General information

Keeping our parents and carers informed

This page provides information that we at Brimsdown Primary School will benefit and support our Parents and Carers. If you have any questions about the information below please contact the school office.

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The local authority recognises that parents may not be able to meet all the costs involved in providing for their children’s needs at school. Consequently, if your child attends a school in the Borough and you are resident within the Borough, you may be entitled to various grants and other types of assistance. These are, depending on financial circumstances:

  • Free school meals
  • Free travel to and from school
  • Assistance towards the cost of instrumental tuition

Further details, application forms and advice regarding the above forms of assistance are available from the Assistance to Pupils section, phone number available from the school office.


Upper body of young girl smiling in playground

All children are expected to wear our Brimsdown school uniform.

At Brimsdown we understand how expensive school uniform can be and we want to address this while at the same time ensuring our pupils look as smart as possible and ready to learn. I am very glad the Department for Education have finally directed schools to ensure uniforms are affordable.

I’m sure you will agree the uniform looks extremely smart. The jumpers and cardigans with logos are available from Lyons Uniform Shop but they are also available without the logo from leading supermarkets at a very reasonable price. It will be preferable to have one jumper or cardigan with the school logo on it but any spares can be bought from any supermarket for as little as £4. T-shirts from £2 and shirts from £3.

The children will also be expected to wear a school tie. For children in Reception and KS1 this will be a tie on elastic, for KS2 children it is a proper tie which they will learn to tie themselves.

The indoor PE kit will be blue shorts or tracksuit bottoms and a white T shirt with a blue tracksuit needed for outdoor PE. Again, all available from the uniform shop or any supermarket

In fact, the only branded clothing items are the new school jumper, cardigan and tie and to make the uniform more affordable, Brimsdown will give every child their first tie for free. All other clothing items can be bought straight from the supermarket.

Along with the smart uniform we will be reinforcing the rules of the school bags. Children in Early Years and Year1 and 2 will only be allowed book bags in school. Children in Years 3 to 6 will only be allowed a Brimsdown rucksack. These are available from Lyons Uniform Shop.

Please see the price list (see below) and please remember after buying one logoed jumper or cardigan you can buy any spares from the supermarket.

All clothing and footwear should be clearly labelled with your child’s full name.​


Apart from small stud earrings in pierced ears, no jewellery should be worn in school.  Nail varnish, make up and temporary tattoos should not be worn.

No patterns or logos should be shaved into the hair.

Long hair should be tied back.





Starting Prices



Royal, embroidered with school logo



V-neck jumper

Royal, embroidered with school logo




Royal, embroidered with school logo




White, long sleeved, twin pack




White, closed neck, long sleeved, twin pack



School Tie (Elastic)

Royal/White, striped                                 Reception – Year 2



School Tie (45”)

Royal/White, striped                                 Year 3 – 6
















Grey, 5 pack




Grey, twin pack




Royal, embroidered with school logo     Reception – Year 2




Royal, embroidered with school logo     Year 3 – 6







Sports Kit






PE Shorts

Navy, poly/cotton



Sports Socks

White, twin pack







PE Bag

Royal, printed with school logo



Navy Blue Tracksuit

Available from any large supermarket or online











All black school shoes

Available from any large supermarket, shoe shop or online



All black trainers (no logo or other colours allowed)

Available from any large supermarket, shoe shop or online



Black, flat boots (ankle length)

Available from any large supermarket, shoe shop or online


Lost property

It is very easy for children’s clothes, bags and lunch boxes to get mixed up. Please avoid this by clearly marking your child’s belongings with their name and class in permanent ink or via a sewn name label.

The school has a ‘lost property’ box which is located near the welfare office. The office staff, your child’s class teacher or teaching assistant will be happy to show you where it is but will not be able to search for items that are lost without names.

The lost property box is emptied at the end of each half-term, tables will be set out in the playground so that parents can sort through the labelled items, but also allows an opportunity for unnamed school uniform items to be sold a small cost. A few school uniform items without a name are kept as ‘spares’. Please be aware that any lost property that isn’t collected will be either given to charity or disposed of depending on its condition.

