Brandlehow is a mainstream community primary school, which currently has 375 children ages 3-11. It is a listed building, by the renowned architect Ernő Goldfinger, which makes planning and development complicated but gives us the benefit of a very special building! There are 12 permanent rooms for classroom space (Nursery to Year 6) and 3 temporary rooms; 1 of these is due to be removed imminently and 2 have temporary planning permission for 3 year period from August 2016.
13 rooms are currently set up as classrooms. 1 hall and 1 classroom have full timetables of sport, music, specialised teaching. 1 of these may become a classroom in 2017.
3 Playgrounds for outdoor play and Willow for indoor playtime activities.
Nursery/Reception play together; Year 1 play in thier own playground or with Year 2; Years 2-6 have staggered playtimes in the main playground
Brandlehow’s Community and Diversity are its strengths…
Our community is full of wonderful children, families, staff and other interested stakeholders…
Our children come from a great range of backgrounds: we have 37% of children for whom English is a second (or even third!) language; 38 languages spoken and a wide variety of faiths and heritage is represented and celebrated at the school. We like to challenge stereotypes and ensure that every child is given the support and opportunities that will enable them to succeed to the best of their ability; we also insist that they put as much effort into this journey as they can and that they’re active and positive learners who make the most of every opportunity they’re given. We don’t allow glass ceilings based on circumstances of children and we don’t believe in fixed ability. Mixed confidence groups are used in classrooms.
Our families are supportive, challenging and aspirational – they are fully involved in their children’s education and contribute hugely to the success of the school. Our incredible PTA is proactive, creative and highly successful – their funds and time ensure that we have support for every project we put to them.
We have over 50 members of staff, many of whom have been here for more than 10 years.
‘EQUALITY’, not ‘INCLUSION’
Inclusion is a positive word, frequently used in relation to Special Needs, but because it subtly and innocently implies a hierarchy, where some include others, we prefer the word equality, where every child is equally important, special and valued. We recognised that we all have barriers and strengths in relation to our learning, which change over time. At Brandlehow, there are currently just under 9% of children who have identified special needs, with 9 children with EHCPs.
Lots of children at any one given time – every child in the course of their time at Brandlehow - will receive support or personalised input to either help get over a barrier or to work on a strength. This will be provided either in a small group or on a one-to-one basis. This support takes place before and after school, during assemblies, or during school hours on a rotational basis so that the same learning is not missed repeatedly.
We’re lucky enough to have lots of specially trained staff with passion and areas of expertise such as Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Maths and Social skills.
ACADEMIA AND THE BROADER CURRICULUM
Our results are excellent and remain so over time, but this is only part of the story. We’re excited and committed to preparing children for a very different future and so we strive to give them all the opportunities, skills and passions that will enable to them to thrive and be happy in their futures.
A number of fee-paying clubs and more than 15 free clubs (run by staff and parents) are on offer from Reception year up, and are as diverse as our community. They include: Music, languages, sport, drama and art, all of which we also offer within curriculum time to an outstanding level. Music, language and sport specialists teach on specific days.
We have a healthy approach to competition… each of our children in Year 4 up will have a chance to represent the school in events and competitions; however to some events we submit our strongest team and aim to do the best we can… this has resulted in some extraordinary success over the years!!!
The vast majority of our children enjoy a freshly cooked three-choice meal each day, prepared by our award-winning team. Fresh fruit and vegetables are used, bread is baked fresh each day and all food is prepared without additives and with very low levels of salt and sugar. All medical and cultural dietary needs can be met.
Our uniform reflects our ethos: Children wear the same on the top half (the Brandlehow Blue with a range of shirts in red, white and blue) and a shared PE uniform to reflect our community. They can wear their own bottom half (trousers, skirts, shorts etc) and this reflects our diversity. The range is on view in the foyer and can be purchased via Marks & Spencer.
Reception Admissions FAQ
What is the admission criteria for Reception?
Places will first be offered to children with a Statements of Special Educational Needs or Education Health and Care Plan which names the school. These children will be included in the overall admission number of the school. The remaining places will then be allocated in the following order of priority as follows:
- i) Looked after children and those who ceased to be looked after children looked after because they were adopted, or because they became subject to a residence order, child arrangements order or a special guardianship order.
