School is: open

School Day

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 visit our clubs page. The gates are opened at 07:55 for these.  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 – 11:00
  • Morning Break - 11:00 - 11:15
  • Session Two - 11:15 – 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 0800-0830 because of work commitments. The children meet in the Dining Hall and are supervised until 0830, when they can go to their classroom. 

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

Lunchtime runs from 1215-1315, 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.  Please click here to download the menu for the Autumn term, which you will be able to order online from Saturday 29th July onwards.  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, 

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 After School Club, which runs from 15:15-18:00 in the Dining Hall.  Children can attend on a full or part time basis and are given healthy snacks and drinks during the session. They undertake a variety of activities and spend much of the time outside in the summer. This is not a homework club but a place for children to relax and have fun after a busy school day. There are about 80 places available (subject to staffing) and as a result this facility is often over subscribed. The GAP club is OFSTED registered and the Manager is Mrs Gilly Smith.

Here are links to the relevant documents:
Application form click here 
Terms and conditions click here
Care plan click here

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 565 982 (messages picked up from 15:00) or email: gapclub@cleves.co.uk

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..

House Groups

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, both via daily messages 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 

Attendance

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 absence@cleves.co.uk 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 absence@cleves.co.uk .  For more detailed information please click here.