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Chigwell Row Infant School
Lambourne Road, Chigwell Row, IG7 6EZ, UK Chigwell
+44 (0)2085-003355

Chigwell Row is a county Infant school situated in an Essex village opposite Hainault Forest. Our location in Lambourne Rd has been the site of our school since it was built in Victorian times. The building still retains many of its original features and character. Lambourne Rd which today is a local thoroughfare was originally a dirt track between farms and fields. In days gone by the children who attended our school worked after school and during the holidays on these farms. The children of today are having a less physically strenuous existence, because we are setting academic goals which we strive to achieve in a happy friendly and secure teaching environment. Our school comprises of, in the main building, two classrooms which are able to take a maximum of 26 pupils. The library which houses a selection of fiction, and non fiction books, and the assembly hall which also serves as our gym and dining area. Our Reception class is located in the demountable classroom, which is positioned at the back of the school where it has its own enclosed outside playground.
The Library
The Playground
The main playground has just been re-painted with educational markings for games that children can use in their playtime. At our school the staff and governors have a strong commitment to providing a high quality of education for every child. The school provides a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which allows the child to learn through first hand experiences. This encourages the child to take an active part in his/her learning and gaining appreciation of the importance of their role in the school and community, where behaviour is based on mutual respect and consideration for others. We enthuse every child to strive for high standards, in order to promote a life long enthusiasm for quality in every aspect of their lives and independent learning. Extra curricular activities are encouraged, and conducted by fully qualified and certificated instructors.


Our Mission Statement

At Chigwell Row Infant School we aim to provide a safe, secure and happy environment where everybody is respected and valued. The school community encourages children to meet the challenges of life ahead by fostering positive attitudes, acquiring knowledge and skills and promoting a life long enthusiasm for independent learning.
Our Aims Are:-

  • To create high standards of learning experiences for all children, by providing access to all areas of the National Curriculum and Early Learning Goals.
  • To create a lively and stimulating environment which encourages curiosity and a love for learning.
  • To create a caring, secure school which values people as individuals.
  • To develop an appreciation of and a responsibility for the environment.
  • To encourage parents to work with the school in their child's learning.
  • To develop positive links with the community.
  • To ensure continuity in the life and work of the school.
  • To develop positive relationships within the school community.
  • To develop the whole child through a variety of relevant experiences including academic, social and emotional.

    Chigwell Row Infant School

    Status and Character: Community Infants' School (taking children aged 4-7) Number of pupils: 54 Initial Admissions in any one year: 26 Total capacity: 78

    Class Organisation:

    There are at present three classes. From September 1st 2002 until July 22nd 2003 the classes are structured as follows:

    Class 1 Reception
    Class 2 Year 1
    Class 3 Year 2

    Chigwell Row First School originally served Chigwell Row as a village school catering for boys from 5-7 years and girls from 5 to 11 years. In 1977 the school itself was later remodelled and reorganised. It then catered for boys & girls up to the age of 8. In the Summer of 2001 Chigwell Row First School became Chigwell Row Infant School, now catering for boys & girls between the ages of 4 and 7.

    Admissions Procedure

    Parents who wish their child to be admitted to Chigwell Row Infant School should visit the school so their child's details can be recorded. The Governors have adopted the Essex County Council Admissions Policy which uses the following criteria:

    • Priority is given to those living in the catchment area
    • Children with a sibling attending the school
    • All other remaining applications

    From September 2003, children will be admitted into the Reception class in the following way, Children born between September 1 and December 31 are admitted full time. Children born between January 1 and August 31st are admitted part time (mornings only) for a set period of the Autumn term.

    Contact Forms

    When your child starts here you will be asked to fill in a Contact Form. It is very important that the form is kept up to date. Should an emergency occur during the day much precious time can be lost trying to "find" Mum or Dad if details are not correct.

    Visitors to the school:

    The Head and teaching staff believe that good parent-teacher relationships are vitally important, so we welcome every opportunity to meet you and show you the school prior to your child attending. If you would like to visit please ring or write to the administrative assistant or the Headteacher and make an appointment.

