- Elm Wood Primary School
Infobox UK school
name = Elm Wood Primary School
size = 120px
established = 1929
religion = Non-denominational
head_label = Headteacher
head = Stephen Hall
chair_label = Chair of Governors
chair = Michael Grimwood
street = Carnac Street
LEA = Lambeth
ofsted = 100597
enrollment = c.200
gender = Mixed
lower_age = 3
upper_age = 11
Elm Wood School is a primary school based at the southern end of the inner
London Borough of Lambeth. The school has gone through a number of changes since its establishment at the beginning of the twentieth century reflecting the changing policies of local and national governing authorities as well as the changing nature of the community it serves.
In 1929 Carnac Street Central School (or "Carnac Street Central Council School"), a Secondary
Elementary School[ Ministry of Education and predecessors, Public Elementary School Files ED 21/11721] , was opened for children up to the age of 14. This was built by the London County Council, reducing the burden placed on earlier established neighbouring schools (such as Salter’s Hill School(now known as Kingswood School) and Gipsy Road School(which stood on the site later occupied by Norwood School, Norwood Park Primary School, and now is the temporary home for Elmgreen School). In the 1930s (c.1933/34), the school became known as West Norwood Central School (or "West Norwood Central Council School") . [ Ministry of Education and predecessors, Public Elementary School Files ED 21/34983] The name was not indicative of the geographic position of the school within South London, given that the school buildings were on the very edge of West Norwood’s border with West Dulwich(with two of the four roads enclosing the block in which the school stands are in West Dulwich). Following the Education Act 1944, when the schooling system in the United Kingdomwas restructured into primary, secondary and further education, the school became a Secondary School under the name "West Norwood Central Mixed School" in 1951/1952, also known as West Norwood Secondary School or "West Norwood Comprehensive". Jean Lawrence, Margaret Tucker, Mary Scott, George Varnava, (1988), Norwood Was a Difficult School: A Case Study of Education Change, page 113, Nelson Thornes (Publishers) Ltd]
In this form, the school was deemed to have been a pioneer. However, in the late 1950s a number of schools were established by the
London County Councilto form the vanguard of comprehensive education. A large number of pupils and staff from West Norwood Central moved to the brand new Kingsdale Schoolwhich opened in 1958. Of the remaining pupils within West Norwood Central’s former catchment area, a great many went to the newly established Norwood School for Girls, based at that time on the same premises as the former Gipsy Road School. For those wanting boys only education, the giant Tulse Hill Schoolfor boys had been established in 1956 and had already been taking in pupils that may formerly have done to West Norwood Central.
After this, in 1960/1961 the school became a primary school for children up to the age of 11 under the new name of Elm Wood Primary School.
Colloquially, the school’s name has been spelt both as "Elmwood" and "Elm Wood" but the school is officially Elm Wood School, a Junior and Mixed Infants School.
The school’s name has reflected its location in all its changing forms. Originally known as Carnac Street School, this reflected the street upon which its entrance faces. Its next incarnation as West Norwood Central School (and Central Mixed School) is reflective of the fact that it is based in West Norwood. Elmwood (and Elm Wood) appear to be a departure from this trend. However, the area, which was once part of what was called the great Northwood (from which the area Norwood itself is a corruption), was once strewn with Elms which is reflected in many other local place names such as Elm Court Road, The Elms, Elmworth Grove, all within a half mile radius of the school.
The school is very little changed since it was first built at the beginning of the twentieth century. In the centre of the front wall remains a coat of arms, although these are not those specifically of the school but of the
London County Council. Since 2006 however the school has changed dramatically, from the building of a multi-purpose sports facility in the rear playground and the ICT suite which has replaced the library and the resources room.
The school serves an area of mixed socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, with around 10% of pupils speaking English as a second language at an early stage of language acquisition. In 1999 the school was found to have serious weaknesses but had improved considerably by 2001 according to the
OFSTEDinspection of that year which stated that the school was very well led by the headteacher and deputy headteacher. [ [http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/reports/index.cfm?fuseaction=summary&id=100597 OFSTED] ]
In 2004 the
Borough of Lambethwas awarded £4.3million of government funds for better sports facilities. The first beneficiary of this was Elm Wood which was given money to build a Multi-Use Games Area with markings for basketball, netball, tennis, five-aside football and "kwik cricket". [Lambeth Borough Council, "Norwood Eye", page 4, (Spring 2004)]
*Mrs Agnes Kretowicz "to 1984"
*Mr Parsons "from 1984"
*Ms C Eames-Jones
*Catherine Marshall "2006" to "2007"
*Stephen Hall from 2007 to present
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