Guests and Visitors
The determination to offer every pupil a world-class education was evident at Churchfields Junior School, where I saw first-hand how pupils were broadening their understanding of the Commonwealth and its unique history.
I shared a carriage on the Central line with some 30 or so of your pupils presumably returning from a school trip yesterday, and I just wanted to say how impressed I was by their impeccable behaviour, how the staff were ensuring they were all well cared for in the heat of the underground, and being mindful of other members of the public around them. All a great credit to your school.
I just wanted to thank you for your hospitality yesterday, having never visited your school before I wanted to say how impressed I was with the "whole school experience" from the moment I arrived to the moment I left. I did not see anything other than positive, confident and professional. As a parent I wish I lived closer to you. Your school felt warm and inviting at every level. Your children were immaculately dressed, smart and polite.
“I was enormously impressed by the topicality of their questions and I thought they showed engagement above their age. “Churchfields is an excellent school with a very good head teacher, ... and excellent teachers who should be very proud of its children I met on Friday.”
It's a pleasure to come back to Churchfields and meet your children. The atmosphere is fun and friendly, with staff to match! Please ask me back again."
Just to say thank you very much to Churchfields Junior for hosting the Local Forum, as I thought it proved to be an excellent venue with excellent facilities and easily accommodated two events in one. I also understand how much pressure you must all have been under through your inspection so a special thanks to Keith for pulling out all the stops to make our event work.
The behaviour of the trainees was impeccable throughout. Their enthusiasm and commitment ensured a very good pass rate... they displayed a good knowledge of the road and exceptional vocabulary.
There was a great deal of rigour across the school in terms of curriculum, assessment and teaching and learning: " I was really impressed with the level of teaching and learning across the school. Everything is rigorously planned, timetabled and thought-through to such a detail that really scaffolds teaching for members of staff." The richness of the experience pupils are having both in terms of reading, which was an absolute tour de force, and wider opportunities. In the words of two leaders of our group: "The excellent celebration of reading and writing! The school has such a focus and places so much value on reading! Writing outcomes across the school are high quality and children shared their enjoyment and love of reading." "The school is clearly providing children with excellent academic and personal development opportunities." People loved meeting the leadership team and were inspired by the authenticity and commitment of Rebecca, the Headteacher. One leader wrote: "A very strong leadership team - everything is extremely purposeful. There is a design and plan behind every decision made and all staff and leaders are committed to and understanding of this vision. There is a very strong culture across the school and there is clear buy-in from all." .
Everyone makes you feel welcome when you walk through the doors at Churchfields Junior School. There is a strong sense of community. The school provides a positive attitude to learning and development which builds confidence in children’s life. The children that come to our lessons are free spirits, independent learners and are encouragingly curious about the world around them. It is clear that they are very proud of their school and thoroughly enjoy being pupils at Churchfields Junior School. The staff are kind and always child-centred. Always a pleasure to teach and be part of Churchfields Junior School.
The staff gave us a warm welcome when we arrived at the school. In the morning we had a tour of the school including the playground and outside environment and observed lessons. We learned that playing and learning outside is a part of the daily schedule. The school building is beautiful and has everything the pupils need to learn. What we loved about the school was the variety of books the pupils read throughout the year. They are really encouraged to read and to write. All the students were really kind to us and gave us lots of smiles! The music and art lessons at the school inspired us! Pupils are given the chance to express themselves. It was an amazing experience. Everyone was very welcoming with a good and positive ambiance all around. The way pupils get lots of help from the school really is beneficial. The school cares for the children and their learning all the same.”
We currently house approximately 200 homeless men and women in our residential buildings and feeding everyone well is an enormous challenge and a constant struggle. The wonderful collection of food given to us by your school at your Harvest celebration, was a tremendous help which our residents and staff were delighted to receive. On their behalf, a very warm and sincere thank you to you all. It was a real pleasure to attend the assembly, thank you so much for welcoming me and for supporting us. I most certainly did enjoy my visit on Friday, so much so that just about every single person I’ve spoken to since has heard all about it, how lovely the assembly was and how adorable the kids are. I was so impressed with you all honestly, it was definitely the most enjoyable thing I have done since starting in this role.
I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to you for accommodating the visit for members of my SLT to your school on Wednesday. Like myself and Winsome, they all came away totally blown away by the embedded excellence that runs throughout your provision at Churchfileds Junior School. The visit achieved the purpose that it was intended for and that was to ensure that as an SLT we are now all on the same page as to our vision for our children at Goodmayes Primary School and what we need to do get there. The quote below has become my mantra. "Give children teaching that is determined, energetic and engaging. Hold them to high standards. Expose them to as much as you can, especially the arts. Recognize the reality of race, poverty and social barriers, but make children understand that barriers don’t have to limit their lives. Above all, no matter where in the social structure children are coming from, act as if the possibilities are boundless." Charles Payne (So Much Reform) I wanted to congratulate you on your achievements to date and with your leadership, you have led your staff in emulating the quote above.
