Latest News


Culture Day 2017

On Friday 26th May we held our 2nd (ever!) Culture Day.  This was a day when we celebrated the wide variety of cultures which we are fortunate to have at our school.  It was wonderful to see so many children dressed in outfits traditional to their culture.   On the day children took part in activities such as dance, food tasting, learning languages, traditional stories and many more!  The children had a great day and both they and the staff would like to thank parents and carers for your help and support – without which this day wouldn’t have been such a success.


Author- Ciaran Murtagh
Children from Elmwood visited Croydon Library on Friday 26th May to meet popular author Ciaran Murtagh. Ciaran is a multi-award winning author who has written over 34 books.  His latest series ‘The Fincredible Dairy of Fin Spencer’ has been published all around the world.  He also writes for some popular tv shows such as Shaun the Sheep, Mr Bean and the Amazing World of Gumball. 

Please see the following link for more information:!__books

Phunky Foods

On Thursday 26th May our Phunky Foods partner Wendy Walsh took a special upper and lower school assembly to promote ‘Strive for 5’. Wendy demonstrated how having your ‘5 a day’ can easily be achieved through making delicious smoothies for breakfast. A representative from each class sampled three different varieties of smoothie and the verdict was a resounding ‘thumbs up’.


The Smart Brothers Road Safety Show

On Friday 5th May The Smart Brothers Road Safety Show came to Elmwood. Stuart Clark and Jason Perry play Freddie and Eddie Smart, two brothers who are ‘smart’ when it comes to crossing the road. Or are they..?

The show is funny, skilful and entertaining, with the main aim- to educate the audience and make them safer on the road. Other safety messages concerned:

  • cycling safety
  • safer places to cross the road
  • the dangers of playing, using mobile phones and listening to headphones near the road
  • safety when traveling in a vehicle

Using a mixture of juggling, unicycling, circus skills and song, along with plenty of audience participation, The Smart Brothers Road Safety Show was a great way to end the week.

Photo Reminder

A quick reminder that the photographer will be visiting the school on Tuesday 16th May. All year groups will have class photos taken; Year 6 will also have individual photos taken for their ‘Yearbooks’. Photographs and Yearbooks will be available to purchase in the usual way.

A Successful OFSTED

A huge ‘well done’ is in order to the staff, children, parents and governors following an OFSTED update inspection which was carried out by inspector Lou Anderson on February 28th. The school was judged to be ‘GOOD’ and was recently the subject of an article by the Croydon Advertiser.

The report says:

‘The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Together with senior leaders and governors, you have ensured that Elmwood Junior School is a welcoming and happy place. The governing body, pupils, parents and staff are rightly proud of the inclusive nature of the school. One pupil told me, ‘I love this school because it makes everyone feel welcome.’ Parents praised the school’s strong sense of community. They spoke positively about how well their children settled when they joined the school’.

A link to the full report can be found under Parents Links > OFSTED

A link to the Croydon Advertiser article: