What You Need to Know


Family Support and Parental Partnership

This is a crucial area for both parents/carers and the school in working with our pupils.  We will rarely see each other “at the school gates” as pupils will largely be  transported by bus each day, so systems are set up to make sure that home/school links are as detailed and coordinated as possible. Parents and carers are welcome at any time to see either the Head Teacher or one of the senior team.  The teacher with responsibility for Family Support and Parental Partnership will coordinate all the parents’ groups, providing a programme of relevant speakers, visits and activities. 
 
Pupils attend school for 190 days per year divided into three terms.  The dates for each year are sent to parents/carers separately as soon as we have them.  The school day is from 9.00am until 3.30pm with lunch from 11.45 – 1.15pm.  Individual pupil’s timetables and class timetables are sent to you by your child’s teacher at the beginning of each term. This is complex for The Brook at as timetables will be in conjunction also with The Willow.


Transport

Every pupil is entitled to apply for free transport to the SEN Department of the Local Authority.  If approved, the children are picked up from home in the morning and taken home after school.  If your child is brought to school by transport,  please telephone transport directly if your child’s arrangements change eg they are ill or being dropped or picked up from a different address.  Each bus has an escort who acts as an informal contact between school and home and will deliver messages, dinner money etc. 

School Meals

School meals are cooked in our new school kitchens on the premises and meal times are considered as social and learning experiences especially from the opening of Broadwaters,  as all school meals are eaten together with The Willow as far as is possible according to the needs of each pupil.  Cultural and religious requirements are always respected and parents/carers should make sure the school is aware of any dietary restrictions especially those of ASD children.  The administrative officer will inform you of costs and dinner money should be sent into school each Monday. Families on Income Support should take their book to the Children’s Services Building at 49 Station Road. Wood Green, N22 in order to arrange for free school meals.  The school will also arrange for free school meals.


Regular Communication/Home School Books

Communication is via the home/school book, unless you can bring your child to school,  
and we will try to fill these in every evening plus including photographs if they are relevant.
We expect parents/carers to reply via the home/school book as it is essential that we know if
anything has happened to the child overnight and what your child has been doing over a
weekend so that we can talk to them about it.
 
We also communicate through “Teachers to Parents” on your mobile phones for end of term dates, reminders of school events etc. etc.

 
Open Evenings

Individual consultation evenings (Open Evenings) are held twice a year with a programme of coffee mornings and evening meetings for those who cannot attend parent/carer coffee mornings during the day.  The current parent/carers groups are very involved within the Haringey Parental Involvement groups and the Parents Forum.  There will also be a PSA – Parent Staff Association, which will organise fund raising and social events.



Charging Policy

The Brook endorses the principle of free education for all pupils.  However, because some activities such as regular visits to cafes, outings, horse-riding, sailing and special events would have to be restricted if parents/carers did not contribute to the cost, voluntary contributions are requested.  We make sure that we also apply to various charitable foundations for some of these costs whenever possible.  In addition to regular educational visits, the school organises school journeys from time to time.  These provide an excellent learning experience for our pupils and are also a lot of fun!  If you would like your child to go on any outing, educational visit or school journey but are worried about the costs, please talk to the Head teacher.  No pupil is ever excluded if parents/carers cannot make a contribution.


Attendance

The Brook is required by law to make an annual report on the rates of authorised and unauthorised absences from school. We do understand that, for some pupils, their condition means frequent, unavoidable absences through illness or medical appointments but, if your child has to stay away, please ring the school or send a note with the bus escort explaining the reason for absence. 
 
First Day Calling will be used from the school office if we are not told of a reason for your childs absence
 
Family holidays in term time are never agreed.   This is because we feel that your child’s education is so important and consistency of attendance for our pupils is crucial and it is now against the law and subject to a referral to Educational Welfare Services – families can be fined should they take their children out of school.  The Head consults with the school’s Education Welfare Officer (EWO) and investigates the circumstances, balancing parental need against any detrimental effects on the pupils education.  
 
A calendar of term dates is sent home at the start of the school year, and reminder letters are sent home at the end of each term reminding parents/carers of the return date for pupils after the holiday.


Complaints Policy

The Governors have adopted the LEA Guidelines for Complaints procedures and these are also set out in the school prospectus including the following:
 
  • Enquiries about a child’s mood or behaviour/minor scratches and bruises/lost clothes etc. should be referred in the first instance to the class teacher
  • Complaints about any member of staff, more serious accidents or the general
care of the child should be made to the Headteacher
  • If the above does not resolve the matter, a more formal approach can be made to the Chair of Governors and the Governing Body and eventually to the Local Education Authority via the Head of Services for Pupils, Parents and Students on 0208-489-0000
  • If parents/carers have any complaints under Section 23 of the 1988 Education
Reform Act, about the organisation or content of the curriculum, they should
contact the Headteacher in the first instance.


Safeguarding and Child Protection

The Children Act (1989) puts a duty on all education service staff to report any concerns that they may have that any child may be suffering significant harm, particularly as a consequence of possible abuse.  All adults in the school have a duty of care to raise any queries or concerns they may have regarding any possible risk to a child’s safety or well-being in or outside school
 
The DFE requires each school to nominate a senior member of the teaching staff to become the Designated Child Protection Officer with special responsibility for Child Protection.  At The Brook, the person nominated is the Head Teacher with two other  senior members of staff taking on that role.  These officers will, if necessary, take advice from CYPS advisers in order to agree the best way forward in any given situation. The Head Teacher also works closely with the School Nurse who is the DCPO for Health in the school. The school has a joint policy on Child Protection & Safeguarding with The Willow, which has been agreed by the Governing Body and informed by the Haringey Area Protection Committee and the London Child Protection Procedures of 2007.  Close contacts have already been established with Health, Social Services and the Police by both schools, any or all of whom may become involved if abuse is alleged or strongly suspected. 
 
To avoid unnecessary misunderstandings around this very sensitive area, we need you to let us know about the cause/circumstances of any injury (eg bruises, burns, scalds) or emotional upset that your child may experience.  The school nurse or the Head Teacher will telephone you if there are unexplained issues and will need to be satisfied that there is no cause for concern.  The school, in turn, will always let parents/carers know when a child has had an accident/incident in school either through the school nurse, Head Teacher or class teacher, by telephone or in the home/school book dependent on the circumstances.  Written records are also kept in school of any such accident /incident.  We always try to work in partnership with parents/carers under these kind of difficult circumstances but our first concern is always  the welfare of the pupil.
 
Under new guidance issued in 2000, the government has extended the provision of services for children in need of support and their families.  This is an entitlement for all relevant children and families who need a little extra help.  The Head Teacher has received training in this entitlement and may contact you to discuss how they could help you access the support if you wish. 
 
Should you wish to discuss child protection and safeguarding, provision for children in need or the safety of your child please feel free to contact the school at any time.

 
Support for Families

The Family Support Coordinator works with the authority around Play Provision and Short Breaks through the Aiming High agenda. The school also runs holiday playschemes for students with PMLD or ASD and challenging behaviour.


Social Worker Surgery
 
A surgery is now held fortnightly in the school attended by one of the social workers from the Disabled Children's Team. It is bookable through the school with Tom Laverty.

 
Contact:  Tom Laverty on 020 8808 7120

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