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Ofsted Report

Thu 28 Mar 2024


Please click here for the final Inspection Report, following our recent ungraded OFSTED Inspection which took place on the 7th and 8th February 2024.


Message from Headteacher

Thu 28 Mar 2024


We have had a very sad and subdued, and at times difficult week following the news of the passing of our dear colleague and friend, Steve. This news has come as a shock to our whole school community and we are all very, very sad to have lost one of the Millfields family. The love, support and compassion shown by all the staff and children, as well as parents, carers and the wider community has been remarkable.  As always , the Millfields community have come together as a family, united in their grief, while holding on to the memory of Steve –a kind, gentle, patient and dedicated colleague, caring and loving friend and such a very special person who will be greatly missed.

Steve's brother and partner visited this week and said they were 'truly bowled over by the sentiment shown towards Steve by all the staff' and said that the 'reaction from the children will be something that will stay with him for the rest of his life and something that Steve would have been so proud of'.  If the children would like to write, or make something for the Scrapbook for Steve's family, please take some time over Easter to do that and bring it to me on our return to school. We have started a book of condolences, so if you wish to write in there, please come to the office, and we also have a collection that will be donated to a charity/cause of his family's choice -collections on each gate and at the main reception.

We are all in the initial stages of grief but we know that this is going to be an ongoing process. We have already supported pupils, staff and parents, and will continue in the days, weeks and months to come, as appropriate. Thank you to all the parents who have shown their support through emails, cards, other messages and hugs. Thank you to the Educational Psychologists and other Officers from Hackney Education who have been brilliant in their support for the Millfields community.

Despite our collective sadness, classes continued with their routines and have thoroughly enjoyed STEAM -the 'World of Work' Week. We started the week with a special assembly. Nursery children learnt about different jobs including being a builder, a doctor, a shop-keeper, a postal worker and a police officer. They enjoyed dressing up and learning about what all the different people do in these jobs. Reception classes also learnt about jobs with nature -being a zoo-keeper, being a gardener, vet and farmer as well as enjoying a workshop visit from Nadia from Empathy Animals -the charity that we work with already in school. They also got to meet one of our empathy dogs, Peppi! Year 1 learnt about engineering jobs and took part in a workshop when they became an engineer today, and had a task to build a tower from different materials and decide which was best and why. Year 2 learnt about jobs in the emergency services, and enjoyed a visit from the local fire brigade with fire engine firefighters!

Year 3 got involved in the world of architecture and engineering and visited the national Architecture Association to learn more about these jobs. Year 4 enjoyed a visit from the Hackney Shed and learnt about being a scriptwriter, a performer, a lighting technician and set-designer. Year 5 learnt about ethical businesses and visited KPMG and Wilson Wright to learn more about how they operate. And finally Y6 spent the week in the 'Dragon's Den' world -designing and presenting a new product that they have created to staff at Here East (A dedicated campus for innovators, disruptors and visionaries!). Look out world for our future business successes!

It is always an amazing week for the children to think about what they might like to be in the future!  I am sure that your children will have been talking to you about the week, so please ask them lots of questions! Thank you to staff at Inspire and Lucy and Naomi who organised and managed the whole week seamlessly!

A massive 'THANK YOU' to everyone for dressing up today.  It was great to see staff and children dress as Superheroes or super powers to show support for Disability Awareness Day at Millfields!  Classes have had discussions and talked about differences and acceptance as part of Autism Awareness Week.  This is one of those days that makes Millfields so special!

Thank you also to our amazing Eco-Champs, led by Vicky, for the launch of the Eco Shop last Friday! It was very busy! They are learning lots about how to run a business and will be feeding back to me and the school community after Easter.

Happy Holi to those who celebrated on Monday. Best wishes to all those celebrating Passover and Easter. And Eid Mubarak to those celebrating Eid at the beginning of next month.

Finally, have a peaceful weekend and enjoy the break. Make sure you all cherish every moment with family and friends. Take care, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 22 Mar 2024


It seems like a very busy and very long week, and I cannot believe that there is only one week left before the Easter break!

