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Information for Parents

Unfortunately, due to schools being closed to the majority of students, it looks like we will be unable to run our Induction Days planned for the 1st and 2nd of July 2020. Whilst this is an additional challenge, we are busy working to ensure that as parents you still get all the information you require to ensure that your son or daughter has a smooth start to life at Brookfield.

Our current plan for the Induction Programme includes:

  • Clear communication of all necessary information via our dedicated Moving Up To Brookfield Twitter account and the school website.
  • Introductions from key members of the transition team.
  • A series of videos introducing Year 6 students to Brookfield. These will include; getting to know the school day, what are our expectations of students, getting to school, uniform and equipment
  • An introduction to curriculum areas.
  • An opportunity for Y6 children to introduce themselves to form staff via the “This is me” worksheet.
  • An opportunity for y6 children to complete some bridging work from a variety of curriculum areas.
  • Opportunity to ask some questions using the email address:  Y6questions@Brookfield-school.net

Please encourage your child to look at the website on a weekly basis as there will be regular updates. If you or they have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch via email.

Please find below letters and information relating to the transition from Primary to Secondary School.


Parent FAQ

What uniform does my son/daughter need to wear at Brookfield?

The uniform policy and guidance is on the school website in the Parent Hub. Our uniform supplier is Gogna. Uniform can be ordered throughout the year and they aim to have it delivered 72 hours after ordering. We usually host some 'trying on' evenings for parents in July but with current regulations in place due to Covid-19 it is not going to be possible this year. Uniform sales will be online online this year. Our school uniform supplier is:

Gogna School Wear & Sports
67/69 Rookery Road
Birmingham
B21 9QU

Tel: 0121 523 5572
Fax: 0121 681 6828
Website: www.gognaschoolwear.co.uk
E-mail: info@gognaschoolwear.co.uk

Where do I order PE kit from?

PE kit has the school logo on and should be ordered from our uniform supplier Gogna. The PE kit requirements can be found here. It is crucial that you write your child’s name in their kit, otherwise it is impossible to return to them if they lose it.

How can I keep track of the homework my son/daughter is set?

We use an app called Show My Homework to set and track homework. In the first week at school your child will be given a login code for them to use and also one for you to use. You will then be able to see exactly what homework has been set and when it needs to be handed in by. More details are available here.

Who do I contact at school if I have a concern about my son/daughter?

The first port of call for any concerns about your child should be their form tutor. They will have daily contact with your son/daughter and will know them best. You can do this by ringing the main school reception. If they are teaching then they will get in touch with you when they are free. The form tutor will then aim to resolve the issue or direct it to another member of staff if appropriate.

What happens if my son/daughter receives a detention during the school day?

If a student is issued a detention in lessons 1-4 by one of their subject staff, then they will sit the detention the same day at the end of school. We will text you to let you know that this is happening. If a student is given a detention during lesson 5 then we will set the detention for the following day and again send you a text.

There are two types of detention that a child could be issued in a lesson, either a C3 which will be a 45 minute detention or a C4 detention which is an hour. For further information on the behaviour policy take a look  here.

What do I do if my son/daughter is ill?

If your child is unable to come to school due to ill health please ring and let school know as soon as possible. If this is a situation where they may miss school for more than a couple of days please speak to your child’s form tutor. Without a reason being provided for absence it will be recorded as unauthorised.

What will happen if my son/daughter has problems with attending school?

If attendance to school starts to become a concern we will work with you to rectify this. The attendance officer will get in touch if your child’s attendance falls below 90% to see how we can assist and rectify the issue.

How do I pay for my son/daughters school meals?

At Brookfield we operate a cashless system. Children pay for their items using a thumbprint and this money comes off their account. Money can be loaded onto a child’s account either by sending a cheque/cash in a named envelope which your child will deposit in the catering postbox. This is emptied every day. Or they can pay in cash in one of the machines located around school. We encourage them to do this at the very start of the day before lesson 1.

What do I do if my son/daughter needs to take medication at school?

On the few occasions when medicine does have to be brought into school, it should be clearly labelled, complete with the original dispensing label. Medicines cannot be given in school if they are not provided in accordance with this guidance.

The label should clearly state:

  • Name of student
  • Date of dispensing
  • Dose and dose frequency
  • Cautionary advice/special storage instructions
  • Name of medicine
  • Expiry date – where applicable.

School Meals Information

Meals in secondary schools are very different to primary school. Firstly there are 3 different service times, so food will be available at: 

  • Breakfast 
  • Morning Break 
  • Lunch Time 

The times of these services will vary from school to school so remember to check your timetable so that you don’t miss out. 

The dining system is similar to a cafe; this means that you will be able to choose which items you like from a wide selection of freshly prepared foods. 

During lunch most food items are available as a “meal deal” similar to a meal in primary school so include: 

  • Main course, dessert and a drink 

Alternatively if you would like a snack or would just like to buy a drink, all other items can be bought individually. 

The method of payment for your food is also different to primary schools. Most secondary’s operate a “cashless system” which means that you will either have a plastic card or use a fingerprint reader at the till. Both systems require money to be loaded on to your account. You will be able to top using one or more of the following methods (please check school for your options): 

  • Cash can be loaded into the revaluation machines 
  • Cheques 

If you are entitled to free school meals you will automatically get a daily meal allowance added to your account for you to spend. If you think you may be entitled to Free School Meals, please contact the team on 01629 536400 who will happily answer any queries you may have. 

If you have any queries about any part of the meals service please speak with the catering supervisor in school or telephone head office on 01629 536704. 

We hope that you enjoy your new school meals experience.

For more information on school meals at Brookfield, sample menus, and forms for dietary requirements, please see this page.


Internet Safety

Please click on the link below for guidance about internet safety when your child moves up to secondary school:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/education-41285047/staying-safe-online-at-big-school