Educating for life
At Southfield we aim to educate for life. We are a school with high expectations of all, where everyone has a love of learning.
At Southfield we value: – Perseverance and Excellence
– Diversity and Equality
– Creativity and Fun
– Tradition and Innovation
– Humanity and Consideration
– Individuality and Community 3
Simon Prebble Headteacher
Southfield Primary School Prospectus
Welcome to Southfield Primary School
Southfield is a very special place. Our classrooms are full of children from a vibrant mix of different cultures and different abilities. We are committed to working closely with families and the wider community to offer the very best opportunities for every single child in our school. Ours is a happy, exciting and inspiring learning environment, and the all-round development of each child is central to everything we do. We believe we stand out from many schools because we are passionate about learning and fun. We want our children to enjoy every aspect of school life. Children at Southfield are very enthusiastic learners and we have every reason to be proud of them. It is a pleasure to share their successes as they progress through the school. We provide an environment that supports their development into independent and responsible young people, and both children and adults enjoy the trust and respect of each other. We hope this brochure gives you a flavour of just how good our school is and that it helps you make the important decision of which school to choose for your child. Please come and visit us so that you can meet the children and staff and experience the wonderful atmosphere of Southfield for yourself. If your child has just joined the school you will find lots of important information here about how the school is run. We look forward to developing a close and cooperative future together in order to enable your child to flourish!
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Learning and teaching We believe that learning is central to everything. We encourage our children to achieve highly in all subjects and to develop their personal skills and talents. We expect them always to do their best. We support this through activities that involve experimenting, investigating through play and collaborating with others.
At Southfield we make sure that we offer many different ways of learning – from attending after-school clubs to visiting museums, art galleries, sports events and theatres. We emphasize creativity in every area of education, and your child will have the opportunity to perform in music, dance and drama. We focus on building confidence to support children to reach their potential academically and personally. We provide our children with challenges that will help them to develop new skills and their ability to take risks, an approach that we believe will help them develop throughout their lives as happy and healthy individuals. We also work hard to set positive examples for children through our behaviour towards them and by showing them that we are also learners. Your child will also learn from you and your family, so it is important that we all set good examples in social situations as well as academic ones.
Assessment and testing We work hard to ensure our children are at least in line with, and in some cases exceed national expectations and that they make very good progress from their starting points. We discuss every child’s achievements termly and decide the best ways in which to support them to reach their full potential. In Years 2 and 6 children take the National Curriculum assessment tests. We use these national tests to check our children’s progress throughout the school, including against the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile results. Year 1 take a phonics screening test in the Summer term. We use ongoing assessment and feedback to ensure the children are progressing. This includes regular pupil progress meetings, assessing understanding throughout a lesson, marking work, giving children the chance to mark their own work and adapting, following assessment of what the children have learnt. We keep detailed records of the children’s progress and you will be given a copy of your child’s yearly report. We will also give you the results of your child’s assessment at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2. At Parents’ Evening you will be informed of your child’s targets and their expected levels compared to national expectations.
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We diagnose the needs of each child to decide provision. Children who are new to English are provided with induction lessons. Children with learning difficulties are supported in class, individually or in small groups. Children who are gifted and talented are included in extra opportunities such as events outside school, small group learning or through the differentiated daily curriculum. Children can find learning difficult and their success at school can be affected by external barriers such as bereavement or poor housing conditions. We provide our children with appropriate emotional support in order to help them learn; this may be counselling, small group activities, mentors or working with other family members.
We have some excellent after school clubs that help enrich children’s experience of school, these include sports, music, drama, homework, chess, languages and more.
You are the most important influence on your child and we expect you to share responsibility for your child’s education. There are a number of ways in which you can help: • Be positive about school and why it’s important to learn. • Motivate your child – seeing other family members learning new skills and learning from their mistakes is a perfect example to set. • Encourage your child to feel confident and positive in all types of situations. • Show an interest in what your child is learning at school and give support when your child has homework. • Ensure your child arrives on time and is collected on time. • Ensure your child attends every day and inform us when they are not well enough to attend. • Spend time with your child by talking, reading and playing together. • Attend all meetings in school and read school letters and notices. • Ensure that your child has everything they need for their school day and that they take responsibility for their possessions. • Ensure your child has at least eight hours of sleep and a healthy diet. • Provide your child with a bottle of water. • Take your child to different places of interest. Discover their talents and provide them with opportunities to develop.
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Helping your child
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The curriculum We offer an engaging, fun and relevant curriculum that is based on the National Curriculum for Years 1 to 6 and the Foundation Stage curriculum for Nursery and Reception. Each year group has a termly or half termly topic which links all learning. All learning is expected to be active and is designed to encourage children to develop their thinking and independent learning skills. We expect all our children to aspire to be lifelong learners and enter the adult world with choices and skills to provide them with the foundations for success to be who they want to be.
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Communication, Language and Literacy Acquiring the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are fundamental to your child’s educational success. We encourage all children to use their communication and listening skills in a purposeful way. Through drama and presentation of their ideas to others, as well as through sharing ideas with ‘talk partners’, children are given opportunities to listen and to speak in a range of situations. Children are able to listen to poems and stories on CDs or computers. Literacy is timetabled daily through guided reading, development of writing, handwriting, phonics and being read to. Children learn to read through experiencing a wide range of books and through direct teaching of sounds, sight vocabulary and guided support for all reading strategies. We introduce the foundations of reading in the nursery and reception classes. All children are expected to take books home on a weekly basis and are encouraged to read to or with an adult every day. We teach our children to spell using a range of strategies. We pay attention to sounds, pattern and shape, as well as encouraging the child to develop observation and memory skills. Children are expected to learn letter sounds (phonics) before letter names and we use the Letters and Sounds system.
Mathematical Development We all use maths everyday in maths lessons and across the curriculum. We encourage our children to use maths to solve everyday problems. They learn to calculate and how to work with common shapes and units of measure such as time, length and weight. Most importantly, they learn to solve problems themselves or in groups by applying strategies they have learnt. We encourage independent and active learning so that children develop their thinking skills. All children have a timetabled session of maths every day. This covers number, measures, shape and space, handling data and algebra. Early Years develop their maths skills in adult initiated and child initiated activities throughout the day. Scientific Enquiry In Science we encourage children to observe, predict, investigate and interpret what they see and discover. They are given opportunities to experience all areas of scientific knowledge – life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical properties. Each half term a specific aspect of science is taught which includes scientific vocabulary. We also encourage children to care for their environment as well as gaining first-hand experiences to enrich their scientific work. We teach skills so that children can investigate scientific information themselves, discovering and exploring the world around them.
Information technology Information technology involves learning about and using computers, televisions, CD players, camcorders, telephones and cameras. We have an ICT suite with 30 Touchscreen computers and laptop trolleys to be used in classrooms. The children learn to use ICT as a discrete subject as well as using it to develop skills in other areas of the curriculum. Linked with Science and Mathematics, information retrieval systems enable children to collect information for a variety of purposes and uses. Computers are also used within Art and Design and can support work in the foundation subjects such as Geography and History.
The thing I most enjoy about Southfield is that lessons are fun and enjoyable. Also, there are many nice children in the school so you can have lots of friends to play with.
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KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
Music We have a number of peripatetic music teachers who offer opportunities to learn piano, wind instruments, violin and guitar. From time to time children can also take part in musical productions involving several year groups.
History We aim to equip our children with the knowledge and skills to understand their own historical backgrounds and that of other people and cultures. Younger children explore their personal and family histories. Older children study the history of the local area and historic themes and events in Britain, Europe and the wider world, helping them to understand particular problems and points of view of people in the past.
Art Children can develop their imagination and communicate their feelings through art and design. They explore art from many different times and cultures and respond to it with work of their own. Children have the opportunity to try painting, drawing, printing, fabric work, model making, computer animation and other creative activities using a wide range of materials. These activities help children develop the ability to represent what they see and touch with increasing attention to detail and accuracy. We encourage our children to discuss not only their own work but that of artists worldwide, and we introduce them to a variety of art forms from different periods, cultures and traditions. Art is very important to developing observational skills. It encourages children to express their feelings and opinions about the world as well as developing their manual and physical skills.
The children work with a wide range of sources of information, such as physical objects, historical objects and documents, memories and books. Visits to museums, galleries and other historical sites support children’s learning of history. We encourage our children to question the purpose and meaning of historical evidence and to organise and communicate their findings, so helping to develop skills in investigation and analysis. Geography We introduce Geography to our younger children by encouraging interest and awareness of the area in and around their home and school. With our older children we aim to develop their awareness of issues that affect their local area, to consider the role they may play in preserving and improving the quality of their area. Most children will bring to school their knowledge of the wider world through holidays, visits, and their experience of the media. We help them to develop this knowledge and to compare their local area with other places in Britain
and abroad so that they will begin to consider how different physical environments reflect the different needs of people. The children also learn how to apply the geographical skills relating to mapping and enquiry. Map work helps children to learn the layout of the local area, to understand simple directions and begin to use compass points. Design technology Design technology reinforces the links between literacy, mathematics, science and the arts. We encourage our children to find real solutions to real problems by planning, designing, making and evaluating objects to match particular needs. They are encouraged to work in groups and independently to make products of increasing complexity. Religious education Religious education includes studies about Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism. We visit different places of worship to help the children’s learning and understanding, and we hold regular assemblies which emphasize the aims of the school and provide an opportunity for children to learn about the main beliefs of all major faiths. You may withdraw your child from religious assemblies and religious education lessons by discussion with the headteacher. RE is timetabled weekly.
Physical education This is a compulsory part of the National Curriculum and all children are expected to participate. Children take part in two hours of PE weekly. These lessons are either taught by the classteacher or a qualified PE instructor from an external provider.
Personal, Social and Health Education PSHE equips children and young people with the knowledge and skills to deal with a range of issues they face as they grow up. It covers:
In the Nursery and Reception outdoor play acts as an introduction to physical activity. As they move up through the school children are encouraged to learn through movement. They have the opportunity to experiment, practice, make decisions and develop their physical and mental skills. PE also helps children to develop their personal qualities and aptitudes.
• nutrition and physical activity
Pupils learn how to keep healthy and explore the benefits of a good diet and nutrition.
• emotional health and wellbeing • personal finance • safety • careers education and work-related learning. • drugs education There is an emphasis on emotional literacy, supporting children’s mental health by learning to be in touch with their emotions and needs. Within this it develops their awareness of their rights and responsibilities in order to help them flourish as happy and confident individuals. Sex and Relationships Education We aim to help our children understand how their bodies function and grow, as well as how relationships develop. We teach more formally about puberty, sexual characteristics, relationships and reproduction in Years 6. We will tell you when this is being taught and you have the right to withdraw your child by discussion with the headteacher.
We have a school council made up of elected members from Year 1 to Year 6. They help to improve the school by listening to their classâ€™s concerns and working on school improvement projects.
I like coming to school because all the teachers here are nice and friendly. If you are stuck or upset there is always someone there to help you.
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Citizenship We encourage children to develop the life skills they need to be good citizens. Teaching citizenship helps children to understand rights and responsibilities, their own and others, as well as how society works and how they can play an active role. They are taught to recognise their worth as individuals, knowing that they are unique and understanding we are all different. They learn to recognise right from wrong and have the confidence to choose whatâ€™s right. They can recognise that ours is a multicultural society where everyone is equal and can learn from each other.
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Behaviour management At Southfield Primary School we are committed to creating a secure, caring and stimulating learning environment in which all staff and pupils can work and play safely.
