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Brookland Infant and
Welcome to our school!
Dear Parents and Carers,
Brookland Infant and Nursery School is a three form entry school for children between the ages of 3 and 7 years. We have a 10 place (15-hour) morning Nursery and a 10 place (15-hour) afternoon Nursery and in addition to this we offer 25 30-hour places in Nursery as well. The School is a one storey building which is fully accessible and wel- comes pupils with a wide range of additional needs. The School borders the northern part of Hampstead Garden Suburb and the site houses both the Infant and Nursery School and Brookland Junior School. The grounds and buildings are attractively ar- ranged with planted gardens, grass, trees and there is lots of outdoor space for the children to use. The school shares a swimming pool with the Juniors.
At Brookland Infant and Nursery School we all work as a Team to create an exciting and challenging learning environment where everyone is committed to the highest possible achievement for all children. We believe in building a strong partnership with parents and carers and value their contribution to school life. Our School serves a community which is socially, culturally and linguistically diverse and we consider this diversity to be an asset, which enriches the educational experience we can offer our children. We also have a very strong commitment to inclusion.
Everyone at Brookland Infant and Nursery School thinks that it is a very special place and we are sure you will think so as well.
We are always delighted to show parents around our School. If you would like to visit our School or find out more information, please get in touch with the school office. You can find contact details on the back cover of the brochure.
About Our School
Brookland Infant and Nursery School endeavours to be a school where diversity is embraced and where children thrive in a secure and happy environment. A school where there is a commitment to high expectations and the achievement of high stand- ards for everyone and where the school community works together to achieve the school aims.
To foster an environment where learners are creative and are encouraged to reach their full potential. Learners engage in decision making, and are encour- aged to make choices about their own learning. We value the high academic and non-academic achievement of all our learners.
Have a flexible, creative curriculum which inspires and stimulates each child to learn, explore, communicate, discover and enjoy their education and the world we live in.
Prepare children to meet the demands of their wider world. Celebrate and recognise the achievements of each individual and value all as-
pects of their lives.
Celebrate our diversity through valuing the beliefs, languages and cultures of each individual.
Encourage responsible behaviour. Have strong links with our children’s families and the wider community.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you for your interest in Brookland Infant and Nursery School. We are immensely
proud of the fact that Brookland Infant and Nursery School is rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted,
and I hope that after reading our brochure and looking at our website you will have some ap-
preciation of what makes Brookland so special and how much it has to offer pupils, not just
academically but also in a pastoral and physical sense too.
Our aim is to develop each child’s full potential and to celebrate all aspects of achievement.
We believe in preparing children for life as thoughtful, responsible and confident members of
the community. We are very proud of the nurturing ethos which underpins everything we do
here at Brookland.
There is excellent co-operation between the Infant and Nursery School and the Junior School.
We share the same site and the same Governing Body. Having a joint Governing Body means
that Governors are able to view the bigger educational picture and make certain that the poli-
cies and practices of both schools are consistent. The Headteachers and staff of both schools
work closely together and meet regularly to ensure a smooth transition between the two
schools for those children moving up from Year 2 into Year 3. Younger and older children of-
ten share activities, such as putting on school productions for each other.
As a parent myself, I can vouch for the many benefits that Brookland has to offer. The high
quality of education that the children receive here is due to the meticulous planning and hard
work of the dedicated staff and the support of the whole community. The children’s school life
is enriched through a wide range of clubs and extra-curricular activities provided by school
staff and outside organisations, as well as educational visits. These include the school journey
to Moat Mount taken towards the end of Year 2 – eagerly anticipated by the children – and
also curriculum days such as the much-loved World Book Day. There is also a full calendar of
religious and cultural assemblies and celebrations.
Community links are very important to the success of the school and your support and in-
volvement are encouraged and appreciated. There is an active Parents’ Association which
puts on various events throughout the school year to raise money and allow parents and chil-
dren to get together and enjoy themselves. Money raised by the PA goes towards further edu-
cational enhancements such as providing new playground equipment, buying additional com-
puter hardware, or paying for new books for the library. We are also very fortunate to have a
swimming pool on site and parents’ voluntary contributions are vital to help to run and main-
tain this wonderful resource. Many visitors to the school comment on the friendly and relaxed
atmosphere. The strong ethos of caring for others is furthered by the charitable causes sup-
ported by the school. All children are treated with respect and given responsibilities and this is
reflected in the pride they have for their school community. There is a School Council, whose
membership rotates each term; their suggestions are reported and acted upon, enabling the
children to make a real contribution to the school. We also welcome parents and carers to
help in the school in a voluntary capacity, from one-to-one reading with the children to sup-
porting a school assembly.
I hope that you will visit Brookland Infant and Nursery School and experience its special na-
ture first hand. You are also welcome to contact me or the school office for any further infor-
With very best wishes to you and your child,
Laura Pincus Chair of Governors
The Governing Body
The Governing Body consists of representatives of the local authority, parents, staff and members of the local community. Members work closely with the school and meet regularly with the Headteacher. Governors meet at least once a term to agree policies and discuss the strategic running of the school. Governors can be contacted through the school by letter.
There are a number of committees that form the Governing Body. Each committee has its own role in developing the school alongside the Headteacher. The committees include Curriculum, Finance, Premises, Safeguarding, Personnel and Communication. There is also a Strategy committee which is comprised of all the chairs from the before mentioned committees.
The Governors have links with each Subject Leader and meet with them at regular in- tervals. The Link Governor and the Subject Leader work together to ensure that the aims on the School Improvement Plan are met. There are also link governors respon- sible for safeguarding, Special Educational Needs, English as an Additional Language and Pupil Premium.
NURSERY (3-4 year olds)
(4-5 year olds)
Key Stage 1
YEAR 1 (5-6 year olds)
15 hours Lions
Dolphins Pandas Turtles
Bears Elephants Penguins
Owls Giraffes Hedgehogs
Nursery: Lions: 9.00 – 11.30 a.m.
Tigers: 12.30– 3.00 p.m.
Cheetahs: 9.00 a.m.—15.00 p.m.
All Lion and Tiger children are entitled to one extended day per week so that they re- ceive their 15 hours free entitlement. This means that one day a week your child can stay for lunch and come to school from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
Reception Year 1 Year 2 Breakfast
Due to the nature of the Early Years
Foundation Stage Curriculum the
children in Reception enjoy uninterrupted
teaching time throughout the
morning, both inside and outside.