Procedures for the drop off and collection of children from school
We aim to ensure that the beginning and end of the school day: run as smoothly as possible; are safe for our children; create a positive start and end to learning.
There are no laws about the appropriate age or distance for children to walk to school on their own. A families’ guide to the law states:
“There is no law prohibiting pupils from being out on their own at any age. It is a matter of judgement for parents to decide when pupils can play out on their own, walk to the shops or school.”
Parents are legally obliged to ensure their children get to school and attend regularly, but this in itself does not disallow independent travel. However as a school we are responsible for the welfare of our children and therefore have to consider what we believe is good practice in ensuring the safety of them. We also have an obligation to alert relevant authorities should we believe a child’s welfare is at risk.
Drop off of children at the start of the school day
Children in Foundation Stage and Year 1
The children can be brought straight in to their classroom where an early morning activity will be available for parents to complete with their child.
Children in Year 2 and KS2
Children should make their way on to the playground where a member of staff will be present. The whistle will be blown at 8.45am and the children will be collected from the playground by their class teacher. Staff will come out to the playground at 8.40 to give you an opportunity to speak to them if you need to.
Collection of your children at the end of the school day
At the end of the school day all children will remain in their classrooms with their teacher, where they can be collected by a named adult or an older sibling aged 14 years old or above. If a child attends an after school club on our site, a member of school staff will escort them to the activity once their peers have been collected.
Children in Foundation Stage or KS1
Our agreed school procedures is that no child in Foundation Stage or Key Stage 1 should walk to or from school on their. In addition we will only hand over children to named adults or older siblings provided they are aged 14 years old or above. Children will not be handed over to other adults unless the school has been informed by the parent (with parental responsibility) that they have made this arrangement. It is the responsibility of the parent to keep school fully informed and up to date with any changes in arrangements, preferably in writing. If no one arrives to collect a child, they will remain with their teacher and parents will be contacted. We will not allow older brothers or sisters in school to collect younger siblings in these year groups.
Children in KS2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)
There is no set age when children are ready to walk to school or home on their own. It very much depends on their level of maturity and confidence. Therefore, with regards to children in KS2 we believe that parents should decide whether their child is ready for this responsibility. We highly recommend that children in Years 3 & 4 at least, are still brought to and collected from school. Further advice on supporting children in being able to keep themselves safe will be made available on our school website. When making the decision about whether a child is ready for this responsibility parents should consider the following:
1. Do you trust that your child will walk straight home?
2. Do you trust that they will behave sensibly when with a friend?
3. Are they road safety aware?
4. Would they know what to do if a stranger approached them?
5. Would they have the confidence to refuse to do what a stranger asked?
6. Would they know what to do if they needed help?
7. Would they know who best to approach to get help?
If parents are not confident about how their child would react in the above situations then we would strongly recommend that they are brought to school and collected by an adult.
When a parent decides that their child is ready for this responsibility they must inform the school either by letter or by using the form contained in the appendices. Children will not be allowed to walk home on their own unless we have received permission from their parent. It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure school is provided with the most up to date arrangements they have made for their child.