Prep Department

Reddiford Prep Department (years 3-6) aims to encourage lifelong learning through the experience and knowledge of a team of specialist teachers. We have a tradition of high academic success within a caring ethos, which in turn ensures a managed transition to prestigious senior schools.

The Department houses a specialist Science Laboratory, Art and IT rooms. We have an extensive programme of sporting activities and fixtures.

Main School

School commences at 8.45am, at which time the side gate is locked.  Lunchtime is from 12.40pm - 1.50pm – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 12.40pm – 1.25pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Arrival at School

Children should normally arrive between 8.25am and 8.45am.  There is an “early club” available from 07.55am to 8.25am.  For charges please speak to the Bursar.  Parents should realise that playground supervision only starts at 8.25am and therefore children should not arrive before this time.  In the case of inclement weather the children may go directly to the gym.  On arrival at school all children should use the large gates to the right of the school.  Children who arrive after 8.45am should enter through the main entrance.  Late arrivals are recorded and monitored each day.

Home Time

At the Cecil Park site, school finishes at 3.45pm for the Prep children unless they are involved with an activity.  It is very important that parents are punctual because the children are easily worried if they are not collected on time.  If the parents are delayed the children will be taken into the extended day facilities.

Only named people on the arrival/departure forms are permitted to collect the children. Do inform the school if pick up arrangements are altered i.e. someone else is collecting your child. 

There is an extended day facility from 4.00pm – 6.00pm each night where children will be supervised while they complete their homework and then engage in an activity.

Some of you may wish your child to stay every day or regular selected days.  In this case please see the school office at the beginning of the term 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 Prep Secretary on or before the day 0208 866 0660.

The contact number at Cecil Park during extended day times is: 0208 429 5673.

Parents arriving or collecting their children in cars

Please do not park across the driveways of Cecil Park residents, and do escort your children 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!!

Once your child is on the playground please move out of the school.  We do not wish to discourage parents talking, but please do so at the gate. 

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 is 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).

Absence 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. 

Meals

All children bring a packed lunch to school (no hot food please). Children may also bring in a fruit snack at break time which should be placed in a separate container from their lunch an taken to the classroom on their way to morning registration.

Medicines

Any prescribed medicine, which is required to be taken during the school day, must be clearly labelled with the child’s name and given to the School Nurse by the parent, together with a completed Medication Permission Slip. Medicines must never be put into a lunch boxStaff will not administer non-prescription medicines such as Calpol.  Children who have a raised temperature should not be in school until their temperature has been normal for 24 hours. 
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

School Uniform

Please see our full school uniform list.  Children are expected to be in full school uniform, apart from sports and gym days.  Please ensure that all articles of clothing are clearly named.  Years 3 and 4 have games on a Tuesday afternoon, Year 5 and 6 on a Thursday afternoon.  On these days and their gym days the children come into school in their PE kit, fleece and cagoule during wet weather.

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

Additional Equipment

Children from Year 3 upwards should have a Comprehensive Oxford Pocket Dictionary, Phillips Atlas (available from the school to be kept at home), a maths set and pencil case.  

Listed below are the items required for your child's pencil case. It would be appreciated if parents would check their child's pencil case and replenish as necessary at the start of each new term, at half term and just before exams. All items to be named if possible.

Must Have

Blue ink pens and refills (Berol/Frixion/Stabilo)
HB pencil and sharpener
Clear (transparent) plastic shatter proof 15cm ruler and 30cm ruler
Soft white rubber
Small set of coloured pencils i.e. twelve colours
White Glue Stick
Highlighter pens (Years 5 and 6 only)
Fine black pen (for art lessons)
Zip up pencil case that can contain all of the above with the possible exception of the 30cm ruler

Must Not Have

Tipex / liquid paper
Liquid glue
Fountain pens & cartridges
Bottled ink

Homework

Forms 3-6 have homework set every day and a homework timetable and diary are provided.  Parents are asked to check the child’s homework and sign the diary accordingly.

Year 3             20-40 minutes per subject
Year 4             40 minutes per subject
Year 5             40 minutes per subject
Practice papers (Mathematics, English & Reasoning) up to 60 minutes
Year 6             40 minutes per subject
Practice papers (Mathematics, English & Reasoning) up to 60 minutes.

The children in Year 5 (summer term only) and Year 6 receive English, Mathematics and Reasoning homework, until all of their 11+ entrance exams have finished in the spring term.  After this time they then start to receive homework from all other curriculum subjects on a regular basis.

Reports

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

Parents Evenings

A consultation evening is held regularly.  Appointments are approximately for ten minutes and should you need a longer appointment this may be arranged in conjunction with the class teacher.

Contact with Staff

All staff are as approachable as possible and parents are encouraged to talk to them whenever necessary, no matter how small the problem may seem.  A quick word with a teacher on a minor matter can be held informally before or after school, but please check with a member of the office staff first.  If they are not available, an appointment can be made at a mutually convenient time.   Please communicate using the children’s diaries for formal meetings.  

Assessment Forms 3-6

All these Forms have an examination in the summer term.  Forms 3, 4, 5 & 6 have tests every half term in core subjects and some non-core subjects.

Languages

French is taught in years 1 - 4 and Latin is taught in years 5 and 6. We find that children benefit greatly from studying Latin as it reinforces the English language and provides the foundation for learning other languages at secondary school. French is also taught in the last term of Year 6. Mandarin and Spanish are offered as after school  activities.

Major Functions

Speech Day is held at the end of the School year in July.  On this major occasion it is expected that every pupil and their parents will be present.  There are various other events to which parents and grandparents are most welcome.  These include Sports Days, Carol Services, Harvest Festivals, Concerts, Drama Productions and all are welcome to attend sports fixtures.

Outings

The Prep Department go on many outings throughout the year and the children enjoy workshops that come to school.  If there is a charge it will be added to your invoice.  In Year 6 the children go away for a residential trip, which is an integral part of the curriculum.

Communication with Parents

The Reddiford Read (a bulletin) is published regularly and issued to every Reddiford parent via ParentMail.  The purpose is to keep everyone up to date with a very busy school.  Although much of the material is written by the school staff, occasionally articles go on the website. The Reddiford Read is a most important vehicle of communication and we do ask every parent to read it. Please also visit our school website www.reddiford.co.uk for further information and updates. Information is often provided via our ‘ParentMail’ system.  Please ensure the school has your correct email details.

Changing Schools at 11+

We aim to provide as much support as possible during this time.  Communication between parents and the school is vital to ensure every child reaches his or her potential and gains a place at a school which is best suited to his or her needs.

This begins in Year 5 autumn term with an initial meeting outlining the process.  A follow up meeting where parents meet individually with relevant staff takes place in February with further meetings in the summer term and autumn term of Year 6.   Any queries should, in the first instance, be discussed with the Form Teacher.

Extra Curricular Activities

 
Clubs: There are a number of lunchtime and after school clubs available to children.  Please see the School office for details.

Music:  Throughout their school life the children are encouraged to take part in extra-curricular musical activities. Individual lessons in piano, guitar, brass and woodwind are available, or the children may wish to join the recorder group or the school choir.
A charge is made for individual, group and shared instrumental lessons.

The school choir performs on numerous occasions throughout the year and in the spring term we have an annual festival, where the children are invited to perform on their chosen instrument.   Children will be asked to take an audition to assess their suitability.

PTA

The PTA organises a number of fund raising events throughout the school year, such as the Christmas Coffee Morning, Summer Fun Evening, Pizza Lunches and they provide refreshments at the Sports Day.  The revenue raised is used to 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 the 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 within school in which children thrive.

Childcare Vouchers

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

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