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Recommending St Anthony's Primary School (nr Dulwich Library off Barry/Friern Rd)

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I have seen a few posts from parents of young children wondering about local primary schools, especially in a time when in person tours are not possible.

I therefore wanted to say my children have both been extremely happy at St Anthony's Primary. Not as many people seem to know about it, as it is tucked away at the top of Barry Road near the library.

It is a very nurturing school, where compassion and kindness are the key words and you will have to look hard to find a child who is not smiling. The teachers are lovely, as are the support staff, Headteacher and deputies.

If some are put off by the fact that it is a Catholic school, I can assure you that all faiths are taught and different festivals celebrated. Difference is a positive thing and that plays out in the school - it is probably the most multicultural in the area by far, with children of many nationalities and different races.

The balance between strong levels of teaching and fun and play is done well, with rewards and recognition for good behaviour, showing care and consideration for others and nice pieces of work. Children are encouraged to speak in class, so even the shyest are gently coaxed out of their shells as the years go on, which for me was a real positive (as a shy child I really suffered).

All in all, it really is a lovely school and I cannot recommend it more highly for your child.

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