Roding Primary School


Our School Prospectus provides information on our ethos and values, details of the expectations we have regarding school uniform, behaviour and attitude and has been developed with our Governing Body.

Our Chair of Governors has written a letter to all of our parents:
Letter from Chair of Governors

Our School's Aim

Roding provides children with a broad and balanced education, and we aim to fulfill their needs in a stimulating and caring environment.
We encourage children to develop personal qualities such as responsibility, self-discipline, self-esteem and co-operation thus equipping them for life in the future.
We are an inclusive school.
We aim to maintain good liaison with parents, the local community and other stakeholders. We welcome your interest and positive involvement. Every child and every adult at Roding works hard. We expect every child and every adult to be respected.

About the School

Roding is a 6-form entry primary school, catering for children aged 3 - 11 years on two sites that are about 0.5 miles apart.
Children are placed within mixed-ability classes that presently range from 27 - 30 in size. Our Hewett Road nursery caters for up to 52 children, part-time while our Cannington Road nursery caters for up to 78 children, part time.
Children with Special Educational Need and Disabilities are supported largely within the classroom and parents are kept up to date on their child's progress, in line with the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice (see SEND Policy).
The children at Roding benefit from two extensive sites both with substantial fields, playgrounds and gardens and all classrooms are equipped with interactive technology.
All children are based at ONE particular site, but from time to time, pupils may move between schools, to take advantaged of events and facilities (eg Theatre Groups, Football matches, etc).
As this is between sites and in normal school hours, we will not necessarily inform you of these timetable changes.

On the Hewett site there is a large nursery, 2 halls, a library, large dining room, music room, resource rooms, booster rooms and a parents/cookery room. Both nursery and reception have excellent outdoor learning areas. There is also a computer suite that contains 15 computers, which are all connected to the Internet and school network. All classrooms open onto a closed veranda, which surrounds a large, well-kept garden with an outdoor classroom situated in it. These gardens, and other areas, are often used as teaching spaces.
On the Cannington Road site there is a large nursery, hall, music/ dance studio, dining room, fully equipped meeting room, dedicated art/dt room, dedicated science/food technology room, booster rooms, resources room, library and a parent's room. There are excellent outdoor learning areas accessible to nursery, reception or Year 1 children. There is also a computer suite that contains 30 computers, which are all connected to the Internet and school network. Most classrooms open onto playgrounds as well as an internal corridor. The playgrounds, gardens, and other areas, are also often used as teaching spaces.
On both sites the main office is immediately inside the main entrance door. All visitors report to the school office. All other entrances are locked once the school day is underway.

School Arrangements

Admissions - Nursery
Children who have had their 3rd birthday before the 1st September are eligible to attend the nursery classes, on a part-time basis. Please see the booklet 'The Road to Learning' for the criteria for admissions. Parents can usually say whether you would prefer a morning or an afternoon place and we will do our best to cater for this.

Admissions - Reception
A place at our Nursery does not guarantee or give priority for a place in our Reception classes. Application forms for Reception MUST be completed ON-LINE, or at a ONE-STOP-SHOP.

Completed application forms are returned to the Authority.

Places are then allocated by the Local Authority and parents notified by the end of April. If the school is oversubscribed the LA's own 'Criteria for Admission' will be followed.

Admissions Years 1 - 6
Please contact our Every Child Matters Co-ordinators for information or contact the One-Stop-Shops (Tel: 0208 215 3000) as all places in schools are now allocated by the local authority.

Transfer Between Sites
The Executive Headteacher, in consultation with the Site heads, has sole discretion in relation to pupils transferring between the two Roding sites.

Transfer to Secondary School
In Year 6, information is sent to parents, by the Local Authority, about the transfer of children to Secondary schools. Parents apply ON-LINE, or at a ONE-STOP-SHOP naming their preferences. Completed application forms are returned to the Authority.

Most secondary schools hold open evenings/days to help parents and children make this important decision.


The entrance opens from 8.50am each day. This allows children to make their own way to their classrooms by 9.00am, when registration begins. All children should be in class by this time.

Infants (Yr Reception, 1 & 2) Juniors (Yr 3, 4, 5 & 6)

09.00 - 11.55am Morning session 09.00 - 12.00pm

11.55 - 12.55pm Lunch 12.00 - 1.00pm

12.55 - 3.10pm Afternoon session 1.00 - 3.15pm

See Nursery Booklet for Nursery times

Staff are always at the entrances and exits at the start and end of the day and you should leave messages, including changes to who is picking your child up, with them. The children's entrance is closed at 9.00am. Any children arriving after 9.00am are late and will need to enter by the school office making sure they are marked in as present and confirming their lunch arrangements.

Lateness disrupts education and should be kept to minimum. Parents are prosecuted for pupil lateness and poor attendance.

Although staff are present on site the behaviour of pupils is parent's responsibility before they enter school at 8.50am.
At the start of lunchtime, any child going home for dinner on the Hewett Road site leaves through the Infant/Year 6 exit. All home dinner children return to this exit at the start of the afternoon session (12:55pm), unless it is raining, then parents use the front entrance.
On the Cannington Road site children going home for dinner leave and return via the main office.
We stress to the children that they should wait with their teacher at the end of the day until their parent collects them. Please stand back allow children clear sight lines. If you wish to talk to a member of staff please wait until they have dismissed the class before approaching. Please reinforce this safety rule with your child.

Please see the RODING REVIEW posted on the website



School Uniform

All Reception - Year 6 children must wear school uniform. Nursery children are welcome to wear school uniform but if they do not, they should be dressed appropriately. The uniform has been specially chosen to be inexpensive and easily available from major chain store. A list of items, plus requirements for PE, is below:- Our uniform is:

  • - Navy jumper, cardigan or sweatshirt.
  • - Navy shorts (not cycling shorts or pedal pushers), trousers, track suit bottoms, leggings, skirt, gingham dress or pinafore.
  • - White polo shirt or blouse.
  • - Navy or white socks or tights.
  • - Sensible low heeled black shoes or plain black trainers - no visible logos*.
  • - Sun caps may be worn outside during the summer. Crop tops, bare shoulders and backless shoes are not allowed.
  • - If children wear additional layers under their school tops these should also be white.
  • - Headscarves should be navy or white.

All of the above must be plain and without any logo other than school emblem. Parents should ensure all uniform items are clearly labelled with the child's name.

*Children wearing the wrong footwear, other than for certified medical conditions, must wear black plimsolls if they are to go out to play. Children who do not wear them will be kept in.
All of the above also applies to out of school visits unless decided otherwise by the lead teacher e.g. trainers for a visit to the farm.
The only jewellery allowed in school is a simple stud for pierced ears and a "non beeping" watch. Children are totally responsible for the safe keeping of these items. These cannot be worn during any aspect of P.E.

If you want to get your child's ears pierced, please do at the end of July so they have time to heal before the start of the next school year.
  • - We keep a limited stock of clean, spare uniform kit for occasional use for children who are inappropriately dressed.
  • - We may also occasionally contact parents to request that they bring the correct uniform into school.

School uniform is available from The Uniform Shop, Castle Green, Gale Street 0208 724 8209

Physical Education Kit
  • - Navy or black leotard
  • - Navy PE skirt or shorts (not 'Bermudas')
  • - White sleeveless vest or short sleeved T-shirt.
  • - Plimsolls or trainers (outside only)

  • Children MUST always have their PE kit in school. When it gets colder, children should wear plain blue jogging bottoms/tracksuits and plain (or Roding) sweatshirts for outdoor activities.

    If a child forgets their kit, they will do PE in their normal school uniform, if the teacher believes it is safe for them to do so. Spare school kit will only be issued if this is not the case.
    Financial assistance may be available for uniform, please ask in the school office for details. We keep a limited stock of clean, spare uniform and PE kit for occasional use for children who are inappropriately dressed. We may also contact parents to request that they bring the correct uniform into school.

Parent's Declaration Form

On entry to the school, parents are expected to complete a Parents' Declaration form. This incorporates the Home School Agreement and School Trip Permission information. Please read this carefully, detach and sign it and return as soon as possible.

Digital Imagery
The safe use of digital images is recognised as a high priority within the school, the policy has been written as a guidance for the whole school community (parents/carers, children, staff, visitors).

