The School Day
How is the school organised?
Our school is organised into 14 classes, with two classes in each year group. Each class has assigned teachers and we have a team of teaching assistants who work across the school in an effort to ensure all children can unlock their full potential.
What does a typical day look like?
Our official hours are Monday – Friday, 8.55am – 3.30pm, giving a total time of 32 hours 15 minutes.
Children can be dropped off at school between 8.45am – 8.55am.
Once all children are in by 8.55am, the register is taken, and the day starts.
Playtime and lunchtime staff support children’s play and socialisation. There are a wide range of activities for children to enjoy, such as skipping, reading, ball games, sports and trim trails.
At the end of the day, children from Year 2-6 are collected from their lines at 3.30pm. Reception and Year 1 are dismissed, individually, from their classroom doors.
If you have arranged for someone other than the child’s parents/carers to collect, please inform the class teacher or office that this will be the case.
What happens if we arrive late to school?
If you arrive after the school gates are closed (8.55am), please enter school via the main office entrance. You will need to sign your child into school as they will have missed the morning register. You will also need to provide a reason for why your child is late. We are keen for all children to arrive at school on time so they can have a successful start to the day. Late arrivals will be monitored, and parents/carers will be contacted to discuss this if this is a regular occurrence.
What will happen if I am late collecting my child(ren)?
Children not collected by 3:40pm will be taken to the school office. A parent/carer should go to the School Office to collect their child as soon as possible after this time. If you know you are going to be late, for example due to transportation issues, please contact the school office on 0113 2930155 and provide an ETA. If school have had no contact from parents or carers, the school office will begin to call parents/carers and then the remaining emergency contacts. If no contact is achieved by 4.00pm, safeguarding procedures will be employed and school may seek to inform other services in case a welfare check is required.
How do I give permission for my child to walk home or exit the classroom alone?
Due to our proximity to a very busy main road, Highfield has taken the decision to only allow children in Year 6 to leave the classroom without an adult present. If a Year 6 parent/carer makes the decision to let their child walk home alone, they should make this known via email to the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org . This permission only covers the regular time of 3.30pm, and should children finish school at any other time (e.g. leaving early for an appointment, leaving late due to an after-school club), they will need to be collected or additional permission given.