Charlton Manor Primary School Up For Top Teaching Award For Second Year Running

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Charlton Manor Primary School has been nominated for Healthy school of the year at this year's Times Educational Supplement (TES) Awards.

The TES Schools Awards, now in their 10th year, celebrate the extraordinary commitment, quality and innovation shown by teachers and support staff across the UK.

Headteacher Tim Baker said, “We are so pleased to be shortlisted a second year running in recognition of the great work we do here at Charlton Manor around children’s health.”

TES editor Ann Mroz said, “It is wonderful to see such innovative ideas and best practice emerging from our schools and teachers, despite the current squeeze on funding. We had a record year for entries and the standard was the best so far – all those shortlisted should be very proud: it’s an extraordinary achievement.

The winners will be revealed at a ceremony in London on June 22 at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

For more information on this year’s awards ceremony, go to

Carol Ann Walters, May 2018

Charlton Manor Secret Garden Open Day

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Tickets are now on sale for Charlton Manor primary school’s Secret Garden Open Day, part of Open Garden Squares Weekend.

Charlton Manor’s award-winning Secret Garden opens to the public on Saturday 9 June from 10am to 5pm with a farmer’s market, refreshments, school-made produce from the garden, pond-dipping, exploration of the school’s observation beehive and a tour of the garden.

The Secret Garden at Charlton Manor is packed with learning opportunities and as well as having a chicken run and beehives, it also has a stag beetle environment, a composting area, flower beds, vegetables, fruit trees, vines, greenhouse, wildlife area and bird hide.

In 2012 Charlton Manor led schools from Greenwich on a learning journey into plant care, resulting in growing beautiful cut flowers, being awarded a silver-gilt medal at the Chelsea Flower Show and meeting Her Majesty the Queen. Every year since the school has been involved at Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows and Bexley in Bloom.

Now’s your chance to discover Charlton Manor’s Secret Garden. A number of years ago it was derelict. Today it's a haven.

Entry costs £4, there’s no need to book – just turn up on the day.

Entrance (Sells Tickets)
Indus Road
Nearest postcode: SE7 7EF

Buses: 53, 54, 89, 422, 486

Station: Charlton

Toilets: Disabled toilet on site

Access: Flat gravel paths may be difficult for wheelchairs, but we can assist.

Dogs: Working assistance dogs only

Open Garden Squares Weekend Tickets can be booked online, visit

Carol Ann Walters, April 2018

How Charlton Manor School is helping parents and children make the healthy choice


Since TV chef Jamie Oliver came to Charlton Manor school 12 years ago with Jamie’s School Dinners project, Charlton Manor has strived to ensure that children not only eat healthily but that they also understand the importance of the effects of food on their body, have rich experiences around food, are educated in cooking and understand that exercise is important.

From the Daily Morning Circuit daily exercise regime, the Bikes in the Curriculum initiative where children learn how to ride a bike, free Breakfast Club, and lunch cooked and prepared under the supervision of an award-winning chef, to growing fruit and vegetables in the award-winning school garden, harvesting produce from the school community garden to sell in the school shop, through to the opportunities to cook different foods from all over the world, cooking and healthy choices are now embedded in the curriculum, not just as an addition to the end of the day.

Parents support the drive to help children make healthy choices and are active in cooking food for International Food Day, making Reduced Sugar Cakes for the occasional cake sale, and birthday treats such as fruit kebabs, fruit bags and even grape butterflies.

To find out more, read the article ‘How inspirational school visitors can transform children’s lives’ in

Carol Ann Walters, March 2018

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