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Ray Lodge Primary School
Snakes Lane East, IG8 7JQ, UK Woodford Green
+44 (0)2085-047301

    Ray Lodge Primary is a County Co-educational day school, situated in Snakes Lane East, Woodford Green, Essex in the London Borough of Redbridge. The school is about a quarter of a kilometre from Woodford Central Line Station and is also served by the 275 bus route to Walthamstow Central Station and Barkingside.
click here to see our mapAlthough the Edwardian buildings date from 1903, it has benefited from rewiring and redecoration. There are also a number of new buildings. A Nursery Unit was opened in September 1990, which was a much needed addition to the school and the community, and caters for the needs of the children prior to joining the school. An additional two-story extension was added approximately 6 years ago and in September 1997 the former Infant and Junior Schools amalgamated to create a new Primary School.  The school is adjacent to Ray Lodge Park.

The school draws its children from a wide range of social, linguistic, religious and ethnic backgrounds and celebrates its diversity.  There are approximately 615 children on roll and their ages range from four to eleven years old. The school is organised into three phases -

  • Foundation  -  Nursery and three Reception Classes
  • Key Stage 1  - Years 1 and,2 
  • Key Stage 2  - Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
The children are taught in mixed ability classes, with each class having its own room and teacher. Most of the children's day is spent within their own classroom. There are no classes above 30 pupils in line with Government directives.
The 78 Nursery children receive part time education in either the morning or afternoon sessions There is a purpose-built canteen. Meals are prepared on site in the school kitchen, which also supplies neighbouring schools. The school serves a large and varied catchment area, and most of the pupils on roll come from within the catchment area.
   Prospective parents are always welcome to visit the school. Appointments can be made quickly at the school office to give you an opportunity to view the school. We always try to make a new child feel as settled as possible, informally meeting a new teacher, or arranging any visits if necessary. An appointment can always be made with the Headteacher to discuss the organisation or philosophy of the school. We consider ourselves to be a caring and welcoming school, and at an initial meeting we would wish to establish good relationships.

Admission to the Nursery follows guidelines as laid down by the London Borough of Redbridge, which are as follows -
  • A place will be offered initially to four year olds living in the catchment area, with preference to older children
  • Four year old siblings who live in Redbridge, with preference to older children
  • Three year old children in the catchment area, with preference to older children
  • Three year old children who live in Redbridge, with preference to older children
Parents and children will be invited to the school for a visit prior to their admission.


To create a stimulating environment in which children are happy, well motivated and feel secure

  • To develop self esteem, independence and confidence
  • To encourage respect for self and others
  • To respect and have an understanding of others' beliefs and ways of life
  • To foster equal opportunities
To equip children for life                                                         
  • To develop the concept of right and wrong and encourage the highest possible standards of behaviour
  • To develop a sense of responsibility
  • To nurture a feeling of being valued and valuing others
  • To appreciate and respect the contributions of all
  • To care for and look after the wider environment beyond school
To promote high academic standards
  • To develop enquiring minds
  • To provide the opportunity for all to achieve their full potential
  • To provide all pupils with equal access to a broad and balanced education (following National Curriculum guidelines)
  • To encourage a sense of personal achievement and pride in work
  • To develop and reward all achievements
  • To provide a range of opportunities which will promote aesthetic appreciation and develop each pupil's creative skills
To develop and encourage positive relationships and good communications between home, school and the wider community
  • To ensure all are working towards a common goal
  • To make and sustain links with outside agencies
  • To value the involvement of parents, governors, Ray Lodge School and Home Association
To create a professional atmosphere of support and development for all staff by providing
  • A clear School Development Plan which highlights the priorities of the whole school
  • An effective appraisal system which improves performance and reviews career opportunities
  • Positive relationships, good communications and a support system for all
  • A mentor as part of a programme of induction for newly qualified teachers


The children are offered a wide curriculum at Ray Lodge. All children follow the National Curriculum. The Core subjects consist of English, Mathematics, Science, Information Technology and Religious Education. The foundation subjects taught are History, Geography, Design and Technology, Physical Education, Music and Art. Teachers meet weekly to ensure consistency of practice across year groups.
All classes will devote an hour every day to both English and Mathematics. With financial support from parents and government, a computer suite has been created. This is because we see,
Information Technology skills as essential for children's development.
The 78 place
nursery provides a stimulating and happy environment and through structured play, offers the children a wide range of experiences which encompass the whole curriculum and stimulates communication, cooperation and problem solving. Children are encouraged to develop self confidence. In a secure environment they can develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually to achieve their full potential. The teachers in reception and the nursery all plan together. This is the foundation stage. The Nursery is staffed by a full time teacher and two nursery nurses. Each reception class has a classroom assistant.


Assessment is fundamental to the teaching and learning process.  At Ray Lodge Primary School, Assessment is linked to planning at all levels and is essential for the progression and continuity of experiences offered to our children.  'Assessment for Learning' occurs daily.

At Ray Lodge Primary School teachers are constantly making assessments of the children in their care at many levels.  Many are automatic, integral to the teaching and are never recorded.  This kind of assessment provides valuable background information about the individual child and their learning needs.  It also helps to interpret the more formal, planned and recorded assessments.  Both are required if we are to clarify individual and class achievements and if we are to use these assessments to plan a relevant and challenging curriculum.

Formative Assessments can take place:

  • During practical activities

  • While groups are discussing work in hand

  • Reporting back by pupils following work done

  • Pupil's own evaluation of their work (self assessment)

  • Peer assessment and feedback

  • Everyday work written or drawn on paper or exercise books

  • Formal tasks and tests e.g. Reading tests or SATs

Strategies employed by staff:

  • Observing children undertaking a task

  • Asking questions during or after a piece of work

  • Listening to discussions taking place in a group or children reporting back

  • Feedback to others following an activity

  • Marking work and discussing the outcome with the child

  • Involving pupils in subjective or structured assessment and in the assessment of others

This academic year, the Year 6 SATS will take place between Monday 14th May and Friday 19th May 2007.  The Year 2 SATS will run throughout April to June and the Optional Year 3, 4 and 5 SATS will take place later in May 2007.  All teachers will complete termly assessments in Writing, Reading, Maths, Science and ICT and these are recorded on the Computer Database.

Gifted and Talented

At Ray Lodge all our teachers aim to make learning challenging and enjoyable so that all pupils, including the gifted and talented, achieve their full potential.  Our teachers create conditions for learning in which there are opportunities for pupils with gifts and talents to demonstrate their high abilities.

We believe that all learners are entitled to be stretched and challenged; and aim for our gifted and talented pupils to be given opportunities to study subjects to a greater depth and breadth.  Our teachers also recognise and provide for children that have abilities, such as advanced social skills and leadership qualities that fall outside the given definitions.  Click here to view a selection of artworks created by our pupils.






  • Grey trousers
  • White shirt or polo shirt      
  • School sweatshirt

PE is a compulsory part of education and it is important that children are dressed correctly. Health education will also stress the necessity for a change of clothes. Indoor and outdoor lessons are planned throughout the year. All pupils must have a PE kit as listed below -
  • Shorts
  • T-shirt
  • Plimsolls
  • Tracksuit or top and leggings for outdoor work
An apron or overall for creative activities is recommended. These should be kept in a slipper bag. It is important that all clothes are clearly marked with the child's name. Labels can be ordered through the school. All items are available from departmental stores; no specific style is specified. School sweatshirts, white polo shirts bags may be purchased from the uniform shop. Slipper bags and book bags can be purchased from the School Office.

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