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The School Day

The School Day

Classroom doors are opened at 8.50 am for children to come in and school is open for 30.5 hours a week.

School starts at 8.55 am.

School finishes at 3.00 pm.


Playtime for Year 1 and Year 2 is for 15 minutes during the morning

Lunchtime for children in Reception and Year 1 is from 11.45 until 12.45, and for children in Year 2 it is from 12.15 until 1.15.

Playtime in the afternoon is taken informally, according to the timetable for each day.


Reception children have access to the outside throughout the day so they do not have a formal time for outdoor play.


The children are supervised at all times.

Attendance Policy

The Gattons Infant School and Southway Junior School have a joint attendance policy.


A child who is not at school is missing out on part of his or her education.  Likewise, a child who is late for school is missing out on a very important part of the school day including setting out the context for the work for the day.


No absence during term time will be authorised unless the request is absolutely exceptional or there are clear and demonstrable educational benefits resulting from the absence.


Our aim is for the highest level of attendance possible and for all absences to be explained with acceptable reasons.  Alongside this, we want to have all our children in class ready to start the school day promptly. 

Our Attendance Policy can be found under the Policy section of  the Key Information tab.