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Our Class Names

Each year we name our classes after people who inspire us.  They come from all fields, from poets and authors, to dancers and musicians. 

Nursery, Adeola Class

Dapo Adeola is an award-winning illustrator and co-creator of the best-selling picture book, Look Up; winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Dapo was born and brought up in London and of Nigerian heritage. He has been drawing from a young age, and would often draw his favourite characters from cartoons and video games.  His love of Art and Design also came from looking at the illustrations in the books he liked to read, taking inspiration from illustrators, Quentin Blake, Ronald Searle and in particular, American comic book artist Jim Mahood. Growing up, his love of comic books led to him wanting to create and design his own characters and tell their own stories, with a wide range of experiences and representations. This led him to create characters today that challenge the expectations of race and gender in an accessible way for children. The inspiration for the main character Rocket, in Look Up was his niece, who he describes as 'very curious'. Dapo has gone onto collaborate with other authors to tell more inspiring stories and is keen to highlight the possibilities of a career in illustrating and story-telling to underrepresented members of the Black Diaspora.

Image credit: Hayley Madden / Joseph Coelho

Reception, Coelho Class

Joseph Coelho is a British Caribbean poet and author. He grew up in a tower block in London and developed a passion for poetry and performance at school. He didn’t think it would be possible to become a writer professionally, so had a variety of jobs but always continued to write in his own time. After studying Archaeology at university, he joined a drama group and began performing his poems. This, along with running writing workshops, eventually lead to him publishing his first collection of poems - Werewolf Club Rules. This set of poems resulted in Joseph winning the CLPE CLiPPA Award in 2015.  He continues to write poetry and stories for children. These stories are an inspiring mix of humour, happiness, grief and about learning to express yourself.



Year One, Biles Class

Simone Biles, an American gymnast, is considered to be one of the world's greatest. Simone has ADHD and has been fighting to reduce the stigma that surrounds it and ADHD medication. When she was just 6 years old she took an interest in gymnastics and then began training for the next 11 years. She has recently made history by becoming the first woman to land a Yurchenko double pike vault, the skill will now be named after Biles. She has been awarded 32 World/Olympic medals and is striving to attend the Paris Olympics 2024. 

Image credit: © BBC

Reception, Packham Class

Chris Packham is a British environmental speaker, photographer, author and television presenter. He has dedicated his life and career to his passion for the natural world. Chris is a conservationist and advocate for wildlife. He began a non for profit organisation in 2019, named 'Wild Justice' to ensure that wildlife in the UK is protected by law. Since 2017, Chris has been an ambassador for the National Autistic Society. He lives a sustainable lifestyle and encourages others to do the same. Most recently, he has produced a documentary with the BBC called 'Inside Our Autistic Minds' which shares the stories of four autistic people and their families. Chris is campaigning for representation of autistic people on platforms such as television and was quoted as saying “Better public understanding of autism across society could transform hundreds of thousands of autistic people's lives.”


 Year One, Kanneh-Mason

Sheku Kanneh-Mason MBE is a British cellist. He was the first black musician to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award in 2016. The Kanneh-Masons are a group of seven brothers and sisters, who all play either the violin, piano or cello.

We were lucky enough to receive a visit from Braimah and Konya Kanneh-Mason! They performed some inspirational music for us.

Image credit: Jessica-Jane Applegate

-Year Two, Applegate Class

Jessica-Jane Applegate MBE is a world-class swimmer and has represented the Great British Para-Swimming team for the past decade. She has won medals at the last three Paralympic Games!

Jessica has autism and swims in the S14 classification with other swimmers who also have autism. Applegate believes one can achieve anything once you have set your goals.

“Ignore what anyone has to say. If you believe that you can, you can do it." - Jessica Applegate

Image credit: Getty Images

Year Two, Banneker Class

Benjamin Banneker was a neurodivergent, African-American man who was known as the expert on time and space. Banneker was unable to go to school, but self taught himself astronomy, and even crafted a wooden clock at the age of 21, which kept perfect time! He tracked when the Sun, Moon, and stars would appear in the skies on every day within the coming year. His almanacs were praised by European scientists and most importantly by Thomas Jefferson. Banneker also wrote essays and pamphlets arguing against slavery and war.

