Curriculum Intent

‘In our school, we believe…

All pupils should have access to a broad, balanced and coherently planned curriculum which builds on prior learning with a strong focus on basic skills. Our curriculum is accessible for all and prepares children well for future life-long learning and employability. We strive to raise aspirations for all, break cycles of deprivation, provide support and offer wider opportunities and experiences within our curriculum so that our children are equipped with the skills that they need to make a positive contribution to society.’

We have a diverse and rich social and cultural school community with a wide range of need. Our pupils come from a scattered catchment encompassing the Rush Green area but we also take pupils from Harold Hill, Chadwell Heath, Goodmayes, Barking, Dagenham, Romford and Rise Park. Our pupils are ready for learning, behaviour is excellent and the quality of education at our school is very strong.

  • A recent postcode analysis shows that some of our pupils live in deprivation. In fact, 50 of our children are classed as living in the worst deprived areas of the UK 

  • Almost 20% of our school population live in the worst 20% deprived parts of the UK and 68% of our pupils (more than 2/3rds) live in the top 30% deprived areas in the UK

  • Almost 20% (132) of our pupils live in households which are defined as being in the bottom third nationally for literacy and numeracy

  • 22% of our pupils live in areas with very high crime rates

  • 108 of our children live in areas with some of the highest crime rates in the country

The National Literacy Trust research report ‘Literacy and Life Expectancy’ (NLT 2018, Gilbert, Teravainen, Clark and Shaw), demonstrates that children growing up in wards with the greatest literacy challenges in the country have significantly shorter life expectancies than those growing up in wards with fewer literacy challenges. By closing gaps in education and future employment, we can ensure that every child has the chance to live a happy, healthy, successful and long life – regardless of their background.

 ‘At Rush Green Primary School, we aim to turn the class system on its head, promote social mobility for our pupils and inspire our pupils to be the policymakers of the future.’