It is assumed that the school has parental/carer permission to take and use digital imagery of children for school purposes, including, but not limited to:

  • - the website and blogs
  • - in display material in and around the school premises
  • - in printed documentation including promotional material
  • - on any future learning platforms

Any parents/carers who do not wish to have their child's images used by the school are required to write to the Executive Head of the school at the start of each new academic year.

Mobile Phones and other Technology brought in from home

Children are not allowed to bring mobile phones or any other technology into school.

School Dinners

At Roding, children must choose their lunch option for the whole week

With effect from September 2014, all infant pupils (Reception, Year 1 & Year 2) will be entitled to a free school meal*.

It is, however, still very important that parents of Infant pupils who qualify for free school meals still need to apply in the usual way as the school receives pupil premium of £1300 per child. This enables the school to purchase precious resources to support the pupils at Roding. This can be done by contacting the One Stop Shops located opposite Barking Town Hall and The Heathway, Dagenham or call LBBD Direct on Tel: 0208 215 3000.
There is a set meal each day, presently costing £10 per week (£2.00 per day) for Years 3 - 6 pupils. Roding operates a cashless system for the payment of school dinners. Money can be credited to your Year 3 - 6 children's accounts electronically via the ParentPay website (instant) or via a Paypoint in local shops (takes up to 72 hrs to show on account). Parents should always ensure there are sufficient funds on their child's account at the start of the week. Parents must also decide whether or not their child should have school dinners for the whole week or not at all. We do not allow swapping between school dinners and packed lunch.

Meals will not be provided for children in Year 3 - 6 with insufficient funds.

Further details and payment instructions will be provided before your child starts at the school.
We do our best to encourage healthy choices, please encourage your children to do the same. Menus are published for parents on our website and on noticeboards so that you can see what food is on offer. Please ask the school office for a copy.
The provision of school dinners is the responsibility of the School Meals Service, should you have any issue with this provision then ask in the school office for a contact number.

[* In Sept 2014 - any credit balances on your child's account made via the internet can be refunded or transferred to a junior (Years 3-6) sibling if applicable. Credit balances purchased via a paypoint can only be transferred. We will send out a letter In September to all parent / carers with a credit balance for further instructions.]


Packed Lunches Children's lunches should be healthy. A sandwich (or equivalent), a savoury snack, a piece of fruit and a nutritious drink or water is ideal. Children are not allowed fizzy drinks, glass bottles or sweets (inc. chocolate bars) in any packed lunch. A packed lunch needs to be brought in a sealable container, no bigger than 230 cm x 200 cm x 110 cm. The lunch box must be labelled with the child's name and class and MUST be kept clean. These guidelines also apply when children are out on school trips.

Water in Class
All Year 1 - 6 children should bring water to school to have in class. This should be in a sports cap bottle, which is named and regularly cleaned at home. Teachers will decide when water can be taken in class time. All children should have a separate drink if they bring a packed lunch.


From September 2014 a Curriculum Overview for all years will be available on our website. This will help you plan activities at home which support support the work we are doing at school (e.g. outings, library visits, museums, etc.). Please ask teachers for more ideas on how you can support learning at home.
Over the year, children receive a broad and balanced curriculum that consists of English, Maths, Science, ICT, Technology, History, Geography, Physical Education, Art, Music, R.E., Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) and in some classes (Year 4, 5 and 6) a Modern Foreign Language. The children also have opportunity to take part in a number of events and creative activities.
RE follows an agreed syllabus recommended by the Local Authority. Any parent wishing to withdraw their child from RE or collective worship (including school visits) should discuss the matter with the Site Head.
We believe that children can achieve their maximum potential by following the core areas as separate subjects. History, Geography & Technology are taught each term as part of a topic. Opportunities for links with ICT (computers), Art, Music & P.E. are also identified but these may also be taught as separate subjects.

This is an integral part of children’s learning. Parents receive information via the web at the start of each term giving information about the quantity and timings of the homework that their children will receive. Problems children have with work done at home should be brought to the attention of the class teacher. Our best performing pupils do their homework regularly. Assistant Heads decide how homework is administered in their Year Groups. Please see class teachers if you have concerns about homework.

