Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you for your interest in our school and on behalf of the pupils, staff and Governors I would like to welcome you to Norwood Primary School.
My name is Lee Dumbell and I have been the Head Teacher at Norwood since September 2008. We are extremely proud of the achievements of all our children and the school community over the last 14 years and especially during this last couple of years through the disruptions to education and life itself..
Our core values of ASPIRE, RESPECT and ENJOY succinctly support our vision of developing a confident, healthy and aspiring community through inspirational teaching, the very best learning and a wealth of opportunities which promote the active engagement and participation of all.
At Norwood, we pride ourselves on ensuring our pupils are safe and happy, have the best educational experience and the highest standards of teaching and learning possible. In return we expect parents and carers to ensure their child has excellent attendance and punctuality.
We have over 600 children in school with three classes per year group, but we have a very strong emphasis on creating small schools within one larger school and our structures and organisation have succeeded in this by creating a calm working environment for children and staff.
We are very fortunate to have children from a diverse cultural background with families joining us from many countries around Europe and the World such as Poland, Turkey, Portugal and Latvia. A few of our children may speak very little English at first, when they arrive with us, but within weeks their confidence grows and their language develops. We love to learn about each others countries and customs. There are many opportunities for children, parents, governors and staff to be an integral part of the shaping of our school community. We strongly believe that education is a 7 year partnership between home and school.
We believe that children learn best when home and school work together for their benefit, and so we will strive to involve families and encourage you to share your child’s learning journey. Children coming into the school bring a wealth of knowledge and understanding about the world around them. It is our aim to build on these skills and promote a willingness and enthusiasm to learn more.
As well as offering an interesting and fun currciulum, Norwood offers an extraordinary wide range of extra-curricular activities for all ages delivered by staff or by external agencies. These range from sports such as netball, football, cricket and cross country to music, dance, cooking, lego and film clubs. We are also open to ideas and suggestions for other activities.
We hope that the information contained in this website will help you to learn a little more about the life and work of our school. We are an extremely busy and active but friendly school and are always delighted to welcome visitors and to show what life at Norwood is all about. This website aims to give you a taster of the school, as well as providing regular updated information for both parents and pupils.
I look forwarding to meeting you at our many events or if you would like to visit the school during one of our regular prospective parent tours (see the page Admission Arrangements under the About Us tab for more information).
So I extend a welcome for you to come and visit us in person and see what life at Norwood is really like in live 3D with real children and normal everyday events.