Our wraparound care and clubs are open to all children in full-time education. We give priority to children of working parents and children of families in need.
At our breakfast club children are given cereal, toast and juice (parents need to provide a packed lunch). At our after-school teatime club children are offered a healthy snack around 4pm such as beans on toast or pitta bread with salad and tuna for example. Water is freely available at all times. There are a number of exciting clubs and opportunities available to pupils, some of which are set out below.
We actively promote independence by encouraging the pupils to prepare their own snacks and to clear away after themselves. We use fresh ingredients and follow statutory guidelines.
Individual dietary requirements and parental preferences are met wherever possible. We recognise the importance of healthy nutrition and this is delivered in a calm, friendly setting. The menu is displayed in the club and is also available on request.
The snacks and drinks we serve are not intended to substitute a main evening meal that the child may receive at home.
You have the freedom to book for the whole week or odd days whichever suits your requirements.
7.30am to 8.50am
£11 per week or £2.20 per session
After-school teatime club
3.15pm to 6.00pm
£35 per week or £7.50 per session
These costs has been subsidised by the primary school to try and keep the cost down for our families.
Each term we introduce a range of activities to engage and inspire your child. Places are on a first-come, first-served basis and we endeavour to allocate places in clubs as fairly as possible, with a waiting list for those who were not successful. At the beginning of each term, we will let our children and families know which clubs we will be running and when the club application letters are ready for collection.
Here at Thomas Gamuel we endeavour to provide a range of extra opportunities for our pupils by engaging and working with lots of different companies and agencies to provide exciting activities for our pupils to take part in. In the last year we have worked with:
XEaven, a performing arts company, which has delivered acting, singing, dance and music workshops in our school. Two of our pupils who have shown great potential in these areas have been awarded year-long scholarships with XEaven.
The William Morris Gallery and Museum provided print-making, script illustrating and weaving sessions for our pupils at the gallery – all skills our children had not tried before, with some great results. Thomas Gamuel pupils’ work was exhibited in Waltham Forest libraries as part of the ‘Words Over Walthamstow’ exhibition. Studying the work of William Morris has allowed the children to explore their local history and find out about the work of this world-famous local artist and designer.
Make A Splash – in Summer 2015, 30 of our pupils were treated to 10 weeks of free swimming lessons. Many of the pupils were not able to swim at the beginning of the 10 weeks. By the end of week 10 course students were ready for their first stage swimming exams!
Heart Start: Saving Londoners Lives – we will be training all of our Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils in first aid. Each year, pupils from every year group will build on the knowledge they have to enable them all to become proficient first aiders and life savers.
Waltham Forest’s Big Spring Clean – to encourage our children to show positive citizenship, our School Council has worked hard to highlight the issue of litter among our pupils and staff by taking on a Go Givers Challenge, where students designed posters and created a presentation which they delivered at the V&A Museum in London.
We even took on the challenge of a group ‘litter pick’ in the streets near our school. Local residents were very surprised and hugely impressed for our hard work in clearing their streets and front gardens. Our School Council plans to continue the good work by creating some information leaflets which will be sent to parents and local residents to engage even more people in this important cause.
The LOPASS scheme – Thomas Gamuel is one of only eight schools selected by Leyton Orient Partnership of Associated Schools Scheme to work jointly with them to provide a link with our local football club. As part of the scheme, we are able to offer reduced price tickets to our school community for a match at Brisbane Road. Last season, more than 120 of our pupils, families and staff attended the designated match for Thomas Gamuel Primary. A great day was had by all and Thomas Gamuel pupils won the half-time penalty competition!
We also work with Leyton Orient as part of its supplementary school session for our pupils where some of our Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils attend the club for booster lessons in Maths, Literacy and ICT. We are in our eighth year of joint work with Leyton Orient and many of our pupils have benefited enormously in terms of academic, social and personal development skills.
We are also planning a range of opportunities for our parents and carers including classes in different subjects such as first aid, English language and parenting skills. We will inform our parents as soon as we have dates and times for these sessions.
If you have any questions, please contact the school on 020 8520 7031.
The leadership team has ensured that the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good. Leaders provide robust challenge and effective training for teachers
Ofsted report, October 2016