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Return to school Monday 8th March 2021

March 8th 2021




We are looking forward to welcoming back all of the children on Monday 8th March.

Below is information regarding:


  • Drop off and pick up procedures
  • Lunches
  • PE days




We continue to implement the staggered drop off and pick up times to ensure social distancing and a reduced number of parents and children on the school grounds at any one time. 


There are three 10 minute drop off windows:






There are three 10 minute pick up windows:






It is IMPERATIVE that you stick to your designated time slot. Staff will be closely monitoring the times children arrive at school and will not let children into the classroom before their allocated time. 




Please look carefully at the tables below to see when your child’s drop off and pick up times are.

Please see the map below, showing the route you will take to drop off/pick up your child(ren). 



Children in 1WB, 1C, Years 2, 3 and 4 will enter the pedestrian gate on Matchborough way, keeping to the RIGHT, walk along the front of school to the classroom doors, and then exit the school grounds through the pedestrian gate near the school office on Matchborough Way. As shown by the RED arrows. 


Children in 1B, 1G, Reception and Nursery will enter the pedestrian gate on Matchborough Way at the far end of school, keeping to the LEFT, walk across the playground and round to the classroom doors, and then exit the school grounds through the pedestrian gate near the school office also on Matchborough Way. As shown by the BLUE arrows. 


Year 2, 3 and 4 children can all be dropped at the gate and do not have to be accompanied by parents for DROP OFF only.  


We understand that some families have children in different year groups. If you have a child(ren) in Nursery, Reception or Year one and a sibling in Year 2, or 4 you can follow the Blue arrows across the playground and drop the older sibling through the back doors off the playground. There will be a member of staff to greet them at the back doors. This will also be where you collect the children from at the end of the day. 

If you have more than one child in school, and their drop off/pick up times are different you do not need to do two trips, you can drop all children off at the same time.

You MUST drop off/pick up ALL children at the END of the earliest drop off/pick up slot. 


E.g., if one child has a drop off time of 8:50-9:00

And their sibling has a drop off time of 9:10-9:20

Both children will be dropped off at their own classroom doors at 9:00. Which is the END of the EARLIEST slot.


If you are unsure about when to drop off or pick up sibling, please email Miss Halion at or call the school office for support.


  • We ask that you do not turn up to school before your drop off/pick up slot to prevent crowding outside the school gates. You will only be permitted to enter the school premises at your allocated times.


  • Please ensure when lining up along the pavement you are considerate of the pedestrians who are using the footpath - please line up in single file.


  • Please DO NOT smoke when lining up outside school.


  • We ask that you do not pull up on the double yellow or zig-zag lines outside school. Please NO NOT park over the drop curb to allow access for push chairs and wheelchair users. 


  • Only one adult can accompany children through the one way system for drop off and pick up. 


  • The drop off/pick up route is strictly a one way system. 


  • There are yellow markings on the ground to ensure social distancing; parents are not permitted to cross the yellow line.


  • Please do not stop at the classroom doors, it is important the drop off/pick up system is a steady continuous flow.


  • Parents/carers and children over 11 who enter our school site are permitted to wear either a face mask or covering to help keep our school community safe.


  • Please remember that you should all be socially distancing when lining up to enter the school - do not over crowd the entrance gate.



Bikes and Scooters


As access to the bike rack is limited in the one way system, Years 2, 3 and 4 can lock bikes and scooters to the red fence in front of their classrooms and Year 1 and reception can use the normal provision in front of the school office.



All children in school will have the option of a hot or cold school dinner every day.

Year 1, 2, 3 and 4 will alternate between eating in the classroom and eating in the hall weekly and Reception children will eat in the hall every week.


When eating in the classroom we now have the facilities to deliver hot or cold dinners and therefore universal and income based free school meal children can choose to have a hot or cold dinner every day and those children who pay for their lunches will be able to bring in £2.30 on the days they choose to have a school dinner.



Week One & Week Four Menu 08 March 2021 & 29 March 2021

Week Two Menu 15 March 2021

Week Three Menu 22 March 2021

PE days


Each class has been allocated a PE day. On this day your child(ren) must come to school in their PE kit.


Please remember children must wear plain black or grey leggings, shorts or tracksuit bottoms, a white or red top and trainers or pumps.


Children should also wear their Matchborough hoody that was provided in December.


Please see the table below to find your child's PE day:

What to bring to school


From September, we ask that children bring as little to school as possible. We would only like children to bring the following things with them:


  • Lunch box/bag - if not having a school dinner 
  • Drinks bottle
  • Reading books on Monday and Friday only to return and change
  • Pencil Case
  • Coat and outdoor wear - weather permitting 


We politely ask that children do not bring book bags or rucksacks for the foreseeable future. Please note, children will not be required to bring many items to school and therefore should not need a rucksack.


The reason we are asking children to not bring bags to school is to reduce the number of items from different households being in school at any time. This will also reduce the need for the children to visit the cloakrooms, as many of the cloakrooms are shared spaces between different year group bubbles.

Furthermore, reducing bags reduces the number of items being knocked on the floor and being mixed up with other items from different bubbles and households.


This is also the reason children come to school in their PE kits and do not bring a PE bag with them

Government guidance states that children can not share their everyday resources and therefore we ask that children bring in a pencil case with resources for the classroom .This pencil case will stay in school at all times. If possible, please provide the following items in  pencil cases. 

  • pencil
  • sharpener 
  • rubber
  • variety of pencil crayons 
  • variety of felt tips 
  • ruler 

Any resources you cannot provide will be provided by school. 


Children in Reception and Nursery do not need to bring a pencil case to school.



Hand Sanitiser


School provides all children and staff with hand sanitiser, dispensers are available across the school. Children will also be washing their hands regularly with soap and water.

Children can bring their own individual bottle of hand sanitiser to school if they wish however this must be a pocket sized miniature bottle and must be in the original packaging to show the contents.

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