Henry Cavendish Balham was built and opened in 1898 as Cavendish Road Schools.  It was reopened in 1950 after bomb damage repairs were made as Henry Cavendish Junior School and Henry Cavendish Infant School. It amalgamated into Henry Cavendish Primary School in 1989.  It is named after a famous British scientist who is noted for his discovery of hydrogen.  He is also known for his measurement of the Earth’s density.   Our school is situated in the London Borough of Lambeth however we also take pupils from Wandsworth.

In September 2010 we expanded on a separate site in Streatham to provide additional much needed Primary School places.  By September 2016 our Streatham site will be full with pupils from Nursery to Year 6.  To date we have one Nursery class, two Reception classes, two Year 1 classes, two Year 2 classes and two Year 3 classes; the school will grow year on year.

If you apply for a place at our school your application will be measured from your home address to the relevant site, either at Balham or Streatham.

Balham Site:
Henry Cavendish Balham
Hydethorpe Road,
Balham, SW12 0JA.

Streatham Site:
Henry Cavendish Streatham
Dingley Lane
Streatham SW16 1AU

At Henry Cavendish Balham we have four separate buildings on site:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception children)
  • Key Stage 1 (Year 1 – 2)
  • Key Stage 2 (Year 3 – 6)
  • The Hive (used for art, science, group work, staff PPA, ‘Kid’s City’ our After School Provider)
  • We are also very fortunate to have a small swimming pool on site and every child from Year 3 – Year 6 benefits from this.

The building at Henry Cavendish Streatham was built in the 1960’s and has been totally renovated.  There is one building which caters for all primary age classes.  The classrooms are large, light and airy.  A new Early Years Foundation Stage Unit has been added to the front of the building.  All building works were completed in September 2012 and we are now enjoying our superb spacious learning environment with a rooftop play area.

Acorn - Create Discover Succeed Togetherv2Henry Cavendish is a very special place with its own unique ethos.   Our School Council have spent considerable time discussing what our new school motto should include.  After much debate they have come up with:

Create, Discover, Succeed Together

This motto acknowledges that we deliver creative learning opportunities where our children take an active part in their education.  We firmly believe and build on children’s strengths to ensure that every child is successful.  We encourage the children to support each other both academically and socially, hence our pupils do ‘succeed together’.

We are constantly working hard to improve and enhance the learning environment and the opportunities which we can offer our pupils.  We have an excellent Early Years Foundation Stage.  They also have a large shared outside learning environment and a new climbing frame which is enjoyed by every child in the Early Years.  As children begin their school life, it is particularly important that they are provided with care and education in an environment that enables them to feel safe and supported and which extends their learning and development.  We have invested heavily in our Early Years Foundation Stage to ensure that our pupils enjoy school and that parents/carers of Henry Cavendish pupils are confident that their child will receive a quality experience that supports their development and learning.

Both sites have amazing libraries which have been totally renovated.  We are passionate about reading here at Henry Cavendish and every child in the school from Nursery to Year 6 continues to enjoy and benefit from the improved surroundings and the new books we have purchased.

We are currently reapplying for the Artsmark Gold award.  Creativity is a great strength within the school and we provide many opportunities for our pupils.  We work closely with the Lambeth City Learning Centre who have supported us in arts and culture, technology and family learning activities.  We have invested heavily in musical opportunities for the children of Henry Cavendish.  We are fortunate to have an amazing Jazz Pianist who accompanies singing, class assemblies and general music lessons.  Currently Year 2 learn the Recorder, Year 3 the Ukulele, Year 4 strings or woodwind/brass and Year 5 Steel Pans.  In addition, our children enjoy singing on a regular basis and for special occasions.   Over and above this the music curriculum is taught by our 3 part-time music teachers who work across both sites.

Sporting opportunities and our sporting achievements are high on the agenda.  Henry Cavendish pupils take part in a large number of sporting activities, competitions and matches.  Every child benefits from a minimum of two hours high quality Physical Education each week.  We have a wide variety of lunchtime and after school clubs which many of our children attend and enjoy these include sporting activities, creative activities, homework clubs and food technology.  We are constantly on the look out for new and different activities.  In addition to the PE curriculum children from Year 3 to Year 6 have weekly swimming lessons at either the Balham Site School Pool or Streatham Leisure Centre.

Our children benefit from an amazing and enthusiastic team of staff, governors, parents and supporters. The pupils themselves have a powerful voice within our school. Our children are exceptionally well taught and enjoy learning – they achieve well academically and emotionally through PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education, Citizenship) and SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning).  We are proud to have two active and articulate School Councils, one at Balham and one at Streatham who work both independently and on joint projects.  Our children know their school and can identify strengths and areas for development.

Our vision for the future is to become more sustainable to ensure that our pupils understand how to look after the environment and what we as individuals can do personally and collectively.   Our two ECO Action Teams are extremely pro-active and meet on a regular basis.   They are passionate about sustainable development and finding solutions to improve the environmental performance of our school.  We are fortunate to have solar panels on our roofs at both Balham and Streatham.  The panels at our Balham site were jointly purchased with the local community, the Hyde Farm Community Action Network.

At Henry Cavendish we work together with other local educational establishments within our Cluster group of local schools and Children’s Centre.  This augments opportunities and provides fresh ideas and the opportunity to share with and support one another.

We always welcome visitors to our school and prospective parents are welcome to book a tour to look round either our Balham or Streatham site or even both sites.