Important Update: School Closure

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope all our families are well and enjoying a restful holiday. I know that many of you will have heard yesterday’s government announcement that primary schools within identified Tier 4 Local Authorities will be closed for an initial two-week period from the start of the Spring Term (between Monday 4th January to Friday 15th January 2021). 

Newham has been identified as falling under this category due to the significant increase in Covid -19 cases. As was the case during the first school closure, we will continue to provide on-site learning to identified groups as well as children of key workers. The office team and leadership team have sent out a survey to apply for in school places and will also be ringing families that meet these criteria.

For all other children, we will provide distance learning (on-line) via Google Classroom from Tuesday 5th January – please be aware that Monday 4th January is an Inset day so no work will be set.  The teachers/year groups will be providing further guidance about timings for lessons and general expectations by lunchtime on Monday 4th January on Parentmail.

These arrangements are temporary and will be reviewed by the 18th January since the government is trying to limit the negative impact on pupils' education but also needs to reduce current high levels of Covid transmission.

Please read the DfE guidance below for further clarification:


I am of course deeply disappointed that we are once again facing a school closure period, but this decision has been made to keep us all safe; it is important to respond to local spikes in transmission and hopefully this circuit break will allow cases to drop and reduce pressure on the emergency services. I know that many of you may be concerned about your children’s learning but I want to assure you that the leadership and staff team will do everything in their power to ensure that our children still receive the highest quality of education, whilst also prioritising overall pupil and staff well-being and safety. I am pleased that our remote learning policy is well embedded and live teaching will be happening in key stages 1 and 2. There will also be a strong focus on welfare support through daily phone calls and those families on free school meals will be provided with weekly vouchers/food boxes.

We will be contacting families at the start of next term to provide further information about school arrangements. In the meantime, do enjoy the rest of the holiday break. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful 2021 and hope that next year will bring a brighter, healthier and happier future for us all. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at: info@elmhurst.newham.sch.uk

We will get through this pandemic together and I want to thank you for your excellent ongoing support.

Kind regards,

Sukwinder Samra

Head Teacher

Elmhurst Primary School


Welcome to Elmhurst Primary School

Headteacher - Mr Shahed Ahmed OBE
CEO and Executive Headteacher - Mr Shahed Ahmed OBE

I would like to warmly welcome you to our school. We are a large outstanding primary school in Newham. We care passionately about our children’s education and go the extra mile to help every child reach their full potential. This is reflected in our high SATs exam results.

Our staff are highly committed to teaching stimulating and engaging lessons, concentrating on making sure that children acquire all basic skills, as well as stretching every child with our rich curriculum.

We take groups of children every year to European cities on art residential visits. Our children perform Shakespeare’s plays in local theatres. We train all our children in debating skills and have great success in regular regional competitions. We pride ourselves in our specialist sport and music provision. Our school environment is very smart with a large number of challenging climbing structures.

We teach our children good manners and encourage them to contribute to society by taking part in charity fund raising.

Sukwinder Samra, Headteacher

We provide a variety of after school classes and clubs. We also have free tutoring after school or on Saturday mornings for any child that needs it, to make sure that no child slips through the net.

We are pleased to have recently formed a Multi-Academy Trust (New Vision Trust) with three other local schools. We look forward to working collaboratively with our new partners to ensure that our provision for our pupils, staff and local community is of the highest quality. As the lead school in the Elmhurst Teaching School Alliance (ETSA), with our partner schools we provide training and support to other schools. We are also a National Maths Hub - a centre of excellence for mathematics.

For more information about ETSA, the London North East Maths hub or New Vision English Hub please click the links below.