Copley Junior School

Arrivals and Departures

This page provides additional information about our procedures at the start and end of the school day, including arrangements for children whose parents wish them to walk independently to and from school and collection arrangements at the end of the school day.

Many thanks to Parent Forum members, who have been active in the formulation of our procedures.

Morning 'Meet and Greet' Service

We do not expect children to be on the school site before 8.40am. From 8.45 am children are welcome to enter their classroom to start early morning learning activities. This supports a calm start to the morning and the prompt start to lessons at 8.55am.

Children are encouraged to walk independently into school from the top gates.

Each morning from 8.40am, a member of staff is on duty at the gate and will support the crossing of the road. The gates to both playgrounds are locked at 8.55am each day and then unlocked at 3.20pm.

Policy on Children Walking To and From School Alone

Arrivals and Departures Policy

The safety of our pupils is our priority and we want to ensure that every care is taken so that the children travel to and from school safely.

Generally, school would advise walking to and from school independently is most suitable for pupils in Years 5 and 6. However, we recognise some parents/carers will want their child in Year 3 or 4 to walk without an adult, especially if the distance is short (e.g. from Copley Junior to Orchard Infants) and parents are best placed to make this decision.

We ask that parents/carers or relatives either collect children from the adults on site at Copley Junior School or must complete the permission form below to state that they are willing to allow their child to walk independently.

For further guidance, please click on the links below to read our policies for ‘Walking To and From School Alone’ and ‘Arrivals and Departures at School’:

 Policy on Children Walking To and From School Alone

 Arrivals and Departures Policy


Members of the Parent Forum have produced an 'At a Glance' Guide to our procedures for ease of reference, which is provided below.

If you would like your child to walk independently (without an adult) to and/or from school, we ask that you complete the form below and return it to school. Copies of the form are available in the school office, or you can download the form below and return it to school.