The official session times are:
Mornings 8:50 am - 12:00 noon
Afternoons 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
8:40am Children can start arriving at school
8:50am Children must be in the classroom ready to start the day’s learning
Any children arriving after 8:50am will need to sign in at the reception desk and will be marked as late.
If your child is unwell, please contact the school office before 9:00am on each day of your child’s absence. The school does have an answer machine should you wish to leave a message.
Please note that children will not be allowed into the school building before 8:40 am unless they are attending our Early Birds Breakfast Club or a before-school intervention group. At 8:40 am, a member of the senior leadership team will be outside to welcome your child into school.
Please make sure your child is at school in good time. This is your responsibility and it is the law to make sure your child arrives punctually at school. If they are late it makes it really hard for them to settle and disrupts the learning of others.
There is a 15 minute break in the morning and a 10 minute break in the afternoon. Time is also
allowed for collective worship and registration. On Fridays, our special Celebration Worship starts at 3.00pm. You are very welcome to join us for this and then collect your child at the end of the school day as normal.
At the end of the day…
Parents and carers of children in all year groups should wait on the infant playground for their children. All children, except those who leave school unaccompanied, will be escorted to the infant playground by a member of staff at the end of each day. Classes will be taken to the same place on the playground every day from where parents should collect their children. Children are taught to tell their teacher when they can see the person who collects them so that they are kept safe.
The safety of your child is paramount. Please ensure that we always know who is collecting your
child. This is very important if it will be someone other than yourself or a regular child minder or family relative. We will not let children leave with anyone else unless we have your permission to do so. Any changes to your normal ‘collecting’ routine must be notified to the class teacher or a call made to the school office (01482 868149). Any child who is not collected due to sudden unforeseen circumstances will be taken to the reception desk and supervised whilst attempts are made to contact parents and emergency contacts.
We ask you to complete a slip at the start of each year to let us know whether your child is allowed to go home by themselves (see letter below). You can also give permission on the School Gateway. Children in Years 3, 4 ,5 and 6 walking, cycling or scootering home on their own should leave via the cycle/scooter or pedestrian gate near the KS2 playground. Mr Sewell, our caretaker, will be on duty near this gate at school leaving time.
The roads around school are exceedingly busy and you should make their own decisions about when or if they feel your children can make their own way home. We leave this decision up to you: all children are different, even those in the same family and the journey children make will also be a factor in your decision. Our lollipop lady, Mrs Andrews, works until 3:45 pm but she is not available if your child leaves late following a club, for example. Children are not expected to leave school unaccompanied in EYFS, Year 1 or Year 2.
Your child should be taught to use the pedestrian gate next to the vehicle gate on Eden Road.
Road Safety and Sustainable Travel
The safety of all of the children is paramount. At St Mary’s we are proactive in promoting road safety to children of all ages and we have dedicated Junior Road Safety Officers and Junior Cycle Champions whose mission is to promote road safety.
We are also proud to have been recognised at a national level for promoting sustainable travel to and from school. Sustainable travel helps ensure that the environment around the school is clean and healthy for our children. To that end, walking, scootering and cycling are all encouraged and travel by car to school is strongly discouraged.
If you need to bring your child to school by car, please park away from school and walk the last few hundred metres. This keeps the immediate area surrounding the school traffic free and promotes walking as a healthy, safe and free means of travel to your child. The police are vigilant about car users abiding by the law and you must, under no circumstances, drop off your child on the zig-zags outside school. The school operates a voluntary one way system along Eden Road from Manor Road from 8.00am – 9.00am each morning and 3.00pm – 4:00pm at the end of the school day; this prevents blockages along The Paddock.
Parents and carers must not enter the school site by motor vehicle at any time to drop off or pick up their children unless either a parent or child has a physical disability in which case, by prior arrangement, the disabled bay within the car park may be used. The only exception is when school discos are held when parents are requested to park on the playground.
Parents and carers are requested to regularly remind their children about safe entrance and exit of the school site from Eden Road, particularly the need to be aware of cars. Please use the pedestrian gates only and stay on the footpaths as far as possible. Pedestrian access must not be made through the main vehicle entrance (double gates), which are closed throughout the school day.
Dogs (other than working dogs supporting people with a disability) must not be brought onto the
school site at any time, even on a lead. Please do not fasten your dog to the school fence or safety
barriers as some children are frightened to walk past dogs.