Working for us

Here at Monks Orchard Primary School we are proud of our diverse, vibrant and friendly school community.

Working with our children is extremely rewarding as they are well behaved and eager to learn.

We are looking for people to join our team who are passionate about ensuring that our children are always at the centre of everything we do.

It is of huge importance to us that we know our children and understand how their needs can be best met.

We are incredibly proud of our team; all of our teaching and non-teaching team staff have demonstrated an unstinted commitment to the school’s goals and are a key part of our success.

All of our staff work together to help create a happy school where the working atmosphere is relaxed and informal. 

Upon joining us you will be welcomed and supported by a dedicated and enthusiastic team who go out of their way to help each other.

Our staff feel empowered to trust their professional judgement and that they can develop our children using their own creativity, style and flair.

We prioritise the development of our staff and value their wellbeing. We recently organised a wellbeing week that everyone could get involved in, which received positive feedback.

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About our school

Monks Orchard Primary School was first opened in 1936 with seven classes. The nursery was opened in 1999.

Monks Orchard is a large maintained primary school with 530 pupils, reaffirmed as a good school at the last Ofsted inspection in 2014.

We provide high quality outcomes to our diverse community in a suburban area on the eastern border of London Borough of Croydon.

We offer academic excellence in a nurturing environment from nursery to Year 6. We are an expanding school; we have three forms in Reception through to Year 4 with two forms in Years 5 and 6. We will become three form throughout the school by Autumn 2018.

We also have a 52 place nursery offering morning and afternoon provision, and popular breakfast and after school clubs.

As a school we are lucky to benefit from good relationships with parents and they are keen to be involved.

View our Ofsted report.

To learn more about our school view our school prospectus.


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Our aims – mission statement

Our aim is to provide a happy and stable school environment. All children will be given full access to the National Curriculum. This will enable them, regardless of their abilities, gender, ethnic or social background, to reach the highest standards by realising their potential and developing talents and strengthening weaknesses in all areas.

Our children are the best ambassadors for the school

At Monks Orchard primary school our children are at the heart of everything we do and we have extremely high aspirations and expectations for their development. We are proud of the excellent behaviour and attitudes to learning that our children show. Accordingly we are determined to raise pupil performance across all aspects of school life, to enable them, regardless of their abilities, gender, ethnic or social background, to reach their full potential and succeed academically, socially and emotionally.

Recent refurbishments to support our expansion

Our school is fronted by a 1930’s built school building, which has benefited from many structural improvements.

Some of the recent improvements include a school library, a music studio and newly refurbished computer room.

The expansion of the school has provided a modern nine classroom building called the rainbow building, with each classroom having its own decor in a colour of the rainbow. Years 1, 2 and 3 are housed in this lovely building. During construction of which we invested in a full refurbishment of all teaching rooms and a revamped ICT suite.

We are fortunate to be backed by pleasant grounds, including a large school field, wildlife learning and gardening areas. Both of our playgrounds have areas with climbing equipment. Our EYFS and Key Stage 1 classes each have their own outdoor learning area and the children in Key Stage 2 also have a large games area and a fitness trail. The grounds have been landscaped around the Rainbow Building but still leave two large open green spaces for football, athletics etc.

A rich and creative curriculum

At Monks Orchard School we provide a rich curriculum, with appropriate emphasis on developing core skills in a stimulating learning environment. Our curriculum is guided by The National Curriculum. We aim to grow enquiring, creative, thoughtful, stimulated, confident and independent learners who take pride in their achievements.

We are developing our topic based curriculum using units from the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), focusing particularly on Creativity and Outdoor Learning.
We believe that it is crucial for our children to have visits and visitors to extend their learning beyond the classroom. This involves understanding the benefits of using the many rich resources that our local area and our community provide. As well as this we work in partnership with many organisations to enhance and strengthen the quality of our provision. Our topics are introduced through hands on experiences, which promote and develop enquiry and higher level thinking skills, as children, with the teacher, collate the direction of their learning journey through pupils’ questions.

In addition to our focus on academic standards, there are opportunities for all children to show off and develop their individual talents in the various after school clubs on offer. Some of these include junior and infant choirs, dance clubs, various sports clubs, musical theatre, opportunity to learn a musical instrument, ICT and Art clubs, Taekwondo and many more.

We use a combination of teaching methods and styles to deliver the curriculum in a broad, balanced and creative way. We believe in a cross curricular approach to learning and have schemes of work in place for each subject whilst making sure these link with other subject areas as often as possible. We are fortunate to have motivational outdoor facilities and give outdoor learning a high profile across our curriculum

For further information on our curriculum click here

Feel supported in your career

We are lucky to have a talented team of teaching and support staff who we encourage to share their own experiences and knowledge to help their own development and those around them.

We have recently strengthened our middle management team through internal promotions, and they are leading the formation of curriculum development teams. This means that anybody joining us will have opportunity to become involved and help to develop the curriculum.

This gives people the chance to work within an area of their interest. We offer a varied CPD programme that includes both external and internal training sessions.
Our staff members lead our weekly staff meetings that focus on development areas and we encourage working with local schools to share ideas and best practice.

The SLT support staff to provide the highest standards of teaching and learning, by informally popping into classrooms, regularly looking at books, conducting learning walks, and by talking to pupils about their learning experience.

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