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  • Red Nose Day 2019 18th March 2019 Red Nose Day 2019
  • Science Week: Centre of the Cell 15th March 2019 Science Week: Centre of the Cell
  • CPR Training at Elm Court School 08th March 2019 CPR Training at Elm Court School
  • BMX Week 2 15th January 2019

    Pupils enjoyed week 2 of the BMX course today

  • BMX Making Trax Programme 08th January 2019

    We have been given an exciting opportunity to provide free BMX cycling through British Cycling and Access Sport.  10 of our pupils have been selected to start  this 12-week programme taking place at our local BMX track.  The coaching sessions  include a series of activities will help our school enable, extend and enrich our provision of PE, sport and cycling activities.  Pupils attending today thoroughly enjoyed their first session.  Over the coming weeks pupils will take park in the following, which is led by a Level 2 British Cycling BMX Coach:

    • BMX bikes, helmets and safety equipment
    • An introduction to basic cycling competence as well as more advanced BMX specific skills
    • Extensive time for riders on a BMX track
    • An introduction to bike maintenance
    • Riders accredited for Level 1 Bikeability
    • Invitation to compete in an entry level race at Lee Valley Velopark
    • Certificate presentation and invitation to join local afterschool and community clubs
  • Elm Court Christmas Performance 21st December 2018

    Autumn term came to a close with our annual Christmas Performance.  Parents, Carers and Governors were invited to sing along and enjoy pupil performances compered by Chaden.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The audience were treated to music on steel pans, songs, the choir and an amazing ensemble band performance, before joining in to a sing Feliz Navidad.  Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the refreshments provided afterwards, where we all could celebrate our pupils’ creativity and look forward to the festive season.

    On behalf of all the pupils and staff at Elm Court School: Have a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to more inspired teaching and learning in the New Year.

     

  • Countdown to the end of term 20th December 2018

    The countdown to Christmas continued in the final week of term.  For all their hard work this term, students were treated to trips and visits to places of interest. 

    For example  pupils in in 7NY enjoyed two wonderful trips; they saw Arthur Christmas at the Ritzy, the film was enjoyed by all.  Adam was particularly delighted and this got them into the festive spirit.  Their second trip was to the Imperial War Museum, this sparked their interest in war – from the uniforms worn to the types of weaponry used.   

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Pharrell had a detailed understanding of the museum and shared this with the class.

     

     

  • WW1 History field trip 04th December 2018

    In our pathways history lessons we have been studying WW1.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We have paid special attention to the role played by African and Caribbean soldiers and we took the opportunity to visit Britain’s only war memorial dedicated to them. We walked down to Windrush square in Brixton to see the monument for ourselves. Our students were able to understand the significance of the Great War ending one hundred years ago.

     

  • Bikeability at Elm Court 26th November 2018

    From 19th to 23rd November, Year 10 pupils took part in Bikeability Training Week.  Pupils were instructed on biking skills, keeping safe on their bikes and bike maintenance.  All received certificates for their hard work.

     

  • Careers Afternoon 22nd November 2018

    On Wednesday 21st November 2018 we held a Careers Afternoon for pupils, parent & carers in YR9 to YR14, this was to ensure that pupils have access to provisions available to them for future career plans post 16.  Present were representatives from our partners who support our Careers programme, which included New Start Training, LSBU, The Princes’ Trust, Sprial, MENCAP,  Roots and Shoots and Lambeth College.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our Elm Court School 6th Form pupils were also available to talk to pupils and their parents and carers about their experiences so far. The event gave a better insight into what is available for pupils in relation to career choices.

    There was also specialist input from Speech & Language Therapy service who will be on hand to answer any queries.

  • Lest We Forget 09.11.18 12th November 2018

    On Friday 9th November, we remembered our fallen heroes.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We hosted the Old Strandians Association who are ex-soldiers who used to attend Elm Court School when it was known as the Strand School. Members of the School Council and fellow students greeted and then sat with the ex-soldiers and together they observed the two-minute silence.

     

  • Year 10 at City Hall 27th September 2018

    In year 10 R.E we have been looking at religious leaders and are studying Martin Luther King: How does someone change society for the better?

    We looked at Martin Luther King’s political engagement and to get a feel for how politics works we visited City Hall on 26th September to learn about the Greater London Assembly.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We were given a tour of the building, including the balcony on the top floor, and we were fortunate enough for the pupils to sit in the places of the London Assembly members and to discuss problems facing London. Our tour guide even encouraged our pupils to think about entering politics in a bid to become the future London Mayor.

     

  • Sports Day 23rd July 2018

    Sports Day brought our academic year 2017-18 to a close.

    Pupils enjoyed team sports which included football, hockey and basketball during a fun packed morning which ended with a spirited tug of war – which the staff won twice!  Pupils received certificates 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 23rd July 2018

    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 pupils and staff.

  • Littlehampton 23rd July 2018

    On 18th July our annual whole school trip to Littlehampton occurred.  The weather was glorious – not a drop of rain in sight and our pupils had a great time on the beach. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A huge thank you to Clarkes of London coaches and our suppliers – Veritas  Education Recruitment, Euroffice Office Supplies and Dawson & Son for once again, sponsoring our school trip.

  • Education Visits Rewards 18th July 2018

    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 and Greenwich Picturehouse as a reward for the efforts this year.

  • RE with 10JA 04th July 2018

    For their R.E qualification, 10JA visited a Christian place of worship. The class contains some knowledgeable bus enthusiasts and there were delighted to travel to Bermondsey by bus. Some excitement that they got to ride a 188 for the first time.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Visiting St Mary Magdalen the group were able to explore the church and discover what certain parts of the church are for. We had a lovely sunny lunch at Tower Bridge before getting the bus back to school.

