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LPPA logoLPPA - Improving Parental Engagement

We are currently working towards achieving a Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA) for parental engagement. The LPPA allows us to have a framework which enables us to deliver effective parental engagement in our school. This award will showcase the work we do as well as help us to work more closely and more effectively with our parents/carers.

Dear Parents and Carers,

The time has flown by since Christmas and although it has been a short term, Charlton Park Academy has been full of exciting events and activities.

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Zac with the smoothie he made, Brendan using switch technology during Wellbeing Week 2020 and a visit from Zoo Lab

I have particularly enjoyed Number Day recently with a numbers' disco organised in the multi-hall for students and staff to enjoy. Our students are taking part in Wellbeing Week 10-14 February with lots of activities to promote physical and mental wellbeing, including a visit from Zoo lab. I hope that some of the information to support wellbeing will be shared between school and home. A letter recently went home outlining our commitment to the Leading Parent Partnership Award, many thanks to those who responded. The feedback that we get from parents and carers helps us to improve in areas such as home school communication, supporting learning for students and their parents. Sara Johnson, our school counsellor has sent out letters to support our parents/carers with workshops. One of our key priorities we are currently focussing on is reading, a number of students are taking part in a reading trial using an online programme called Reading Wise, this is to help them improve their reading skills.

In my role as Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) I am regularly supplying information to go on our website to support students and their families, you will find helpful factsheets to promote e-safety. Please visit the online safety area of the website here:

I have delivered online safety training and will do so again next term, so a letter will follow.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.

Niall Fallon
Senior Vice Principal


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Please take a moment to fill out the Parent View form to give your views on Charlton Park Academy for Ofsted. Click here to start: PARENT VIEW
Term ends on
Friday 14 February 2020
School re-starts on 
Monday 24 February 2020
Student Achievements
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Panathlon - Silver Medalists

Well done to our students that had a great time at the Panathlon South London in January where they finished second. It is always wonderful for our students to attend these events and meet new people.

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Artwork - bright colours

Creative Arts

Students in Key Stage 3/4 have been working on some amazing work for their Accreditations, Arts Award and collectively as a class.

Young man holding up art workClass Knightsbridge has been looking at Kandinsky’s art (Squares with Concentric Circles) and they have created a collective art installation.

Students from Class Cyprus have been exploring the topic Motion/ Moving Figures, as part of the Accreditation Arts Award Explore (Entry Level 3 qualification).

As part of the accreditation for Arts Award 'Explore' KS4 Art Option, have been looking at Kandinsky's work and created their interpretation in 3D.
Boy serving vegetable noodles to staff

Vegetable Noodles at the Pop up Cafe

Class Holland Park have a regular soup kitchen to fundraise for their Prom 2020, but changed their menu for Chinese New Year. So instead they had a pop up noodle bar.
Footbal team

Our new football kit

The school football team have received their new football kit. The team is competing in the South London Special League and will attend three more events on 27 February, 13 May and 21 May 2020.

The students always do their best to represent our school and the values of respect, kindness and happiness that we all share at the academy. We are proud of them and wish them the best for the reminder of the season.

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Students learning to be independent cyclist


'What inspiring young people!'

Twenty students from classes Cockfosters and Holland Park have been attending Cyclopark in Gravesend weekly since the autumn term. This is part of their physical challenge section for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Ten more students from Class Baker Street will join them soon.

The venue has a wide variety of cycling vehicles to suit all sizes and abilities, from balance bikes without pedals (to build towards two-wheeled cycling) to adapted wheelchairs plus three and four wheeled trikes. The students have gained in confidence and improved their fitness and stamina through regular attendance. Some students have tackled challenging off road tracks with staff. They have worked on use of brakes and appropriate gears and road positioning on hairpin bends. Students have been really enthusiastic, even in poor weather as the track is outdoors. What inspiring young people!