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Year Three, Ofili Class

Chris Ofili was born in Manchester in 1968. He studied at Tameside College and then at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London.He was very successful at a young age. At just 30, he became the first Black artist to win the prestigious Turner Prize. 

In 2017, he was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his services to art. Early on in his career, Ofili used a very unusual material in his paintings: elephant dung! Have you ever thought about using something weird or wacky to make an artwork?

Image Credit: Eric Underwood

 Year Three, Underwood Class

Eric Underwood is an American British ballet dancer and a former Soloist of The Royal Ballet. Being a male, black ballet dancer, Underwood stood up against prejudice and he was determined to not just be a 'black' dancer but a great dancer. Eric supported Bloch, a ballet shoes manufacturer, in producing ballet shoes that match dancers of colour's skin tones to promote diversity after previously having to apply make up to ballet shoes for himself.
Eric has worked visited London Fields Primary School on numerous occasions to meet Underwood class and has led ballet taster sessions with them! 

Image credit: Sam & Simon Photography

Year Four, Benjamin Class

Dame Floella Benjamin is an actress, author and television producer. She is known for presenting children's TV programmes and for her charity work. Floella started 'Touching Success' a charity which gives children a chance to meet successful role models and she has campaigned for more diversity in children's picture books. Benjamin also persuaded the government to create a Minister for Children. Not only has she received an OBE for her contributions to television but also a Damehood medal for her 40 years of charity work. 

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Year Four, Arday  Class

Arday was born in May 1985 in Clapham, South London. Arday said he was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old and possessed a global development delay, causing him to be unable to speak until he was 11, and unable to read and write until he was 18.

Although Arday said that though he remembers school being difficult he went on to earn two master's degrees before becoming a physical education teacher. He then earned his Ph.D. at Liverpool John Moores University in 2015. Arday ultimately made history as the youngest Black professor at Cambridge, joining the ranks of one of the most prestigious universities in England, along with five other Black professors at the university overall.

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Year Five, Capaldi Class

Lewis Capaldi is a singer-songwriter from Scotland. He began playing  drums and guitar when he was two and began performing publicly at seventeen. In 2019 his single 'Someone you loved' became number one and he shot to fame.  He made global history when he was the first ever singer to announce and sell out an arena tour before the release of a debut album. He has been diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome and has raised the profile and acceptance of the syndrome.




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Year Six, Amatina Class

Mahlia Amatina is an international artist based in Reading, whose artistic practice began just before she was diagnosed with Autism in 2015.

Her work is focused on themes around neurodiversity, and she uses multi-sensory experiences to give insight into life on the autistic spectrum. Her practice includes immersive interactive installations, abstract mixed media paintings and digital art work.

Image credit:  Marie Jacquemin

Year Five, Loach Class

Mikaela Loach is a climate justice activist. She has previously studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and now uses social media for campaigning. 

Alongside, Jo Becker, Loach is the co-producer, writer and presenter of the Yikes podcast, which explores climate change, human rights and social justice. She is the author of the book 'It's not that radical: Climate action to Transform Our World.' 


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Year Six, Fields Class 

Dwayne Fields FRGS is a British polar explorer, television presenter, and speaker. He is the first black Briton to reach the North Pole.

Fields was born in Jamaica and grew up in Stoke Newington, London, from the age of six. During his early life, he witnessed violent crime, including one incident where he survived an attempt on his life in a rival London estate because his adversary's gun jammed. He holds a degree in Psychology and Business Management from University of East London.

His work with youth groups has led him to co-found the WeTwo Foundation, which provides adventure opportunities for underprivileged young people, their inaugural trip to Antarctica was in November 2022, and Fields is a named ambassador for the Scout Association.