Elephant and Castle boasts heaps of great schools. That’s not just a hunch: almost all schools in the area – both secondary and primary – are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Southwark Council says it is working hard to maintain and improve upon the high standard of schooling in the borough. Free school meals are given to all children in primary school, going above and beyond the national scheme that only provides meals for Reception and Years 1 and 2. Cllr Jasmine Ali, cabinet member for children, schools and adult care, says the council is committed to “drive standards up continually so all our pupils attend a school that exceeds London averages at every stage”.
Victory Primary School, for example, is a small school with a big heart. Located on Rodney Road next to Victory Community Park, the school’s impressive name is matched by its motto: ‘Victory For All!’ The school prides itself on its commitment to engaging pupils in extra-curricular activities such as the democratically-elected school council, sports and dance clubs and competitions.
While Victory Primary is small, Ark Globe Academy is on other end of the scale. Located on Harper Road, the large academy accepts pupils from ages three to 18. The academy is made up of a network of ‘small schools’ on site, each with their own head teacher, entrance, play and dining areas. This model ensures each pupil benefits from the family feel of a small school, while also being able to take advantage of the academy’s formidable facilities – an auditorium, astro turf and sports hall, to name a few.