St Bernadette Catholic Primary School

Drop off and collection

Start of day

We operate a soft start at St. Bernadette. Our gates open at 8.30am and children go straight into class. The gates are locked at 8.45am promptly and the register closes at 8.50am. We are aware that our school is located in a congested area and ask that you ensure your child arrives at school by 8.45am each morning.

For Nursery children, there is a 15 minute drop off time, between 8.35 and 8.50am for morning and full time children, and 12.20 and 12.35pm for afternoon children.

Reception parents drop children off directly into their classrooms between 8.30 and 8.45am.  


End of day collection

At the end of each school day, once the children have been dismissed into your care, or into the care of someone nominated by you, they are your responsibility. Please keep your child with you, and under no circumstances should you send them back into the school building. This is for health and safety reasons. We will endeavour to ensure that children have everything they need at the end of the day, so that there should be no reason for anyone to re-enter school. If your child needs the toilet when they have been dismissed to you, they must use the toilets in the Parish Hall. If you do need to re-enter the school building then please ask at the main office.

Nursery parents have the last 10 minutes of the session in which to collect their child. Doors open at 11.25am for morning children, and close at 11.35am. For afternoon and full time children, doors open at 3.10pm and close at 3.20pm.  

Reception are dismissed at 3.05pm

Key stage one (years 1-2) are dismissed at 3.10pm

Key stage two (years 3-6) are dismissed at 3.15pm


Being late to collect a child

It is important that  your child is collected on time whenever possible. Whilst we  appreciate that this can sometimes be unavoidable, if  you are collecting your child late, please telephone the school office and let them know as early as possible.  This will enable us to put procedures in place and reassure your child. 


Please be aware that in the event of a child not being collected and we are not able to contact a parent, carer or nominated contact then we have a safeguarding duty to call the Police.