Aims • To establish and maintain a consistent and fair approach to the management of the behaviour of pupils throughout the school
To make our school bloom we all:
• To acknowledge that maintaining good behaviour within the school is a shared responsibility
Aim to achieve work and behaviour we can be proud of
• To ensure staff use a positive, proactive, reflective approach to behaviour management by reviewing our systems and processes on a regular basis
Be helpful and considerate
• To ensure pupils are confident in their right to be treated fairly • To ensure pupils can learn in a safe, calm, positive environment • To develop in pupils a sense of self discipline and an acceptance of responsibility for their own actions • To develop in pupils an awareness of and adherence to appropriate behaviour in a range of social situations. Through consultation (with parents/ carers, staff, governors and pupils) the following rules have been agreed:
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Treat others as we would like to be treated Respect property
Listen respectfully and speak politely Show respect for the environment Everyone is the school community is expected to follow the rules. Involving parents We believe it is essential to communicate effectively within school and with parents/carers about children’s behaviour. We must support them to have high aspirations for their children. A positive and supportive partnership with parents and pupils is crucial to building trust and developing a common approach to expectations and strategies for dealing with behaviour. Parents/carers should be informed of both rewards and sanctions. Families must be supported with ideas and strategies wherever needed including notifying them of events or workshops in the school/community.
In the playground we have a lot of equipment and friendship stops where ambassadors stand if you need a friend. Ambassadors help all around the school doing all sorts of important jobs for everyone’s safety.
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A-Z of Southfield
Admissions School places are allocated according to the borough’s admissions criteria. Full details are available from:
Attendance and punctuality Members of staff start playground duty at 8.45am so please do not leave your child in the playground before this time.
Pupil Admissions, Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road, London W5 2HL or from the www.ealing.gov.uk
Children line up at 8.55am. It is important that your child arrives at school on time. Coming into the classroom when others are already busy is disruptive and makes for a negative start to the day.
Nursery places are allocated through the school. Application forms are available from the school office. Priority is given to children who have siblings at the school and/or live in the catchment area. After-school clubs We organise an excellent variety of clubs each term, including sports and creative arts. Some of these are provided by the school and some are run by external providers. Club details are sent out at the beginning of each term so that children can choose which clubs they want to attend. Clubs finish at 4.30pm. We strongly recommend that you access as many activities in the community that will develop your child’s interests. If you would like advice on activities please ask at school, check the local library or internet. Appointments Children may only leave school during school hours if they have a proof of appointment from a parent/carer which is taken to the office (prior to the date). This should only be for emergencies or for hospital (or similar) appointments that cannot be rearranged and must be the exception rather than regular. Artworks by Naomi and Oliver
Children arriving late must sign in at the school office so that we can ensure they are on the register. Persistent lateness is dealt with according to policy. Regular attendance is vital to your child’s progress. If your child is ill, please let us know on the day as soon as possible, either by telephone or by a note. It is very important to your child and the school that all absences are explained. If there are problems with your child’s attendance, we may ask our Attendance Officer from Ealing Council to offer support. Our Attendance Policy sets out our expectations and procedures for monitoring attendance. We have attendance cups for the best attended class from Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2; these are given out on a weekly basis. There is a prize for the best attended class at the end of the year. Nursery morning session is 8.45am11.45am. The afternoon session is 12.30pm-3.30pm. We expect Nursery children to have regular attendance as it is a vital beginning for your child’s life long learning.
Bicycles There is a bicycle and scooter shed in the school playground. The shed is locked during the school day. We encourage children to cycle, scoot or walk to school. Breakfast Club and After School Club Children can attend a Breakfast Club from 7.45am until 8.45am. The After School Club runs from 3.15pm to 6pm. Both clubs are run by Fit for Sport. Please visit www.fitforsport.co.uk. Bullying We actively encourage children to tell us if they are worried about anything at school. If your child tells you about a bullying incident please let your class teacher know, not the other parents/ carers; we cannot deal with bullying or negative behaviour unless we know about what’s happening. We want every child to feel safe and happy when they are at school and we work hard to promote positive relationships. You can read our Anti-Bullying policy on the school’s website or by asking for a paper copy in the office.
Child protection We have a duty to monitor children in our care and to report any serious concerns to Social Services. If a child makes a disclosure or has a suspicious injury we are also responsible for reporting our concerns to Social Services according to policy and the law. We work closely with our partner agencies to ensure children are safe and well cared for, both in and out of school. We will also discuss any concerns with you in order to work together to resolve issues.
We believe that it is important for all adults to set examples to children of how to conduct themselves – however unhappy or angry they might be. If visitors behave in a threatening or confrontational manner they may be banned from the premises. There is a home/school agreement that we all promise to adhere to. Every September we have ‘Meet the Teacher’ events for all parents and carers to come into class to hear about the new school year and how we can work together to support the children emotionally and educationally. Compliments and concerns Please tell us if you are unhappy about anything to do with our school. Talk to your child’s class teacher in the first instance. If the issue is not resolved, please make an appointment to see the appropriate senior leader.
All staff working in our school are subject to safer recruitment procedures.
You can download our complaints policy from the school’s website or contact the office for a paper copy.
Code of Conduct We have fantastic families at our school. However, on the rare occasion that a parent or carer wants to complain we will not tolerate abusive behaviour towards anyone on the school premises. We ask that all family members speak politely and respectfully to staff; we are always prepared to listen to your concerns and resolve them even if we may not always agree with each other! We never recommend that parents/ carers approach each other or pupils to resolve differences but always speak to a member of staff.
If the issue still cannot be resolved you can make a formal complaint to the Chair of Governors via the school office. We also like positive feedback and to celebrate success! We need to know what works well in order to build on good practice.
Contact details It is essential that we have up-to-date contact details for families. If you change your home address or home/ work telephone number please let the school office know immediately. In the event of an emergency it is crucial that we can contact you, a member of your family or a trusted family friend. We need at least three up-to-date contact numbers. We use Parentmail, a text messaging and email service, that enables us to contact parents and carers quickly. We also use the service to email documents such as letters and newsletters. Dogs No dogs are allowed on the school premises. Educational trips and visits Educational day trips are made as part of the curriculum and are designed to enhance the work your child does in the classroom. You may be asked to make a contribution towards the cost of a visit. If you can’t afford the contribution please speak to your child’s class teacher. It is important that your child goes on visits in order to learn from them. Your class teacher will let you know when a visit is planned and when parents and carers are needed to help. Parents and carers are welcome to attend most trips and will be asked to be in charge of a small group of children.
Children in older classes may be asked to spend a few days away together. We believe that school journeys are an important part of children’s learning and development and recommend parents and carers give permission for them to attend. End of school day When you collect your child from school, please be on time at 3.15pm. Do not take your child without first informing the teacher. If you are likely to be late, please phone to let us know. If your child has not been collected an hour after school we have the right to ask Social Services to collect them; this may be done after 4.30 if we cannot contact anyone. If someone else is collecting your child, please let your class teacher know – we want to make sure your child is safe. If your child is to travel home alone or with an older sibling then you must give written permission. A letter is kept in the school office for signature. Younger children must be collected by an adult as explained in the letter. Food in school Children in Nursery, Reception, Years 1 and 2 are given free fruit every day. Children in years 3-6 may bring fruit for morning break. We want to promote healthy eating, so please do not give your child sweets, crisps or chewing gum to bring into school. All children can bring in a small bottle of water for each day.
Governors Our governing body makes important decisions that enable our school to serve the community well. The headteacher is a member of the governing body and is responsible for the day-to-day organisation and management of the school and its curriculum. The governors must be consulted on any changes to organisation, policies or discipline. The governors set the budget and have a duty to monitor the way the school is developing. Have Your Say At different times of the year we have surveys where we ask parents and carers their views on different topics. These are sometimes given out at parents evenings and some are done using online questionnaires by Survey Monkey. Responses help us to improve the school further. Holidays We do not give permission for children to miss school because it will affect their progress. This is an expectation across England. In exceptional circumstances you can request permission for an absence of up to two weeks. Request forms are available from the school office and should be handed in with evidence in advance of any leave. The headteacher will then decide whether to agree the absence and for how long. If your child does not return to school on the agreed date or doesn’t have permission to be away they can be removed from the school. Fines can also imposed on any families who take unauthorised absences.
