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There'll be 10 green bottles in Woodpecker Hall

Non-uniform dayWe'd like to thank all the parents/carers that brought in a bottle to school for the PTA tombola stall at the winter fair. We received an incredible amount of bottles from champagne to shampoo. Once again the Woodpecker family have come together. Read moreAlongside the PTA stall ...

Reminder: Woodpecker non-uniform day Friday 30th November

Reminder: Tomorrow is non-uniform day.Please bring in an unopened bottle in exchange for wearing non-uniform. The bottles will be used for our tombola stall at the Winter Fair.Read moreCuckoo Hall & Woodpecker Hall invite you to their joint...Winter FairVenue: Cuckoo Hall Academy, Lower Sch...

Over 90 parents/carers/children at Woodpecker's latest Read Aloud event

The great big Read Aloud eventThank you to everyone who supported our latest Read Aloud event! Over 90 parents/carers and their children attended - with great feedback from everyone telling us it was extremely useful. All the children gathered at the front of the hall for story time with Ms Gibson. ...

Cuckoo & Woodpecker make decorations for Ayse's garden

Christmas activity The Community Outreach Team have organised a Christmas activity that involves all children in Cuckoo Hall Academy and Woodpecker Hall Academy. Year 4, 5 & 6 got to make salt dough shapes then they were decorated by children in Nursery, Reception and Years 1, 2 and 3 with ...

Woodpecker Hall Raise £252 for Children in Need

Children in Need at Woodpecker HallIn participation with BBC Children in Need we held a Silly Hair Day where both children and staff donate £1 and came into school with silly hair.In the morning we received a visit from a wonderful big yellow bear called Pudsey. The children were elated.We raised a...

Woodpecker Summer Challenge Prize Winners

Read Aloud Summer ChallengeCongratulations to Malikai and Ioannis for winning prizes in the Summer Read Aloud Challenge. All the Trust's primary schools took part. Malikai was the overall winner, with the best entry for completing all 5 challenges and won a Kindle and a book voucher worth £10 (Gold...

Cuckoo Hall & Woodpecker Hall: Winter Fair

Cuckoo Hall & Woodpecker Hall invite you to their joint...Winter FairVenue: Cuckoo Hall Academy, Lower School Hall Date: Friday 7th December 2018Time: 3pm-5pmEntry: FREEThere will be lots of fun activities such as Food, Refreshments, Santa’s Grotto, Raffles & Prizes, PTA Stalls and many mo...

Year 6 learn about Mexican holiday: Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)Both Year 6 classes took part in a project on Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead. The pupils created an incredible poster outside their classrooms. This project links to art, math and history. The Day of the Dead festival or Dia de los Muertos begins on October 3...

Smoothie success for year 6

Enterprise WeekThis year, the year 6’s that weren’t on the residential trip got to partake in Enterprise Week. They got the opportunity to be involved in creating their very own flavour smoothie and then selling it.They started off going through their price list of ingredients which li...

Year 3 put on an incredible Diwali show

Diwali CelebrationsOur fantastic Year 3s showed an incredible display of art, singing, drama, speaking skills in their highly informative Diwali Assembly.The children reenacted the story of Rama and Sita, which is about Rama rescuing Sita from a demon King Ravana with the help of Hanuman and his mon...

PTA KS1 Cinema Night

PTA KS1 Cinema NightBy popular demand, your newly relaunched PTA are excited to announce a cinema night for KS1 on Friday 14th December.Please VOTE:Our PTA are giving YOU the chance to decide which film will be shown at the KS1 Cinema Night on Friday 14th December.1. The Grinch2. Alvin & The Chi...

Children in need at Woodpecker - Friday 16 November

Its that time of the year again - and one of our favourite causes.A highlight of the school year, this year we will be celebrating Children in Need with a silly hair day.We are looking for the hair styles with the greatest invention and imagination. Lets all get behind this and have a fun day as wel...

Trust schools are part of solar power revolution

The AGM of Solar for schools, which brings together schools, investors and installers, enabling schools to produce low-cost solar electricity and benefit from financial savings, was hosted this year by CHAT Academies at Heron Hall.All CHAT schools have installed solar panels - one of the biggest sch...

Woodpecker vacancy for a parent governor

Can you help take us forward in the future and shape the school?We have a vacancy for a parent governor.Do you have what it takes to be a champion for parental engagement?Joining the advisory committee as a governor offers you the opportunity to make a real contribution to the life, strategic leader...

Woodpecker Hall Celebrate Black History Month

This year we decided to integrate Black History Month into learning throughout the school. Each year group had a choice of which area they were focusing on.We decided to combine Black History Month with typical school lessons. For example, the Year 6’s worked on the history of the Apartheid which ...

Build your own volcano!

The Year 4/5’s arts and crafts class took part in a fantastic project that included building volcanoes with plastic bottles and papier-mâché, painting them then erupting them.Not only did this project involve building and painting their volcanoes but the pupils used science to create a chemical ...

Woodpecker PTA card swap event a great success

The newly relaunched PTA at the school got off to a great start by organising an after school playground Lego card swap in the lovely October sunshine. Not only did the kids get a chance to swap those annoying doubles for cards they needed - but money was raised for the school.Woodpecker pupil, Dejo...

Over 200 books exchanged in school book swap

The latest Read Aloud Book Swap event took place in the playground at Woodpecker on a very sunny October Tuesday.More than 200 books were swapped for free by the eager pupils.All the different year groups took part.Many parents praised the school and the Community Outreach team for organising such a...

CHAT's trainee teachers shine at top awards ceremony

Congratulations to Amy McGuffog from Kingfisher Hall, pictured 4th left, for winning the prestigious Nesta Howells Awards for Outstanding Endeavour at the University of Warwick on Friday night. Congratulations also to Eleanor Babbs from Enfield Heights, pictured 3rd left, for being shortlisted in no...

Dont forget Lego card swap on Tuesday at Woodpecker Hall

By very popular parental demand, as part of Book Swap on Tues (3-4pm), the newly relaunched Woodpecker Hall Academy PTA is organising what we think will be an amazingly busy Lego Card Swap for the children! And the 1st 10 children get a free pack! Its just 50p to take part in Lego Card Swap: all mon...

Parents win lunch with head teacher

The Hasan family got the chance to tuck into a roast dinner with Woodpecker’s Sharon Parson. They attended the recent mett the new head teacher evening and won the lunch with Sharon in a prize draw.After the roast there was fruit and small cakes to follow.The Hasan family declared the lunch a ‘f...

Woodpecker's relaunched PTA has big plans for the year

30 parents turned out to the first planning meeting of the re-launched PTA. There is a lot of enthusiasm to get an active PTA up and running again, a move which is being strongly supported by new head teacher, Sharon Parson.Chair Tara Gordon and Woodpecker parent governor Mehmet Hasan listened to th...

Kind hearted Woodpecker families provide 600 food bank meals

When new head teacher, Sharon Parson, asked parents to help make a food collection to support the North Enfield Food Bank, the school was inundated with donations.Pupils brought in a staggering 700 kg in weight of tinned goods, boxes of cereals, packets of pasta, biscuits and other non-perishable it...

Heron Hall students planning bright futures

The school’s first dedicated college and further education fair was a huge success this week. The school sports hall was the main venue for a packed and lively event with a host of education and apprenticeship providers offering courses from studying every A level you can think of, to digital mark...

Woodpecker's Reception Open days announced

Tours for children applying for Reception in 2019 will be taking place in October, November and December. Please  book through school office.Open days are very important opportunities for parents and carers of prospective reception pupils to come into the school and to talk to staff.We love sho...

You are invited to afternoon tea by the new PTA

Hi everyone, please join us for afternoon tea on Friday to discuss our new PTA. We are looking for ideas and suggestions. Its also a great way to meet other parents. After our successful relaunch event this week, we want to engage with as many parents as possible. See you there! Tara, Sharon, Georgi...

Year 6 parents: Heron Hall to host Open Morning tours 1-5 October.

Come and look around!Open mornings are very important opportunities for parents and carers of prospective students to come into the school.We love showing parents around our school!We had record numbers visiting the school at our recent Open Evening - reflecting the increasing popularity and growing...