    Access to Information

    Should parents wish to see curriculum documents, DFES circulars or other information about the work of the school, including the Essex Complaints Procedure, they should contact the Headteacher. Where a copy of the document is required, a small charge will be made to cover the cost of copying.

    Complaints Procedure

    The Government have laid down procedures for complaints against a school's governing body or LEA for non-Regulatory Compliance. These procedures are defined in the Education Reform Act 1988. A copy of the Essex document relating to these procedures may be obtained from the Headteacher. We at Chigwell Row beleive in an "open house" policy but if you need to speak to any member of staff, it is recommended that you,

    1. Make an appointment to see the class teacher concerned. This will be at the end of the afternoon sessions at a time that is convenient to both parents and teacher.
    2. Contact the Headteacher
    3. Contact a member of the Governing Body
    4. Finally if still not satisfied, again after contact with Headteacher or Governing Body, contact Area Education Office via an official letter of complaint.

    School Governors

    The Governing Body is responsible for the overall management of the school. It is made up of people from various sections of the community, including parents and teachers of the school. Any parent with a child in the school is eligible to stand for election as a parent governor, providing that there is a vacancy. Governors are invited to attend courses run by the Local Education Authority, which aim to help them fulfil their responsibilities. The Governing Body meets each term. Governors also serve on various sub-committees set up to assist in the running of the school. Once a year all parents are invited to attend the Annual Parents Meeting by the Governors. This allows the parents to ask general questions about the running of the school. If you wish to contact the Governors you may do so through the school

    The School Day

    School Gates Open 08:45
    Bell Rings 08:55
    Registration 09:00 - 09:10 10 minutes
    Assembly 10:30 - 10:45 15 minutes
    Morning Break 10:45 - 11:05 20 minutes
    Lunchtime 12:00 - 01:00 1 hour
    Registration 01:00 - 01:05 5 minutes
    End of Day 3:00
    Total teaching time per day: 4 hours 15 minutes
    Total teaching time per week: 21 hours 15 minutes
    Please ensure your child is on time. When the bell is rung by a member of staff the children can then come into school. Regular attendance and good time keeping are very important and we do keep a careful eye on this.

    Parent Helpers

    We are always pleased to welcome parents coming into school at any time to help in the classroom. Parents are invited to work with us for most of the day, taking small groups of children for practical activities such as craft work, cookery, computing, reading, library and outings. We believe this gives parents a closer insight into what we are trying to achieve as a school. As the school has no caretaker, knowledge and skills in carpentry and painting would be useful in supporting the staff and head teacher with small jobs applicable to the classroom and the surrounding school building.

    Open Day

    Parents are given the opportunity to have an interview with the class teacher on a termly basis. At this meeting parents are able to discuss their child's progress and his/her current targets. At the end of the summer term all children will receive a written report of their progress in the National Curriculum and all aspects of school life. The opportunity to discuss this report will be given at the July meeting.

    The Curriculum


    The school places a high priority on the teaching of English. We feel language is an integral part of all our work.

    Speaking and Listening

    Classroom activities are continually structured so that interaction and communication between pupil and teacher take place. We encourage children to talk and listen to each other. They are helped to order their thoughts and express them clearly and fluently. Well-planned areas and resources throughout the school provide children with unique opportunities to develop independence, confidence and maturity at a very young age.


    Early reading skills are carefully developed, not only do we want the children to learn to read, but we also want them to enjoy reading. We hope that you will encourage your child to read by letting them share books with you, and by reading to them. We have a wide variety of books to suit the needs of the individual so that they acquire the skills needed to read for enjoyment, fluency, understanding and information.


    This develops alongside the other language work and the children are encouraged to write in a variety of ways both factual and creative. Work produced is of a high quality, and well presented. All aspects are carefully monitored and evaluated by teachers to provide for continuity and progression.


    Handwriting and presentation of work is important. It is extremely important that children learn to form their letters properly. If children ask you to write something for them at home it would be helpful if you could use the style adopted by the school.


    The school places a high priority on the teaching of mathematics. Oral and mental work feature strongly in each lesson. Our aim is to make maths interesting, fun and relevant to the children's needs. The knowledge pupil's gain will enable them to apply these skills to everyday situations.


