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Prospectus

Welcome to our online School Prospectus. We hope that this page provides you with all of the information you need.

Paper copies of any information on this page can be provided by making a request to the school office. Contact Details

Pre-School Virtual Tour - Click Here
Reception Virtual Tour - Click Here

Admissions Documents

Once your child has been offered a place at Fairlop Primary School, please complete the 'Pupil Admission Form' below and return it to the school office before your child starts school. This can be emailed to admin.fairlop@redbridge.gov.uk.
You will also need to read the Home-School Agreement and Acceptable Use Policy. 

Pupil Admission Form
Home-School Agreement
Acceptable Use Policy

If you think that your child may be eligible for Free School Meals, please apply to your local authority - Redbridge Free School Meals Applications

Information is required, for official records, from parents when children start school. This includes home, mobile and work telephone numbers, in case parents need to be contacted during the school day. Emergency contact numbers should also be given in case this is not possible. Please let us know immediately if any of the information changes as it is important for us to be able to contact you. All information will be kept on computerised files regulated by the Data Protection act and will only be forwarded to official sources.

  • Acceptable Use Online

    Acceptable Use Policy

    We ask all children, young people and adults involved in the life of Fairlop Primary School to sign an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), which outlines how we expect them to behave when they are online, and/or using school networks, connections, internet connectivity and devices, cloud platforms and social media (both when on school site and outside of school).

    Please ensure you complete the acceptable use agreements in the 'Admissions Documents'.

    All staff, governors and volunteers have particular legal / professional obligations and it is imperative that all parties understand that online safety is part of safeguarding as well as part of the curriculum, and it is everybody’s responsibility to uphold the school’s approaches, strategy and policy as detailed in the full Online Safety Policy.
    These agreements have been written to help keep everyone safe and happy when they are online or using technology. Sometimes things go wrong and people can get upset, but these rules should help us avoid it when possible, and be fair to everybody.
    School systems and users are protected and monitored by security and filtering services to provide safe access to digital technologies. This means anything on a school device or using school networks/platforms/internet may be viewed by one of the staff members who are here to keep the children safe.
    We tell children that they should not behave any differently when they are out of school or using their own device or home network. What we tell pupils about behaviour and respect applies to all members of the school community:

    “Treat yourself and others with respect at all times; treat people in the same  way when you are online or on a device as you would face to face.”

    We have adapted the LGfL – DigiSafe Acceptable Use Policies.

  • Admissions

    Please visit our admissions page for details of how to apply for a place at our school.

    Applications for children entering Reception to Year 6 need to be made to Redbridge Local Authority.

    Applications for children entering Pre-School need to be made to the school office. A place at Fairlop Pre-School does not guarantee a place in Reception.

  • Anti-Bullying

    The welfare, well-being and safety of all the pupils is of paramount importance. Whilst each teacher has a special responsibility for his or her own class, all staff share in the pastoral care of the children with overall responsibility maintained by the Headteacher.
    We expect high standards of behaviour, stressing self-discipline, respect and consideration for others.
    Parents are always involved at an early stage if there are any behavioural problems as the parent/school partnership is vital. Mutual trust and co-operation is vital to achieve the tolerance and respect that is necessary in a successful community.

    Behaviour Lead - Miss Price (Deputy Headteacher)

    Every child signs up to our Anti-Bullying Charter each year.

    Anti-Bullying Policy

  • Assemblies and Collective Worship

    Assemblies are a valuable time for the children to come together each day either as a whole school, phase group, year group, or class to share work, achievements, special festivals and celebrations from the main faiths, or to listen to stories with a religious or moral element. Assemblies often begin from a Christian standpoint but are non-denominational. Each day there is a moment for sharing time for quiet reflection or listening to a prayer or poem. Class led assemblies, to which parents are invited, are held once per year per class (see newsletter for dates). Friday ‘Celebration’ assembly is a chance for children to share achievements and celebrate success and effort. We invite children to bring in certificates, medals or trophies to share their success outside of school.