What the students said about the Cyclopark:

Mohammed: I like using the double seated passengers bike.
Leon: I like using my feet for pedalling the balance bike.
Megan: I was very scared at first, but I feel comfortable now riding the three-wheeler bike.
Elliott: I can ride already but enjoy riding on the off road track.
Kofi: Cyclopark is the best. When I first got to Cyclopark I didn’t think I would be able to ride a bike because I can only use one hand but the instructor quickly found me a suitable hand peddle bike. I love it and every week I get more confident at controlling the bike.
Whole School and Class Events
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Students in a library listening to a speaker
At Charlton Park Academy we are aware of the devastating effects of climate change across the world. We understand that we are in the midst of a climate crisis and that we need to do all we can to protect our local environment and, indeed, our planet.

Green School's Project are supporting Charlton Park Academy to become more climate friendly. They have visited and delivered an interactive assembly and also delivered a session with our Eco-Council student group. We have a GSP volunteer called George who will be working with us once a week. We have decided that the first project we will be working on is litter picking. We have also discussed becoming more adept at growing our own fruit and vegetables, thinking more carefully about the food we consume, writing to our local MP and being more environmentally friendly when it comes to food waste ... watch this space!
Number Day 2020

 Child printing numbers with a sponge Child and teacher looking at number 6 Boy with coloured cups
Two young people playing snakes and ladder People making numbers Boy playing bocca

Students enjoyed a day of number based activities, from classroom based ones
to the games filled sports hall.


Financial Education

At Charlton Park Academy we aim to give our students the opportunities to explore financial education in order to understand our changing world. So we are pleased to be part of the programme to become a Centre of Excellence in Finance Education.

This could not come at a better time as parents/carers and students are actively fundraising for the Post 16 Promo in summer 2020. Parents/carers are raising funds through their creative enterprise and students through selling homemade soup and sustainable Easter baskets.

We are also taking part again in Number Day where classes will explore managing their money to exploring the value of money.

For Further information please visit:

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Our favourite Safer Internet Day book is Chicken Clicking by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Tony Ross. It is a brilliantly written and witty retelling of the classic folk tale Chicken Licken as it highlights the importance of online safety.

Mental Health Awareness Day 2020

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chatterbox paper game in hands   teacher and student talking 

Caroline and Sara held a Mental Health Awareness Day drop-in session where students answered questions on the chatterbox games about different feelings.
Spring Term 1 Highlight

Our Visitors from the Netherlands

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Teacher presenting to audience 

We were delighted to welcome our annual visitors from the Netherlands to see how we use technology in school. Our students did a presentation about their Wikis and our visitors were truly impressed by their confidence. Thanks to all who made our visitors so welcomed.

Man in wheelchair talking to womanStudent Mentor

Abdi Omar is a brilliant inspirational speaker and we are thrilled he has agreed to work one day a month to inspire and mentor some of our CENMAC students. Abdi has already had a very positive impact here at Charlton Park Academy and I’m sure this will continue with many more students.
Abdi with Kathryn
Key Stage 3 and 4
Assistant Principals KS3 and 4: Rachel Dunlop and Deborah Collard
Boy and teacher in church


Class Knightsbridge went to St.Thomas' Church in Charlton this term as part of their Religious Education. There was lots for students to see, touch and smell.
Bond Street

Child's literacy work Child's literacy work

Students in Class Bond Street have been working really well in English this term and have been creating some amazing work. They are full of ideas when they have been story building and have enjoyed this term's theme of Time Travel.

St James Park

We have been busy in class this half term. We have been finding out where we live and have looked at our local community and the things we like about it.

National Maritime Museum
Photograph © National Maritime Museum

One of our favourite things has been our visit to the Greenwich Maritime Museum. We had a great day out looking at artefacts and finding out about life at sea. From our visit we were very inspired and wrote stories about A night in the museum. We wrote about what would happen if we got locked in the Museum and all the adventures we would have.

We also had a class café to look at the use of money and how we use it in a real-life situation. Alongside our visits to the community we have really enjoyed doing this. In St James’ Park we have also continued with our swimming at Greenwich Pool and are doing really well.

For our hard work we will be going to Greenwich Picturehouse to see Sean the Sheep.

We are looking forward to half-term and to see what next half term will bring.


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Marking Burns Night with a sensory session and a make your own tartan with an online game.

Boys with teacher cooking  students and teacher drumming
Cooking vegetable noodles during Chinese New Year and drumming in the Post 16 Cultural session

Class Euston has been very busy this term with their learning plus marking national days and events. They have also been joining Post 16 Cultural Sessions on a Friday.

London Bridge

children using a sewing machine

This term students have been learning how to use a sewing machine, create prototypes and select the best material for their end product which will be wallets.

A switch llama toy


Class Angel have a new friend in their class called Larry. He is a Llama toy that is switch operated and has fun features which the students (and staff) love.

Post 16/Key Stage 5

Assistant Principal KS5: Jo Zarb



Yoga for students

Charlton Park Academy are running yoga sessions for our Post 16 students

Students doing yoga in a sports hall

Yoga is a popular form of exercise that can strengthen one physically and mentally. It is used to improve flexibility, reduce stress and address many physical and mental health challenges. Lauren, the yoga teacher, really enjoys working collaboratively with our students to create mindfulness and movement through the practice of yoga.

Culture and Fundraising

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Dancing to traditional Scottish music in preparation for Burns Night

Fundraising for Prom 2020

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Class Cockfosters are growing herbs for Easter baskets to sell as their contribution to fundraising for their Prom 2020 and Chinese New Year parade at their Cultural session.

The Big Clean Up

Young man clearing leaves     Young woman planting bulbs  Students clearing floor
Students clearing up pots

Our Post 16 students in classes Holland Park and Cockfosters have been clearing up the outside area for the Spring. Plant pots have been rescued, bulbs found and planted out, rain water that has been caught poured into the soil and our sapling trees are in new pots.

young Rowan trees in pots
Burns Night - Post 16 Culture Sessions
by volunteer Matthew Goodsell

Big Bee and child shaking hands      teacher and student eating dried fruit

Girl with Egyptian head dress

Taking part in the cultural events at Charlton Park Academy on Friday afternoons has been a joy and a privilege. It gives students the chance to taste different cultures and aspects of culture from across the globe. London is, after all, a world city: a multicultural plethora of people from all over the globe. It's great that students have been given a chance to sample that diversity – it has been a joy to witness.

Although my involvement in these events has been fairly limited, it has been wonderful to watch as students are introduced to a variety of cultures through sensory learning: staff assist them to interact with aspects of different cultures through touch, smell and taste. In a recent Burns Night event, for instance, I had the honour of bringing in a haggis for students to taste – a centuries-old Scottish tradition which it was great to continue. As someone who loves poetry, I liked hearing Burns' quintessential Scots verse being introduced to students for the first time.

I really feel, as a student of culture, that these events have a huge amount of potential. There is a vast array of cultures we can introduce students to, involving music, food and art from across the globe.

Find out more about Matthew through his podcast here:

Lewisham College

Supported Learning at Lewisham College will be having further open mornings on the following dates 11am – 12:30pm: 
11 March 2020, 22 April 2020 and 13 May 2020.
Rainbow House
 Man talking to boy in wheelchair
Nick with Lewis in Rainbow House  deciding which items need a switch

Rainbow House recently had their annual ofsted inspection. Details will be shared soon on our website.

CPA Library

Woman talking to group of peopleSpring Term 1

It has been a busy half term of planning in the library: as well as preparing reading lessons with students (Notting Hill Gate’s weekly Harry Potter lessons have been particularly intense), Safer Internet Day stories, devising the parents’ phonics session, creating an LGBT history month display, and getting resources ready for World Book Day next month. Most of next half term, 27 February - 29 March, we’ll be taking part in Share a Million Stories ( a nationwide campaign to help change children’s lives, by making story-sharing a habit of a lifetime and creating readers for life. 

