Dates for your diary
Here are the important dates as we go through the school year:Keystage 2 SATS are 12 to 16 May, Keystage 3 SATS are 06 to 09 May and GCSEs are 14 May to 20 June.
Summer Term Assemblies
- Fri 25 April – Whole School – Story Telling
- Fri 2 May – Nursery
- Fri 9 May – Whole School – Music
- Fri 16 May – Year 5
- Fri 23 May – Whole School – Art
- Fri 6 June – Year 4
- Fri 13 June – Year 4
- Fri 13 June – Geography & History
- Fri 20 June – Year 3
- Fri 27 June – Whole School – Maths
- Fri 4 July – Year 2
- Fri 11 July – Whole School – Spanish
- Fri 18 July – Year 6 Leavers assembly & Prize-Giving
Parents and carers are welcome to attend any Friday assembly, which run from 9.10 – 9.30am.
- Nursery: Monday & Wednesday
- Reception: Monday & Friday
- Year 1: Thursday & Friday
- Year 2: Thursday (double session)
- Year 3: Thursday & Friday
- Year 4: Thursday (swimming) & Friday
- Year 5: Wednesday & Friday
- Year 6: Wednesday & Thursday (swimming)
Summer Term Dates
- Tues 22 April – Year 6 Bike Maintenance
- Wed 23 – Fri 25 April Year 5 3 Day Design & technology Workshops
- Wed 23 April – Year 4 visit St Augustine’s Tower (Tudors)
- Thurs 24 April – Year 1 start swimming
- Wed 30 April – FROGS PTA 7.30
- Fri 16 May – FROGS Treasure Hunt Evening
- Mon 19 May – Year 2 visit Museum of London
- Wed 21 April – Year 6 Kwik Cricket Competition
- W/C Mon 12 May – Year 6 SATS Tests
- Thurs 22 May – Year 4 visit Science Museum
- Thurs 22 May – Swimming Gala
- Fri 23 May – Year 6 visit Lord’s Cricket Ground
- Mon 2 June – Ashlyns Organics start school meals
- Wed 4 June – Junior Athletics Festival
- Thurs 5 June – Year 6 visit Natural History Museum
- Thurs 5 June – Reception start Swimming
- Fri 6 June – Heat 2 Swimming Gala (TBC)
- Mon 9 June – Year 6 Girls Cricket Competition
- Wed 11 June – Year 5 Road Safety Drama Session
- Thurs 12 June – Year 6 visit London Zoo
- Mon 16 June – Swimming Gala Finals (TBC)
- Thurs 19 June – Year 6 visit Tate Britain
- Wed 25 June – Music Evening 6.30
- Thurs 26 June – Year 6 visit Imperial War Museum
- Fri 27 June – Summer Fair
- Thurs 3 - Fri 4 July – Lake District visit
- Fri 4 July – Year 5 Proms In The Park PM
- Tues 8 July – Infant Music Festival PM (Y2)
- Wed 9 July – Junior Music Festival PM (Y4)
- Thurs 10 July – Year 6 visit Kew Gardens
- Thurs 10 July – Parents Consultations
- Nursery & Year 4 AM
- Reception & Year 3 PM
- Whole School 3.45 – 6.30
- Fri 11 July – Parent Consultations
- Year 5 & 6 AM
- Year 1 & 2 PM
- Mon 14 July – Secondary School Transfer Day
- Tues 15 July – Sports Day
- Thurs 17 July – Whole School Cinema Trip
- Fri 18 July – Year 6 Leavers Assembly & Prize-Giving
National Curriculum testing
Please note there will be 1 more INSET day still to be decided.
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who we are, how we are
Grasmere Primary Information
Grasmere Primary School 92 Albion Road London N16 9PD
Headteacher: Mark Derrington
Grasmere is a non-denominational, mixed-sex primary school in the London Borough of Hackney, and is for children aged between 3 and 11 years old. It is situated in Stoke Newington, the North-west of the Borough, and has a pupil roll of 240 including 30 children in the nursery both full and part-time.