    Right of Withdrawal
    Parents have a right to withdraw children from religious education and collective worship. However, the specific educational aims of religious education are quite separate from the role of the home and faith community to foster the growth of faith and we believe that the children can learn from one another. In our collective worship we strive not to undermine the tenants of any religious faith, but rather to encourage the children to see themselves as part of the whole school community and to give meaning to issues of belief and value. 

    Please see our policy for more information - Assembly and Collective Worship Policy

  • Attendance and Punctuality

    Please visit our Attendance and Punctuality page for more information.

  • Behaviour

    The welfare, well-being and safety of all the pupils is of paramount importance. Whilst each teacher has a special responsibility for his or her own class, all staff share in the pastoral care of the children with overall responsibility maintained by the Headteacher.
    We expect high standards of behaviour, stressing self-discipline, respect and consideration for others.
    Parents are always involved at an early stage if there are any behavioural problems as the parent/school partnership is vital. Mutual trust and co-operation is vital to achieve the tolerance and respect that is necessary in a successful community.

    Behaviour Lead - Miss Price (Deputy Headteacher)

    Behaviour Policy
    Behaviour Principles Written Statement

  • Breakfast Club

    We have our own Breakfast Club that is open daily from 7.30am in the school building, led by Fairlop staff.

    If you are interested in your child attending our Breakfast Club, please contact the school office.

  • Child Protection and Safeguarding

    Please visit our Safeguarding page for more information.

  • Communication with Parents and Carers

    Our main form of communication with parents is through SchoolPing - this can be accessed via an app or through email. In 2020, we will also use the Groupcall email and text service. It is vital that we have an up to date email contact for you. Please let the school office if you would prefer paper copies of communication.

    If you would like to speak to a member of staff, please arrange a phonecall or meeting by calling the school office or sending an email. We will aim to respond to communication from parents as soon as possible and within 5 working days.

    Newsletters
    Details of school activities and events and a reminder of any necessary regulations or alterations to procedure are issued via a fortnightly newsletter, available as an e-mail attachment or hard copy. It is important that you read this carefully and make sure you keep a record of dates etc. Details of events are also outlined on our school website.

    Open Evenings
    There are Parent Consultation Evenings for parents in October and March when appointments should be made online to discuss children's work and progress. In the summer term,  parents are invited into school to look at children’s books and discuss the end of year report. Children are encouraged to accompany parents to the March Open Evening where targets for progress are discussed.  Please see the calendar on our website for dates and for further information about the online booking system.

    Events
    Parents are invited to many school events and functions such as Class Assemblies, Sports Days, and Christmas events/year group concerts and, of course, all ‘Friends of Fairlop’ functions.

    Please be aware that some school events are more popular than others and we are limited by law on audience space. If you can only make a particular performance it is important that you return ticket request forms to the office a.s.a.p. to ensure you get the time that you require. Pre school children are admitted to selected performances only and these are clearly indicated in pre-event advertising.

    Website
    Our school website at www.fairlop.redbridge.sch.uk has a wealth of information. The site also includes details of school policies and links to Ofsted.

    Parent Forum
    Each term, parents are invited to come and discuss current issues and give input to policies and practices at school. The dates for these informal sessions are also listed in the newsletter. Further information can be found from the School Office or on our school website.

  • Curriculum

    Please visit our Curriculum area for more information.

  • dB Online Managed Learning Environment

    We use the dB Primary online platform, linking to our school website and SchoolPing.

    Children can access learning pages remotely and this platform encourages collaboration and communication in a safe environment with blogs, forums and emails.
    Each child is given a dB login which allows them to access information and communicate with their friends and staff.

    dB Primary Information Guide

  • English as an Additional Language (EAL)

    Language support is provided for those children whose first language is not English. A teacher has been trained by the Redbridge Minority Ethnic Advisory team to help children who need to develop their understanding of English. Trained bilingual teaching assistants also work with children.

