- Learning Outside the Classroom Bronze Award 20th October 2017
Elm Court School is top of the class for Learning Outside the Classroom!
Elm Court School has shown itself to have a strong commitment to providing excellent learning outside the classroom (LOtC) to its pupils by achieving a national LOtC Mark (Bronze).
Awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC), LOtC Mark (Bronze) accredits those schools that have a strong awareness of the benefits of providing frequent, continuous and progressive LOtC experiences to all pupils and have begun to integrate LOtC into the life of the school.
Being awarded LOtC Mark (Bronze) is a real coup for all the staff and governors here as it shows that we are really making strides in providing our students with potentially life-changing opportunities. We’re thrilled to get official recognition for our efforts and we look forward to building on this award to integrate LOtC into the everyday life of the school.
LOtC Mark is awarded by CLOtC, the national voice for learning outside the classroom. CLOtC also provides free online guidance and information for teachers on how to plan and organise high quality LOtC activities. LOtC Mark is intended not only to recognise existing exemplary provision, but also to assist and support schools in developing their LOtC offer to enable all children to have access to meaningful LOtC experiences. LOtC Mark is the only national accreditation for schools which recognises, and supports, the development of learning outside the classroom across all subject areas.
Learning outside the classroom is known to contribute significantly to raising standards & improving pupils’ personal, social & emotional development. It also contributes to the quality and depth of learning (OFSTED, Learning Outside the Classroom – How far should you go? 2008).
- Elm Court takes part in the world’s largest drawing festival 19th October 2017
On Wednesday 18th October Elm Court students and staff took part in The Big Draw, a national event celebrating drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention.
Shoes and socks came off as students and staff collaborated to produce a large scale drawing which showed off the artistic talents of the whole school.
- 8ND at Horniman’s Museum 29th September 2017
On Thursday 28th September 8ND went to the Horniman’s Museum in Forest Hill. Students looked at the exhibits in order to get ideas for their Design Technology Cushion projects.
Students have been given a client brief where they have to make a fabric cushion based on Nature. They will now use this information collected at the museum to generate a design for their cushion.
- Year 10 at the Bluebell 28th September 2017
On Wednesday 27th September Year 10 BTEC Hospitality and Tourism students went to visit the Bluebell Railway in East Grinstead. Students are focusing on tourist destinations and the services provided to customers. Students experienced a 22 mile round trip on board an original steam train, setting off from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park one one of the first preserved heritage lines in the country. This train service began in the 1880s and is also popular with film and television companies.
Students had a great day and were able to make observations about how customers were treated from first point of contact and then during their journey. The company had created an authentic heritage experience which included staff dressed in replica clothing from the 1800s.
- Welcome Transition and Year 7 Students 11th September 2017
The new academic year started with a warm welcome to our new Transition (Year 6) and Year 7 students. The new students have settled nicely after their Induction Day on 5th September where they met staff, enjoyed activities and school lunch.
- Sports Day 2017 21st July 2017
Sports Day brought our academic year 2016-17 to a close.
Students enjoyed team sports which included football, hockey and basketball during a fun packed morning which ended with a spirited tug of war! Students received medals and trophies for their efforts and enjoyed their lunch in the sunshine before saying goodbye.
On behalf of all the staff and Governors at Elm Court School we would like to wish all our families a great summer and look forward to another year of fun, teaching and learning.
- Summer BBQ 21st July 2017
On 20th July Parents and Carers were invited to our annual end of year Summer BBQ and performance.
Parents and Carers enjoyed summer food and entertainment provided by students and staff.
- Littlehampton 20th July 2017
On 19th July our annual whole school trip to Littlehampton occurred.
The damp weather did nothing to stop our pupils having a great time on the beach, even though it was the first time the sun didn’t shine!
A huge thank you to Clarkes of London coaches and our suppliers – Veritas Education Recruitment, Eurostat Office Supplies and Dawson & Son for once again, sponsoring our school trip.
- Education Visits Rewards 17th July 2017
As the end of the academic year approaches, school rewarded the hard work of our pupils by arranging educational visits as part of Museum Monday and Tourism Tuesday.
Pupils has the opportunity to visit attractions such as the Science Museum, Greenwich Picturehouse, Vauxhall City Farm and Chessington World of Adventure as a reward for the efforts this year.
- Year 9 Taster Day 12th July 2017
Year 9 pupils went to Newstart Training for a Taster Day.
The staff at Newstart were very impressed with the pupils. Everyone worked really well and stayed focussed throughout the day. Their behaviour was excellent and they completed their projects to a very high standard.
Well done to everyone!
Keith, Newstart Training
- Residential School Journey 07th July 2017
On 3rd and 6th July our pupils attended Grangewaters Outdoor Education Centre for an exciting overnight residential stay.
