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We are so proud to announce that Miss Scade has written a book! Last year she was commissioned by Practical Pre-School Books to write a guide to outstanding early years provision. The book entitled “Outstanding Early Years Provision in Practice” has now been published and is available from amazon and directly from the publisher, we also have copies in school that you are very welcome to browse.

The book aims to support practitioners and other child care professionals to achieve outstanding and creative provision using teaching ideas that are simple and easy to replicate.

Miss Scade’s book contains a number of photos of outstanding provision at Cathedral School and pupils in Nursery and Reception enjoying the wide range of activities.

Page 94 reads, “acknowledgement goes to the staff at Cathedral School, a dedicated team who do all that the can to ensure children thrive in an exciting and inspiring environment. An enormous ‘thank you’ goes to the children at Cathedral School who teach the adults new things every day!”

We are very proud of Miss Scade and her achievement which really showcases the quality of teaching and learning at Cathedral School.

Curriculum Evenings

This week, in response to feedback from parents, we ran Curriculum Evenings after school.
These evenings were designed to help parents support their child’s learning at home.

If you were unable to attend, don’t worry, you will be able to collect any handouts from the meeting at Parents Evening next Wednesday and Thursday.

What did you find most useful about the Curriculum Evenings? This will help us when we are planning our next one.

Councillor Dora Dixon-Fyle visits Cathedral School



Today Councillor Dora Dixon-Fyle visited Cathedral School. She praised the colourful displays, impressive standard of work and wonderful behaviour of the children. Councillor Dixon-Fyle enjoyed looking on our map to find out about the diversity of the school population. She also toured the school and spent time in Year 6, answering questions about her role and responsibilities as a local councillor.

We love being active at lunchtime!

Children at Cathedral school enjoy being active at lunchtime and our lunchtime staff work hard to provide opportunities to develop important skills including problem solving, balancing, skipping, catching, throwing accurately, choreographing dances and riding a 2 wheeler bike. The new exercise bikes are a fantastic way to develop stamina and provide an opportunity for aerobic exercise. The fold-away goal has been a big success and gives children the chance to practise shooting accurately  as well as working strategically as a team.

Which lunchtime activity do you enjoy most and why?

Class 3’s Candlemas Service

candlemasThis morning Class 3 led our Candlemas worship at Southwark Cathedral. They read a passage from the Bible which describes Simeon’s  role in the presentation of Jesus at the temple.  Next they reflected thoughtfully on the importance of light in our lives and how Jesus is the light of the world.

Finally Class 3 shared prayers with the congregation including:

Dear God,

Please help those who live their lives in darkness. Help them find happiness through your guiding light. I pray to you for my family who help me to shine brightly each day.


Everybody thought that Class 3 spoke with clear voices and wrote very mature reflections and prayers.

As well as parents, pupils, governors and staff, we were joined by Year 3 from neighbouring St. Josephs RC Primary School.

Thank you Class 3 and Father Bruce for a beautiful service.

KS2 Test Success

logo_dfe_sqWe received a letter yesterday from David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools congratulating our “excellent performance” in the end of KS2 tests which last years’ Year 6 took in May.

It praises the school for being “exceptionally effective in educating its pupils” and “the good start in life” pupils receive here.

We would like to thank all staff, governors, pupils and parents for their support which contributed to this success.

You can read the letter here.

What will you write in your journal?

At the end of the Autumn Term each child from Reception to Year 6 was given their own journal to use over the Christmas break.journal

Many thanks to a group of children from Year 6 who helped to put the journals together.

Some children asked, ‘What can I put in my journal?’

Here are some ideas:

  • Book reviews
  • Diary entries
  • Handwriting and spelling
  • Film reviews
  • An exciting story
  • Mathematical word problems
  • A biography (of a family member, inventor, person from history etc.)
  • Recipes
  • Invent a game to play
  • Instructions
  • A poem

We are looking forward to welcoming pupils back to school on January 8th and giving them the opportunity to share their journal with their class. There will be a prize for the best 2 journals in each class.

What have you written in your journal?

A Wonderful Christmas Fete

Many thanks to the Parent Forum for organising such a wonderful Christmas Fete, even Father Christmas made an appearance to give out sweets! As usual there was a fantastic range of stalls including ‘guess the weight of the cake’, a lucky dip, face painting, balloon modelling, a raffle and the ever popular cake stall. The free activity area really added to the Christmas atmosphere with children making decorations for the tree and icing Christmas biscuits. Once again, thank you to the Parent Forum for organising the event and for everybody who attended our Christmas Fete.




Christmas Singing Celebration

VF beacon schoolThis afternoon we were thrilled to host representatives from the Promenaders Musical Charities who joined us for a Christmas Singing Celebration.They presented The Voices Foundation with a cheque for over £9000 which will be used to develop the of choral strand of their work. We are proud to be a Voices Foundation Beacon school and have have benefitted immensely from their support and expertise.







In addition to this event, our choir were invited to sing at the top of The Shard.

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