The school is housed in a two-storey listed building. A chair lift and accessible toilet has been installed for people with mobility impairment. The school has a library, resources room and group room. The school is in good condition both internally and externally and is conscientiously maintained by the school keeper. The school has its own kitchen. There are two playgrounds with an adjoining garden. The nursery has its own separate play area.
Information on admissions to Grasmere link to school brochure
Grasmere School admits 30 children into each year-group. The published roll is 210 + nursery.
Parents can apply for a Nursery or Reception Class place for their child by completing the appropriate admissions forms at Grasmere any time after the child reaches their second birthday.
Early application does not give the child priority over later applicants or guarantee a place. Proof of address and the child’s birth certificate must always be shown at the time of registration and again at the time of entry.
The headteacher has the discretion to admit children in exceptional circumstances on the grounds of acute medical or social need. This decision is only made following advice and consultation with the Assistant Director, Hackney Education Authority. A child’s special educational needs must be stated clearly on the application form and supporting evidence (e.g. from a social worker or hospital doctor) must be provided.
Children whose birthdays fall between 1st September and 28th February will be considered for admission in the January intake. Children whose birthdays fall between 1st March and 31st August will be considered for admission in the September term. Places are offered at the end of May and October. Places are not offered until half-way through the term before the child is due to enter school.
No child will be admitted to the nursery before his/her third birthday. Three terms is regarded as the minimum time that children should spend in the Nursery class. All children admitted to Grasmere Nursery will attend part-time for their first term, some children may attend part-time for two terms. Admissions criteria for the Nursery Class
If more parents want Nursery places for their children than there are places available, the following criteria will apply:
- The number of full and part-time places available in the nursery.
- Children in social care.
- A child’s educational, medical or social need for a nursery place.
- The distance the child lives from the school. This distance is calculated by measuring the shortest route from the school’s official entrance to the applicant’s front door. Stairways, walkways and corridors have to be measured where applicants live in high or low-rise blocks.
Having a brother or sister in the school does not give a child automatic entry to the Nursery.
Please note that there is no automatic right of entry to the Reception Class at Grasmere for children who attend Grasmere Nursery Class.
Admissions criteria for the Primary School
Please note that The Learning Trust control admissions procedures for places in the Reception Class.
If parents want places for their children than there are places available, the same criteria as above will apply.
Following the allocation of places by The Learning Trust the Headteacher has the discretion to admit children in exceptional circumstances on the grounds of acute medical or social need. This decision is only made following advice and consultation with Hackney Education Authority. A child’s special educational needs must be stated clearly on the application form and supporting evidence (e.g. from a social worker or hospital doctor) must be provided.
The school day
Nursery (3 - rising 5 year olds)
- Morning session: 9.00 - 11.30
- Lunchtime: 12.00 - 1.30
- Afternoon session: 1.00 - 3.30
Children must be brought to school and collected from school by a responsible adult and handed into the care of staff in the classroom.
Infants (5 - 7 year olds)
- Morning session: 9.00 - 12.15
- Morning play: 11.00 - 11.15
- Lunchtime: 12.15 - 1.15
- Afternoon session: 1.30 - 3.30
- Afternoon play: 2.45 - 3.00
- Infant children line up outside their classroom doors in the infant playground each morning.
- Class teachers open the doors at 9.00am.
- The classroom/playground doors open at 3.30pm.
- All infants must be collected by a responsible adult.
Juniors (7 - 11 year olds)
- Morning session: 9.00 - 12.30
- Morning play: 11.00 – 11.15
- Lunchtime: 12.15 – 1.15
- Afternoon session: 1.30 - 3.30
- The school has responsibility for children during school hours.
- Parents are responsible for supervising their children before and after school.
- Young children should not be left unattended.
Assemblies or pause for reflection are held every day. As with Religious Education, the assembly themes have a moral or social content to them and may include religious stories.
