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St. Francis' Catholic Primary School

"For it is in giving that we receive." St. Francis of Assisi

Parents Information (especially useful for new Parents)

As we are all aware starting a new school can be daunting, everyone knows the ropes and you can feel a bit like a fish out of water.  With this in mind please find below some information to help you settle in to the daily routine of school.

Start of Day

The school gate is open from 08:45 every day and most Reception parents bring their children into the infant playground at the start of the school day (junior children go directly to their own playground without parents).  The infant playground is for children in Reception, and years one and two only. 

In the morning the children lay their bags in lines in the playground according to their classes and then usually run off to play while waiting for the bell.  Parents waiting in the infant playground are asked to wait behind the yellow line by the infant shelter (you will see this when you come into the playground).  This is so that the teacher on duty can have an unobstructed view of the children on the playground, and is for the safety of your children.  It is requested that you keep younger siblings with you whilst waiting for your child to go into class. 

End of Day

At the end of the day the school grounds get a little congested with three schools on site and people parking to collect children.  The school times are staggered to try and ease congestion. Audley school finish their day at 3pm, so our parents should not come on site before then to park.

Parking is only allowed in the designated bays - please respect this for the safety of all but especially the children. 

Reception children finish school at 3:15pm and the rest of the school at 3:30pm.  

The gate will be opened at 3:15pm and you will come on the playground to collect your child from outside their classroom.  Siblings should not be allowed to play on the play equipment or trim trails, and no scooters should be brought onto the playground.  

Drop Off Scheme & Volunteers: The PTA run a drop off scheme every morning with a rota of volunteers.  This enables parents to safely drop off their children to go into school and eases congestion and parking around the school and surrounding roads. Drop off can be used by anyone in the school as long as your child is able to get out of the car safely by themselves and is confident to go into school on their own. There are some general rules of etiquette:

  • Drop off is available to any child in the school from Year 1 to Year 6. It is not normally used for Reception age children - if you have any questions with this please speak to the office staff.
  • Volunteers will be available from 8:45am when the gate is opened and a teacher comes on duty
  • Volunteers will, where possible, open your door and help your child exit the car
  • Parents are asked to drive around the horseshoe to the farthest volunteer on the horseshoe before stopping and before any child exits the car – this ensures up to four cars can unload at the same time
  • Children should be ready to exit the car and holding all their belongings
  • Children should only exit on the passenger side not on the driver side – if this is not possible please park and walk your child to the gate. 
  • Children should not be dropped off before the zebra crossing, as this halts the flow of traffic
  • Adults should not exit the car to open doors or boots.
  • As soon as children have been dropped off please move forward to allow those behind to drop off, please do not wait until your child has entered the gates to move on
  • If adults are being dropped off with children who require supervision please do not use the horseshoe area please do this elsewhere on the grounds

We also ask that you please note the following:

  • Volunteers are giving up their time to do this voluntarily and they take no responsibility for children that have been dropped off, in particular those left before the gate opens and the teacher comes on duty. Please treat them with respect
  • Mr Brad Coyler, the school caretaker is on duty on the gate to ensure children do not exit the school and that those dropped off go straight into school.

Please do try to follow the above guidelines and also pass this information on to anyone that may be dropping off on your behalf so as the system continues to move swiftly and not cause congestion in the mornings.

Scooters and Cycles: These should not be brought onto the playground - there are scooter and cycle stores right by the main playground gates.

Trim Trails: Children should not be on the trim trails in either playground nor climbing on the play equipment. 

Rainy Days: If it rains then children go directly to their classrooms, parents should drop them at the door. 

Snow Days: We do not close the school unless absolutely necessary! Please keep a close eye on the red banner on the school website. Once all risk assessments and health and safety checks are completed and we know that we have enough staff to open (many of our staff live a distance away from school), we will post on the website and our school facebook page to confirm whether the school can be opened. Similarly, we will post if school is open and we need to close as snow is falling and there is a risk for pick up time. Please make sure if you work a distance away from school that you have an emergency plan - family member or friend who can pick up at short notice.

Sickness Reporting: It is the responsibility of parents to let the school know the reason why their child is absent. When a child is unwell, it can be hard deciding whether to keep them off school for parents.These simple guidelines taken from the NHS website should help. Click here to go straight to it.

Contacting Teachers: Teachers are not available to talk to parents in the mornings as they are settling children first thing. If you need to get a message to the class teacher you can put a note in your child's book bag, write a note in their reading record or email into the school office. Parents should not enter the school in the mornings - if you need anything please come to the school office who will help. 

New Reception Parents: Your class teacher will let you know about your child’s day at a 'Meet the Teacher' session when they begin, but to give you a general insight. 

  • Infant children have three breaks - mid-morning, lunchtime and mid-afternoon.
  • They are given a snack of fruit in the morning and also milk if you opt to pay for this (it is free for under 5s and is a good way of making sure they drink!).
  • If it rains at any point they will stay in the classroom and play games.