AZBUKA Russian-English Primary School

AZBUKA Russian-English Primary School admits children between the ages of 5 and 10. To ensure we provide the very best education for our children, the maximum class size is 12 pupils.

We take a child-centered, inquiry- based approach to learning, allowing children to explore the world around us, language and literacy, maths, social and emotional, physical and musical education through stimulating learning experiences and play-based activities.

Children follow a unique programme ensuring equal language distribution. Each class has two teachers dedicated to teaching in their native language.

Under our specialist programme, the subjects are taught in rotation, allowing children to explore, learn and develop their vocabulary and skill sets in both languages.

The AZBUKA School meets all Ofsted and independent school requirements and fully prepares children for UK and Russian standardised testing, allowing for a seamless transition to secondary education in Russia or the UK.

All AZBUKA policies and procedures should be read in conjunction with The Equality and Safeguarding and Child Protection policies.
If you require a copy of this document in large print, Braille or audio format, please contact the School office manager or the headteacher.

We believe, and everyone agrees, that it is impossible to deliver a high-quality programme of education without first providing a healthy and safe environment.  Azbuka’s policies and procedures in safeguarding and child protection comply with all the educational regulations under English law.

We take this aspect of raising and educating children very seriously and do everything possible to ensure that every child grows and develops in a safe and secure environment.

The founding members have always been committed to community cohesion and inclusion of diverse families in the life and work of AZBUKA Foundation.
Our admissions policy as well as all other policies and practices reflect the fundamental values of universal access to education.
AZBUKA School is an educational charity and a new specialist school. An educational organisation of this kind has enormous fundraising challenges in the UK today. Generating income is never easy and takes a long time, achieved through the voluntary work of supporters, trustees, parents and patrons.
Despite the challenges, we always knew that this small specialist independent school would be not just about academic achievement as measured only by test results, but as something much more valuable and universal: fostering happiness through an approach to education and schooling rooted in the shared linguistic and cultural values of the participating families, and their common interests in and demand for bilingual education. Since our establishment, we have always strived to be supportive, to admit very different and diverse families into the Nursery and School, and to collaborate externally with the local community and beyond.
Here are some of our achievements so far:

  • There has always been room for Special needs (Senco) children in the nursery, with very good support resulting in amazing progress and achievement in all areas of learning alongside bilingual education. Two children with severe delays have studied at Azbuka Nursery.
  • There are children from families where Russian is not spoken at home and who have been able with our support to develop as bilingual high achievers in secondary schools. They have expressed their gratitude for Azbuka’s system.
  • Our published policies reflect a commitment to the development of special educational provision in the future (see our policy and open days).
  • Four lower income families have benefitted directly from grants and bursaries from the AZBUKA Foundation and the Garfield Foundation, allowing them to begin their education at the AZBUKA Primary school. We continue to search for further grants and external financial support so that we can offer more bursaries to lower income families.
  • The Azbuka Cultural Centre and Bilingual Resource Centre have undertaken substantial activities with support from staff and volunteers, to promote Russian culture, including:
    • o supporting language teaching in other mainstream schools in the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames (LBRUT), including Orleans and St Stephens
    • o organising the AZBUKA Fair for the wider community (2016 and 2017) which attracted many people from both the local area and further afield, and
    • o participating in the Kings College Language Festival, Russian Educational fair in London, Pushkin House cultural events and other joint work
  • The AZBUKA school has been offering volunteering opportunities for secondary school students from local schools working towards their Duke of Edinburgh awards.
  • Pupils of AZBUKA participated in the Holland Park Opera Production of Queen of Spades in 2016.
  • AZBUKA Foundation has run training courses for the wider community, including CPD courses for mainstream teachers to support bilingual development in early years and education.
  • AZBUKA Nursery has been in the directory of educational providers for many years. It has participated in the Quality Assurance scheme to obtain Early Education grants for different families through Richmond Borough, including lower income families for 2-year old children.
  • AZBUKA School has been open to collaboration in supporting academic research and CPD for students in London and abroad. Examples include Goldsmith College students who undertake regular visits to the Saturday school as part of their teacher training and linguistics work, and researchers from Edinburgh University and St Petersburg University, who have undertaken research and work at AZBUKA School.
  • Tara Fortune from CARLA, the main language centre in the US, is one of our consultants and a patron.
  • AZBUKA has support from Russian cultural institutions and has an information partnership with the Russian Embassy in UK.
  • Visiting artists, poets and theatre companies from Russia including the writer Andrei Ushachov have been involved in wider community project and visits led by AZBUKA, including at Kings College London, Eton College and Pushkin House.

One planned future project is to establish links with a home for elderly people in London as well as with Russian speaking elderly people in the community, so that our children can help support them while learning and appreciating the importance of charity and community service through long term and meaningful work and school life.
The AZBUKA School has been establishing links with bilingual schools both in England as well as abroad.

  • It has obtained Pupil Premium for 3-4 year olds. This is how it was spent (2016-2017):

Azbuka Russian Nursery School SDP Aut 2017 – Total
£751.68 School trips, visits, contribution towards professional fees (theatre and story telling visits), photocopies (educational materials and resources), staff training

Azbuka Russian Nursery School SDP Spring 2017 – Total £1,373.76
Help to cover costs of school lunches (New Azbuka kitchen), school trips, additional materials, photocopies, additional part-time teaching assistants, staff CPD training

Azbuka Russian Nursery School Summer 2017
£1,373.76

Help to cover costs of school lunches, school trips, additional materials, colour photocopies and visiting professionals (story telling, music especially)

The community of parents, teachers, trustees and friends of Azbuka continue to seek financial support to help support the inclusion of people from diverse backgounds in the educational and cultural work and life of AZBUKA.