- Monday: Achievement, birthdays, Brain Gym Exercises and Language of Month
- Tuesday: Classroom – pause for reflection and Circle Time
- Wednesday: Junior Singing Assembly and Class pause for reflection
- Thursday: Infant Singing Assembly and Class pause for relection
- Friday: Whole School Assembly: Class presentation (themed, cultural and religious festivals or curriculum focus)
Children’s birthdays are very special to them, but class teachers do not have the time or facilities to organise birthday parties in class. Children may bring sweets to share with their classmates on their birthday, and we present birthday cards in assembly and sing "Happy Birthday". We do not allow children to distribute birthday party invitations in the classroom - not all children can be asked to a birthday party, and some children may end up getting very upset.
We attach the highest priority to regular attendance and good punctuality. Ensuring high attendance is one of our priorities. We monitor attendance and give certificates each term to children who achieve 95% or 100% attendance.
The Government regards unauthorised absence from school as truancy and publishes league tables with figures for authorised and unauthorised absence.
We rely on parents to help us keep Grasmere’s punctuality and attendance figures as high as possible. Where parents notify us of the reasons for their child’s absence from school we can authorise this. If a child is off sick please either a) telephone the school with a message, b) send in a note explaining the absence or c) speak to your child’s teacher on the first day that they return to school. Unexplained absences do have to be followed up and can be recorded as unauthorised.
The staff and governing body has developed and agreed a behaviour policy that is available HERE
Sick children should not be sent to school. Children in school have a tiring, busy and active day, during which they may go out to play, go swimming, go to the library. A child who is not well will find it very difficult to cope.
If a member of teaching staff is absent, we will split up the class for the first day and the children will be supervised in other classrooms. On the second day the Headteacher or a supply teacher will look after the class. Because nursery children are not of statutory school age, we very occasionally have to close the Nursery Class and ask parents to make other arrangements.
Please make every effort to get your child to school on time. Registration takes place at the start of the school day and children are expected to be on time. If you are unavoidably late collecting your child at the end of the day, please phone and let us know what is happening. Children left at school after 5pm have to be taken to Stoke Newington Police Station, who contact social services. This is obviously very distressing for all concerned.
Please do not arrange to have your holidays during term time. If you have to make an exceptional arrangement, you must speak to the Headteacher and complete a request form. Following LEA regulations the school is no longer allowed to authorize holidays in school time. Taking a holiday in school time could lead to a fine from the LEA. If you do not return your child to school within the maximum of six weeks your child may lose their place at the school.
Clothes for school:
Grasmere has an optional sweatshirt and tee-shirt with the school logo, but there is no uniform. Children are expected to dress in an appropriate manner and shoes should be sensible. Infants are expected to do PE in their underclothes and bare feet; junior children may wish to bring a change of clothes. Junior children will need a swimming costume and towel. All clothing should be marked.
For safety reasons jewellery is not allowed in school unless for religious observance. Children may wear inexpensive watches if they wish. Children with pierced ears can wear small studs only. All other jewellery should be left at home.
We have several pediatric first-aid trained staff who will look after your child if they hurt themselves in school. We will always advise you if your child has bumped his/her head and had first-aid so that you can keep an eye on him/her at home. We will always contact you if we think your child is ill and needs to go home, or is hurt and needs medical attention.
It is vital that we have at least one phone number for you in case your child is ill during the school day. We would also like to know whether your child has any medical, dietary or religious needs. Please ensure that emergency contact forms are filled in, and that you notify us of any changes.
Medicines in school:
Staff are not allowed to give medicine to children in school. The headteacher may give medicine to children at lunchtime where a doctor has prescribed four doses each day and where parents/carers have signed a consent form. Medicine requiring three doses each day should be given outside school. Parents/carers of children who need regular medication e.g. for asthma, diabetes or epilepsy should make special arrangements with the headteacher. It is vital that all staff are made aware of medical conditions affecting a child’s health, e.g. sickle cell, coeliac disease, diabetes etc. so that special care can be given.
Medicals and dental health:
All children have a thorough medical examination with their parents/carers present at 5 years old or on joining the school. The school doctor will also see children by arrangement with parents where they or staff have concerns. The school nurse visits regularly and checks vision and hearing.
The school dentist visits once a year. Parents are informed before this visit.
