St. Mary´s CE (A) First School

Learning to love, loving to learn
Procedures and Guidelines

The School Day

The school day starts at 8.55am, although our teachers are waiting for the children in the classrooms from 8.45am when the doors open and children are invited into school so that they can organise their bags and coats in the cloakroom and settle down to their learning. At 8.40am the head teacher is usually in the playground to greet children and their families and it is important that you continue to supervise your child in the playground until they have entered the school building.

School ends at 3.30pm and parents are asked to collect their child from the playground near the child’s classroom door.  For parents that have a child in more than one class, it is usual to collect the younger child first. Children will not be dismissed until they can see their parent.

 If a child arrives late for any reason they should be brought to the main entrance and ‘signed in’ at the office.  If a child is taken out of school before the end of the school day, they should be collected from the main entrance and ‘signed out’.

 Absences require authorisation from the school.  Therefore it is necessary for school to be informed of a child’s absence as soon as possible.  If a child is absent and the school has not been informed then the school will contact you directly during the morning of the first day of absence. 

Good attendance and punctuality are vital life-long skills and are important for your child to achieve their potential.  Attendance at the school is good and this can only happen through the commitment of families and the school working together to ensure all children attend school regularly. It is important that family holidays are only taken during school holidays as any missed day will have an adverse affect on a child’s attainment.



St Mary’s CE (VA) First School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment.

This means that we have a Safeguarding Policy and procedures in place that all staff including supply staff, volunteers and governors must ensure that they are aware of.

Sometimes we need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there is a concern about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

Mrs Wade is the school's Child Protection Officer and Mrs Moult is the Deputy Child Protection Officer.  They have a legal duty to raise any concerns over the safety and care of all the children in the school, whether at school, at home or in the community.


People responsible for Child protection are:

  • Designated Officer - Mrs Susan Wade                           
  • Deputy  - Mrs Jo Moult and Mrs Debbie Andrew
  • Nominated Governor - Ms Shona Christey

The school works closely with other local professionals to support families and young children.  This includes the School Nurse, Education Welfare Officer, Family and Parent Support Workers, Children's Services and Housing, as well as many others.  If you have any concern or questions or would like some support please speak to Mrs Wade.  Please read our Safeguarding Policy.

Document Link

Possible contact numbers are

First Response:  0800 1313 126
Childline: 0800 1111

You can also use this link to report any concerns you may have regarding a child

Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board