First Days at Tubbenden



Reception children have now all started school.  They have had a very good week settling in and making new friends.  We were really pleased to see so many children coming into school on their own towards the end of the week.

We have been learning about the sounds ‘s’ and ‘a’.  We have made sandwiches, number ants and apples.  It will be great to see them stay for lunch.


Welcome To Our Blog

Welcome to our school blog.

With changes to the way people access information we felt it was time to move away from the more traditional printed school newsletter to writing this blog, where we will celebrate all the exciting things that happen at Tubbenden Primary School, as well as share other news and information. There are even opportunities to add your own comments to each article.

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Nb all comments are moderated by the school before publication. We will continue to publish a simplified paper version of this blog for those unable to access the internet.

An Introduction To Mr Turvey

I’m writing to introduce myself to you as the new Headteacher at Tubbenden Primary School. I am very excited to be taking up this position and look forward to working with your children and getting to know you over the coming weeks, months and years.

I was born and schooled in Orpington, and worked for a short period in the City. After completing my University degree I began my teaching career in East London. I have been in education for twenty-seven years now, and in that time taught all ages in a wide range of schools in East London, Kent, and now Bromley. I’ve also been in senior school leadership positions for twenty years now! I am married with two adult sons.

My most recent experience was as Headteacher of Darrick Wood Junior School, where I had over ten very happy years. I firmly believe that we should always be learners ourselves, and that change is a good thing as well as inevitable. With that in mind I decided to seek a new challenge and was delighted to be appointed here.

I must express that I am very grateful to Mr Youlton for all his hard work over a number of years in bringing Tubbenden Primary to its current strong position. I aim to build on its many existing strengths to make the school even better, and have already begun the process of consultation with staff and Governors about how this might be achieved. In the near future I will provide you with opportunities to ‘have your say’ so that your views can form a part of the improvement planning process. In the meantime I have included my email address below should you wish to communicate directly with me. I shall also endeavour to be at the entrance doors and outside as often as I can so please come and find me and introduce yourself.

I’d like to reassure you that we will continue to have the highest expectations of, and aims for your children, and will strive to support them to achieve.

Many thanks for your support.

Year 6 and Life During World War II


On Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th, Year 6 went on two exciting trips to HMS Belfast and the Imperial War Museum. Currently Y6 are learning about World War II and so the trips were a great start to launch their thrilling new topic. The children write:

‘Over the two days, we explored HMS Belfast learning about how hard it was living and working on the ship, and took part in a workshop to learn about children’s lives in World War II. In order to find out about these children’s lives, we studied their different artefacts. We also took part in the challenge to become a spy. We learnt that spies were very intelligent because they hid weapons and explosives in everyday items. Y6 have thoroughly enjoyed their trips to the museums.

We were also very pleased to receive praise from a lady on the train who said how well behaved we all were.’

By Annabel Pradic, Erin Norman and Liam Banks, Y6

A Musical Extravaganza

On Tuesday (10 September), we had a visit from Mr Andrew Currie and his band of Bromley Youth Music Trust leavers. They performed a variety of tunes both to introduce the children to their instruments as well as to entertain. We heard a range of music from Lady Gaga to Peter and the Wolf which caused a great deal of excitement. The children had a wonderful time clapping along and even singing.

If you double-click on the pictures you can see a larger version of them.


We Have New Windows!

IMG_2488 new windows

We are delighted with the new windows in the old junior block and the administration office at the main entrance. We are sure you agree that they look much better than the old Crittall windows and will better regulate the temperature in the winter and summer.