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THE JENNY HAMMOND PRIMARY SCHOOL “This is a good school. The strong leadership team together with the governing body have developed a vibrant and harmonious community, with a focus on learning.” Ofsted, March 2012

SCHOOL HANDBOOK 2013-2014 Worsley Road, Leytonstone, London. E11 3JL Tel: 020 8519 3977 Fax: 020 8519 2708 Website: Email:

WELCOME TO THE JENNY HAMMOND PRIMARY SCHOOL! Thank you for choosing our school. We know that your child and your family will be happy members of our school community.

THE SCHOOL DAY Reception and Year 1 and Year 2 (KS1) times: 9.05 a.m. – bell is rung; children line up 9.10 a.m. – school starts 12.00 p.m. – lunchtime 1.15 p.m. – afternoon session starts 3.30 p.m. – school ends

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (KS2) times: 9.05 a.m. – bell is rung; children line up 9.10 a.m. – school starts 12.10 p.m. – lunchtime 1.15 p.m. – afternoon session starts 3.35 p.m. – school ends


THE JENNY HAMMOND PRIMARY SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY Chair: Simon Ward (Parent Governor) Vice-Chair: Shaheen Shaikh (Parent Governor) Parent Governors: Walter Arne, George Mallea, Nicole Putscher, Shaheen Shaikh, Simon Ward LA Governors: Rupert Alexander, Kareen Browne, Sally Labern, Co-opted Governors: Sharan Hatch, Tammy Karikari, Kirstie Macqueen Head Teacher: Deborah Gibbon Teacher Governor: Andrew Warren Clerk to the Governors: Lynne Troughton

The full Governing Body meets twice a term. Each governor is also a member of one of the following two sub-committees: Curriculum and Resources. Minutes from the Governing Body meetings are available on the parent notice board in the front entrance.


STAFF LIST FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2013/14 Head Teacher: Deborah Gibbon Deputy Head Teacher: John Yates-Harold Office Manager: Jacquie Reid Office Administrator: Jackie Rising Class Teachers: Corinthia Bell, Gemma Butterworth, Ruth Deer, Louise Hale, StephnĂŠ Hope, Hannah Magee, Jen Rankin, Andrew Warren, Diana Williams Early Years Practitioners: Shabnam Shaikh, Bianca Godwin Learning Mentor: Bronwen Anthony-Downs Support Staff: Wendy Tamasa (Senior Teaching Assistant), Bronwen Baker, Sharon Halliday, Sharon Joseph, Marion Pastellas, Chelsea Walker, Michelle Walker, Kim Wiltshire Site Services Officer: Tony Brand Midday Assistants: Marion Pastellas, (Senior Midday Assistant), Parveen Ahmed, Bronwen Baker, Josie Bradstock, Ishin Guryay, Noorbibi Hafez, Sue Long, Debbie Stirling, Chelsea Walker Cleaning Staff: Ellen Crook, Faustina Niako, Deqa Mohammed Kitchen Staff: Veronica Ademola, Saeed Naqvi, Cristina Triguieros


ADMISSIONS POLICY Since September 2011 your child can start school in September regardless of when they reach their 5th birthday. However this is not statutory and you can still choose for your child to start at a later date before they reach their 5th birthday. If you are interested in securing a place for a child who is older than Reception age, please contact admissions at: Pupil Admissions Department Postal Address: 1A Harvey Road Leytonstone E11 3DB Tel: 0845 2001551 Drop in sessions are held at Sycamore House, Town Hall Complex, Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm.

Pupils visit the Tate Modern


WORKING TOGETHER To keep parents/carers regularly informed of school events and other information, a newsletter is sent out on a Friday. Parents/carers are also invited to join “ParentMail”. By providing your email address and mobile phone number, the school is able to contact you electronically with an emailed PDF copy of the newsletter. Urgent messages and reminders can also be texted to parents/carers.

UNICEF RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOL AWARD In November 2011, we became a UNICEF Rights Respecting School having achieved a Level 1 award. A rights respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights and responsibilities but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers/adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils. We are now working towards accreditation for Level 2.

EXTRA CURRICULAR CLUBS We are pleased to offer a range of clubs outside lesson times. These include a Homework Club, various sports clubs, Performing Arts Club, Film Club, Gardening Club and Science Club to name just a few. Letters are sent out to parents/carers to inform you when these clubs are held.

