The School Day
Wrap Around Care
The school provides wrap around care provision. The times of this service is as follows:-
7:45 to 8:30 am
4:00 to 6:00 pm
The school day commences at 8.45 am. Children should arrive at school no later than 8.45 am and no earlier than 7.45 am. Children arriving between 7.45 am and 8.45 am must proceed to the Morning Club and should go directly to the school hall where they will be supervised until 8.45 am. Teachers will then register children between 8.45 am and 9.00 am before the first lesson of the day. Collection Arrangements Pupils should be collected as follows: The Class Teacher will dismiss children from the side-door entrance adjacent to the playground at 3.45pm. Those children not collected at 3.45 pm will be available for collection from the school hall where they will be supervised by the After School Club staff until the club closes at 6.00 pm. If there is to be any change in the arrangements for collecting your child, please notify the School Office in writing or by telephone (including arrangements for children who travel by taxi). It is important that you adhere strictly to this arrangement as staff will not release a child to a third party unless they have previously received instructions to do so.
Parents should park in the car park at the end of Ely Way and access school via the pathway and gate at the rear of the premises. This entrance has both a ramp and steps that are in compliance with disability legislation. We lock the Ely Way car park at 6.00 pm each day. Parking is not allowed on the High Street, Ely Way, Oakley Road or Chatteris Close. Parents of young children are requested to hold their child’s hand when accompanying them up or down the drive.In line with our long standing policy on parking, any parents in special circumstances, i.e. disabled, pregnant, etc, will be able to apply for special dispensation to allow them to park at the limited-space dropping off zone outside the front of the school (in the off-road car
park at the top of the drive way). If you believe you may qualify for such dispensation, please contact the Principal or the School Office. Parents are reminded that it is a contractual obligation on their part to abide by the school’s parking policy and the directives issued from time to time regarding parking by the Principal.
This form is a very important document and must be completed and submitted as soon as possible once issued. A contact form can be obtained from your child’s teacher or from the School Office. It should then be filled in and returned as soon as possible. The form asks for contact telephone numbers (so that we know how best to contact you during school hours should the need arise). It also records other additional information with regard to diet and medical conditions etc. It may be necessary for the school to request clarification of food allergies from a child’s doctor. Please update this form during the
year, should there be any changes, using a change of details form available from the office.
All absences should be reported immediately to the school office on the first day of absence by telephone, e-mail or writing. All pupils should return to school with a brief letter regarding their absence, giving details of the reason and the dates
involved. Parents should seek to avoid taking their child out of school during term time and ensure they attend school regularly and punctually. Requests for children to be absent from school should be made directly to the Principal by completing a Request for Absence Form available from the school office. Requests for absence during term time are not encouraged as they are disruptive to both your child and the activities within the school. Legally, a maximum of ten day’s absence can be granted within any one school year. Wherever possible, requests for absence should be made at least 5 working days prior to the first day of absence.
Children who are unwell should be kept away from school until fully recovered. Please advise the school office of any ailment or condition on the child’s return to school. If a child is prescribed antibiotics they must either have a letter from the doctor confirming that they are not infectious/contagious or be kept away from school for forty-eight hours from commencement. Children with diarrhoea or vomiting must be kept away from school and only return after being symptom free for forty-eight hours (as per Health Protection Agency guidelines). These measures are to help reduce the spread of infection to both children and staff. If a child is taken ill during the school day, the school will contact the Parent to make arrangements for the child to be collected from school.
Administration of Medicine
Prescribed medication will be administered at school. Parents are requested to fill in an authorisation form which will apply to the whole course of the medicine (available from the School Office). Medicines should be brought to school in the original container clearly marked with the child’s name, class and administration instructions. Please ensure the dosage measuring spoon is included in the package to allow us to administer the medicine accurately. Pre-measured sachets of paracetamol will be kept in school and we will contact you for permission to administer this medicine if required. The school reserves the right
to use its own discretion in requesting that a child be collected from school if more than one dose of paracetamol, or equivalent analgesic, should be necessary in one school day.
Absence from School
If your child is unwell and not able to attend school, you must telephone the School Office (01582 491430) so that we are aware as to why they are not in school. Where this call is not received, we shall contact you on the first day of your child’s absence. When your child is well enough to return to school, please send a brief letter confirming the reason for their absence.