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Important notice:A reminder that school will be closed on Friday 1st July for our professional development day. School will re-open for all children on Monday 4th July.

Parents/Carers

Drop off & Pick Up

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We, like you, want to make sure that your child is in school and safe, so we ask you to arrive promptly.

A late start is unsettling for your child. We are trying to instill life skills into all of our children to prepare them for future life at work and it is important that they ar- rive at school on time.

  • If parents know their child is going to be late for any reason, they should let the school
  • If children arrive late i.e. after 8:55am, they should be accompanied by their adult to the main reception to be signed in. Mrs King in reception will then ensure that they are given their attendance mark and book their lunch.
  • Children arriving after 8:55am but before 9:15am will be recorded as ‘late before the registers have closed’. Children arriving after 9:15am will be recorded as ‘late after the registers have closed’.
  • Parents of children who persistently arrive late will be reminded of these times and their obligation to comply. It will be explained that the lateness not only interrupts their child’s education, but also that of others in the class.
  • Repeated unexplained lateness or persistent lateness without an acceptable reason will be referred to the Local Authority.
  • Regular punctual attendance will enable your child to make the most of their time at school and so achieve their potential to the full. This is the aim of both parents and school in partnership together, thank you for your support.


Start of the Day

  • Upon arrival at school children should wait on the playground
  • A member of staff is on duty on the playground from 8:45am. Prior to that time children are not supervised and remain the responsibility of parents. Children should not be waiting in the playground before 8:45am This is especially important in cold or wet weather.
  • The school day begins at 8:55am and the bell is rung outdoors for children to line up in their classes. They are collected by their teacher and registered in class.
  • If it is bad weather, then the doors will be opened at 8:45am. and all children come straight into their classes.
  • Please note that after 8:55am there is not a member of staff on duty on the playground and the school gates will be locked at 9:05am.

School Times

Morning 8.55am to 12noon
Lunch 12noon - 1.00pm
Afternoon 1.00pm - 3.30pm

Traffic and Parking

The roads around the school Beechwood Grove, Birchwood Mews and Beech Avenue areas are congested with cars, particularly at school drop-off and pick-up times. We are concerned for the health and safety of our children and also for the residents in the area.

Please consider if you need to travel to school by car. It would help to alleviate the problem if parents and children walk or park at Hornbeam Park and enjoy a healthy walk on the final stage of the journey to school. There·is a footbridge from the Hornbeam train station car park which means there are no major roads to cross.

We ask that when collecting children, parents should collect their child from the school and escort them to their car. Please do not park, drop off, or collect children on the turning circle in our car park, this adds to congestion and is dangerous for the children.


Collection of your child at the end of the school day

As a parent/carer, it is your responsibility to ensure that your child is collected at the end of the school day. Please ensure that the school has up-to-date telephone numbers to contact you in an emergency. 

  • If you are unexpectedly delayed and are unable to collect or will be late collecting your child from school, please contact the school immediately
  • If you arrange for another adult to collect your child, you must let the school know the details of that person.
  • If you are unable to arrange for another adult to collect your child, then the school will look after your child in the main school reception until 4:00pm, but no later.

If a parent / carer does not arrive to collect their child at the end of the school day and the school has not been made aware of alternative arrangements, school will take the following steps:

  1. Children who have not been collected by 3:40pm will be brought inside

  2. If no contact has been made by the parent/carer, the office staff will attempt to contact the parent/carer and the emergency contact by telephone.

  3. Where appropriate, a member of staff will ask the child if they have any additional contact information.

  4. School will continue to try and contact the parent/carer and the emergency contact/s.

If contact cannot be made with the parent/carer or the emergency contact/s by 4:00pm, school will contact the NYCC Customer Service Centre (Children’s Social Care).

In an emergency, school will contact the police.

If a parent / carer does not arrive to collect their child at the end of an after school club and the school has not been made aware of alternative arrangements, school will take the same steps, as above.

If contact cannot be made with the parent/carer or the emergency contact/s by 5:00pm, school will contact the NYCC Customer Service Centre .

In an emergency, school will contact the police.

We will not allow your child to be taken home by another adult unless this has previously been arranged by the parent/carer .

Oatlands Junior School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0DZ

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