The School Day
- Nursery: 8.45am-11.45am (15 hours a week)
- Infants: 8.55am-3.15pm (31 hours 40 minutes a week)
- Juniors: 8.50am-3.20pm (32.5 hours a week)
We operate a soft start in the main school as follows:
|Year Group||Time||Preferred entry and exit gate|
|Year 1||8:45am-8:55am||West Avenue|
|Year 2||8:45am-8:55am||West Avenue|
|Year 3||8:40am -8:50am||Greenwood Park|
|Year 4||8:40am -8:50am||Greenwood Park|
|Year 5||8:40am -8:50am||Greenwood Park|
|Year 6||8:40am -8:50am||Greenwood Park|
It is extremely important that children attend school regularly and arrive on time. Pupils arriving late are marked as late in the register and this is recorded on their report at the end of the year. The Attendance Improvement Officer visits the school regularly to monitor absences and lateness.
If your child has an appointment and will be late for school please notify the class teacher in writing prior to the appointment. On your child’s return to school please accompany your child to the school office so that they can be registered. If your child has an unavoidable appointment during school hours please report to the school office before collecting your child from the classroom.
It is extremely disruptive for a child to go on holiday during term time and children should not be taken out of school for holidays.
If your child is absent please telephone the school on the first day of absence and follow this up with a letter on your child’s return to school.
In the case of longer absence please telephone the school as it helps us to be aware of illnesses and in particular those that are infectious.
Please let us know if your child has been in contact with an infectious illness. If your child has a bout of sickness or diarrhoea, it is policy to allow 48 hours from the last episode before the child returns to school. This helps prevent the complaint spreading to other children.
Your child should refrain from taking part in school swimming lessons for a period of two weeks following the last episode of sickness or diarrhoea.
Medicines in School
We need to know about any particular medical need before a child is admitted, or when a child first develops a medical need. Parents should tell us about the medicines that their child needs to take and provide details of any changes to the prescription or the support required.
All medicines must be brought to the school office by the child’s parent together with a consent form (available from the office) signed by the parent. No child should ever bring medicine into school themselves or carry any medicine.
Medicines should always be provided in the original container as dispensed by a pharmacist and include the prescriber’s instructions for administration. It is helpful, where clinically appropriate, if medicines are prescribed in dose frequencies which enable it to be taken outside school hours. Medicines that need to be taken three times a day could be taken in the morning, after school hours and at bedtime.
We are unable to accept responsibility for dangerous medicines or for failure to administer a dose and are unable to store medicines in a fridge.
We support and encourage children to take responsibility for managing their own medicines from an early age. If children can take their medicine themselves, staff will supervise.
Health and Hygiene
We work hard to teach children the first steps in looking after themselves, e.g. washing their hands after using the toilet, wearing a coat when it is cold, not staying out in the sun for too long and blowing their noses properly.
If your child has an accident we will enter the details in our accident book. If your child bumps their head we will send home a note to let you know or we will telephone you.
Head lice and threadworms are endemic throughout the population. Parents can help prevent head lice and threadworms from spreading by training children to always wash their hands after going to the toilet and by combing their hair every day with a fine tooth comb. Be aware that these conditions spread very quickly so do look out for symptoms.
Routine medicals take place once consent forms have been signed.
Parents are notified of any concerns.
During school hours it is only possible to enter via the West Avenue entrance. Please sign in as soon as you enter the building.
Children should be brought to school and collected by an adult. Y6 children may walk home on their own if you give permission. If you will not be able to collect your child please let the class teacher know who will be coming in your place. We will not release your child to another adult unless we have had a message from you. Please make sure that we know how to contact you by telephone.
As many children are brought to school by car we ask you to avoid parking in West Avenue, South Close and North Close because of the danger to children walking to school. Parents are not permitted to park in the school grounds or to drive into school to collect children from after school activities. There is a pedestrian gate on the southern perimeter of the junior playground leading to Greenwood Park where there is additional parking.
Your co-operation ensures the safety of the children and also the good relationship between the school and our neighbours in the adjacent roads.
The main school gate is closed to vehicles between 8.30am-9.00am and 3.00pm-3.30pm but we ask you to supervise your child closely and to ensure that they do not enter the car park. If children use the bike shed they should be accompanied.