Firstly, thank you to all the many parents who met their child/ren's teacher during Parents Evenings this week. We hope you enjoyed the food on offer, and you were able to buy relevant phonics books, and buy an Easter Egg raffle ticket! Tickets for the raffle are still on sale -50p each or £2 for 5!  The winners will be drawn and announced via a text on Wednesday 27th March! The verbal and anecdotal feedback that we have received from families and teachers was very positive.

Please do note that there is lots of information on the school website, so please have a look! There is also a link to the Hackney Local Offer and also a Parents' Information Booklet with lots of FAQs. http://www.millfields.hackney.sch.uk/index.php?page=alias-10

Also, yesterday, one child from each class across the school also enjoyed a Hot Chocolate on the roof terrace with me as a treat for doing something in class or at home that the teacher considered to be 'over and above'!  We all enjoyed a chat, some delicious hot chocolate, popcorn and a mini chocolate egg! Well done to everyone!

Year 4 children have been very creative this week as they have been designing, making and evaluating biscuits as part of their DT work. The children had a very specific brief of who the biscuits were for, the conformity of the biscuit in size and quality, the taste and the packaging. Members of SLT really enjoyed visiting the classes to judge the creations. Well done Y4 children!

You know us at Millfields, the final week is another busy one!  It's STEAM Week - there will be lots of science, technology and design workshops and projects taking place on Monday - Thursday, as well as visitors to the school and trips out into the world of work!  You will receive an email with details of where your children are going to visit and on what day! Today the children completed a pre-STEAM Week questionnaire, and next week we launch STEAM Week with a special assembly. Please talk to your children about what they have been doing.

On the last day of term -Thursday 28th March, it is a non-uniform day so please start thinking about that Superheroes outfit as it is SuperHero Day, when we will celebrate all our super powers.  So please think about dressing up as your favourite superhero/power -homemade costumes encouraged, and help raise money for our Disability Awareness Day -all proceeds to the national Autistic Society.

Remember the last day of the Spring term is Thursday 28th March at the usual times -3.20pm/3.30pm. There are also after-school clubs as usual.

Have a lovely weekend! Take care, keep well, and stay safe.



Message from Headteacher

Fri 15 Mar 2024


On Monday, we wished our Muslim families Ramadan Mubarak, as they entered as they enter a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. Only childrenin Y5 and Y6 whose parents have also given them written permission, are allowed to fast in school time.

Today, the school playground and corridors were filled with chatter and laughter as the whole school celebrated Comic Relief -Red Nose Day, as well as St Patrick's Day! The children and staff were dressed either in red, and some in green, and some in both, and there were lots of red noses on show! We have sold more than 500 rednoses, and have at least 3 golden noses at Millfields (these are apparently very rare) and also raised lots of money from on-the-gate donations. Thank you, as always, to the Millfields community - all the money will be going towards Comic Relief charities!

On Wednesday some of our children from Y3 and Y4, and 2 ARP children took part in a Hackney Sports Festival. They all played football, took part in relay races, coordination games, activity trails and lots more. They had a fantastic time and were so well behaved! Well done to Hugo, Theo, Yahya, Tolayo, Ahrianna, Gabriella, Bernie and Myles. Also, thank you to Izaac, Adele and June for going with them and encouraging them to have a go!

Yesterday some of our Cycling Team from Y5 and Y6 took part in the 6th Hackney Cycling League event at the Olympic Velodrome. The whole team did so well, and we came back with 4 gold medals and 2 silver, as well as lots of other high finish times, that means everyone contributed to the overall total points that keeps us at the top of the league! Well-done to all the children who took part and continue to make cycling so successful at Millfields. Thank you to Nishie and also to Kamari's mum, Chantelle, who helped out on the day!