Grangewaters is a year-round outdoor education centre set in Thurrock’s countryside. Covering more than 70 acres including we have natural woodland, open grassland, 2 lakes, activity areas and accommodation, where pupils camped out in their own tents.
Pupils took part in activities that included climbing, canoeing, archery and dinghy sailing as well as team building exercises.
Both groups had a great time and for some it was an opportunity to experience the outdoors and outdoor activities for the first time.
- Spirit of the Wild at Elm Court 05th July 2017
On 4th July Year 7 pupils experienced the Zoo that comes to You!
Operating out of their private zoo, Spirit of the Wild brought the amazing world of wildlife directly to our pupils, allowing them to learn about and handle some wonderful wildlife that you wouldn’t normally be able to get up close and personal to.
- CCC at Foyles 29th June 2017
CCC visited Foyles Bookshop in Charing Cross and had an amazing time browsing through the variety of books on sale. The store has five floors! Then the pupils enjoyed lunch in the sunshine at Trafalgar Square.
- Good Luck Year 11 students! 20th June 2017
Our Year 11 students have worked really hard in preparation for their GCSE examinations.
They took their last examinations today and we wish them the best of luck.
GCSE results will be available from the third week in August 2017.
- Elm Court Mock Election 09th June 2017
We held our own mock Election on 8th June. Students worked really hard on the campaigns for their respective parties: Progress, Transform and Tomorrow. On the day students received their voting cards and cast their votes in the ballot box. Results were shared at the weekly assembly on Friday.
Congratulations to the Tomorrow Party and well done to all the parties and students for their hard work in making our mock election a success.
- World Book Day 23rd May 2017
To celebrate World Book Day 9BM and 10LH visited Foyles book shop in central London. The staff were ready to meet us, show us around and answer our questions about books.
Both groups were able to take in some sights and visit Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Downing Street and Parliament After some time there we walked through Covent Garden before returning to school. Everybody enjoyed the visits, especially in the sunshine and visiting central London.
- Chelsea’s Choice at Elm Court 23rd May 2017
On the 9th and 11th May, Year 8 to 11 students were treated to a very thought provoking play – Chelsea’s Choice, aimed at raising their awareness around Child Sexual Exploitation, Trafficking, the ‘Grooming’ Process, Healthy Relationships and Safe Internet use, as well as where to go for help and advice. The students enjoyed the play while appreciating the serious nature of its message.
“The play was very emotional and gave the students good advice” Chaden, Year 10
- Achievement Week 05th April 2017
We ended term four with Achievement Assemblies which also marked the end of Achievement Week. Students celebrated their awards for achievements in subjects and attendance. It also marked an end to a fantastic term filled with creativity, fun and a second showing of CSI: Elm Court.
On behalf of the staff and students at Elm Court School, Happy Easter!
- Elm Court School at WE 05th April 2017
WE Day is a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities. The WE Schools is a year long program that nurtures compassion in young people and gives them the tools to create transformative social change. There were many celebrity performances and music that the students enjoyed. Elm Court was very lucky to be given this opportunity again and the students really enjoyed themselves and were inspired by the speeches made.
- Arts Festival – CSI: Elm Court 05th April 2017
Our two-day Arts Festival saw students enjoying their creative activities which included stepping stones, rugby delivered by tutors from the Dallaglio Foundation, jewellery making, flower arranging, fashion design, mosaic, scratch art and hair and beauty workshops. Students also prepared food for the parents and carers who were invited to a showcase of the students work at the final day.
New for this year was CSI: Elm Court. Students had to find out who took the Easter eggs through matching fingerprints and analysing the evidence, before who did it was revealed at the showcase held for parents and carers.
The students thoroughly enjoyed the two days of creativity and we look forward to an even bigger and better Arts Festival in 2018.
- Red Nose Day at Elm Court 05th April 2017
Friday 24th March 2017 was Red Nose Day.
From Michael Jackson to Sid Vicious, we invited students to dress up as their favourite popstars to raise money for charity. Students took part in fundraising activities to raise money.
It was a fantastic way to have fun and raise money for worthwhile causes.
- Science Week and Reptiles at Elm Court 05th April 2017
13th to 17th March 2017 was Science Week
Last Friday, 11th March, saw the launch of Science Week. We exploded onto the scene by embracing two themes: Science Week and the forthcoming Comic Relief Day on 24th March. These themes led to our whole school cross curricular ‘Change’ theme. On Friday 24th for Comic Relief the theme is Pop stars.
We were privileged to have workshops led by Dr Barnett who came from Brazil to deliver talks to our students on venoms, toxins and what they do. We then welcomed back Reptile Events, a company committed to reptile rescue. They brought along a selection of reptiles for our students to meet. This included a bearded dragon, blue tongued skink, 2 corn snakes, 2 royal pythons and an albino Burmese python that weighed 5 stone. The braver students had a chance to hold the animals while other students enjoyed watching the animals and talking to the reptile handlers.
