of children achieving above age related expectations in Reading, Writing and Maths. We are proud of the fact that children who join us make excellent progress from their starting point and become confident learners in a very short space of time. We offer a curriculum which is broad, creative and encourages children to learn in a practical way as much as possible. We promote global awareness and have an absolute commitment to meeting the needs of all children. Inclusion is an incredibly important part of our ethos so do take a look at our SEN Information Report for more details about our work in this area.  

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 parents and carers  to get to know each other by organising coffee mornings, fund raising events, CALAT courses, stay and play sessions and through the numerous workshops and courses that we run across the year.  At the moment, Covid-19 and the social distancing measures are restricting lots of these activities but we hope to be able to offer more of these opportunities and events soon.

We are proud of our school and achievements to date, 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 but are unable to do this in the way we would normally. Instead of visits to see the school, we have organised a series of Zoom meetings across the autumn term, which we hope will give you a feel for our ethos and values. We are supplementing these with a video of our school, which you will be able to download from our website.  

We look forward to welcoming you to Elmwood and wish you a safe and healthy autumn term.

With best wishes,
Zoe Harris
Headteacher