School Day

Opening and Closing Times

Our school day officially starts at 8.50am and finishes at 3.00pm.

Our staff welcome our children into the school gates every morning at 8.40am, with a smile and a wave, parents often comment how lovely it is to see children eager to get into school and run in!

Reception children are encouraged to bring their parents into the classroom to help them with their morning jobs, help them select their lunch and organise their belongings until 8.50am.


Every day we start the day with an assembly at 9.00am.

These take a variety of forms:

Class assemblies, where we discuss relevant topics and dedicate time exploring ‘life skills’ with our class family.

Year 2-6 Current Affairs assembly with Mr Rawling, introducing our ‘word of the week’ and discussing key issues occurring in the news that week.

Phase assemblies, where we further explore the word of the week in our phases.

Thursday Achievements Assembly, where we discover our ‘Stars of the Week’ and share their amazing learning.  Our children also receive prizes for the reading that they have completed at home and ‘Mathletics’ certificates for completing Maths learning at home.

Our parents are warmly invited to join us for Celebration Assemblies held each Friday, which are led each week by a different class.  Our children enjoy leading these assemblies as they provide them with an opportunity to share their exciting learning with their parents and with the rest of the school.  During this assembly, we also sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to any children, staff and parents who have celebrated their birthday that week (we even give out birthday presents!). Additionally, we use their assembly to celebrate ‘Good Fridays’ This is an opportunity to recognise children if they go above and beyond outside of school. Children who have taken part in great sporting achievements, supported a local charity, achieved a grading in a musical instrument or supported a family member in an emergency are just some examples of children who have been given a Good Friday award at the start of our school assembly. Reception children will join our Friday assemblies after Term 5 in June, prior to this they receive their ‘Good Friday’ in their classroom delivered by Mr. Rawling.

Morning Playtimes

Children in Year 1 and Year 2 have a morning break from 10.15am to 10.30am, children in Year 3 to Year 6 have a morning break from 10.30am to 10.45am. Our Teaching Staff lead this playtime and we have a variety of play equipment available to the children during these times.

In the Summer term, Reception children join the older children on the playground, to help them with their transition into Year 1.


Children in Reception have their lunch at 11:30-12:30.During their time in the hall they are supported by members of the EYFS team.

Year 1 and Year 2 lunch starts at 12.00pm and finishes at 1.00pm, Year 3 to Year 6 lunch starts at 12.30pm and finishes at 1.30pm.


We have a wide variety of school dinner options available to our children and we have a ‘serve yourself’ salad bar, which is available every day.  

Each class eats their lunch together and then our children are free to enjoy a playtime.  Our Teaching Assistants lead this playtime, organising a range of fun and exciting games and activities, which are suited to our children’s interests.  Our Rainbow Room (School Library and ICT Suite) is also open to our children at lunchtime for art, craft, music, reading and computer use if the children would like to come inside.

Drop-off and Collection

Parents are encouraged into the school at the beginning and end of the school day.

Class Teachers and Teaching Assistants will always endeavour to make themselves available for parents to chat to after school.  This helps to build up a close relationship between home and school – we want to have good links with all parents.

If normal arrangements have to be altered (for example, you are delayed or another person is collecting your child), please let us know. This avoids any confusion or upset for our children.

Travelling To and From School

Walking is definitely the best option for getting to and from school! There are many benefits: it’s healthier than travelling by car, it improves the safety of pedestrians and road-users, and it respects nearby residents and parking regulations. Alternatively, we have bike and scooter racks.

If you do need to travel by car, we are lucky enough to have been offered free parking for our families at the local Waitrose store.  We urge parents to make use of this kind offer as it avoids traffic congestion in the road immediately outside of our school.