Surrey Square is one of the 9 schools that serve the Aylesbury Estate in South East London. Just a mile from the river Thames at London Bridge, it does seem a world away. The Estate is the largest in the country, and the high-rise blocks can be a foreboding sight. Channel 4 have an ‘ident’ which uses images of the Estate, giving a very negative perception. Local residents have put together a new version, which gives a very different impression. Watch it here. http://vimeo.com/72499069
Our school serves ‘the global majority’, since 90% of pupils are from non-white British heritages. A large number of our families hail from West Africa, and we also have families from Bangladesh, Somali, Algeria, Peru, Columbia, Poland, Jamaica, Lithuania, Pakistan…and many other places! We are immensely proud of our community that work and learn together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and tolerance. Our Identity curriculum supports this ethos, through the explicit teaching around what it means to be British and exploring different beliefs within the framework of our core values.