Parents Guide

SCHOOL HOURS AND ROUTINES, HEALTH, EMERGENCIES & FAQS

If parents need further explanation or help please contact the School Office on 0208 940 3884 or office@broomfieldhouse.com.

FIRST DAY OF THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR

School begins with First Bell at 08.45

On the first day of a new academic year the children should be sent to their new class teachers in the lower playground.  The teachers will be standing with a class flag so everyone knows where to go.  The Pre-Kindergarten teachers will come to the Atrium doors (also with a flag) and will welcome children into Pre-Kindergarten from there.

Thereafter, when the first bell goes at 08.30, the Years 1-6 children line up in the playground according to their classes until sent into their classrooms by the teacher on duty.  The second bell goes at 08.45 when the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten children (who have not already been dropped off in the classrooms from 08.30) line up in the playground according to their classes until sent into their classrooms by the teacher on duty.  The third bell sounds at 09.00 when the school goes over to assembly in the school gym.  During the first term Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten pupils are taken directly to their classrooms by parents.  From the first day back in the Spring Term however, Kindergarten normally line up with the rest of the school.

SCHOOL HOURS

Pre-Kindergarten  08.45 to 12.05 every morning, with the option of afternoon sessions (agreed on a termly basis) finishing at 15.25. (Children can be dropped off at 08.30 in their classrooms with their class teacher).  Children staying for the afternoon will have school lunch.

Kindergarten: Monday - Friday 08.45 to 15.25 (Children can be dropped off at 08.30 in their classrooms with their class teacher).

Years 1 - Year 6: Monday - Friday 08.30 to 15.30.

There is a morning break of 30 minutes at 10.30. Milk, fruit and a biscuit are supplied at this time.

Lunch is served in three sittings at 12.00,  12.20 and 12.40.

AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY

Pre-Kindergarten finishes at 12.05 (or 15.25 if staying for the afternoon session).  Parents wait in front of the Atrium to collect their children.

Kindergarten finishes at 15.25 and children are released into their parents' care from the Atrium.

Main School: The bell rings at 15.30 at the end of the school day.

Years 1-3: Children are released into their parents’ care from the playground.

Years 4-6: Children leave from the classroom to find their parents in the playground. 

HOLIDAYS

Please adhere to the holiday dates, as it is very disruptive to your children's schooling to miss lessons at the beginning or end of term.

Holiday dates are published approximately one academic year in advance. 

Lessons are planned to cover the full academic terms and any absence at the beginning and end of the year means that your child may miss new material. 

All absences must be notified in writing, it is a legal requirement for schools to take the register twice a day and to know where pupils are at any given time. 

SCHOOL FEES

Fees are payable on or before the first day of each term.  Cheques should be made out to Broomfield House School.  Fees may also be paid by direct bank transfer.  The school bank account details are on each term's invoice.

The School Office issues an individual invoice at the end of each term.  This is usually sent home via pupil post on the last day of term in an envelope which would also contain a school report in the summer term and any other relevant information for that child.  Usually school notices, such as a diary dates list,  are also sent out via the eldest sibling in school.

The school fees are revised once a year in line with the government's publication of teachers' salaries.  Parents are sent a letter at the end of the previous Spring Term with a list of fees for the following academic year.

The school invoice will include tuition fees and school lunches, swimming and games as well as some clubs.  However other extra-curricular activities, such as individual music lessons and Technokids, are payable direct to the individuals concerned.

Broomfield House School operates an 'opt-out' school fee protection policy in conjunction with AON Insurance. 

Please contact School Office for up to date information: admin@broomfieldhouse.com.

HEALTH INFORMATION FOR PARENTS & TEACHERS

FIRST AID

The school sends all academic and secretarial staff on First Aid courses:

  1. First Aid treatment carried out by members of school staff in cases of emergency, accident or illness is done so in the best considered interests of the health and safety of the child at that moment.  Parents will be contacted as soon as possible.
  2. Address cards on each child are kept at the school with emergency contact numbers.  Please ensure your contact details are kept up-to-date.

ILLNESS

We aim to work with parents to maintain a healthy school.  To this end, we wish to help limit the spread of infection between children when there is illness in the school and to inform parents of any significant infection or infestation as appropriate.

Parents are asked to keep their child(ren) at home when they are unwell, specifically when the child has:

  • a temperature
  • any childhood disease (eg. mumps, chicken pox etc)
  • an unidentified rash
  • significant vomiting or diarrhoea and for 24 hours/48 hours respectively after this has ceased
  • head lice
  • an eye infection

On each day of your child's non-attendance at school due to illness please call the School Office to inform us of your child's absence.

The school will ask parents to collect from school any child who has:

  • a temperature
  • significant vomiting or diarrhoea
  • an identified rash or spots or signs of these
  • childhood disease
  • head-lice - the child may return after treatment
  • eye infection - until treatment is effective

In this situation, the school will comfort and care for the child until the parent or carer is able to collect them, usually from the School Office.

The school will notify all parents within the relevant class in the case of childhood disease or head lice.

MEDICATION AT SCHOOL

For children who have prescribed medication to be taken at school, we will act as follows:

  • the medication must have the original pharmacy prescribed label showing the child's name, dosage and administration instructions.  It must be handed in to the School Office in person by a parent/carer and 
  • Medicine to be Administered form must be completed by the parent/carer for the medication to be administered to the child at school.
  • all medication will be kept in the school first aid cupboard or refrigerator which are only accessible by school staff.
  • non-prescribed medication, for example anti-histamine can be administered only once parents/carers have completed a Medicine to be Administered form.
  • if children develop conditions during the school day, for example a headache or hayfever, medication will only be given with a parent's explicit instruction in writing.

It should be clearly understood that parents are responsible for their child's medication and must ensure that any medication held in school is in date and remains necessary.

GENERAL INFORMATION ON HEALTH

The school aims to keep well informed on current information on childhood health and we will share this with parents whenever possible or necessary.

The School Office has current guidance from the Department of Health on infection control in schools and nurseries for parents reference. 

This guidance has informed the formulation of this health information.

From 2010 The +richmond practice have provided a detailed school medical for all children from Years 1 to 6.

EMERGENCIES

The school has an emergency plan in place which operated in the snow in 2009 very effectively, enabling us to close for only one day unlike all other local schools.  Broomfield uses its Parent Portal to send a text message to advise parents in the case of an emergency.  We will also post information on the school website: www.broomfieldhouse.com.  Please look there if you need emergency information.