Welcome to Opossum

Opossum is a family of schools located in East London, in the borough of Waltham Forest.
It is committed to transforming and enriching the lives of the community it serves.

The Opossum Federation was formed in 2014 and has both soft and hard federated partners. The Federation currently comprises four primary schools in East London and works in partnership with other schools through informal networks or Service Level Agreements.

The Federation is built on three core objectives enriching lives, unleashing possibilities and building futures; these aims are at the heart of all we do within our family of schools. We strive to ensure that our schools retain their individual identities whilst ensuring that they are reflective of our Federation’s ethos.

We aim for our schools to be inclusive organisations, where we recognise and celebrate all abilities and encourage our pupils to become independent thinkers. Staff from across our federated and partner schools support each other and work successfully in partnership to ensure all the pupils in our community receive the best education possible.

By working in partnership with a view to positively sharing our knowledge, experiences and skills we are confident we can benefit, not only as individuals, but also as a collective.

Federation of Schools

At Opossum, we believe that all pupils deserve high quality education which engages, inspires and challenges; so that everyone meets their full potential. We strive to create safe and happy learning environments which promote independence and high expectations of all. We are committed to providing opportunities which promote open mindedness, empathy and celebration of the rich and diverse communities which we serve; so that everyone is able to contribute positively to society. We are dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyle choices so that our pupils develop physically, emotionally and morally. We are determined that our pupils will be successful and will leave us as confident, highly educated members of the community.

To fulfil these aims, Opossum believes that the development of staff is crucial; we therefore have a strong Professional Development provision for the whole staff team. We ensure that every individual has a ‘journey to success’ programme which enables all staff members to develop professionally, ensuring that everyone reaches their full potential.

‘The school has a strong commitment to learning and teachers are very well supported and feel enthused to do their very best for the pupils. They have very high expectations of pupils and this is reflected in the excellent pace of much of the teaching at Newport.’ (Ofsted report, Newport, July 2013)

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Services to Schools -
Opossum Consultancy for Educational Services

Opossum Consultancy has been established to meet the needs of the ever shifting educational landscape which requires flexibility, innovation and resilience. Bespoke trainings and development programmes have been developed to support teachers and leaders in embedding and enhancing their skills to ensure exceptional outcomes for all pupils at all levels. For more information on the Services to Schools click here.

Our Ethos, Virtues and Values

  • Raising achievement through quality first teaching which enthuses and motivates; aspiring all to fulfil their potential.
  • Ensuring pupil voice is at the heart of all we do to enable children to become confident, resilient and reflective independent learners.
  • Offering a broad and varied curriculum which ensures all children can read, write and are numerate.
  • Having an open and welcoming environment where everyone feels welcome and included.

Opossum Federation