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Celebrations Parents and carers are welcomed into school throughout the year. We have events to which you are always invited. If you cannot make them we welcome other family members. There are class assemblies, curriculum workshops and musical productions.
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Homework Homework is sent home every Thursday and must be returned the following Tuesday. If you do not understand the task please speak to the teacher. Homework should be fun and practical and it offers positive opportunities for you and your child to learn together. Homework activity feeds into the following week’s learning and is celebrated weekly in class as part of our homework policy. An overview letter is sent home each time the class’s unit of work changes. This will include suggested places to visit, useful websites and the learning to be covered. Inclusion We provide extra support to children with a variety of learning difficulties. We try to identify difficulties early and offer help so that children can make good progress. If you are worried about your child’s progress or behaviour at home or at school, please talk to your class teacher. If we are concerned about your child, or if we think your child would benefit by having some extra help, we will let you know. There are many specialist services available to the school, the children and parents. If you need any further help or advice please arrange to speak with our SENCo.
Internet We give children regular access to the internet; they are supervised at all times. We have a policy for safety on the internet and would ask that you support this at home. Please be aware of what your child is doing on your home computer – they may become experts at quickly changing sites when you come into the room! We would advise that you keep your computer in a shared room, not a bedroom. If you need advice on how to track their activities or block sites please speak to our teachers. Jewellery For reasons of Health and Safety children may not wear jewellery at school. However we do allow children with pierced ears to wear small stud earrings. Ringed sleepers are not permitted because the ear lobe could easily be ripped. Certain items of religious jewellery may be worn but only with permission of the Head teacher. Rings may not be worn under any circumstances. Lost property The lost property box is kept outside the welfare room. Adding name labels to your child’s clothes will reduce the risk of items being lost, misplaced or taken accidentally by other children. Ultimately children are responsible for their own clothing.
Medical information When your child starts school we will need to know if they have any medical conditions, e.g. asthma or severe allergies. Please keep us informed of any changes. We cannot give medicines in school unless they are for ongoing medical conditions such as asthma or allergies. In such cases labelled medicines can be kept in school and are usually the responsibility of the child. We have staff trained in first aid who will treat your child for minor bumps and bruises. If your child has a head, face or significant body injury you will receive a letter and/or phone call advising you to monitor your child. If your child is sick in school we will contact you to collect your child immediately as they find it very distressing to stay in school. Please note that Ealing Council’s policy is that a child must not return to school for at least 48 hours after a bout of vomiting or diarrhoea.
Newsletter We send out a newsletter every week. It contains important school news, diary dates and celebrates our children’s successes. It also acts as a bulletin board for the school community. Copies can also be found on the website. No smoking Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the school site. Nuts policy No nuts are allowed in school. We have several children with severe nut allergies. Open evenings We hold open evenings three times a year when you can talk to your child’s class teacher and find out about your child’s targets. We also run workshops where you can find out more about what happens in school and how you can best support your child at home. It is important to attend every meeting with teachers. Children and staff then feel supported and you will feel more involved in our school, be aware of your child’s achievements and any particular areas to develop. You can contact the teacher by telephone out of class hours, after school or through the school office email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parking Keeping our children safe when they arrive at and leave school is our priority. The marked ‘No Parking’ area outside the school must be kept clear; please do not park on the yellow zigzags. We encourage all our children to walk to school to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Playtimes At lunchtimes children are provided with different activities, all of which are supervised. Older children who would like to help other children at playtimes are encouraged to become a ‘playground friend’. They help by teaching games and encouraging children to join in with others. The children enjoy this responsibility and learn much from it. We do not tolerate fighting or bullying during playtimes. We will contact you if your child has been fighting or bullying. We really appreciate support with such issues and like to work together with families as it achieves the best results. Policies We have a number of policies and guidelines covering a variety of topics such as Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety, Homework and Feedback. Please ask at the school office if you would like a copy of a particular policy or go to our website.
Safety We teach our children common sense rules to keep themselves safe and we work with outside agencies that can help us achieve this. Please support us by teaching your child simple safety rules, such as how to cross the road safely. Please be vigilant when you are at school and always shut doors and gates after yourself. If you have any concerns please report them to the Site Manager via the office.
School meals Our school meals are freshly cooked on the premises. Children eat in the dining room and are supervised by midday staff. Vegetarian meals are provided every day. Please let us know if your child requires a special diet or has a food allergy. An external provider runs the school meals service at the school. You will be asked to pay in advance for your child’s school lunches by using envelopes or by paying online. Children may only change to or from school dinners after giving a week’s notice to the catering company. Please be sure to notify the catering company in advance if you wish to make such a change. Your child may bring a packed lunch if you do not want him/her to eat school meals. Please make healthy choices for your child; a sandwich, drink and fruit is ideal, avoiding fizzy drinks, glass bottles, sweets and chocolate. Free school meals are available for families on Income Support and some other benefits. If you think your child may be entitled to free meals, please speak to the office staff. We need to know if your child is eligible, even if you do not want them to have a school meal. Children who receive free meals are not identified in any way, and the information you give us will be kept confidential.
School office The school office is open from 8am -4.30pm every day. This is your only access into school during the school day as the building is locked when the children are inside. Sleep Please encourage your child to have a regular bedtime during the week. A good night’s sleep will help your child get the most out of school. They may not be happy about it, but TVs and game consoles in the bedroom do not help if they are meant to be asleep. SPSA (Southfield Parent Staff Association) The aim of the SPSA is to enhance the children’s experience of school. It is made up of a group of parents and staff who meet regularly to plan events and help raise money. Funds raised are spent on improving equipment and resources in the school as well as paying for some of the “extras” that the school would otherwise not be able to afford. Annual events include the popular and successful annual Sunflower Fête, the School Quiz, monthly cake stalls, car boot sales, Summer party and auction, an international food evening and much more.
Uniform School uniform must be worn. We believe that it creates a sense of belonging and pride in our school. Southfield polo shirts and jumpers are available to buy from the welfare room. Please label everything! This includes coats, PE kit and will help to prevent anything getting lost. Please ensure that your child wears sensible shoes. Black shoes should be worn and not trainers. For safety in the playground, we do not allow open-toed sandals or flip-flops. No jewellery or cosmetics may be worn, with the exception of small stud earrings and watches. For physical education, children wear t-shirts, PE shorts or jogging bottoms. The school colours are blue and white. Your child will need cheap trainers or plimsolls for outside activities. Your child will keep their PE kit at school. Again, all items need to be labelled with your child’s name. If your child does not have her / his PE kit on two occasions you will receive a letter asking you to ensure your child has the correct kit.
Valuables We strongly recommend that children do not bring toys, large amounts of money or mobile phones into school. Any items brought in are your child’s responsibility. Valuables such as mobile phones should be given to the office to keep safe until the end of the day. Money for trips, lunches and so on should be sent in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name, class and the amount of money. Volunteers We value the contribution that parents and carers can make to the school. For example, we encourage help from parent and carer volunteers, and there are many ways in which you can help. If you would like to get more involved, please contact the office for more information. Website Our website is full of useful information about the school – from term dates to after-school club details. We also provide advice about how you can help your child at home. Make sure you bookmark www.southfieldschool.org.uk
Each class has a parent representative – “a class rep” – who helps with these events, but also improves communication between parents and the SPSA. Photography by Peter Stevens www.pmsphoto.photoshelter.com Designed and produced by Radius Brand Consultants www.radiusbrand.co.uk
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Reading Your child will take at least one book home weekly and return it on the class designated day. Books are chosen according to your child’s ability, if you want extra please ask the teacher. A record book is sent home for you and/ or your child to make comments in order for the teacher to support home reading.
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Published on Sep 9, 2012