July 21st 2021
Dear parent / carer,
School day timings: 2021-2022
In the new academic year, starting in September, we are hoping to be able to remove many of the current restrictions we have faced on-site over the last 16 months. This means that, barring any changes announced by the Government over the summer, we will be able to remove the need to keep children in separate bubbles, working from forward-facing desks and eating lunches in classrooms. We also look forward to hosting assemblies and other events on site for our parent community. From September, we will also move away from staggered start and finish times to the school day.
With this last point in mind, I am writing to inform you of the new timings of the school day from September 2021, which have been approved by The Active Learning Trust and our Local Governing Body. Currently the school day runs either from 8.35am until 3.00pm, or from 8.50am until 3.15pm. From September, the length of the school day will be increased slightly and will run from 8.40am until 3.15pm for all classes. The following arrangements will apply:-
• Children should arrive on site between 8.40am and 8.50am.
• Year groups will continue to enter and depart school via the routes they currently use.
• Morning learning tasks will run in each classroom from 8.40am until 9.00am.
• The start time for our first session / lesson will be 9.00am.
• Children arriving after 8.50am will marked as having arrived late.
Each morning, a member of staff will open the main driveway gates at approximately 8.35am for families to make their way onto site. Families can then wait at the top of the drive until the second gate is opened at 8.40am. Children in Reception and Years 1, 2, 5 and 6 can then make their way to their classrooms. At this point, children in Years 3 and 4 can access their classrooms around the side of the Scout hut as they do now. We encourage children in Key Stage 2 to make their own way to their classrooms. At the end of the school day, we will open the gates to the site for collection at 3.15pm. The queueing system will be removed and children can be collected from the current dismissal points.
I do appreciate that the new timings represent a change for every family and for some it is earlier than this year. In wanting to create a time that is fair to most people, we felt that moving the start time to 8.50am would be too late and would reduce our teaching time in the school day. The earlier time allows the children time to arrive and settle in school before the start of formal lessons.
Interim Head Teacher