Laleham Lea is excellent ISI inspection Feb 22

Laleham Lea

A Catholic Independent Primary School for boys and girls aged 3 to 11

29 Peaks Hill, Purley, Surrey, CR8 3JJ


‘Pupils achieve a high degree of success in art. A collaborative project, The Blue Whale, for the fourth plinth competition, is displayed photographically in the Tate Gallery. Pupils collaborated successfully to create a well-crafted school mosaic. Pupils have gained awards in regional competition with works including, textiles, fashion and three-dimensional art.’ ISI Inspection February 2022)

Pupils are encouraged to be creative and explore numerous artistic mediums and techniques in our well equipped Art and Design Room.

From Year 1 Pupils enjoy a specialist Art and Design lesson, learning from various artists and taking inspiration from different cultures through history which is often linked to classroom topic work.

Themes are interpreted in many different formats and lessons focus on developing techniques, drawing skills and creativity.

Pupils are encouraged to develop their skills and to enter their work into both internal and external art competitions and exhibitions. The standard of entries is always very high with children using their imagination and creativity to interpret the given theme.

Year 5 Recently took part in a Monet workshop with the National Gallery. The class looked at mixing a colour wheel before painting their own picture in the style of Monet using acrylic paint.

Year 4 Students visited Tate Britain to view their picture that was taken last year as part of Artist Steve McQueen’s ‘Year 3 Project’. Click here to read the pupil’s reactions to their visit.

Year 4 Students have also been looking at the works of artist Oenone Hammersley to inspire their own artwork linked to their current Geography topic of ‘The Tropical Rain Forest’. Students were also tasked with creating their own model Rain Forest as part of their summer holiday homework.


Pupils from all age groups designed and created our School Mosaic which is on display outside the main School entrance. The project was kindly funded by the Art Society – Croydon branch.

Our Year 4 Pupils recently entered the ‘Fourth Plinth Schools’ Awards’ designing and making a whale from plastic to highlight the threat that plastic poses to our oceans and planet.

Other competitions our pupils have entered this year have included the ‘Cool Milk Christmas Card Competition’ and Croydon School’s competition to design a t-shirt for the School Athletics  championships.

Reception Class work on Van Gogh:


Year 5 work on Monet:  


Our Year 6 Students created a fantastic depiction of Leonardo de Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’:

Art Club runs twice a week on Monday (Yrs.1-2) and Friday (Yrs.3-6) after school and is always a popular choice for all age groups.