The School Day


Children start arriving on our KS1 and KS2 playground from around 8:40am; Mr Goodrick our site manager is always around at this time and you will spot him easily as he always wears his high visibility jacket.

The School day begins at 8:50 am. A monitor will ring a bell and the children line up in their class groups. They wait for the teacher to come on to the yard and then escort them into their classrooms.

On arriving in their classrooms, the children empty their bags and start their morning session. They hang their bags and coats on the pegs in the classroom (all classrooms have their cloakrooms in the classroom).

During the morning session, children will attend an act of daily Worship and will have a daily playtime of 15 minutes usually from 10.35 - 10.50 am; children are encouraged to bring a piece of fruit with them to school in KS2 and will be provided with fruit in Early Years and KS1.  There are often members of the clergy invited to lead whole school Worship.

Lunchtime begins at 11.40 for Foundation children and 12.00 for KS1 and KS2 children. All children will eat in our hall and then enjoy playtime activities until12.55.

During the afternoon session children will sometimes have a short afternoon break and snack time at the discretion of their class teacher.

The afternoon session finishes at 3.15 pm for all children. Parents/carers can collect their children from the EY/KS1 playground so that children are handed over to an adult to ensure their safety. Children in KS2 are escorted to the gate by a member of staff and parents can collect them from there. Please let the teacher know if your child is being collected by another adult or if they are to attend our after school club 2cool4school.  Children will only be able to go home with someone who is known to school or has been authorised by the parent and school have been informed.  If parents do not inform a member of staff, the child will remain in school until someone can be contacted to gain permission.  We understand this may delay the process and be an incovenience to the person collecting the child, but safeguarding of children is the highest priority. 

EY/KS1/Y3 and Y4 must be collected from school at the end of the day. Y5 and Y6 children may have parents' permission to go home alone.

  Nursery REC / KS1 KS2
School starts 8.50 am [3 hours] 8.50 am 8.50 am
Lunch   11.55 pm 12.00 pm
Afternoon 12.15 pm [3   hours] 12.55 pm 12.55 pm
School ends   3.15pm 3.15pm


30 hours nursery pupils attend our school for the morning and afternoon sessions as outlined above.  They are cared for over the lunch period, which is 25 minutes from 11:50 to 12:15.

Getting to school

We would encourage all children to walk to school - there are lots of 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. We do also have bike racks for those children coming to school on their bikes and scooters. If you need to travel by car, please drive with care and park wisely and courteously.


If your child is unwell or not coming to school for any reason, you MUST notify the school on the first day of that absence before 9am. You can either write a note (if you know your child is to be off), telephone the absence line – 0191 5210055 - or write an email to the school address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We operate a first day response and parents will be sent a text message if any child is absent and we have not received a reason by 9.15am. If this is not responded to, there will be a follow up telephone call.

Attendance will be monitored for all children irrespective of whether they are of statutory school age. Parents may receive letters from school with attendance targets if necessary, in line with school policy.


Of course we understand that there are occasionally reasons why children may be late to school, however please remember that it is very unsettling for your child. Persistent lateness will result in further action. Children who enter school via the main entrance will be given a late slip so that parents are aware they were late and a record is held in school. Punctuality will be monitored for all children irrespective of whether they are of statutory school age.

If for any reason you will be late collecting your child please telephone the school office to advise what alternative arrangements you have made.