Before and After School
In order to achieve the best possible outcome for all children by broadening their experience in a community context, the Government has initiated an Extended Schools agenda which offers ‘wrap-around’ care for all children from 8am to 6pm throughout the year.
The Government’s aims are that:
- Children will be able to experience and enjoy a variety of activities such as study support, sport, music tuition, dance and drama, arts and crafts and special interest clubs such as chess – as well as play.
- Parents and carers will be able to enjoy the support provided by the Extended Schools scheme, be happy that their children are benefiting from their experience and may also have the opportunity to contribute to their children’s learning.
- Liaison between the organisers of Extended Schools activities which St Mary’s children attend and their St Mary’s teachers may help to identify need for specialist support.
At St. Mary’s we have responded to this initiative in several ways…
Before School - starting at 8am
On Monday's The Dance Movement run a Dance Club in the School Hall.
On Tuesday mornings Chelsea Football are here to provide children with multi sports played in the hall or the playground.
On Wednesdays and Fridays 'Frenchtastic' run a French class in the school library and the school hall.
And on Thursday mornings, your child may attend our yoga class run by Tatty Bumpkins.
Booking forms for all clubs are available from the school office.
Our after school care is being provided by New Forest Childcare. This company successfully runs after school clubs at other local schools and we are delighted to welcome them to St Mary's. As well as giving the children snacks and time to relax and play, there will be 'clubs within clubs' during the sessions with activities including gardening, cooking and Lego. The sessions will run each day until 6pm and use our outside spaces as well as the hall, library and phoenix room. Please visit our page on the New Forest Childcare website to register your child with them and book sessions: https://www.newforestchildcare.co.uk/register/
Holiday care is offered by a number of organisations locally and an internet search will find day or week long holiday camps specialising in sport, drama, art and wildlife. We will send home details of these clubs which we receive in school, and the following SCC website is a guide to questions to ask when choosing holiday play schemes: