The School Day

School Times

Morning session: 8.45am-12.15noon

Playtimes: 10.15am-10.30am

Afternoon session: 1.05pm-3.10pm   

Children are supervised on the playground from 8.30am; please ensure that your child does not arrive at school before this time, as they will not be supervised. The first bell of the day is at 8.40am where children line up and are then taken to class. The school day starts formally at 8.45am. Pupils arriving at school after 8.45am are recorded and marked as late.

Children never leave school early unless parents, or adults appointed by the parents, are available to take them home.

At the end of the day children are collected by an adult from the school playground. The teacher will remain with the children initially, but should any child not be collected on time, they will be taken into the office to wait. If you know you are going to be late or need to change the collection arrangement please ensure your child’s teacher knows, so that children can be reassured. Ideally this should be by informing them in the morning or if not by contacting the school office. We will not release any child to another adult unless we have received instructions from parents to do so.


The Farm Kitchen provide our school meals; parents and carers are able to order via their online ordering system. All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are now offered a Universal infant Free School Meal. Parents and carers are encouraged to take up this superb opportunity, but it is not compulsory; pupils in these year groups can bring a healthy packed lunch if preferred.

Pupils in Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) can also order school meals. These meals are payable, unless children are entitled to Free School Meals (further information on next page).

Any pupil not having a school meal will need to be provided with a healthy packed lunch and a drink. Please make sure that the food is in suitable containers, preferably plastic boxes, and that drinks are not in glass bottles or cans and any necessary spoons etc. are included. Fizzy drinks are not to be brought into school.

At present, all children eat their lunch in the school hall together at one sittings. The children are supervised throughout the lunchtime break by Midday Supervisory Assistants.

For ideas on healthy packed lunches see NHS Livewell

Water, Snacks and School Milk

During the day all children have access to fresh drinking water via the water fountains around the school. However, we encourage each child to bring in their own ‘water’ bottle with a sports lid to keep in their classrooms. This gives them easy access to a drink without disturbing their lessons.

During morning playtime children are allowed a snack and we encourage healthy eating in school. Children may bring:

  • Fresh or dried fruit e.g. apple, banana, raisins (not fruit winders etc)
  • Vegetables e.g. carrot sticks
  • Plain biscuits e.g. rich tea / digestive (not chocolate, cream or jam)
  • Crackers or plain rice cakes (not cereal bars or crisps)
  • Water bottles only (not juice / squash)
  • Please do not include any products containing nuts.

We currently take part in the Fruit in School Scheme. This provides a free piece of fruit each day for each child in the Foundation Stage or Key Stage 1.

We take part in the Milk in School Scheme and have many children who enjoy a drink of cold milk during morning break. Free milk is available for children under five. When children reach five years of age they can continue to receive milk, the cost of which is payable termly, in advance. Milk order forms are available from the school office.

Free School Meals

The introduction of the Universal infant Free School Meals (for Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils) has caused a little confusion with Free School Meals, connected to Pupil Premium.

Even though every Reception or Key Stage 1 child will receive a Universal infant Free School Meals (if desired) it’s beneficial to the school if all families consider whether they would qualify for Pupil Premium; this premium not only pays for a meal (regardless of the child’s age) but gives the school additional funding to help raise attainment.

The Local Authority online checking system, Parent Portal, checks for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium eligibility.

Check your eligibility: LCC Parent Portal

If you would like any help or you require further details, please contact the school office.