     

     

  • 9GW at the Tower Bridge Experience 02nd July 2018

    Thanks to the generosity of the Variety Club, 9GW were able to visit the Tower Bridge experience on Friday 29th June. We had already learnt about London landmarks and Victorian London so the trip fitted well with our learning. Everybody had a really enjoyable time and we particularly liked walking over the glass floor.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Thanks Variety club!

     

     

     

  • 11SG at the National Gallery 23rd June 2018

    On Wednesday 20th June 11SG visited the National gallery in Trafalgar Square as part of their R.E studies, Religion in art.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was an enjoyable visit and every pupil selected a painting that they particularly liked. We had our lunch in Leicester Square and walked back to the bus through Chinatown. A great day for everyone.

     

     

     

     

  • Open Bus Tour 25th May 2018

    In Humanities, 8CC pupils have been learning about the many sites of interest in London that appeal to all age groups. We were fortunate to go on a panoramic tour of London that takes in most of the sites we were learning about, such as Buckingham Place, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

    A big thank you to Golden Tours for their hospitality and Variety Club (the children’s charity) for affording us this opportunity to do so. It was magnificent and we all had a great time.

  • Achievement Week – Events 05th April 2018

    We ended term four with:

    Achievement Afternoon:  Parents and carers were invited to view the creative work produced by their children during the two-day Arts Festival, receive advice about supporting their children’s progress, Careers, options from Year 9 and joining our 6th Form.  The Chair of our Governing Body, Michael Jenner, also spoke to our parents and carers about becoming a parent governor.

    Achievement Assemblies:  Spring term four ended with our Achievement Assemblies, which also marked the end of Achievement Week.  Pupils celebrated their awards for achievements in subjects, attendance and activities such as swimming. It also marked an end to a fantastic term filled with creativity and fun. 

    On behalf of the staff and pupils at Elm Court School, Happy Easter!

  • Arts Festival 2018 30th March 2018

    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. Parents and carers were invited to a showcase of the pupils work before the end of term.

    The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the two days of creativity and we look forward to an even bigger and better Arts Festival in 2019.

  • SLSL Football 15th March 2018
    Our U14 and U16 football teams continue to take part in the South London Special Schools Football League. The tournaments happen at Long Lane Football Club. The teams continue to have successful competitions, especially receiving the “Fair Play“ team prizes for the way they conducted themselves both on and off the pitch..
  • Spiral Workshops for Work Experience 22nd January 2018

    Over the past couple of terms our Year 10 and 11 pupils have attended workshops hosted by Joel from Spiral. The pupils took part in a series of activities, games and role plays designed to reduce any potential anxieties, gain more experience in their upcoming roles and discover their strengths and skills before starting their work experience placements. The pupils really enjoyed the workshops and engaged in all tasks – even it it took them out of their comfort zones! The pupils feel really confident about where they will be going, what they will be doing and who to go to if they have any difficulties.

    Overall the workshops were a great success and our pupils are looking forward to their work placements.  Thank you to Spiral and their team.

  • Elm Court Christmas Performance 15th December 2017

    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, the staff choir and an amazing ensemble band performance, 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 pupils’ creativity and look forward to the festive season.

    On behalf of all the pupils and staff at Elm Court School: Have a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to more inspired teaching and learning in the New Year.

  • Countdown to the end of term 11th December 2017

    The countdown to Christmas continued in the final week of term.  For all their hard work this term, students were treated to trips and visits to places of interest.

  • Year 10 at the British Museum 28th November 2017

    On Monday 27th November 2017, Year 10 Hospitality and Tourism pupils visited the British Museum London. Pupils are currently visiting a range of different tourist destinations in and around the capital as part of their BTEC course.  Pupils identified different services available at the museum and explained how the museum catered for all types of visitors’ needs.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Pupils really enjoyed the day and viewed many of the antiquities on display including A Statue of Amenhotep the 3rd, Statue of Claudius or Nero, Viking Jewellery, Roman Pottery and many other interesting artifacts.

    Pupils even got the chance to handle a 3,000-year-old bronze bracelet during a hands-on talk conducted by one of the museums historians.

     

  • 9GW at Kidzania 23rd November 2017

    KidZania is an indoor city, run by kids!

    On Wednesday the 22nd of November, 9GW attended a school outing, to Kidzania, based in the Westfield’s shopping centre in Stratford. The event was organised by the Variety Club of Great Britain and the day was sponsored by Crest Nicholson, who paid for all the pupil and staff tickets.  9GW travelled via bus and tube train, requiring the students to read an underground tube map, and navigate us to and from our destination.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Pupils were able to, independently choose from more than 60 real-life entertaining activities in one safe and secure space.

    Activities ranged from Window cleaner, Doctor, Dentist, Police Officer to Firefighter, Actor and Singer or studying for a degree at the Kidzania University. 9GW students were able to, get a fun and realistic insight into the adult world by taking part in a choice of ‘jobs’ which earned them kidZos (KidZania currency) and then leisure activities such as the Climbing Building, where they needed to spend their kidZos. Once any students had earned 75 kidZos they were able to open a bank account and receive their very own bank card, just like mum and dad!

    All pupils and staff had a very entertaining and informative day. Pupils really understood the importance of working, earning money, saving, money management which encouraged pupils to think about and discuss possible careers they could enter later on in life.

     

     

     

  • 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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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