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.

Choir at Blackheath Concert Halls

Last week, the choir performed at Blackheath Halls. The concert was a celebration of the composer Leonard Bernstein's music as it is the 100th anniversary of his birth this year. The choir performed two Art Songs accompanied brilliantly by Peter Hayworth on the piano in the first half: one with no words, and the other, a recipe for making a great rabbit stew! In the second half they collaborated with a Jazz band, a Wind band, a Rock band, a Samba band, a Secondary School choir and Steal pan players to great a wonderful re-imagination of the music from West Side Story. This piece was composed and conducted by James Redwood. The children had a wonderful time working with the other musicians during the rehearsal process and the final product in the concert was incredibly exhilarating for all involved. ​Well done, choir!

Egg Decorating Event

All Eliot Bank children are invited to decorate eggs for our annual competition.

The number of entries grows every year so please bring your eggs in a setting that is no bigger than a standard shoe box. You can be as creative and imaginative as you like with the materials you use and the setting you create. We have seen everything from an Alien Underpant planet to an Eggwarts school!

You should have, received an entry form. If you have not, please contact the school office.

Eggs may be brought into the school on the morning of Wednesday 28 March and Thursday 29th March from 8.40am onwards.

Junior Citizen Programme

Year 6 travelled to Lee Green Fire Station to take part an event run by Lewisham Council as part of the Junior Citizens scheme.

Through a series of workshops, the children learnt about key issues around personal, Internet, road, fire and bus safety; drugs and alcohol awareness; and the importance of maintaining good mental well-being.

Children met representatives from the Police, Transport Police, Fire Brigade, St John’s Ambulance and Health Watch.

It was a great learning experience and equipped the children with lots of useful skills for their future, especially as they move on to secondary school in September.

“I enjoyed the First Aid session because I learnt how to deal with an injured patient using DRAB: Danger, Response, Airway and Breathing.” Louie

“I enjoyed the video in the Internet Safety session. I learnt about how to keep my profiles and personal details private.” Martha


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!

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

  • 3rd May 2018 8:00 amDads Breakfast
  • 4th May 2018Year 1 Class Assembly
  • 7th May 2018May Bank Holiday - School Closed
  • 11th May 2018Nursery Class Assembly
  • 18th May 2018Year 5 Class Assembly (5HC/5MQ)
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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.