The school day is organised as follows:

 

Foundation Stage

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

8.40am: class time

8.40am: registration

8.40am: registration

8.50am: registration

8.50am: assembly

8.50am: assembly

9am: whole class session

9.10am: class time

9.10am: class time

9.15am: class time & story

10.30am: break

10.50am: break

11.50am: lunch

10.45am: class time

10.25am: class time

1pm: registration

11.50am: lunch

12.05pm: lunch

1.05pm: whole class session

1pm: registration

1pm: registration

1.20pm: class time

1.05pm: class time

1.05pm: class time

2.55pm: school day ends

2.55pm: school day ends

3pm: school day ends

 

The morning routine

The school day begins at 8.40am and your child should be on site by this time. The school gates are open from 8.30am and children may enter the school buildings from this time. Children should only enter the school site through the playground. They are then able to enter the building through the cloakroom doors from 8.30am. Children in Reception and KS1 enter through the classroom doors on the playground. In normal circumstances, children arriving after 8.40am and before 9.00am are recorded as Late in the register and pupils arriving after 9.00am are recorded as an unauthorised absence for the morning session.

 

Parents of children in Foundation Stage and KS1 are able to see their child into the classroom but are asked to leave promptly to encourage all the children to settle to the morning routine as quickly as possible. From Year 3 onwards, the children say goodbye to their parents on the playground and walk around to the classrooms unaccompanied. Parents are not allowed into the school building via the cloakrooms at any time of day. Entry into school must be via the school office.

 

The afternoon routine

Children in the Foundation Stage and KS1 are dismissed directly from the classrooms. Parents are asked to wait away from the building on the playground. Children will not be released until the parent is seen. If another adult is collecting your child please ensure that you inform the class teacher or the school office.

 

Once your child is in KS2, the class teachers will walk around to the playground with the children. Parents meet their children on the playground or can make arrangements for their child to walk home unaccompanied.

 

Breakfast and After-School Club

TimeOut Childcare runs our daily breakfast and after-school clubs. Breakfast club runs from 7.30am-8.30am every school day. The after-school club is open from 3pm-6pm. This school childcare provision is available for children of all ages who attend Park Gate Primary School. There are 16 places available at each club.

 

Security on the School Site

For your child’s safety we ask all visitors to ensure they enter through the main entrance to the school and report to a member of the office staff, signing into the visitors’ book and receiving a visitors’ badge.

 

If a parent wishes to speak to their child’s class teacher at the start or end of the school day, please ask a member of the office staff if this is convenient before proceeding into school. Staff will not be available after the start of the school day at 8.40am. Parents should not enter the school through the cloakroom doors. These entrances are for the children’s use only.

 

These measures are in place for the security of all members of the school community.

 

Travelling to School

There is considerable congestion on nearby roads at the beginning and the end of the school day. We encourage as many families as possible to walk to school but recognise that this is not always possible. The school has a bike shelter on site and children are able to ride to school if accompanied by an adult.

 

There is no parking for parents on the school premises at any time. Parents are asked to drive and park courteously and with consideration for each other and the local residents. To ease the congestion we operate a voluntary one-way system from 8.30am–9am and 2.45pm–3.15pm. Parents are asked to enter Northmore Road from the Locks Road end and exit onto Admirals Road.

 

Absence

The school must be informed of any absence. If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, parents are asked to telephone the school office on the first day of absence, before 9am. Any absence that has not been accounted for will be recorded as unauthorised on your child’s school records.

 

If the school has concerns about the level of absence of a particular child, parents will be contacted, made aware of the issue and given the opportunity to come into school to discuss the matter. If a family is having on-going problems with school attendance, additional support can be offered.

 

The school is only able to authorise absence from school in exceptional circumstances. In making a request for an authorised absence from school you will need to explain why the circumstances are exceptional. Please note: There is no general right to authorise absence for a family holiday. If you take your child out of school without permission the absence will be unauthorised and we will consider legal action.

 

 

Medical Information

It is important that the school has all relevant medical information about children at the school. This information will be recorded and made available to all staff who work with your child. Parents are asked to ensure that the school is kept informed of any changes in relation to medical conditions and allergies.

 

If your child requires regular medication, parents are asked to give written permission for staff to administer this, with clear instructions about timing and dose. Medicines can only be administered in school if they have been prescribed by the child’s GP.

 

Children who require inhalers to control asthma are able to keep these in the classroom to ensure that they are nearby when required. Inhalers must be registered in the office in the same way as any other medication.

 

If your child requires an Epipen in school for any reason, we ask parents to supply two. This means that one can be kept with your child in the classroom and one in the medical room for emergencies or school trips.

 

If your child is unwell during the school day we will contact parents. It is important that we have up-to-date information about contact numbers as it can be very distressing for a child to have to remain in school when they are unwell if we cannot contact anyone to collect them.

