John Musgrave Bolanos

BA Primary education QTS
NPQH – National Professional Qualification for Headship


A very warm welcome to Shapla Primary School’s website.

It is a great privilege to join the Shapla family as a Headteacher at such an exciting time. It is a thriving school community where high aspirations and a caring family ethos are at the heart of what we do. There is a strong family atmosphere where pupils and staff feel highly valued and share a love of learning. In addition, the whole school community is extremely proud to have been judged by OFSTED as a Good school in October 2017.

Our provision is shaped by a deep understanding of the needs of our pupils. It is a continuing endeavour for all of our staff to know our pupils well. We strive to deliver a relevant, engaging, exciting and rigorous curriculum through a culture of high expectations and a consistent demand for excellence. Teachers’ detailed knowledge of their pupils means that they can match learning to specific individual needs. This helps pupils to gain confidence and make rapid progress. Teaching assistants are well trained to support individuals and small groups very effectively. This particularly helps pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities to make at least good progress from their different starting points.

We are fortunate to receive tremendous support from our parents and carers. The home-school partnership is one of exceptional importance to us as we firmly believe that this is the key to ensuring successful learning for your child.

On arriving at Shapla Primary School, you immediately notice the excellent learning behaviour of our pupils and the passion, enthusiasm and friendliness of our staff. We believe that your child’s journey to learning is life-long and we feel privileged that Shapla Primary School is where this very important journey begins.

Visits from families considering Shapla Primary School for their child’s education are most welcome and can be arranged via the school office on 0207 480 5829.

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