School Day and Lunches

The School Day

Before School Care

Before School Care begins at 7:45am and finishes at 8:30am. There is a small charge if you wish your child to attend. If your child is eligible for Pupil Premium funding, then the cost will be subsidised.

The School Day

The school day begins at 8.45 a.m. and finishes at 3.15 p.m. The school gates will open at 8.30am for a smooth transition into school. However we would ask that parents and children are not too early at school because this makes a very long day for the children. This is especially important in winter where it is much warmer at home, than waiting for gates to open at school.


During the morning the teacher will decide when the class needs a break to ensure the maximum level of focus for learning. This might mean that children have more than one break some mornings if this means that the best conditions for learning can be made. Children in Reception and Year 1 only break if necessary, so they can continue developing their ideas and the learning through play. It can take up to 45 mintues for children to have deep learning happening and if they were to pack up just as this was happening, learning opportunities would be lost. This is something we try to avoid.

End of the day

The school finishes at 3.15pm. The front gates will open for parents at about 3.05pm which allows parents to have a quick chat after school. When the children have been collected after school, we ask that parents leave the site as soon as possible and not have their children playing on any equipment. Your children are your responsibility after school and we would not want any accidents because parents are having a chat and not looking after their own children. To help with this quick leaving after school, the gates will be locked at 3.25pm. This allows the staff to know that the school is then a safe site, that all children unless they are in a club have gone home and keeps the children who remain in clubs safe at school.

Collective worship is Monday mornings 8.50am and then Tuesday to Friday afternoon at 2.50pm.

Children enter the school building via the door to their class and can be collected from the school playground.

School Meals

Children can choose to have a cooked meal or bring in a packed lunch. School meals are cooked at Loddon Junior School and brought to Thurton. They offer good value for money and provide a healthy, balanced diet. There is always a choice of menu (the current menu can be found here), including jacket potatoes, vegetarian and special diets can be catered for it we are given adequate notice.

Packed lunches should be nutritionally well balanced. If your child is having home packed lunch, please ensure that lunch boxes and all drinking containers (no glass or cans) are secure. As a healthy school, we ask that a balanced meal is sent, with no fizzy drinks and not too many sweet items during each week. Naming the sandwich boxes, particularly for the Reception and Key Stage 1 children is useful. Our school hall provides a lovely place for children to eat their lunch altogether in one sitting with children of different ages. The older children often help the younger children on their tables.

School meals for children in Reception, Year 1 and year 2 do not have a cost as they are part of the Universal Free School Meals (UFSM) offered by the government. Meals provided from children in years 3 to 6 must be paid for in advance, by cheque or cash into the school office. If you think your family is entitled to Free School Meals through the disadvantage fund, please talk to our office staff and they will help be able to support you with your application.


Playtime snacks

We encourage children in Key Stage Two to bring a piece of fruit to school to eat during break time. Fruit is provided free of charge for children in reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Other snacks or sweets should not be brought into school for break times. Water is always available but children are also encouraged to bring in a bottle of plain water, so they can have a drink during class time.