At St. Michael’s the school is divided into four Phases:
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) - Nursery (Mini St. Mikes) (Aged 3-4) Reception: (Aged 4-5)
Lower Phase (Key Stage 1) – Years 1-2: (Aged 5-7)
Middle Phase (Key Stage 2) – Years 3-4: (Aged 7-9)
Upper Phase (Key Stage 2) – Years 5-6: (Aged 9-11)
All of our classes are mixed and reflect the make up of the school in terms of gender, race and ability.
The maximum number of pupils we have in each year group is 26 in Mini St. Mikes nursery and 30 in each class (60 per year group) from Reception to Year 6.
Timings for the School Day
Staggered Soft Start of Day
We operate a staggered soft start into school and a staggered exit from school. This has proved to be highly successful for the school as the pupils are far more confident and settled coming into school and have a pre start activity - learning begins!
The pupils come into school at their designated time.
Parents in Years 1 to 6 are able to wait in the playground from 8:25, doors open at 8:30 for years 1 to 6 and close at 8:40.
For Reception the gate to the playground opens at 8:35 and closes at 8:45, for Nursery the gate opens at 8:45 and closes at 8:50. Parents drop and go at the gate.
Staggered End of Day Collection
The pupils will come out of the school building and proceed to their designated collection point.
Parents are able to come into the playground to wait for their children who will be dismissed by the school adult with their class.
Soft Start and End of Day Times
Safeguarding and School Security
As part of the school's commitment to safeguarding after the school day begins we shut the Key Stage 2 gate at 08:40am, the Key Stage 1 gate is shut at 8:45. The gates to EYFS, KS1 and KS2 are opened at 2:55pm in readiness for the end of the school day. During the staggered start of day, the playgrounds are supervised by a member of staff to welcome parents and pupils.
Access during the day is via the buzzer entry at the main gate. This ensures that the pupil's remain in a safe environment during the school day. If a pupil has to be collected for an appointment, parents should buzz the Office and a member of the Office Team will collect the pupil from the classroom and bring them to the main entrance.
The school office is open between 8am until 4:00pm to answer any queries, deal with emails and telephone calls.
We ask that parents/carers endeavour to collect their children on time, as it can cause distress to their children and keeps school staff from their additional duties if you are late collecting them. In the event that there are repeated and unexplained late collections a meeting will be arranged with a senior member of staff to discuss the issue.