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As a staff we have been discussing how the children enter and leave the school building at the beginning and ending of the school day with regard to making it a more safe and harmonious experience for all.
We are very happy with the beginning of the day, when children enter the building escorted sometimes by parents who have a concern, but essentially begin their day in a calm manner. Staff are happy to talk to parents at this time about lost jumpers and minor ailments etc that might make the day run more smoothly for both you and your child. More serious or sensitive issues may need to be addressed through the appointment system, with the class teacher, or through speaking to Mr Brookes.
At the end of the school day we use a different structure. We are not comfortable with all the children filing out of the same exits, to be greeted by a sea of expectant faces in the Parents Shelter Area. This is daunting for them, you and the class teacher who may be looking to securely hand over your child to you.
Therefore, each class/year group has a designated area where you can pick your child up from. We suggest where you have more than one child, you arrange for the older siblings to meet you at the youngest child’s exit point. Then you can all leave school together.
The purple gates will be opened at 3:10pm to ensure that you can find a suitable spot to collect your child. The main car park gates are locked until 3:30pm.
Any children not picked up by 3:30 pm will continue to be taken to the school office for collection.
Please be reminded that dogs are not allowed on school grounds and that any dogs should be securely tied, away from the main school gates, before you enter school.
This is a much more pleasant way to end the school day for all; reducing the bottle necks, ensuring the safe handover to parents and further strengthening staff /parent relationships.