Extra-Curricular Activities
Often teachers and outside organisations run extra-curricular activities. These take place either over the lunch period or before/after school. If the club runs before/after school, the parent is informed in writing and permission slip needs to be completed. If your child no longer wishes to attend a club please discuss with the club leader.
At various times in the year children enter Borough sports competitions and numerous other borough events. The emphasis is on sportsmanship, enjoyment and doing their best.

Complaints about the Curriculum
Should you have any complaint about the curriculum, you should discuss the matter with the Assistant Head with responsibility for your child's key stage. In the rare instance when a matter cannot be resolved informally, the next stage is for it to be considered by the Site Head or Executive Head. The final stage is for it to be put before the Governing Body as a formal complaint. A copy of the complaint procedure is available from the school office.

School Visits
We believe that pupils benefit from school visits related to the curriculum. Trips are planned throughout the year to various locations. This includes a residential visit in Year 5 or Year 6. We also allocate monies for Curriculum Enrichment opportunities that include theatre visits and additional visits to places of interest.

School Trips
We are very proud in the variety of enrichment opportunities we offer our pupils. A full range of trips and visits provides children with the opportunity to learn about subjects (eg The Romans) in new and exciting ways. Please return contributions as soon as letters detailing the visits are received. Parents are often asked to volunteer to help supervise on such trips.

Arrangements for Teacher Absence

Occasionally, a teacher is absent due to an illness, attendance on a course, jury service or other important reasons. Sometimes we have notice of this absence and at other times there is no notice.
Our policy is to cover absent teachers by using other teachers employed at the school, supply teachers or by using our own support staff with regular inputs from one of our teachers.

Other Teachers and Trainees in Class
With arrangements for Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) in place, your child is regularly taught by other members of staff. We also play an active role with the training of new teachers. This benefits the school immensely. We have experienced mentors and strict guidelines to ensure that your child's education is not disrupted.
Your child’s Assistant Head - the teacher in charge of the Key Stage they are in - will also cover your child’s class during the course of the academic year.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (S.E.N.D.)
The school has a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) on each site. They have overall responsibility for the special needs of pupils. For the current academic year this is
Ms Welch is the SENCo for the Hewett Rd and Mrs Jimenez for the Cannington Rd site.

Children who are experiencing difficulties are identified and given extra support through a range of interventions. This support is built in to the school's delivery of the curriculum. The children may be supported in class, in a small group, or on occasions, individually. Support is provided by teachers and classroom assistants.
Some children, after parental consultation, will have an Individual Education Plan (IEP). These children work towards individual targets and are more closely monitored. Parents meet regularly with school staff, to discuss the progress made and to decide on the next steps.
A copy of the SEND Policy is available on request and a guidance documents is available under the parents section on the webite.

Sex Education (SRE)
The Governing body have approved a programme of sex and relationship education as part of the curriculum in Years 3 & 5. Before the children undertake the work, parents are invited into school to view the material to be used and to discuss it with the teachers concerned.

Instrumental Lessons
Currently, ALL children in Year 5, and some in Year 6, have an opportunity to learn to play Guitar.
All parents are urged to pay the small insurance fee so that pupils can take the instrument home to do regular practice. This initiative is subject to the continuation of Government subsidy.
Assessments, Records and Reporting
Pupils in our Nursery and Reception classes have an Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. This is completed in the Summer Term of Reception. The results of these assessments will be reported to parents, through the end of year report. With notice, a more detailed look at your child’s Learning Journey is available.
In Year 1 - and for some pupils, also in Year 2 - there is a National Phonics test. At the end of Key Stage 1(Year 2) and at the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6) all children undertake National Curriculum assessments. This is a combination of teacher assessments and formal written tests (SATs). The Year 2 assessments are in English and Maths and the Year 6 are in Reading, Writing and Maths. Each year, before the test period, parents are offered an information session on the organisation and implications of these assessments. At this time of year, a number of timetable and other changes occur.
We also test children in Years 3, 4 & 5. These tests supplement the information we obtain about your children through our tracking systems throughout the year. We do not spend a great deal of time preparing pupils for these tests, but they are useful because they give guidance for target setting, give pupils experience of test conditions and give the school a broad assessment level for each child, in each of these subjects.
Children receive feedback on their attainment from their class teacher soon after they are assessed. We use the assessments to help evaluate and improve what we do. We report attainment and progress in our annual reports to parents.
Written documentation, recording your child’s progress, is regularly kept (eg Running Reading Record, G2 Tracking, etc.). These records are available for parents to see, at any time, with prior notice.

