General Information

GENERAL INFORMATION
School starts 9.00
Assembly      9.30 – 9.45
Morning break 10.45 – 11.00
Lunch 12.30 – 1.25
Afternoon break 2.45 – 3.00
School finishes 3.30
OUR BEHAVIOUR POLICY
We place great stress at Honeywell on the encouragement of self-discipline and self-reliance and we expect children to be polite and well mannered at all times.
The School rules are based on a common sense regard for the health, safety and general well-being of the School community. In particular, children are not allowed to run in the building, to bring chewing gum to School, or to bring knives, toy guns, or any kind of weapon to School. Some sanctions such as detentions during playtime, or loss of privileges are imposed when necessary, but corporal punishment is NEVER used. Parents will be informed promptly, and involved, if we feel that any child has serious behaviour difficulties.
MEETING THE TEACHERS

There is an Open Evening each term, when we hope you will come in, look at your child’s work, and discuss progress. We are always happy to see you at other times. Most teachers are here before and after normal school hours, but if you want a lengthy talk rather than a quick chat it would be wise to send a note asking for an appointment.

You can often see the headteacher by calling in at the office, but it may be wiser to phone to make an appointment.

MEDICAL AND HEALTH
If your child feels ill while at school we will attempt to assess their health and, if necessary, contact you to collect them. Similarly, if your child has an accident we will deal with it if simple first aid is all that is required, but will contact you if it is more serious. Six of the school staff are trained in First Aid.
If your child has particular medical problems, please let us know. Asthmatic children should have at least one inhaler in school, which they keep with them at all times. It helps if the inhalers have the child’s name on. Staff are trained in the use of an epipen for use with children who suffer from anaphylactic shock; we like to have two epipens for the child – one with the child and the other kept centrally.
Medicine should not be brought to school unless the doctor prescribes a dosage of more than 3 times a day. Parents are then asked to make arrangements with the Headteacher.
The school doctor and nurse visit regularly. Children may be examined at parents’ request, or at teachers’ request. Attendance of parents at medicals is vital.
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT THE SCHOOL HAS A TELEPHONE NUMBER WHERE PARENTS OR OTHER RESPONSIBLE ADULTS CAN BE CONTACTED AT ANY TIME IN AN EMERGENCY.
ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL
Regular attendance is very important in helping children make steady progress. Obviously, sick children should not be in School but we rely on parents’ common sense to discourage excessive absence. If a child is away, please send a message as soon as possible, preferably the first day. It is often easier to leave a message on the answering machine or, if you have the facility, to fax or e-mail us. A short explanatory note should also be sent with the child on his/her return to school please.
Children who are persistently absent or late will be referred to the Educational Welfare Service.
Punctuality is a great help in the smooth running of the School. We hope that children will be in the playground a few minutes before School starts.
All parents are sent an annual record of their child/ren’s absence and punctuality record at the ned of the academic year.
We do not encourage the taking of holidays in term time. Permission may be given in extraordinary circumstances, but this is nearly always disruptive to your child’s education. If a term time holiday is inevitable we like the children to compile a holiday scrapbook and diary while they are away.
BRINGING YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL AND COLLECTING THEM AGAIN
The normal procedure is that children arrive in the playground just before 9.00. A bell is rung and the children line up in their classes on the correct coloured lines. For the first few days of the year there will be some chairs with the class names on to show the children where to line up. The teachers then come and collect the children.

