Children are entitled to 32.5 hours per week in school – equating to 6.5 hours per day.
A very successful “Drop-Off Scheme” operates each morning from 08:10 – 08:25, using the dedicated car pull-in spaces within the school grounds, the children will be greeted and accompanied to the playground or classroom by one of a number of adult parent/carer volunteers.
For reception children first starting school we do appreciate that parents/carers will want to settle their child in to class and therefore we welcome parents/carers to initially bring them directly into the classroom, rather than the playground. Special arrangements will also be made for new children joining the school who are not of reception age. We do encourage older children to become independent as soon as possible, coming into school by themselves and taking responsibility for hanging up their coats and bags.
Once your child has arrived at school and the register has been called we check to make sure that all external doors are unable to be opened from the outside. Main access to the school is then via the doors signposted Reception where the school office manage enquiries.
Early Morning Club and After School Care
This is offered through Little Explorers Preschool. Spaces can be booked via the Preschool (01983 760269) at a cost of:
Early Morning Club £2.75
After School Club £5.00
Times of the Day
8.30am – Registration
10.15am – KS1 morning break
10.30am – KS2 morning break
12 noon – Lunch starts (KS1 lunch in hall then playtime / KS2 playtime then lunch in hall)
1.00pm – Lunch ends and lessons start
3.00pm – School finishes (see pick up times below)
Pick up Times
3.00pm – Reception Class Singles
3.05pm – Year 1 & 2 Singles
3.15pm – Siblings and taxi children
3.25pm – Key Stage 2 Singles and independent leavers
SCHOOL PICK-UP SCHEME
In conjunction with the “Drop-Off Scheme” we also run a “Pick-Up Scheme”.
All staff take their responsibility very seriously to ensure that all children leave the school premises safely and on time.
The ‘pick up’ system, which was put in place a few years ago, has ensured that parents/carers can pick their children up safely and conveniently. The school staff have been instrumental in enabling this to happen, with many of the teachers and TAs going above and beyond their contracted duties to make sure that pick up runs smoothly.
If your child is in Year 5 or Year 6 and you wish them to be an independant leaver, please can you contact the school office where they will provide you with the relevant consent paperwork.
To support us in making our system a success, please do adhere to the pick up times and leave the school site in a timely fashion. Inform the school office by 2.30pm at the latest if there any any changes to the pick up arrangements for your child.
We do ask you to ensure that your child is at school for our prompt start to the day at 08:30 as this will help your child to establish a routine that should stay with them throughout their school life. Any child entering school after registration must be taken to the school office. Please contact the school as soon as possible if your child is unwell (there is somebody on the premises from 08:00 each morning). If we have not heard from you by 09:15 we will ring you to check the reason for absence as all absences, including late arrivals to school, have to be marked on your child’s record.
Research has shown that there is a direct link between attendance and attainment and this has led to government policy strongly discouraging time away from school where this is avoidable. Our attendance target which is 96%.
Parents/carers are welcome to attend any of our Friday Collective Worships. Collective Worships alternate between ‘Sharing’ and ‘Celebration’, for ‘Sharing’ Worship the nominated class share with the school and parents recent work they have undertaken. During ‘Celebration’ Worship children will receive awards and certificates. Birthdays and our ‘golden book’ will be celebrated weekly. The first Friday of each school year includes an extra special Collective Worship, to which all are invited, where we ask God’s blessing on our school in the year ahead.
HELPING YOUR CHILD AT HOME
We provide regular small activities for you to do at home together. The length and nature of the activity will depend on the age or stage of your child, however a rough idea of the amount of time spent per week is:-Key Stage 1 – 1 hour Key Stage 2 – 1.5 hours
On top of this we encourage your child to read on a daily basis. At times throughout the year children may be given “home learning” tasks, that extend over time and support the topic challenges. Our ‘topics’ encourage children, enabling them to work at something beyond the school day and then share learning and skills with other learners in school.
We create an atmosphere where the school community, parents/carers, children, members of staff, and the wider community, feels welcomed and valued. We have an expectation that everyone in our school community will be treated and will treat others with respect and consideration. We have high expectations, and we promote the development of self-discipline and self esteem by:
- providing good role models
- promoting an environment of encouragement and praise
- helping children to develop a respect for authority
Positive praise and encouragement underpins all that we do in school. We instill in pupils that they alone are responsible for their choices and as a result of such choices there can be consequences.
Our “Golden Rules”, which are shared and known by all the children, teaching and support staff, sum up and re-enforce our approach to behavior.
Be kind and helpful
Look after property
Listen to people
Hurt people’s feelings
Cover up the truth
Waste or damage things
Along with our Dojo reward system we also have a special book called a ‘Golden Book’. Here records of children’s ‘golden behaviour’ are kept and celebrated with the whole school at our special Celebration Collective Worship.