Park Hill Infants’ School is an inclusive, three-form entry infant school situated in central Croydon, close to Park Hill Park, The Fairfield Halls, East Croydon Station and the Tramlink. We are in partnership with Tunstall Nursery School in Addiscombe, which is also led by our Headteacher, Ms Charman. Both schools are outstanding and provide high quality, exciting learning opportunities in the Early Years and Key Stage One.
We share our site with the neighbouring Junior School, Park Hill Juniors, and work closely together for the benefit of all our families. The two schools are 'linked' ensuring that infant children are given priority when applying to Park Hill Juniors in Year Three. Partnership working between the two schools is strong to enable a smooth and successful transition from the Infants to the Juniors.
Park Hill Infants accommodates 270 children aged between four and seven years of age. Initially, all children attend on a part-time basis dependent on their date of birth. They remain in the school for a minimum of eight terms full-time education. In addition to the Headteacher, there are fourteen teaching staff, working across all age groups. Teaching Assistants / Pupil Support assistants also work across all year groups for the benefit of all our pupils.
The School enjoys an excellent reputation in the community and continues to be heavily over-subscribed. The School community represents a variety of different nationalities, cultures and interests and provides a rewarding blend of understanding and tolerance, which recognises the similarities between people as well as their differences.
Parental involvement, in supporting their child’s access to the curriculum is encouraged through informative topic planners, family curriculum workshops and weekly morning sessions, which provide opportunities for parents/family members to work alongside their own child during the school day. Educational visits into the local and wider community and a wide range of visitors to the school, further contribute towards the provision of a 'hands on', creative and 'child led' curriculum for all our pupils.
We are a forward thinking and innovative school, with a wide range of expertise on our staff team. We are always looking for ways to further enhance and develop the learning opportunities that are available for our children. We work closely with parents, other schools and a range of different agencies to both share our outstanding practice and to learn from others. Pupil, parent and other stakeholders 'voice' is of the utmost importance to us and we regularly use consultation to further improve our provision. Pupils, governors, staff and parents are proud of our school and work together to create a climate where all members of the school community are encouraged to be the best they can be in a happy and stimulating environment.
Our children say:
"I love being at the school everyday because we learn lots of exciting things like drama, karate and gardening"
"I feel happy at school because my friends are around to care"
"Teachers help us to learn and they are very kind to everyone"
"Our school is the happiest school ever!"
"My school is the best because classes can ask for things in School Council to make learning fun and grown ups listen to us"
"My school is colourful and unique because there is nothing else like it!"
Our parents say:
"The Headship team are approachable, proactive and infuse a ‘child-first’ approach into all aspects of school life"
"One of the many things we have always loved about Park Hill Infants is the positivity that is evident everywhere - it is uplifting."
"Fantastic teachers who inspire and care for the children."
"Park Hill Infants do well at involving parents and pupils in the day to day running of the school."
"The progress my children make is fantastic."
"They make sure the child is the centre of learning. The teachers understand the individual, therefore the progress they make is amazing!"
"Teaching is of a high standard. When I go to the school there is a friendly and warm atmosphere."
Our staff say:
"An innovative, exciting place to work where children are at the heart of all we do"
"Excellent opportunities for career development"
"Park Hill Infants is a unique place to work - it is great to have the opportunity to work in such a happy environment"
"The Headship Team encourage staff to explore new and exciting ways to inspire children's learning"
"There is a high achieving, aspirational team spirit"
"High standards ensure all pupils make excellent progress"