Mekong Class visited the Hackney School of Food yesterday and made some delicious Spanish paella as part of their Geography work in school on Spain. Also around school, Y1 children dressed up as their favourite Nursery Rhyme characters yesterday - they all looked great and could tell me all about the  characters that they were dressed up as. It was also great to see Nile Class doing a yoga session yesterday to make them calm and focussed ready for the next lesson.

A big thank you to both Nursery Classes who had their Class Sharing Assemblies today. It issuch a big ask for our youngest children to stand up in front of family and friends and speakand sing so beautifully - they all did so well! Thanks to all the parents and carers who attended. Well done Lea and Thames!

Next week is Parents Evening on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th March. If you have not yet signed up to see your child's teacher, please do so before 8:00pm on Monday 18th March via your SCOpay account. The actual meetings will be in person in your child's classroom or middle hall. During Parents' Evening, you will be able to buy some delicious food from the school kitchen, and also buy a raffle ticket (50p each - cash) for our annual Easter Egg Raffle!

Lots of parents have been asking, but we are still waiting for the final Ofsted Report to be published and will send this out to you as soon as it is available.

On another note, please make sure you get your empty containers ready for our 'Eco Fill Up Friday' launch next week - Friday 22nd March! Lots of products including washing up liquid, handwash, soaps, fabric wash and body wash! Look out for more information via email and text next week.

Finally, 'Happy Sikh New Year' for yesterday to all our Sikh families, and Happy St Patrick's Day on Sunday 17th March to all of the Millfields Irish community.

Have a lovely weekend, resting and relaxing. Take care, keep well and stay safe. Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 08 Mar 2024


It has been a​ wonderful Book Week full of all things reading! It has been great to hear the children talking about authors and characters in the books and comics that they enjoy reading!

We had a great turnout for the Reading Breakfast for Nursery, reception, Y1 and Y2 parents and children. It was lovely to see so many children reading with their adult whale enjoying a late breakfast snack. We are hoping to arrange some more of these sessions next half term. Some of our classes have also visited  the local Pages Bookshop, and others will be visiting over the next few weeks.

Yesterday, we had a brilliant time celebrating World Book Day!  As ever, well done and 'thank you' to the Millfields' children (and parents of course!), and staff, who all made a massive effort dressing up.   All the costumes were amazing - ​especially the homemade ones! We also had the great Book Swap yesterday! This was a great way for your child to recycle books, for the children to browse a range of books and ultimately for every child to go home with a new book to read!

Also, thank you to the children and parents for the amazing ​'Stories in a Jar' - there was a huge array of​ fabulous and fantastic creations!  ​Thank you to PSA Lead, Heather, and Chair of Governors, Joe for being part of the judging panel! Look out for the names of the winners​ later in the Mag!  You all did yourselves proud!  The ​jars will all be on ​display a​t the upcoming Parents Evenings, so we hope you are able to see some of the wonderful creations ​then.

Also this week, lots of parents, and grandparents, have been visiting classrooms to read stories.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed hearing so many different adults reading to them and have asked for more of this!  Thank you so much to all of you who came in!  Look out for details of reading opportunities in your child's class on a more regular basis!

Thank you to all the staff, parents and pupils for really entering into the spirit ​of this week and making the ​World Book Day ​and all the activities so enjoyable. ​ A ​nd a big​, big 'thank you' to Sheyenne for organising​ all of the activities and for having the inspiration, energy and enthusiasm for making it all happen.

Today, it ​is International Women's Day, and we celebrated ​lots of brilliant, talented and inspirational women that we know in our ​Y2 Sharing Assemblies.  We ​learnt about lots of famous scientists, pioneers and campaigners including Rosa Parks, Emeline Pankhurst, Malala Yousafzai, Florence Nightingale​.

Also today, our School Cabinet and other class representatives went to Snaresbrook Court to take part in an interactive workshop and participate in a mock-trial on the​ topic of cyber-bullying. They also ha​d the opportunity to meet a judge and ask​ questions​. The aim of ​the trip was to help pupils gain practical experience of the law and justice​ system at an age appropriate level.​ The children who visited had a great time and learnt loads! Thanks to Emma for organising.