The school is unable to take responsibility for lost property (including uniform items, coats, shoes, bags, lunch boxes, mobile phones, jewellery items and watches, hats, gloves, scarves, personal stationery, etc.)

If your child accidentally brings home an article of clothing belonging to someone else, please immediately send this back to school so it can be returned to its rightful owner.​ Thank you.

School meals

We believe that Lunchtime should be the highlight of the day for everyone at Brimsdown Primary School. We want to help children gain a real appreciation for good quality food, where it comes from, how it’s produced and why healthy food is important.

School meals collage

School meals are provided by Cambridge-based specialist schools caterer; The Lunchtime Company They provide delicious, nutritious and healthy meals every day.

Together we offer children a wonderful choice of hot food, fresh vegetables, freshly baked bread, fresh fruit, yogurt, jacket potatoes… there really is something for everyone.

All meals are cooked from fresh ingredients every day, sourced locally (where possible within a 60 mile radius of the school), and prepared on-site.

Over the course of the academic year we provide an array of theme days, activities, cookery classes and charity events – these are advertised around the school and on the website.

We would really love to invite parents, grandparents and carers to come and dine with your children and experience first-hand the amazing food. Just let us know when you would like to come in. We look forward to sharing with you.

Lunchtime Company Flyer.pdf

Click on an image below to view the week’s menu.

Breakfast at Brimsdown

At Brimsdown Primary School, we are proud that we provide breakfast for all our pupils. This benefits them in numerous ways but most importantly means that they start the day with a healthy meal which helps their concentration and ensures that they have a positive start to the day in a friendly nurturing environment.

The breakfast provided is toast, porridge and cereal. These are swapped around on a rota basis for each year group over the school year.

The breakfast process includes all pupils and duties are shared e.g. making breakfast, serving, washing up etc. We hope that this will teach our children that taking responsibility for washing up is part of the process. Sitting together calmly, sometimes with background music, encourages plenty of speaking and listening skills whilst creating a nurturing environment.

In Reception playground a close-up shot of boy holding a spade

Keeping your child safe

‘Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, every day’.

Our first and foremost priority is to keep your child safe and healthy. Under the new OFSTED framework safeguarding is a key indicator of what constitutes a good school. Keeping your child safe means:

  • The health and safety of all children
  • Making sure that the adults who work here have undergone safety and security checks
  • Protecting children from deliberate harm
  • Being an anti-bullying school
  • Being proactive against racist behaviour
  • Being proactive against attempts to indoctrinate children in to any form of extreme ideology
  • Protecting our children from harassment and discrimination
  • A positive approach to behaviour management including the use of physical intervention safely, when necessary
  • Meeting the needs of children with medical conditions
  • Providing first aid
  • Protecting children from drug and substance abuse
  • Children enjoying safe educational visits
  • Caring for children’s personal needs
  • Keeping children safe when using the internet and making sure they are aware of cyber bullying.
  • Making sure our school is secure and safe
  • Being a ‘listening school’.
  • Ensuring they know who to go in school if they have a problem​

Parents concerns

Parents with any concerns can fill out the form by clicking on the image below:

Parents concern form image


The Welfare Team are:

  • Christine Robinson (Welfare Officer)
  • Helen Dalby (Welfare Deputy)

We try to make the Welfare room a friendly area so that the children feel comfortable when they visit us if they are hurt or unwell, or if they just want a chat.

If there is anything we can do for parents to help, or give advice, please come and see us. If we are not available to talk to you when you come in, then please ring or speak to the office staff about making an appointment.

There are a number of First Aiders in our school who are trained to administer First aid to our children in addition to our Welfare Officers.

We can administer children’s medications in our school if requested, however there is a procedure of completing a form and answering some questions beforehand. We have a list of medications that we do give in school and some we give with recommendations.

If your child had a medical need, we will ask that you come in and see one of the Welfare Team to complete a care plan to support your child in school.