- SLSL Football U14s 16th March 2017
Our U14 football team took part in a tournament at Long Lane Football Club.
The team overall had a successful day, they played 4 matches, lost three and won one.
Two weeks ago the U16 team was awarded the “Fair Play“ team prize for the way they conducted themselves on the football pitch. This week the U14 team has risen to the challenge and was also awarded “Fair Play“ team prize. This demonstrates the excellent values of our students.
Special mentions to Billy for his commitment and Krystal for her exceptional performance playing in a boys’ league a few years older than her.
Congratulations to Charlie who won the Jack Petchey Award for his leadership abilities. As a result the school was awarded £250 which has been used to purchase a new football kit for the team.
Well done our U14team!
- SLSL Football Under 16 08th March 2017
Our U16 football team took part in a tournament at Long Lane Football Club.
The team overall had a successful day; they played 4 matches, lost two and won two.
Elm Court was awarded the “Fair Play“ team prize for the way they conducted themselves on the football pitch.
Special mentions to Kevin for his goalkeeping skills, Mauricio for his defensive skills and Luis, one of the best players of the tournament, for outstanding performance.
Well done U16 team!
- Achievement Assemblies 14th February 2017
Spring term 3 ended on Friday with our Achievement Assemblies.
Have a restful half Term.
- Flat Stan First Aid Workshops 14th February 2017
The end of term saw students participating in Frist Aid Workshop courtesy of Flat Stan, a company dedicated to introducing children everywhere to Essential Life Skills so that now or later on in life they will know what to do in an emergency so that they can help themselves and others – and all live happily ever after!
We had a first aid event at school. I thought it was cool. I like first aid; we learnt how to do CPR. We also learnt how to deal with a cut and also how to bandage an arm.
The guy who taught us was Sam, he was funny. I had already done first aid before this so it was just a refresher for me, but I thought it was good that other people were learning this stuff.
By Jodie, Year 10
- GCSE Art Students at Wicked 14th February 2017
On Wednesday 18th January GCSE Art students went to watch the long running and well-loved musical, Wicked.
They all took inspiration from the performances, costumes and set design and plan on incorporating into their own work.
We might even expect some renditions of the show’s big musical numbers!
- Quality in Careers Standard 31st January 2017
Lambeth Council has given us the opportunity to complete the Quality in Careers standard for our careers education. We are one of 16 Lambeth schools currently working towards this.
The Quality in Careers standard is about improving students’ awareness of opportunities, raising their aspirations and working with them to ensure they achieve their full potential. It is a quality standard for the management of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG). It is now the most widely used quality award of its kind, recognised nationally across the country. To receive it, we will have to demonstrate our commitment to provide impartial, independent careers education, information, advice and guidance to all of our students.
What’s in it for our students?
We continue to work to ensure that our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme gives our students:
- Awareness of opportunities
- Broad horizons
- High motivation to achieve
- Ability to make the right choices
- Involvement in designing and evaluating our CEIAG programme
- Access to a curriculum that is relevant to life beyond school, including the world of work and further education
- Equal opportunities.
What’s in it for the school?
The Quality in Careers Award helps us ensure that we:
- Meet legislation requirements
- Follow Government guidelines
- Have a framework for CEIAG
- Have independent, objective evidence for inspections (e.g. Ofsted)
- Receive public recognition of our provision of CEIAG
- Integrate CEIAG within the curriculum
- Have a whole school approach to CEIAG.
For further information about our CEIAG programme, please contact Anne-Marie Pugh, Off-Site Provision or Aylla Macphail, Assistant Headteacher – Curriculum & Assessment through the school office or email email@example.com
- Year 7 at the London Boat Show 13th January 2017
The students in Year 7 were rewarded for achieving their targets by attending the London Boat Show at the ExCel Centre.
We had an excellent day with everyone embracing the canoeing activity. It certainly got some students out of their shells!
A huge Thank You to all at Rockley Watersports & Training for making this a memorable experience.
- Elm Court Christmas Concert 22nd December 2016
Autumn term came to a close with our annual Christmas Performance. Parents, Carers and Governors were invited to sing along and enjoy student performances compered by Jodie.
The audience were treated to music on steel pans, songs, LAMDA speeches including a special showing of “The Chase”, directed by Gabriel; student BTEC presentations, the staff choir before joining in to a sing Silent Night. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the refreshments provided afterwards, where we all could celebrate our students’ creativity and look forward to the festive season.
On behalf of all the students and staff at Elm Court School: Have a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to more inspired teaching and learning in the New Year.