St Mary's Lower School, Independent Prep School, Colchester, Essex

Drop-off, Collection and Visiting

We appreciate parents’ courtesy when bringing their daughters to school, collecting them from it, or visiting during the school day, setting a good example to the children at all times.

Car park

It is extremely important that parents drive very slowly and carefully while on the school campus, for the safety of the children and other parents. The car park has been designed to ensure that traffic flows well at busy times so please make sure that you are using it as it is intended. Please park considerately and sensibly and in the correct areas.

There is a designated area only for the use of the parents of Kindergarten pupils – please do not park here unless you have a child attending Kindergarten. The Drop-off Area is only to be used if you are dropping off your daughter – it may not be used for parking or while chatting to friends.

Procedure if you are late or not picking up your daughter

If you are knowingly going to be late to collect your daughter from school, please contact the school office so that we can reassure your daughter that you are on your way.

If a different person is picking up your daughter, please inform the class teacher in the morning or telephone the school as early as possible so that we can let her know of the new arrangement and we can be sure we are handing her over to the correct person at the end of the day. If a child has not been picked up, she will be taken to Activity Time so she is with other children
until 3.25pm. After that time she will be seated outside the School Office. If no call is received, the school will try to contact the child’s parent/carer to ask his or her whereabouts. If a parent/carer cannot be contacted, we will call the second contact. If no-one collects your daughter after one hour of waiting and there is no-one who can be contacted to collect your daughter, we apply the procedures for an uncollected child. Please see the school website for the details of this policy.

Visiting the school during working hours

During the school day, all visitors (including parents) must buzz to enter the school via the main gate and then report immediately to the School Office. It is important to follow this procedure whether collecting your daughter or entering the school to meet with a member of staff, or for any other reason. It is not permitted to walk around the school without first notifying the Office staff, due to fire regulations and our responsibility for the safeguarding of the pupils in our care.

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