There are four connected phases of education at Kelvin Grove:
|The Early Years Foundation Stage – Nursery and reception classes (ages 3 to 5)|
|Key stage 1 – years 1 and 2 (ages 5 to 7)|
|Lower key stage 2 – years 3 and 4 (ages 7 to 9)|
|Upper key stage 2 – years 5 and 6 (ages 9 to 11)|
Each year group has up to 90 children in three mixed ability classes. One class teacher has responsibility for the class, supported by other teachers and teaching assistants.
The School Day
|Nursery||8.45 – 11.45am||12.30 – 3.30pm|
|Reception||9.00 – 11.45am||1.00 – 3.15pm|
|Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4||9.00 – 12.00pm||1.00 – 3.15pm|
|Y5, Y6||9.00 – 12.15pm||1.15 – 3.15pm|
Under education law, parents may no longer request absence for pupils from school due to a family holiday. It is for schools to determine whether or not they agree to absence for special circumstances during term time. Any holidays taken during term time will be recorded as unauthorised which will impact on children’s attendance data.
It is important that parents carefully consider the implications of taking their child out of school during term time, without authorisation.
Research suggests that children who are taken out of school may never catch up on work they have missed. This may affect results and can be particularly harmful if the child is studying for SATs.
Travel to School
Kelvin Grove has a school travel plan, approved by TfL, which reflects our commitment to promoting healthy and sustainable transport options and to reduce the number of cars on the roads at peak times. We encourage as many families as possible to walk to school, as well as encouraging parents and carers to seek alternatives to using the car. Please ask at the office for advice regarding public transport routes to and from school, particularly local buses and trains.
Keeping You Informed
We aim to give parents and carers as much information as possible about the school and your child’s progress.
We do this through:
|– Regularly updating the school website (www.kelvingrove.lewisham.sch.uk), which contains information on latest news, dates, letters and curriculum information;|
|– Newsletters giving important information and details of events and activities are sent out every two weeks;|
|– Social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) detailing children’s learning;|
|– Teachers’ letters giving class topics and homework information;|
|– Our texting service – sending regular messages to your mobile phone;|
|– The planner, provided for all children, gives key dates and events and can be used as a simple communication diary between home and school;|
|– Parents evenings – one informal meeting at the start of the year and formal meetings in November and July. An end of year report is written in July, summarising your child’s progress during the year;|
|– Informal meetings with your child’s teacher at the start or end of the day;|
|– Informal meetings with the Headteacher or Deputy Headteachers in the playground before school|
|– Special assemblies, eg star awards – given for good behaviour;|
|– Parent representatives and family learning classes.|
Answering your concerns
It is important to answer any problems and concerns as quickly as possible. Normally, this will be done by talking to your child’s teacher or teaching assistant. Sometimes you will need to speak to one of the senior managers.
This can be done by calling into the office before school or by telephoning to make an appointment. We aim to resolve matters quickly and efficiently. If this does not happen to your satisfaction you may wish to make a complaint. The school’s procedure can be collected from the office.
Parents/carers can choose from two options; school dinners or a packed lunch sent from home. If you wish to change your child’s meal pattern you must complete the ‘Changing Your Child’s Meal Option’ form and return it to the school office as teachers are unable to change meals options during morning registration. Any pre-booked school meals will be charged for.
School meals are cooked on the premises and our chef ensures that all meals are healthy and tasty, in line with government guidelines. Meals must be paid for in advance and online using SIMS PAY following the instructions on our SIMS PAY page (CLICK HERE), the latest school meal prices are displayed below. If your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2 school meals will be funded by the government. Parents/carers are able to view their dinner money balances through our SIMS PAY system:
If you prefer that your child has a packed lunch sent from home, please remember that sweets, chocolate and sugary drinks should not be included and only water should be given. We are a ‘Healthy Eating School’ and packed lunches should reflect this. Please download our pack lunch ideas sheet below.
- – School dinner per day: £2.30
- – School dinners per week: £11.50
- – Nursery dinner per day: £3.20
- – Nursery dinners per week: £16
- – Nursery packed lunch is charged at 90 pence per day – outside of your child’s 30 hour free entitlement
- – Nursery packed lunch is charged at £4.50 per week – outside of your child’s 30 hour free entitlement
However, if your combined annual household income is below £16,190, your child may qualify for ‘pupil premium’. As well as free school meals, pupil premium provides extra funding of up to £1,350 to your child’s school. This funding allows us to support your child’s education through extra tuition, teaching staff and free enrichment club activities each term. We kindly ask that all parents/carers who may be entitled apply for pupil premium online to help boost school funds.
To apply online simply visit www.lewisham.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
To create an account you will need the following information:
- – Your full name as registered with HMRC
- – Your full address as registered with HMRC
- – Your contact details i.e. your e-mail and/or telephone
Click here to read: ‘How to Apply for Free School Meals‘
It is important that all children come to school in full school uniform.
Kelvin Grove School Uniform is as follows:
- – black school shoes;
- – white shirts or polo shirts (with KG logo);
- – red sweatshirts / cardigans / fleeces (with KG logo);
- – boys: dark grey trousers (shorts in the summer);
- – girls: dark grey dresses, trousers or skirts (red / white gingham dresses in summer);
- – girls: red / black / grey tights;
- – red caps in summer/woollen hats in winter
- – KG school book bag
Kelvin Grove School PE Kit is as follows:
- – white t-shirt with KG logo (black or grey sweatshirts in the winter)
- – black shorts (black track suit bottoms in the winter)
- – black plimsolls or trainers
- – KG PE bag
(NB: Hooded sweatshirts and hairstyles with shaved designs and lines are not permitted)
If you would like to purchase school uniform, you can buy it online (for delivery) or in person from:
99 Sydenham Road, London SE26 5UA
“Every child has the right to learn and every teacher has the right to teach, in a safe, caring and structured environment.”
At Kelvin Grove, we work as a team to follow a common framework. Through the example of the adults who care for them at school, through well planned and stimulating learning opportunities, we believe that children will accept learning challenges and develop self discipline.
Good behaviour is an essential condition for effective teaching and learning to take place, therefore good behaviour must be carefully developed and supported. Teaching behaviour at Kelvin Grove is approached in just the same way as any other curriculum activity, taking into account the learning needs of all pupils.
We believe high self-esteem promotes good behaviour, effective learning and positive relationships so we emphasise potential, reward success and give praise for effort and achievement.
“It involves everybody’s behaviour to everybody.”
GOOD BEHAVIOUR MEANS THAT EVERYONE IN SCHOOL IS:
- – polite and friendly;
- – helpful and kind;
- – respectful and tolerant;
- – careful and considerate;
- – quiet and hard-working.
It is the responsibility of parents to co-operate and support the school in helping their children to behave well.
Homework is set appropriate to the age of the children. Teachers will lay out their expectations in a newsletter at the start of the school year.
Children spend considerably more time at home than they do at school, so it is important that learning continues away from school.
These are just a few of the ways you and your family can support your child at home:
- – read every night with / to your child to develop a love of books;
- – model good practice – let them see you enjoying books, using the computer or writing letters;
- – help them to research on the internet to support school topics;
- – take them out to interesting places;
- – play educational games with them;
- – talk, listen and answer questions;
- – help them with their home learning.