Schools Links

Schools Links

St Giles is part of the Valley Teaching Alliance and works with a group of local mainstream primary and secondary schools to share and develop good practice.

St Giles has a number of well-established links with Primary and Secondary schools in Croydon.  Pupils from the school take part in events and activities specially planned to promote inclusion and raise self-esteem for all pupils involved.  We are keen to promote disability awareness and challenge perceptions.

Events this year have included:

  • Green class singing in the Primary Choir at Fairfield Halls with hundreds of mainstream pupils
  • The Brit School working with secondary pupils to prepare for their summer show
  • Inclusion sessions at Regina Coeli for a Year 1 pupil
  • John Fisher students helping with sports day
  • Pupils from Riddlesdown, St Giles and Priory working together to represent Croydon in the Panathlon competition
  • Pupils from Chipstead Valley invited to the primary Bollywood day

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a busy start to the term we have had at St Giles!

We have welcomed two new teachers to our staff. Shakyra Auguste is teaching music throughout the school and is also a teacher for Wonder class. Magdalena Szaryeka is class teacher in Gold class. Our classes have settled back into school and are working hard. This term’s topic themes are “All about me” in Lower school, “Me, Myself and I” in Middle school and “Different places, Different People” in Upper School.

During our first week back, some of our key stage four pupils enjoyed an accessible camping holiday at Woodlarks near Farnham.

Back at school, our younger pupils have also been enjoying the great outdoors. We now have a pulley system outside for pupils to play with and are waiting to have a mud kitchen and mud box installed. We received the good news that St Giles has won an award from Surrey Wildlife Trust for having a nature area for local wildlife to visit. Many thanks to Joanne Tulloch for organising.

Our pupils and staff enjoyed a Friday afternoon disco on Jeans for Genes day, raising £131.15. A Macmillan cake sale raised £120.95. A big thank you to staff, parents and pupils for their generous donations to these good causes.

Our nursing team have sent out consent forms for the flu vaccine. If your child is unable to access the vaccine at school, there will be clinics available at Lennard Road on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays throughout November running from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. No appointment is necessary, they are drop in sessions.

It was good to meet a group of parents and carers at a drop-in earlier this month and find out more about the issues that are important to you and your children. I look forward to meeting more of you at Parents Evening on Wednesday 9th October and welcoming grandparents who would like to visit for lunch that day at St Giles.

Kathy Lewis - Headteacher