I just wanted to say how much I've been enjoying working with you, the pupils and your colleagues this week. The children have risen magnificently to all the challenges I've set them - and the school's learning dispositions of collaboration, determination and resilience have all been very much to the fore. And I've been genuinely impressed by the grasp of and ability of maths that's been shown in every single workshop. Tackling CSI: Bake Off, Year 3 found themselves immersed in a world of fractions far removed, I suspect, from anything they did in Year 2. Yet they fell to it all with relish - and I even had to get the Extension Sets out! Probing CSI: Michaela Maths, Year 4s were called upon to practise a wide range of mathematical skills - and it was great to see the breadth of their knowledge and understanding. Year 6 took on what is by far and away the most intellectually demanding of our workshops, CSI: Paralympics - and the approaches they took meant it was difficult to believe they've been in Year 6 for less than a fortnight! So, all in all, I can't wait to see what Year 5 have to offer when they investigate CSI: Ancient Greeks tomorrow. With thanks, too for the warmth of the hospitality and welcome that I've received from every single adult and child in the school.
I am an educational consultant who travels the UK with the privilege of supporting Headteachers and their staff on their learning journeys. I have supported almost 500 schools! I am lucky to have been asked back to Churchfields on a number of occasions and have witnessed the remarkable development of the school. Each time I come, there are new ideas and a rigorous evaluation of progress. Staff have to work hard at Churchfields but they work hard at the right things: creativity, independence, sharing practice and self-reflection. The progress of all learners in fascinating contexts is at the heart of the school and there is an energy about the staff to debate and question which is a presenter’s dream. I can’t wait to come again!
Parents and Pupils
I am amazed at the standard of music in the school, I am so pleased that my children have such great opportunities in this area. Also the dance produced by Mrs Bradley was excellent, all the children were totally engaged, it was expertly choreographed. The whole assembly was so well organised and the children really enjoy performing. They are a real credit to the school.
This school provides excellence in education because explanations are very clear and teachers are well prepared. Our lessons are educational as well as fun and enjoyable. The behaviour is outstanding because everyone is polite to each other and help one another.
I like that if you have a problem you can go to 'Place2Be' or 'mediation.' I like this because there is always someone to help you.
Tremendous job, tremendous staff, outstanding school.
We feel the teaching at Churchfields is outstanding and that our child is being well-prepared for the SATs and secondary education.
My son only moved to London this year. He loves coming to school. The school, staff and his teacher have been very accommodating and supportive.
The teachers are very friendly and helpful. The office staff are wonderful. Always ready to support and answer all questions with a smile on their faces.
My SEN son was fully included in the school community and the support he received was outstanding. Even 3 years after he left he says 'my time at the junior school were my best school years'.
The support my SEN son received was consistent and appropriate. He was fully supported by all the staff, it's a truly inclusive school so it's hard to pinpoint specifics. The junior school managed his transition from infant school and his transition to secondary school which made me feel fully supported too.
It is reassuring to both ourselves and our children that Churchfields Junior School always treat any form of bullying as seriously as it clearly warrants.
Churchfields is an exceptional school and has served Spencer very well. We’ve been lucky to live so close to such an outstanding school with excellent facilities.
The school has a buzz about it: it is very positive and exciting - there always seems to be something going on in addition to the normal day.
Pupils from all backgrounds work well together resulting in a harmonious school community.
The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. They are kind and helpful and like learning together.
Pupils enjoy coming to school want to learn and enjoy demonstrating newly acquired skills.
Leaders ensure that all pupils have an equal opportunity to succeed.
The curriculum is motivating, inspiring and engaging, and develops in pupils a love for learning.
Teaching is outstanding.
Churchfields Junior School is an exceptional school with exceptional provision. During our visit to the school, we met many staff, leaders, and pupils who all greeted us with a warm smile and a desire to share how brilliant Churchfields Junior School is. From the well-developed grounds, ranging from a plethora of play equipment, woodland spaces, and garden areas; to the well-thought-out curriculum that includes excellent music provision leading to all pupils playing a musical instrument every year during their time at Churchfields. The care thought and enthusiasm of the school’s leaders reflects their ambition to aim for more and more success for all of the families that attend the school and the wider community that benefits from such an outstanding community asset. Thank you so much for your time and support with our learning journey as we aim to emulate and learn from the huge success that is Churchfields Junior School.