Visitors are welcome to Azbuka School. They make a contribution to the life and work of the school in many different ways. The learning, teaching, training and research opportunities and experience they bring are encouraged and appreciated  (from the Russian, English and international community).  It is the school’s responsibility, however, to ensure that the security and welfare of its pupils is not compromised at any time.

The school is equally responsible to the whole school community (as well as the community of the partner THS school) for ensuring that visitors comply with the guidelines.

Admissions 2017-2018

Nursery. By place on the waiting list.

Primary school. By waiting list. Priority is given to children who have attended the AZBUKA Nursery and to siblings of the Nursery and School children.

Year 1 (5 years old) – admission by interview only. A good balance of Russian and English is required (Russian language competence being more important at this stage).

Year 3 (7/8 years old) – admission by interview and entry examinations in English, Russian and maths.

Registration and admission procedure 2017-2018

Registration and admission (throughout the academic year)

  • Register your interest by completing the registration form on our website: www.azbukafoundation.org
  • We will confirm receipt of your form and place your name on the waiting or mailing list.
  • We will invite you to attend the next open day and/or visit the nursery or school.
  • We will arrange for you and your child to come for an assessment, interview or an examination if necessary.
  • An admission pack and welcome letter will be sent to you with all relevant instructions and forms.
  • The school (the Admission officer/headteacher) will consider the application with all the supporting documents and disclosures. The families applying for the AZBUKA Foundation bursary should enclose a Bursary application Letter (free style and form) to the AZBUKA Foundation Committee with all the supporting documents showing the income of the family.
  • The child is accepted (with the admission date stated) and starts Azbuka on receipt of all the necessary documentation and the deposit/first term’s fees, where applicable.

Contacts

AZBUKA Russian-English bilingual school

VERNON ROAD, LONDON, SW14 8NH, England (map)

Contact details (admission and general enquiries)

 office@azbukafoundation.org

 http://azbukafoundation.org

 0208 392 22 86 – school office telephone number.

HeadteacherMaria Gavrilova headteacher@azbukafoundation.org
AZBUKA office
general enquiries
 0208 392 2286
 office@azbukafoundation.org
Office managerSvetlana Malinina admin@azbukafoundation.org
Nursery (EYFS) managerInna Talyatnikova Inna.Teljatnikova@azbukafoundation.org
Reception (Russian section)Inna Telyatnikova Inna.Teljatnikova@azbukafoundation.org
Reception (English section)Sue Judge
Year 1/Year 2 (Russian section)Elena Rosenberg Jelena.Rosenberg@azbukafoundation.org
Year 1/Year 2 (English section)Tricia Bracher Tricia.Bracher@azbukafoundation.org
Safeguarding and Child ProtectionMaria Gavrilova 07810013042
 headteacher@azbukafoundation.org
Safeguarding DeputyJelena Dubinska jelena.dubinska@azbukafoundation.org
Designated Lead
Safeguarding
Nominated Governor
Taisiya Chinina-Kelly 07738329612
 chininat@gmail.com
AdmissionsMaria Gavrilova office@azbukafoundation.org

The school website is under development and updated regularly.
The full version of the Policies and Procedures as well as all other documents are available in hard copy at the school office.


Curriculum Subjects and Areas of Learning

Two-way immersion bilingual curriculum. Our curriculum is a blend of the Russian and the English education systems.

Subjects are taught in both Russian and English. The curriculum complies with all English legislation relating to primary school education, enhanced with the best of Russia’s educational traditions in maths, science, music, art, language, literature and the humanities.

Subjects and areas of learning:
Maths, Russian, English, the World around Us (history, geography, science), ICT, music, art, dance, third foreign language (from year 3) – language of the family or another language, citizenship and culture. After-school and evening clubs are run by the AZBUKA Foundation.
Homework and projects begin in year 1.

Language distribution in the curriculum

50%-50% in core subjects

Teachers

Native Russian and English teachers, qualified professionals, with teaching experience from the UK, Russia, the Baltic States, Europe and the rest of the world. Most teachers have many years’ experience of teaching their subjects to monolingual or bilingual speakers in English or Russian schools or schools with a bilingual educational curriculum from around the world. All are DBS-checked.

Class sizes

Small class sizes – between 5 and 12 children.

Assessments and progress

Ongoing teacher observations, formative and summative assessments, tests, preparation for exams.

School lunches and uniform

There is the option of either packed lunch or hot lunch (subject to availability).
We have compulsory uniform from Reception class.

Timetable

9.00am – 3.00pm

Monday – Friday.

3 terms a year. The academic year runs from the beginning of September to the end of June. The spring term starts after Russian Christmas (7th January).

Admission

By waiting list. Priority is given to children who have attended the AZBUKA Nursery and to siblings of the Nursery and School.

Year 1 (5 years old) – admission by interview only. A good balance of Russian and English is required (Russian language competence being more important at this stage).

Year 3 (7 years old) – admission by interview and entry examinations in English, Russian and maths.

Open days

Open Days for parents are run twice a year.