- ii) Children with a professionally supported exceptional medical need or exceptional social need for a place at a particular school, as decided by the Director of Children’s Services.
- iii) Children with brothers or sisters on the roll of the school on the date of admission living up to a distance of 800 metres from the school. Children with a brother or sister at the school on the date of admission living over 800 metres from the school will also receive priority under this criterion where the family have not moved since last sibling was offered a place or the last sibling was admitted prior to September 2016.
- iv) Other children in order of straight line distance from home to school as measured by Wandsworth Council’s Geographical Information System.
Please see ‘Choose a Wandsworth Primary School’ booklet for notes and more information.
How many places are available in Reception, Sept 2018 intake?
The published admission number is 30 for September 2018.
How do I apply?
Apply online at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/admissions. If you cannot apply online, paper forms are available by contacting the Pupil Services team (Tel: 020 8871 7316). Please return the form to Pupil Services at Wandsworth Town Hall.
When do I need to apply by?
The closing date for receiving applications is 15th January, 2018.
Will my child get priority for a place in Reception where they already attend Brandlehow Nursery?
No. There is no automatic transfer to the Reception class at the same school for children who attend the nursery. This is true of all community schools and not specific to Brandlehow.
How is my distance from home to school measured?
The distance used to prioritise applications for admissions to schools in Wandsworth will be measured in a straight line between your home and the centre of the school site.
When do I find out if my child has been accepted?
If you apply online you will be emailed the outcome of your application on the evening of 16 April 2018. If you apply on a paper form, you will be sent an outcome letter by first class mail on 16 April 2018, from Wandsworth Council.
What happens if my child is not offered a place at Brandlehow School?
Your child can remain on the waiting list compiled by Pupil Services. If you need to check your child’s place on the waiting list you must contact Pupil Services directly (Tel: 020 8871 7316) to find out their position: Brandlehow School does not keep any records of waiting list places for Reception class.
What if my child is not offered a place in any school on 16th April?
If you are not offered a place at any of the school you applied for, and places are available at other schools, the council is required to make you an alternative offer if possible. This will usually be at your nearest school with available places. However, parents may make additional late applications.
Nursery Admissions FAQ
How many places are available in Nursery, Sept 2018 intake?
- 17 full time places (9am-3pm)
- 9 Morning AM places (9-12)
- 9 Afternoon PM places (12-3)
What is the admission criteria for Nursery?
1: Children looked after, or who have an allocated social worker who has provided written support of the application or children who are the subject of adoption, residence order, child arrangements order or special guardianship order who were previously looked after by a Local Authority.
2: Children who are recommended for a place at that school following an action plan agreed by a multi-disciplinary group* (for example Team Around the Child (TAC). In cases of exceptional family, social or medical need (which must be described on the application form and verified by professionally supported evidence). The application must state why the school is the most suitable one for the individual child and why these needs cannot be met at any other setting.
3: Children with brothers or sisters on the roll of the school on the date of admission living up to a distance of 800 metres from the school. Children with a brother or sister at the school on the date of admission living over 800 metres from the school will also receive priority under this criterion where the family have not moved since last sibling was offered a place or the last sibling was admitted prior to September 2016.
4: Children who live nearest to the school by a straight line between your home and the centre of the school site calculated by Wandsworth Council’s Geographical Information System.
* Parents/carers who want their needs to be considered by a multi disciplinary group (for example Team Around the Child (TAC)) should contact a health professional or the local Children’s Centre (CC) who will complete an assessment of their need. An assessment using the Early Help Assessment (EHA) will be made. For a list of Children’s Centres visit the Family Information Service website www.wandsworth.gov.uk/fis
When do I find out if my child has been accepted?
During March you will be notified by email, so please make sure you print your email address clearly on the application form.
If my child is not accepted do I automatically go on the waiting list?
Yes and it is important that your child is kept on the waiting list. Nursery admissions are dealt with directly by the school and not by Wandsworth LA. This does mean that parents are able to make multiple applications to a variety of schools and then if successful pick and choose a preferred school. Consequently vacancies can and do open up.
What can I do if I need further help?
Finally the Family Information Service is able to support parents who wish to identify alternative nursery provision where parents have not been successful in securing their preferred choice of nursery.
The Closing date for receiving all applications is Friday 9th February 2018