Dates for the Diary 2023/24
You can view the school calendar of events for 2023/24 here:
Highlights of 2022/23
Click below to view a video of the school highlights from 2022/23. What an amazing year we had and what incredible memories we made!
Class Adults for 2023/24
The following table has information concerning the adults working in each class and year group for 2023/24. We will update this list as needed through the year
Autumn 2023 Year Group Newsletters
You can access the year group newsletters for the autumn 2023 here:
How can you get involved?
We have an amazing PTA who organise a number of events over the year in order to raise much needed funds for the school. You can find out more here
Term Dates 2023-2024
You can download or view the term dates for 2023-2024 here
World Book Day 2023
This year, we will be celebrating World Book Day on Wednesday 8th March 2023. Check out the latest reading newsletter for more information:
Teacher Strike Update
|Re: NEU Teachers’ Strike on Thursday 2nd March
As a result of the upcoming strike action being taken by members of the National Education Union, in protest of teachers’ pay and conditions and school funding, the school will be closed to pupils on Thursday 2nd March to all year groups apart from the Nursery.
I am sure that you will understand that our dedicated and hard-working teachers have not taken this decision lightly. The NEU explain: “This is not about a pay rise but correcting historic real-terms pay cuts. Teachers have lost 23% in real-terms since 2010, and support staff 27% over the same period. The average 5% pay rise for teachers this year is some 7% behind inflation. In the midst of a cost of living crisis, that is an unsustainable situation.” In addition, part of this pay rise has NOT been funded by central government, and will have to be found in the school’s existing budget. This will have a direct impact on the provision at Coopers Lane and our pupils and staff.
Whilst we are aware of the inconvenience that the strike will cause families, teachers across the UK are asking the Government to listen to their concerns and reconsider their stance to protect education, and enhance the recruitment and retention of teachers.
Only the Nursery will be open on the 2nd March, as usual.
I will update you if there is any change to the arrangements prior to the 2nd March.
There are 2 further strike days planned this term; Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March. I will update you about any potential class closures on these dates as soon as I have more information.
December 2022 Performances
You can access a recording of each of the Christmas performance (2022) with the following links. Please check your email for the passwords.
Reception and year 1
Friday 2nd December https://vimeo.com/779283942
Monday 5th December https://vimeo.com/779290601
Tuesday 6th December https://vimeo.com/779404800
Year 2 and 3
A Midwife Crisis https://vimeo.com/781200298
Year 4 and 5
Peter Pan https://vimeo.com/779871020
Story of Christmas https://vimeo.com/780638096
Healthy Schools Award
We are delighted to have achievement the Healthy Schools London Bronze Award that recognises how we support the health and wellbeing of the school community and how we have created a health promoting environment and ethos for the pupils and staff.
Dates for the Diary 2022/23
You can download all of the key dates for the new academic year 2022/23 here:
Hot Weather Days – Online Learning
Online learning Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th July
If your child is remaining at home, please yes the following links to access online learning. All lessons are part of a set so please start on lesson 1. On Tuesday, use the same links but click on lesson 2.
Story – The Lucky Duck
Maths – numbers beyond 20
Understanding the World – Looking After Our Oceans
Music – Habitats
English – Anansi and Tiger
Maths – Time
Before and after = https://vimeo.com/561743335
Time to the hour = https://vimeo.com/561848893
History – Explorers and adventurers
Art – Drawing
Science – Plants
English – The Unlucky Man
Maths – Temperature
Lesson 1= https://vimeo.com/563564811
Lesson 2 = https://vimeo.com/562671854
Geography – Understanding Brazil
Art – Print Making
Science – Extraordinary Scientists
English – Mulan
Compare capacity = https://vimeo.com/564668752
Temperature = https://vimeo.com/564669108
Music – Rhythm
History – Shang Dynasty
English – The Whale Rider
Maths – Position
Lesson 1 = https://vimeo.com/563606004
Lesson 2 = https://vimeo.com/565637979
Geography – Natural Resources
Music – Musical Processes
Science – Ecosystems
English – Mirror by Jeanie Baker
Maths – Volume and Capacity
Lesson 1 = https://vimeo.com/566147823
Lesson 2 = https://vimeo.com/566464037
Science – Notable Scientists
Geography – Energy and Sustainability
Music – Beat, Pulse, Rhythm and Structure
English – A Career in Computer Games by Anthony Horowitz
Draw nets of 3d shapes = https://vimeo.com/540290945
Ratio = https://vimeo.com/519498985
Science – History of Science
Geography – Globalisation
Art – Graphic Design
Summer Fair 2022
A huge thank you to the PTA for organising an incredible summer fair this year. It was a wonderful event with hundreds of families enjoying the many activities, stalls and performances. A mind-blowing amount of money was raised that will be used for our new school library:
Ofsted Report 2022
I am writing with regards to the recent inspection of the school conducted by Ofsted on the 20th and 21st April. I am very pleased to inform you that our school continues to be a ‘good’ school and the inspection report has now been published:
The inspection was a section 8 inspection, because we were previously graded as a ‘good’ school. This means that Ofsted came in to check that we are still providing a good education for the children. This involved a general look at the school as well as focusing more deeply on key subject areas. In this inspection, Ofsted decided to take a closer look at Early Reading, Maths, History and Art, along with a lighter touch look at Geography and Computing. The inspectors spoke to a number of children, staff and governors during the inspection.
