"Lowbrook is a progressive centre of excellence where all staff, children and parents take pride in their school. At Lowbrook we believe every child can exceed their perceived potential. The curriculum is broad and the social development of children is central to our ethos. At Lowbrook we put the children at the centre of everything we do."
The Office Staff
Cheryl Wild-Office Manager
Fiona Williams-School Bursar
For further information about our school please contact one of our office staff or the Headteacher.
Situated in the quiet cul-de-sac, on the edge of a private housing development and backing onto Cox Green Comprehensive School(Specialist arts status), Lowbrook consists of a large central hall around which are the teaching areas, each with a door leading to the grounds. The school is on one level with no steps or stairs, with a wide entrance doors for wheelchair access. We have a purpose built craft area with a kiln and kitchen equipment. We have a large well stocked Library, and a dedicated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) area. The school has a further network of computers spread out among the classrooms and each classroom is equiped with an interactive whiteboard and laptop computer. Audio-visual equipment and musical instruments are used throughout the school.
Our extensive grounds provide us with the children's playground and equipment, adventure fun run, football and tag rugby pitches, netball courts, an amphitheatre and a large playing field. The wildlife area and many trees and shrubs add to the school's atmosphere of tranquility and welcome. We are fortunate to be able to provide high quality school lunches, which are served in the main hall.
Not all children within a class group are able to cope with new concepts at the same time or develop new skills at the same speed, so we adopt a differentaited approach to learning. A variety of teaching styles are used including whole class teaching, mixed or similar ability groups, small group work and one to one teaching. We also recognise that not all children learn in the same way; we therefore use a wide variety of teaching and learning styles when we teach. Styles could include visual, auditory or kinisthetic stimulus. The approach chosen will depend on the individual child and the subject being studied to ensure the maximum progress of every child.
Throughout the school the children are based in classroom areas, spending most of their time with their specific class teachers. Overall the staff work as a team; collaboratively planning, assessing and strengthening their teaching. All of the staff have 10% release time for preparation, planning and assessment. During this time specialist teachers are employed to teach each class. Specialist cover has incuded: Singing specialists, drama specialists, dance specialists, football specialists, fitness specialists and a badminton specialist.
Since the advent of the national curriculum, regular assessments have become a part of school life. Key Stage 1 SATs (Statutory assessment tests) are conducted at the end of Year 2 and Key stage 2 SATs at the end of year 6. These provide valuable information about the progress of the children individually and collectively.
Children are also regularly assessed throughout their school career using a range of tests, questionnairs and observations. The test results indicate to us how well children are learning and assist us with target setting and future planning.
Informal assessment of the children is an ongoing, daily routine and an intrinsic part of teaching.
Reporting to parents
We are committed to fulfulling our statutory obligation in reporting to parents as we believe it is vitally important in developing positive relationships with parents. If you wish to talk to your childs teacher it would be preferable to arrange a mutually convenient time, but if you have a particularly urgent concern it may be possible to see your childs teacher or Mr Rooney at short notice. We hold parent consultations in the Autumn and Spring terms to discuss childrens progress and to set future aspirational targets. Written progress reports are completed in the summer term; on which you and your child can comment on if you wish. School Profile has replaced the Governors' Annual Report. All maintained schools - except nurseries - are required to submit information, which must be updated at least annually. A copy of the schools profile is available on this web site-School Profile.
Extra Curricular Activities
The amount of homework given increases as the children move up through the school. They should be regularly taking home reading books from the scheme and confident, fluent readers should be reading novels from the school library. Other homework may include follow up activities, appropriate number work , spellings, and subject related research or work. Please talk to your child's teacher about the many opportunities for you to work with your child at home.
We are currently running a netball club, football club, tag rugby club and computer club for the children after school. We also have kick boxing, yoga and weight watchers opperating here to support the local community. The school has a breakfast club for its children and has affiliations with the Wycombe Wanderers football club which regularly run clubs here at school. Lowbrook school has an affiliation with the Magnet Leisure centre and runs Multi-Sport clubs here at schools for all age groups. All of our clubs are well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
An after school club is held at Cox Green Community Centre from Monday to Friday, for those who need it. Children are collected from the school and walked to the club.
Out of school visists
The children have the opportunity to take part in educational day visists, residential trips and swimming lessons. These activities are funded by voluntary contributions and cannot go ahead without them. There is no obligation to contribute and all children will be able to participate regardless of whether their parents are able to contribute. However, if contributions are insufficient to meet the costs, the activity may have to be cancelled.
For all out of school activities you will be asked to sign a permission slip.
Children wear school uniform to fgoster a pride intheir appearance, and their school, and to identify them when out on school journeys.
It consists of:
Navy jumpers or school sweatshirts.
Grey or Navy, trousers, skirts and dresses.
Blue, white or grey shirts and blouses.
Blue and white check summer dresses.
Sensible black or navy shoes. (No high heels)
Lowbrook sweatshirts, polar feleeces and polo shirts are available from the school office.
Jewellery must not be worn apart from a sleeper and stud type earings. A watch may be worn but remains the child's resposnsibility and must be removed for PE. Long hair should be tied back for safety reasons and claenliness and nail varnish should not be worn.
It is also important for safety and cleanliness reasons that the children have a suitable change of clothes for PE. They will need plain navy shorts, a plain white T shirt, plimsols or trainers and a tracksuit for outside activities in cold weather. All extra clothing should be kept in a small PE bag.
Don't forget to label all clothing.
School lunches are supplied by Harrisons Catering-The menu varies daily with several choices each day. The food is freshly prepaired and provides the children with a nutritional, well balanced diet to suit all tastes. Jamie Oliver would be proud. Lunchtimes give the children the opportunity to handle money and participate in the social event of collective eating. Alternatively, children may bring a packed lunch and drink to consume each lunch time. Lowbrook Food Policy