Our Week at School
The School Day
Our normal school day runs alongside the following timings:
Morning: 8.45 am - 12.00 pm
Afternoon: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Praise Assembly every Friday: 9.00 am - 9.30 am
All parents/carers are welcome to attend this assembly on a Friday morning!
Currently we are running with staggered timings varying by year group and our Praise Assembly is not taking place due to current government regulations.
Research shows that every-day attendance at school is vital for our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education. The 3 years that your children spend with us are important in laying the foundations for learning, as what they learn here becomes the building blocks for their work in junior and secondary schools and for their future. We therefore pay particular close attention to the attendance and punctuality of our children. The school day starts promptly when the school bells rings at 8.45 am.
• 10 minutes late a day = almost a whole hour of learning missed each week for your child
• Coming in late causes disruption to the whole class and may cause embarrassment for your child
• Your child will have missed the teacher’s instructions for the learning for the start of the day
• Please be aware that any lateness is noted in your child’s attendance records
Please arrange them outside school hours whenever it is possible. If it is neccessary to attend an appointment during school time, please bring your child into school as normal if the appointment is after registration time and return your child to school afterwards if time allows.
Collecting Children from School
It is very important that we know who will be collecting children from school at the end of the day. It is school policy that we do not release children from school unless there is an adult there to collect them and we have been informed who this will be prior to collection time. You can inform school by phoning the office or by speaking to a member of staff in the morning.
In an emergency or if you are going to be delayed please ring the office on 020 8449 6053. We will care for your child in our after school club until you arrive. After 3.00 p.m. you will be charged for After School Club provision. Currently, we are unable to release your child to somebody that is not within your child's class bubble to prevent mixing between bubbles.
Top Cat: This is awarded, in our whole school weekly praise assembly, to a child chosen for consistently following the Golden Rules and being a good role model for the whole school community. The names of all this year's Top Cats are displayed outside our office area for all to see.
Praise Postcards: These are presented to children that have been positive role models or who have stood out in a positive way. The postcards are presented during our whole school weekly assembly and then posted to the child's home in order for parents and carers to share in their child’s success.
House Points: The school has four houses which are Balmoral (blue), Windsor (green), Holyrood (red) and Sandringham (yellow). These are displayed in the classrooms and the children often refer to them in terms of their colours. Children are able to earn house points by following the Golden Rules. Each week, during assembly, the house that has earned the most points for that week will be awarded the house points trohpy, displaying team ribbons. The cup with the winning house ribbons will be displayed in the Head Teachers window onto the playground for all to see.
All the praise for each week is reported in our weekly Newsletter which is
available to read on the website every Friday afternoon.
Parents have a legal duty to send their children to school at which they are registered.
Only keep your child away from school if absolutely necessary and provide appropriate evidence (Eg. appointment cards or hospital letters) to support any absence. We recognise that there may be occasions on which it will be difficult to obtain written evidence, for example when your child has sickness or diarrhoea and therefore must be absent from school for a full 48 hours from the last bout. Please make sure you inform the school every time your child is absent by phone, email or Studybugs.
It is vitally important that you do not send your child to school if they are exhibiting any symptoms of coronavirus
It is parents/carer’s responsibility to ensure that all holidays are taken during school holiday periods. The school is unable to authorise any holiday taken during term time.
If a child is absent and no contact can be made with parents/carers. This is a safeguarding issue and a letter will be hand delivered to their home address. If no contact is made following this, the EWO and/or the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) may be contacted.
Open Door Policy
Grasvenor welcomes visitors and operates an 'open door' policy, which gives parents and carers the opportunity to visit the school at a time which is convenient for them. If you would like to come in or speak to a member of staff, simply sign in at the office and Jenny will guide you.
Unfortunately, we are not able to accept any visitors at the moment due to current government regulations. We will let you know when this changes.
Grasvenor is a healthy school and as such, we recognise that healthy eating is directly related to children's ability to achieve well in school. No cakes, sweets or chocolates are to be brought into school for any celebratory occasions – a pupil celebrating a birthday will receive a birthday sticker and recognition during our praise assembly on a Friday.
Your child will be entitled to a free school lunch. Menus are rotated on a 3 weekly basis and are available for you to have a look at on this website and will also be sent home with your children termly. Our caterers will provide food which is suitable for children with specific dietary requirements. All you need to do is make sure that we are fully aware of any specific requirements that your child has.
School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme
Each child is provided with a free piece of fruit or vegetable every day at mid morning. These are usually apples, satsumas, pears or carrots.
We offer free school milk to all our children throughout their reception year.
Children are able to access fresh water from our water fountains situated both inside school and in the playground. Water is provided to all children eating in the dining hall at lunchtime. Currently, we are asking that all children bring in a reusable water bottle as this will be the only access to a drink that they will have all day. We have had to take the water fountains out of service to adhere to hygiene rules and regulations.
Behaviour in School
At Grasvenor, safeguarding is a priority which is firmly embedded in all aspects of our school life. We continuoulsy strive to establish and maintain an environment in which children feel safe and secure at all times, children are listened to and are encouraged to express how they are feeling.
Our behaviour policy and procedures are designed to establish an environment of mutual respect. Our aim is to encourage self respect, self dicipline and a sense of responsibility for one's actions. Hence we insist on considerate behaviour both in school and in the playground from all members of our school community. We ask everyone to follow the "Golden Rules" which apply everywhere in the school.
In no particular order, our golden rules are as follows:
We are honest
We are kind and helpful
We listen well
We try hard with our learning
We look after property
We are gentle
Every child has an entitlement to Golden Time which is held on a Tuesday afternoon in their Houses with specific child centred activities each week. Children who have not modified their behaviour following adult intervention may have lost golden minutes. They will however, be given every opportunity to earn them back by changing their behaviour. All adults in the school give verbal praise to the children when observing positive behaviour and will aim to ensure that all children hear at least one positive comment every day, recognising and praising their individual strengths and or achievements.
Some examples of Golden Time activities are:
Arts and Crafts
Reading at School
At Grasvenor we use a system of Book banding rather than a single Reading Scheme. This means that all children have the opportunity to read books by a wide variety of authors about a range of topics, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry books. Each child’s reading ability is individually assessed and they are allocated a coloured ‘band’ from which they may choose any book.
Some books will challenge and extend reading skills and some will consolidate. When your child has achieved all the targets for a particular band their class teacher will move them onto the next colour band. They will read regularly with an adult on an individual basis as well as working weekly with their class teacher in a guided reading session to extend their reading skills. They will of course get the opportunity to develop their reading skills during their learning in many other subjects while they are at school. Your child's progress within reading will be recorded in their reading record books. It really helps children to make progress if families share books and stories at home, and we encourage you to support your child's learning in this way and add comments to their reading record books.
It would be useful to your child's learning if the skills they learn at school are practiced when you are sharing books at home.
The coloured bands are as follows: