The school was built in 1877 and was called Leipsic Road School. The name was changed
to Comber Grove after WWII.
It is a beautiful old building on three floors. The Nursery and Infant department (KS1) are
on the ground floor and the Juniors (KS2) are located on the second and third floors.
There is a hall on each floor; the lower hall is next to the kitchen and is used to serve
school dinners. The top hall has a stage which is used for productions and performances.
We have an ICT suite, music room and a dedicated art room.
We have three separate playgrounds, for each stage; Nursery, Infant and Junior. Each
playground has access to clean drinking water and lots of fun-filled play equipment.
There are two separate, secure entrances for juniors and infants at the front of the school.
There is no public or visitor parking at Comber Grove.
The current procedure requires parents to apply directly to Southwark Education Authority
for children of reception, infant and junior ages. For nursery applications, please apply
directly to the school.
Nursery: Please obtain an application form from the school office.
Reception, KS1, KS2: Please apply to Southwark Education Authority.
Junior Times 9.00 - 12.30 1.30 - 3.15
Infant Times 9.00 - 12.00 1.10 - 3.15
Nursery Times: Morning Session 8.30 - 11.30
Afternoon Session 12.30 - 3.15
Junior and Infant morning playtime is between 10.40-11.00. There is an afternoon playtime
for Infant classes between 2.30-2.45.
The school day begins at 9.00am. It is essential that your child arrives on time for school
each day. A child is marked late after 9.05 and absent after 9.10.
If your child is unable to attend school for any reason, you must notify the school office on
the first day of absence. If the absence is more than one day, a letter indicating the
reason for the absence is required.
All children should be collected promptly at the end of the day in the infant or junior
playground by a designated adult. Please inform the school if the adult collecting your
child changes on a regular basis.
It is essential that we have your current contact details on the school data base. We also
require an emergency contact number. If your phone number or address changes at any
time, it is your responsibility to inform the school.
Parents/Carers are asked to avoid arranging holidays in term time because every day out
of school for a child is a lost day of learning. If you wish to take a child out of school
during term time you must write a letter to the headteacher explaining the circumstances.
Authorised absence during term time will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.
If your child has a particular medical need we will endeavor to support you. We will
devise a care plan in consultation with you. Children must not bring medicine into school. If
a child needs prescription medication during school hours, parents should bring the
medicine to the school office and complete the necessary permission form. The medicine
will be administered by a first aider. If your child suffers from asthma, a blue asthma
inhaler must be left in the school office.
Uniform is available to buy from the school office. Please see the uniform page at the back
of this information pack for more details. A second hand uniform sale run by parents is
held each week in the junior playground.
Children may eat a packed lunch or have one of our school dinners. Please ensure that
your child’s packed lunch is healthy (no crisps, fizzy drinks, chocolate or sweets) and
includes a drink and fruit/vegetables. Our dinners are provided by a private company.
Dinner money should be brought to school in an envelope with your child’s name and
class written on the front. Wherever possible, please pay your dinner money on a weekly
basis. Menus are sent out each term and we do our best to cater for every dietary
requirement. You must inform the school of any allergies that your child may have.
We do our best to recover lost property, but please write your child’s name in each item of
clothing so that it can be clearly identified. Children must not bring money or
expensive/electrical items into school. If this is unavoidable, these items should be handed
in to the class teacher at the beginning of the day.
Comber Grove has a wonderful, caring and creative tradition. Many of the teachers are
trained in music, drama and other creative arts and we believe that this plays a vital role in
a child’s overall education. Children at Comber have access to a wide variety of activities
and interests including the chance to learn a musical instrument at no extra cost.
Learning is taken from The National Curriculum. Connections are made between subjects
to enhance the impact of the learning; while every effort is made to allow each child an
equal opportunity regardless of gender, ethnicity, ability or religion.
Visiting practitioners are welcomed to our school and these include theatre groups, actors,
musicians, educational practitioners and sports coaches.
There are 350 children at Comber Grove. Our classes are small and the average number
of children in each class is twenty four.
Most children join Comber Grove by coming into our Nursery (under fives class) and we
see this as a vital part of their education. The Nursery children join in all the main functions
and activities of the school. There is a morning nursery and an afternoon nursery.
There are two classes per year group. There are no mixed age classes in the school.
THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM
The current National Curriculum is under review, however at Comber Grove we believe in
adapting it to the needs of our children. The core subjects of English and Maths are
taught each day while the foundation subjects of ICT, PE, Science, Geography, History,
Art, Spanish, Design and Technology, RE, and Music are taught over a half term (6
weeks) or whole term (12 weeks) programme. For more information about what is being
studied each term, please talk to your child’s class teacher.
Music and drama form an important part of our school curriculum. In KS2, children have
the opportunity to learn a musical instrument free of charge. Musical instruments and
activities at Comber Grove include; choir, guitar, violin, cello, trumpet, trombone, tenor
horn, cornet, Euphonium, clarinet, flute, saxophone, Atentenben African flute, keyboard,
and percussion. These activities are taught by specialist music teachers. The school also
has its own orchestra.
We place great importance on drama. Children have the chance to work with Blue
Elephant Theatre Company as well as having access to a wide range of visiting
practitioners including actors, poets and visual artists.
All children have Physical Education lessons throughout the week as part of the
curriculum. All children are expected to participate in these lessons to stay fit and healthy.
