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Useful Information about school routines and uniform

On this page you will find useful information regarding  daily school routines and procedures.


The school day begins at 8:45 when the register is taken.

The school day ends at 3:15pm

Our lunch break runs from 12:00 - 12:55pm.


From September 2021, there will be no staggered starts and finishes

Children in Nursery, Reception and Y1 and 2 (Key Stage 1) should arrive at school no earlier than 8:40 to be met by the teacher or teaching assistant.  At the end of the day, children will be handed over to waiting adults. There is no longer a one-way system in operation. We politely ask that the children do not play with the equipment set up on the playground for the day's lessons. Thank you


Children in Y3 - 6 are expected to make their own way from drop off to line up at the classroom door, no earlier than 8:40 and for an 8:45 start. The end of the school day is 3:15 for all children and again, Y3-6 are expected to make their way to a designated meeting point for their journey home/meet with parents and siblings. 


Children should be collected by adults known to the school. If you need to arrange for your child to be collected by a person not known to us we will call you on the number we hold for you and ask you to provide a password to verify the arrangement in place. Children may be collected by family members over the age of 14 by prior arrangement.


School uniform consists of a white or navy blue polo shirt (or cotton sleeved shirt), grey or black trousers/skirt and navy (not black) sweatshirt or cardigan. We no longer hold a stock of new uniform items in school, these can now be purchased online with Pinders or ordered from their uniform shop at the Crystal Peaks shopping centre. All Pinders orders are delivered free to school on a Thursday. We do have some good quality second hand items in school (please don't be shy in coming forward to re-use these items)  and any excess donated uniform is passed on to Edge Ministries (based in Staveley) who have regular preloved uniform giveaways. Children should wear flat, black school shoes. All-black trainers are permitted, without large or obvious logos and without white soles. We pride ourselves on our uniform expectations and believe it to enhance the children's sense of belonging.


PE kit consists of navy shorts and a plain white T shirt without sports logos. A pair of plimsolls may be useful for indoor PE (depending on the activity) but is not essential. In cold weather and for outdoor PE children may wear black or navy jogging trousers without logos, a white T shirt and black or navy sweatshirt. Trainers can be worn for outdoor PE. Children should attend school in PE kit on the days allocated. Each child will experience a 1 hour session and a further half hour session. In the year 2021-22, Y5 will participate in swimming lessons

See PE timetable below 


Children will continue to record their home reading on Seesaw/Tapestry. Children in Reception and beyond will receive a book which closely matches the phonic sounds the child is being taught. At times it will seem that the child is over-reading the book but we know this to be an important skill which leads to automatic recall of the phonemes (sounds) and their corresponding graphemes (letters). Your child will also be encouraged to also read a chosen book or share the experience with an adult or sibling at home. We will regularly give books away to the children and offer a swap shop from time to time. The more reading the better and we are not precious about what the children read or when! Once children have progressed through the phonics scheme they are directed to texts which match their reading and comprehension ability. Sometimes it is important for children to 'sit within a reading book range' for a while to ensure the child develops fluency. We value the children deepening their understanding and reward automaticity and understanding over speed through levels.


Children are rewarded with Extra Play at the end of each week for maintaining good standards of behaviour. Our behaviour policy is based on a positive and restorative method. Extra Play activities are exciting and take place for 20 minutes during the last break of the week. If a child has lost the privilege of extra play, this will be monitored by the deputy headteacher and headteacher. 


Children earn badges for participating in enrichment activities and for going the extra mile. The children value these highly and strive to achieve the full range.


We use a phonics scheme called Read, Write Inc across the school to teach phonics, reading and spelling. We hold regular meetings for parents so that children can be supported at home with this strategy.