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Message from Headteacher

Fri 12 Jan 2018


We have had a very busy time in school this week! Classes have been talking about their new topics and doing initial pre-assessment activities to make sure that the learning is matched to the needs of all the children in the class. Some classes have also been out on their WOW trips that helps to launch the excitement and enquiry about the new learning. Year 2 are really looking forward to their trip to Hampstead Heath next week and Reception can’t wait to find out more about Space at the Science Museum.

Year 6 have also been on the annual Year 6 Citizenship information session at Hackney Museum. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn about many issues that they may face as they transfer to secondary school including drug education, stranger danger, internet safety and social media and knife crime among lots of other things. The children will also be taking part in SRE curriculum work this term and around relationships – look out for a letter coming to Y5 and Y6 pupils in the next week.

Also this week, we have been getting ready for Creative Week. The staff have been preparing resources and looking at ideas for the week activities and for the whole school evening event that will take place on Wednesday 31st January. If you are a creative or artistic parent, grandparent, aunty or uncle who would like to come in to support us during Creative Week, please contact Rachel Stone: rstone@millfields.hackney.sch.uk. We are also collecting jam jars for an exciting project, so if there are any lingering in the back of your cupboards please bring them in for us!

Thank you to all the parents who came to the Oxford class and Manchester class Maths Workshops this week; they were a great success. Please keep an eye on the school website and here in the mag for upcoming events like workshops and 'Come Dine with Us' thank you to the Year 5 parents who came this week.

It is essential that we have up to date information for you so please email Crystal at: cgreen@millfields.hackney.sch.uk with your up to date email address so we can continue our good communication with you, especially as the Millfields Mag is now delivered by email only.

We were impressed with Canterbury Class assembly this week who shared their work on electric car inventions. They wanted to create vehicles that would have less impact on the environment and also protect their growing lungs from the pollution of fossil fuel vehicles. This is also part of the reason we are taking part in the School Streets Scheme which begins on the 1st of February on the streets surrounding Millfields. By encouraging walking, cycling and using public transport to travel to school, we hope to create a safer, more pleasant environment for everyone using the street. Rushmore Road outside the school, Hilsea Street and Elmcroft Street will become a pedestrian and cyclist only zone between 8.30am and 9.15am and again between 3.15pm and 4:00 pm. Parents will not be able to drive into these streets. Signage will inform drivers of the restrictions at the entrance to the zone on Rushmore Road and cameras will automatically issue a fixed penalty notice to non-permitted vehicles entering the street during the times of operation. We will be asking parents to think about how they make the journey to school and whether they can make changes to the way they travel. Parents who continue to drive to school will be asked to park further away and complete the last part of their journey on foot.

Finally, please don’t forget to send your child to school with a named winter PE kit for these colder months. Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane


Welcome back!

Fri 05 Jan 2018


Happy New Year to the Millfields' community!



Message from Headteacher

Thu 21 Dec 2017


We started this week with the publication of our Ofsted Report following the Inspection that took place on Tuesday 5th December. I hope you have had a chance to read it, if not, please follow the link on our website to read it in full! Thank you to all the parents and carers who have taken the time to talk to staff about the outcome. We are all very pleased.

I hope that you received the Governor Newsletter earlier this week, if not, it can also be accessed on the school website. I would like to thank all our governors for their individual and collective support for the staff and the school as a whole this term and always. We have had a great week celebrating at Millfields.

On Monday, each class had a party to celebrate the end of term; then on Tuesday, all the children were busy making hats to wear to while eating their special Christmas Lunch. As always, the kitchen team managed to feed more than 850 of us! A great effort –thank you Leea and her team for all the hard work. Then yesterday was London Day – a day when all the children go out to visit a museum or gallery in London to find out more about our amazing city! Reception enjoyed a day out at the Olympic Park and told me that they had been inside the velodrome to see a cycling race. Year 1 visited the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. Leeds and Nottingham went to explore HMS Belfast and Derby Class went to William Morris gallery. Year 3 had fun at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Year 4 visited the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Year 5 went to the Museum of London at Docklands and 2 Year 6 classes visited The Churchill War Rooms, while Swansea class went to the Imperial War museum. They all enjoyed their day out and had lots of stories to tell me on their return. Year 6 have also visited the Ben Kinsella Trust workshops this week as part of their work on choice and consequences.

Finally, this is the last Mag of the calendar year, so if I do not see you, I hope that you have a restful holiday and enjoy Christmas if you celebrate. Just a reminder that school starts back for children onThursday the 4th January 2018.

Best Wishes, Jane



Ofsted Report

Mon 18 Dec 2017


Please click here for the final Inspection Report, following our recent Section 8 OFSTED Inspection which took place on the 5th of December 2017.


