Latchmere recently became Latchmere Academy Trust. As a successful academy, we can formally support one or more schools to succeed. Latchmere School is an academy school for boys and girls aged 3-11 years. There are seven year groups (Years R – 6), and we normally place children according to age.
Each class of pupils has its own designated teacher, but children are often taught by other teachers, who are either from the same year group or are specialists in particular subjects.
The use of specialist teachers for Sports, Music, Art and French is a strength of the school. Within each class and across the year group, there are flexible grouping arrangements and differentiation so that children can progress at their own appropriate rate and level.
We have large playgrounds bordered by trees and shrubs, with newly updated and exciting adventure play areas, quiet sitting areas and multi-sports facilities. We enjoy shared use of extensive playing fields which are adjacent to the school and have our own covered and heated swimming pool, which is in continuous use from April to October.
We place great value on working together with parents. We know this makes a great difference to the quality of the children’s education as we welcome the informal links we have with them. In the Early Years and Key Stage One classes, parents can make daily contact with a classroom member of staff. In Key Stage Two, teachers accompany their class to the playground at the end of the day for the first two weeks, giving parents an opportunity to make themselves known and discuss any issues as they collect their child. On Fridays for the rest of the year, KS2 teachers will accompany their children to the playground after school.
Parents are also welcome to spend regular time in school sharing your skills and interests, which might include art, music, science, listening to children reading, assisting in the Literacy House and discussing their work. We also very much appreciate help from parents in accompanying classes on educational visits, and with supervision at swimming lessons. Parents who wish to help should check the parents’ class notice board for requests or speak with their child’s teacher. A valid DBS check that has been cleared by the school is essential and can be organised through the office.