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St Edmund's Catholic Primary School and Nursery

St Edmund's Catholic Primary School and Nursery

Parish, Family, School

School Day and Clubs

 St Edmund’s School Day

The school day starts at 8.45am and finishes at 3.15pm.

Registration is from 8.55am to 9.00am.

Morning Playtimes

We operate a staggered break time.  Infants have their break at 10.15am and the juniors have their break at 10.40am.  Break lasts 20 minutes.  The children have the chance to stretch their legs, have a run around and catch up with their friends.  The buddies ensure there are playground games for the children to access and play with.  After break the children share a snack together and some quiet time before their next lesson.


Children in Reception have their lunch at 11.45am and their break ends at 12.45pm.  They have a story before the afternoon session begins at 1.00pm.

Y1, 2 & 3 start to have their lunch from 11.50am.

Y4, 5 & 6 begin their break at 12.10pm and start to eat from 12.25pm.

Lunch-time ends at 12.50pm for the infants, they return to class and have some quiet reading time together.  Often the children refer to this time as their 'book club'.  The juniors finish lunchtime at 1.10pm.

We have a lunchtime HUB for any children who may need additional support.

Afternoon Playtimes

Y1 and Y2 have a 10 minute afternoon play.

R and N have learning time which incorporates learning through play.

Throughout the day all children will take part in the daily mile – 15 minute walking break.

Drop-off and Collection Times

At the beginning of the school day, parents are asked to drop their children off at the school gates – back gates for Y2+ and front gates for R and Y1.  Children then walk straight to their classrooms where their teachers are waiting for them. A member of the Senior Leadership Team is always on the front and back gate - there is always a member of staff available should you need to give a quick message or you can pop into the school office. More formal requests should always be made in writing as it is easy to forget a verbal  conversation.

At the end of the school day, Reception children are collected from outside their classroom and all other children are collected from the main playground. In the event of heavy rain, children can be collected from their classroom doors. This is not commonplace due to the congestion it would cause and the safety issues surrounding it.  We want to maintain and do have good links with all parents.  If normal arrangements have to be altered (eg you are delayed or another person is collecting your child), please let us know.  This avoids any confusion or upset. Thank you.

Getting to and from school

To get to and from school, walking is definitely the best option! 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. If you do need to travel by car, please use the library car park and walk to school. Free passes for the car park may be obtained from the school office. Thank you as ever for your continued support of your children and our lovely school.