a) Nursery, Reception, Year 1 Parents
Long Lane can be very busy at the beginning and end of the school day, and you might not be able to park close to the school. Please take great care not to block residents’ drives, and do not park or turn on the Methodist Church forecourt or car park. If you wish to ‘drop and go’ at the kerbside, then Mrs. Hunter (one of our School Patrols) will take the children straight into school safely.
b) Year 2 - 6 Parents
In the mornings we have a ‘drop & go’ point outside the Upper School in Parkway. Simply pull up, the prefects on duty will help your child out of your car and close the door, and you can drive away without getting out. If you do wish to get out, or to come into school with your child, then please park in the car park at the end of Parkway – do not hold up traffic by getting gout of your car outside the school to unpack the boot etc. In the afternoons, please park in the car park and walk down to meet your child at the entrance. Please do not park in Parkway.
To avoid driving down Parkway (which can get congested) in the mornings, you may drop your children at the supervised ‘drop & go’ point outside Windsor (227 Long Lane), and let them walk through the garden to school. Similarly, in the evenings you can pick up from the same place, where your child will be supervised by Mrs. Couto until you arrive. But please do not arrive early and block a parking space – these are sorely needed by the Lower School parents. Please arrive a 5/10 minutes after your child’s class ends so that you can collect and go without needing to park.
c) Parents with children on both sites
In the mornings, you can avoid having to park twice by parking in the Parkway car park and walking your Lower School child through the playground and garden and across the zebra. The Windsor gate closes at 8:40 a.m. so don’t chat for too long before returning!
d) Other hints
You can help greatly to reduce congestion in many ways. For example:
· If parents of older children arrive early in the afternoons to bag a parking space, they deny spaces to parents of younger children. This is most unhelpful and causes congestion.
· If you have more than one child at St. Helen’s, then make use of the Holding Area (details below). It is free and you can avoid arriving early for your younger child and then having to wait for the older child to finish.
· If you walk or cycle to school, or park a little way from the school then walk the last part of the journey, then you and your child benefit from easier parking, fresh air and exercise!
· Lift-sharing can provide a terrific mutual benefit, so do team up with other families who live near you if you can.
The Holding Area exists to assist parents with two or more children who finish lessons at different times. With this arrangement, parents avoid having to arrive early to collect their younger child, and then having to wait for the older sibling to finish. There is no charge for this facility.
a) Parents with two or more children in the Upper School (Years 2 - 6)
At the end of lessons, younger siblings who are in Years 2 or 3 may wait in the Holding Area until the time that your older child finishes class. The 'holding' children will wait in one of the downstairs classrooms. This will be known as the Holding Area, and will be supervised each day by a member of the Funtasia staff.
Please collect your children from the Holding Area promptly at the time that your older child finishes class. Please note that this arrangement does not extend to cover after-school activities.
b) Parents with a child in Y2 and another in Y1 at the Lower School
If you have a child in Year 2 and another in a Year 1 class at the Lower School, then your Year 2 child can also join the Holding Area, to allow you time to collect from the Lower School. You must, however, collect your Lower School child first, and your Year 2 child by 3:30 p.m.
c) Parents with two children at the Lower School
Your younger child will be looked after by the Funtasia staff until the time that your older child finishes school, at which time you should collect both children promptly.
In addition to parents with two or more children at the school, the holding arrangements may be used by parents who are lift-sharing with another family. You will need to advise the Holding Area staff so that they are aware that you are lift-sharing and are therefore eligible.
To register your child for the Holding Area, please complete and return the booking form which is available on the website (All School Documents page - http://www.sthelenscollege.com/all-school-documents.html).