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School Day

The school day starts at 8.45 am and finishes at 3.15pm (amounting to 32.5 hours in a typical week). 

Morning Session

Please bring your child into the playground through the main gates at the north end of the school. The gates and classroom doors are open from 8:45am and you will be welcomed by a member of staff. 

As children get older we try to encourage and develop their independence. When children are in Year 3 can be dropped off at the school gate in the morning and walk straight into class. Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 walk in by themselves if they walk to school. They also can be dropped off at the school gate and walk straight into class or you may still bring your child into the playground with you.

The main gates close at 8:55am and the register is then taken. The register is a legal document and must be closed by 9:25am. Any child arriving after this period is late. From time to time this may be unavoidable. If your child is late please ensure that you sign the book at the south end main office so that the register can be amended.

During the morning all children have a 15 minute morning break.  

End of morning session

The morning session ends at midday. 

If your child is in Reception and is part time they will be brought to you at the main office to be collected at midday.

Children in Reception, Year 1, 2 and 3 will eat their lunch between midday and 12:30 p.m. and then go out to play.

Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 will have their play first and then eat their lunch between 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.  

Afternoon session

This begins at 1:00 p.m., when the register is taken, and finishes at 3:15 p.m. 

During the afternoon children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 will have a 15 minute mid-afternoon break.

The main gates will be open from 3:10pm and parents/carers can enter the school site and wait on the playground. A member of staff will dismiss the children from the classroom at 3:15pm.

Children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 must be collected by an adult from their classroom door. Unfortunately we do not permit children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 to be collected by an older sibling. Children in Year 3 will walk out onto the playground to find their parent/carer. If they cannot find their parent/carer, then they will need to return back to the member of staff who will be waiting/standing by the classroom door. When children are in Years 4, 5 and 6 they can walk home alone, if parents/carers have completed a ‘Walking Home Alone’ permission slip. We will send these home in September as this slip needs to be completed at the start of every academic year. If they are not walking home then the same procedure as Year 3 applies. However if your child attends an after school club they must be collected afterwards even if you have given permission for them to walk home on their own at the end of the normal school day.

If you are going to be late and can let us know we will tell the child and keep them in the classroom for the first 10 minutes.  We do understand there could be a problem if you have children at other schools.  After that the children will be taken to the main office to wait for you. If a different adult is collecting your child please let the class teacher or school office know.


We encourage children to drink water and we require each child to bring a water bottle filled with water to school each day, to which they will have free access throughout the day.  On entry to school your child will be given a free water bottle.  Replacement bottles and lids can be purchased from the school office.

The school operates a Cool Milk system and parents/carers can buy milk for their children (Reception pupils receive free school milk until their 5th birthday).  Please click here for further details.

We also promote the benefit of eating fruit as part of a healthy diet and the children are all invited to share some fruit with their class in the middle of the morning.  This is provided by the government free of charge for children in Reception, Years 1 and 2.  When your child is in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 you can provide your child with a piece of fruit each day but we do ask that you send in only fruit and no other snacks.

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