Welcome to DUCKS An Introduction for parents 2019

An A to Z of DUCKS

An A to Z of DUCKS

Travelling to DUCKS DUCKS is involved in a number of local initiatives to support safe and sustainable travel to school. We are active members of the Dulwich and Herne Hill Safe Routes to School group and our Travel Plan is Gold Accredited by TfL. Walking, cycling or scooting to school We actively encourage sustainable travel to DUCKS. If you walk, cycle or scoot, please use the marked pathway to either the Kindergarten or Infants’ School. We have bike and scooter racks outside the Early Years gate and along the side the Infants’ School building and a shed to store prams and buggies. Please ensure that all items are clearly labelled. Items left in the scooter or bike racks and shed are left at your own risk. Lower parking area for parents The upper car park is solely for staff use and should not be used as a walkway to the Infants’ School. The lower parking area in the morning is only for the use of Kindergarten parents and cars using this area must display a permit. If you require a permit please ask in the Kindergarten Office. It is essential that the permit is clearly displayed on the vehicle being admitted to the parking area and that you pass on all the relevant information to whoever else may be driving the car. Drivers must be aware at all times of parents and children walking into school and be mindful that pedestrians will be using the pedestrian gate entrance and walking along the edge of the parking area. We would also ask that parents do not park illegally on the zig zag lines by the zebra crossing or the double yellow lines by the school gates. We politely request that parents respect all private residents’ parking. The safety of your children is paramount and we urge you to drive safely and park legally and considerately. At DUCKS we take road safety very seriously. Please take time to read our Safe Routes newsletters sent to you each term. We do not tolerate dangerous driving and ask you to respect our rules, and those in the Highway Code, for the safety of all the children. We are very grateful to Friends of DUCKS for preparing the extremely informative map to help you with the school run (overleaf). Please can parents stick to the designated walking paths and routes at all times. Anti idling When parked, please turn off your engine - we have young lungs at work. The lower parking area operates during the following times: Before School: Kindergarten parents only. End of School: From 2.45 pm cars can flow in and out. All cars must be out of the parking area by 4.45 pm at the latest. Unfortunately, cars cannot be left in the lower car park during the day.

Transition from Year 2 to Year 3 DUCKS children go on to join a variety of local independent and state schools for Year 3, and we have excellent relationships with all those schools to ensure that transition at the end of DUCKS is a positive experience for the children. Each Junior School is different and our aim is to find the right next school for each child. We will work with you in preparation for the 7+ assessments and help you to choose your child’s next school based on academic ability, personality and interests. Children are prepared for 7+ throughout their time at DUCKS and parents are guided through the process, from a 7+ talk in the Lent term hosting a schools’ fair, specific parents’ meetings with Mrs Norris in Year 1 and 2, and visiting Heads of local Junior Schools. Once schools for Year 3 are determined, smooth transition is encouraged through school taster days and visits from Year 3 teachers to DUCKS to see the children and talk with their teachers.



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