Parents Evenings
There are at least two designated occasions each year where parents are invited in to talk about their child's progress. One is in the autumn term and the second is in the spring term, which is when you will also be able to discuss targets for the rest of the year. In addition to these, we organise several events throughout the year to provide parents with information about the curriculum including, in the summer term, for example, a whole curriculum day of events covering one or two subject areas.
Parents receive the annual report at the end of the summer term but, you are invited to make an appointment at any time throughout the year to discuss your child’s needs or any concerns you may have.


Good behaviour helps ensure pupils do well at school. The school rules are few and simple. The main purpose of the rules are to ensure courtesy and consideration for others and their feelings, safety for everyone and respect for the environment and property. The necessity for such rules and their enforcement is fully explained and discussed with all the children.

Fighting, bullying and racism are unacceptable
All adults in school reinforce acceptable behaviour by praise and encouragement. For the few children who still find it difficult to follow the rules, various sanctions are available. These range from a verbal reminder to, at its most serious, exclusion.
We aim to involve parents at an early stage in this process, as we believe that the best way to promote good behaviour is in partnership with parents. We have ECM co-ordinators and Learning Mentors to support pupil behaviour.
Children who believe they are being bullied should report it to a member of staff who will refer to Mrs Friend the Assistant head for Pastoral Care. The system is explained to all children.

Behaviour at Play/Lunchtimes - Penalty Points Pupils are expected to behave well before and after school and during playtimes and lunchtimes. We update the rules and consequences at the beginning of each term, with all the children. Sustained poor behaviour can result in lunchtime detentions and ultimately lunchtime exclusions. This system is known as Penalty Points. There are regular rewards for children who do not get Penalty Points.

Playground Squad At Roding we have a playground squad, who work at lunchtimes. The purpose of the squad is to 'Make our playground a happier place'. These children are involved in leading areas, organising games and helping children to sort out problems. The whole playground squad is divided into 2 separate squads. Each squad works on alternate weeks. The playground squad work in different areas of the playground. Rotas are organised so that the playground squad work in a range of areas.

Children in our playground squad are meant to show exemplary behaviour at all times. Certificates and prizes are awarded to our best squad members.

Every Child Matters Coordinator(ECMs)

We have a member of staff at each site, Mrs. Caden at Hewett and Ms. Camp at Cannington. They are very experienced at supporting pupils and parents and they may be one of the first people you meet at school or get directed to.


Children can only progress if they attend school regularly, and on time. We require parents to give us an acceptable reason for every absence. If a parent does not inform us about an absence, or is unable to supply a valid reason, it will be recorded as unauthorised. Legal proceedings and fines have been taken against a number of our parents whose children have an unacceptably high level of unauthorised absence. Our attendance and punctuality leaflet can be viewed on the website.
Pupils can become a Persistent Absentee (a government term) if they are absent, or could be absent, for 46 or more half-day sessions per year even if there is a valid reason for absence. We will inform you of the implications of this IF your child is in danger of falling into this category.
To encourage good attendance we have both individual and class reward systems. All children can receive a certificate and a medal in special assemblies if they attain 100% attendance and classes receive a certificate and reward for being the best each week, term and Year.

Leave/Holidays in Term Time
We strongly urge parents not to take pupils out of school during term-time.
If a parent wishes to take a child out of school during term time they should not assume the Governing Body will authorise it. Parents will need to complete a 'leave of absence form' in advance. These are available from the office.
Please note, your request for leave will not be authorised if it is not deemed to be for exceptional circumstances and: a) the holiday is before SATS (usually early May) and your child is in Year 6, or
b) your child has below average attendance or classified as a Persistent Absentee.

