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New to Reception - September 2022

For information specific to starting in our Reception Class in September 2022 please visit our page: New to Reception - September 2022

3rd May 2022 - New to Reception 2022 Welcome Letter

Link to Reception 2022 Registration Form

Please see below for some important information that may help when starting at our school.



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Amended 'Typical School Day' for KS1

Upon our return in September 2021 we have had to revise our start and end of the day times in line with LA guidance. Please find the KS1 details below:

A Typical School Day

8:30-8.50am Gates & Doors Open at various times for the different year groups.
School gates and doors open for children to enter their classrooms.
9.00am Gates & Registration Closes

School gates and classroom doors close.

Children arriving after this time must enter via the school office and will be marked late.


Collective Worship

Whole school daily worship for all children, visitors and staff.


Guided Reading, Phonics, Grammar or Spelling

Classes typically begin with one of the above English sessions.


English or Maths

Most classes will have one English and one Maths session every day.

10.45am (approx.)

Break and Snack Time

Each class will have a short break part-way through the morning - providing important downtime and opportunities for promoting social skills.  The timing and length of each break is not fixed and instead arranged as appropriate for the needs of each class.

11:00am (approx.)

English or Maths

Most classes will have one English and one Maths session every day.


Lunch Time

All year groups share the same lunch time and are free to play together.  We promote a family atmosphere where all children are encouraged to look after each other.  Many of our older children act as buddies supporting younger members of the school.



The afternoon session begins.


Theme, Creative and Physical Development

All classes have access to a broad and balanced curriculum and take part in a wide variety of learning experiences throughout the afternoon.  Please see individual class timetables for specific details.

2:45pm (approx.)

Story Time

All classes participate in a whole class story time on most days of the week, usually towards the end of the day.


Reception Classes Finish

Reception children are collected from outside their classroom doors.


Key Stage 1 Classes Finish

Year 1 and 2 children are collected from EYFS Gate.


Key Stage 2 Classes Finish

Children in years 3-6 are collected from the KS2 Gate nearest Morrisons..  Parents who wish their children to walk home alone or with friends must speak to their child's class teacher in the first instance.

The Beehive - Out of School Provision

The Beehive at St Michael's Church School is a breakfast and afterschool Club  provision in our Community Room. 

Session times are:

7.45 - 8.45 am

3.05 - 5.30 pm

Places are always in very high demand and we currently have waiting lists in place for all sessions. For more information or to add your name to the waiting list visit the link below.

The Beehive - Out of School Provision

Absence from School

If your child is going to be absent from school, parents/carers should telephone or email the school before 9.30am that day.

Please avoid making routine appointments e.g. dentists and opticians’ appointments during school hours.

Children who have had any sickness or diarrhoea must not return to school until they have been clear for 48 hours.


All pupils need a water bottle in school for everyday use in their classrooms.

St Michael's will be providing each child with a named water bottle that will be cleaned and refilled with water each day. The bottles must remain in school.

Online Payments

Magic Bookings is an online payment system for schools.  It allows parents to pay quickly and securely for school trips/activities, out of school provision and uniforms. 

School Meals can be booked and paid for by using School Grid.

Our primary method of communicating with parents is through text and email as we no longer routinely send paper letters home.  Make sure you are signed up and we have up-to-date information!

School Trips

We believe getting out of the classroom and exploring different places provides a much broader education for our pupils and regularly enjoy local visits that are within the normal school day and don't require any transport.

For all other visits, we seek consent either through a voluntary contribution towards costs or using a separate online form where school has agreed to subsidise those costs.

Please ensure you have activated your Magic Booking account and checked that your contact details are up to date!

Collection from School

If a different person will be collecting your child from school, please ensure that you inform the class teacher or email the school office and specify a password.