Support from the local community
We have received great support from the Downland Trust – a local charity run by volunteers which has made donations towards the funding of a new school pond on our grounds.
The local countryside warden for Whyteleafe and Kenley has also been involved with the pond project and with the maintenance of our forest school. They have supported with the labour, equipment and advice as necessary.
Tescos in Purley has recently donated funds towards the pond and forest school area too.
Kenley Primary School has built up close links with All Saints Church in Kenley. We have two members of the Church community on our Governing board.
At Christmas time, All Saints Church invite the school to participate in their decorated Christmas tree display and also host our whole school carol service. They have arranged the collection of book donations from their visitors and distributed them to each classroom at Kenley Primary School. They also support the forest school with donations of tools, seating pads and weekly help.
Crystal Palace Football Club have supported our school for four years with a variety of projects. They ran a ‘Team Mates’ project to support the wellbeing of a small group of children which included a tour of Selhurst Park; ran a series of ‘Reading Stars’ sessions to encourage reluctant readers and recently donated a number of books prior to ‘World Book Day.’ We were also fortunate to be able to offer one of our children the opportunity to appear at a home match as the referee’s mascot.
A team from the Croydon Citizenship Award programme have presented an annual assembly to the school about what it means to be a good citizen and we have identified pupils worthy of the award. They have attended an awards presentation evening with their parents where the Mayor of Croydon has presented them with their well deserved award.
We maintain close links with our local secondary schools. Groups of children have visited both Riddlesdown Collegiate and Warlingham High School for various special events including a Science Day; an afternoon to design and make an electronic badge in a Design and Technology suite and to be members of the audience at the school musical production. We see these events as valuable experience for our older children to flavour the secondary school environment in preparation for their transition.
Environmental and nature studies are frequently carried out on Riddlesdown and Kenley Common, areas rich in flora and fauna, which we are fortunate to have on our doorstep.
We utilise the local swimming pool at Whyteleafe School and participate in Croydon schools sporting events including the swimming gala, a cross-country event, a badminton festival, Croydon schools athletics and we are members of the Croydon schools leagues for football and netball.