The School Day
PLEASE NOTE: under ‘normal’ circumstances the following would be how the school would operate. Due to COVID-19 guidelines and/or restrictions from 14th December 2021, until further notice, we may change our operating procedures to reflect the guidance.
The school day officially starts at 9.00am and finishes at 3:05pm for EYFS, 3:10pm for KS1 and 3.15pm for KS2. The school opens its doors at 8.50am to allow parents and carers to drop off their children in time for a prompt start to the day. Registration is at 9.00am. The external gates are locked at 9am and open again at 3pm. If you visit during the school day, you will need to use the buzzer on the main gate and speak to the school office, who will be able to let you in.
Lessons begin after registration. Details of the curriculum can be found in the individual Key Stage group pages, located in the ‘School Information’ menu.
Children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 have a 15 minute break where they will also have their snack. EYFS and KS1 pupils are given a piece of fruit (from the Government’s Free Fruit Scheme). Pupils in KS2 are able to purchase a mid-morning healthy snack from the school kitchen or bring in a healthy snack from home.
The key stages go out at different times and lessons begin again after playtime has ended.
Reception have a flexible break time.
The children have different start times for lunch due to the size of the school. The younger children go first, followed by the older children (EYFS and KS1 – 11:45am-12:45pm, KS2 12:15pm-1:15pm) Lunchtime is 1 hour for all pupils. Lunch playtime is supervised by the Mid-day Supervisors.
End of the Day and Collection
At the end of the school day, parents/carers are expected to collect their child promptly from school. It is our policy to ensure we ‘hand’ your child to you so we know they are safe. If normal arrangements have to be altered (e.g. you are delayed or another person is collecting your child), please let us know. This avoids any confusion or upset. The exception to this is for those pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 who have parental permission to walk or cycle to and from school on their own. All pupils (regardless of age) must be collected by an adult at the end of an after school club. This is to ensure they arrive home safely.
Getting to School
To get to and from school, walking or cycling is definitely the best option! There are lots of benefits: it’s healthier than travelling by car, it improves the safety of pedestrians and road-users, and it respects nearby residents and parking regulations. We do have four-cycle shelters and a scooter shelter for those who wish to bring their bike or scooter to school. All bikes/scooters must be locked for security (parents must provide a suitable bike lock). If you do need to travel by car, please use the Southgate Community Centre car park and avoid parking on Steward Road, and we kindly ask you to be respectful of the residents who live in the vicinity of the school, so not to block their driveway and garage access.