BREAKFAST CLUB We run a Breakfast Club from 8.10am to start the school day where your child will be looked after, given a healthy breakfast and taken to their class line in the morning. The cost is £3.00 a day and you can register your child through the school office or by contacting Bronwen Anthony-Downs, our Learning Mentor.


ABOUT LEARNING - OUR SCHOOL CURRICULUM Topic Overview This topic web shows all the topics we study from Reception to Year 6. Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1


What a Way to Go!

Traditional Stories/Rhymes

Opposites Attract

Animals of the World

My House and Myself

Let’s Celebrate!

Shaking Up Shakespeare

Toy Town


Year 1

Buckets and Spades

Year 2

An Eye on London

Lady Of The Lamp

What’s It Made Of?

Dinosaurs Roar

The Circle of Life

Are We There Yet?

Year 3

Roaming Romans

Blowing Hot and Cold

La Bamba Mexico

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

Red Light Spells Danger!

Year 4

The Groovy Greeks

The Environment

Vile Victorians

Leytonstone and Beyond

Terrible Tudors


Year 5

Around the World in 30 Days The Power of Words

Tree-top Twigs to the Damp, Dark Ground How Does It Do That?

The Normans

Friend or Foe

Awesome Egyptians

Art and Inventions

It’s Electrifying!

Cool Planet


Year 6

The Elizabethans and Stuarts


Summer 2 What a Load of Rubbish!

Wild World

Adventure Island

HOME/SCHOOL READING LINK At The Jenny Hammond Primary School, we have a home/school reading system which enables parents to play an important role in the development of their child’s reading. An initial meeting is held with the parents when their child joins our school. Children are encouraged to take books home to read daily. Each child has a reading diary where they can share information with their parents and teachers about how they are progressing with their reading. In Key Stage 2 the children are given reading and writing journals rather than the reading diaries and are asked to include an entry in their journals on a weekly basis as part of their homework. These journals are read by the Class Teacher who then writes back to your child.

HOMEWORK Homework is given in Years 1 to 6. The children have a week to do the work which supports their learning in the classroom.

INCLUSION At The Jenny Hammond Primary School we are committed to promoting a teaching and learning environment for all that embeds the values of inclusive educational practices. We aim to ensure that education is accessible and relevant to all our learners through a childcentred approach. This helps to foster an understanding and develop respect for each other and to celebrate diversity and difference. The Inclusion Policy can be found on the school website; a hard copy is available from the school office.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES We want all members of our community to be able to participate in the life of the school and to feel that their contributions are valid. Equal Opportunities are about enabling every person to achieve their highest potential both inside and outside the classroom. This means that teachers are aware of issues of culture, gender, sexuality, language and ability and provide age and ability-appropriate resources, activities and tasks for their pupils which reflect this. We encourage awareness and understanding of each other’s differences and will not accept verbal abuse of any kind, stereotyping, disrespect or physical violence. The Equal Opportunities Policy can be found on the school website; a hard copy is available from the school office.


BULLYING PREVENTION Bullying is not tolerated at The Jenny Hammond Primary School. In March 2012 Ofsted rated the behaviour and safety of our children at Jenny Hammond as outstanding. There are very few incidents of bullying here and these are always dealt with immediately and are taken very seriously. All children in the school are clear about procedures for reporting bullying and can do so in confidence. A copy of our bullying prevention policy can be found outside the school office. A leaflet highlighting the most relevant parts of this policy for parents has been produced in conjunction with the Parent Council. Please ask at the office if you have not received one. The Bullying Prevention Policy can be found on the school website; a hard copy is available from the school office.

CHILD PROTECTION The governors and staff at The Jenny Hammond Primary School fully recognise the contribution they make to safeguarding children. We recognise that all staff, including volunteers, have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm. Our school procedures for safeguarding children are in line with Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures. We wish to work with parents and carers to ensure the best possible care for children, but this may occasionally require situations about which we have cause for concern to be referred to Social Services. Our prime concern is always the well-being of our pupils and if we act it is to protect the individual. Every school is required to have a designated teacher for child protection and at The Jenny Hammond Primary School these are currently John Yates Harold, the Deputy Head Teacher, and Bronwen Anthony Downs, the Learning Mentor. Any child in need or child at risk of significant harm will be reported to them in the first instance and they will contact Social Services if appropriate. You will always be informed if Social Services have been contacted unless by doing so it is considered to put your child at risk. All policies relating to safeguarding, including E-Safety, are available from the School Office.


HEALTH AND SAFETY Our Health and Safety Policy, set out in a separate document, reflects the consideration we give to the protection of our children both within the school environment and when away from the school on trips and visits.

FIRE DRILL Fire drills take place at least once a term, every term. This gives the children, staff and community users the opportunity to practise leaving the school building in a safe, orderly way in the event of an emergency.

COMPLIMENTS AND COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE CURRICULUM In all aspects of school life, we aim to develop an open, sharing, professional dialogue with the families who attend our school. This includes items ranging from curriculum matters to fundraising and social events. If parents are satisfied about our work we like to know. Similarly, if parents are unhappy about any aspect of the school’s work, we need to know. If you wish to share compliments, please speak directly to the member of staff concerned. Please also speak to Deborah, the Head Teacher or John, the Deputy Head Teacher. If you have concerns or wish to make a complaint, please follow the appropriate procedure: 1. Have you spoken with the Class Teacher? 2. Is the matter resolved? If not speak with the Head Teacher or Deputy Head Teacher 3. Contact the Chair of Governors, via the School Office

SCHOOL UNIFORM/DRESS CODE Our school colours are red and navy blue. Red sweatshirts, cardigans, v-necked jumpers and white polo shirts embroidered with the school logo can be bought online from www. or collect an order form from outside the school office. PE kits of white top and navy blue shorts can also be bought online. You can also buy clothes in the school colours (without the embroidered logo) from local shops. It is important to ensure that your child is dressed for school in clothes that are appropriate and comfortable and which they can manage by themselves. Appropriate footwear must also be 10

worn; this could include either trainers or shoes. It is also important that all your child’s items of clothing are clearly marked with their name and year group.

JEWELLERY Children may only wear stud earrings if they have pierced ears. We only allow necklaces if they have a particular religious significance. Wearing jewellery of any kind can be dangerous for your child because the jewellery may get caught or accidentally pulled which can cause a painful and unpleasant accident. Please ensure that if your child does wear jewellery that it complies with these rules. The children are also not allowed to wear any make-up including nail varnish.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION (P.E.) To comply with Health and Safety rules, children are required to change for P.E. Your child’s P.E. clothes should be clearly marked with their name and year group and kept in a bag also marked with their name and year group. This bag should be kept on your child’s peg at all times and the clothes taken home to be washed at regular intervals; for example, at the end of every half term or more frequently. Please ensure that your child wears navy blue or black shorts and a plain white t-shirt for P.E. Plimsolls can be worn when P.E. takes place outside; in the hall, P.E. is always done in bare feet. Navy blue tracksuit bottoms can be worn in the winter.

World Book Day 2012


ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY It is very important that your child is at school on time because the first 10 minutes of the day is when parents/carers have the opportunity to share a story, exchange books or do an “Early Bird� activity with their child. It is most important for all children to attend school on a regular basis in order to make progress. Equally, it is important to develop good working habits by making sure your child arrives promptly to start lessons.

LATENESS If your child is late, please report to the office before your child goes into class. If your child is having a school dinner we have to order it by a certain time each morning. School dinners can not be ordered after 9.30 am. Class registers are taken at the beginning of the morning and afternoon sessions. Children arriving late after the register has been completed are given a late mark. These marks are regularly checked and monitored. If your child is continually late, you will be sent a written reminder. The Educational Welfare Officer will be informed if no improvement has been noticed following two written reminders.

ABSENCES If your child is ill, you should notify the school as soon as possible, preferably on the first day of absence. If this is not possible, you should send in a letter with your child on their first day back. Holidays taken during term time will not be authorised. However, if your child needs to be absent in exceptional circumstances, this will be authorised. Please contact the office for absence forms which, when completed, will be taken into consideration by Deborah. ALL absences must be explained and reasons will be carefully noted. If the school is concerned about the number of absences, whether authorised by the parent or unexplained, the Learning Mentor will investigate.


ILLNESS & MEDICINES If your child is ill during the night or in the morning, or if s/he has a heavy cold, cough or high temperature, please do not bring him/her to school. As well as spreading germs, your child may be unhappy or not in the right mood for learning. If your child has asthma or any other medical condition, please inform the school. Inhalers and other such medicines need to be available in school for use should your child need it during the day. Please ensure that inhalers are clearly labelled with your child’s name and year group, what the dosage needs to be and when it is to be administered. All inhalers and other medicines must be brought to the office for safekeeping. If your child requires medicines as part of long-term treatment, please speak with Deborah, the Head Teacher.

ACCESS TO THE SCHOOL The main access to our school at the beginning and end of each school day is through the playground entrances on Worsley Road and Elsham Road. The gates to these entrances are open between the hours of 9 am and 9.30 a.m. and between 3.20 pm and 3.45 p.m. These entrances are kept locked at all other times for security reasons. The school operates an entry phone system which ensures that visitors to the site are properly monitored by our staff. We also ask all visitors to sign our visitors’ book and wear a visitor’s badge. Parents/carers can feel confident that their children are properly supervised by vigilant staff in a safe and secure environment. We want our children, parents/carers and staff to enjoy the outside areas of our school confident in the knowledge that they are safe. The children have devised a Playground Charter to help them achieve a ‘happy playtime’.

PARKING If you bring your child to school by car, we would ask you to note and respect the zigzag parking restrictions which appear in the road outside the main entrances in Worsley Road and Elsham Road. Please help us to keep our children and families safe by keeping to the speed restriction of 20 mph in the streets around school; by parking safely and carefully; and by being aware that children and adults may be crossing the road.


BREAKFAST CLUB Breakfast Club meets in the dining hall every morning from 8.10am - 9.05am. All children must come with a parent/carer initially to register for this provision. We stop serving breakfasts at 8.40am however your children are supervised until the bell goes for class.

DRINKS/FRUIT In KS1, children are provided with a piece of fruit as a morning playtime snack. In KS2, children can bring in some fruit in a clear plastic bag; please ensure that your child’s name is written on the bag. Children also have the option of buying fruit from our fruit monitors if they want to at a cost of 10p. We do not allow sweets of any kind in school. This includes chewing gum. Water is available throughout the day from the drinking fountains in the playground, designated taps throughout the school and from water bottles which the children can bring in from home.

SCHOOL LUNCHTIME MEALS School meals are available for all families who would like their child to have one. The meals are prepared in the kitchens of a neighbouring school as we do not have cooking facilities. All meals are served and eaten in our dining hall. School meals are cooked to a high standard and give your child the opportunity to receive a well-balanced midday meal. The weekly menu is displayed outside the dining hall and on the Parent Notice Board in the school entrance area for your information There are choices on the menu each day which include vegetarian and Halal. If your child has a special diet, please let us know so that we can ensure that one of midday assistants helps your child with their choice. On Mondays, your child’s dinner money is collected for the week ahead. Please send the dinner money in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name, year group and the amount enclosed. School dinners are £1.80 a day. Free envelopes for your child’s dinner money are available from the office. If you are on certain benefits, your child may be entitled to free school meals. Please ask at the office for further details.


PACKED LUNCHES Your child may bring a packed lunch as an alternative to a school lunch; this is also eaten in the dining hall. As we are a Healthy School, we encourage fruit and other healthy snacks as part of a wellbalanced meal. We do not allow sweets (including chocolate) and fizzy drinks as part of a healthy packed lunch; nuts are also not allowed. Please ensure that your child’s packed lunch box is clearly labelled with your child’s name and year group. Children who wish to transfer from school meals to packed lunches must give a week’s notice to the office staff.

HOME LUNCHES If you want to take your child home for their lunch, please remember that the lunchtime is from 12 noon - 1.15 pm. for Reception and KS1 children and 12.10 pm - 1.15 pm. for KS2 children. Children who go home to lunch must be collected by an adult who is known to the school and be returned to school no earlier than 1.10 p.m. It is very important that you inform the Class Teacher as to who is collecting and returning your child to school. Children starting school in Reception go home at 12 noon for their first 2 weeks at school so that parent meetings can take place with the Class Teacher in the afternoons.

LUNCHTIME SUPERVISION The Midday Assistants (MDAs) are employed to supervise the children who are having a school dinner or packed lunch. We expect our children to treat our MDAs as well as they treat other members of staff. Any form of disrespect shown towards our MDAs or kitchen staff will not be tolerated. Similarly, any persistent negative behavioural issues at lunchtime will not be tolerated. You will be kept informed of any problems and asked to come into school should the need arise.


