Nursery and Reception

In October 2014 Ofsted rated the Early Years (Nursery and Reception) provision in the academy as 'Outstanding'.


Our stimulating, purpose built nursery offers a daily morning or afternoon session where the intake is 25 pupils per session. The morning session runs from 8.30-11.30am and the afternoon session runs from 12.30-3.30pm. 

Children in the nursery are often learning how to be apart from their parents for the first time. We teach them the skills and understanding to help them to learn independently, communicate effectively and work with others.

Although we are one school, to move into our Reception you must apply online through the Southwark Admissions website.


In Reception children begin to move from play-based learning activities to more structured practical activities. We offer full-time places for 60 children in one intake.

The Curriculum 

The Foundation Stage makes a crucial contribution to children’s early development and learning. It is the time when the groundwork for each child’s learning is established and a time to develop many early skills.

We provide children with a rich variety of teaching and learning experiences that are appropriate to their needs. The Foundation Stage is about developing key learning skills such as listening, speaking, concentrating, persistence and learning to work and co-operate with others.

There are seven areas of learning that make up the Foundation Stage Curriculum:

Three Prime Areas ·        

Communication and Language – children develop skills and confidence in speaking and listening in a range of situations.

Physical Development – children develop their co-ordination, control, and movement through being active.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development – within clear boundaries children form positive relationships, develop social skills and respect for others and understand appropriate behaviour.

Four Specific Areas

English  – through the daily phonics lesson (Read, Write Inc.) children link sounds and letters and begin to read and write.  In addition there is a daily literacy lesson and planned opportunities for guided reading.  Fine motor skills development and handwriting are also formally taught and practised.

Mathematics – through the daily maths lesson (Maths Mastery), this includes short chunks of whole class teaching and focused maths experiences and maths meetings which include conversations about number, ‘everyday’ maths and oral rehearsal of number sequences and patterns.

Understanding the World – finding out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design – exploring a wide range of media and sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

Children in the Foundation Stage need to experience things in a wide variety of contexts and as such, the outdoor learning environment is a large part of the curriculum. Activities across all areas are planned for to allow children the opportunity to develop holistically and grow as individuals.

Every child has the opportunity to experience situations first-hand through a mix of both play and structured activities. All adults involved in the children’s learning keep records on the children’s experiences and this feeds into all assessments. These records are kept in learning journals and show the children’s progress over the year.

We encourage reading, communication, and mathematical skills from the very beginning. Reading is taught through a structured phonics scheme (RWInc.) supplemented with a wide range of other books. We encourage parents to work with their children at home by listening to them read on a daily basis and recording thoughts in their reading record.

We are always pleased to discuss ways in which parents can help their child at each stage of their development.

For more information about our Nursery and Reception  please see our prospectus here.