The inspection report for this type of inspection is limited in detail, as the inspection team have a very tight word count available to them for each section. What is very useful alongside the report is the more in-depth verbal feedback given to the school at the end of the inspection. Senior leaders of the school, school governors and a local authority representative attended this feedback session.
The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and the inspection team recognised the great progress made since the last school inspection. They made particular reference to the strong design of our curriculum and how effective it is being delivered as a result of good subject leadership. They said that the children make good progress because they clearly enjoy their learning and that there is consistency across the school.
During the inspection, the team talked to lots of children who all spoke incredibly positively about Coopers Lane School and about how happy they are at school. They said that they feel listened to and they are very proud of their school. The top three things that the children said in response to why they love Coopers Lane were ‘lovely staff, friendships and learning’, which is really lovely. The inspection team said that the children were a credit to us and I couldn’t agree more!
The inspection team also talked to lots of staff members and sent out a survey to staff. Again, this was overwhelmingly positive, with 100% saying that they enjoy working at Coopers Lane and that they are proud to work here.
I am also pleased that the inspection team recognised the importance put on teaching the children about values, which they noted are lived and breathed by everyone at Coopers Lane. They complimented us on the honesty and transparency of the leadership team and how, despite the pandemic, we have maintained a community feel which is special and unique to our school.
The voice of parents and carers is an important part of the inspection and I would like to thank everyone who took part in the survey. You were effusive in your praise of school, with 100% saying your children are happy here. The lead inspector commented that she had rarely seen so many positive written comments made by parents and carers in a survey, which is wonderful and really highlights how special our school community is.
There are, of course, always areas to improve on and we will be using the feedback from our inspection to help guide our priorities for next year and beyond.
Coopers Lane is an excellent school and I am pleased that Ofsted recognise this too. I am incredibly proud to be the head teacher at Coopers Lane and I look forward to continuing this exciting journey with you all.
Sam Mather is a former pupil from Coopers Lane who now volunteers in the nursery. He is multi talented and made this wonderful animation for us. Thank you Sam.
Peer Review Report
To help us with our school improvement work, we are part of a national organisation called Challenge Partners. One of the benefits of our membership is an annual peer review of the school. A review team consisting of senior leaders from other schools and a lead reviewer from Challenge Partners work with the leadership team at Coopers Lane to complete a 3 day review of the school, focused on teaching and learning. Our review took place between 23rd-25th February 2022.
At the end of the review the school is graded in 3 areas; leadership at all levels, quality of provision and outcomes, overall effectiveness.
Coopers Lane achieved LEADING in all areas, which is the highest grading.
You can read the full report here:
You can read the full report on the school website:
Online Safety Videos
QUIZ NIGHT 11th March
Parent Governor Election – November 2021
Our New Parent Governor is Isobel Clift. Thank you to all of the candidates who put themselves forward for this position.
Dear Parents and Carers,
The governing body is now holding the election for the position of parent governor at Coopers Lane.
Our school community has always been quick to give amazing and inspiring support, and for this election three candidates have put themselves forward.
Each has provided a brief introduction of themselves which you can find below.
Please read through them, then follow the link that will be emailed to you on Monday 22nd November 2021 (all parents and carers) to make your choice of who should become our new parent governor.
Voting will be open from Monday 22nd November – Monday 29th November
If any parent or carer is unable to vote due to having no access to electronic voting, please contact the school office by phone or email email@example.com
To find out more about the role of a governor, please follow this link:
Chair of the Coopers Lane School Governing Body
Introduction and connection to the school
I am the mother of two boys who currently attend CLPS, in years 2 and 4, so I feel as if I’ve been connected with the school for such a long time already. Although I grew up in Hertfordshire I have been a resident of South-East London for over a decade now and am extremely proud to call it home, for now and hopefully for the long term. As well as being a Mum, which as we all know is a full-time job in itself (!!) I work for a large accountancy firm. When I’m not working or spending hours standing in the cold/rain/sun watching my boys play football, I enjoy reading, walking, music and going to the gym (purely with a view to allowing me to eat/drink more!).
Contributions to the school
I am currently the Chair of the PTA, a role which I took over just recently. I find it hugely rewarding to be giving something back to the school in terms of my volunteering efforts. The work of the PTA is so important to the school and it feels great to be an active part of it. I am currently working on organising our next in person fundraising event, being our fabulous ceilidh night scheduled for January 2022.
Other community, charity or fundraising work outside of school
I have undertaken a number of fundraising efforts over the years, the highlight being raising over £2,500 for charity when I ran the London marathon! I am also actively involved with fundraising efforts through work and recently completed a ‘30k in 30 days’ running challenge for our charity partner, the NSPCC.
Relevant skills and experiences
A range of professional skills which will benefit the board including project management skills, the ability to take ownership of any given task and excellent communication skills – my job requires that I have difficult discussions and this is not something that I shy away from.
A great team player – no man is an island, in my opinion! I would be lost without the support of my team, both inside and outside work!
A desire to give something back to the community in terms of my time and skills.
I work for a company which is extremely supportive of those looking for school governor roles and provides support and training where required, in addition to allowing paid time-off to meet my governor responsibilities.
An active and engaged member of the local community – I have recently been speaking to our MP about road safety measures on Burnt Ash Hil
Why I want to become a Governor
I have been keen to put myself forward for a school governor role since my oldest son started at CLPS. I have huge amounts of enthusiasm for becoming involved in something that affects me personally and the wider community and the governor role provides the perfect opportunity for this.
Overall, I would be exceptionally grateful for the opportunity to become more involved with the school, I feel passionately that CLPS is an amazing school with even more amazing potential!