The day begins at 8.45am when the external gates to school are opened. Once on the school site, the children enter the ‘enclosures’ through designated entrances, where school staff will greet them. At 8.50am the external gates are closed. To ensure the safeguarding of children, parents are not allowed to enter the ‘enclosures’ or pass through them into the school building. Any parent who needs access to school should enter the main entrance, via Racecourse Lane, and complete the sign-in procedures at that point. Parents who need to visit the school office also need to approach from Racecourse Lane.
We have a system that enables parents of children in Year 5 and 6 to give permission for their child to walk to and from school unaccompanied if they wish. All other children need to be brought and collected by a responsible adult. We will use the current permission lists, unless you notify the school office of a change to this arrangement.
The responsible adult must enter the school grounds and accompany the child to the designated drop-off point. Our security systems are designed to provide full supervision after the child has entered the drop off enclosure. For this reason, children must not be dropped off outside school grounds and enter through the metal perimeter gates alone.
The side gates should be used to access school up until 8.50am. After 8.50am children will need to enter school from the front entrance as the security gates will be locked. Such children will be marked absent and their parents should sign them into school in the ‘Late Arrival Book’.
The children have a fifteen minute supervised break each morning. Children in key stage 1 (Reception-Year 2) are provided with free fruit as part of an initiative called The National Fruit Scheme. If you do not wish your child to have fruit, then please inform the school in writing. Children in key stage 2 are not eligible for this initiative but are allowed to bring fruit from home to eat at this time.
The school has a kitchen on site which provides a range of nutritious food. The lunchtime menu is displayed outside the school hall and available on the school website, in 'About Us' and the 'School Meals' tab, where you can also find further information about cooked meals.
Parents may choose whether or not their children bring a packed lunch or prefer a cooked meal. Water is always available free of charge.
If any child has special dietary requirements, please contact the school. When children are not eating lunch in the hall they are supervised on the playground. If wet, they will be supervised in the classroom.
End of the School Day
Children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 finish school at 3.00pm. The teachers will bring them out to the ‘enclosures’ to handover. The school playground gates are opened at 3.00pm. Children from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 finish school at 3.05pm. At 3.15pm the external gates are closed to ensure the site is fully secured for the after school clubs operating at this time.
If parents or other adults are delayed, then the children will be supervised back in school. Please let the school office know you are delayed so that your child is safe, then park where you usually would and make your way to the school office via Racecourse Lane. The school car park is for staff and official school visitors only.
Please help us by not requesting to collect other children unless this has been arranged with the child’s parents and they have informed the class teacher or the school office.