Welcome to Eliot Bank Primary School

Eliot Bank School is Part of the Eliot Bank and Gordonbrock Schools Federation

A Message from the Head of School, Mark Ridler

On behalf of the children, staff and governors, welcome to the website of Eliot Bank: a happy and vibrant primary school on the border of Forest Hill and Sydenham in south-east London.

We are a dedicated team of professionals, committed to providing a safe, secure and supportive environment where our children thrive. Promoting qualities such as resilience, aspiration, imagination, confidence and collaboration is at the heart of our vision. Our broad and relevant curriculum provides many exciting opportunities both in and beyond the classroom.

Quality teaching, high standards of behaviour and strong partnerships with parents are key features of Eliot Bank as they help provide a platform for children to fulfil their potential. We are very proud of our long track record of achievements and of our children’s readiness for continuing their education beyond primary school at the end of Year 6.


Bags2School Thank you to everyone who donated clothes and to Belicia and Nathan’s mum for organising it. We raised £120 for the school.

The EBSA Easter Challenge is coming on Friday 23 March 3:30-4.30pm. It costs £3 per child (accompanying adults free) all proceeds go to the school. Please refer to the letter sent home earlier this week for more information.

If you have any school uniform that is in good condition but no longer needed, please drop it off at the main school office. The date of the next pre-loved uniform sale is coming soon.

Sports Relief

We do have plans to raise money for a charity through a sports-themed event, but this year, we would like to link it with our healthy lifestyles-themed Curriculum Week (wb. 18 June) rather than next Friday. If your child is raising money for Sport Relief outside of school, we’d love to hear about it!

World Book Day - 1st March 2018

Eliot Bank did not let the snow and cold conditions put a stop to our World Book Day celebrations. Children, teachers and support staff across the whole school came dressed as their favourite book characters on Thursday 1 March.

From the Mad Hatter to the Demon Dentist; Wally to Burglar Bill; Hetty Feather to the Enormous Crocodile; (and a fair few Harry Potters) the corridors and classrooms were buzzing with excitement as everyone tried to guess who everyone was dressed as.

The theme of this year’s World Book Day was ‘Share a Story’ and that we did! As well as children reading in their own classrooms, each teacher visited a different class to share one of their favourite stories. Having a different adult read to them was very exciting and they all enjoyed hearing why the teacher had chosen their particular book – many had chosen memorable books from their own childhoods.

It was a great day of celebrating books, stories and reading. Be sure to continue sharing stories with each other at home. As school was closed on Friday, Wendy Shearer, the storyteller who was due to come in and lead African and Caribbean folktale workshops, will be rescheduled for later this term – another event to look forward to!

Choir at Catford Broadway

Last week, the choir performed brilliantly at Catford Broadway Theatre.  The children performed ‘Tomorrow’ from Annie and received rapturous applause. At the end of the concert, over 300 performers from many different schools, performed the songs I Got Rhythm and Be the Change together and even used some sign language. A great time was had by all!

Year 4 DPG Project Continues

Last week, 4LA took another trip to Dulwich Picture Gallery to continue their art project. They looked at the different paints that were used in the past.

Then, the children experienced making this type of paint (mixing coloured powder with egg yolks!). They created colourful brush strokes and relate them to an emotion. Next, they were able to apply borders around their work using gold leaf which is the same material used on the borders of the art work in the Gallery!

Dartmouth Road Closure

It has been brought to our attention that Dartmouth Road will be closed to through-traffic from 29 January 2018 for 6 weeks. We appreciate that this will cause an inconvenience to many of our parents and carers and will, no doubt, increase traffic at the top of Thorpewood Avenue. We ask that you please be extra vigilant during morning drop off and at pick up, as we anticipate delays on Kirkdale and subsequently Thorpewood Avenue. It may be advisable to walk.

For more information click here

Upcoming Events

  • 22nd March 2018Reception Stay & Read Morning
  • 23rd March 2018Year 2 Victorian workshop & local walk
  • 23rd March 2018 9:00 amReception Assembly
  • 29th March 2018Last Day of School before Easter Holidays
  • 29th March 2018 9:00 amYear 3 Assembly
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For a more detailed overview of upcoming events and to look at further ahead please visit our School Diary page

Maths Problem

Have a go at solving one of our Maths Problems from the Maths Corner.

Book Corner

Not sure which book to read next? Have a look in our book corner to help you decide.