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Fir Tree School

Fir Tree School

The School Day


So that we are able to maximise on teaching time across the week, whilst at the same time limiting the number of staff the children come in to contact with, we are going to close school on a Friday afternoon for all pupils except those in Nursery,to enable staff to have their Planning, Preparation and Assessment time (PPA). This is a legal requirement for all teachers.We feel that our pupils will get maximum benefit and high quality teaching and learning consistently throughout the week by having their class teacher and therefore no disruption with PPA being timetabled elsewhere in the week. We also feel that this will ease pupils back into school after a sustained period out of school. Homework can be completed during this time.We appreciate that this may present difficulties for some due to working hours, please do contact the school office if this will be an issue for you and your family.


Since the 3rd June we have successfully operated a staggered start and finish to the school day with only one parent or carer attending the setting. This has allowed social distancing at the front gate. We will be continuing this in the Autumn Term.The timings still allow for the same amount of curriculum time over a week.

The government has advised walking or cycling to school wherever possible to reduce the use of public transport.

Drop off and collection times will be staggered and only one parent or carer must attend the setting.

On arrival to the allocated gate, children will line up in either in the car park or outside the main school gate down Fir Tree Lane.Parents/carers will be required to maintain 2m social distancing measures and will be encouraged to ‘drop and go’, following the clearly marked exits and entrances – keeping to a one way system.

Parents and carers will not be permitted further than the gates and should not gather at entrance gates or doors either when dropping off or picking up.

We will be using the front car park at either end of the day, and so there will not be any parking on site for parents.

There will be a member of SLT or staff on the gate to welcome your child, and check against the register. Social distancing of 2m between staff and parents will be maintained at this time and conversations will need to be kept to a minimum. If teachers need to inform you of anything, they will send home a slip at the end of the day with your child, please check this before you leave as they may wish you to pop round to the school office so that they can speak in person to you. If you need to communicate anything please write in the school diary or inform the school office.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to physically support any reluctant pupils if they become distressed. Please talk to your child before the first day back to get them used to the idea of coming back to school. If you have concerns please email the school office to inform us so we can prepare before the first day to support you and your child back to Fir Tree.

We would ask that any child walking themselves to school, only walks with children in the same ‘bubble’, to reduce mixing.

The table on this page shows the staggered start and finish times, as well as the gate we would like the children to use.  Please note the earlier finish times on a Friday.

There is a very tight 10-minute window on timings, so more than ever it is imperative that you arrive promptly to leave/collect your child. If you have children in multiple year groups, parents with more than one child will be able to drop off and collect at the earliest times any of their children need to start / finish.

Initially pupils in Nursery and Reception will be on a phased timetable to ensure that staff get to know the new children joining our school in small groups. Details of these have been sent out to families in separate correspondence.

There will be signs displayed to show where each class should line up, following social distancing rules. Please be patient, especially on the first couple of days, as we all become familiar with this new system.

Year 6 pupils may be able to bring mobile phones in to school, if they walk or cycle to school on their own, however this is at their own risk. They will be asked to hand them in when they arrive in their class to Mrs Purcell, however a form MUST be completed by the parent prior to it coming into school and this can be obtained from the School Office.

We would ask that you do not come in to the school building, unless you have a pre-arranged appointment. There will be a member of staff in the office, who will be able to help with queries over the phone or via email only throughout the school day.

Children in Year 5 and 6 often walk to school and home independently – this will still be allowed.