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Gilbert Colvin Primary School
Strafford Avenue, Clayhall, IG5 0TL, UK Ilford
+44 (0)2085-504630

Welcome to Gilbert Colvin Primary School

A Warm Welcome from the Headteacher

Gilbert Colvin offers children all that is best in education - high standards of learning and behaviour, a broad, balanced and enriching curriculum and staff with high expectations, all within a happy safe and secure environment.

We value and wholeheartedly encourage the unique partnership between home and school as we know how it impacts on children's progress.

This website gives you an insight into our school life and also information and news about forth coming events. We have a section devoted to curriculum links to aid the children's studying. I would urge you to visit the Children's Work page and look at some of the web pages designed by the children. We are very proud of their hard work.


Gilbert Colvin is a two form entry primary and nursery school to which children between the ages of 3 and 11 are admitted in accordance with the Borough's admissions policy.

The building is a single storey structure set in mature grounds which incorporates a main school and a large sports field. A self-contained purpose built nursery was constructed on the site in 1992. The Nursery has its own safety surface playground and conservation area, which are totally enclosed. The 52 nursery children receive part-time education in either the morning or afternoon session.

There are approximately 426 children on roll in the main school. They are accommodated in 14 mixed ability classes. i.e. 2 parallel classes per year group.
Each class has its own teacher with whom they spend most of the working day. However there may be specialist teachers for some activities.



We aim to create an environment where children are happy, well motivated and challenged in their thinking and learning.

We aim to equip children for life by helping them to developed a sense of responsibility for themselves, others and the environment.

We aim to promote an ethos of a caring and responsible community.


  • To encourage each child to develop their abilities and to become independent in their learning.
  • To provide an environment which is stimulating and well resourced.
  • To offer a range of opportunities and experiences which will encourage children to develop their personal and social skills.
  • To develop a sense of right and wrong.
  • To develop understanding, sensitivity and respect of individual differences (personal, religious, racial and cultural).
  • To encourage good communication between home and school. This will involve Governors, Parents, Staff and Friends.
  • To develop good links within the community.


Here at Gilbert Colvin we are committed to promoting the highest possible standards in all curriculum areas. Careful planning and assessment ensure that all children make the best possible progress as they move through the school.

The National Curriculum

All children follow the national curriculum. The core curriculum consists of English, Maths and Science. The foundation subjects are, History, Geography, Information Technology, Design and Technology, Physical Education, Music, Art, Religious Education and Personal,Social, Health,Education and Citizenship(PSHE&C).


Pupils abilities will be developed within an integrated program which consists of speaking and listening, reading and writing. Pupils are taught to communicate effectively, and to listen with attention and concentration, to read with fluency, accuracy, understanding and enjoyment and are given a wide range of opportunities to write with confidence. They are encouraged to organise and structure their writing in a variety of ways.


Pupils will learn mathematical language, ability to reason and develop flexible methods of working both mentally and orally. They will be taught to use and apply maths in practical tasks and be able to record their work in a variety of ways . The areas covered will include using and applying mathematics, number, shape, space, measures and data handling.

Curriculum 2


Pupils will develop an enquiring mind and a positive scientific attitude towards problem solving. Children will come to understand their own physical and biological environment.


Pupils will be given opportunities to develop an awareness of the past, a sense of chronology and develop skills in historical enquiry.


Pupils will be given opportunities to develop their geographical skills including the physical and human features of their surroundings. Mr Dargon Teaching!



Pupils will be taught to use IT equipment and software confidently and purposefully and to communicate and handle information.

Design Technology

Pupils will be taught to develop their skills in designing and working in a wide range of situations.


Pupils will be taught through these three areas of activity, games, gymnastics and dance, in order to promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.


Pupil's understanding and enjoyment of music will be developed through performing and composing, listening and appraising.


Pupil's understanding and enjoyment of art, craft and design will be developed through a wide variety of activities. They will use a wide range of media to develop an understanding of the work of artists, craftspeople and designers.

Religious Education

The Redbridge agreed syllabus for religious education, "Exploration and Response" is used throughout the school. The areas covered are: Special Times, Places and Events, Lifestyle, Community, Nature and the World, Self and Others, expressing meaning belief and values, and sources of authority. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of the religious education and collective worship provided by the school.

Sex Education

Sex Education is incorporated as part of planned National Curriculum work through Science topics. Each summer term year 5 and 6 boys and girls and their parents are invited to watch a video and take part in a discussion of a "growing up" talk led by the school nurse.

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