Welcome to Eaton Bray Lower School
Eaton Bray Lower School is a county, co-educational day school which caters for children aged 4 - 9 years of all abilities.
The school moved into a new building in March 1988 which is designed to accommodate 120 children.
We firmly believe that all children should be helped to achieve their full potential through attention to their individual means.
Welcome to the first glimpse of our School. We hope that you will choose to come and visit us and meet all our children and staff. I was appointed Head of Eaton Bray Lower School in February 2005. However, I have been Deputy Head here since 1991. I hope this shows a commitment to the School and my belief that it is a special place. We are small enough to form excellent relationships with our children, and they with each other, but we are large enough to ensure the curriculum is fully covered. Our School has a quiet, calm, caring ethos, which is commented on by all our visitors. Everyone at the School forms a hardworking and dedicated team. The staff are reliable and flexible, which is crucial in a small lower School. The Governors of the School are tremendously supportive and regularly give of their time, not just for meetings but also to offer advice, support and expertise. We also have a very active Home School Association. Their time is taken up planning exciting events for the children to enjoy. As an added bonus, money is often raised for additional School resources. I hope our website will give you a flavour of what our School is like. Rather than try to explain in detail here, how we work and what we believe in, I would ask that you come and see us. I look forward to welcoming you and your child/children to our School.
We admit children part-time at the beginning of the term following their fourth
birthday. Or they can start full-time in the term in which they are five, if the parent wishes. Statutory education commences in the term following their fifth birthday.
There is more information about this matter in our prospectus.
TERM DATES 2006/2007
AUTUMN: Tuesday 5th September 2006 to Wednesday 20th December 2006
Half Term Monday 23rd October for one week
SPRING: Thursday 4th January 2007 to Friday 30th March 2007
Half Term Monday 12th February for one week
SUMMER: Tuesday 17th April 2007 to Friday 20th July 2007
Half Term Monday 28th for one week
May Day Monday 7th 2007
Inset day Monday 2nd July
TERM DATES 2007/2008
AUTUMN: Tuesday 4th September 2007 to Thursday 20th December 2007
Half term 22nd October 2007 for one week
SPRING: Thursday 3rd January 2008 to Thursday 20th March 2008
Half Term 11th February 2008 for one week
SUMMER: Tuesday 8th April 2008 to Friday 18 July 2008
Half Term 26th May for one week
May Day Monday 5th May 2008
The school day is divided into two sessions:
Morning Session: Starts 8.50am
Ends 12.00 noon
Morning Break: 10.15-10.30am
Afternoon Session: Starts 1.25pm
There is no formal afternoon break; the younger children have a break as necessary.
Children should not arrive at school earlier than 8.45 a.m.
Part time children attend school between 8.50 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. for the
first term and a half, and are then gradually introduced to a longer day.
TRAVEL TO SCHOOL
The school encourages children to walk to school.The school has a travel plan which aims to promote safe and healthy means of travel to school.
The School Council consists of children from each class. Before a meeting the council members are given time to consult with their class so they can accurately represent their views. They also report back to the class at the end of the meeting.
The council organise fund raising events and have their own budget!
More information can be found in the school council notice board situated on the wall of Badger Class.
AFTER SCHOOL CLUB
After school club is run by qualified staff and is available for all children aged 4-9 years old. It is run on a daily basis between the hours of 3.30pm and 5.30pm Monday to Thursday and 3.30pm and 4.30pm on a Friday term time only.
Children can be booked in for either 1 hr or 2 hrs. Healthy drinks and snacks are offered. We do lots of fun and messy activities as well as outdoor activities weather permitting.
Premier Soccer is a company which visits the School, and teaches the children the many skills involved in football. This is held on a Friday after School 3.30-4.30pm. Bookings are to be made through the secretary in the school office. Twice a year they also hold soccer camps during the holidays. These are open to all members of the community.
Bookings can be done online at www.premiersport.org where you can qualify for an Early Bird Discount.
LINKS WITH THE COMMUNITY
We run a FREE computer club for the local Eaton Bray people
The club is a general introduction to computing, for example, creating documents in word, inserting pictures, cutting and pasting, sending emails and surfing the web.The club is every Friday at 1.30. It is run by Mrs Matthews who is our Early
Years teacher and ICT co-ordinator.
IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER
If we have to shut school because of bad weather, we will inform the local radio stations (Chiltern and BBC3 Counties) who broadcast all school closures on the station and their websites. The addresses of their web sites are as follows - there should be links from there to the school closure pages.
PLEASE only call school as a last resort as we only have one phone line which may become very busy.
HOME SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
All parents are automatically members of this association. The Home School Association supports us throughout the year both in supplying support and funds. The Annual General Meeting is usually held in September when a committee for the following year is elected. This committee then plans events for the year and enlists further help as appropriate.
Many of the “extras” in the school and the grounds are the results of their efforts.
The school is in the middle of the village and can be found quite easily.
If you are approaching Eaton Bray from the south, look out for a small green on your left and continue travelling north. Continue for another 100 metres and School Lane is on the right opposite a farm track.
If you approach from the north, pass St. Mary's church on the right and keep a look out for the village shop to your right. The next turning on the left is School Lane.
Turn into School Lane and continue almost until the end. The school can be found on the left.
Please click to see a map detailing the location of the school. This will appear in a new browser window.
Here is one child's own interpretation of where their school is located: