Sunnyhill Primary School

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Sunnyhill Primary School's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Sunnyhill Primary School is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett, MP
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles, MP

Mr John Parr, head teacher
Sunnyhill Primary School,
Streatham, Lambeth
Sunnyhill Primary School is a fully inclusive maintained
primary school located in the heart of Streatham, Lambeth.
Currently, they have 567 pupils on roll from nursery to year
6 in three forms of entry. Their school population is diverse,
with 59 per cent speaking English as an additional language;
this percentage is made up of 40 different home languages.
30 per cent of their pupils have a special educational need or
disability, ranging from those with profound needs to those
with a single need in a specific area of learning. Deputy head
teacher Nicola Condron and the Sunnyhill team proudly put
their pupils at the centre of everything they do.
We want our pupils to know that this school is truly theirs, that their opinions are
the most important ones we need to listen to and that we want them to have the
very best experiences that we can offer. We are committed to always providing our
pupils with the best quality and the most creative opportunities that we can give
them. This ethos is consistent throughout the school; we look for opportunities to
work together as a community to achieve the best we can for our pupils.
Parents and our early years programme
We recognise that parents are the most important people in any pupil’s life, and
that we need to work together as parents and teachers to help our pupils develop
into the best version of themselves that they can possibly be. In doing this, we
»Head teacher: Mr John Parr
»Founded in 1901
»Based in Streatham, Lambeth
»Type of school: Three-form
entry mixed primary
»No. of pupils: 567
»In 2017, Sunnyhill was
recognised as being among
the top two per cent of
England in terms of progress
pupils made between Key
Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
Sunnyhill Primary
Highlighting best practice
recognise the importance of being
positive with each other, to not just
listen to each other but to try and walk
in each other’s shoes and to remember
that we are always on the same side,
no matter what, because we all want
what’s best for the pupils.
Our child-centred approach is
visible everywhere in Sunnyhill’s
early years. We work in partnership
with parents and families to build
lasting relationships. The early years
foundation stage provides the starting
point for everything our children learn.
Pupil leadership
Through pupil leadership, students
have the chance to influence all
aspects of school life. We want our
children to know that we value their
opinions, that their voices matter
and that they can make a difference.
We want them to know that this is
their school, and that they have an
important part to play in leading it. The
different types of leadership groups we
operate follow.
Student council
Over the last two years, our student
council has been a finalist for the
Speaker’s School Council Award for
their project on food poverty, and have
won a £1000 grant through the Team
London Young Leaders programme
to run an eco-fashion show in aid of
Kings’ College Hospital. Pupils are
demonstrably passionate about our
local foodbank, having volunteered
there several times.
Recently, they have contributed to the
work of the Children’s Commissioner
for England and Lambeth Council
by giving their views on the support
young people need. Primarily,
the council are the voice of our
pupils, collecting over 300 sensible
suggestions from nursery to year 6
every term, and putting them forward
to the senior leadership team for
review. These suggestions have led to
changes with school meals, uniform
and the introduction of events such
as careers week, takeover day and a
talent show. They regularly lead their
own assemblies and run circle times
to encourage all pupils in having their
voice heard.
Peer mediators
Our team of mediators are trained in
conflict resolution, running their own
shift pattern and rotas in the school
playground every lunchtime. Working
in pairs, they deal with any friendship
issues that arise.
They also plan and lead our anti-
bullying week in November, which
includes assemblies, activities and
fundraising for Childline. These
activities and their determination to
ensure every child at Sunnyhill has the
tools to stop bad behaviour has led
to their winning a Diana Anti-Bullying
Award three years running.
Play leaders
The role of a play leader is to plan
and lead games in the playground at
lunchtime, ensuring that all children
that want to join in are able to. They
bring groups of children together
who may not have a group and make
Play leaders inviting
younger children to
participate in an activity
We want our
children to
know that we
value their
opinions, that
their voices
matter and
that they can
make a
them feel welcome. They build the
confidence of the children around them
and, in turn, help to develop strong
teamwork and communication skills.
They support our school’s sports days
by explaining techniques to the younger
children and fundraise during Sport
Relief, working alongside our PE lead
to come up with activities and ideas.
Our eco-warriors are passionate about
their local and global environment.
This year they won a £1,000 grant
through pitching to Unilever and
Team London representatives at City
Hall. They have spent this money
on building community bonds and
educating our school community
through the organisation of the Great
Sunnyhill Spring Clean.
On a day-to-day basis, they take
responsibility for collecting recycling
from around the school and educating
each class on items they can recycle. In
June, they will be talking to five of our
local schools to encourage them to run
their own eco group and events.
School ambassadors
Our ambassadors are the first face
and voice for visitors to our school.
Equipped with a map and facts about
the school, they take school visitors
on guided tours, offering their own
experiences and answering any
questions our guests may have.
This year, they have also taken on the
responsibility for “Swaps in a Box”, our
book-swap library in an old telephone
box in the playground, which promotes
a love for reading.
We are actively involved with
local, national and international
communities. We want our pupils
to know that their views and voices
matter, and that they can facilitate
positive change beyond a local
platform. We continually develop
our school ethos and curriculum so
that we are known and valued in our
Learning, teaching and the
Our curriculum combines both formal
learning and creativity. We focus on
the quality of teaching and provide
a varied learning experience, one
balanced between both knowledge
and skill. Pupils have a wide range
of opportunities for personal
development through music, art,
drama and sport as well as further
academic learning.
Our pupils and their learning are
at the centre of everything we do.
Our innovative curriculum promotes
curious, collaborative and creative
learning. We focus on the knowledge
and skills our pupils will need in the
future, and aim to develop their
awareness of the world outside school
while preparing them for the choices
that lie ahead.
We focus on
the quality of
teaching and
provide a
varied learning
one balanced
between both
and skill
Sunnyhill was invited
to join the London
mayor’s Schools for
Success programme in
recognition of helping
low-achieving pupils to
do better

This article was sponsored by Sunnyhill Primary School. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister