Horniman Primary School

  • Horniman Drive
  • Forest Hill
  • London
  • SE23 3BP
  • Tel: 020 8699 3190
  • After School Club: 020 8699 8378
  • Email:
  • Headteacher: Julie Loffstadt
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School Handbook

Start of school day: 
8.55am – Reception & Key Stage 1 
8.50am – Key Stage 2 
The school gates open at 8.30am. Ideally children should arrive just before the start of the school day. The 
playground is not supervised before school. Children from Years 2 – 6 are collected by their class teacher from the 
playground. Reception and Year 1 children enter through the reception playground. Chase games and ball games are not 
allowed before school. We also ask that children do not play on the climbing frame or steps and decking before and 
after school.  Class teachers are available for brief messages. 

3:15pm – Reception & Key Stage 1 
3.20pm – Key Stage 2 
Reception and Year 1 children are collected from their classrooms at the end of the day. 
Year 2 children are collected from the main playground. 
In Key Stage 2 the class teacher brings the class down to the playground. The cloakroom areas and playground are 
supervised at the end of the day. A member of leadership team is on duty each day. 
Children who are not collected are taken to wait in the dining area. We ask that children do not wait to be collected 
from outside the school. A record is kept of late collection. All late children need to be signed out. 
We advise parents to take holidays outside of term time. Holidays during term time will only be authorised in 
exceptional circumstances. Any requests for absence need to be made in writing to the headteacher. It is helpful if 
medical and other appointments are notified in advance in writing to the school. If your child is unwell please 
telephone the school office to let them know. You may also send in a note so that we have a written record of your 
child’s absence. We are sorry but we are not able to authorise absences for family events during term time e.g. 
theatre trips, birthday outings. 
It is very important that all children arrive on time. If your child is late for school they should report to the school office 
where they will be registered and receive a late card. Lateness is carefully monitored and regular late arrival is 
referred to attendance and welfare service. 
The office is open to parents at the following times:



8.00am – 9.30am 
2.30pm – 4.30pm



8:00am - 9:30am

2:30pm - 4:00pm


The reception area in the foyer situated off the main playground is operational between 8.30am - 9.00am to support parents dropping children off in the main playground and to answer any questions or queries and take payments etc;


 It is helpful if enquiries to the office can be made at these times. 
The cost of a school meal from September is £2.00 a day, payable weekly in advance. This can be paid to the office 
on a Monday morning between 8.30am – 9.30am, or may be sent into school in a dinner envelope (available from 
the office) and handed into the class teacher. We are sorry but we are not able to give change. 

Children whose parents receive Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, full rate Children’s Tax Credit or Asylum 
Seekers receiving regular payments from Asylum Seeker Team or Social Services are entitled to free school meals. The process for applying is straightforward and confidential. You can check online using a ‘Free School Meals / Pupil Premium Service’ at After entering essential details into the web site, the online application process links to the Department for Education system for checking eligibility and gives an immediate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response, and will notify our school. Alternatively, you can speak to a member of the office staff by calling 020 8314 6221 (10am-4pm), who will be able to assist you through this process. All enquires will be treated in confidence.

Children in Reception and KS1 are automatically entitled to a free school lunch; however, registering your child for free meals will entitle them to additional support with the cost of school visits, PTA events and extra-curricular clubs, as well as raising additional funds for the school.


Children who bring a packed lunch are encouraged to bring healthy options, no sweets or fizzy drinks. Children 
must not have any nuts or nut products including sandwich spreads. 
The school policy relating to food is strictly no nuts. This extends to all school events including social and PTA 
KS1 and Reception have a weekly birthday assembly and children in KS2 celebrate in their classes.  Children are invited to select a small gift from the birthday box. Unfortunately, we are unable to share birthday cakes and sweets during the school day.

These may be purchase from the office during opening hours and cost £3.75 for the essential book bag and £4.75 for the essential despatch bag (with strap).
All visitors are requested to sign the visitors’ book and collect a badge from the reception area. 
We value parents getting involved and have many parents and carers who help during the school day. Please see 
your child’s class teacher if you would like to help in school. 
Please note that unfortunately we are unable to accommodate younger siblings when parents are helping during the 
school day or on trips. We require parents who help regularly in school to have a DBS check. Please ask at the 
office for details. A crèche is held on a Friday morning 9.00 – 9.30am so that parents can attend reading workshop. 
We encourage children not to bring money to school. If it is necessary for a child to have money with him/her, it 
should be handed to the classteacher at the beginning of the school day, preferably in a named envelope. 
Children are encouraged to bring in items related to their topic work. In Reception and Year 1 children have the 
opportunity to bring special items to show on particular days. 
We ask that children do not bring toys or other personal possessions into school. Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 are 
allowed to bring pencil cases to school. 
Children are asked not to wear jewellery (including wrist bands) in school (unless there is a particular religious 
reason). Children with pierced ears should wear studs only. Children may wear watches in school. 
A few of our older children bring mobile phones to school. Any phones should be handed in to the office at the 
beginning of the school day. We advise against children bringing mobile phones to school. If you do wish your child 
to bring a phone to school, please put the request in writing. Phones must be handed in to the office before 
registration and collected at the end of the day. 
For indoor PE, Key Stage 1 children can wear vest and pants or change into shorts and T-shirt. In Key Stage 2, 
children change to shorts and T-shirt (indoor) and shorts/joggers and T-shirt for outdoor PE. All children must wear 
trainers or plimsolls for outdoor PE. Your classteacher will inform you when the class PE days are. Children must 
remove watches and jewellery (with the exception of small ear studs) for PE. Please ensure shorts are suitable for 
PE – no denim or cut offs. It is helpful if PE kits come in the school on Monday and go home on a Friday. A school 
PE kit can be purchased/ordered from the office. 
The prime responsibility for a child's health lies with the parent/carer. It is important that we have sufficient information about the medical conditions of any child, particularly those with long term needs. Medicines should be handed to the school office and an ‘administration of medicines’ form completed by the parent/carer stating the dosage and time to be taken. Non-prescribed medicines cannot be authorised (with the exception of Calpol) and medicines need to be in the original bottle with a dosage spoon  provided. Inhalers should be clearly labelled and handed to the school where it will be stored in the child’s classroom. Children in upper KS2 are responsible for carrying their own inhalers. It is the parent/carer’s responsibility to ensure all medicines are not past their ‘use by date’. Children should not bring any other medicine or cough sweets to school. 

There is an optional uniform. School sweatshirts and other school wear can be ordered via the school office. 
Children are expected to wear clothing which is easily manageable and suitable for all activities. Footwear should 
be suitable for the playground, allowing children to run and play safely (no high heels, loose strap sandals or clogs). 
In warmer weather we request that children wear tops with sleeves (no belly tops). We also ask that children do not 
have slogans or big pictures on their clothes.



The school takes its safeguarding duties very seriously. All school appointments follow strict safeguarding procedures and regular volunteers to school, including parent volunteers, are asked to complete a DBS check. As a school, we are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. It is our duty to promote the welfare of children, protect them from harm and to take appropriate action, working with other services as needed.


Horniman Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.