Academy day

The academy starts at 8.55am every day and we expect children to be in line by 5 to 9. The school day ends at 3.15pm.

Registration takes place as soon as the children are in school followed by a daily basic skills session.

There are 2 lessons during the morning along with guided reading, times table buddies and reading buddies.

The morning session ends at 12.30pm and the afternoon session begins at 1.30pm.

There are 2 lessons during the afternoon session and school ends at 3.15pm.

Assemblies

Each Month there is a whole school values assembly which introduces the value for the month.

Whole school celebration assemblies take place on Friday mornings from 9.05 am in the Key Stage 2 Hall – where children are recognised and rewarded for all of their hard work throughout the week.

Values Assemblies

Children are also recognised and rewarded weekly for promoting the social and emotional skills that underpin effective learning.

KS2 Values Assemblies – Tuesday Mornings from 10.15 am in the Key Stage 2 Hall

KS1 Values Assemblies – Wednesday Mornings from 10.15 am in the Key Stage 1 Hall

Parents of children receiving certificates during Friday’s celebration assemblies are invited to join us and will be notified by text message in advance of the assembly.

Parent View

Parent View provides parents with the opportunity to express their views about their child’s school. To provide your views about Merritts Brook E-ACT Primary Academy please click on the link below.

https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/

Extreme Weather

If we happen to experience extreme weather conditions and it is felt that the school needs to be closed for the health and safety of the children then information will be updated in the following ways :

  • Look at the website.
  • Check your phone – we will send a text message if the school is closed
  • Listen to the radio – Capital FM & Free Radio

If we happen to experience extreme weather conditions during the school day then it is essential that we are able to contact you by text message. Please ensure that we have up to date telephone numbers so  that we are able to contact you in these eventualities.

Health

Health is of the utmost importance to all of us at Merritts Brook Academy. We believe that a healthy and happy learner is far better equipped for the future challenges they will face. In school we value physical health and well being highly. We are currently working towards achieving our Gold Health School’s Award status. Children, staff and parents are working together to achieve great things for both our learners and the wider community.

Be Healthy Schools’ Award – Merritts Brook Primary Academy

The school has undertaken a wide range of activities to embed and further promote the wellbeing of the entire school community. The work addressed two core areas of development:

1. Whole school opportunities to encourage positive health behaviour

2. Physical health and activity

Areas of need were identified through staff consultation and online pupil and parent consultations. This report draws on the findings from the Validation Visit carried out on 5th July 2017 by Jo Perrin, Education Adviser, and Helen Grundy, Education Adviser.

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. Any member of the leadership team will discuss your concerns:

  • EYFS: Mrs Johnson
  • KS1: Ms Billingham
  • KS2: Mrs Burford
  • Inclusion Lead (SEND): Ms Billingham

 

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.

 

What before and after academy care do you provide?

We offer a breakfast club for all children which starts at 7:30. Children have a choice of fruit juice and cereals and toast. We have sporting activities daily including football, bench ball, cricket etc. These sessions are delivered by our Sports Coaches.

In addition to this we also provide some after school sports clubs which cover a range of activities: all are provided free of charge. The access to these clubs is dependent on age and availability.

 

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 that have not been sanctioned by the Principal 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 policies section of our website

 

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

If mainstream education is best for your child, then Merritts Brook is the place to be.

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 Inclusion Leader (Ms Billingham) would be made.

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

At Merritts Brook all payments need to be paid at the office by an adult. We off payment plans which can be set up for you by Mrs Sumnall in reception. For further information please see the school office.

 

What are the lunch arrangements at Merritts Brook?

We are able to offer all of our pupils a freshly cooked school meal. All children who have a school meal have access to the salad cart at lunch times.

Our Reception pupils have lunch between 12.20-12:44; key stage one and key stage two pupils have lunch between 12:30-13:30.

 

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. See Mr McDermott or Mrs Wright for more details.

 

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 Ling for more details.

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