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The gates to the KS1 and the KS2 playgrounds will be opened at the times stated in the table below:

   

Year group

Drop-off time

Drop-off point

EYFS

Gates open 8:40; children go in by 8:45

KS1 Playground

Y1

Gates Open 8:45; children go in by 8:50

KS1 Playground

Y2

Gates Open 8:45; children go in by 8:50

KS1 Playground

Y3

8:40 – 8:50

KS2 Playground

Y4

8:40 – 8:50

KS2 Playground

Y5

8:40 – 8:50

KS2 Playground

Y6

8:40 – 8:50

KS2 Playground

 

EYFS staff will open the gate at 8:40 and welcome children and parents into school.

Children in EYFS will line up with their parents/carers in class lines and be taken into school by EYFS staff.

Year 1 and Year 2 children and their parents/carers will be able to access the playground from 8:45, lining up in year group lines (one for Y1; one for Y2). Children will then be taken into school by their teachers/teaching assistants (Year 1 – through the hall and Year 2 through the Year 2 external door).

The gate for the key stage 2 playground will be opened at 8:40. Children in Key Stage 2 will come into school through the Key Stage 2 playground and walk to their classrooms. Parents and carers should not come onto the playground; goodbyes can be said at the main gate.

 

 

 

Collection arrangements

   

 

Year group

 

Collection time

Collection point

EYFS

 

3:25

KS1 Playground

Y1

 

3:30

KS1 Playground

Y2

 

3:30

KS1 Playground

Y3

 

3:30

KS2 Playground

Y4

 

3:30

KS2 Playground

Y5

 

3:30

KS2 Playground

Y6

 

3:30

KS2 Playground

  

Parents/carers of children in the Foundation Stage (EYFS) will form a queue each day (using the same class lines followed at drop-off) so that members of staff can facilitate a safe and orderly handover of individual children.

In Years 1 and 2, each class will have its own designated place on the Key Stage 1 playground where children will line up and be ‘handed over’ to their parent/carer.

For 1LJ, this will be by their class outdoor area gate.

For 1M, this will be next to the school field.

Year 2 will gather in classes at the back of the playground, at the side closest to Manor Road.

All children will stand in class lines at the end of the school day, at their designated collection points and will be handed over to parents/carers.

Children in Years 3-6 with siblings in the Foundation Stage or Key Stage 1 or children who will be     collected by childminders will be taken down to the KS1 playground at the end of the day.   Childminders will be able to wait in the Eden Road/Manor Road corner of the playground.

In Key Stage 2, each class will have a designated collection point on the playground. Children will line up at these points and parents/carers can collect the children from these areas.

Year 3 children will be based near the Year 3 classrooms; Year 4 will be based near the Year 4       classrooms/quiet area; Year 5 children will be based near the trim trail and Year 6 near the grass/school garden area.

Breakfast Club and After School Club will both take place in the Key Stage 1 Hall.

Drop-off for Breakfast Club and collection from After School Club will be at the Key Stage 1 Hall door which should be accessed via the Key Stage 1 gate onto the KS1 playground.

Please share all of this information with the people you are authorising to drop off and collect your child (e.g. grandparents, other family members, older siblings, childminders etc).

Please be aware that these arrangements may need to change if we receive new guidance.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

 
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. 

 

Unaccompanied children.
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
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.

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