Merton Court Preparatory School
2017


GENERAL ‘INFO’

Playscheme 2017/2018.

Christmas Playscheme 2017
will run for three days from Monday 18 until Wednesday 20 December. The children will be entertained with Christmas themed activities in the run-up to Christmas.
Easter Playscheme 2018 - will run from Monday 26 March until Thursday 29 March inclusive. The playscheme team will be ready to provide an egg-citing Easter-themed programme of activities.
Summer Playscheme 2018 will run for four weeks from Monday 16 July until Friday 10 August inclusive.

Exclusions 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.

Our safeguarding policy is available via our website www.mertoncourtprep.co.uk. Should you wish to see any other school policies, either pastoral or academic, please contact the School Office.
Other information for parents is available in our ‘Parents’ section of the website in ‘downloads’ (menus, tool boxes etc). Please ring the School Office for the password to access this part of the website.

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. 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 without further notice 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 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/Forest School 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.

Sibling Discount.

Please note, we continue to offer 5% discount for a second child and 10% for a third or subsequent child.

Sibling Registration.

Numbers are particularly buoyant for our Autumn 2018 intake and indeed Autumn 2019, 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 Langton will be co-ordinating these afternoon sessions on Wednesdays that run from 1.30pm until 2.45pm from Wednesday, 13 September until Wednesday, 6 December. NB: There will not be a session on Wednesday 29 November due to the Junior Production. 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).

Security.

For the security of the children, School gates will be closed at 8.55am and open again at 3.00pm.
Anyone arriving between those times will be required to use the main
entrance/front door to the school.
Please would any parent picking up or dropping off from Early Years decking make sure they close all wooden gates securely.

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 these busy times. 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. Your patience and courtesy is appreciated. Car speed remains an issue, so please, for the safety of everyone, try to maintain a maximum limit of 10 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. Please park with consideration on Knoll Road without obstructing private driveways.



The car park at the front of the main school building is for staff and deliveries only. Please also avoid parking in Sedcome Close, as this is a private road and residents there are particularly sensitive to this fact.

Rectory Lane Improvements.

Rectory Lane has been closed during the summer break for gas works and carriage-way improvements. We are delighted that Rectory Lane residents, Bexley Council and the school have been working together to resolve this notorious ‘road-rage’ bottle neck! The residents of the house opposite our Lower Rectory Lane gate very kindly donated land to make these improvements possible. Should you have any comments/thoughts on these improvements please email Mr Price who will pass on your comments to Bexley Council Highways Department.

Uniform and Appearance.

All children should now be wearing correct full winter uniform. All items of school uniform are available from our school outfitters ‘OZ’ Schoolwear, Pettswood.
Please remember that in the mornings, all children should be wearing caps/hats or baseball caps - depending on their daily 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.
Children are also reminded that they should leave school correctly dressed - which includes blazers and the correct headwear and footwear. Baseball caps may be worn to school when wearing tracksuits/PE kit.
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, hair should not be over collar length for boys. 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.
We now have a school coat that all children must wear, available from ‘OZ’ Schoolwear.
Hair bands and hair bows should be of a suitable size and be school colours only (red, yellow or grey/black) or school scrunchies. Whilst we endeavour to respect the individual tastes of Senior pupils relating to school bags we would ask Senior children to choose plain coloured bags, rucksacks and sports bags.
NB: Swimming caps must be worn at all swimming lessons Seniors (red) and Juniors (blue).

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 a more 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 until 4pm.

Canine Companions!

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






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