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.


Year 6 parents, please note that the deadline for secondary school applications is nearly upon us. You have until Tuesday 31 October 2017 to submit your application on the www.eadmissions.org.uk.

It is recommended that you apply by Friday 20 October, so that you can seek help from school before the half-term break. If you need help with any part of the process, please contact the school office to arrange an appointment with Mr. Ridler.


If your child was born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014 you must apply for a school place by 15th January 2018.

You may apply for up to six schools on your application. Due to the high demand for places, it is recommended that you use all your preferences and list your most local school as one of your preferences.

You can apply online at www.eadmissions.org.uk.  For more information about applying to Start Primary School please visit the Lewisham Counil Website.

We hope that as many of you as possible choose Gordonbrock as your number one choice.

Please note that unfortunately, our current Nursery children do not automatically get a Reception place. A separate application must still be made.


Special Edition Newsletter - The Arts: Music

Download our Special Edition Newsletter, focusing on the music activities at Eliot Bank.


Throughout October, we will be celebrating Black History Month. Black History Month is essential in promoting learning, providing information and contributing to community cohesion. For the past 30 years, it has shone, and continues to shine, a beacon of light on the facts about Black history, heritage, legacy and the on-going struggles for equality and justice. At Eliot Bank, the children will have an opportunity to listen to African stories, learn about black artists, musicians, scientists, inventors and cricketers. There will be art, music and cricket coaching sessions, as well as quizzes and competitions.


Dulwich Picture Gallery Project: Update

Year 4 started their year-long project with Dulwich Picture Gallery last week. They found out about the history of the Gallery, then looked at some of the paintings. They asked lots of questions. Some questions remained unanswered, so the children wondered what the answers might be.

I was surprised that the paint was put on with a knife. I liked her necklace. I disliked that the whole background was black. I would like it better if there was more happening. I would still like to know why her cheeks are red,

Year 4 Student

To find out more about the Dulwich Picture Gallery click here.


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Upcoming Events

  • 2nd October 2017Black History Month
  • 23rd October 2017Autumn Half Term Break
  • 30th October 2017First day back at school following Half Term Break
  • 30th October 2017Year 6 Bikeability
  • 3rd November 2017Year 1 Trip to Museum of Childhood
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For a more detailed overview of upcoming events and to look at further ahead please visit our School Diary page