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
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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 Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy