How do I know how well my child is doing in school?

Every term we hold parents evenings which you will be invited to attend. You can speak to your child’s class teacher at the end of the school day or by prior appointment.

We ask that you wait until the teacher has dismissed all of the children to ensure safeguarding.

 

What can I do to support my child’s learning?

Throughout your child’s time at Merritts Brook, regular workshops will be held to help you to understand the way that they are being taught phonics, reading, writing and maths. We also offer workshops in homework support, e-safety and assessment.

If you feel that you would like to discuss helping your child at home then please speak with your child’s class teacher, who will be happy to share ideas and strategies with you.

 

I want to take my child on holiday during term time, would I be allowed?

Following government advice, the school has a strict absence in term time policy: unless the circumstances are extreme, pupils will not be granted permission to go on holiday.

Holidays taken in term time will be registered as an unauthorised absence on your child’s attendance record. If the length of absence is extensive, we cannot guarantee your child’s place.

Long term absences affect children in a number of ways: if children do not attend school regularly they often find it difficult to catch up. In addition, poor attendance affects a child’s ability to form and keep friendships; a vital part of growing up.

 

How safe is my child at school?

We have a strict policy of who can and cannot collect children from school. We will only allow an adult to collect your child if they are named on the contact list and with an agreed password.

If you require a different adult to collect your child due to extenuating circumstances we would expect you to inform the office and the class teacher with their full name and their relationship to the child, a password will then be shared for this adult on the day of notification. If the child appears distressed or unwilling to go we will not let them leave the school premises.

Merritts Brook, like all primary schools, endeavours to keep your child safe at all times, however children may have accidents. We will inform you of any first aid given and who delivered the first aid via a medical slip.

If a child has had a blow to the head resulting in bruising or a lump, we will inform you on the telephone to advise you to collect the child. Only on very rare occasions do we need to phone for an ambulance. A member of leadership will remain in loco-parentis until you arrive.

Please see our Safeguarding and Medical policies for further information.

 

What is the academy uniform at Merritts Brook?

For details of our uniform, please see the uniform section of our website

 

My child has a diagnosis of a medical condition, can I apply for a place at your school?

If a child has a medical need we would seek advice and support from outside agencies as appropriate. Using SEND funding we would be able to supply the necessary resources required and ensure that any extra adult support is provided. Regular meetings with the SENDCo – Mrs K Rudge would be made.

 

How do I make payments for clubs, trips or dinner money?

All trips, school meals, Breakfast Club and other items for payment must now be paid for via the ParentPay website. If you need any assistance using the website or no longer have your user login details, please contact Mrs Yates  in the school office who will be able to help you.

PARENTPAY

 

What are the lunch arrangements at Merritts Brook?

We are able to offer all of our pupils a freshly cooked school meal.

Our Nursery pupils go home for lunch.

Reception pupils are always first to have their lunch and arrive in the dinner hall at 12.20pm when it is quiet – enabling them to focus upon their lunch without distraction.

All reception and KS1 pupils are entitled to a free freshly cooked meal from our onsite school kitchen. Please contact the school office if you would like your child to take advantage of daily free meals.

Children may choose packed lunches  – all packed lunches should be healthy , with only 1 treat. We strongly believe that healthy lifestyle choices and habits are formed early on  – so if children are used to eating healthy fresh fruit and vegetables , then this will be a healthy habit to form.

The only drinks allowed in school are water and weak juice  – no highly flavoured or coloured drinks are permitted. Fizzy drinks are not allowed.

 

What clubs are on offer?

We try to provide the opportunity for all of our pupils to attend an extra-curricular activity throughout the academic year. These vary from sports, reading, homework and creative clubs. Letters will be sent out about clubs depending on your child’s age. You will then receive a letter confirming your child’s place along with the dates and timings of the club.

 

What happens if my child doesn’t regularly attend school?

We expect good attendance and punctuality from all our pupils in order for them to receive the good education that they are entitled to. Persistent absence is monitored by the school; more information regarding the schools protocols can be found here within the attendance policy. For more information please see Mrs Rudge for more details.

Please see the Attendance Page.

Useful Contacts

Food Banks:

  • Northfield Community 0121 411 2157
  • The Project 0121 453 0606
  • Hollymoor Church-Duty 0121 303 8057 (Tues, Wed, Thurs)

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