Informing the School of Absence
We ask you to ring the school on the first morning your child is absent. Please tell us why they are off and when you think they will return. This helps us with our attendance monitoring and might alert the school and parents if a child is not at school that should be. You need to send a letter in confirming the reason for absence when your child returns.

School Attendance Rates
School attendance rates at Roding have been improving but could be even better!
Please continue to help us to ensure our school does not get a poor inspection grade because of low attendance.

Before & After School Care
There is a Breakfast Club based at Cannington and we can signpost at Hewett for parents who need child care before school.
There are 2 providers currently offering after school care. Ask in the office for details.

Roding Review

There are notice boards for parents at each site. Much of the information you may need can be found there. In addition, the school provides a newsletter at Home, every half-term. This is called the Roding Review. It contains all the important information regarding dates for the term, special events, work the children will be covering and anything else that may be of interest to parents and children.

School Development Plan

Every year, the governors construct a SDP. They consult with the LA, staff, parents and pupils to ensure school is improving and meeting its community's needs. A copy of this is available on request.

Travelling to School

The Governors of the school have promoted safer routes and walking to school. Children will receive sessions (including assemblies) to support this. The expectation is that children will walk or cycle to school to improve safety, the environment and pupil health.
We also urge you to park safely and considerately. Not just for the other children coming to school but for local residents.

Cycles, scooters and skateboards Parents may allow their children to ride/scoot/skate to school. It is vital that parents ensure that bikes, etc. are in good working order and that children ride safely to and from the school. This includes the wearing of cycle helmets. Children and parents must dismount outside the school and walk through the playground. Equipment is left at owners' risk.

School Test Results

The school's latest test results are available on Home. The results compare your child and our school with results of all pupils and schools, nationally. If you would like the results explained or details of our Key Stage 1 & 2 targets, please make an appointment to see Mr Oldershaw or Mrs Knight

Pupil Testimonials

What I like about being at Roding?

I like coming to Roding Primary School because it is fun and I have lots of friends. These friends are really nice.
I like Art, which is my favourite subject. I like library and I am best at PE. I am a good artist and my handwriting is good too.
I also like Roding because of all the additional activities. There's the Mini-Olympics, our Sports Day and the Christmas card competition. I never win this, but this year I am feeling lucky!
I also love coming to school because I like getting my Golden Time. I have only ever missed it once!
Tommy (Hewett Site)

One day in Roding is like a day in space. You will see amazing things that astonish you. We have amazing games in the playground. We have supportive teachers and well behaved children that set good examples to others.
Our school is a great influence to other schools around the Borough. We have fun and rather hard work in lessons that teach us a lot. We get awards for good behaviour.
In our school we have fantastic systems that help children’s behaviour. We have fantastic dinner ladies, first aid ladies and office ladies. Our Head is very good at running the school and so is our Deputy.
Kirsty (Former pupil)

Some of the reasons I like going to Roding is it is a fun but strict school and has loads of really kind and helpful teachers that help you if you are upset or stuck with your work.
Our playground is excellent; there is all different areas in the playground for everybody from a skipping area to a ball game area.
In our school everybody is given work that is at their level and you are helped if needed. On the whole, our school is very good and we hope to have you joining soon.
Year 6 Child

Roding Primary School is a loving and caring environment. Many people in the school say that all pupils in Roding Primary are a family.
Being at Roding has taught me that I should never give up and I should always strive towards my goals. Learning at Roding gives you a range of activities by changing the curriculum every term. It allows all the children to concentrate on one topic and then move onto another. I personally think it's a great idea!
Curriculum Day is a day that we can show our parents what we have done over the year. Pupils can wear the assigned clothes that fit the topic, the topic their teachers have chosen. I love curriculum day because it is my chance to put on a BIG performance!
The teachers at Roding are AMAZING. They are caring and loving and I am so sad that I only have one more year in Roding.
School Council Member

Important Phone Numbers
Hewett Road Site 020 8270 6640
Cannington Road Site 020 8270 4010
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Direct 020 8215 3000
Community Police 07747 790 851
Sydney Russell Children's Centre 020 8724 1840
Social Services (Children) 020 8227 3852
Parking Enforcement 020 8215 3005
Five Elms Clinic (School Nurse) 020 8276 7250/7276