 

If your child has an accident in school, first aid will be administered by a member of staff. We have qualified first aiders in school who will supervise in the case of a more serious injury. If we have any concerns about a child following an accident in school, parents will be contacted.

 

Lunchtimes

At lunchtime, the children are able to have a school meal or to bring their own packed lunch or to go home. This is entirely at parents’ discretion. The children all eat in the school hall, with the youngest children eating first.

 

School meals can be purchased on a weekly or termly basis – whichever is most convenient for parents. A menu is sent home at the start of each term. The school operates a simple choice system that ensures all children are able to have the meal that they would like.

 

Parents are asked to send any dinner money into school at the start of the week. This should be in an envelope clearly labelled with the child’s name and class and the amount enclosed. The cost of a school meal is currently £2.10 per day (April 2016).

 

Children may bring a packed lunch in a named lunch box. We encourage the children to bring a healthy lunch. Hot and fizzy drinks are not permitted. We do not allow the children to bring sweets or nuts as part of their lunch.

 

Children are able to go home for lunch if parents would prefer. Children who go home are collected from the main office at the start of the lunchtime and must return in time for the start of the afternoon session at 1pm.

 

Milk

Children in the Foundation Stage and KS1 are able to have a carton of milk each day. This is provided free of charge for children aged 4 years. Once your child reaches the age of 5 years, milk must be paid for. The school works within the Cool Milk Scheme at www.coolmilk.com and all payments can be made online.

 

Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

All children in the Foundation Stage and KS1 receive a piece of fruit each day. This is provided free of charge as part of the Department for Education (DfE) Fruit in School Scheme. We receive a range of fruit and vegetables including apples, satsumas, pears, carrots, cherry tomatoes and very occasionally strawberries!

 

Children in KS2 are able to bring a piece of fresh fruit or vegetable to eat at morning break. No other snacks, including dried or tinned fruit, cheese products or savoury biscuits are allowed.

 

Water

The children are encouraged to drink water throughout the school day. Each child is provided with a water bottle when they start school and replacement bottles are available from the office. The children are expected to have their water bottle in school everyday. Chilled, filtered water is available.

 

Communication

Good communication between school and home is crucial to the shared responsibility the school has with parents. The school has a responsibility to keep parents informed about what is happening in school. Parents have a responsibility to inform the school of any important events and issues that might be taking place at home.

 

The school uses texts and emails as a preferred form of contact for parents. It is important that all contact details are kept up to date to ensure parents receive all relevant information.

 

Newsletters

The school keeps parents informed of events in school, important information and dates through a system of regular newsletters. Each issue is numbered to allow parents to check whether all information is being received. There may also be other letters about specific issues, trips, clubs or sporting events.

 

Curriculink

Each term a copy of Curriculink is sent home to parents of children in KS1 and KS2. This is a summary of the planned curriculum for the term and gives an outline of what you might expect your child to be learning about. The Curriculink also gives information about the days that library books and PE kit will be required in school. It is a useful document for parents to keep so you can see the structured progress your child is making as they move through the school.

 

Reporting to Parents

We endeavour to keep parents informed about the progress their child is making on a regular basis. Parents are welcome to talk to the class teacher whenever they feel necessary. The school offers three more formal occasions for parents to receive information about the progress their child is making. These are as follows:

 

Autumn Term Parents’ Evening

This evening is an opportunity for parents to have an appointment to speak to their child’s class teacher about how they have settled into their new class. Key strengths and areas for development will be discussed. Parents will be informed if their child requires additional support. The register for gifted and talented children is also shared where appropriate.

 

Second Parents’ Evening

Spring Term for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 2, Summer Term for KS1

At this second parents’ evening the class teacher will discuss the targets that have been set for your child. The class teacher will explain in more detail the areas of strength and if relevant, any areas of concern.

 

Annual Progress Report

Spring Term for Key Stage 1, Summer Term for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 2

The class teacher will write a full progress report for your child. This gives detailed information about the progress made in all subjects and comments on progress towards the most recent targets. Parents are given the opportunity to discuss any issues in relation to this report but there is no formal parents’ evening during the term that the written report is received.

 

At the end of the summer term there is an Open Evening for parents to come with their child, to meet informally with the class teacher, collect their child’s work and to meet their new class teacher. This is a very informal event that aims to celebrate the work of all children and to give parents the opportunity to come into school to share in this celebration.

 

Drop-in Sessions

Every half term there is the opportunity for the children to share the work they have been doing in school with their parents. Classrooms are open for a short time at the end of the school day to enable parents to do this.

 

Sharing a lesson

At different times through the school year parents will be invited to come into school and take part in lessons with their child. This enables parents to gain a better understanding of how we teach in school and how your child learns.

 

Stay and Play

For children in the Foundation Stage we offer the opportunity for parents to come during an afternoon session and experience the learning environment with their child. These sessions take place each term.