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A Short History of the School

Hatchford Brook Junior and Infant school is situated in the Elmdon district of Solihull. It is a popular school situated on an attractive site that includes a playing field, grassed areas and an environmental area.

The school was originally constructed in the 1940s but has been modernised, and has regularly been updated and improved to offer the best learning environment for our pupils. In July 2007 a purpose built nursery linking with the reception class was completed and received its first pupils in September 2007. From September 2009 to June 2011, the school underwent more improvements with a Primary Capital Project. We were re-roofed, had new windows, 4 new classrooms, a new Community Room and all the classrooms were refurbished. During the Summer Break 2012, we have had the Foyer and Entrance Hall refurbished. Replacement of the heating system is due to start in 2013/2014.

The school building, as well as housing traditional classrooms, houses a Learning Zone, which consists of a comprehensively stocked Library with both fiction and non fiction books as well as story tapes. Adjacent to this is a suite of computers linked to a network and the World Wide Web. Classrooms also have access to the World Wide Web and benefit from Interactive White Board facilities (IWB). IWBs are also housed in the Staffroom, the KS1 corridor, the PPA Room and the Head teacherís room. The Dining Room and the Hall have remotely controlled screens suitable for laptop presentations, with sound systems. There is a collection of wireless laptops which can also be used in classrooms. Study areas exist for group tuition, including one teaching group room per each Junior Year Group, and Infant and Junior reading areas where books from the reading scheme are housed and accessed. The Hall has itís own purpose built stage that is regularly used for school productions and events. A separate Dining Room means that the Hall can be utilised at all times, and our new Community Room allows for other activities, extra curricular clubs and lettings.

The school hosts an Additionally Resourced Centre for pupils with Speech and Language and some Hearing difficulties. This is accessed by pupils from across the Borough. All children with special needs are catered for and the school has an excellent record of Inclusion.
We have a Pupil and Family Support Room, which provides activities throughout the day, at lunchtime and often after school hours, catering for individuals and groups according to need.

Children enter the Early Years Nursery Class in the September that they reach three years of age. Many pupils then transfer to the Reception Class in the September they reach four, with additional children from other Nursery providers joining them, and they progress through the school until they are eleven years of age when they transfer to a place at a Secondary School.

The Foundation Key Stage/Key Stage 1 Department is small, comprising of four classes, one per year group. This means that we are able to get to know each child individually and ensure that their early and most vital years of education are a positive experience.

As the children transfer into Key Stage 2, extra classes are created to cater for children from our own FKS/KS1 and from Valley Infant School and other local Infant schools.

A comprehensive welcome pack is in place for all children entering the school, both in reception and at Year 3 as well as mid-year intakes.

 

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