St Michael’s Infant school is divided into four different classes. This system provides an excellent pastoral support for the children and gives them many opportunities to mix with both their peers and children in other year groups in a variety of learning opportunities and activities.
- Bumblebee Class - Reception (Year R)
- Dragonfly Class - Reception (Year R) and Year 1
- Ladybird Class – Year 1 and Year 2
- Butterfly Class – Year 2
The school day
Children are permitted onto the school grounds between 8.35am and 8.45am. The teachers will be waiting at the gate to welcome your little ones into school. The gate will close at 8.45am at which point you will need to enter the school via the school office on Douglas Road.
We ask that parents allow their children to come in by themselves, as our school corridors are not big enough to accommodate children and their parents!
All children are expected to be at school by 8.45am. If they are not present for the register they will be marked late.
You can collect your children between 2.55pm and 3.05pm from the playground. Please be prompt when you are picking up your child. The children are required to be picked up in person from their designated area by an adult, and not an older sibling currently in the school. If you are unavoidably delayed, please can you contact the office as soon as possible, and you will find your child in the main entrance hall when you arrive.
Playtimes & Lunches
All pupils go out to play in the morning (from 10.20 to 10.40). Children are provided with a piece of fruit or vegetable through the Government's fruit and vegetable scheme during play. The school provides milk for all Year R children and can be purchased if the children are in Year 1 or 2.
Lunchtime is from 11.50am - 1pm. Reception children go in for the first sitting with the packed lunches, Year 1 and 2 children following in the second and third sitting.
Absences and illness
On the first morning of your child’s illness, please telephone the school office, preferably before 9.30 am. Please state who you are, your child’s name and class, and the reason for absence. This should be confirmed in writing to your child’s class teacher, on their return.
If your child is suffering from either vomiting or diarrhoea, your child is required to stay off school until 48 hours after their last bout of illness.
If your child becomes ill at school, your child's teacher (on the advice of a registered First Aider, if necessary) will decide whether it is right to send your child home. We will ring your primary contact (or secondary number, if we cannot get hold of the first point of contact). When you (or a trusted adult) come to pick up your child, you must first come to the School Office before taking your child.
If your child is displaying Covid symptoms of a high temperature, continuous cough or sore throat, then please test your child before you send them into school.
Absence for reasons other than illness should be rare. If you have a special and acceptable reason, please request permission in writing from the Headteacher. If your child needs to attend a medical appointment during school hours, please write to your child's teacher the day before (at the latest), who will arrange for a pupil pass.
Medical conditions and medication
We ask that parents let us know of any illnesses or conditions their child may have (such as asthma and allergies). Pupils with prescribed medication for these conditions, for example an inhaler or an EpiPen, should have two permanently at school. Parents are required to fill out a medical form (available from the School Office), giving staff permission to administer these medications. We ask that the parents regularly check these, to ensure that they are in date and still working.
If your child is on prescribed medication, we ask that you fill out a medical form at the School Office so that Mrs Croucher (school secretary) can give them the correct dose, at the correct time. Children are not permitted throat sweets at school, due to the potential choking hazard and we do not normally give out over-the-counter medication during the school day.
Communication between home and school
St Michael's uses the St Michael's School app and Facebook to relate important messages. Children will also receive letters if the information is important and needs a parent response. The letters will be put into the children’s book bags so please check the book bag each evening.
Every week, we will upload a newsletter to our school website and to Facebook containing information and achievements. Every term each class will create a class newsletter. This is to inform you of what your child has been learning and any important events that may be coming up in the future.
We also send home a contact book each evening with your child’s reading book. This book is to inform us when you have read with your child and for you to contact your child’s teacher with any important information.
We operate an open door policy at St Michaels. If you wish to speak to your child's class teacher or someone at school, please contact the School Office and a convenient appointment for both parties can be made. All teachers see their children out at the end of the day where minor subjects can be discussed. We also hold three parents evenings a year in October, February and July.