END OF THE DAY ARRANGEMENTS Children who are in Reception and KS1 classes must always be collected by an adult who is known to the school staff. You will be asked, as part of the admissions process, to name the adult who will collect your child. Children in KS2 may be collected by an older brother/sister or an adult known to the school staff. For children in Years 5 and 6 only, we ask that parents send a note in to their child’s Class Teacher giving permission for their child to walk home alone if you live close enough to the school for your child to do this safely. If, for any reason, the arrangements for collection change, please contact the school by telephone or letter. It is important that your child is collected on time because s/he can become distressed if they are the last child to go after the afternoon session is over. Staff also continue to work on planning, administration and training after school ends. We ask for your cooperation and vigilance to help us ensure that all our children are handed over safely from our care at the end of the day.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUB An after school club meets every day from 3.30 pm - 5.30 pm offering childcare and is organised by an external provider, Early Rise. Please contact the school office if you wish your child to attend. The office will also be able to provide further information about the after school club including cost. Early Rise can be contacted direct through Joy Ventour on 07532 002 898.

Reading Buddies on World Book Day 2012


OUTINGS Your child’s class will go on educational outings during the school year to places of interest linked to the topic which is being explored at the time. The trips might be to art galleries, museums, theatres, and so on. These trips are of immense educational value and children build on the experiences when they return to school. Your child’s Class Teacher will let you know when a visit has been organised. Letters and further details will be sent as they are needed. If volunteers are required to support groups during the visit, please offer your help if you are able. Your support will be very much appreciated and – who knows? - you may find that you enjoy the visit more than the children! The majority of our educational visits are free. However, on occasion, we do ask parents and carers to make a voluntary contribution to cover the cost of an entrance fee or workshops which may take place during a visit. We aim for Reception and KS1 children to experience a theatre company production at school at Christmas. We also aim to include a visit to a suitable pantomime at Christmas for KS2 children. End of year outings for Reception and KS1 include visits to such locations as Paradise Park or the Princess Diana Memorial Park and Hobbledown. Children in Year 3, 4 and 5 visit Adventure Island (Southend), Legoland or Thorpe Park. Children in Year 6 visit PGL and Stubbers (an outdoor activity centre) towards the end of the school year.

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Frequently Asked Questions 1. Is it possible to take my child out during term time for holidays? No. In exceptional circumstances, the Head Teacher may give permission for you to take your child out during term time. Parents/carers must write to the Head Teacher to ask permission or fill out an Exceptional Circumstance form which you can get from the school office.

2. How often do the children get homework? Homework is usually given out on a weekly basis in Years 1 to 6. This will usually consist of pieces of work to consolidate learning in the classroom as well as reading and writing journals. The teacher will mark the homework but only write comments in the reading and writing journals. Children in Reception are expected to read on a daily basis and work on their key word recognition

3. How often can I see my child’s Class Teacher? Parent consultations are held every Tuesday after school. Parents/carers are encouraged to sign up for one 15-minute appointment every term. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss your child’s progress and/or behaviour or any concerns parents/carers and the Class Teacher may have. You can also see your child’s Class Teacher briefly before or after school. Appointments to see Deborah, the Head Teacher or John, the Deputy Head Teacher can be made through the office or by speaking to Deborah or John at the beginning or end of the school day.

4. Are we able to observe our own religious holidays if they fall during term time? Of course. Please inform the school office and your child’s Class Teacher. Your child will be marked in the register as “religious observance” and this will be an authorised absence.

5. When do reports come out? The Class Teachers write annual reports which are sent out in June. This is followed by two open evenings where parents/carers are able to discuss their child’s report with the Class Teacher.

6. When are the SATs? SATS stand for Standard Assessment Tests and Tasks. The Year 6 SATs are usually every May for one week. The Year 2 SATs are in the Summer Term and are not sat as traditional tests. The Class Teacher and Teaching Assistant works with groups of children and a teacher assessment is given.

7. How is my child assessed? Class Teachers assess the children all the time using a mixture of observation and established criteria. Progress is tracked on school tracking sheets. Work samples are taken in writing and maths. Reading conferences are held once every term which informs reading groups in class. Teachers regularly meet to discuss the progress of different groups in the class. This information is then used to decide whether particular children need specific work in smaller focus groups. Parents will be informed if this is necessary.


We hope that the information in this handbook provides you with some useful information about our school. Copies of policies mentioned in the handbook are available on the school website or as hard copies from the school office as is the school prospectus. If you have any further questions or need clarification about anything in this handbook, please contact the Office Manager Jacquie Reid, Deborah Gibbon, the Head Teacher or John YatesHarold, the Deputy Head Teacher.

Worsley Road, Leytonstone, London. E11 3JL Tel: 020 8519 3977 Fax: 020 8519 2708 Website: Email:

Performing Arts Club children performing excerpts from “Cats�


Handbook updated 2013