Life in Year 1

Useful information for parents and boys in Year 1

We are looking forward to you and your son joining Year 1 at The Mall School. We hope you will find this booklet helpful but if you have any other questions please contact the school.

The best way to contact you son’s teacher is by email:

1C           Mrs Courtney

Start to the Day

Boys should be delivered to the junior playground. Boys should arrive no earlier than 8.25 am when there will be a member of staff on duty, and no later than 8.35 am. Boys must not be left on their own until the teacher is on duty. The boys then enter the building with their class teacher who collects them. Registration is at 8.40 am each day.

Before School

We offer a breakfast club from 7.30 am as well as a before school service from 8.00 am to 8.25 am for all boys from Reception to Year 3. Further details are available from our Extra Curricular Co-ordinator (


If a boy is ill parents must notify the school welfare officer immediately (, stating the nature of the illness. Parents are asked to confirm by email any absence of more than three consecutive days.

All requests for leave of absence for boys should be addressed to the Headmaster, at least one week in advance – leave of absence for periods of time adjacent to school holidays will not normally be granted.

Additional Support

At various stages during their school career some boys may find parts of the curriculum more demanding and they will have the opportunity to receive some additional teaching support. The boy’s parents will be informed of this and feedback on his progress will be forthcoming via parents’ evenings, termly meetings with the appropriate staff and the school reports.

A boy who has English as an additional language and is experiencing difficulties in class as a result may need to receive extra support. There will be a charge for this service. Parents will be contacted and, once the support is in place, there will be feedback from the appropriate staff as described above.

After School Care

After school club is available daily running from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm. After school club operates on a drop in basis. Any boy not collected will join the after school club and a charge will be made for this additional supervision.


Staff operate a positive rewards system which recognises and encourages boys’ behaviour, hard work and progress. In the summer term of Year 1, the boys are introduced to the school’s credit system and begin to receive credits for their houses in line with the school’s reward system. Boys are awarded certificates in weekly assemblies in recognition of their good behaviour, hard work and achievements. However, boys are not always perfectly behaved and if they make the wrong choices they may receive a verbal reprimand, be kept back at break or be spoken to by the Deputy Head. If such behaviour is persistent, the class teacher will, of course, inform parents.

Break and Lunches

Boys should bring a healthy snack (no nuts) and a bottle of water (not juice) each day.

Lunch is on a cafeteria system with boys going into lunch by year group. There is a choice of food available with one meat and one vegetarian option provided. Food is freshly prepared on the school premises and the school has a healthy eating policy. Further catering information is to be found on our website as are the daily menus. The school is able to operate nut-free catering but parents of boys with food allergies must inform the school in writing with full details, so that any risk can be assessed. To support boys with nut allergies, parents are asked never to send nuts or products containing nuts to school as snacks.


Boys take their book bags to and from school each day.

Communication to parents is via email, a weekly newsletter and the school website. The school subscribes to ClarionCall, a text-based service, which enables us to contact parents quickly in an emergency or when there has been an unexpected change to the school routine (for example cancellation of games, late return from a school trip, etc.).

Should you wish to speak to your son’s class teacher, please email them to make an appointment. Please allow 24 hours for a response but we will normally respond as soon as we can.

End of the Day

Year 1 boys will be handed over to their parents at 3.00 p.m. in the junior playground. Boys are dismissed from the doors next to the theatre by the class teacher. 3.00 pm.

Should your child be collected by someone other than yourselves on any particular day, please inform us via the office. You may only take another child if a parent has specifically asked you to collect him and informed the class teacher of the arrangement. This will prevent any uncertainties and ensures the safety of the boys.

Filming and Photography

The school does not wish to prevent parents from taking photos or filming events which involve your sons. However, there are some circumstances when photography or filming are not permitted. Firstly, for some school plays we are required to purchase a performing licence where we would be in breach of copyright restrictions if photography or filming were to take place. In this situation a member of staff will inform parents at the beginning of the play of this restriction. Secondly, as is common practice elsewhere, we also ask that parents do not film or take photographs in the swimming pool or changing rooms.

For other events we ask that if parents are taking photographs or filming they show consideration to other parents by not being so enthusiastic that they spoil the occasion for others by getting in the way. We also ask that if the photographs or film you take contains images of children other than your own you do not upload these to social media sites.


A Health and Safety Document, available from the Bursar explains how boys are treated if ill or injured and how parents are contacted if necessary. A copy is issued to parents when a boy joins the school. All medicines and inhalers must be handed to the office, rather than the class teacher, for safe keeping and administering. Please let the school welfare officer know of any health problems or allergies that your boy may have; also any special dietary needs but please do not include food likes and dislikes (


Boys in Year 1 have a reading book each evening, spellings and dictation once a week and from the spring half term an additional piece of weekly English or maths homework that may be written or completed online. Spellings are sent home to learn on a Tuesday for a spelling test the following Monday and from the spring half term the English or maths based homework is given on a Friday and is due in on a Monday.

Each boy has a reading folder which contains his reading book, reading record and any homework. Homework will be uploaded to Microsoft Teams. The Year 1 boys also choose a library book each Friday which must be returned the following Monday. Boys are read with at least once a week by the class teacher or teaching assistant, but reading records are checked daily to see if the boys have read at home and completed their book. The reading record book is only to record reading and any other parent/teacher communication should be via email with the class teacher.


From the summer term of Year 1 boys are placed in one of four houses: Corpus, Magdalen, Pembroke and Trinity. As well as competing in their houses for sporting events and competitions such as general knowledge quizzes, art and music, boys can earn credits for their houses through good work or behaviour.

Mall School Association (MSA)

The MSA supports the school via fundraising and social activities and parents who would like to volunteer to take an active part can contact the current Chair (

Online Learning

Pupils will be provided with logins for online learning sites. These will be written in their reading record at the beginning of the school term.

Parents’ Evenings

There is a meeting in school early in the autumn term for parents to meet the class teacher. This meeting covers the types of activities provided for the children, the daily routines of the school and other general information.

Parents’ evenings where you can meet your son’s teacher individually to discuss his progress are held each term. Parents’ evenings are virtual and conducted on Microsoft Teams. Additional parent meetings face-face are available on request.

Parent Portal

The Mall School parent portal is a communication tool which will give parents quick access to information about your son such as attendance records and assessment reports. Extra-curricular activities and parents’ evenings are also booked through the parent portal.


Parents are reminded that in the interests of safety they may not stop on the zigzags outside the school site. We ask parents to show consideration for our neighbours and local residents by taking care not obstruct the entrances of offices, houses or flats close by, nor park in their car parks or driveways.  Boys are also told that they must not cross the road except at the pedestrian crossing, even if accompanied by an adult, and parents are asked to reinforce this elementary road safety policy with their sons.

PE & Swimming

Boys begin swimming classes in the first week of term. They will need swimming briefs (tight fitting please), a Mall School swimming hat, goggles, a towel and a Mall School swimming bag (all items to be named). If a boy has a verruca then the verucca should be ‘sealed’ with Bazuka, to prevent cross infection.

Boys have PE once a week on site.

P.E. kit may be left in school.


The following are available on request and are also available in hard copy:

  • Admissions (also available on school website)
  • Behaviour, Rewards and Sanctions (also available on school website)
  • Disciplinary
  • Expulsion and Removal
  • Anti-Bullying (also available on school website)
  • Special Educational Needs (also available on school website)
  • English as an Additional Language (also available on school website)
  • Safeguarding (also available on school website)
  • Curriculum
  • Health, First Aid and Security
  • Health and Safety; Tours, Visits and Events
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Previous Years’ Academic Results
  • Complaints (also available on school website)


From time to time the school will wish to create material to be used for publicity purposes.  Should you not wish your son to be included in any such materials you are asked to notify the marketing manager in writing immediately (  Otherwise the school reserves the right to include your son in any publicity material, eg. news releases, prospectus, school email newsletter and magazine, school website, social media etc. Your son’s full name will not be included with his photo, unless parental permission has been given to do so. For more information on how the school uses photos or videos of your child, please refer to the school’s privacy notices which can be found on our website:


A full written report for boys in Year 1 is published on the parent portal at the end of the summer term. Our reports aim to be positive but are honest and will highlight boys’ strengths while suggesting areas for improvement. We welcome comments on reports via an online survey link, which are always read by the class teacher and action is taken when appropriate. All reports are published on the Parent Portal, in a PDF format which can saved to your own files.

School Transport

School buses currently run each morning from:

Chiswick, via Osterley

Isleworth via Richmond

Sunbury via Hampton

Richmond via St Margaret’s

Two afternoon services currently run to Kingston via St Margaret’s and Chiswick via Isleworth and Osterley. These leave from the main site at 4.30 pm.

Boys may begin using school mini buses from Reception, providing they are able to securely fasten their own seatbelt. Further details are available from our Extra Curricular Co-ordinator (


The pedestrian gate is locked from 9.00 am until 2.50 pm each day and admission during this time is via intercom to the school reception. At lunch and break times all boys are supervised by members of staff. No boy is allowed off the school premises unless supervised by an appropriate adult.

In the highly unlikely event that a boy went missing, his parents would be informed immediately, all available members of staff would search the school premises for the boy and the police would be contacted.


A complete list of governors and staff (with qualifications) is to be found on the website and is available in hard copy on request from the office.


Boys are expected to be neat and tidy at the start and end of the school day. All boys must wear a blazer or, during the winter term, a Mall School coat to school. Please name all clothes, including underwear, socks and shoes as these can become mixed up during changing for swimming.

Items in bold are school regulation pattern and can only be obtained from Stevensons, 1-5 Heath Road, Twickenham. (Tel: 020 8892 2201,,

All year round

  • Mall School blazer (or Mall School coat in winter term)
  • Mall School white polo shirt
  • Mall School grey v-neck jumper
  • Short charcoal grey socks
  • Plain black shoes (Velcro). Not trainer type.
  • Mall School rucksack

Summer (September to October half term and post Easter Break))

  • Grey shorts (flat front, single pleat, not cargo style)
  • Mall School burgundy sunhat


Winter (post October half term to Easter break)

  • Long grey trousers
  • Mall School black coat (instead of blazer winter term only)
  • Mall School burgundy scarf *(optional)
  • Mall School burgundy hat *(optional)
  • Plain black gloves *(optional)

PE kit

  • White socks
  • White Velcro fastening trainers with non-marking soles
  • Mall School drawstring PE bag

Swimming kit

  • Plain black speedo swimming briefs (must be tight fitting and not shorts)
  • Mall School swimming cap
  • Mall School swim bag
  • Goggles
  • Towel


The school website at includes information about the syllabus for each year group.

Email addresses

Main reception –

Headmaster’s PA –

Deputy Head –

Welfare Officer-

Extra Curricular Co-ordinator-

Bursar –

Finance Manager-

Director of Music-

Head of Games –





Parents can also raise concerns related to the quality of education or the welfare health or safety of pupils, to Ofsted ( tel: 0300 123 1231 and/or to the Independent Schools Inspectorate ( tel: 020 7600 0100.

The Mall School is a registered charity. The Chairman of Governors is Mr R J H Walker, The Mall School Trust, 185 Hampton Road, Twickenham. Telephone: 020 8977 2523.

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