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Reception 2022 OPEN DAYS To book a place on a tour ring us on 02086542983 or email the office@southnorwood.croydon.sch.uk

Thursday 23rd September 2021 9:30am

Wednesday 6th October 2021 9:30am

Tuesday 9th November 2021 9:30am

Monday 22nd NOvember 2021 9:30am

EYFS 2021.mp4

Please see this short virtual tour of our EYFS classrooms and garden. 

Visit from Shaun Wane Friday 17th January 2020

Shaun Wane, a former rugby international player and former Head Coach of Wigan Rugby Club visited South Norwood Primary School on Friday 17th January to meet Leaders of The Pioneer Academy. He delivered inspirational training about Leadership using his own personal experiences in change management and building a culture in a team.

Shaun Wane met the children of South Norwood in assembly. He told the children that he was successful because he worked harder than anyone else and listened to his coaches.

He toured the school with Mrs Berthoud and the Head Boy and Girl, Clive and Lucy.  He said that “I am overwhelmed with a nice positive feeling from being here.  I wasn’t expecting this from a school that was vulnerable 18 months ago; the children are very well mannered and hardworking, everyone has been so positive and lovely and the children asked thought provoking questions.”

Clive and Lucy said “We enjoyed meeting Shaun, he is very humble and inspiring. He signed a rugby ball for us with the message - work harder than anyone else”.

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Author Visit September 2019

We were very pleased to welcome Author Giles Paley-Phillips to school today to officially open both our new EYFS outdoor area and library. 

Giles spent time with the children in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 sharing his stories and answering questions. 

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Brand New EYFS Outdoor area - September 2019

Over the summer The Pioneer Academy invsted £60,000 on a brand new exciting outdoor area for our Reception children.  


Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Secretary of Education visit 5.6.19

We were pleased to have Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Secretary of Education visit us on June 5th to talk to children, ELP staff, parents, Governors and Mrs Berthoud. 

She left saying  "If we could bottle this and have it in every trust - that would be fantastic." Thank you Angela Rayner  for your support and words of encouragement showing what an amazing impact The Pioneer Academy has had in this community. 



Wednesday 6th March 2019 - Great2BMe

Jackson led a lively and inspirational assembly for the whole school which had both pupils and staff singing together as one. Working on positive self-belief and developing a healthy attitude for adversities was a strong theme throughout the launch, with Jackson sharing his own stories and experiences of what it was like arriving from Nigeria aged 11 for a new school in London.

Jackson also ran an engaging work shop with Year 6 pupils, to help them mentally prepare for their SATs. Overcoming bullies and standing up to the limiting beliefs and criticisms of others was also a key focus.

Commenting on the project Jackson said, “I am so happy that South Norwood Primary is launching a powerful mission that engages the heart and the mind. The kids and staff definitely deserve to feel AMAZING!”​

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Monday 14th January 2019 - Official opening 

Our brand new Enhanced Learning Provision Garden was opened on Monday 14th January by local MP Sarah Jones.  She said on twitter @laboursj that she had a wonderful morning 'Lovely kids, Lovely staff.  What a pleasure to start the week at South Norwood Primary School'. 


November 5th 2018 - Remembrance Day

South Norwood Primary School Head Boy and Head Girl were joined by all the Head Boys and Head Girls from the TPA schools on Monday to remember the old boys and masters of the South Norwood school and all of those who fell in the great war 1914-1918. The children all read poignant words and laid wreaths at the memorial stone  on our playground. It was a great morning where all the children showed phenomenal maturity and respect for those who sacrificed so much for all of us.