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  • Christ Church Primary School Chelsea
    1 Robinson Street
    SW3 4AA
  • Head: Mrs Avis Hawkins
  • T 020 7352 5708
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 5 to 11.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kensington & Chelsea
  • Pupils: 210
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Open days: Please phone the school for a guided tour
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 12th June 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 20th January 2009
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

 ‘A village school in the heart of London’ was how one parent described it and the charm lingers on, with lollipop cherry trees and a butcher’s boy bike poised to deliver lunches to a nearby nursery. However, step inside and you have a Narnia experience: the interior has been redesigned to a spacious and functional plan, with chic grey walls, birch wood trimming and rows of navy pillars. A retired headmaster takes gardening, as a curriculum topic, directing the wheelbarrows, tending the chickens and watering the kale beds. Another ex-teacher runs cricket sessions...

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What the school says...

Christ Church is a very happy and successful school. Our school is relatively small, which means that it is a very safe and caring environment where everybody knows your name and something about you.

We believe in teaching that inspires children to love learning and life. We aim to create an inclusive environment where being different but belonging together is key to our ethos. We dedicate ourselves to raising achievement for every child in our school.

We aim to instil qualities of forgiveness, empathy and respect in all of our children. All children have their own strengths, gifts and talents and we feel these should be capitalised on so that children have positive self esteem and achieve the very best that they can.

Creating and maintaining a close relationship between home and school is vital to a child being successful in their learning and we ask parents to be very supportive of our work as they are the primary educators.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2009, Mrs Avis Hawkins, BSc NPQH (40s). Read psychology at Royal Holloway with a view to becoming an educational psychologist, but got the teaching bug while training at the Institute of Education. Started her career in a state primary in Lewisham, then opted for a school in special measures (now 'inadequate' rating) for the challenge; ‘That made me the teacher I am’. Appointed deputy at Christ Church in 2000 and was the natural choice to step into the role when previous head retired.

Attractive, energetic and disarmingly open, she has both children and parents on her side; ‘So personable and friendly,’ said one. Another added, ‘Not the kind of head who just sits in their office’, though with the white and grey Danish-look furniture, complete with functional teaching table...

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Special Education Needs

The Special Educational Needs Coordinator provides pupil support as well as working with families and teachers. The use of a differentiated approach to teaching and learning for all pupils, including those with SEN, ensures high standards for all. Highly skilled teaching assistants ensure that continuity and quality experiences exist for pupils.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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