Merton Court Preparatory School
2018


GENERAL ‘INFO’

PLAYSCHEME 2018
Easter Playscheme 2018 " Monday 26 until Thursday 29 March.
Summer Playscheme 2017 " Monday 16 July until Friday 10 August.

Booking forms will be sent out the week after half-term. Please try and book in good time, since it is often over-subscribed. Mrs Sarah Price and her team will be ready to provide an exciting variety of themed activities over the Easter and Summer holidays.

EXCLUSION THROUGH ILLNESS
Children who are suffering from vomiting and/or diarrhoea will be excluded from school for 48 hours.
Children who have chicken pox will be excluded until the spots have crusted over. Headlice is a common complaint in young children, please let us know if your child has had headlice so we can advise other parents.
Parents of children suffering from other childhood ailments should consult Form Teachers/School Office for advice as to whether they should come to school.
If Senior children cannot for medical reasons participate in Games lessons they will need to be collected from school by 2.20pm as staff are unable to supervise them due to their teaching commitments.

SCHOOL POLICIES
All statutory school policies are available on our website www.mertoncourtprep.co.uk. Should you wish to see any school policies, either pastoral or academic, please contact the School Office.
Other information is available in our ’parents’ section of the website in the ‘downloads’ (menus, tool boxes etc). Please ring the school office for the password to access this part of the website.



SIBLING DISCOUNT
We are pleased to offer 5% discount for a 2nd child and 10% for a 3rd or subsequent child on termly school fees.

SIBLING REGISTRATION
Numbers are particularly buoyant for our Autumn 2018 intake so please register your child/ren as early as possible to be guaranteed a place. Please ask the Office for a Registration Form or call in to speak to Mrs Raggett. Please be aware that siblings are not automatically registered without a completed registration form.

MERTON COURT ‘TINY TOTS & TODDLERS’ CLUB
Mrs T Langton will be co-ordinating these afternoon sessions on Wednesdays that run from 1.30pm until 2.30pm from Wednesday, 10 January until Wednesday, 14 March. The cost is £5 per session including refreshments. If you have a pre-school child (or know anyone who has) and would like a social opportunity and a safe, structured first introduction to our school environment, please contact the School Office or Early Years directly (020 8309 5299).

BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS
Before School Club
will continue to run from 7.30am in the School Dining Room (£4 with breakfast, £3 without). Last breakfast will be served at 8.10am. Please note that the entrance to Before School Club is through the main side gate. Rectory Lane car park gate opens at 8.15am, as do our school playgrounds. Office staff are available from 8.30am if you need to use the front door.
After School Club continues to run from 3.15pm until 5.30pm in the J1 classroom (£6 per hour, with the minimum charge for the first half-hour, or part thereof, being £3.00).
Parents are requested to settle any outstanding balances on a weekly basis. Please note that any payments outstanding for more than two weeks will be subjected to a £5.00 administration charge and anyone staying after 5.30pm will be charged £15 per quarter-hour or part thereof, per child.
If your child knows in advance that they will be going to After School Club, they will be sent directly there and you will be charged from ten minutes after the end of their school day.

After School Club phone number is 020 8309 7063.
Please note you will be required to sign your child out. Please do not leave without ensuring you have done so.
Please ensure you ring the School Office before 1pm if you wish to send your child to After School Club as it is not always possible to ensure the message is passed to the relevant teachers in time (if the children are at PE/Games for example). However, please be assured that any child who is not collected is automatically taken to After School Club, ten minutes after the end of their school day.

HEALTH & SAFETY
Following the terrible events at Grenfell Tower, the school wishes to assure parents that it has reviewed its’ fire safety precautions particularly relating to cladding of the school buildings. All materials used, conform to British Standards and, following our review, there was no need to take any remedial action.

SAFEGUARDING
We are pleased to inform you that we have installed a new ‘state of the art’ IT content filter, designed to address the issues relating to the acceptable use of the internet and the content delivered to both staff and pupils. These comprehensive firewalls will ensure all safeguarding concerns are met, to keep all of our children as safe as possible.

SECURITY
For the security of the children, School gates will be closed at 8.55am and will open again at 3.00pm.
Anyone arriving between those times will be required to use the main Knoll Road entrance/front door to the school.

PARKING
Extensive parking is available in our upper and lower Rectory Lane car parks. Please be prompt with ‘pick ups’ and ‘drop offs’ to ease congestion at busy times like the start and end of the day. Please help us by following the signs relating to disabled parking bays and also to passing bays, which MUST be kept clear at all times to help the flow of traffic. Car speed remains an issue, so please, for the safety of everyone, try and maintain a maximum limit of 20 mph when using Upper and Lower Rectory Lane roadways. If at all possible car engines should be turned off when parked in the car park to prevent car fumes affecting the air quality. Parents - please keep a close eye on your children at all times while using the car park. Please park with consideration on Knoll Road without obstructing private driveways. Your courtesy and co-operation are greatly appreciated. The car park at the front of the main school building is for staff and deliveries only.

CANINE COMPANIONS!
In the interest of health and of safety, please do not bring dogs onto school premises.

UNIFORM AND APPEARANCE
All children should be wearing full winter uniform including hats and caps. All children should now be wearing our school coat which is available from ‘OZ Schoolwear’.
Please remember that in the mornings, all children should be wearing caps/hats or baseball caps - depending on their activities. Ski hats should not be worn to and from school, they are to be worn while the
children are in school during breaktimes only. (Ski hats are on sale from ‘OZ’ Schoolwear).
Children are also reminded that they should leave school correctly dressed; which includes blazers and the correct headwear and footwear.
NB: Swimming caps must be worn at all swimming lessons.
Once again, parents and children are respectfully reminded that hair styles should be appropriate to school. The excessive use of gel on hair, colouring of hair and cut designs in hair are not permitted in school, and hair for boys, should not be over collar length. Any hairstyle that draws attention to itself should be avoided; otherwise children may risk internal exclusion or being sent home to remedy it. We strongly recommend that earrings are removed before all sports lessons. Studs may be worn in swimming lessons but at parents’ own discretion and responsibility. School will not be held accountable for injury, loss or damage. Hair bands should be school colours only (red, yellow, grey or black) or school scrunchies available from ‘OZ’ Schoolwear. Whilst we endeavour to respect the individual tastes of Senior pupils relating to school bags we would ask children to choose plain coloured rucksacks and sports bags.

GOOD COMMUNICATIONS
Please consult the school website (www.mertoncourtprep.co.uk) for all up-to-date information (particularly during bad weather or emergency closures).
‘ParentMail’, email and text contact with our parents provides an efficient method of communication to you, whilst complementing our eco-friendly policies. Anyone not yet receiving ‘ParentMail’ please advise the School Office.

Please would you remember that should your child be ill or absent, you should ring our Sick Line 020 8269 6899 by 10am that day.
Useful phone numbers are:

Early Years & Tiny Tots & Toddlers’ Club (020 8309 5299)
After School Club (020 8309 7063)
Mrs A Macdonald (Pastoral, uniform, fees) (020 8269 6894)
Mrs J Raggett (Admissions) (020 8269 6892).
Please note the office is staffed from 8am each morning until 4pm.





Merton Court School LLP. Registered in England & Wales. No.OC344696. Registered Office: 38, Knoll Road, Sidcup, Kent. DA14 4QU.
Tel: 020 8300 2112 Fax: 020 8300 1324 Email:office@mertoncourtprep.co.uk