Below is what a school day at Cleves normally looks like. However, because of Covid, different arrangements will apply in September 2020. Please click here to view the details.
Children can enter the school grounds and go to their classroom from 08:30 onwards. If you need to drop your child earlier they must attend the Early Risers Club - see below. There are also a number of morning extracurricular clubs - to find out more please click here to visit our clubs page. Teachers are on duty from 08:30 and children must not be left unsupervised on the school site before this time. The school car park is closed to all except staff (including pedestrians).
Children should be in their classrooms ready to start the day by 08:45.
- Session One - 08:50 – 10:45
- Morning Break - 10:45 - 11:00
- Session Two - 11:00 – 12:15
- Lunch - 12:15 - 13:15
- Session Three - 13:15 – 15:15
Wrap around care - Early Risers
This is an in-house facility for children whose parents need to drop them off between 07:45-08:30 because of work commitments. The children meet in the Dining Hall and are supervised until 0830, when they can go to their classroom. Breakfast is available for an additional charge of 30p per item.
There is a small charge of £1.50 per day or £7.50 per week, which should be paid via the online payment facility.
During the day
If you are picking up or dropping your child off during the school day, or coming into school for a meeting or to help in class please be aware that parking restrictions apply outside the school. There is no parking on the school side of Oatlands Avenue between 10:00-12:00, but you can park on the Church side between 09:30-14:30.
Lunchtime runs from 12:15-13:15, and there are five sessions (session 1 for clubs and sessions 2-5 for year groups on rotation). For the first two weeks Y3 pupils attend session 1 with an extra 15 minutes to help them get used to the new routine. Menus are varied and nutritiously balanced with a wide choice of food, and we actively encourage children to make a variety of choices particularly from the Salad Bar. All menus are on a three-week rotation. They are also available to view at Reception, and the current week's menu is displayed at the entrance to the Dining Hall. Click here to view the Spring term menu.
In the afternoon
School finishes at 15:15 and the main gate and safety gate are opened at 15:10. If collecting by car, you should park on the school side of Oatlands Avenue where space allows - do not double/triple park or park on zigzags. Please use the pedestrian crossing at all times if crossing the road.
If your collection arrangements change, please try and ensure your child knows what these are before they come to school. If things change at the last moment, or you think you may be late, please call the school before 15:00 if possible to allow us time to get a message to your child.
Please emphasise to your child that if you have not arrived after 10-15 minutes they should come to Reception and we will contact you. Children should not wait alone outside the school grounds.
Wrap around care - GAP Club
GAP is our child-centred After School Club, which runs from 15:15-18:00 Monday to Friday. Its ethos is based on providing children with a safe and fun environment where they can unwind from a hard working school day.
We offer a number of different indoor and outdoor activities, from table top, board and computer games to outdoor facilities that cater for playing football, rounders, basketball, cricket, scooting and lots more. We organise special events and cooking activities every month delivered by our own 16-strong playworker team and/or our external activity partners.
Children can attend on a full or part time basis and are given healthy snacks and drinks during the session. There are about 100 places available (subject to staffing) and as a result this facility is often over subscribed. The GAP club is OFSTED registered and the Manager and DSL is Helen Beavis.
Please click here for the link to the Booking Form, care plan, Terms and Conditions and Child Information Sheet.
If you are applying for a GAP club place for a child starting in Year 3 in September please be aware that places cannot be confirmed until July because parents are not obliged to relinquish/rebook places for the following year until this time. We therefore suggest you have a contingency plan in case we are unable to accommodate you.
To contact the GAP Club please phone 07703 565982 (messages picked up from 15:00) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click here to view the September 2020 Newsletter
Travelling to and from school
Like most schools, Cleves suffers from traffic congestion both before and after school. If coming by car please ensure you park safely and with consideration for other Cleves families, road users and neighbours. Please ensure the pedestrian crossing is used when crossing Oatlands Avenue. Obviously walking (at least part of the way) is desirable and probably saves time. We are happy for accompanied children to cycle to school and are actively encouraging the development of cycle paths around the area. We have recently doubled the number of cycle racks available. We have a cycle permission form for cycling to and from school which can be obtained from Reception or by clicking here. Cycling in and around the school grounds is not permitted - all cyclists must dismount and enter the grounds through the Safety Gate.
Extra Curricular Clubs
There is a varied selection of clubs, both before and after school. For more information please contact the school office or visit the relevant pages on the school website - click here for the link..
We have four house groups which pupils are allocated to. Siblings are allocated to the same house groups. The house groups and colours are:
Arundel - Red
Warwick - Green
Windsor - Blue
York - Yellow
Keeping up to date
School uses email extensively to pass on information via daily messages, weekly news bulletins and half-termly newsletters. Homework is posted online at the Cleves Hub and your child is given personal log-in details. Please let us know if you change your email address.
Latest school news is displayed on the front page of our website and the calendar is regularly updated. We also 'Tweet' via Twitter where you can follow us at @schoolcleves
It is obviously vital that pupils' school attendance is maximised, including arriving promptly in their classroom for an 08:45 start. Illness should be reported before 09:15 via email to email@example.com or by calling school on 01932 224300 and leaving a message on the Welfare voicemail (option 2).
Cleves does not authorise holiday or time out of school during term time, unless in an emergency. If you need to make such a request, please email the Welfare Officer via the absence line at firstname.lastname@example.org . For more detailed information please click here.