Life at School
The school gates open at 8:15am and Reception children are expected to be in school by 8:45am at the latest. The school day starts at 9am. The morning sessions are literacy and numeracy based and more structured than the afternoon ‘Explore Time’. The children have a morning snack and drink of water. The snack is brought from home and must follow our very strict NO NUTS snack policy. The children have a morning playtime and then a longer afternoon break after lunch. All children have lunch at school. We offer a balanced, healthy and varied menu that appeals to our young children. The school day ends at 3:00 and the children can be picked up at 3:05pm. Children with older siblings finishing later are able to stay in our Reception area which then becomes the sibling waiting area. From Mondays to Thursdays, we offer an after school ‘tea’ club where the children can stay and be picked up at any time up to 5:30pm.
Homework is crucial to reinforcing learning but we do believe that it should be a fun and meaningful experience for the children. Importantly, it also provides a bridge between home and school, enabling parents to experience first hand some of the things which their children are learning. In Reception homework may consist of letter sounds and word building activities. Once a child has received a reading book, we ask parents to read with him or her for 10 minutes each evening. A Reading Diary is sent home daily for parents and teachers to record reading comments. It also acts as communication between school and home.
We encourage parents to share in the life of the school. Many parents volunteer to help with organised educational visits out of school, as well as with activities within the classroom. Parents’ evenings are held in the Autumn and Spring terms and we write a report at the end of the Autumn and Summer terms. Parents are welcome to come into school at any time to discuss concerns with their child’s teacher, the Head of Lower School or the Headmaster.
Hurlingham School has an active Parent Teacher Association, which organises enjoyable social and fund-raising events for children and parents, and helps with open evenings, fairs, parties, quiz nights and sporting events during the school year.
Health and Safety
The health and safety of the children and staff is a high priority at Hurlingham School. A modern security system is in place and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are undertaken for all people employed or who carry out voluntary work at the school. All school staff are trained in First Aid and the teachers and assistants who teach Reception children are fully Paediatric first aid trained. Copies of their certificates are visible as you enter the Reception area. Children are supervised throughout lunch time and playtimes and at the end of the day until they are collected. We ask parents to follow our guidelines when bringing and picking up their children by car, when they should deliver and collect pupils from the school’s car park below the main building on campus.