The School Day

This page contains lots of practical information about the school day.

School Hours

Illness & Emergencies

Medicines

Discipline

Lost Property

Lunchtime Arrangements

Clubs

School Hours 

KS1 KS2
morning session: 8.55  -  11.55 morning session: 8.55  -  12.15
morning break (Year 2 only): 10.15  - 10.30 morning break : 10.15  - 10.30
lunch break: 12.00  -  1.15 lunch break: 12.15  - 1.15
afternoon session: 1.15  -   3.20 afternoon session: 1.15   -  3.20

The school day begins at 8.55 am and Key Stage 1 children should be brought onto the site from 8.45 am onwards. Key Stage 2 children should arrive between 8.30 am and 8.55 am.  Parents are reminded that we cannot be responsible for pupils who arrive earlier than these times. 

Weekly Teaching Time: 

Early Years and Key Stage 1: 21 hours 40 minutes

Key Stage 2: 23 hours 45 minutes

With the exception of unusual events (eg very heavy snowfall), the school is legally required to be open for 190 days during the school year.  In addition, there will be five days when the school is closed for staff in-service training.    We understand that this may have child-care implications but such training is of vital importance for the future development of the quality learning provided for your children.

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Illness and Emergencies

Children learn best when they are fit and lively.  If they are unwell or tired then they will not give of their best.  If your child is taken ill, we will contact you or the person nominated as your contact.  It is vital therefore that we are kept informed of changes of address and work and home telephone numbers.  In case of emergency we would contact Cranleigh Health Centre.  If your child develops a medical problem, please let us know immediately. 

It would be much appreciated if you could check your child’s hair daily for head lice.  They can thrive in any kind of hair, but can easily be destroyed by treatment advised by your pharmacist.  Regular combing through with conditioner when your child’s hair is washed is recommended to help keep head lice at bay.

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Medicines

Medicines must be kept in the school office at all times.  Please label containers clearly with names and dosages.  Parents are required to complete a medicine administration form when their child needs to have medication in school.  Please click here for the medical administration form.

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Discipline 

The school policy is to reinforce and reward good behaviour. We set high standards in the interest of both the individual and the school community.

It is our aim that every child should feel secure and happy at school and we actively work with children and parents to prevent bullying. Parents are encouraged to talk to the Class Teacher, Senior Teacher, Assistant Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher or Head Teacher about any problems which may arise so that these can be addressed quickly and positively.

Teachers agree class rules with pupils at the beginning of each academic year and these are reinforced regularly.

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Lost Property

Unnamed items of clothing will be placed in lost property. We would ask parents/carers to ensure that all items of clothing are named and any lost items are collected as soon as possible.

Lost property bins can be located in the Year 2 and Year 6 corridors. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

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Lunchtime Arrangements

The importance of lunchtime is often underestimated in its potential for developing pupils’ social and communication skills.  Negative experiences can stay with pupils throughout their education.  For this reason much planning is afforded this area of school life.  Significant funding has been directed towards maintaining a high level of quality play and activity equipment.

Lunchtime supervisors help children to develop a sense of responsibility and promote their independence in the dining hall.   Pupils are supported in their playground activities and structure provided where necessary.  Key Stage 2 playground areas are allocated to specific year groups to allow for interaction but to guard against the potential for younger pupils to feel intimidated.  The importance of taking care of equipment is emphasised and pupils are given responsibility appropriate to their age and development.  A well-established buddy system operates between our older and younger pupils.

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Clubs

A varied programme of lunch time and after-school clubs is offered comprising sporting, creative and recreational activities.  Information is sent to parents termly listing the options available.   For clubs managed by staff other than those employed at Park Mead, a fee will be charged. 

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