BRINGING YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL AND COLLECTING THEM AGAIN
The normal procedure is that children arrive in the playground just before 9.00. A bell is rung and the children line up in their classes on the correct coloured lines. For the first few days of the year there will be some chairs with the class names on to show the children where to line up. The teachers then come and collect the children.
At the end of the day the children come down from their classrooms and meet their parents in the playground.
Parents are welcome to come into the school: our procedures are simply to save congestion.
ROAD SAFETY GUIDELINES.
For many years the issue of parking and dropping off in Honeywell Road has been a major concern for parents, teachers and governors at Honeywell School. In order that all children can move safely about outside school, and as a direct result of this ongoing concern, governors issue the following guidelines to all parents and guardians:
Whenever possible children and parents should walk to school. Parents have a responsibility to ensure that their child has basic pedestrian skills (e.g. understand the dangers of traffic, how to cross the road safely, etc.)
Please do not park on the double yellow lines outside the school. It is illegal to do so and it is likely that a parking ticket will be issued or that the vehicle will be towed away. Even stopping to set down or pick up passengers is an offence. Please note that small children must never be left unattended in a vehicle.
Never park in front of emergency exits. The only exceptions to the law are emergency vehicles. Double parking outside school is also potentially dangerous as it causes queuing in Honeywell Road and may obstruct emergency exits.
Please don’t park in the entrance to the flats opposite the school, causing obstruction.
It would be very helpful if parents would avoid driving into Honeywell Road between 8.45 and 9.15 a.m. and between 3.15 and 3.45 p.m. The road is particularly busy at these times – it is possible if you have to drive to school to park away from the school and then walk.
These brief guidelines aim to ensure the safety of children as they enter or leave Honeywell school. Every year, hundreds of children are killed or injured trying to get to and from their school. Young children are generally small and inexperienced, they cannot judge the speed or distance of approaching vehicles or see over parked cars. With your help and consideration the problems facing children on their way to and from school will be greatly reduced.
OUR SECURITY SYSTEM
If you want to get into the building at any time other than at beginning and end of school you will have to go via the main entrance and through the doors leading to the Dining Room.
There are some signs to assist you and you need to press the buzzer. The receptionist will then let you in. Please report to reception first.
To further help with the security of the school, the school playground is scanned by a CCTV camera.
Parents are welcome to come into the school; our procedures are simply to save congestion.
CLOTHING
We value individuality at Honeywell, so there is no School uniform, but attractive and practical Honeywell sweatshirts are available from the PTFA.
Parents are asked to send their children suitably dressed in clothing clearly marked with the child’s name. Unsuitable footwear, in particular, can be a cause of accidents. The children will need training shoes or plimsols when they are using the new ball pitch. This means they will need these shoes at school most days as the ball pitch is used most playtimes.
Trainers, navy blue shorts and tee-shirts are needed for PE lessons and swimming costumes for swimming. The school asks for a white, Honeywell T – shirt to be worn for PE and these are available from the PTFA and currently cost £10 for the set. Tracksuits can be worn for outside PE, especially in cold weather.
Children should not bring any expensive item to School, as we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Money brought to School should be for School purposes only and should be handed in to the class teacher for safe keeping.
Please note: every term bags of clothing, which are unmarked and unclaimed are sent to the local charity shops.
SCHOOL BAGS AND CLOTHING
School bookbags are on sale from Mrs Allen. The PTFA organises frequent sales of Honeywell clothing, including sweatshirts, T-shirts, polo shirts, hats and jogging pants. The sales are usually on the first Friday of the month at 3.30 in the Infant Hall. In addition, these clothes can be ordered – forms are available from the Office.

EQUIPMENT
We do not require you to send any equipment for your child to use at school, but we are always glad when children do bring their own pencils, erasers, rulers, felt-tips, etc.
MID-MORNING SNACKS
If you feel your child cannot last from breakfast to lunch, you may send in a snack. We attempt to promote healthy eating, so please only send fresh fruit or vegetables, or a drink of water, fruit juice, or milk.
Both Honeywell Schools are NUT FREE and parents are asked not to send in any nut based foods.
SCHOOL MEALS
Please note that the school prepares all its own food and is commited in providing the highest quality of service and food.
There is a cooked meal provided in the middle of the day. There are two choices of main course, including a vegetarian dish, and salads are freely available. There are also sandwiches available. There are four choices of pudding, three of which are always cheese and biscuits, fresh fruit or yoghurt. Special diets for medical and religious reasons can be catered for.
Dinner money is payable in advance, weekly, half termly or for the full term and should be put in the box by the reception desk. Costs are posted in the notice box, the new charge for a school meal is £1.85 a day, starting in September. Free school dinners are available for families entitled to certain types of benefit. Information is available from the office.
If you do not wish your child to have School dinners you may send a packed lunch in a suitable container. If you wish your child to change from packed lunches to school dinners (or vice versa) please advise the Office in writing, giving at least one week’s notice. The change effective on a Monday.
LIBRARY VISITS
All the children are allowed to use the school library as and when they need.
We also take the children to the Northcote Rd. Public library fortnightly so that they can borrow books.
SWIMMING
All the children in Year 3 go swimming for one term on Monday morning. A coach takes them to and from Tooting pool for the lesson. Year 4 children have one term of swimming at Emanuel pool and they walk there and back.
LOST PROPERTY
If any lost property has the child’s name on it we will return it. If it has not it will end up in black tubs near the staffroom or outside the classrooms.
Please note: every term bags of clothing, which are unmarked and unclaimed are sent to the local charity shops.
THINKING AHEAD TO SECONDARY SCHOOL ?
You should probably start thinking about secondary school at the beginning of Y5. You could, if you wish, visit some of the secondary schools in the October of Y5, so that you are prepared for the real thing in the October of Y6. If you wish to discuss possibilities, please ask for an appointment with the headteacher.
About 35% of Honeywell pupils enter the private sector for secondary education, with the most popular schools being Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and Emanuel. About 50% of the children go to one of the secondary schools in Wandsworth, with Elliott, Graveney (both co-ed) and Burntwood (girls) heading the list. The final 15% go to grammar, church or out of borough schools.
Wandsworth LEA now has one exam to assist with the transfer to Secondary school. It was designed to prevent children sitting numerous tests for Wandsworth schools. Our record is exceptionally good, with an overwhelming number of pupils getting a place at one of their chosen schools. Some parents feel that private tutoring will improve their child’s chances: this may be true, depending on the child and the school, but we know that untutored children also pass the most stringent tests ! If you consider a tutor, please discuss it with us. We are not offended, and we would rather the facts were known than your child put in the position of keeping secrets from teacher.

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