Charles Dickens Primary School
Southwark, United Kingdom
About Charles Dickens Primary School
Based in Southwark, south-east London, Charles Dickens Primary School takes pride in teaching children aged 3-11 how to care for the environment, as well as each other. Around 295 students attend the mixed-gender community school. It is a large school situated in a culturally, socially and ethnically mixed community. More than 35 different languages are spoken at the school.
Values and vision
Charles Dickens Primary School aims to promote a “thirst for learning coupled with powerful self-belief” among its pupils. The teachers have a distinctive approach to education, with creative arts at its core. They believe in learning through doing, through collaboration, and through linking subjects in topic-based learning. The school accepts and embraces the multicultural nature of society, giving every pupil the opportunity for personal success. Pupils are also encouraged to develop a sense of their roles and responsibilities in their local community.
Phonics is significantly valued in the early years of teaching, as Charles Dickens Primary School believes it lays the foundation for successful reading. The children are taught the National Curriculum and foundation subjects, including maths, English and science, plus music, computing and PE. Teachers and staff support pupils with special educational needs or disabilities to make sure every child makes progress, both academically and emotionally. Dance classes with practitioners from Rambert are also available at the school.
“Staff work very hard to enrich pupils' reading and writing skills. In particular, there has been a major focus on reading. This is having an impressive impact on the way that pupils are now racing ahead with their skills in Years 1 to 3 and is evidence of the school's outstanding capacity to improve."