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Our School

St Cuthbert with St Matthias CE Primary School and Nursery is a Church school with a strong Christian ethos. 

The school is in central London, close to transport and cultural opportunities such as museums and art galleries.  The building has three stories and includes class rooms and a large hall.  Outside there are two playgrounds or sport and play and a school garden where pupils can grow flowers, fruit and vegetables.  The playground has a living green screen to protect pupils from traffic fumes. 

Classes

It is a one-form entry school for boys and girls from Nursery age (3 years) and pupils move on to their secondary schools after Year 6 (10-11 years old). There up to 30 children in seven classes.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (3-5 year olds)

  • Nursery (YN)  A morning and an afternoon part-time class and an allocated number of full-time places.  There will be a change in our Nursery admissions from September 2015.
  • Reception (YR)

Key Stage 1 (5 – 7 year olds)

Key Stage 2 (7 – 11 year olds)

Houses

We have four Houses which children are signed up to when they join the school:

  • Warwick
  • Brompton
  • Cromwell
  • Philbeach

We have House Captains who lead house point totals in Friday assembly.   We love earning house points.  We all set a target and earn points to help us achieve this.  We can earn points for excellent presentation in books, excellent use of our 4Cs and excellent learning.   Each term the winning house has a film afternoon at the end of term.

The House Captains also talk to children in the school about their learning and help to look after our school, for example they monitor litter in the playground.

School Council

Our School Council, 2 members from each class, have been voted in by their classmates.  They meet fortnightly to discuss key issues and how, together with the school staff, they can support or implement actions. 

In the first half of the Spring Term 2015 we worked with the NSPCC and helped to organize a PE circuit to raise funds for the NSPCC.  We raised £900 as a school.   In the second half of the Spring Term 2015 we thought about How British Are We? across the school.   Council members asked their classes to make pictures of things that are British that we see and do.  Council members asked their classmates to think of questions that we could ask people to find out how British we are!  We created a display board in our corridor called “How British Are We?”

Secondary Transition

In their first term of Y6, children will need to complete applications for Secondary School entrance. We recommend that parents and children should be making decisions about their Secondary School in their Y5 year.  We encourage parents to start thinking about Secondary School options when their children are in Y4. This way both the child and his/her parent have a chance to visit Secondary Schools on Open Days in the autumn term of Y5. Secondary School websites offer information which is useful in decision making, and it is important that the choice of Secondary School suits your child’s academic and extra-curricular needs and aspirations.

We are a feeder school for Chelsea Academy and Holland Park Secondary School.

Chelsea Academy is a church school. Children attending a church Primary School can apply for Foundation places at church Secondary Schools. Applications are more likely to be successful if the child attends church regularly.

During the summer term we organise a transition programme for the Y6 children in preparation for their transition into Secondary School. We link with different agencies to ensure that children have a variety of experiences such as: First Aid, Bike Proficiency, circle times coping with bullying and budgeting.

The John Prebble Library

Our new library opened in June 2013, is named after John Prebble who attended this school in the 1920s and went on to become a journalist with the Daily Express and subsequently wrote over 27 books including novels and history books. He is probably best remembered for having written the screenplay for the film Zulu.  The official opening was attended by Councillor Lady Borwick, Deputy Mayor of London and Deputy Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea along with sponsors and guests and representatives of the PTA.  A special guest at the Opening was Jan Prebble, the widow of John Prebble.

Our library is a triumph of hard work and support from the community, governors, PTA, friends, volunteers and neighbouring independent schools. We have over 5000 books in the library not one of which cost us anything; all were donated or the money to purchase them was donated. If we were to have paid for the library ourselves it would have cost over £50,000.

Children have timetabled access to the library during the school day; additionally they and their parents are able to spend time in the library after school.  Miss Dennis, our English co-ordinator, oversees the library.

The Library is open for children and parents on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3.15 - 4.30pm.

History of the school

The history of the school began over a hundred years ago, when the church of St Matthias stood on the site of the infant playground. A small choir school for boys was open as a Day school on 9th February 1874. Fields surrounded the church and school and Warwick Lane (now Warwick Road) was lined with trees. Towards the end of the 19th century, houses were built on the fields and a new school building was required. It was opened in April 1899 at the cost of £6000. During the last war the Church of St Matthias was bombed but remained until the fifties.

Families like to send their children to us, as the local school in their neighbourhood. We are a church school who welcome children from all faiths and cultures. The children and parents that attend our school bring a rich diversity of languages and ways of life. At any one time there can be 26 different home languages.