General | January 19, 2016

Join us – class teachers required (primary)

Paradigm Trust is seeking to recruit qualified class teachers to work in its primary academies, all of which are based in Tower Hamlets.

The application pack (linked below) includes the job advert for the role, a blank application form and the job description with the person specification. Applications from NQTs, and those expecting to have qualified in time for 1st September 2016, are warmly invited.

  • Closing date for applications: 5pm, Wednesday 3rd February 2016.
  • Interview date/times: Tuesday 9th February 2016 and Wednesday 10th February 2016.

Your personal statement must address all aspects of the person specification if you are to be successfully short listed.

Please note that as this post involves working with children, your suitability in this area will be tested at interview along with other key selection criteria detailed in the person specification. If you are successfully short listed, you will be asked to bring with you either an original driving licence, passport or full birth certificate plus a document such as a utility bill or financial statement that shows your name and current address, so that we may meet our statutory obligation to check your identity.

If successful, you will also be required to complete an enhanced DBS (formally known as CRB) disclosure form either immediately prior to, or shortly following appointment. Furthermore, you are also requested to bring originals of any educational and/or professional qualifications upon which your application relies.

Please contact if you have any questions.

General | January 15, 2016

Phone lines

We are aware that there is an issues with our phone lines this morning meaning that some callers have been unable to reach the office; instead they hear an engaged signal or are redirected to any free extension within the school. BT are currently working to resolve this issue. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


General | January 14, 2016

INSET Day for April

An INSET day has been set for Monday 11th April 2016; the school will be open to staff only.

This means that pupils will be on Spring Break from Friday 24th March to Monday 11th April 2016, inclusively.

Pupils will be expected to return to school on Tuesday 12th April 2016.

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).

Last updated October 29, 2015