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History of Our School

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The original Crawford Street Schools were built in 1884 as a Higher Grade school for 1,282 pupils. It consisted of 2 buildings, sheds and a school keeper’s house. The schools shared the site with houses in Valmar Road, Morna Road and Crawford Street. Boys and girls had separate entrances.

By 1912 the Annexe building was constructed.  In 1936 Crawford Street was renamed Crawford Road and during 1936 the schools were renamed, one being the infant school and the other for pupils up to the age of 12 or 14 years.

Until 1970 there was a bell tower at the Crawford Road end of the KS2 building. The school keeper rang the bell for 5 minutes from 8:55am to summon children to school.

It had been decided to demolish the old Infant school and in 1970 the adjoining houses were bought and demolished for a new building. This was a purpose built open-plan infants building with Nursery, dining hall and a kitchen to serve the whole site. In the Autumn of 1983 the two schools amalgamated under one Head and the school was renamed as Crawford Primary School.

In 2011 the Crawford Primary joined the Gipsy Hill Federation of Schools and underwent a major internal redecoration and so that it could provide a fantastic learning environment for pupils. Facilities that the Gipsy Hill Federation introduced included the specialist teaching of music, new computing equipment and many learning support rooms. After some excellent SATs results in 2012, the school proudly achieved the accolade of Most Improved School across the whole of Greater London and was shortlisted as TES Primary School of the Year in 2013. In 2015, the school was delighted to receive an award for Outstanding Pupil Progress from the Southwark Education Authority.

Due to increased demand for places and popularity, the school has taken additional classes and is increasing permanently in size to three forms of entry in every Year Group.  It has recently undergone major building work to accommodate this and we are all excited to be part of the continued outstanding journey that Crawford Primary School is making.

Government Initiatives IQ recognises Crawford Primary School as a Top Performing and Improving School. Click here to find out more.

2002 Craig Tunstall became Head of Kingswood

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    15/12/17
    Crawford Autumn Term Update
  • Welcome to Apollo Class - Crawford Primary

    13 December 2017: These last few weeks, Year 2 have been rehearsing for the KS1 Christmas Performance.  Here is a member of Apollo class waiting to go on the stage for the performance.  We hope you enjoyed the show! 21 November 2017: This half term we have been learning about the Polar regions.  We have learn lots of facts about different animals in the Arctic and Antarctic. In this picture we are doing an experiment with 'blubber'.  We put our bare hand into cold water and then put our hand covered with 'blubber' into cold water.  We couldn't feel the cold when it was covered with 'blubber'!  It showed us how Polar animals survive in the cold conditions.  They have a layer of 'blubber' under their skin which keeps them warm. 11 November 2017: Apollo class have had a very exciting week! We went on a trip to see some of the sights around London.  In this picture we are walking over the Millennium Bridge.

    13/12/17
    Welcome to Apollo Class - Crawford Primary
  • Welcome to Earth Class - Crawford Primary

    13 December 2017: This half term we have been studying Desert Survival. We made pop up maps about famous deserts all over the world and at present we are writing script for a Desert Survival documentary! 22 November 2017: Earth class went to The Science Museum for part of our Blast Off Topic. We learnt fantastic facts about space but also lots of other amazing scientific information. Some children in the class even got to take part in experiments with a scientist!  03 November 2017:As part of our Topic theme on Space we made a solar system using different art materials and art techniques. We then hung them up in the classroom. We think they look great! September 2017: In Earth class we have been learning about space. As part of this topic, we looked at rockets. We then drew our own using different art techniques with chalk and pastels. 

    13/12/17
    Welcome to Earth Class - Crawford Primary
  • Welcome to Eris Class - Crawford Primary

    13 December 2017: This week in Eris class, we have been learning all about what an organism is and the different life cycles that living things go through. 22 November 2017: For Black History month, Eris class performed a fabulous poem called the ‘Want, Want Twins’ by Jackie Kay. We ensure we used actions, tone of voice and facial expressions. It was fantastic.  02 November 2017: This week in Eris class, we've been exploring how gravity works. We have been investigating whether the size or weight alters the speed at which an object falls to the floor. It's been a lot of fun. 18 October 2017: This week in Eris class, we've been exploring how gravity works. We have been investigating whether the size or weight alters the speed at which an object falls to the floor. It's been a lot of fun. September 2017: Eris class have really been enjoying our blast off topic. This week we have been creating the solar system, thinking about the size of the planets in relation to the sun, using clay. We will them paint them later in the week.    

    13/12/17
    Welcome to Eris Class - Crawford Primary
  • Welcome to Galaxy Class - Crawford Primary

    13 December 2017: This week year 6 had the opportunity to visit the ‘Wonderlab’ at the science museum. We were able to experiment focusing on forces, electricity, vapour, sound and more! We also saw lightning strike before our eyes and we travelled through space under a canopy of stars. Galaxy glass enjoy working as a team so during the ‘Engineer your Future’ workshop we worked together to problem solve - this worked fantastically! 30 November 2017: In Galaxy class, we had the opportunity to visit the Institute of Imagination. We explored the theme of ‘Reality’ that covered the following topics: Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Art and Design. We used our creative skills to design and make a scribble box. The trip was fantastic!  22 November 2017: In Galaxy class we had the opportunity to annotate different newspaper articles to identify the key features. We then collated all the information we researched about the HMS Windrush to create a newspaper article. We worked extremely hard to achieve our target and we are proud of the standard of work we have produced.  01 November 2017:  Throughout our topic 'WW 2' Galaxy class have been reading the book 'The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas ' by John Boyne. At the end of the school day, we take turns to read to each other. It is a fantastic book and we definitely recommend it!  12th October 2017:Post WW2, Britain encouraged immigration from common wealth countries. To a large extent, this was to help rebuild the country.  Galaxy Class used 'Comic Life' to create persuasive posters to encourage the Caribbeans to board the HMS Windrush.  For Black History Month, we are focusing on Poetry. We decided to use figurative language to write effective poems regarding the journey on the HMS Windrush. 

    13/12/17
    Welcome to Galaxy Class - Crawford Primary
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