About Christ Church C of E School
Who We Are
Christ Church CE Primary School is a voluntary aided school (group 2) with places for 220 children and a nursery for 26 FTE (full-time equivalent) children (16 full-time and 20 part-time). The school is a short walk from Clapham Junction station and has access to several bus routes. It is in the parish of Christ Church and St. Stephen and is situated in a quiet street off Falcon Road. The school lies adjacent to a small park (Falcon Park/Shillington Gardens) which is available for use by the school. This space adds to the three school gardens already used for learning outside the classroom.
Christ Church School has a tradition of serving the local community in which there is a rich and diverse variety of social, ethnic and religious groups. Christ Church School serves children and their families from a mainly Christian background but other faiths are represented too.
The school was founded in 1866 and its present buildings were opened in 1908. The school has bright, light welcoming classrooms well equipped for today’s teaching and learning. There are breakout spaces inside, as well as interesting outdoor spaces in which a range of learning can be developed. Reception and Nursery share a spacious indoor and outdoor area which enable exciting learning opportunities. The school backs on to Shillington Park which is used regularly as an outdoor space.
The school employs ten full time teachers including class teachers, outdoor learning teachers, maths, music and RE support teachers. The team are guided and led by the Head teacher, Deputy Head teacher and a SEND Co (Special Education Needs or Disability Co-ordinator).
There is a team of teaching assistants who are trained to develop a pupil’s learning. This may be one-to-one or in a small group. To ensure pupils can go outside every playtime and be involved in games and the daily mile we employ two extra playtime supervisors.
There is an administrative team who ensure that the school office, IT and building needs are managed effectively and creatively to support the school’s vision for taking learning outside.
We receive support and encouragement from our local church; Christ Church and St Stephens, St Luke’s Church Battersea and other local churches. Members of these churches are also on the governing board.
We welcome parents and volunteers into the school on a regular basis to work with pupils. Our PTFA is active in engaging with community events to enable our pupils to feel proud to be part of the Battersea community.
Our school has a good relationship with the local community including the local police, fire-service, library, community homes, a local hospice as well as the secondary schools our pupils move on to.
We are lucky to have experts across London and the county supporting us with our campaign for bringing outdoor learning to primary pupils as an integrated part of their curriculum.
Rewards and Recognition
Christ Church was the first school in London to be awarded the Gold Accreditation for learning outside the classroom. This is an award that recognises the broad range of opportunities that our pupils have for learning in a range of places including museums, parks, art galleries and the many other venues available in London and beyond. We hold a level five certificate – the highest award – from the Royal Horticultural Society as well as the Wandsworth Healthy School Award. We have won many awards including the best UK school garden in 2017. Articles about the school’s outdoor learning have appeared in the Guardian’s Eye Witness series.