Quick guide for parents

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Timings | Access | Travelling to school | Absence | Meals | Illness | Parent evenings | Clothing | Newsletters | Trips | Birthdays

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School opening hours

The school opening hours are between 8am and 6pm. This includes our breakfast and after school club provision. See below for the timings of the start of the school day.

School starts between 8.45 – 9.00 am. Please be on time to ensure a prompt start to the day.

Year groupStart TimeFinish TimeEntrance
Blossom (2 Yr old Nursery)8:45am3:45pmKonstam
Catkin9am3:30pmCroftdown Rd (Nursery gate)
Reception8:55am3:25pmInfant Gate (Croftdown Road)
Year 18:50am3:20pmInfant Gate
Year 28:45am3:15pmInfant Gate
Year 39am3:30pmJunior Gate (Chester Road)
Year 48:55am3:25pmJunior Gate
Year 58:50am3:20pmJunior Gate
Year 68:45am3:15pmJunior Gate

Our 3 -4 year old 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 which is on Croftdown Road, just a little further down the road from the infant gate.

The gates close at 9am. If you arrive after 9am, please come to the office.

Nursery children eat lunch in the Nursery at 12.00. Infant Classes have their lunch break from 12pm – 1pm, 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 between 3.15 – 3.30pm. Children are 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.

Access

The infant Croftdown Road gate is open from 8.00am for Breakfast Club – using the buzzer. It closes promptly at 8.30am.

Both Croftdown Road and Chester Road entrances open from 8.45am – 9.00am and 3.15pm – 3.30pm

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.

Absence

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.

Meals

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.

Dress Code/ Uniform Policy

We do not have a school uniform. We do have some important guidelines. Please ensure that:

  • Your child wears sensible clothing to school and that they are able to dress and undress themselves as we do encourage them to look after themselves as much as possible, not special clothes as, in spite of our best efforts and our aprons, clothes can occasionally get spoilt
  • Their clothes are appropriate to the weather each day as your child spends over an hour in the playground during their lunchtime
  • In summer we recommend hats and a coating of sun cream before school, and we discourage bare shoulders and backs
  • All clothes are labelled especially cardigans, sweatshirts and coats so we can return lost property
  • Hair is tied back to avoid the spread of nits
  • Any earrings worn are stud earrings to avoid ear injuries
  • Children have a change of clothes suitable for PE lessons (we do have a school PE T-shirt and shorts that can be purchased at the office)
  • Hats, bandanas and other headgear can only be worn when for religious reasons.
  • No clothing is worn that contains inappropriate graphics and images.

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).

Newsletters

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.

Trips

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.

Birthdays

We celebrate children’s birthdays in class with a song and sticker.