Following the governments announcement on Tuesday, regarding the relaxation of school bubbles and isolation arrangements, we are now in a position to share with you our new arrangements for opening our school in September. In our experience guidance from the DfE and the Local Authority could change we felt it prudent to plan ahead – we hope that sharing this with you now will answer all of your questions, but if not please get in touch.
Breakfast club is £2.50 per day (ParentPay) and free for children who are entitled to FSM or if we are in receipt of Pupil Premium for them. If your child is in Year 3 and you do not know if this circumstance applies to you, we will inform you in September. Breakfast Club will remain as a 7.45 a.m. start, children who arrive before this time will NOT be given access to the building and must wait in the parent shelter. This is very important for families who arrive early and leave their child unattended, it is not our responsibility to supervise children before 7.45 a.m. Children will come to the main reception door to be signed in. Charges apply if your child comes to breakfast club between 7.45 a.m. and 8.40 a.m.
The gate leading to our main school yard will be opened for all children at 8.40 a.m. (a member of staff will be present at the gate to welcome children) and all children NOT attending breakfast club can have access to this area, and staff from Breakfast Club will be supervising all children whilst on the yard. The bell for the start of the school day will ring at 8.55 a.m. and ALL children should be on the grounds ready to be brought into class to start their day of learning. Parents are not allowed onto the yard on a morning.
If it is raining children will still come into the school grounds by the main yard gate and they will be asked to go into school via the yard entrance.
If your child is late (after 8.55 a.m.) and the gate to the yard is locked, then you must inform us and children must come to school via the main reception door. Children arriving after 9.20 a.m. will be marked as an unauthorised ‘late’ absence, which will impact on their % of attendance. Children who are late due to medical appointments must also come to the main door and a letter/email of proof must be provided.
The school day will end for Years 3 & 4 at 3.20 p.m. children will be brought onto the school yard by their teacher in their class group to be collected. Parent/Carers must queue from the main gate ready to walk onto the yard at 3.20 p.m. they will form and follow their queue, collect their child and then continue to follow the queue to exit the grounds around the back of the school. This was a system we adopted during the pandemic and it works well to keep the congestion of people and traffic low. If your child is in Year 4 and you are happy for them to walk out of the grounds to meet you elsewhere, then you must inform us about this.
The school day will end for Years 5 & 6 at 3.30 p.m. children will be allowed to leave the premises and exit school from the main path that runs adjacent to the nursery. If you have children in lower school this allows you time to collect them and wait for your oldest child. We will no longer keep siblings in the hall at the end of the day as there is only 10 minutes difference and the new system allows you time to wait.
There should be no reason for any child to leave school earlier than these times, unless they have a medical appointment and the letter is provided, so please do not request this as it unsettles the class and the children miss out on very valuable learning.
Can we take this time to remind you that:
- The car park is for STAFF only. This applies to the start and end of the day and we have no issue in talking to individual parents/carers if they are found to park there.
- Do not block drives or cause obstruction to the homes of our local residents
- Please ensure you use the one way system around the school. This is a system we ask our families to adopt to help ease the traffic congestion around the school. Cars should come down to the school by laving Ashdale Road and entering onto Elmdale Road, follow the route around Oakdale Road to our school and then drive up Beechdale Road ready to exit back onto Ashdale Road.
Bringing items to school
If your child is on school meals they only need to bring their water bottle and the small plastic ‘letter’ bag we provide. Children on packed lunches may need a bag to carry this in if it does not have a handle, however, this does not need to be a ‘camping’ size bag. Lately very large and empty bags have been brought into school and we do not have the space for them. Children can also bring a healthy snack for morning breaks, this should only be fruit or a healthy cereal bar.
During the summer holidays the ‘Class’ pages on our website will be updated and each class page will show a timetable. Please ensure you look at this and know your child’s timetable as this will highlight their PE days. During the pandemic children could come to school wearing their PE kits, this has been an excellent change and one we have decided to keep. You can find our uniform and PE kit requirements here. On cold and wet days please replace shorts with leggings/tracksuit bottoms, but please stay with the colours that our uniform specifies.
Lunchtimes and breaktimes
All children will get a 15 minute morning break and assembly. Years 3 and 4 will have theirs together, likewise for Years 5 and 6. This keeps the yard and hall congestion to a minimum and supports our younger Year 3’s in settling into our school in a more manageable way.
There is now no need for lunches to be in the classroom and we are able to welcome our children back into the hall to dine together. Again, Years 3 and 4 will be together and have their lunch first at 12 noon, then they can enjoy a 30 minute lunch break before 30 minutes playtime, while Years 5 and 6 go into the hall together after their playtime for their lunch at 12.30 p.m.
After School Clubs
Hooray! Clubs will slowly return…
There will be no clubs during the first few days we come back. But week commencing 6th September we will have clubs starting. We will have band on a Monday (details to follow but this is only for existing members); Karate on a Tuesday with Kensho Karate for previous members, including Infant school members and Chris Shield (Council) will also run a multi sports club on a Wednesday but only for Years 5 & 6 (limited to 30 children). Our other extra curricular clubs will be reintroduced after the first half term. Our clubs last for a half term only and they vary from sports, crafts and computing. They are changed every half term to ensure the interests of all children are met and that different year groups have access to clubs over the year. Places are offered on a first come basis and must be paid in advance to secure your place. We only charge £1/£2 per club per week and they usually last one hour. Please note, our clubs are extra curricular, they are NOT childcare and not consistent. If you need childcare please speak to the Infant School as they can arrange collection from our school.
Club places can only be booked when the ‘Forms’ link is shared, please do not try to book places by ringing or emailing schools as this process needs to be fair to all.
We have received no updates about this at this time.
We hope this information is clear for all of our families, we wish you all a safe and happy summer break.