Meet the new headteacher and visit your child's class

Dear Parents and Carers,On Monday 24th September we will be holding a curriculum evening. The evening is an opportunity to meet the new headteacher and to visit your child’s class. You will have an opportunity to ask about the curriculum and be given details of what your child will be doing in cla...

Record numbers flock to Heron Open Evening

Record numbers visited the school on a wonderful evening on Monday.Around 500 family members and young people attended.The increasing popularity and growing reputation of Heron Hall Academy was clear to see as headteacher Arthur Barzey and his team opened the doors to the school at 5.30pm, with long...

Heron Hall: Our secondary academy holds its Open Evening on Monday 17 September

Our secondary academy Heron Hall is having an open evening on Monday 17 September 5.30-7.30pm. Come and see why we believe it is a great first choice for your child.An invitation to Heron HallWe understand that you are about to make one of the biggest decisions in your child’s education.At Her...

Film: Students tell us what it is like going to Heron Hall Academy

We are looking forward to welcoming Year 6 parents to the Open Evening of our secondary academy, Heron Hall, on Monday 5.30-7.30pm. Watch a short film about Heron students answering questions about the school. You can watch the film on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcjI5lFnEn0

Free Open Evening cafe will serve up French and Spanish classics!

This year, for one night only, the Modern Languages department will be running a cafe serving delicious French and Spanish food to our Open Evening guests.There will be a selection of some of your French and Spanish mouthwatering favourites.Take a break while you are touring the school and sample so...

Schools' biggest ever prize giveaway to encourage reading over the holidays

It's our biggest prize giveaway everSpectacular prizes to be won. Its so easy to enter. And fun too!Three challenges from ‘Bronze’ to ‘Gold’.Everyone who completes the first three challenges is guaranteed to win a prize. Can you then make it to Silver award and even better prizes? Can you go...

Thank you to parents for your gifts to our teaching staff

Staff in all our schools were literally overwhelmed with the generosity of parents today. They were inundated with gifts and cards. Every one was gratefully received. Chocolates, biscuits, candles and flowers were among the most popular presents.Thank you so much.We will miss your children over the ...

INVITATION TO TENDER (ITT) for the childrens photography package across the entire trust Academy schools

The Trust is looking for a provider of photography services for all of its schools.A copy of your tender must be received by Wendy Bowstead, wbowstead@chat-edu.org.uk no later than 5pm Wednesday 18th July 2018.Tender document.You can view the tender document here.

PGCE students graduate with CHAT and the University of Warwick

Many congratulations to CHAT’s first Primary and Secondary PGCE graduates in partnership with the University of Warwick. All the students who started completed the course.

Headteacher leading the life scientific

The Trust is developing a new science teaching and learning strategy for next year.Our four headteachers met up this week for a session on developing our new science learning strategy across the Trust.Thank you to Richard Wellard at Heron for putting them through their paces with a range of scienti...

Only 18 days to go...

Remember our Summer Fair is on the 7th of July, 11am - 3pm. Keep this date free and in your diaries for a super fun day out...Tell everyone..!

Welcome to Hatice

Great to see another of our senior appointments for next year coming into meet staff and the children. Hatice Murat visited on Friday. She is joining Cuckoo Hall Academy as an Assistant headteacher and will be Head of Nursery for Cuckoo and Woodpecker Hall Primary Academy. Welcome Hatice!

Read Aloud event for parents and children on Thursday

Looking forward to seeing our year 2 and 3 parents/carers and children to a special Read Aloud event at 3.15pm tomorrow.There will be a special competition and a story reading. Juliet Demetriou from the Community Outreach team said:"At our last event over 120 attended - so get there early if you can...

Celebrating D Day at Woodpecker

Children across the school have been dressing up to help celebrate one of the most import dates in British history.On this day in 1944, Operation Overlord, better known as D-Day started. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history.

A huge welcome to Sharon - appointed new headteacher at Woodpecker

Sharon Parson, currently headteacher at Minerva Academy, a multi-cultural primary school in West London, has been appointed as the new headteacher of Woodpecker Hall Primary Academy. She will join us in the new academic year.Sharon is a very experienced school leader, with a strong track record of s...

Don't miss our Summer Fair on 7 July!

