General | December 16, 2015

Parking and road safety

We have received a number of complaints regarding car users parking on the pavements close to the school. Please walk to school if you can; it is good for you and your child/ren. If you must drive, please park sensibly in a designated space and not on pavements.

It is also helpful to remind you and your child/ren that:

  • Young children need to be taught how to cross the road safely;
  • Everyone needs to look both ways before crossing a road;
  • It is important to listen for cars and other vehicles;
  • It is helpful if parents/carers or older siblings hold the hand/s of younger children whilst on the pavement.

General | December 2, 2015

Gold Club development visit at Culloden Primary Academy

Challenging disadvantage in the Early Years

Event date: 18th November 2015

Senior leaders, EYFS coordinators and practitioners attended the development day which was led by the EYFS Assistant Principal, Nursery Manager and Reception Manager.

The day was to show how our school has developed an innovative practice in the Early Years. We showed how we support families and their children before they begin nursery. We explained the additional programmes we implement during holidays and interventions we provide to ensure pupils’ needs area being met.

In addition, the attendees had the opportunity to observe a range of lessons being taught in nursery and reception classes. This has a huge impact as the quality of teaching was deemed to be ‘outstanding’ when Ofsted inspected our school in July 2015.


The attendees were from various schools in London, such as Lambeth and Redbridge. There were a range of teachers, EYFS leaders and a head teacher who attended the development day.

The feedback from all attendees was very positive:

“The children are so school ready and the teaching and learning is so rich. The school has such lovely welcoming feel. Thank you for having us.”

“I value the opportunity to talk, ask questions and see teaching in action.”

“Great EYFS expertise throughout the phase, consistent outstanding teaching and a great assessment procedure to trace progress over time.”

“I found walking through the school and observing teaching to be valuable.”
All attendees stated that they would implement methodologies/approaches that they had experienced.

General | December 2, 2015

Winter Concert Dates

You are warmly invited to attend any or all of the following winter concerts:
  • EYFS Concert “A Frosty Christmas” on Monday 14th December at 2.30pm in the school hall
  • EYFS and KS1 winter concert at St Nicholas Church on Thursday 17th December at 11:30am
  • KS2 winter concert at School Hall on Thursday 17th December at 2pm

We hope to see you there.

General | November 23, 2015

Culloden Choir to feature in Christmas Carol Concert

We are pleased to announce that the Culloden Choir will be taking part in a carol convert on Thursday 10th December. All are welcome to attend.

St Nicks Carol Service Poster 2015

General | November 20, 2015

Philosophy for Children (P4C)

10 pupils from Year 6 have the wonderful opportunity today to take part in debates with pupils from other schools at the Mercers’ Company.  Please see next week’s newsletter to find out how they got on!

General | November 18, 2015

Lord Mayor’s Show

Pupils from Year 6 were invited by The Mercers’ Company to take part in the Lord Mayor’s show on Saturday 14th November.

Despite the miserable wet weather, they all rose to the occasion dressed as cats from Dick Whittington. They took part in cycling the pedibus, carrying the banners and waving to the crowds with great enthusiasm.

parade group


General, Paradigm Trust News | October 29, 2015

Train to Teach Roadshow – Tuesday 10 November 2015 at Trinity Park, Ipswich

Paradigm Trust is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Train to Teach Roadshow event on Tuesday 10 November 2015 at Trinity Park, Ipswich. The event will be open to the public between 5 and 8pm. Information will be available as to the primary and secondary opportunities available within Paradigm Trust, both in Ipswich and in London. Information concerning our subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) offer  will also be available.

Further information, including booking, is available here.

Diary date – Paradigm Trust will also be exhibiting at the Chelmsford event (24 November) and the Norwich event (11 February 2016).

General | October 25, 2015

School Closure – Reminder

School is closed for half term from Monday 26th October to Monday 2nd November.

Pupils return to school on Tuesday 3rd November 2015.


General | October 18, 2015

Culloden joins the Gold Club!

Improving standards and raising attainment for all children, regardless of background, has won ‘Gold Club’ status for Culloden Primary. Ben Carter, principal, commented, “The award recognises the results achieved by our pupils. We will continue to make sure that every pupil receives the education they deserve and will be sharing our teaching practice with other schools.” The academy achieved high attainment for its pupils in all subjects at key stage 2 last year.

This story was originally published in the Docklands and East London Advertiser (15 October 2015).


General | October 14, 2015

Train to teach with Paradigm – applications open on 27 October

We offer initial teacher education (primary and secondary, all subject areas) through our salaried School Direct programme. As a trainee teacher you will have access to invaluable school and classroom experience that will equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience you will need to become an excellent class teacher.

This programme is for graduates and career changer graduates wishing to train to become teachers. We are also able to offer parallel, salaried training opportunities for strong candidates (secondary only) who do not have a degree but who can demonstrate clear aptitude and desire to develop a teaching career. We would consider applications for salaried training places from school leavers who have, or are predicted to achieve, strong A levels (or equivalent) and can demonstrate an interest in, and experience of, working with children and young people.

More information is available here.

Last updated October 14, 2015