Carterhatch Junior School is situated about two hundred metres to the east of the Great Cambridge Road on Carterhatch Lane, Enfield.
The school was opened in 1949 and together with the Infant School shares the 4.5 acre site.
The buildings are single storey blocks which are interconnected, joining at right angles to a long main corridor . Most of the teaching rooms have southern aspects with french doors opening out onto an area of garden.
In the planning and construction of this school, an attempt was made to bring fresh air, sunlight, warmth and colour into the building.
The school is a three-form entry with classes organised in year groups. Each class contains 30 pupils to one Class Teacher.
Every year group receives support from Teaching Assistants.
The School Day
- School begins at: 8:50am
- The playground is open from 8:30am and children are expected to be in the playground by 8.45am
- Morning play: 10.30am – 10.45am
- Lunchtime: 12.45pm – 1.45pm
- School finishes at: 3:15pm
How Can Parents and Carers Help?
We are always keen to welcome parents and carers, wherever possible, into school life. If you are interested in volunteering in school, please contact the school office or the Deputy Headteacher and we will be pleased to discuss options with you.
Parents regularly help with a range of activities such as reading with children, helping out in class, participating in games, sewing, cooking, school outings, concerts and whole school events.
In order to safeguard our children we do require all parent volunteers to be DBS checked. Either the Office or the Deputy Headteacher can help you with this.
We really are most grateful for all the help we get from parents and carers.
Communication with Parents and Carers
As a staff we endeavour to establish a good relationship with all parents and carers.
We have open evenings during the school year so that we can meet with parents and carers to discuss their child’s progress. Every child is invited along so that they are directly involved in reviewing progress in their learning and setting their own targets to work towards.
All children are given reports at the end of the school year.
Parents are welcome to meet with staff or the Headship Team at any time to discuss their children. Please do not hesitate to contact the school. It is not always necessary to make an appointment, as we will endeavour to see you immediately if we are able. Teaching staff are usually available after school.
Supporting Your Child’s Learning
There are many ways in which you can support and encourage your child to do well at school. This may include:
- Play with and talk to your child. Ask them about their day, what they did and what they enjoyed. Talk to your child as much as possible. It is very important to talk in your own ‘mother-tongue’, even if this is not English. This will enhance your child’s capacity to learn other languages and learn difficult concepts later on in life.
- Read bedtime stories to your child as often as possible. Talk about the pictures and the stories with your child.
- Regularly visit your local library and select fun books to read with your child.
- Limit the amount of time your child watches television. Research has shown that children who watch a lot of T.V. have a less developed vocabulary and do less well at school.
- Take your child to parks and museums. Many are free!
- Make sure your child gets enough sleep. Children up to 10 years may still need up to 10 hours sleep a night.
- Support your child with their homework. If you are unsure about a task yourself, please do not hesitate to ask for help at school.
- Make sure your child eats a healthy diet. If your child takes a packed lunch to school, ensure it contains appropriate food, such as sandwiches, yoghurt and fruit. Please do not give them chocolate, crisps, biscuits or cakes.
- Walk to school if possible; ensure your child gets regular exercise.
- Make sure your child attends school every day, unless they are unwell.
- Make sure your child is dressed appropriately for school, this includes a warm coat in the winter and suitable footwear. Sandals and high heels are a health hazard, as is any type of jewellery.