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School starts at 9.00 am. Please be on time to ensure a prompt start to the day.
Nursery is part time 9.00 am – 12.00 pm, full time 9.00 am – 3.30 pm. Nursery children should use the Nursery entrance in the infant playground.
Reception children may be taken to their classes via the infant playground.
Year 1 and 2 children should come to the infant playground and make their way straight up to class from 8.50am onwards. All children are expected to be in class by 8.55am. Latecomers will need to come through the main entrance in Chester Road to receive a Late Slip.
Years 3 to 6 children should arrive in the junior playground between 8.50am – 8.55am and make their way straight up to their classrooms to start school at 8.55am.
Nursery children eat lunch in the Nursery at 12.00. Infant Classes have their lunch break from 12.15 pm – 1.30 pm, and eat in the hall. Playtimes are 15 minutes, mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Junior Classes have their lunch break from 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm, and eat in the hall. Playtimes are 15 minutes mid-morning.
School ends at 3.30 pm. Nursery and Reception children are picked up from their classrooms. All other children and brought down to the playground by their teachers. The school does not allow Nursery or Reception children to be collected by older children of primary school age. Children who are not collected on time will be taken to wait by the office.
The infant Croftdown Road gate is open from 8.00am for Breakfast Club – using the buzzer
Both Croftdown Road and Chester Road entrances open from 8.50am – 9.00am and 3.30pm – 3.45pm
At all other times, access is via the Main Office entrance in Chester Road.
Travelling to school
We strongly encourage our families walk, cycle or scooter to school, especially those who are close by. Our school supports Camden’s Green Transport Strategy which aims to reduce traffic on the school run, to promote a healthy lifestyle and reduce pollution. It is important that new parents and staff understand and are aware that there is no facility for parking at school. Croftdown Road in particular becomes quite congested in the mornings, as it is a two-way street but with little passing space. As a result, just a few parents trying to drive can cause frustration and pollution near the school.
Children may only miss school for a good reason. It is reasonable for your child to be absent because of illness, dental or medical appointments, bereavements and religious observance.
It is important that we hear from parents or carers about an absence – not from the children. You can call the office on 020 7272 9627, select option 1, and leave a message with your child’s name and class before 9am. If we don’t hear from you we will get in touch. If no reason for absence has been given, we may have to escalate to the Headteacher or other authority.
Holidays within the school term should be avoided; if they have to be taken, prior permission must be sought from the Headteacher. Similarly, if there are special circumstances for missing school, it is important to make a request to the Headteacher. Journeys abroad to see family in a country of origin may be treated as a special case. Please see the Headteacher if you are planning such a trip.
If your child can come into school after an appointment, you must report to the school office. Please try and schedule necessary appointments for earlier in the day, as it is disruptive to take children out of school and then have them return later.
We are very proud of the food provided at Brookfield – see more on our Meals page.
Illness / accidents at school
If your child becomes ill or has an accident, we will always contact you, once we have made sure your child is safe and cared for. It is very important that parent’s contact details are up to date and that if necessary someone is available to take their child home. We always phone after a head injury, however small, so that parents are aware of any possible signs of concussion later in the day. We are happy to administer medicine in school.
Teacher – Parent afternoons / evenings
Once a term teachers arrange an afternoon to meet with parents in 10 minute slots to talk about your child’s progress. It is important that we stick to the agreed time as otherwise it causes disruption for other parents. Teachers will try their best to allocate sensible timings for parents who have more than one child in the school.
Brookfield does not have a school uniform. However, we ask that parents make sure their children are dressed sensibly, with adequate protection for wet – or hot – weather. Coats are needed in winter for playtimes. Suncream and hats are strongly advised for sunny days, especially in summer. Please try to label clothing as we end up with lots of lost property.
PE kits can be left at school in kit bags, but they must be labelled and kept clean. If your child is representing the school in a match, sports kit will be provided, but please check in advance for other items (such as shin pads, gloves etc).
There is a weekly newsletter, which is the best way to know what’s coming up at school. Please make sure your contact details are up to date.
We have a strong programme of out-of-school trips for all year groups. Children are usually given forms so parents can sign up to accompany a trip – we rely on parents helping out in this way, and it is a great way to see the school in action. There is also a yearly all-trips permission form, so you don’t have to sign for each one.
We celebrate children’s birthdays in class with a song and sticker.