We regularly work with other NHS professionals. The school nurse visits to help with children’s needs. The children have medical checks e.g. hearing tests and dentist visits during their time in school, which is organised by the NHS. Parents receive a letter before these checks take place.

If your child becomes ill or sustains any injury at school, they will be cared for by the Welfare Assistants. If it is deemed necessary parents will be asked to come to the school to collect their child.

In case of an emergency, please make sure we always have up-to-date phone numbers where you can be contacted.

Parents/carers will be informed of any head injuries sustained and for serious accidents we follow the procedures laid down by the London Borough of Enfield.

If your child has sickness or diarrhea they must be absent from school for 48 hours after being unwell.

If your child has head lice, we can give you advice on how this can be treated.

There are some useful links to websites below that may be of interest.

Headlice advice:

NHS advice line:


Glossary of common education and related terminology

Academies – Academies are independent state-funded schools. These schools have more freedom over their finances, the curriculum they teach and teachers’ pay and conditions. These schools are funded directly by central government rather than by the local authority. Some academies are sponsored and these sponsors can come from a range of backgrounds (businesses, other successful schools, universities, charities and faith bodies). Sponsors are held accountable for improving the performance of their schools. You can complete your induction year in an academy. Find out more on the DfE’s Academies pages.

AfL – Assessment for Learning – From September 2009, all UK schools were expected to implement an assessment for learning program. Day-to-day assessments would include effective questioning; observations of children during teaching and while they are working; holding discussions with children; analysing work and reporting to children; conducting tests and giving quick feedback.

APP – Assessing Pupils’ Progress – APP is a structured approach to periodically assessing maths, science, reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.

AT – Attainment Target – Sets out expected standards of pupils’ performance at the end of each key stage.

BESD – Behaviour Emotional and Social Difficulties

BSL – British Sign Language

CAF – Common Assessment Framework: a form to co-ordinate all the agencies working with a family with problems.

DfE – The Department for Education – They responsible for education and children’s services in England.

EAL – English as an Additional Language – Refers to children whose first language(s) is/are not English and who may not yet be speaking English fluently or even at all.

EBD – Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

EP – Educational Physiologist

EWO – Education Welfare Officer – Person employed by the Local Authority to help parents and the LA meet their statutory obligations in relation to school attendance.

ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages or English as a Second or Other Language – If English is not your main language you can take part in a course to help you improve your English. These courses are called ESOL.

FSM – Free School Meals

G and T – Gifted and Talented

HI – Hearing Impairment

HLTA – Higher Level Teaching Assistant

ICT – Information and Communication Technology

IEP  – Individual Education Plan – A document that outlines specific learning objectives for a student and how those objectives will be carried out.

INSET – In-Service Education and Training -Training for school staff, which takes place during the school year.

ITT – Initial Teacher Training

KS1 – Key Stage 1 – 5 – 7 years old

KS2 – Key Stage 2 – 7 – 11 years old

LA – Local Authority

LSP – Learning Support Plan

MFL – Modern Foreign Languages

MLD – Moderate Learning Difficulties

NQT – Newly Qualified Teacher

Ofsted – The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills is an independent organisation, which reports directly to Parliament. Ofsted inspects and regulates services, which care for children and young people and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages. Ofsted sets out to raise standards in British schools through regular inspections.

PE – Physical Education

PPA – Planning, Preparation and Assessment Time

PPF – Pupil Premium Funded

PSHE – Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

PSP – Pastoral Support Plan

QTS – Qualified Teacher Status 

RE – Religious Education

SATs – Standard Attainment Tests/Tasks – National Curriculum Tests and Tasks which take place at the end of Key Stage 1 and at the end of Key Stage 2.

SEN – Special Educational Needs Provision – Support for pupils with learning difficulties.

SENCO – Special Educational Needs Coordinator

SLD – Severe Learning Difficulties

SLT – Senior Leadership Team 

SMSC – Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

TA – Teaching Assistant