Arriving at School
Children come straight into the classrooms as they arrive between 8.45 and 8.55 a.m. Registration takes place at 8.55 a.m. Children should not be on the school premises earlier than 8.45 a.m. or return before 1.00 p.m, if they go home for lunch. Prior to that time children are the responsibility of parents/carers. Children should not be left unaccompanied before this time.
Playground apparatus and equipment should not be used at the beginning of the school day. At the end of the school day, parents may allow their children to use the tyre park and larger apparatus as long as parents take responsibility for their safety and supervision. Children who are not attending after school clubs should leave the premises by 3.45 p.m. For children attending after school clubs, the school gates are locked at 4.30 p.m. Riding of bikes, scooters etc is prohibited in the school grounds at all times.
We encourage all children to walk to school, or to cycle once they have passed their cycling proficiency course. Cycling proficiency courses are offered in the summer term to all pupils in Year 5. If you need to take your car to be school then maybe you could consider parking a short distance away and at least walking part of the way. It is vital that both the school and home promote healthy lifestyles for your children.
Please remember to consider the safety of the children walking to school and give fair consideration to our neighbours when picking children up or dropping children off.
There is a School Crossing Patrol on the Ridgeway ring road.
We liaise with outside agencies, for example, the School Doctor and Nurse, the Speech Therapist, the Dentist, the Educational Welfare Officer, the Police and Social Services for the benefit of the children.
The school works in partnership with parents to support children in every way possible. However, the Children Act 1989 places a clear responsibility on schools to ensure that they work together with other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. Our school is part of Operation Encompass where we work in partnership with Hertfordshire Constabulary to ensure children affected by domestic abuse are appropriately supported (OE Safeguarding Statement can be accessed at the bottom of this page). If concerns are raised within the school or a child or parent reports a situation involving possible abuse, we would not be able to guarantee confidentiality. It would have to be referred on to the Child Protection Team at Hertfordshire County Council. This is in line with Government and Hertfordshire policy.
Medicines should not normally be brought to school because of the danger to other children. Should your child need medication it should be noted that school staff are not permitted to administer such treatments. Special arrangements apply for children with diabetes, asthma or anaphylaxis – please consult with the Headteacher.
Illness and Injury
Please do not send children to School if they are unwell or have been sick or had diarrhoea in the last 48 hours. They will not cope with their lessons and it is not fair on other children.
We will do our best to deal with any illness or injury that occurs at school. If a child is injured in a manner that requires further medical attention or is too ill to continue at school, we will endeavour to contact you immediately.
For this reason all parents are asked to ensure that the School has your up to date telephone numbers, plus two additional emergency contacts (close relatives or friends) in case we are unable to contact you in person.
There are a number of cases when a child who has had an infection must remain at home for a specified number of days:
|Chicken Pox||6 days from onset of rash|
|German Measles||4 days from onset of rash|
|Measles||7 days from onset of rash|
|Mumps||Until swelling has completely subsided (7 days minimum)|
Once all the children have arrived at school, the classroom doors are locked. All visitors to the School during school hours are required to go to the main reception area. This area is completely secure and separate from the rest of the school, and only authorised people are permitted to enter the school premises beyond reception.
Coming In Late and Picking Up Early
There may be occasions when, for reasons beyond control, your child will be late for school. When this happens please bring your child into the school at the main reception. Similarly, if you need to collect your child early from school, please come to the main reception.
This is important to ensure that our registers are complete and accurate in the case of emergencies. It is also important that the classes are not disturbed from doing the work that they have started. It can also be disruptive to a teacher to break the flow of lesson delivery, and he or she will not have the time to discuss the reasons for your child’s lateness – our secretary will do this at an appropriate moment in the day.
We ask you to drive carefully and park with consideration for the safety of all children when arriving and leaving school. We ask you not to use the school driveway and car park as this is only for the use of school staff and official visitors to the school. We have a Code of Conduct for travel to school. If you have special needs, please contact the school and we will make arrangements for you to use the school car park.
We would like to encourage as many children as possible to walk to school at all times. This is beneficial to your child’s health as well as to our environment. If you need to drive to school, why not “Park and Stride”, whereby you can park your car further away from the school and enjoy a short walk from there to school.
Head teacher, Mr Bridle, has a weekly challenge for all the classes in the school. The class which have the most attractive and tidy room are awarded The Golden Dustpan and Brush. The winning class are rewarded with an extra playtime!