Drop off and Collection Arrangements

  • No child must be left unattended on the playground. The children are your responsibility until staff open the doors at 8.50am. If children are dropped off, without supervision, they will be placed in Breakfast Club and parents will be billed accordingly.
  • All children must be in school by 8.55 am – Doors will be closed at this time and as parents, it is your responsibility to be on time. The impact of lateness is not just on your children but also on all the others in the class when lessons have to be stopped and the teacher has to go and explain to late children what they need to do.
  • The Attendance Officers (Mrs Garlick and Mrs O'Hara) will monitor lateness. They will offer support where appropriate. However, parents who persistently drop children off late despite support from school will be referred to the Kirklees Attendance and Pupil Support.
  • Staff will release children at 3.15pm from their respective doors to a responsible adult that is known to school
  • EYFS and KS1 children will only be released to a sibling over 14 years of age.
  • KS2 children may be released to a sibling of secondary school age.
  • Children will not be released to any adult that is unknown to school or to another parent unless school has been notified in advance. If an unknown adult or another parent comes to collect without school being informed in advance and we cannot contact parents – the child will stay in school until we can contact someone

Year 5 and 6 Walking Home Alone

  • In Y5/6 parents can if they wish request that pupils walk to and from school. However, Kirklees has advised that given the location of the school – there needs to be some discussion and agreement with school as to whether the children can walk home safely. Therefore, in light of this, parents will need to give written permission. During the winter months it may not be appropriate for children to walk home alone and school will contact parents to discuss this on an individual basis.
  • Helme C of E Academy requires written parental consent for their children in Years 5 and 6 only to walk to and from school alone.

Key Principles

  • Class Teachers are responsible for the orderly dismissal of pupils from their classrooms.
  • Class Teachers must be sure that pupils’ leaving arrangements are safe.
  • Class Teachers will not allow children to leave with unknown adults
  • Children in Years 5 & 6 are only allowed to walk home alone with written permission from parents.
  • Where changes to a child’s normal pattern of home time occurs, the school expects to be informed by the parent on or before the day.
  • Where a person other than a child’s parent is collecting a child from school – school expects to be informed
    • When children start in Foundation Stage parents, need to make the teacher aware of who will be collecting the child each day.
    • Where a different to the usual person is sent to pick up a child – school needs notification as they will not release a child to an unknown adult or to another parent
  • Parents will drop off / collect children (or arrange for this to happen) punctually – if parents are late then the children will come to the office.
  • Please note there is an expectation that you collect promptly at 3:15, unless your child is attending an after school activity
  • Late collection is monitored by Mrs O'Hara and Mrs Carnekie

What next?

  • In the event of a child not being collected from school and school not being able to contact parents/ emergency contacts, after 60 mins the school will follow its child protection procedures and the police and social services will be informed.
  • The Governors Resources committee, which also covers Safeguarding, meet on a regular basis and if you have any issues that you feel they need to be made aware of, they ask that you let school know via the office or put your points in a letter addressed to Mrs Natasha dyso