Message from Headteacher

Fri 15 Dec 2017


Firstly, thank you to everyone who came to the Christmas Fair last Friday, it was a huge success! There was lots of lovely food, great games to play, and the opportunity to buy lots of early Christmas presents. Thanks to all the PSA who worked so hard to make the it happen and be such a success –the unofficial total made, is around £1442.00.

We have had a fantastic week of concerts and musical brilliance from all the children at Millfields from Nursery to Year 6. Each class performed beautifully at their Winter Concert, to a packed audience of family and friends. Thank you to St James Church for allowing us to use their space for our concerts and for their generosity. Thank you to all our audiences who helped us raise more than £200.00 that we will be donating to the church to help them feed many lonely and/or homeless people over the Christmas period. Last night, our talented choirs, bands and musicians entertained us with a musical spectacular –we have so many future stars in or midst! A huge ‘thank you’ to Roz, Tom, Jon, Lawrence, Maria and Simeon for working so hard with them all and making this week such a success. The choir have also been busy carol singing this week at Westfield. They sounded fantastic ands we collected more money for Shelter. Also, yesterday, the children were treated to a special pantomime -’Aladdin’ as part of our end of term celebrations.

A massive ‘thank you’ to all of you who made up such lovely food boxes for the elderly at Acorn Lodge and special gift boxes for the children affected by the Grenfell fire. One of our School Council members, Aoife, along with Sharon, visited St Francis of Assisi Primary School which is the nearest school to Grenfell, to hand over our special boxes. The staff were overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness and were extremely pleased to receive them. Thank you to Aoife’s dad and uncle who drove the boxes over there for us. We have built a strong link with this school now and hope to continue this in the future.

Today, we had our half-termly ‘Always Good’ treat. The child chosen from each class, enjoyed hot chocolate, popcorn and cakes while watching a movie this afternoon. Well done to all of you –we are very proud of you! Next week, we have lots of activities and events planned for the end of term.

Monday 18th is Christmas party day, so please bring healthy snacks and drinks, and wear party clothes. Tuesday 19th is ‘Christmas Lunch’, which is always a lovely community occasion, so if your child usually has a packed lunch but would like a Christmas lunch on that day, please let the main office know by the end of today! Then on Wednesday, it is London Day, where all our classes visit a museum or gallery for the day.

And finally, Thursday 21st is the last day of term and is also ’Christmas Jumper’ day—£1 for Save the Children. We will also be collecting food donations for the Hackney Food Bank from Monday morning.

Have a good weekend, Best wishes, Jane


Weather Update

Sun 10 Dec 2017



We anticipate that the school will be open as usual tomorrow, but will keep you updated via text and the website if anything changes.




Message from Headteacher

Fri 08 Dec 2017


Firstly a huge thank you to the whole school community for your support this week during our Ofsted inspection that took place on Tuesday 5th December. There were 2 Inspectors who spent the day visiting classrooms with senior leaders, talking to groups of children, hearing children read, discussing documents with the Senior Leadership Team, meeting teachers and middle leaders, meeting with the governors and looking at the Parent View Survey to learn more about all that we do at Millfields! As we are already a good school, we had a section 8 Inspection that only gives judgements on whether they agree with the school’s own evaluation. The questions are: does the school remain good and is safeguarding effective? There is no longer a report, but the outcome will be recorded in a letter to the school which we are hoping will be with us to be quality assured before the Christmas break and then published so that it can be distributed to you all in the new school term. Well done to the amazing staff team and the fantastic children that make Millfields so special!

On Monday Year 5 children visited the London Chess Championships at Olympia. It is a quite an amazing experience and the feedback from the children was that they had a great day, learnt lots of new manoeuvres and some of the children went up on the stage playing games against other schools! Well done to all the children who took part! Also this week, the year 2 classes all took part in their class nativity play. The children looked very cute, sang like angels and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Thank you to Roz, Tom and the rest of the music team, the class teachers and TAs, and all the parents who helped out and of course to the families who came to watch. It definitely brought a tear to a few eyes! All of the children across the school had an opportunity to watch one of the shows too and the feedback was very positive.

On Tuesday, the Children’s Centre children put on their Christmas Show for parents and families. Thank you again to all the staff for their hard work in preparing and then putting on the show, and of course to the children who were great!

And today, the choir have started their Christmas Carols tour today outside Tesco on Morning Lane. They collected around £200 that we will be donating to St Joseph’s Hospice. The weather has certainly become more wintery and the shoppers all really enjoyed listening to the festive sounds. Next week, they have choir performances at Westfield Shopping Centre, Acorn Lodge, Homerton Hospital and the Notre Dame Refugee Centre –they are certainly going to be busy!

Today, the Christmas Fair is taking place from 3.30pm in the bottom and middle halls –Santa will be visiting, there will be lots of refreshments to buy, games and craft activities, as well as lots of Christmas goodies. The choir will also be sharing a performance. I hope to see you all there, joining in the festive fun. If not, have a good weekend, and remember to wrap up warm –winter has arrived!

Best Wishes, Jane