A paper copy of information on this website can be provided to parents on written request to the School Office.
What are the times of the school day? Foundation Start of morning session 8.50 am End of morning session 11.25 am Start of afternoon session 12.45 pm End of afternoon session 3.10 pm
Years 1 and 2 Start of morning session 8.50 am End of morning session 12.00 pm Start of afternoon session 1.00 pm End of afternoon session 3.10 pm
Year 3 Start of morning session 8.50 am End of morning session 12.00 pm Start of afternoon session 1.00 pm End of afternoon session 3.20 pm
Years R – 3 pupils must be brought to the school, and collected, by a responsible adult. Any adult collecting at the end of the school day must have been identified to the school. This choice can be amended by the parent at any time.
Years 4, 5 and 6 Start of morning session 8.50 am End of morning session 12.25 pm Start of afternoon session 1.20 pm End of afternoon session 3.20 pm
From Year 4 it is expected that parents will identify a suitable meeting place for children and collecting adults to meet up when the child leaves the school building.
If the adult is not at the expected meeting point on time, the child should return to either the class teacher, or make their way to the school office.
We are not legally responsible for the pupils until ten minutes before the start of the school day. Children are able to access the school building from 8.40am and make their way to their classroom. Children who arrive before this time cannot be supervised by staff.
The roads around the school are very busy and become dangerous with parked cars so please take care.
To help ease the situation, and provide a service to the community, staff kindly volunteer to operate a ‘drop off’ system in the mornings. Parents driving to school are able to drop off children from 8.35 am at the path along the front of the school. Key Stage 1 children are collected and walked through to their classrooms while Key Stage 2 children walk round onto the playground. We do not advise that Foundation Stage parents make use of this facility until the summer term, but exception may be made for the spring term on agreement with the class teacher. Please note: the car park is for staff use only.
To ensure the safety of our pupils within the school grounds our gates are closed to vehicles at the end of the school day. Parents will need to park in an appropriate place before coming in to collect their children.
What does your school uniform comprise of? We take pride in our school and expect all children to wear the school uniform.
Grey long trousers, short trousers, culottes, pinafore or skirt;
White shirt or polo shirt;
Navy jumper, cardigan or sweatshirt;
Blue/White check summer dress;
Navy, Black, Grey or White socks/tights;
Navy or Black shoes.
In very hot sunny weather your child should also bring a sun hat and sun cream to school to wear during outside activities.
Items bearing The Brent logo are available from TFS, 45 Spital Street, Dartford DA1 2DX.
Children should have a warm layer and a shower proof jacket at school every day.
For PE, children will need:
A T-shirt in your child’s house colours: Egyptians - yellow, Greeks – green, Romans - blue, Tudors - red ;
Navy, Black or White shorts;
Plimsolls for indoor PE;
Trainers for outdoor PE;
Navy, Black or Grey jogging bottoms/sweatshirt or tracksuit (for outdoor PE in cold weather).
Jewellery should not be worn to school. A wrist watch is acceptable and only small,plain studs.
Please ensure that your child wears clothes that he/she can change independently. Please ensure that all your child’s belongings are clearly named.
Should you wish your child to wear any additional item for religious reasons, please discuss this first with either our Family Liaison Co-ordinator or the Headteacher.
What do I do if my child has lost a piece of clothing? Parents must either sew a name label into all clothing or write the child's name in indelible ink. Named items that have been mislaid and then found around school will be returned to their rightful owner. If an item goes missing your child must inform the class teacher/class teaching assistant and look in the lost property. Lost Property is situated outside of the School Office and parents are welcome to look for items at the end of the school day. Unnamed items will only be stored for two weeks after which time they will be donated to charity. We will do our utmost to find lost items but we are unable to provide a replacement.
Is there before and after school provision? BREAKFAST CLUB - Children attending Breakfast Club should access the Main Hall via the Main Hall double doors. Please use the doorbell on the right. Breakfast Club opens at 7.45am and the door will not be opened after 8.15am. Children are escorted to their classes by Breakfast Club staff for the start of the school day. Terms for Breakfast Club can be viewed here. THE BASE (Brent After School Experience) - We offer an after school provision held in the Main Hall called The BASE. This is available from school until 4.45pm or from school until 5.30pm. The split session allows children who attend organised school clubs to make use of this facility. Terms for The BASE can be viewed here.
How much is school dinner money? Hot school meals are currently free of charge to all pupils in Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 through a Government scheme. For pupils in Years 3-6 school dinners cost £2.20 per day.
Foods like bread, rice, pasta and potatoes will help keep your child fuller for longer. Wraps or pitta breads with pots of fillings can be more exciting for kids when they get to put them together. Try to always add fruit and vegetables: cherry tomatoes, or sticks of carrot, celery, cucumber or peppers all count towards their 5 a-day. Adding a small pot of hummus or other dips may help encourage your child to eat their veg! Bite sized fruit – chopped apple, peeled satsuma segments, strawberries, grapes or melon slices make it easier for them to eat. Tinned fruit counts as long as in natural juice and not syrup.
Please note children are not allowed sweets, nuts, chocolate bars or fizzy drinks.
It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school when they're unwell.
There are government guidelines for schools and nurseries that say when children should be kept off school and when they shouldn't.
If you do keep your child at home, it's important to phone the school on the first day. Let them know that they won't be in and give them the reason. If your child is well enough to go to school but has an infection that could be passed on, such as a cold sore or head lice, please let their class teacher know. Further information regarding common illnesses can be accessed here.
I have a worry or concern, who should I speak to? If there is a problem, please contact the class teacher in the first instance. Most problems are a misunderstanding and can be rectified through communication and working together. Alternatively, please contact Mrs Debby Clucas, our Family Support Manager. If the problem cannot be resolved by meeting with the class teacher, it should then be shared with a Phase Leader (Miss Gill for Early Years/Year 1, Mrs Cook for Yrs 2 & 3 and Mrs Healy for Yrs 4, 5 & 6).
If the problem remains unresolved, it can be shared with Mrs Rye, Head of School. If a satisfactory solution is not achieved through the above process, parents should put their complaint in writing to the Governing Body by writing to:
Mrs Catherine Stafford (Chair of Governors) c/o The Brent Primary School
This should be handed into the school office in a sealed envelope.