The following page has been set out for current and prospective parents of Swanlea school with all the necessary information you may need to help prepare your child for schooling at Swanlea. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to ask one of our staff members.
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Uniforms can be purchased from the following supplier:
Trutex (Crossbow) Clothing Ltd, 31 Broadway Market, London, E8 4PH. Ph: 020 7923 9313
Your teachers take care to assign you with homework which will help to cement your understanding of what you have learnt in school. It is very important that you complete your homework to the best of your ability.
Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 should spend 1 hour per week on English/Maths/Science homework and 45 minutes per subject per week for all other subjects.
Students in Years 10 and 11 should spend 2 hours per subject, per week on your homework.
ALL STUDENTS should read for at least 20 minutes every day.
You will be set a variety of work to complete at home, for example:
- essay writing
- collecting materials/data to bring to a lesson
- using a library to research material
- projects and independent learning challenges
- learning vocabulary or spelling
- preparing a presentation
- answering questions
- discussing work with family/friends
- If homework is not completed sufficiently then you may recieve detentions or even in serious cases, your parents will be invited for a meeting to discuss concerns.
It is important that you come to school properly prepared for learning. We consider that in order to improve study skills and standards of work there is a minimum of personal equipment that every student should bring to school. You should ensure that you have the following items in a school bag large enough to carry this equipment every day:
- Student planner
- Calculator [using a phone as a calculator is not allowed]
- Coloured pencils Headphones
- Dictionary a pencil case containing:
- Eraser black and green ball point pens and spares
- Pencil – and a spare
- Pencil sharpener
- Protractor and compasses
- 30 cm ruler
- Glue Stick
To view the school lunch menu, please link on the link below:
To view the Swanlea Home-School Contract, please click on the link below:
What basic equipment should my child’s bag contain?
Swanlea planner, school ID/lunch card, pens (black & green), pencil (x2), rubber, sharpener, 30cm ruler, coloured pencils, highlighters, reading book.
Why is the school planner so important?
The school planner helps students organise their work at Swanlea. It helps pupils record and plan their homework. It contains attendance monitoring pages, faculty merit sheets as well as a range of learning tips. It is also the first point of home – school communication. Tutors check and sign the planner on a weekly basis, and we ask parents/carers to do the same and encourage you to use the planner to communicate with your child’s teachers.
What if my child is absent?
For safety reasons, it is vital that we know as soon as possible if your child is going to be absent from school. Please call us on 0207 375 3267 select option 1, and leave a message stating your child’s name, tutor group and, where possible, length of absence. We also ask that you send in a note explaining your child’s absence on their first day back (this can be written in the student planner).
We will contact parents/carers of any child with an unauthorised absence by text message on the first day of absence.
What if my child is late?
All students that are unavoidably late should report to the main reception with a note explaining their lateness, reception will then mark them present and hand the child a late slip to show to their class teacher.
How does my child buy a school dinner?
School dinners cost £2 per day or £10 per week. We operate a ‘cashless – top up card’ system for anyone that pays for their dinner. Children can put money onto their card during breaktime or lunchtime. Parents/carers can pay money at any time by seeing Ms. Gavens in the general office. Please ensure where possible that your child’s lunch card is kept topped up. During the first week, children do not need to bring in any money; the balance of any dinners had by children will be paid in the second week. Free school meals are automatically processed.
What if my child loses his lunch card or money?
See Ms Gavens in the general office for a ‘temporary lunch pass’ after 1pm at lunchtime. Replacement school ID/lunch cards cost £2.50.
I would like my child to come home for lunch – what do I have to do?
Obtain a ‘home lunch’ request form from reception & return it to your child’s LCO. Please note that home lunch pass holders must go home for lunch.
Can my child take a packed lunch to school?
Yes – this can then be eaten in the restaurant, garden or playground, and must comply with our healthy eating policy.
What happens if my child has a detention after school?
After school detentions are usually only given to students failing to hand their homework in on more than one occasion or for poor behaviour. The teacher issuing the detention would give 24 hours written notice via the planner, a letter home or make a phone call home. Students can be kept behind for up to 15 minutes without notice.
Attendance and punctuality is taken very seriously at Swanlea. School begins at 8:40am and students are expected to be in their form rooms, ready for registration, by 8:45am. If a student arrives at school between 8:40am – 9:05am, they will be marked as late, and will get a 20 minute lunchtime detention. If a student arrives between 9:05am – 9:50am, they will receive a lunchtime detention, plus a 30 minute after-school detention. If a student arrives after 9:30am, in addition to a lunchtime detention, students will be given a 1 hour detention after-school. The school makes every effort to contact parents/carers to let them know of any after-school detentions.
What if my child forgets their tie or is wearing incorrect uniform?
Please make sure that you provide a note in your child’s planner explaining the reason for incorrect uniform, your child then should show this to their Learning Co-Ordinator (LCO) & obtain a non-uniform pass.
What if my child is being bullied?
We take all forms of bullying seriously as a school and will act swiftly, firmly and supportively to deal with any instances of bullying. A concerned child or parent/carer can speak to any member of school staff including a SPARC student, Tutor, LCO or a member of Senior Leadership Team. The school will then investigate the issue fully and act in the best interests of the children involved. At all stages of the process the child and parent/carer will be kept informed of events.
My child has to take some medicine during the school day, what should I do?
Please call us at the school so that we can set up a time to meet with you to discuss your child’s medication requirements. Based on this we will draw up a care plan and then designate a specific person who can help your child take their medicine. The link person for this is Ms Teresa Reilly, our Senior Inclusion Assistant who can be contacted on 0207 375 3267 ext 314.
What if I want to speak to someone about my child’s education?
If you have any concerns at all about any aspect of your child’s education or progress, then we encourage you to call us/write a note in your child’s planner requesting a meeting with the Tutor or LCO if it is a general query, or the subject teacher concerned if it is a query about a specific lesson.
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