Children should arrive at school at 8.35 a.m. when the front and back gates will be opened by a member of the senior leadership team. EYFS and KS1 children should be dropped to their classrooms. KS2 children can be dropped at the gate or in the playground and will make their own way into the building. No parents or carers should enter the school building via the playground unless escorted by a member of school staff. The gates will be closed at 8.45 a.m. and any children arriving after this time should be taken to the main office to sign in. Children, who sign in at the office, will be marked as 'late' on the register.
Being on time for school is of huge importance. One of the most important aspects of school is that it is organised, scheduled and predictable. Children depend on the structure of the day. They know where they have to be and when. They know the main purpose of being in school is to learn and that routines are in place precisely to help them focus on that learning. When children are repeatedly late for school, these routines are disrupted. Children, who are often late, have trouble settling in and mastering routines. Lateness can throw off their whole morning or even their day, especially if the late commute to school was stressful. Please speak to a member of the school staff if you need and advice or support in this area.
Children are in school for a total of 32.5 hours per week, as the morning register is taken at 8.45a.m. and the children leave at 3.15p.m. Children, who are ten minutes late for school every day, would therefore miss 50 minutes of learning a week - that is nearly one whole lesson.
The school day ends at 3.15 p.m. The gates will again be opened by a senior leader. EYFS and KS1 children should be collected from the classrooms. Year 3 and Year 4 children should be collected from the main playground and Year 5 and Year 6 from the MUGA area. Please note that only children in Year 5 and 6, with written parental permission, will be allowed to walk home alone. Children can only be collected by a named person, who is aged 14 years or older. If you need someone else to collect your child on a certain day, please contact the school office with a password that should be provided upon collection. Please be on time to collect your child as it can be distressing for children to be left behind when all of their peers have gone home. The gates will close at 3.30 p.m. and any children, who have not been collected, will be taken to the main office.
Children, who have permission to walk home alone, will not be able to do so when attending after school clubs between November and February due to the shorter days. Please make alternative arrangements to collect your child from after school clubs during these darker months.
The school office is open from 8a.m. to 4.30p.m. every day and our friendly staff are there to answer any of your queries.