The School Day
Returning to school procedures from Thursday 2nd September – Year 1 to Year 6 and after the 'settling period' in Nursery & Reception
From September 2021 official timings for the school day will resume and there will no longer be staggered start/finish times or a one-way system in place:
Please make sure that the school office has all the relevant paperwork and information regarding your child; let us know of any changes in circumstances, contact details, lunch choices, medical updates etc. so that we are well-prepared for the children.
The School Day
In the morning, the gates will open at 8.45am and close promptly at 8.55am. Please do not arrive earlier than 8.45am to queue because this will upset our neighbours. At the end of the day, the two gates for KS1 will open at 3.10pm and close at 3.25pm. Again, please do not arrive and queue outside the school site earlier than 3.10pm.
Nursery: 9.00-12.00 or 9.00-3.00 (access via pedestrian gate at front of school to Nursery door)
Children in nursery should be brought and collected from the main nursery door*. The nursery door will open at 8.55am and parents should queue along the pathway leading up to the nursery. At midday children attending the morning session should be collected from the nursery door and those children staying for the afternoon session should be collected at 3pm*.
*Unless they are attending Breakfast or RASCals clubs – entry is round the back of the school through the Ash Room door – please access via the main entrance and walk across the car park & main playground.
Reception: 8.50 – 3.15 (access via Corinium Gate and Top Gate)
Keystage One (Y1 & Y2): 8.50 – 3.15 (access via Corinium Gate and Top Gate)
Keystage Two (Y3 - Y6): 8.50 – 3.25 (access via Waitrose Gate)
Parents of children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 should bring and collect their child from their classroom door.
Children in KS2 with younger siblings to drop first should do so and then continue walking up towards the KS2 playground to meet their teacher and line up.
Children in KS2 without younger siblings should enter via the Waitrose gate to meet their teacher and line up. KS2 Parents will not be permitted onto the playground in the morning to aid a swift and smooth start to the school day.
Collecting at the end of the School Day
At the end of the school day children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 should be collected from their classroom door. Children in KS2 should be collected from the KS2 playground. The year groups will line up in order with Year 3 lining up nearest their classroom block and Year 6 lining up nearest the hall.
Parents collecting younger siblings should walk up and wait on the edge of the main KS2 playground and parents collecting only children from KS2 should enter via the Waitrose gate and wait in the same area.
If children in Year 6 are walking home alone please email your permission in writing, otherwise we will not allow children to walk home without an adult.
Please note we do not allow younger siblings to walk home with Year 6 children and once the clocks change children in Year 6 attending an after school club must be collected by an adult (eg. at 4.30pm).
Children attending Little RASCals or RASCals will be collected from their classrooms (or from an after-school club if attending first) by RASCals staff.
Things to bring to school everyday:
- Clearly named water bottle containing water (NOT juice – children will not be permitted to drink juice throughout the day in school)
- Clearly named lunch box (if bringing own lunch to school – NO nuts or nut products please & lunch boxes should contain a healthy, balanced meal, NO sweets or chocolate please)
- KS2 children may bring a ‘healthy’ snack to school for morning break (a piece of fruit / cereal bar / crackers etc – preferably not crisps) (Children in EYFS & KS1 are provided with fruit from the government scheme)
- Reception & KS1 children will need to bring their school bookbag to school every day, containing their reading book, reading record and phonics pack (No rucksacks please as bookbags are stored in the group reading boxes)
- KS2 children may bring a small bag / rucksack to school, containing their reading book, reading record etc)
- A named coat / sunhat / accessories according to the weather
- Children in EYFS & KS1 may choose to keep a small draw string bag on their peg with spare clothes (this does not need to be uniform just something they can change into if they have a toilet accident)
PE lessons for Y1 –Y6 will start from Monday 6th September* and children should wear their PE kit to school on the relevant day; please see the table below.
*children should wear full school uniform on Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd September
The DfE is clear that it expects schools to strive to return to normality from September and therefore some of the Covid secure measures in place in school during 2020-21 will no longer be required. These are:
- children will no longer be sent home to isolate if someone deemed to be a close contact tests positive, instead, children will only be required to isolate if they themselves test positive. This is a significant change and one that will cause far less disruption and uncertainty for everyone;
- schools will no longer be required to operate in class or year group ‘bubbles’, although schools may use ‘bubbles’ as part of their contingency plan;
- face coverings are no longer advised for staff or visitors in classrooms or communal areas, although it is expected and recommended that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces. Parents and staff may choose to continue to wear face coverings when moving around the school site during busy periods (eg. when dropping off and collecting children each day).
Please continue to be vigilant regarding symptoms of Covid-19 and follow government guidelines at all times:
- parents/carers should not enter the school site (or bring siblings) if they are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19;
- children with symptoms should not be brought to school – please arrange for your child to take a PCR test and they should remain at home until they have received the result;
- children testing positive must not attend school and must complete the full isolation period