    Please see our policy for more information - English as an Additional Language policy.

  • Educational Visits

    In planning programmes of study for the children we try to ensure that the children gain as much first hand experience as possible by going on short local and whole day visits and having visitors in school. These visits are carefully planned and organised to enable the children to gain the maximum benefit from the work being covered. Children will travel by public transport, where possible, or coach.

    There will also be occasions when children will visit places in the locality of the school during school time. The children will always be accompanied by a member of staff. Before starting school, consent must be signed giving your authority for these visits.

    A residential journey is organised annually for Year 6 children. Details and costs are outlined to parents in a meeting held prior to the visit. This year’s visit will be to Maes-y-Lade outdoor education centre in Wales.

    Charges
    Where possible, we try to keep the cost of visits to a minimum. For the more costly visits, we encourage the children to fundraise towards the costs. Any contributions that we ask you to make towards the cost of educational visits are of a voluntary nature and there is no obligation on your part to contribute. However, it is necessary to point out that without your financial support it would not be possible to organise these valuable contributions to the curriculum.

    If there are any particular difficulties in paying for visits, parents are always asked to discuss the problem with the Headteacher so that we can offer any possible assistance. Payment by instalments is always acceptable and support can be given to pupils who are eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant. 

  • Equal Opportunities

    At Fairlop, we are committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals in and involved with the school, regardless of gender, race, religion, class, sexuality or disability, so that everyone can play a full and active role in school life.

    Please see our policy for more information - Equal Opportunities Policy

  • Extra-Curricular Activities

    Extra-curricular activities are available for children after school, before school or at lunchtimes. 

    Activities vary from term to term, and are often decided by the interest of the members of teaching and non-teaching staff who give up their time voluntarily to run them.

    Other clubs are provided by outside providers, and we will advise parents of the cost. We will communicate with parents when a new club is due to begin.

    Examples of extra-curricular activities include: Gardening , Recorder, Singing, Dance, Cookery, Karate, Cricket, Football,  Netball, Tennis and Basketball Clubs.

    Please visit our School Clubs page for more information.

  • Free School Meals

    All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a hot free school meal. However, if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and you receive one of the listed qualifying benefits, you should make an application for free school meals as the school your child attends will receive extra funding. 

    If your child is in Year 3 or above, and you receive one of the listed qualifying benefits, you should make an application for free school meals. 

    You will need to apply for Free School Meals via your local authority.
    Redbridge Free School Meals Application

    Qualifying benefits for free school meals  

    • Income Support
    • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
    • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
    • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190) - Working Tax Credit is a disqualifying benefit regardless of your household income - this means that you would not be entitled to Free School Meals whilst in receipt of Working Tax Credit
    • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
    • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Friends of Fairlop

    Please visit our Friends of Fairlop page for more information.

  • Governing Body

    Please visit our Governing Body page for more information.

  • Health & Safety

    No Smoking site
    The school building, playground and field are all no smoking areas. This includes vaping. Please respect this for the sake of the children. We would also ask you to not to smoke in areas directly outside the school gate as all children have to pass this area.

    Pets
    Are not allowed on school premises, even when they are being carried. Dogs should not be tied where small children have to pass.

  • Healthy Schools

    Packed Lunches
    If you are sending a drink (not fizzy please) please provide a straw or cup but do not send cans or large bottles, as these are dangerous. Water is always available.
    Plastic bottles may be recycled or reused. As little packaging as possible is recommended for the packed lunches and this will be returned in lunch boxes.
    Sweets are not permitted in school and healthy lunches including fruit are encouraged.

    The NHS change4life website has lots of ideas for healthier lunch boxes and some great recipes. Get loads of easy-to-prepare ideas your children will love, as well as tips on what else to put in their lunchbox.