​A reminder that Spring term Parents' Evening​s are on  - Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 2​0th March​. You will need to book your slot via SCOpay but the actual meetings are in person at school. You will have an opportunity to see some of your child's workbooks and talk to the teacher about their academic progress and attainment.  We are looking forward to seeing you​ then!.  After-school clubs will run as usual.  There will also be an opportunity for you to ​buy your dinner to eat here or take away (please bring a container if this is the case!), buy a ticket for the Easter Egg Raffle and meet some of the school governors.

​Thank you also to all the children and parents from KS1 who came to the PSA Film Night last night. It was an unusually quiet affair and the children really enjoyed watching the film, Luca, with their friends.Next Thursday 14th March is KS2 Film Night and the PSA will be showing Wonka! Please buy your tickets via the class

​Next Friday 1​5th March​ is Comic Relief -Red Nose Day, so ​it is a non-uniform day and we will be asking you to wear your own clothes -something red, and a red nose!  Red noses ​are on sale for £2 from ​all the gate​s and the main office​.

Have a great weekend - I think the weather is meant to be ​a bit warmer​, or at least sunny!. And for all the Mums and Grandmothers out there, (including those who may no longer be with us) 'Happy Mother's Day'.

Take care and stay well. Best Wishes, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 01 Mar 2024



It has been another busy and very wet week at Millfields!!

Y3 Annapurna Class have continued with their daily swimming lessons that are part of the millfields curriculum. Daily, longer sessions over 10 days have a really positive impact on the children's confidence and swimming ability. Well done to all of Ararat and Annapurna children, and a reminder that Fuji children will be starting their swimming lessons next week.

We had our termly visit from the local authority this week. On Wednesday, Manjit Dulay visited Millfields and looked at different areas across the school and spoke to leaders and children. Manjt spent a few hours in Nursery and Reception, she looked at writing books from across the years, and spoke to the RE Lead about our curriculum that we are further developing. Thank you to all the children and staff for welcoming Manjt to Millfields!

This week has also been a very busy week for sports competitions. On Tuesday, the Y6 girls and boys football teams took part in the next round of the inter-schools competition, and both teams had a mixture of wins and draws (and one loss!). Well done to all the children involved. Thank you to Izaac and Steve for organising. Also on Tuesday, it was the boys & girls Cross Country meeting. Evie won 3 out of her four races, with Marley coming first and second out of her four. Whilst the boys didn't win any races, Axl was pushed up to 5th place, and Oliver and Ivaldino did really well with their overall placings -all good points for the league table. Well done everyone. Thank you to Dudley for organising and taking the children.

On Thursday, the Millfields cricket team, representing Hackney, went to Lords for a semi-finals meet in the London-wide William Greaves Trophy indoor cricket tournament, hoping to emulate their predecessors from two years ago. The children had a great day out and tried hard but were ultimately beaten on the day. Thank you Izaac again! For more information on all the sports competitions, please read Izaac's report.
Next week is 'Book Week', and Thursday 7th March is World Book Day, so please come to school dressed up as a character from your favourite book! Remember to re-use and upcycle! Spend as little as possible and be as creative as possible! We also have reading Breakfasts for children in Nursery, Reception Y1 and Y2 -see your emails for more information about these sessions where you can read with your child. And we have a great competition this year: 'Story in a Jar' Competition -capture the magic of your favourite book in a glass jar -again see emails for more information.

Then Friday 8th March is International Women's Day and as well as marking the day with the children, we will be talking about this in the context of books and strong female characters!

We also have Red Nose Day coming up on Friday 15th March, so we will be dressing in red and wearing red noses that day. There are red noses on sale from school -at the main gate each night, or from the school office, or also on sale at Amazon.

Finally, a reminder that we are still collecting food every week for the Millfields Food Stall (open on Thursdays 9am - 3:45pm). Please drop any food items at the main office any day before Thursday. We always need fresh fruit and vegetables, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, tinned fruit and tinned fish, fresh eggs, pasta and lentils, but anything you can donate is gratefully received!

