school initiatives


Jo Richardson Buddies

'Jo Richardson Buddies' is part of a collaborative partnership between Jo Richardson Comprehensive and our school.  Over 3 days a week, six Year 8 pupils attend our school to work alongside children.  The older 'buddies' help our children complete numeracy and literacy activities on the PCs in school, which in turn, helps develop ICT skills for everyone concerned.  The initiative is highly successful and has helped to raise standards in oracy too!



Our Yr 2 PC Buy-Back Scheme

We believe that PCs help children to learn more.  We provide netbooks for all our Year 2 children to use in lessons and then to take home afterwards.  The scheme is free, but we ask Parents to sign a lending agreements and simple conditions apply. We ask Parents to:

  • Bring the laptop to school every day, fully charged!
  • Do your best to get on line at home.
  • Look after it carefully and pay for any loss or damages.

In return, we provide you with software and a dedicated 24 hour support line.  Ask in school for more details.  Parents can choose to buy their reconditioned  netbook from us or purchase a brand new one.  Its a very popular scheme.  For more information, click here.

24 Hour PC Support, PC Clinic & Internet Drop-in

We regularly run a computer/internet drop-in for Parents and Carers on Tuesday mornings. It often runs from 9:30-10:30am. Laptops with internet access are provided and help is available too.

Our Technical Manager will answer any PC based questions you have with your home PC. Come and speak to him and he will do his best to support you and provide practical help. For free home PC support call  07983 521 521 anytime. We'll do our best to help you 'over the phone' and we might ask you to bring your home PC in.


School Newsletter by E-mail

To help keep you informed about what us going on in school and to solve the problem of school newsletters getting lost on their way home from school, we offer a newsletter by e-mail service. To sign up, parents should e-mail their child's name to:
'Round the Clock' Homework Help!

It's always best to meet ‘face-to-face' with our teachers, especially when talking about learning. However, we do understand that parents' lives can be very busy and sometimes it's difficult to find time to talk. If you, or your child, has a question about homework or need advice on reading at home, you can send an e-mail to:

Our teachers will try to answer your question, or make an appointment to help you further at a convenient time.


Breakfast Club


We all know the importance of providing children with a healthy and balanced breakfast every morning; but we are also aware of the pressures facing busy families as well, especially when grown-ups have to get to work!  We run a morning Breakfast Club, located in the hall, for children arriving to school between 8:30 and 8:45 am. Supervised by school staff, children can have breakfast for as little as 60p! Download a menu from here.

We're here from 8:30 until 4:30!

As we want our families to get the most from their time with us, we also run a range of services which extend what the school can offer and the school day.

As an ‘extended school', we provide children with a variety of evening activity clubs, in addition to the before school breakfast club. These include football skills training, dance and computing, which children can attend for a small fee.

This year, we aim to start:

  • regular Saturday Clubs
  • Late night evening opening!

A fully 'Joined-Up' Provision
We work closely with all key partner professionals within the neighbourhood and pride ourselves on our good links. These include the Sue Bramley Children's Centre, The Sue Bramley Children's Centre Nursery, Christchurch Nursery, The Thames View Medical Centre, Social Services, nearby schools and the educational and support services within the Local Authority. Together, we offer a very effective support network for families and a fully "joined up" provision.

Our Answer to 'Real Time' Reporting for Parents

We aim to use ICT to help give parents up-to-date and real-time information about school life.  We use Twitter to let parents be the first to know about what is happening in school and 'what is going on behind the scenes'.  Our Special Events and the Our Work pages contain images and video about daily-life in this fun-filled school.  Pupils and teachers use the Year 2 Blog to communicate about learning during and after school within a safe and secure on-line environment.
The TVI Bring and Buy Shop!

Our Governors have got together with the Parents who attend Fi’s Coffee Mornings, to bring you our very own “Bring and Buy” Shop.  Staff and Parents donate clothes and unwanted items from home, which we wash and press for you to buy… very cheaply.  There’s always fantastic stock! The TVI Bring and Buy Shop is open every Thursday from 9:10am in the Blue Demountable Classroom (where Fi’s Coffee Mornings also take place).  Enter school with your child and do some shopping… and stay for a coffee and chat too!  If you have any donations, please drop them off in the hall for our staff and governors to collect.  All money raised goes to good use within school.  For a video about our Bring and Buy shop, click here.

A Professional Learning Community

We're committed to 'Life-Long Learning'.  We strive to be a Professional Learning Community - helping all stakeholders to achieve their best.  As a result, we work hard to offer a range of services:

  • Hosting Learning Courses for Parents (with SBCC and Barking Adult College).
  • Regular coffee mornings, drop-ins and 'work along-side' Sessions.
  • NVQ and PGCE Support (with Local Providers and UEL).
  • Learning Networks with other LA and Regional Schools.
  • Coaching and Supervision.
  • Bespoke Hosting and Learning events (by arrangement).

London Thames Gateway Development Corporation is the lead government agency responsible for delivering social and economic growth to transform the London Thames Gateway, part of Europe's largest regeneration project. LTGDC has created a number of  innovative education projects working with universities, colleges and schools to accelerate improvements in achievement levels and employability skills in the London Thames Gateway.  As a result of our special partnership with the LTGDC we have been able to fund:

  • Lend-to-Buy PCs for our Yr 2 Pupils
  • A range of after-school clubs
  • A New Hall
  • Learning Support spaces.

The LTGDC have also helped up to drive building works for our new classrooms and a larger refurbished School Kitchen. Click here to view the LTGDC website.

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