The School Day

We offer wrap-around care in ‘Cuckoo Club’ from 8am – 5.15pm each day.

The statutory school day is 32.5 hours (6.5 hours a day).

8.00am

Cuckoo Club Breakfast Care opens

Bookings require 24 hours notice to ensure we have adequate staffing in place.

8.35am

Playground gates open to all pupils

Please don’t leave your children any earlier unless they are in Cuckoo Club as there is no supervision until 8.35am.

8.45am

Registration

To ensure school starts promptly if you arrive after the gates have been shut at 8.45am, please bring your child to the office to sign them in.

Arrival after 8.45am will result in a late attendance record in the register.

10.30am Breaktime
12.00pm Lunchtime
1.00pm Afternoon session
3.15pm

End of school

After school clubs start

Cuckoo Club wrap around care starts

5.15pm Cuckoo Club After School care closes

Morning drop-off arrangements

Parents should drop their child off between 8.35am – 8.45am. The children are encouraged to start their day with exercise on the playground prior to registration starting promptly at 8.45am.

Please do let Mrs Alsopp in the school office know if there is a message you would like passing on to your child’s class teacher in the morning.

Pick-up arrangements

Parents should let the school office know who is authorised to collect their child and what regular arrangements are made. Should these arrangements need to be changed for any reason, please let the office know in advance where possible or leave an answerphone message which will be passed on.

At the end of the day, parents are asked to wait outside the school gates until 3.15pm when they can then wait in the playground until children are dismissed to them by class teachers. Parents are welcome to chat with teachers if required, but please do not hesitate to book in with the school office if a longer meeting is required.

Year 6 pupils are allowed to walk home unaccompanied. It is parental responsibility to ensure that written permission for this has been submitted to the school office.

Signing children in and out during the school day

Parents should come to the office if children are brought late to school or picked up early (e.g. for unavoidable appointments, such as music exams or hospital appointments). The office will ask you to sign your children in or out so our fire records are up to date.

Parents in school (entry to school site and signing in)

If you visit school between the hours of 8.45am and 3.15pm, please enter via the front door. To help ensure the safety of all our children, all visitors to school are asked to sign in at the office.

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Travel to and from school

We encourage walking to school as a healthy option where possible. If families are driving, we ask that parents and carers to do so with consideration for the local residents and also those families that walk to school. This is particularly important on Cold Blow, which gets particularly busy at school drop off and pick up times.

Parking:

  • Parking is available in the pub car-park in Oare or on the lane in Cold Blow beyond the school. We ask that consideration is given to the local residents. Please park courteously and safely, taking care not to block driveways or double-park.
  • The front of school must be left clear at all times during drop off and pick up times. This is to allow the school minibus and taxi to park by the school gate to safely drop off and pick up children.
  • Please do not use the staff car park spaces (unless you are registered disabled).

Road Safety – Please be aware that parents are responsible for the safety of the children in your care coming on to and off the school site. We would encourage you to ensure that your child wears the hi-vi vest supplied by the school.

If your child is in Year 6 and is allowed to walk from school unaccompanied, please let the school know in writing. We would encourage families to walk the route with their child to familiarise them with crossings and areas where they need to be particularly careful on their journey.

Illness during the school day

If your child becomes ill during the day, you will be contacted via your emergency contact number. You will be asked to collect your child as soon as possible.

Bringing Things In From Home

Toys: We do not allow toys in school other than for ‘Show and Tell’ in Skylark Class. If toys are brought in for these purposes they should be kept in your child’s bag and are your child’s responsibility. (Please ensure they are not precious as we cannot guarantee they may not get damaged or lost).

Phones: It is suggested that having a mobile phone is something that is left for secondary school. If your child travels to school independently and you feel they need to have a phone of their own, then it must be switched off during the school day and kept in the school office. Phones may not be used during the day (including taking photographs) without the express permission of the Principal.