Have a peaceful weekend, and share some time with family and friends. Hoping for some sunshine! Take care, keep well and stay safe. Jane



Message from Headteacher

Fri 23 Feb 2024


It has been a very busy week as we welcomed children and their families into the school to visit the Art Exhibition on Wednesday evening.  'Creative Week' was combined with 'Children's Mental Health Week' and the theme was 'My Voice Matters'!  All the brilliant work produced throughout the week before half term culminated in our wonderful exhibition. Every child created something that represented their beliefs, aspirations and hopes and reflected their opinions on a wide range of topics. Teachers spoke to children to remind them that, whoever you are, wherever in the world you are, your voice matters, and reinforced that we all have a right to express our thoughts and feelings. The children were asked to think about what matters to them on a daily basis and on a local and wider world basis and they created posters, drawings, collages and Y6 children produced fantastic speeches about all the things that mattered to them.

Nursery and Reception classes made collage self portraits and lovely picture frames, Y1 classes took photos of themselves and made a collage frame that represented things they liked, Y2 made sculpture of themselves out of clay, Y3 made Superhero comics and sculptures of themselves as superheroes, Y4 took photographs of each child and made a sign with their message/what’s important to them in a box/cube that they also made, Y5 designed a t-shirt and used lino printing and other media to decorate and Y6 drew self-portrait and took photographs and discussed deas to help with their speeches that were recorded and performed live on the night. A huge 'thank you' to Chris Kelham (parent of Ollie in Y2) who worked with all 3 Y6 classes and supported and prepared them for the speeches. I think you will agree that all of the children who spoke on the night were brilliant! Every child in the school produced something for the art display, so it was a truly inclusive event.  Both parent and pupil feedback was so very positive.  A massive well done and thank you to all the staff and of course to the very talented children, and to Jess and Debi for having the vision and idea to make it happen in the first place!  Also, the kitchen team produced some delicious food that was on sale and was enjoyed by many parents and children – thank you.  The whole evening was a lovely community event and is always one of my favourite nights of the year!

Reception children visited Woodberry Wetlands this week as part of their topic work and took part in pond-dipping and minibeasts exploration.  The children had a great time, even though it was very wet for Shannon Class, and they found lots of interesting minibeasts. I also loved looking at all the brilliant homework minibeast models - they look great!

Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to Fitz Roy sharing assembly today -well done to all the children! A BIG well done to all the Y4, Y5 and Y6 cyclists who braved the torrential rain and wind yesterday to take part in the Mountain Bike racing at Mabley Green. This was the 5th cycle event of the season and the children did so well despite the conditions and the points collected keeps Millfields at the top of the league by about 150 points! Thanks to Dudley for organising the riders and to bettina for her help. Also in other sports news, the boys  5-aside football team contested the title in a final against St Scholastica's last night! They played so well and made us all very proud but were ultimately pipped at the post, but a evry well-deserved second place! Thanks to Izaac for all his organisation and enthusiasm!

A reminder, that the following week is World Book Day on Thursday 7th March -save the date in your diary. World Book Day 2024 will celebrate that children are more likely to enjoy reading when their choices are championed and we make reading fun. As well as dressing up as a character from your favourite book, ( Please do not go out and spend money on new costumes - re-use and upcycle!), we are asking you to design and make a 'A book in a Jar'. Prizes will be going to children from each Key Stage with the best jar! Classes will also be visiting pages Book Shop, we will invite parents to read to classes and also invite you to a Reading Breakfast. Look out for more information in the Mag and via email over the next week.

Finally, please make sure that we have 2 or more contact numbers for your child -this is a safeguarding issue. Please email info@millfields.hackney.sch.uk with any additional numbers/contacts or number updates.

Have a good weekend –wrap up warm as it is turning colder again!

Take care and stay well. Best Wishes, Jane