Pre-Prep Department

Reddiford Pre-Prep Department (Years 1 & 2) is housed in a self contained building. We have high expectations and achieve excellent results. Outstanding pastoral care is provided. The children develop the confidence to be independent learners and we endeavour to develop a love of learning through inspirational teaching. We have highly qualified Teaching Assistants in all classes. Specialist teaching also facilitates enhanced learning in many subjects.

Timings of the School Day

On arrival at school all children should use the large gates to the right of the school.Children should arrive between 8.25am and 8.45am.  Playground supervision starts at 8.25am and therefore children should not arrive before this time.  When the weather is bad the children should go to the hall. Morning school commences at 8.45am, at which time the side gate is locked.

Early club

We provide an Early club from 7.55am to 8.25am for parents who wish to use this facility.  There is a small charge for this service.  Details available on request.

Home Time

The Pre Prep school finishes at 3.30pm for children unless they are involved in an activity.  It is very important that parents are punctual.  If parents are delayed the children will be taken into the extended day facilities.  Please ensure that you telephone and notify the office if you are delayed, so that we can reassure your child.

Extended Day

Do inform the school if pick up arrangements (Arrival & Departure form) are altered i.e. someone else is collecting your child.  There is an extended day facility from 3.45pm –  4.45pm (4.45pm-6.00pm late collection) each night for children whose parents wish them to stay after school.  Details available on request. 

A healthy snack of fruit or vegetables should be provided in a named box for Extended Day.

Some of you may wish your child to stay every day or regular selected days.  In this case please see the school office for a form.  Some may just like to use this facility when it best suits your busy lives.  This can be arranged by telephoning the Pre Prep Secretary on or before the day.

Parents Arriving or Collecting in Cars

Please do not park across the driveways of Marsh Road residents, outside school or on the pavement and do escort your children to school and across the road if you are parked on the far side of the road.  Do not park in front of the school buildings for any reason as this puts all children in extreme danger.  Any driver parking partly on the footpath will be prosecuted by the Borough parking attendants who are particularly vigilant!!  Please do not send older children to collect your child.

Car Sharing – For environmental reasons and to reduce congestion we would urge you to car share wherever possible.  Added benefits are company for your children and reduced fuel costs.

Due to the congestion around the site we would suggest parking in Pinner Memorial Park or Sainsbury’s car park.

Parents Using Public Transport

The following transport links are available:-

Buses:  #183, H11, H12, H13

Trains/Tube:   Pinner Station – Main line & Metropolitan line.  One entrance is located at the end of Cecil Park, open during rush hour.  Entry at other times in High Road Pinner.

Roads: Cecil Park site – accessible from Marsh Road
Marsh Road site – accessible from Eastcote Lane, Rayners Lane, Elm Park Road, Pinner road, which is included in LCN – Cycle route (off road).

Absences for Holidays

Parents do not have an automatic right to take a child from School for holiday purposes. Permission must be obtained in advance.

Holidays must be planned during school holiday time to avoid disruption to your child's education, which is always adversely affected by such absence. The Headteacher may not grant a leave request for the purpose of a family holiday except in exceptional circumstances.

If a child is kept away for longer than the period agreed, the additional time will normally be treated as unauthorised. Similarly, if a child is taken away without prior written permission, this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.

These arrangements are made in accordance with the Education (Schools and Further Education) Regulations 1981 and guidance issued by the Department for Education 'School Attendance: Policy and Practice on Categorisation of Absence'.

Medical appointments should be made out of school time, however, if this is not possible a letter must be provided to the form teacher prior to the appointment. Any child returning from illness etc, must be accompanied by a note. If arriving at school late for any reason, a child must register first with the school office.

End of Term

School finishes at 12.15pm on the last day of each term. Please be prompt.

School Uniform

The school uniform must be worn at all times.  A uniform list can be found in the Parents' Portal, within the General Information folder. Please ensure that all articles of clothing are clearly named with a permanent marker, or sewn label, including underwear and swimwear.

For Health & Safety reasons, children are not allowed to wear jewellery, including earrings or religious adornments.

PE & Swimming

A named gym bag should be left in school at all times.  This should contain navy shorts; red polo shirt with school logo and plimsolls.  Your child need not wear their school cap or hat on swimming or PE days. Parents are informed of PE and swimming days at the start of the academic year.

Toy Day

Children may bring a small suitable toy (no battery toys or balls) into school on Friday.  At the same time we expect a small contribution to our particular charity of the year in return for bringing their toy.

CONTACT WITH PARENTS

Contact with Staff

All staff try to be as approachable as possible and parents are encouraged to talk to them whenever necessary.  No matter how small the problem, to a quick word with the teacher (before 8.30am or a message given to staff on duty) on a minor matter can be held informally either morning or afternoon. 

If a longer discussion is needed, parents are asked to contact the teacher/Pre Prep Secretary to make an appointment.

School Policies

These are available on request.

Parents Evenings

A consultation evening is held each term.  Appointments are for ten minutes. Should it transpire that you need an additional appointment this may be arranged in conjunction with the class teacher.

Reports

Reports will be sent home for each child regularly.  Please see Parent Communication grid.

French

French is taught in years 1 and 2. A multi-sensory approach to language learning is used, including song, rhymes, flashcards, puppets and short videos.

Swimming

Swimming is a compulsory part of the Pre Prep school curriculum.  Please note that if your child is well enough to attend school he/she should be able to go swimming. Swimming times will be allocated at the start of the school year.   If your child has an ongoing medical condition which prevents them from swimming, a doctor’s letter is required.

There is an annual Swimming Gala for each year group to which parents are cordially invited.  On swimming day your child should come to school dressed in their tracksuit with their swimming kit in their Reddiford rucksack.

