North West London


Richard Atkins Primary School

Creating a secure and united community R ichard Atkins Primary School empowers children to achieve excellence in all that they do, setting them on a life of infinite possibility where they understand just how big their world can be and know that they are their own creators. Head teacher Nadia McIntosh details key aspects of how the school enhances the provision and learning experiences of the pupils, creating “an impressive climate for learning” (Ofsted 2017). Richard Atkins is a warm, vibrant and inclusive school at the heart of its community. With a purpose-driven, high-quality provision, we endeavour to foster fundamental values including growth, integrity, courage, excellence, curiosity and empowerment. We strive to provide our pupils with skills to enable them to become lifelong learners who are effective communicators, enjoy learning and achieving, are able to make informed choices about their lifestyles and are confident to compete and make a positive impact in the local and wider community. My arrival, in September 2014, coincided with some key changes in primary education; we needed to respond swiftly to ensure that the school was in a position to effectively implement the new 2014 national curriculum, SEND code of practice and Assessment Without Levels. Targeted changes were made to schemes of work and curriculum resourcing and the staff team structure was revised to ensure distributive leadership at every level in order to drive forward improvements in teaching and learning. We are now well on our journey towards “outstanding” by dealing with all challenges in a proactive and positive manner.

Nadia McIntosh, head teacher

REPORT CARD RICHARD ATKINS PRIMARY SCHOOL » » Head teacher: Nadia McIntosh » » Founded in 1897 » » Based in Brixton Hill, Lambeth » » Type of school: Two-form entry primary school » » No. of pupils: 354, including nursery » » Ofsted: “Good”, January 2017 » »


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