    Our aim is to make Science interesting and enjoyable for all involved. We teach observational skills through first-hand experiences, and encourage children to question and develop problem-solving attitudes.


    We provide hands-on experience with the latest technological data equipment. The computers are used in all areas of the curriculum. There are programs to consolidate any practical work done in the classroom.

    Collective Worship and Religious Education

    We follow the Essex Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. The basis of our teaching is Christian but we also learn about other faiths through story and celebration.

    History and Geography

    The local environment is a valuable resource for bringing skills required for historical and geographical study. The buildings and the elderly residents provide the children with valuable information.


    Children are provided with the opportunity to listen to a wide variety of music. They have access to musical instruments which allows them the opportunity to accompany musical pieces.

    Art and Craft

    Art skills taught throughout the school are dependent very much on direct observations. Children are encouraged to experience a variety of medium in order to represent their visualisations. Children are encouraged to appreciate famous works of art, compare and discuss their work with it and other children's work.

    Design and Technology

    Children learn to use a variety of tools and materials and put their skills into practise, designing and making models and objects for use in school.

    Physical Education

    Through the PE curriculum, children learn team and individual skills in Gymnastics, Dance, and Games. Physical education continues outside throughout the year. For health and safety reasons it is important that children are properly dressed for any physical activity.

    Our uniform for PE is as follows:

    1. Red, Black or white shorts
    2. White or Navy T-shirts
    3. Plimsolls (pull on type, no laces)
    4. Red, or grey tracksuit and trainers (for outside PE in winter months)

    P.E. bags with the school logo can be purchased from the school secretary.

    All jewellery must be removed for PE lessons. If a child is not able to do this unaided then it should not be worn in school at all. If a bangle is worn for religious reasons it should be covered with a sweatband for PE. If ears have been pierced then the child has to cover earrings with plasters for a maximum of six weeks. These must be provided by parent.

    Special Educational Needs:

    Sometimes children may experience difficulties in learning and do not make as much progress as we feel they should. We have a system of assessment to enable us to identify any learning difficulties as soon as possible. We offer carefully planned support for children with special needs and work closely with the County Special Needs Support Team and the Educational Psychologist ( SENaPS). Parents are informed immediately if we have any concerns and are then kept fully informed of the action that is taken. If you are worried about your child's development please come to see us so we can work together to help your child. The school follows the 1993 Education Act Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs.

    Children with Disabilities

    As a school we treat all children as individuals but we are aware that some children have greater needs than others in some areas. We assess all individual needs so a seperate programme of action can be formulated to support these children.

    Assessment and Record Keeping

    Each year group works to agreed Schemes of Work. These are based on the QCA curriculum documents. By using formative assessment the childrens' work is continually recorded and evaluated by the teacher. This allows the teacher to assess the child's level of development and cater for their needs in the lessons to follow. All children are formally assessed at the end of Key Stage 1. In the school year that a child is 7 years old he /she will be required to sit a test in the summer term. The results of these tests are published in the governor's Annual report to parents.

    Medication and First Aid

    It is the Policy of the school that it does NOT administer medication. However there are certain exceptions. If your child is on regular medication e.g. is asthmatic. Please inform the school in order that appropriate storage and supervision may be given. The school has a number of first aiders, but in the event of an emergency a child may have to be taken to casualty. Before any treatment can be given, the parent and not the teacher has to give consent. Please therefore keep us informed of your emergency number.

    School Uniform

    Wearing a school uniform helps to create a feeling of belonging to the school and sets the tone for a good work place atmosphere. The following clothing is expected:
    FOOTWEAR - low heeled shoes that are suitable for all activities. Fashion shoes cause danger and are not suitable for school.
    • Shoes/sandals or trainers are black
    • Pinafore dress/skirt/trousers are grey
    • Polo shirts/blouse white or navy
    • Sweatshirt/cardigan red with the school logo
    • as above or,
    • Checked /striped dresses in red and white
    • Short trousers are grey
    • Sandals can be red or white, but must have secure straps

    Hair accessories such as slides, ribbons, bobbles, etc should be fairly simple and in school colours. Parents are asked to ensure that all items of clothing are labelled clearly with their child's name. Above items, which have the school logo, are obtainable from the school secretary.

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