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Opening Times

The Daily Routine


The Start of the Day


Arrival at school


  • If you are arriving by car, please note that there is no dropping off or parking on the school grounds between 8.30 and 9.00 am or between 3.00 and 3.30 pm
  • Staff are on duty from 8.40am.
  • Only children who arrive by taxi or on the school minibus may come in before 8.40am. They are allowed through the front door and go straight to class.
  • Breakfast club have their own arrangements.


Between 8.40am and 9.00am:


  • Robins and Puffins come straight in to school through the classroom doors.
  • Kingfishers and Eagles come in through the door between the two classes.
  • In the event of poor weather children should not arrive at school before 8.40am.


Late arrivals


  • After 9.00am, children should be taken to the school office so that their name can be marked in the register.


We request that parents do not come into school at the start of the day unless there is an urgent need to talk to a member of staff


On entry, children are encouraged to hang their coats and PE kit bags on their peg in the cloakroom. If they have a lunchbox, it should be placed on the designated trolley in the hall (Robins and Puffins) or in the cloakroom (Kingfishers and Eagles).

Once in the classroom, the children place their book bag in their relevant group drawer and the contents of their book bags into the relevant boxes. Reply slips and envelopes containing money should be put in the red drop-box outside the school office.


Please ensure that any items brought from home such as lunch boxes, water bottles and book bags are clearly labelled with the child's name and class.


All children will be issued with a contact book which parents and the class teacher can use for communication between home and school.


When children have sorted out their bags and/or homework books they will join in with an activity decided by their teacher until registration.


The End of the Day


Departure from School


After 3.10pm and before 3.30pm


  • At the end of the school day children from Robins class are taken to the front door and children from Puffins class are brought to the side gate where they are handed over to the adult collecting them. Children from Kingfishers and Eagles are dismissed from their classrooms and leave from the door between the two classrooms. Adults collecting children should wait in the school grounds where they can be seen by their children and school staff.
  • Parents should always let school staff know via the contact book if arrangements for collecting their child at the end of the day are changed e.g. a different person is collecting the child or the child is going home with a friend.


Bed Time


School can be an intense experience for a child (especially for younger children) and can leave them very tired. We strongly encourage parents to enforce a consistent night time routine and an early bedtime which provides a good night's rest.


Snacks and Milk


We consider it important for children to eat healthily and therefore only allow fruit and vegetables (preferably fresh) to be eaten at break times. Children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 are given free fresh fruit just before morning playtime. At this time they also have a drink of water or milk. Milk is ordered by  parents directly through 'Cool Milk'. It is free for children under the age of five and older children receiving or who are entitled to free school meals may also be entitled to free milk. For children over the age of five, it can be ordered but payment is required. Please apply online at http://www.coolmilk.comor ask for an application from at the school office.


Summer months


During summer months, it is particularly important to provide children with a sun hat and sun cream that must be applied before arrival at school.


Reading books


After children have been assessed in reading we will send home a reading or picture book a least twice a week. We ask parents to hear them read or tell a story from the pictures and make a comment in their reading record book.