Return to School - FAQ
With school re-opening on Monday 7th September for pupils, there are bound to be some questions which many people have. We have tried to answer some here, but if you cannot find the answer you need, please feel free to contact the school office by email.
What time does school start?
Pupils can arrive at school at any time between 8.30am and 8.50am. We will keep registers open until 9am to allow for any delays caused by other school drop-offs, etc.
What time does school finish?
Pupils in Year 3 will be brought to the playground at 3.10pm; other year groups will be dismissed at 3.20pm
Where should my child enter/leave school?
Each year group has its own entrance:
- Year 3 enter via the north playground door
- Year 4 enter via their external classroom doors along the front path
- Year 5 enter via the south playground door
- Year 6 travel to the far side of the building and enter through the Year 6 stairwell doors.
A video showing the various routes into school is available here.
Where is my classroom?
Most teachers are in the same classrooms as last year, although Ms Algorta and Mr Bylett have moved. You can see a map showing the entrances and each class base below:
Are there any changes to uniform expectations?
No - usual school uniform rules will be in place. Of course, we understand that due to the extended closure, some children may have grown out of old items and not yet been able to purchase new ones. In this case, please just let the office know or send a quick note with your child.
New items of school uniform can be ordered
What should my child bring to school?
Please do not send large bags, stationery or other items to school. All children need to bring is a water bottle, PE kit and their packed lunch, unless you have pre-ordered a hot meal.
What safety measures are in place in school?
We will be following the government-recommended "system of controls", which includes:
- Ensuring pupils and adults with symptoms do not attend school
- Regular handwashing, including on arrival, before leaving, and after breaks and before/after eating at lunchtime
- Promoting good hygiene in class, e.g. "catch it, bin it, kill it" routines
- Enhanced cleaning, particularly of high-use areas like taps and switches
- Minimising contacts between class groups (i.e. no whole school assemblies, staggered break times, separate play areas, etc.)
- All pupils in front-facing seats, and provided with resources for their individual use.
All pupils will only have lessons with their class group, and will eat lunch in their own classroom to avoid mixing with other groups.
Are masks to be worn?
Primary-aged children are not advised by the government to wear a face mask, and so these do not need to be worn in school. School staff will not routinely wear masks, although some visitors to the school (such as advisory professionals) may be asked to.
Will the normal curriculum resume?
Our teachers are experts in identifying learning needs and adjusting teaching to recognise prior knowledge. We will use this existing good practice to develop the curriculum in response to the extended absence of many pupils. In addition, our Health & Relationships Education programme will pick up on aspects specific to the events of recent months.
Does my child have to attend school?
From the autumn term, the requirements on school attendance return to normal, meaning that families who fail to ensure that their child attends school regularly can be fined or face prosecution. As always, absence is permitted for genuine medical need. If your child has a significant medical need which you believe prevents them from attending school safely, then you should discuss this with your child's GP or consultant who will be able to advise whether absence is required. In other cases, all pupils are expected to attend school as normal.