Congestion and security at the end of the day

Dear Parents / Carers,

You might recall that I wrote to you in October last year about the congestion and concerns around safety and security at school building entrances in the mornings and at the end of the day.

At that time, we urged parents and carers to avoid using the entrance points that children use and instead to use the main school entrance on Broad Lane if they needed to go to the school office for anything including making appointments to see members of staff.

Unfortunately this has not been a success and having a free flow of parents, carers, staff and children using the same entrance and exit points has lead to dangerous congestion in these areas and has left the school unable to control and manage who is in the building in the mornings and at the end of the day.  

As a result we will be implementing a different and hopefully more secure and straight forward system from Thursday 2nd February, so please note the changes below:

The start of the school day

  • At the start of the school day only staff and pupils will be allowed to enter the building and parents and carers will need to say goodbye to their children in the playground.

  • If you have children in both KS1 and KS2, a member of staff will be on duty so that children line up with the member of staff to be led into the building and taken to their classes.

  • Parents and carers will only be allowed to enter the building by going to the school office using the entrance on Broad Lane.

The end of the school day

  • Children from Reception Classes will be dismissed as usual. Year 1 children will be bought downstairs from their classes and children will be dismissed from the front entrance of their building so we will ask parents to be patient and to not stand in front of these doors.

  • Children in Year 2 Pink will be dismissed from their class playground exit. Year 2 Yellow will be dismissed from the main entrance from the infant playground.

  • Children in Years 3 Orange and Year 3 Purple will be dismissed from the playground entrances in the junior playground.

  • Years 4, 5 and 6 will be bought out in a line to the junior playground by their teachers and dismissed from there. If you collect your child please ensure that you arrive collect them promptly at 3.15 p.m.

If your child collects a younger sibling from another class, they will be accompanied by a teaching assistant to wait with their siblings’ class and then be dismissed with that class.

If your child attends an after school activity it is up to the club leader to decide whether parents and carers are allowed to stay and watch. Please note that if you do watch your child or come and collect your child from a club you will still need to use the entrance to the building that is on Broad Lane.

There may be issues that we have not thought of but we will be regularly reviewing the process. Please do keep in mind that these changes are designed to keep your children safe so we would appreciate your patience and cooperation whilst we implement them.

Yours sincerely,

Hina Shah

Headteacher.