    Water
    As a ‘Healthy School’ we realise the benefits of drinking water. Children should bring a small plastic bottle of water to drink in class daily. This must be clearly labelled with the child’s name. Bottles will only be used in the classrooms and may not be taken into the playgrounds for use at playtimes, when drinking fountains may be used. (School water bottles, designed by the school council, may be bought at the school office)

    Fruit
    Fruit is provided by the government for infants (Pre-School to Year 2) and the older children may bring a piece of fruit to eat at break time.

  • Homework

    Please see our Homework policy for more information.

  • Lunches

    Please visit our School Dinners page for more information.

    We are a NUT FREE school. Please ensure that your child's packed lunch does not include any products containing nuts e.g. Nutella, cakes including almond such as cherry bakewells, cereal bars.

  • Medical Needs

    Medical History
    Parents must inform the school of relevant details concerning any medical condition children may suffer from, so that the school is aware of any problems that might arise and can deal with them accordingly. This includes allergies regarding food. It is important that school is notified of any changes to medical conditions.

    Children with severe allergies (e.g. peanut allergies) or specific medical conditions which might need medical intervention or might affect a child’s normal school (e.g. epilepsy) will have a protocol/care plan agreed between parents, health advisor (school nurse) doctor and Headteacher. Epipens or Buccal Muc-colam etc. for these children, supplied and updated by parents, are kept available in both the main and welfare offices.

    Administrating Medication
    The school is able, in special circumstances, to administer prescribed medication to children. The parent/carer must complete the appropriate form available from the school office. The school may administer non-prescription medications i.e. antihistimes / Calpol / Ibuprofen / eczema creams as long as the medication is clearly labelled and only used by that individual child. Asthma inhalers are stored in the child's classroom or the welfare room. Eye drops, eardrops or nasal sprays cannot be administered by staff members but supervision can be given if the child can self-administer. All administered medication is logged and all medication is stored in a lockable, but accessible, cupboard in the Welfare room. All unused medicines, including out of date auto injectors, must be returned to the parent / carer. 

    Please see our First Aid and Infection Control and Support Pupils with Medical Conditions policies for more information.

    Sickness and Diarrhoea
    If your child is sick or has diarrhoea, please do not send him/her to school for 48 hours, in line with the Public Health England guidance for infection control in schools and nurseries. Infections spread very quickly to other children in school.  Please contact school as soon as possible to advise us of your child's absence.

    Headlice
    Just like in every school, children are sometimes affected by headlice. It is advisable to comb and inspect your children's hair regularly. Please let us know if you have any problems. The School Nurse is able to give advice on treatment and prevention.

    Health Advisor (School Nurse)
    We are allocated a School Nurse to support families with medical needs or requiring medical advice. This can include issues such as bed wetting and children's routines. Please contact the school office if you wish to speak to the School Nurse regarding health matters.

  • Parents

    Parents are always welcome to discuss their children’s progress. However, in the interests of safety of the children, please only enter via the School Office. All adults in the school during session should sign in and wear identification. Please remember that staff need preparation time before school and must devote their time to their classes once the session bell has gone. If you need to speak to a teacher please contact the School Office to make an appointment after school. A member of the senior leadership team will always try to see parents in an emergency, if possible, or by appointment to guarantee available time. The office staff will always pass messages to teachers or organise a pre-arranged phone call.

    Parental help in school
    We are very grateful for help given by parents in the daily routine of the school. Groups of children regularly benefit from extra adult supervision for activities such as reading, cooking, artwork and textiles work, as well as for school visits. If you are able to spare some time, however small, please let us know. For health & safety reasons all parents working with children will need to complete forms to enable Safeguarding checks to be made.

    Parent Workshop Sessions/courses
    Workshops and short courses are held during the year to help parents to keep up to date with what is currently being taught in literacy, numeracy, computing etc. We also run a parenting course called Parent Gym. This is to help you to be able to discuss work our pupils do within school and to help your children with homework.  Dates for these courses are advertised in our newsletter, noticeboards around school and on our website.

