Merton Court Preparatory School

Wow! What a fabulous Prom on the Pitch! Our theme was ‘Grease’ and boy, did we have a lot of Pink Ladies! Thank you so much to everyone who fully entered into the spirit of things by dressing up, bringing friends and family, barbeques and so much more besides… Great songs by the Twist Rock and Roll band, and thanks also to Mrs Saunders for the whole- school dance - ‘Let’s Twist Again’, which was fantastic. A great big thank you to our FOMC for organising such a successful event and NSM, our IT providers, for their continued sponsorship of this annual event.
Our sincere thanks also to The Right Honourable Priti Patel, MP, Secretary of State for International Development, who kindly gave away our cups, prizes and awards at Summer Prizegiving.

School Development:

We have been very busy during the Summer break completing the first phase of Early Years refurbishment with the second phase to be completed in Spring 2018. J1 (Reception/Foundation Stage) has undergone a complete internal and external refurbishment, which has been a wonderful transformation, to create a purpose built, airy and light, teaching environment, ideal for excellent delivery of the EYFS curriculum.
We are also currently refurbishing the Friends of Merton Court kitchen in the School Hall.
This ‘kicks off’ our new three year refurbishment plan, Merton Court
’2020 Vision’. Having already completed a new Astro cricket square, new Hall floor and lighting, we will be forward planning for the next phase of our Junior playground equipment, a new Dance Studio, a new Astro-turf pitch and the re-roofing and refurbishment of the original school building, along with re-landscaping the parking, garden and bin area at the front of the school.


We welcome our new families who have joined us this term along with our new members of staff too. Miss Hayley Hall (J2), Miss Roxanne Cook-Friar (EY) and Mr Alex Mullin (EY) join us as class teachers. Mrs Emmanuelle Whitehill joins us as our French and Spanish Co-ordinator and Miss Laura-Jane Thatcher and Mrs Kirsty Richardson join us as part of the EYFS Team. New responsibilities in school include Mr David Brady as Middle Leaders Co-ordinator and Miss Hayley Hall as EAL


Well done to our S4 leavers who achieved very strong results at Secondary School Entrance (with the awarding of twelve scholars’ ties along with four scholarship awards to local Independent schools) and also very impressive results in KS2 SATS, with 95% of pupils achieving AS (at expected standard) in Reading, 51% were deemed to be working at greater depth within the expected level (GDS) in Writing, 100% AS in Maths and 100% AS in Science. This is well above the National average.
For further details of our school leavers and their school destinations please see our school website. We wish them every future success!

Well done to our S3 and S2 Maths teams last term of Adam Sameen,
Krish Rampersad, Jenni Patel, James Ellershaw (S3) and Sam Pang, Damien Osei-Bonsu, Sofeen Siddiqui and Ashiya Amin (S2) who came third in the Walthamstow Hall Maths Race, out of twelve teams.

Music, Dance & Art achievements:

Our S1 Violin Initiative, where all our Year 3s have the opportunity to experience free violin lessons, courtesy of our Music Department, continues to be a huge success. This will continue for S1 this academic year. This is in addition to complimentary recorder lessons in J3. Should you need to contact Mr Reece for any reason or to enquire about instrumental and/or singing lessons his direct email is:

Well done to S3M and S3Me last term for gaining First place in the KS2 Textile Group category and to Hannah Burt-Reed for achieving Second place in KS2 individual textile section of the ISA ‘London South’ Art competition.

A big well done to Chase Collard (S3M), who played the character of Ruth Lyle in the BBC Drama ‘The Child in Time’, when she really enjoyed filming alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.


Congratulations to all children who represented school in teams last term. It was, again, a really successful year for sporting achievements.

In the Kent School’s Ski Championships at Brentwood Park Ski Centre, Bronze medals were awarded to our Primary mixed team (Joshua Cook, Toby Barenbrug, Nico Barenbrug and Emily Summers).

Swimming Team achievements were particularly evident again last term.
At the Bexley Primary Schools Championships (Crook Log Pool), medals were awarded to the following pupils; Anjola Pratt second place - Girls’ 50m Freestyle, James Carroll third place " Boys’ 50m Freestyle, Gianna Du’Bell third place " Girls’ 50m Backstroke. In the Boys’ 50m Backstroke Nico Barenbrug came in second place and Michael Tobitt, was the Cup winner, coming in First place. Sam Cross came third in the Boys’ 50m Breaststroke and Nico Cavasino second in the Boys’ Individual Medley. Further medals and shields were awarded to the Girls Freestyle Relay team (Anjola Pratt, Ruby Burrowes, Gianna Du’Bell and Emma Selvey) who came first, along with the Boys’ Freestyle Relay team (Michael Tobitt, Max Postlewaithe, James Carroll and Nico Barenbrug) who also came in first place. The Mixed Freestyle Relay team of Ella Cheshmejoui-Walford, Brandon Nathan, Maisie Chambers and Hudson Flynn were third and our other Mixed Relay team of Ella Chesmejoui-Walford, James Carroll, Mia Delamain and Sam Cross also finished in third place. The Mixed Relay team, Amy Dawson, Nico Cavasino, Jenni Patel and Sam Cross finished in second place.

Merton Court was once again the overall championship winners. Well done to all squads who worked hard to maintain the high level of swimming throughout the year.

Teams also took part in the Regional South East Championships and the National Schools Swimming Championships at Guildford. In the National finals, the boys’ Medley Relay team finished seventh overall in the country and also broke the school record with a time of 1:11.10, well done to Kevin Cao, Jack Eagle, Luca Cambden and Demi Alli.
Congratulations also go to the children that took part in the twenty-four school ISA Athletics Championships at Norman Park. Ruby Burrowes was awarded a Year 5 Silver medal for the 75m sprint, Demi Alli a Year 5 Bronze medal for the 75m sprint and Emily Summers a Year 4 Silver medal for 600m race. Our Year 5 Girls won a Silver medal for 4 x 100m relay (Ruby Burrowes, Niamh Cartwright, Naysa Nganje and Anjola Pratt).The boys Year 5 4 x 100m relay won a Bronze medal (Demi Alli, Jack Eagle, Luca Cambden and Adam Sameen).
A big well done also goes to Emily Summers for winning Gold in the Year 4 Long Jump competition at the ISA National Championships for Athletics in Birmingham.

Inter-house School sports competitions:
Well done to everyone who took part in our breaktime leagues last term. Team A (Aston Athletic) won the J3/S1 football league " Charlie Holland was top scorer with 20 goals) and Team A (The Awesome Attackers) won the S1-S4 netball league.

Summer Term - House events winners:
Athletics - Merton
Cricket - School
Merit Shield - School
Relay - School
Rounders - Modern
Tug of War - Merton
Science - School

A huge thank you
to our school community for raising £4288.30 for ‘The Simone Cowland Trust’ and £2,332.84 for the ‘Royal National Institute for Blind People’, an amazing amount of money for two worthy charities. £528.00 of this was raised by S4 for their ‘Business Challenge’ in their Leadership and Challenge fortnight - a fabulous effort from them.

Sincere thanks to our S4 (Year 6 Leavers) who presented school with a beautiful Lutyens bench, which is situated on the Astro area in the Memorial garden.

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