Join 2,000 other parents and local residents for one of the borough's biggest and most popular fairs of the Summer.Our 5 schools join together again to celebrate a great year.11am-3pm£1 entry - £5 max per family.InflatablesBBQ and food stallsPerformancesFace paintingEntrance: Woodpecker Hall Acade...

Good luck to all our Year 6 pupils

Good luck to all our Year 6 Woodpecker Hall pupils who are taking their Key Stage 2 tests today (and the rest of this week). Parents and carers please help and encourage them to keep revising and study well. They can do it..!!!

Farewell from Mr Penkert

Dear Parents and Carers,It is with great regret that I must announce that I have taken the very difficult decision to resign as Headteacher of Woodpecker Hall Academy. As you will know, I come from Waterford in Ireland and that is where my family still live. At this present time, I am needed by my f...

Key stage 1 and 2 national curriculum tests: information for parents

Please click on link below for Information leaflet and videos for parents about end of key stage assessments (often referred to as SATs) for 7 and 11 year olds.https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-1-and-2-national-curriculum-tests-information-for-parents 

We are hiring!

Looking for your next challenge?We have a range of teaching and non-teaching jobs.We hope you will consider applying to train or work with us. You will bring a passion for helping to build and secure the future aspirations of our children. The energy and enthusiasm needed to meet the challenge...

Record numbers at Woodpecker for Read Aloud

Over 120 parents and children attended the latest Read Aloud event hosted by the Community Outreach Team and the school for our early years families. Several rounds of extra chairs had to be put out as the families continued to pour into the hall.A range of activities were held, including poetry rea...

High praise for the Trust's teaching assistants

A huge thank you to our wonderful teaching assistants.CHAT Academies CEO, Marino Charalambous, has this week praised the Trust's teaching assistants. In a message to all CHAT staff he said:"I know it has been a challenging time for TAs across the schools, as they have had to deal with a huge amount ...

Reception Year Open day on 23 March 2018

Join us at Cuckoo Hall Academy (10am & 5.30pm) and Woodpecker Hall Primary Academy (11am & 5.30pm) on Friday, 23 March Keep your options open if you don’t get your first choice on 17 April.Come and have a look around two fantastic schools.We take applications from all over Enfield and our neighbou...

We are hiring! We have a range of teaching and non-teaching posts available.

We hope you will consider applying to train or work with us. You will bring a passion for helping to build and secure the future aspirations of our children. The energy and enthusiasm needed to meet the challenges of working in a busy London school. A genuine desire to develop and progress. ...

Reception Year Open Day: Friday, 23 March 2018

At Cuckoo Hall Academy & Woodpecker Hall Primary Academy, hosted by our headteachers.10-11am Cuckoo Hall11am-12pm Woodpecker Hall5.30pm Cuckoo Hall5.30pm Woodpecker Hall"Come and have a look around two of our fantastic schools. Keep your options open if you don’t get your first choice on 16 April....

Parent's mighty Ben Nevis challenge

Inspired by the recent Save The Children parenting course put on in partnership with Cuckoo Hall Academy, father of 3 Ricky Copper, wants to say a very big thank you - by climbing all the way up Ben Nevis for the charity!What a wonderful story. Let's all support him. We hope parents in all our schoo...

Looking for your next job?

Teaching postsAssistant Headteacher - Maternity cover (Secondary)RE/PSHE/Sociology Teachers (Secondary) up to LB: £38,905.60Maths (Secondary, NQT position) M1: £26,661.49English Teacher (Secondary) up to M6: £37,643.65Drama teacher (Secondary) up to M6: £37,643.65Computer Science Teacher (Second...

Local councillor backs parents zebra crossing petition

Cllr Nesil Caliskan, who is one of the elected representatives for the area our school is in, has raised parents concerns with top officials at Enfield Council about the need to install a safe crossing on Nightingale Road. Parents started the campaign last year and have been calling on the local...

Pupils to celebrate International Women’s Day

The school is organising a competition to help mark the day on March 8th.  Pupils will be asked to write up to 150 words about someone who inspires them. The best entries will represent the school in the national competition. She is also helping to promote the day with short stories about 100 i...