  • Personal Information

    Information is required, for official records, from parents when children start at our school. Personal information and consent is provided in our Pupil Admission Form which needs to be completed before a child starts school. This includes home, mobile and work telephone numbers, in case parents need to be contacted during the school day. Other emergency contact numbers should also be given in case this is not possible. Please let us know immediately if any of the information changes as it is important for us to be able to contact you. All information will be kept on computerised files regulated by the Data Protection act and will only be forwarded to official sources.

  • Policies

    Please visit our Policies & Documents page for more information.

  • Pre-School

    Please visit our Pre-School page for more information.

  • Privacy Notice

    Please see our Privacy Notice for more information.

  • Pupil Premium

    Please visit our Pupil Premium page for more information.

  • Relationships and Sex Education

    Please see our policy for more information - Sex and Relationship Education policy

  • Religious Education

    Religious Education is approached through the exploration of all the main religions and follows the Redbridge Agreed Syllabus. At Fairlop we bring children of many faiths and those who practise no faith, together, in an atmosphere of respect and tolerance. As well as extending their understanding of different religions we aim to help children develop a respect for the beliefs of others and to enhance their ability to respond to matters of ideology and value. Children will visit a variety of local places of worship as part of R.E.

    Right of Withdrawal
    Parents have a right to withdraw children from religious education and collective worship. However, the specific educational aims of religious education are quite separate from the role of the home and faith community to foster the growth of faith and we believe that the children can learn from one another. In our collective worship we strive not to undermine the tenants of any religious faith, but rather to encourage the children to see themselves as part of the whole school community and to give meaning to issues of belief and value. 

    Please see our policy for more information - Religious Education 

  • Reporting to Parents and Assessment

    Teachers monitor children’s progress at all times and regular feedback is given to children directly in the form of oral comments or through marking. In the light of ongoing assessments, work is  planned and differentiated to be appropriate for children of all abilities. Records are kept for each child and entries are made on a regular basis to build up a complete picture of a child’s all round development through each stage of learning.

    Teachers discuss progress with parents during parent consultation evenings.

    Statutory Standard Assessments take place during the Summer Term. Year 1 children undertake a statutory individual phonics assessment in June. Year 2 children complete statutory assessment tests (SATs) and are given a teacher assessment in English, maths and science and Year 6 children complete statutory assessment tests (SATs) in English (reading test and grammar, punctuation and spelling tests) and maths and are given a teacher assessment in writing and science.

    The format of the tests/tasks varies between practical tasks and formal pencil and paper tests according to level of ability and age. Children in Year 2 are assessed through ongoing teacher assessment and formal tests in grammar and maths marked in school.  Some Year 6 tests are marked externally. Writing is assessed through ongoing teacher assessment.

    The expected attainment for a typical child is achieving the age related end of year expectations.  Whilst some children will exceed these, some will not achieve them.  All children are expected to make at least a year's (band) progress each year.

    Non–statutory tests are taken annually by children in years 3, 4 and 5 during the Summer Term and targets are given for children’s future achievement.

    Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage at the end of Reception will be assessed according to the Early Years Foundation Stage profile. This is an ongoing assessment throughout the Reception year which is finalised in June and reported to parents in July.

    Detailed written reports are sent to parents at the end of each school year. These comment on achievements in all areas of the curriculum plus attitudes and behaviour. 

    The annual report for children in Year 2 and Year 6 contains information about their performance on Standard Assessment tasks / tests and teacher assessed standards of performance.

    Feedback on the Early Years Foundation Stage Profiles will be given to parents of children in the Reception classes.

  • Rights Respecting Schools Award

    Please visit our Rights Respecting Schools Award page for more information.

  • School Organisation

    The school is a three-form entry primary school with a standard number of 90 children on roll in each year. Year 3 has one additional class of 30 children (i.e. 120 children)

    The current total roll is 660 (Reception to Year 6) plus our Pre-School provision.

  • Secondary Transfer

    Parents must apply for the secondary school of their choice when their child begins in Year 6. Parents mus make their application to the local authority in which they live. Parents requesting assistance in completing the process online should contact Mrs Dawson, our Parent Support Adviser, via the school office.

    Redbridge Admissions Page

  • Special Educational Needs

    Please visit our Special Educational Needs and Disability page for more information.

  • Staffing

    Please visit the 'Our Team' page for more information.

  • Starting School in Reception

    Please visit our Starting in Reception page for more information.

  • Term Dates

    Please visit our Term Dates page for more information.

  • Travel, School Clean Air Zone and Parking

    Travel Plan
    The school has a ‘Travel Plan’ and is very active in promoting healthy, environmentally friendly means of coming to school. Children are encouraged to walk, scoot or cycle to school, parking their bicycles in the bicycle shelters (which are locked between 9.20am and 3.25pm). Fairlop is a ‘Bike It’ school and participates in all National & Local ‘Walk to School’ promotions.

    School Clean Air Zone
    During term time, non-residential vehicular traffic - cars, vans and lorries, will be prohibited from driving along Colvin Gardens between the junction with Greenwood Gardens and its junction with Tomswood Hill at school start and finish times. The times of the prohibition are between;

    • 08:45 and 09:20 in the morning
    • 15:00 and 15:50 in the afternoon

    The prohibition is indicated by signage at the relevant junctions and is enforced by automatic number plate recognition cameras (ANPR). A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) will be issued to the owner of any vehicle that breaks the prohibition. The fee for a Moving Traffic Contravention is £130, for which there is a 50% discount if it is paid within 14 days.

    Parking
    Parents who live too far away to walk and have to bring cars must NOT park outside the school, or outside the residents’ driveways.
    There is no parking for parents on the school site & parents may not enter the staff car park to park or turn around. 

  • Timings of the school day

    School Times
    Pre-School:                  am session 9.00am to 12.00pm / pm session 12.45pm - 3.45pm
    Reception & Year 1:    9.15am to 12.00pm - 1.15pm to 3.30pm
    Year 2:                           9.15am to 12.15pm – 1.30pm to 3.30pm
    Years 3 to 6:                 9.15am to 12.30pm - 1.30pm to 3.30pm

    Drop-off and Collection
    Playground gates open at 8.55am and the school doors open at 9.05am for the children to go straight to their classes. Staff are on duty in the plaground until 9.15am when learning begins.

    Pre-School parents are invited to come into the setting at the start and end of the session.
    Reception children are collected from their classroom door at the end of the day.
    Children in Year 1 to Year 6 are dismissed in the playground by their class teacher.

  • Uniform

    Please visit our School Uniform page for more information.

  • Vision and Aims

    Fairlop’s overall aim is for all of our pupils to achieve the highest possible standards and fulfil their potential emotionally, academically and physically. We recognise that our pupils need to learn the skills to enable them to articulate themselves. Talk is at the core of our curriculum. This allows the children to be able to apply their knowledge and skills across a high variety of rich learning experiences which engage, inspire and challenge them.

    Within a safe, inclusive and stimulating environment we aim to:

    • Give our pupils full access to the curriculum and provide opportunities to explore, discover and create with an emphasis on first-hand experience of the world around them.
    • Ensure our pupils become confident, independent learners with lively enquiring minds.
    • Support our pupils to develop life skills in preparation for their own future.
    • Provide a caring atmosphere which promotes positive behaviour by giving pupils the skills to have respect for themselves, the people around them and the community in which they live.
    • Ensure all of our pupils have their voice heard and listened to, supporting them to be confident to effectively express their opinions.
  • Volunteers

    Please see our policy for more information - Volunteer policy