Music

Pre Prep Choir

The Pre Prep choir is drawn from children in Forms 1 and 2. The children will be invited to an informal audition in the autumn term.  Private music lessons are also available.  Details available from the office.

Extra Curricular Activities

There are a range of Clubs that are held at lunchtime or after school.  Please see the School office for details.

Homework

The school sees homework as an extension to, and a consolidation of, work being undertaken in the classroom.

Homework is an integral part of the school curriculum and will:-

  • be regularly set
  • contain clear instructions
  • be completed within a specified period

It is expected that homework will be carried out with care and attention and neatly presented.

Homework is an important link between parents, teachers and children and is a shared responsibility.  The school needs to be able to count on parents’ support to see that homework is completed.  If there is a need for clarification or any difficulty arises, parents should check with the teacher in the first instance.

Homework diaries will be issued for this purpose from Form 2.  These should be checked and signed weekly by parents. 

It is the parents’ responsibility to:-

  • provide a suitable environment
  • support where necessary and appropriate
  • give encouragement and praise when work is completed.

If a child is absent, no homework is sent home.  However, if a child is absent for an extended period due to illness or accident, homework may be set by arrangement with the appropriate teacher.

As children progress through the school the amount of homework will inevitably increase.  The main focus will be on literacy and numeracy and other curriculum areas will have assignments set.

Homework Setting

Form 1                                    -           Twice a week on a Tuesday & Friday.
Form 2                                    -           3 times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Reading Books

Books will be sent home twice a week and require prompt return.  Library books will be sent home on a weekly basis and should be returned on Mondays.

School Meals 

All children bring a packed lunch to school.  Lunchtime is supervised and a teacher is always on duty.  

Lunchtime starts at 11.50. Parents are instructed to provide a freezer pack which should be placed with their child's lunch in a clearly named lunch box during periods of hot weather.No glass bottles, cans or plastic bags should be brought into school.

Our policy is to encourage the children to eat and any uneaten food will be sent home in the lunch box so you may monitor your child's eating. For Health & Safety reasons, please do not include any items that contain nuts, this includes cakes and pastries, yogurts, Nutella spread and peanut butter. Please cut grapes and tomatoes in half and sausages should be cut lengthwise as well as across the width.

All children should be able to feed themselves. Please ensure that you provide any cutlery needed.

A healthy snack of fruit or vegetables should be provided in a named box  for morning break.  Please bring a bottle of water in warmer weather.

Medicines

Any prescribed medicine which is required to be taken during the school day must be clearly labelled with the child’s name and handed into the school office, together with a completed Medical Permission Slip. Medicines must never be put into a lunchbox.  Staff will not administer non-prescription medicines such as Calpol.  Children who have a raised temperature should not be in school.  Children who have vomited or had diarrhoea should not return before 48 hours after the last dose of any medication, used to relieve any symptoms prior to returning to school, as your child may be a latent carrier of a bug or virus.

PTA

The PTA organises a number of fundraising events throughout the school year.  These include events such as the Christmas Coffee Morning, Summer Fun Evening and Pizza lunches.  The revenue raised is used to improve the fabric of the school and provide better facilities in the classrooms.  The PTA rely on the support of parents and staff alike and we at Reddiford are blessed with a highly motivated and dedicated committee who carry out their duties in a most professional manner. 

A school is part of the community and the aforementioned events help strengthen our bond with the community and provide an opportunity for parents to become acquainted in pleasant surroundings and a congenial atmosphere.  This in turn creates a family environment in the school within which children thrive.

Major Functions

Speech Day is held at the end of the School year in July.  On this major occasion it is expected that all pupils attend with their parents.  There are various other events to which parents and grandparents are most welcome.  These include Sports Days, Carol Services, Harvest Festivals, concerts and drama productions and all are welcome to attend sports fixtures. Please note that restricted numbers may occur at some of these functions due to Health and Safety requirements.

Communication with Parents

The Reddiford Read containing information on all aspects of the school life will be issued and sent home via ParentMail.  Please take the time to read this newsletter and also visit our School website www.reddiford.co.uk for further information and updates. All letters are sent via ParentMail system.  Please ensure the school has your correct details.

Ballet: Ballet classes are available for a small charge at the Marsh Road site. Details are available from the school office.

Outings & Events

Outings and events are organised throughout the year.  This includes a pantomime visit at Christmas and a variety of relevant trips, which support the children’s learning.

Childcare Vouchers

From year one upwards, childcare vouchers can only be used for payment of before school or after school clubs or activities. Parents can use childcare vouchers for school fees,whilst a child is in the Early Years Department. 

We are registered with the majority of childcare voucher providers and will always register with new childcare voucher providers, if helpful to a parent.

Certain childcare vouchers require a reference number for Reddiford School.  No childcare voucher providers require a reference specific to either Early Years, Pre Prep or Prep departments, as the following reference numbers cover all departments of Reddiford School (regardless if the Reddiford account with the childcare voucher provider has "nursery" prefixed to the short name).

We are registered with the following providers, this is not an exhaustive list, below are the most common providers:

  • Computer Share Voucher Services - carer reference number 014303352
  • Eden red - carer reference number P240999
  • Childcare plus (PES)  - no specific carer reference number
  • Sodexho - carer reference number 133711
  • Busy Bees - no specific reference number
  • Care4 - carer reference number - 44020266
  • Kiddi vouchers - no specific carer reference number
  • All save Limited - no specific reference number
  • You at Work (YAW) - no specific reference number
  • RG Childcare - no specific reference number
  • Fair care Childcare Vouchers - no specific reference number
  • Fideliti Childcare Vouchers - no specific reference number

  • Stars