Trust appoints new Head of HR

Welcome to Fiona Costly – our new Head of HR.    She will provide HR advice to: CHAT, Cuckoo Hall Academy, Woodpecker Hall Primary Academy, Kingfisher Hall Primary Academy, Enfield Heights Academy, and Heron Hall Academy.CHAT Academies CEO, Marino Charalambous, said:"I delighted...

Its cold and snowy - a great time to get reading!

Every study shows that children who read aloud for at least 15 mins every day do better in their exams, even in subject areas such as maths.CHAT Academies Chief Executive, Marino Charalambous, who started the successful 'Read Aloud' initiative across the Trust's primary schools last year, said:"This...

Parents view 20,000 web pages as freeze hits schools

Parents have looked at many thousands of pages on our new websites as the freezing weather hit and they were keen for the latest information.The sites were used to update parents on school closures/ openings, as well as a rolling 'Latest information' document.

Weather: Stay updated by following us on social media

You can follow us on different social media.Just go to the Contacts menu option. Chose your preferences. Stay in touch with the school.Tino Hernandez thernandez@chat-edu.org.uk

Weather: Latest on the decision to open or close

Update: Thurs 21.00Due to the weather deteriorating the primary schools and central nursery will be closed tomorrow Friday 2 March. Heron Hall has decided that it can open.Check our websites and social media for updates. Update: Thurs 15.25 We expect to be open on Friday 2 March. We will make a fi...

All our schools are closed today, Wednesday 28 February

Lets thank our brilliant teachers

CHAT Academies CEO, Marino Charalambous, is backing the 'Thank A Teacher'  initiative which encourages parents to send a post card message free of charge to a special teacher. All parents need to do is go to the link below:http://www.teachingawards.com/thankateachercard/Marino said: "We have ma...

Read Aloud Book clubs membership cards

A sneak preview of the cards we have produced for the children.We think they will love them.They start on bronze and could earn a Gold membership.

Nursery, Reception & Secondary places available

We still have some nursery, reception and secondary places still available across our schools. Are you looking for a place for your child?We would love the chance to show you around.Why choose us?Our goal is to provide outstanding education and life changing opportunities for all our children. We be...

Trust to trial book clubs in primaries

CHAT Academies Chief Executive Officer, Marino Charalambous, has announced plans to launch Read Aloud Book Clubs across the Trust's four primary schools: Cuckoo Hall, Woodpecker Hall, Kingfisher Hall and Enfield Heights. A trial will be started next month for a group of 15 Year 3 children at Cu...

Got any ideas for our Summer fair?

Each year we want to make our Summer Fair a really fantastic day for all our families. We would be very grateful if you had any suggestions on how we might improve on last year's event. So get your thinking caps on please. Send your ideas to isuggest@chat-edu.org.uk

CHAT Academies Board member honoured.

Professor Anthony O’ Hear, a member of the CHAT Academies Board of Trustees, has been recognised in the 2018 New Year Honours with the award of an OBE ‘for services to education’.Dr Donald Graham, Chair of the CHAT Academies Board of Trustees, said:“We were delighted by the news that Anthony...

Families celebrate with special awards

50 families from across our primary schools successfully completed their 6 week SHARE programes and were awarded framed certificates to mark the achievement.Our longest running family learning programme is called SHARE which has been extremely successful with both parents and carers in our schools. ...

Council Leader message of support to our schools

Enfield Council Leader Cllr Doug Taylor has issued a message of support to our schools, following a meeting with CHAT Academies Chair, Dr Donald Graham.Donald updated the Council on a range of issues. CHAT schools currently educate around 2,200 children in the borough. Donald and Cllr Taylor...

Open evening for our secondary academy - Monday, 18 September

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Open Evening of our secondary academy, Heron Hall, on Monday, 18 September 5.30-7.30pm. There is no need to book.We know choosing a secondary school is a hugely important decision. In fact, for most families it is one of their biggest.We think we are...

Come to the Winter Fair on 9 December!

A fantastic affordable afternoon for all the family.Who is coming to the spectacular Winter Fair for all our schools on Saturday 9 December? Join over 1,000 others 11am-4pm at Heron Hall Academy, Ponders End EN3 4SA

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