Merton Court Preparatory School
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the school's hours? The playground is open and supervised from 8.15a.m. School begins at 8.45am with Assembly and registration and finishes between 3.00pm and 3.40pm depending on the Yeargroup. Breakfast Club is open from 7.30am to 8.15 a.m., in the School Dining Room and is charged at £4.00 with Breakfast and £3.00 without. After School Club runs from 3.00p.m. to 5.30 pm. and is charged at £6.00 per hour or part thereof. Telephone Number: 020 8309 7063. We do ask all parents to ensure their child is collected promptly, to avoid costly 'fines' for late collection.

What is the school uniform? Children take pride in their red uniform which must be worn to, from and in school. Our uniform supplier is Oz, 6 Chatsworth Parade, Petts Wood, Orpington BR5 1DF. Telephone number 01689 824767 email: ozschoolwear@fsmail.net

Is there a House system? On entry to School, your child will be allocated to either Merton, Modern or School House. There is a system of house merits for competing in friendly rivalry in sport, general good work, behaviour and good manners.

What happens at lunchtime? All children are provided with a school lunch, freshly cooked on the premises, in the dining room. We have a main meal, vegetarian option, salad, with a dessert and fruit option. Menus are available on the School Website. In special circumstances, packed lunches are allowed if accompanied by a Doctor's note.

We have all been aware of the furore relating to horse meat and its illegal use in pre-prepared meals.

Please be assured that all meat used in our home-cooked meals here at School, comes from a local reputable supplier. We purchase all our meat from Bookers Ltd, Edgington Way, Sidcup, Kent. All Beef Joints and Mince Meat provided by them for us is English reared and has full traceability. Bookers have a 5 star rating from the London Borough of Bexley's Environmental Health Department and have all appropriate certification, from 'farm to fork.'

How do we access School Policies? Some School policies may be viewed on the 'Parents' section of our website and are available to download. These include policies on: Safeguarding and Whistleblowing. All other policies are available on request from the school office.

Important contact information: Main telephone Number 020 83002112. Fax Number 020 8300 1324. Sick Line : 020 8269 6899 Email: office@mertoncourtprep.co.uk - Mrs Macdonald, Direct Line: 020 8269 6894 a.macdonald@mertoncourtprep.co.uk - Mrs Raggett (Admissions) Direct Line: 020 8269 6892 - Mrs Lewis Direct Line: 020 8269 6892 Nursery Voucher queries k.lewis@mertoncourtprep.co.uk

How often do we receive feedback? We offer an 'Open Door' policy here for Parents to discuss their child's progress. Children from J1-S4 receive written Termly Reports, along with regular formal year group Parents' afternoons/evenings. Early Years receive reports in the Autumn and Summer terms and Parents' afternoons/evenings. Assessment begins in EY and continues throughout a child's school life. Children are formally assessed in Core Subjects (English, Maths & Science) on a termly basis.

On what days does my child wear tracksuits? A year group Newsletter is sent out at the beginning of the term, clearly stating activities and the appropriate clothing your child should wear on each day.

How do I access the School website? Go to mertoncourtprep.co.uk - To access the 'Parents' section of our website, you will need a password which is available on request from the School Office.

Can my child learn to play a musical instrument? Yes. We offer individual and group violin, cello, piano, trombone, trumpet, drums, guitar, and singing lessons. Costs are available from Mr D Reece, Head of Music. Children in J3 receive free group tuition in recorder and children in S1 receive free group tuition in violin.

Is there homework? Yes, homework is sent home weekly in J1 and daily from J2 upwards. Approximately 20-30 minutes a night for children in J3-S1. 30 minutes building to 45 minutes for children in S2. S3 and S4 receive up to 60 minutes homework per day.

Pastoral Care? Discipline here is firm and fair. All our pupils are encouraged to develop good manners and show consideration and respect for each other and for adults. Form teachers have responsibility for the immediate pastoral care of children in their class. Mrs Macdonald is our Pastoral Care Co-ordinator and is available for any concerns/problems which either you or your child may experience during their school life. Mrs Macdonald also inducts new families into the School to help them settle in.

Classroom support? Dr K Faulds is our Additional Learning Support Coordinator (ALSCo), she is available to offer assessments for children requiring extra help along with information for parents. Extra assistance may be provided in a range of ways depending on a child's individual needs. This may attract an additional cost.

Is there a Holiday Club? Yes. We offer a holiday Playscheme for approximately five weeks of the year. The Playscheme is run by our own staff on site.

Do we accept childcare vouchers? Yes. We accept all childcare vouchers and they may be used to pay school fees, before and after school fees and Playscheme.

Are we part of the Government Nursery Voucher System? Yes. Children are eligible from the term after their third birthday to the term of their fifth birthday.

How do I register for entry to School? Please contact our admissions secretary - Mrs Jeanne Raggett on 020 8300 2112 j.raggett@mertoncourtprep.co.uk or use our registration form which is available online and enclosed with our school prospectus.

Does the School follow the National Curriculum? Yes. We offer a very broad and balanced curriculum with many foundation Subjects taught by Subject Specialists.

Does the School provide Extra Curricular activities? Yes. A wide range of before, during and after school activities are available to all children. For further details please consult the School website and termly school calendar.

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