A school P.E. kit is available to purchase from the school office, for children to wear during
Children from year 1 to year 6 have the opportunity to participate in swimming lessons at a
local swimming pool. This is done on a rota system, over the course of a child’s time at
PROGRESS AND ASSESSMENT
There are three Open Evenings in the school year.
The first is in the Autumn Term (by appointment) and provides an opportunity for you to
meet your child’s teacher to discuss how he/she is settling in his/her new class and to set
targets for the coming year.
The second Open Evening is in the Spring Term (by appointment) and allows you to
review your child’s progress and to view class work.
The final Open Evening is at the end of the Summer Term and is an informal open
classroom session which allows children and their parents/carers to view and celebrate
work and to discuss any issues that have arisen.
If at any time during the school year, you are concerned about your child’s progress you
must make contact with your child’s class teacher or the headteacher to discuss your
A final end of year report is sent home in the Summer Term which reflects upon the work
and progress achieved.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS (SEN)
Children learn and progress in different ways. At Comber Grove we have a celebrated and
dedicated support system for those children who need extra support in some or all aspects
of their learning. We will work closely with you to ensure that the correct support is put in
place and that the best possible progress is made. This may involve outside agencies and
support groups. Individual Education Plans are written for some children to address their
individual needs and many intervention programmes are in place to support children.
ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE (EAL)
We have a number of children at Comber Grove whose first language is not English. We
encourage all children to speak their first language at home with parents and English at
school. We find EAL children make exceptional progress at Comber Grove because all
teachers use strategies to help them learn English quickly and other children are highly
SAFEGUARDING AND EQUALITY
Comber Grove Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Our
safeguarding Policy is available on request.
Comber Grove School is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome people from all sectors of
the community, regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, ethnicity, religion, belief or
sexual orientation. Our Equalities Policy is available on request.
We expect children to read at home every day and practice their spellings and times tables
on a regular basis. We invite parents/carers to support their children in this. Additional
homework will only be given to children when it builds upon and strengthens their
classroom learning. Occasionally, children will be asked to research or to prepare work
which will support an upcoming or current project.
After school activities include; dance, music, drama, art, gardening, cricket, athletics,
football, hockey, gymnastics, table tennis, ICT, cookery.
SCHOOL RULES AND BEHAVIOUR
We review our school behaviour system and policy each year. We are presently
discussing the introduction of a Golden Rule system to supplement the current practices in
place. However, we aim, through a friendly and relaxed school atmosphere, to teach the
children the value of self discipline. We want every child in the school to feel he or she
has an important part to play in making the school a lively, interesting, but above all, safe
place to learn in.
We operate a simple Time Out procedure at Comber Grove. If a child is unable to follow
instructions given to him/her by an adult, he/she is asked to think about and reflect upon
their actions. If he/she continues in the same manner then he/she will be asked to take
time out. This may be within the classroom or in another classroom. This usually resolves
most problems, however if a child is persistent in such behaviour, he/she will be taken to
the headteacher or the most senior teacher available. Serious incidents of inappropriate
behaviour will result in contact being made with a parent/carer.
We have a School Council at Comber Grove which is chaired by pupils and made up of
children from each year group. They contribute to the ideas and initiatives of the school
and help to maintain a pupil voice on all subjects.
TRAVELLING TO SCHOOL
Most children live very close to the school and walk with their parents. Older Junior
children may travel alone, if they have permission to do so from their parents. We
encourage safe travelling and children at Comber Grove undertake Road Safety work
Junior children are allowed to cycle to school, if they have parental permission. We have
a safe and secure cycle storage unit with a locker for helmets. Infant children may scooter
with their parents and store their scooter in the cycle storage unit.
EDUCATIONAL VISITS/CHARGING POLICY
During the school year, the children will have the opportunity to go on educational visits to places
of interest, both locally and further afield, for which your permission will always be sought. In order
to do this we rely upon voluntary contributions from parents/carers. No pupil will be excluded from
a visit or activity because parents are unwilling or unable to make a contribution. Please make
contact with the school and we will endeavor to support you.
Year 5 and Year 6 children have the opportunity to participate in two residential school journeys
while at Comber Grove. These are outward-bound-type activities which take place over a
weekend from Friday-Monday.
THE SCHOOL GOVERNORS
The Governing body of Comber Grove contains Community, Local Authority, Staff and
Parent Governors. There is a shortened list of governors on the final page of this
document; a full list is available on request.
FRIENDS OF COMBER GROVE
Although there is no formal parent/ teacher association, we welcome the support and help
of parents and carers in our school. If you would like to volunteer or help in any way,
please speak to your child’s class teacher.
Each year the school holds special events, these include: Christmas Show, Poetry Week,
Year 6 Summer Production, Carnival, Summer Fair, Secondary Transition Talk, Music
Performances, Parent Workshops.
SCHOOL BOOKS AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Reading books and musical instruments are only allowed to be taken home on the
understanding that they will be replaced by the parent if damaged. Musical instrument
consent forms are available from the school office.
Communication between school and home is essential. Your child will bring home a
weekly newsletter which includes news, dates and examples of children’s work.
THE SCHOOL GARDENS
We are an eco-friendly school and promote environmental activities and projects. There is
a distinct lack of grass, flowers and trees around our school, which is why various areas of
the playgrounds have flower beds and growing sections, plus a special allotment area for
the Infants and Juniors where each year group has a raised bed to grow plants in.
If you are unhappy about any aspect of the school, we encourage you to talk to the
headteacher. If the matter cannot be resolved through this means, the school has a
complaints procedure which is available on request.