Reading Group for parents/carers

Support your child with literacy session with our librarian and CENMAC’s English Advisory Teacher.
The following sessions (Wednesdays): 18 March, 29 April, 13 May and 17 June 11.30am-12.30pm



LGBT books
February is LGBT History Month in the UK so we will feature books written by and about LGBT people in the library displays and story times. Click on the link for a list of LGBT book titles for children: 25 LGBT Children’s books for the little readers in your life

Calling young people aged 9 to 25 who are attending A SEN School/College. We are 46th Woolwich Scoutlink Group based in Charlton Academy since 2000.  For further information email Michael the Group Leader: for more information.
Mondays 6pm to 7.30pm Term Time ONLY.
The Nursing Team
In previous newsletters we celebrated the work of various therapy teams at Charlton Park Academy. In this newsletter we look at our nursing team:

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Our Nursing Team (L to R) Zoe, Wendy, Lesley and Elizabeth

The School Nursing Team

The School Nursing Team supports all the health needs of young people whilst in school. This can include attending to emergency situations, carrying out observations and the administering medication on a regular and emergency basis.

In addition, we provide support and training to staff in looking after young people in their class. The School Nursing Team will attend meetings within the school for children with known health needs and we work closely with all of the school staff to encourage health, wellbeing and good practice across the school. We also attend both Annual Health Reviews with Dr. Ezekwe (Children’s Community Paediatrician) and Dietetic Review with Mei Man (Children’s Community Dietician). As a team, we work to support whole family, school and classroom environment. We endeavour to ensure that class staff are confident in using the most appropriate intervention strategies. We also strongly believe that to enable a student at Charlton Park Academy to live at their optimal level, it is essential that we enable and support those who support them.

Parent/Carers Information
Marathon Runner

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Our parents/carers making a difference: 

Wellchild are close to my heart because of the work they do including helping children to be cared for at home when possible rather than in hospital. I have first hand experience in caring for a sick child.

My son Rory is terminally ill, he has a severe form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome. He also has Factor V Laiden, which means he is at risk of developing potentially fatal blood clots. He also has ASD and severe learning difficulties.

Please support Joanne to reach her target:


Parent Consultation
Support for Children with EHC Plans

EHC Plan meeting of people

Parents/carers meeting

Parents/carers had a presentation with a feedback session from the Royal Borough of Greenwich regarding support for children with EHC plans and proposed changes. Topics covered were:
  • Why are we proposing the change
  • What is Changing
  • Comparison of Boroughs

The Royal Borough of Greenwich would like to hear your views about the proposals they have published in a Consultation Paper on the future of SEN Funding in Royal Greenwich. The consultation period closes on 27 March 2020. You can give your views by responding to the survey below:


Useful RBG Links:

Consultation Paper Royal Borough of Greenwich Children’s Services Consultation
on proposals for Special Educational Needs funding from 01/04/20 – Draft


College Open Days
  • Supported Learning at Lewisham College will be having further open mornings on the following dates 11am – 12:30pm: 11 March 2020, 22 April 2020 and 13 May 2020.
  • Coffee morning at LSEC Bexley campus: Thursday 13 February at 10am. The Careers Practitioner (SEND) will be present.
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Inclusive Yoga

Inclusive Yoga sessions are taking place at the Tramshed on Tuesdays 5-6pm.
First session Free and £3 thereafter
Useful links on our website  Rainbow logo

Please visit the parent/carer area with information on:
Other areas you maybe interested in:

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Please contact Sara Johnson if you wish to join the whatsapp group, want to find out more information about the group. You can also check the parent/carer support group page for new events added.


Communication Works 2020
14 May (South) and 21 May (North)

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Next year we will be holding two Communication Works – South (14 May 2020) and North (21 May 2010). We will be collaborating with the ACE Centre and New Bridge School school in Oldham (North) to celebrate assistive technology and to help level the playing field for all learners.

More details to come about Communication Works 2020, South and North.  Visit:

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