The New Garfield Primary


Welcome to the  New Garfield                                                 

After years of planning and 2 years of building works, our new Garfield school is ready. This will be our third site in Garfield’s history. Originally a Victorian school on Garfield Road, we then moved into the current building in the 1970’s. I would like to thank all the staff, governors, parents, pupils and, of course, our local authority team for their ideas, imagination, vision and patience. Once we move in, our current school will be demolished (not the KS2 building) in order for phase B works to commence. This will involve creating outdoor play space for KS2 pupils.

The purpose of this booklet is to give you key information so that we can ensure a safe and smooth transition to our new premises. The wider leadership team (which includes our strong, dedicated governing body) have worked very hard to create new systems and procedures which we will closely review and refine over the next half term. We ask for your continued support over the next half term as we embed our new systems for the day to day running of the school. We know that once our 500 pupils and 70+ staff are in, we may notice the need to make some further changes. We are delighted that we now have a school building and grounds that reflect our high ambition and will support our goal in providing an outstanding education for all.


                                                                                         Key Procedures                                                                       

General Office Opening hours are: 8am-5pm. Our lovely office team will be happy to help you with any enquiries. Please know that between 8.45-9am the office is very busy.

Our main entrance is now on Upper Park Road. You must use this entrance during the school day – this is the only gate open during the school day.At 8.35am and 3pm – is the only time the Springfield Road gate is open as well to parents.


The school day timings remain the same.

School starts: 8.50am                                                                          

School ends: 3.15pm

Gates on Springfield Road & Upper Park Road will be open from 8.35am (for the summer term). The gate on Springfield Road is locked during the school day. Any late arrivals, or late collections at the end of the day, must come via the main entrance on Upper Park Road.

                                               Drop off arrangements for Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2

Families with children in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 to enter the school through Springfield Road entrance. This is also the best entrance for parents with buggies. Reception Parents and children gather in Reception Playground outside respective classes. There are outside signs to help you. 8:50am Teachers open door and parents and children come in. Parents share information as necessary. 3:15pm Parents stand outside respective classrooms and teachers call children as they see the parent/carers.

Year 1                                                                                                        

Parents and children gather in Year 1 outdoor area outside respective classes.

8:50am Teachers open door and children enter class. Parents remain outside.                                                                         

3:15pm Parents stand outside respective classrooms and teachers call children as they see the parent.

Year 2                                                                                                    

Line up Reception playground near climbing frame fence at a point specified for each class.                                                                  

8:50am Class teacher and assistant to collect. Parents remain outside.                                                                                                

3:15pm Parents gather at back of Reception playground near climbing frame.

Year 3-6

Due to lack of playground space, and to maximise pupil safety, we are asking parents/carers to drop their children at the inner gate of Springfield Road entrance or the inner gate of the Upper Park Road entrance. Garfield staff will greet children at the inner gates and take any messages for teachers. This is for mornings only. School staff will be in the playground supervising pupils from 8.35am until the teacher collects them from the playground. We ask for your co-operation with this new procedure.

8:35-8:50am Children arrive and wait in playground supervised by staff.

8:50am Line up in designated space and collected by teacher and TA.

3:15pm Families wait in designated space in large playground. Teachers lead pupils to the playground and ensure meet parents.

                                                                                       At hometime

-If you wish your child to go home alone, without an adult, please ensure written permission is given.

-Gates will open at approximately 3pm.

-Parents/carers to wait in designated area in large playground.

                                                                      Breakfast Club and After School Club

Our Breakfast Club and After School Club are situated in the hall. Parents should drop off and collect via the Main entrance on Upper Park Road.

Breakfast Club: 8am – 8.50am

After School Club: 3.15pm – 5.30pm*

* Please note that any late collections will incur a charge of £10.00 and regular lateness may result in a loss of place at the After School Club. If there are any changes to who is collecting your child, or a delay in collecting, please ring 07823 880006 (after 3.30pm daily) in advance.

                                                                                   Lunch Timings:

We are having a staggered lunchtime so that we can ensure pupils have enough outdoor space. Lunchtimes for KS1 & KS2 pupils are between 11.30-12.30 or 12.30-1.30pm. Reception only will be 11.30-12.45pm.

We regularly hold special assemblies. Whenever possible, we welcome parents and carers to attend. Now we have larger halls, we will be able to invite parents more regularly. Good news!
Arrive: Main entrance on Upper Park Road. You may be asked to wait outside the main office until the gates are opened to allow entrance into the hall. Assemblies do start on time so please arrive at least 5 minutes before the start time. Late arrivals may disrupt the performance so you may be asked to wait until an appropriate interval.

                                                                           Areas in our new build
The new school has 1 large hall that can be divided into 3 separate halls.
Hall 1:Is the hall we will use for lunchtimes and some of our PE lessons. We will also use this hall for some assemblies.
Hall 2:Is where our Breakfast Club and After School Club will run. During the day it can also be used for other curriculum areas such as PE, Drama & Dance.
Hall 3:Is our studio hall. We will have some PE lessons in there. We will also use it for Drama/circle time.

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Our new School Library will be ready by the end of the Summer Term.

Additional ‘Learning Zones
We have a Nurture Room, Quiet Room and other specialist rooms to support pupils’ learning.

Computer Science Suite
We have an exciting new Computer Science/ ICT suite, which holds 30 brand new desktops with state of the art programs on them. We have also got Robotics and Bluebots.


Food Tech Room
We have an exciting new Food Tech Room. Our pupils will be able to learn more about cooking, food science and healthy eating.


Our Garfield Vision and Values
These can be seen throughout our school in large pictures on our walls. It is important that everyone knows what we believe and stand for at Garfield.












Classrooms in our new school are spacious with the latest ICT equipment and new furniture. There is drinking water and excellent storage for all our teaching and learning resources.

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                                                                             Outdoor Spaces
We have excellent outdoor facilities. They include a playground especially for reception pupils. There is a large playground which will be shared for KS1 & KS2 pupils until our phase B works are completed by approximately January 2017. We have a traversing wall for pupils to develop their strength and agility. We have a trim trail and a gardening area. Each year group will be responsible for one planting sleeper. We also have a small pond where we can enjoy nature and explore.



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