Parents

General Information

The School Day

We have 3 entrances to our School:

  • The Main Entrance situated on Malvern Way
  • The Woodland Gate situated on Winton Drive
  • The Double Gate situated on Winton Crescent

Parents are asked to respect our neighbours at the beginning and end of the School day, particularly parking in a way which is safe and courteous.  The car park at the front of the School is for staff only. For your safety, please do not bring your car into the School car park unless you have prior agreement or it is an EMERGENCY (this includes collection from after School clubs). We have constant deliveries throughout the day and the car park can be very busy. 

The children are taught to follow the yellow footprints around the School and use the zebra crossings where appropriate.  Please only enter the front of the School via the path and do not walk with your children through the car park.  Children should be closely accompanied at all times when on their way to/from School and in the School grounds. Our children’s safety is paramount. 

We have 3 scooter and bike sheds around the School for your use. For the safety of everyone around the School and on the playground, children and adults are asked to dismount scooters/bikes and wheel these on the School grounds. The School equipment is out of bounds for all children (including siblings) at the beginning and end of the School day.

If your child is being collected from School by someone who is not on your child’s regular contacts list, please let the Teaching Assistant know. We realise that sometimes plans change at the last minute and this is unavoidable however, please, where possible, let the Office know by lunchtime of any changes. Messages MUST be received from the parent of the child being collected by someone else.

If your child is to be collected by someone else on regular occasions, please put the details in writing and send to the Office, there is then no need to call and let us know.

We are pleased to help in any way we can with your questions and queries however, it gets congested in the mornings. Our priority is getting the children in to their classrooms and learning!  If there is something non urgent that you do need to speak to one of the Teachers or Office staff about we are happy to see you after school. 

Nursery

Our Nursery runs 2 sessions each day with a small provision for children to access 30 hours where parents qualify .

  • Morning Nursery (Dragonfly Class) begins at 8.45am and finishes at 11.45am. Parents will need to use the Main Entrance on Malvern Way for pick up.
  • Afternoon Nursery (Duckling Class) begins at 12.00pm and finishes at 3.00pm. Parents will need to use the Main Entrance on Malvern Way for drop off.

Reception and Key Stage 1

School opens at 8.50am. Children should line up in their designated space and wait for their class teacher. Class TAs are available to take messages in the morning. Children arriving after the doors have closed will need to be accompanied by a parent/carer to the School Office to sign in the late book. Key Stage 1 have a morning break at 10.30am – 10.45am.  School closes at 3pm each day.

Lunchtime

Reception – Year 2 children are entitled to a Universal Free School Meal provided by Herts Catering. Our menu is regularly updated (please see our school meals page).

Reception children have lunch from 11.45am – 12.55pm Key Stage 1 have lunch from 12.15pm – 1.25pm.     

Attendance

If your child is going to be absent from School it is important you notify the School Office as soon as possible on the first day of absence. You can do this by calling 01923 773430 (option 1) or emailing absence@malvernway.herts.sch.uk.  It is extremely important when you report an absence to be explicit with the reason and mention if your child is absent due to vomiting or diarrhoea. Reasons such as “Poorly”, “Unwell” or “Sick” do not enable us to monitor trends within the School.  Children must be absent for at least 48 hours after experiencing any episodes of vomiting or diarrhoea e.g. vomiting Sunday lunchtime return to School Wednesday (no half days).  This is important to help prevent the spread of infection.

Routine non urgent medical/dental appointments should be made out of school hours. If your child has to attend a medical appointment for an on-going condition within school hours, written evidence should be given to the Office or the absence will be marked as unauthorised. 

If your child is coming in to School late due to an appointment, please let the office know with as much notice as possible, we need to know by 9.30am at the latest if your child requires a School meal and what their choice is for that day.

For further information on attendance, please read our full Attendance Policy.