All staff have had training in child protection issues, and the school has designated a teacher to be responsible for child protection. This teacher has had additional training. Where there are concerns about the possible physical, emotional, sexual abuse or neglect of a child, the school has a duty to pass these concerns to the Education Welfare Service and Social Services. The school operates a Whistle Blowing Policy and Safer Recruitment policy with regards to staff and visitors in school. All staff and volunteers in school are CRB police checked before working in school.
Education Welfare officer:
If there are concerns about a child’s attendance, lateness or welfare the school has a duty to pass these on to the Education Welfare Officer who visits the school regularly to monitor attendance and punctuality. Parents/carers can make appointments to see the Education Welfare Officer through the Headteacher.
All visitors and parents/carers are asked to report immediately to the School Administrative Officer when they visit the school using the entry phone at the main entrance. We ask all parents/carers to shut the front door firmly after themselves and never to allow another person to enter the school building behind them. Staff will challenge any adults who are on the premises whom they do not recognise.
The fire gates are shut at 9.10am and reopened at 3.20pm each day.
Fire drills are held each half-term and the whole school is evacuated into the playground. Parents/carers are asked not to bring buggies into the school building as they can constitute a fire risk in narrow corridors. There are shelters outside the main entrance and in both playgrounds where parents can shelter from the rain.
Trips and outings:
Grasmere organises whole school outings at least once each year, and each class will go on half term visits or have visitors coming into school. Parents/carers are asked to sign a general consent to local outings like swimming, going to the library or the park. Parents/carers will be given details and permission forms for longer outings that involve transport, e.g. to museums, theatres or galleries. We believe that every child in the school should have at least one opportunity of residential educational experience. Year six children regularly visit Kench Hill Residential Centre in Kent.
Whilst no formal charges will be requested for school trips or visits which take part during the school day, parents/carers are usually asked to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost to enable these trips to take place.
No child will be excluded from an activity because they cannot pay. Friends of Grasmere subsidize trips and outings throughout the year.
School journey grants are available to families on income support, for residential trips.
Our meals are cooked on the premises. A menu is sent home to parents through Grasmere News. There is always a vegetarian option available. The school does not serve any pork products. All cheese served is vegetarian. Water is available for the children to drink.
Dinner money is payable on Mondays each week in advance, or by cheque for the month or term ahead. Cheques should be made payable to "The London Borough of Hackney" and supported by a cheque card. Dinner money should always be sent in an envelope with the child’s name and class on the front. If children are absent their dinner money will be credited the following week.
The school is not allowed to offer dinner to children if the dinner money has not been paid, so please be punctual with payment.
Free school meals/clothing grants: Families on income support are entitled to free school meals for their children and school clothing grants every other year. An application form for free school meals can be obtained from the school office. The authorisation however is given by the Education Department at Edith Cavell Building, Enfield Road, London, N1 5AZ.
Nursery children are not allowed to bring packed lunches.
Children may not alternate between packed lunches and school dinners. Packed lunches should contain a healthy, balanced meal. We do not allow sweets of any kind. The school expects that packed lunches meet the same stringent requirements that school dinners have to adhere to.
Packed lunches may include a drink or fruit juice or squash to be drunk with the meal but it must be in a plastic bottle or carton only. Fizzy drinks are not allowed. Packed lunches should be in a container that is clearly marked with the child’s name. Chocolate bars, biscuits and crisps are not allowed. The same requirements apply to packed lunches brought for school visits.
Children are encouraged to bring in fruit to eat during the morning playtime. Children within the infants are provided with free fruit at morning break time.
Infant children are given milk to drink each day if they wish. There is no charge for the milk.
Sweets, spending money and toys: Children may not bring sweets, spending money or toys into school unless these have been specifically requested for a school activity. Incidents of loss, theft or disputed ownership should therefore not occur.
Please mark clothing and property with your child’s name. The lost property box is located in the cupboard outside the school office. Items left for more than 2 weeks will be disposed of in the clothes recycling scheme.
Smoking on the premises:
Grasmere School is, in keeping with Hackney’s policy, a "smoke-free zone". Please extinguish any cigarettes before you enter the school gates. It is illegal to smoke in any area of the school.