St. Mary´s CE (A) First School

Learning to love, loving to learn
Procedures and Guidelines

The School Day

The school gates will open at 8.40am and families are invited to come onto the playground.  The doors open at 8.45am for children to come into school and get ready for the day.  Children are able to read to their teacher, change reading books, practice their spellings and mental maths before school officially starts at 9.00am.  The end of the school day is 3.30pm.  This equates to 32.5 hours in school - the expected minimum requirement by the Government.

Penguins (Nursery) are dropped off at the Nursery Door (through the grassy area) between 8.50 and 9.00am.  At 3.30pm, the children are collected from the same door.  At lunchtime, all drop offs and pick ups will be through the office.

Red & Yellow Ladybirds are dropped off and collected at their door, through the grassy area.

Bears are dropped off at their door, at the top of the ramp next to the climbing wall.

Zebras and Tigers are dropped off and collected under the big shelter at the Key Stage 1 door.

Giraffes, Leopards and Crocodiles are dropped off and collected at the Key Stage 2 door.

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 Moult is the school's Child Protection Officer and Mrs Malkin is the Deputy Child Protection Officer.  Mrs Gear and Mrs Andrew also have Child Protection Training.  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 Joanne Moult                      
  • Deputy  - Mrs Nicola Malkin, Mrs Sarah Norris, Miss Ella Jeffery
  • Nominated Governor - Mrs Danielle Ausitn

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 Moult.  Please read our Safeguarding Policy.

Safeguarding Policy 2022-23

Contact number for Staffordshire Children’s Advice and Support Service:  0300 111 8007

If you believe the child to be at risk of immediate harm, this must be reported to the police on 999 or 101. Once you have reported to the police, please contact Staffordshire Childrens Advice and Support Service or Emergency Duty Team, on the number above.

Staffordshire Childrens Advice and Support Service


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

Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board