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St James Hatcham



Goldsmiths University:

Being placed right across the road from this distinguished university creates a wonderful and wide-ranging partnership. Our teachers work closely with the Teacher Training tutors and trainee teachers are placed with us yearly to work under the direction of our most experienced teachers. 

Our staff have been used as models of best practice for the Teacher Training courses. Most recently, our Year 1 class and early reading enthusiast Miss Kay demonstrated a phonics lesson during a lecture for post graduate students studying to train to teach. The teaching was described as 'inspiring' and our pupils were given a certificate to thank them for their contribution to the development of future teachers!

 We have also collaborated as prestigious events such as the COP26 Climate Change Conference, where St James Hatcham partnered with the community outreach and scientists at Goldsmiths on workshops designed to highlight, teach and embed learning around climate and climate change. 

CCA Gallery at Goldsmiths - school of residence:

St James Hatcham, having worked on two specialist art projects with artists supported by the CCA Gallery, have been selected to be the gallery's first school of residence. Our vision as school in residency at the gallery is to provide our children with a varied arts curriculum that enables all to encounter the abundant creative culture this world has to offer.

Children will have opportunities to study a wide range of contemporary artists from across continents and from a range of traditions. Use of the contemporary art space will provide a unique, creative experience where children, inspired by the rich tapestry of artists on exhibition, can develop their own projects by altering medium, theme, scale, techniques or composition. We endeavour to broaden our school’s creative links within our local community, ensuring that the immeasurable value of arts education is recognised by staff, children and parents alike.