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Coming to School

We want all children to come to school safely and believe that walking to school is the best way to ensure this. Children who learn to be pedestrians at an early age are far safer and fitter than those who always travel by car. Traffic around the school is always problematic at peak times. Where there is no choice but to drive to school we would ask that you observe the informal one way system, encourage your child to get out at the drop off point as soon as they feel confident to come into school alone, park with consideration for residents and other road users and allow sufficient time for your journey so that children do not arrive in an agitated state because they have been stuck in traffic.

Children may cycle to school if accompanied by an adult. Although we have bike racks, we cannot ensure the safety of bicycles left on site.

In the winter months children should wear bright or reflective clothing so they can be easily seen.

Should an adult responsible for meeting a child be unavoidably detained, we tell children always to come back into school and tell a teacher. We will keep them in the entrance hall and try to contact the parents. If you can warn us when you are delayed we will send children to the entrance hall to wait.

If you make a change to the normal arrangements please make sure that you have informed the class teacher or the School Office and that your child knows who is collecting them. We recommend that you establish a code word with your child, which you only give to people you have authorised to collect them or let us know, and we will tell them who to expect.


Checklist for the First Day

Please make sure your child has the following:
P.E. Kit
Packed Lunch with a fruit snack for breaktime
A handkerchief or tissues
A coat if the weather is changeable or cold

Children enter the playground from 8:40am when there are teachers on duty and line up with their class. The class teacher will come out to greet the class and lead them in. Children take coats and bags with them and put them in the designated cloakroom before entering their classroom for registration.

At 3.15pm the class teacher brings the children out to their parents.

Children will bring home reading books and, for the younger children, words to learn. Book bags are available from the school office. Please make sure you write you child’s name on these, all items of uniform and coats. Please do not allow children to bring large bags to school as there is insufficient space to store them in the cloakrooms. 


Reception children: We hope that your child will settle quickly and happily and you will be able to leave them in the care of the class teacher after a few minutes. If they are unsettled or upset it is still best to leave as quickly as possible as experience shows this does help! In the unlikely event of a child failing to settle we would of course let you know.  After a few days we suggest you try to leave your child at the classroom door and after a few weeks in the playground.