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.