Starting at Brunswick Park School
At Brunswick Park we build a strong partnership between the staff and parents/carers/guardians because we know that this partnership is important in helping children to learn and to enjoy learning. We keep you informed and involved in the running of the school and the children’s education.
Regular newsletters will tell you about special events, outings and school activities, as well as giving information on day to day school life.
You are invited to the children’s class sharing assemblies throughout the year. Concerts and celebrations are organised from time to time during the year, which give you an opportunity to enjoy music, drama and other work done by your children.
Parents’ evenings take place each term and your child will receive an annual report in the summer term.
Brunswick Park is a two and a half form entry school, run as a three-form entry school. At this time, due to regeneration in the local area, there is an admissions cap in some Year Groups. Each September, the school is able to admit 75 children into three reception classes. We also have a purpose built nursery offering up to 60 part time places. Teachers plan the children’s work according to the Early Years and National Curriculum guidelines so that each child has access to a broad and balanced education. There are Nursery Nurses and Teaching Assistants who work alongside Class Teachers to raise the achievement of every child.
Brunswick Park is an inclusive school. We welcome children with special educational needs (SEND) as part of our community and aim to ensure that all children have an equal opportunity to engage in the curriculum. The needs of children are identified and assessed as early as possible. We are committed to a multi-disciplinary approach to meeting SEND. Our Assistant Head Teacher (Inclusion) and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCo) liaise with the class teacher and parents and carers, and a prevision map is put in place and regularly reviewed to monitor progress. A wide range of resources is used to support children in meeting their targets. Where additional specialist advice and support is necessary we will contact the appropriate external agencies, for example the Educational Psychologist and the Speech and Language Therapist. We work closely with parents and carers and valuing their views and contributions, keeping them fully involved in their children’s education.
The Resource Base is a resource for children with autistic spectrum disorders and has been open since 2005. It offers specialist provision in a variety of settings in school. Pupils work within their classrooms as much as possible, and are well supported by adults who are trained to understand and respond to their needs. To continue to enhance its provision, Brunswick Park is developing links with Tollgate Primary School in Newham, which has Autism accreditation.
Swimming and PE Kit
At the beginning of the academic year your child will have a letter stipulating when they have PE and swimming. For swimming they will need a towel, swimming costume/trunks (not shorts) and a swimming hat. For outdoor PE; a tracksuit in cold weather or black shorts, a white T shirt and trainers should be worn and for indoor PE; a white T-shirt and black shorts and bare feet/plimsoles should be worn. The school has been given the Active Mark status by Sport England because of its commitment to Physical Education and Swimming.
We have high expectations of the behaviour of children at Brunswick Park. We set clear boundaries, children are praised for good behaviour, and they quickly become aware of behaviour that is unacceptable.
Bullying is not tolerated. Children are encouraged to talk to any member of staff or other children if they have problems and we encourage you to inform us of any incident of bullying. You will be informed if a serious incident occurs and you may be involved in resolving any problems. As parents, carers, teachers, support staff or governors we have an important role in ensuring the well being of every child in our care. To this end we need to be seen to act as good role models from whom children can learn. We believe a positive attitude to behaviour reflects in the self-esteem of the children and the standards in the school.
Absence and Punctuality
If your child is absent from school, please let us know as soon as possible by telephone, choosing Option 1, and following this in writing, attaching any relevant evidence to support the reason for your child’s absence. Unexplained absences will not be authorised, and may be classed as truancies to be investigated by our Education Welfare Officer. It is important that your child arrives in school on time, as lessons begin promptly at 9.00am. Continuous lateness will be monitored and investigated.
Children are supervised for 10 minutes before and after the school day.
Children usually stay for a school meal or bring a packed lunch. School meals are free to all primary age children in Southwark. Despite this, we need you to complete a claim form if you think your child qualifies for free school dinners, as we receive additional Pupil Premium for the children who do. Please obtain a form from the School Office. We do not allow sweets, chocolate or fizzy drinks in school and we ask your co-operation in this when you are making your child’s lunch. During playtime, children are supervised by teaching and support staff in the playground. Packed lunches must be brought to the school at the start of each day.
Accident and Illness
Where possible we deal with slight accidents in school. There are several trained first aiders on site. All accidents are investigated and recorded. In the case of more serious accidents, parents or carers will be notified immediately, so it is vital that we have an up-to-date contact telephone number. If you child is ill at school, we will contact you to collect him or her. Please ensure your contact information is accurate and up to date.
If your child has a specific medical problem, please let us know. With the exception of ventilators for asthmatic children, we try to avoid administering medication unless your child has a care plan, as if your child is ill, he or she should be allowed to recover before returning to school for their well being and to avoid the spread of infection. There are periodic dental examinations. If medicines are to be administered, a form must be completed by parents/carers. Forms are available from School Office Staff.
We provide a variety of educational visits throughout the school year to enhance the children’s understanding of a particular topic or take advantage of the cultural activities in our area. Please see the Curriculum pages for further information about trips and visits.
There is no access to the school before 8.45am. Entry to the school for appointments and emergencies is via the buzzer at the Main Gate. Gates close at 9.05am and reopen at 3.25pm. If you wish to exit the school premises between 9.05am and 3.25pm please use the buzzer at the Main Gate and Office Staff will release it so you can leave.
All of the children are made aware of how to leave the building safely in an emergency through termly fire practices.
There is no parking at any time on Bantry Street, and a locked gate closes the entrance to the street to prevent illegal access. These measures have been taken to protect your children, and maintain safe crossing to the Sports and Dining Halls. The School Car Park by the Dining Hall is for staff only. Parking Enforcement Officers patrol Picton Street at the beginning and end of the school day to maintain the safe dropping off and collecting of children by car at these busy times. Please leave your car at home if possible, as Picton Street is too narrow to cope with school-related traffic.