Gipsy Hill

Gipsy Hill Federation is designated as a National Support School by the National College for School Leadership (NCSL). As part of this, Sir Craig Tunstall is designated as a National Leader of Education (NLE). As a result of our sustained high achievement and success, we receive many requests for outreach support and intervention.

Once again, this means that we receive requests for support from a variety of schools, both locally and sometimes from other parts of the country. We are strongly committed to sharing our success in school improvement and enabling other schools to develop and become successful. We have significant capacity as a large organisation with many of our staff having real expertise in raising standards. When we are able to do so, we are willing to consider requests for support on an individual basis.

When working with other schools on either short-term or long-term improvement projects we are keen to make sure that this meets the specific needs of the individual school. Further information on Consultancy Outreach Work and School Improvement Support can be obtained by contacting us directly in writing or by telephone to discuss your needs in detail.

Music Consultancy

Looking for a whole school approach to high quality learning in music?

Wondering how to achieve this with limited budgets and expertise?

With a focus on the needs of your pupils, our consultant can guide you on:

Curriculum planning for music as a discrete subject or embedded in a topic based scheme.

Physical resourcing and staffing (where appropriate).

Building links and fostering partnerships with local and national music providers.

Becoming a school where ‘singing is at the heart’.

Gipsy Hill Federation also runs regular Music CPD sessions that can be accessed by external participants.

Contact: Laura Woodham, Specialist Leader of Education for Music 


Reading Recovery Consultancy

How are you helping the lowest achievers in literacy?

What effective interventions do you have in place?

How are you enabling and helping children with their literacy learning after one year at school?

Reading Recovery is a literacy programme targeted to children with the most complex problems in reading and writing.

It is specifically designed for six year olds who are the lowest attaining in reading and writing.  It has unrivalled research evidence of enabling children to catch up with their peers quickly, and maintain their gains at least until the end of Key Stage 2.

Are you are interested in training a person at your school to become a Reading Recovery teacher? (Initial Professional Development) 

Perhaps you are looking for training for your trained Reading Recovery Teacher?  (Continued Professional Development)

Contact: Melissa Plews

Email: RR@GHF.London

For more information on reading recovery training, follow the below links:

Reading Recovery Teacher Training

ILC Homepage

"Without the core literacy skills, it is so hard to access the rest of the curriculum.  This leads to disaffection, and if we don’t arrest these problems early on, what will the result be?  A generation of semi-literate, unemployed adults? Reading Recovery really is that good – the answer to the problems of the world"

Sir Craig Tunstall, Primary Teacher Update, January 2013


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  • Year 4 PGL Residential 2017

    Day 1 Four seasons in one day We started bright and early ready for our adventure to PGL. Parents waved us off gleefully as we bordered the coach (possible looking forward to some child-free time). The coach journey was pleasant and the children enjoyed moving through the familiar landmarks of London and out beyond to the less familiar countryside. Once we arrive we quickly saw our family of federation schools waiting for us. We soon realised that we were in for a wonderful time with our friends. After a hearty lunch, we split into our mixed federation groups. Children and adults dispersed across the site to begin the many exciting activities. We climbed, jumped, swung and abseiled like we were fearless. We cheerer on our friends and supported those who needed our support. Unfortunately the weather did not match our enthusiasm and spirit as we experienced sun, rain, hail and then back to sun again..truly four season in one day! Nevertheless and not to be defeated we continued on and showed our true determination to do what we had set out to do.... learn, have fun and make new friends. Day 2 Facing our fears! After a full breakfast we were ready to face our fears and challenge ourselves to achieve all that we can. We had a range of exciting outdoor activities to try and we were keen to get started. At the crate challenge we learned how to belay correctly. Our instructor Katie taught us a rhyme to help as remember to belay correctly. We learned that it is very important to 'lock off' so that we can help our friends to climb safely. Stacking and climbing the crates was quite tricky and we had to balance carefully. When we could climb no more, we got to swing off and kick the mountain of crates over. We thought this would be scary but as soon as we jumped it was exhilarating and felt like we were flying. Another activity we really enjoyed was 'The Giant Swing'. This is a highlight for many children and we had been told all about it from the children who went to PGL last year. The swing is quite daunting to look at. It is like a giant trapeze suspended high in the sky. You have to have a harness and be safely strapped into it before you can have a turn. Your friends have to use their muscles to pull the rope which winches you as high into the sky as you dear to go. Then you count down 3-2-1....ahhhhh! It's definitely an experience we will cherish from our primary school days.

    Year 4 PGL Residential 2017
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