Our School Day
The school door is opened at 8.40am and children are expected to be in class for registration by 8.50am. We ask all parents to ensure that their child arrives in school on time and is well prepared for the school day.
The children participate in a daily act of collective worship which reflects our Christian character, although parents have the option to withdraw their child should they so wish. Our Worship Committee meet regularly and help to plan assemblies and write prayers.
If a child arrives at school after 8.50am, they are registered as 'late'. Children arriving after 9.15am are marked absent for the morning session.
When children start school in Reception, parents are invited to bring their children into the classroom at the start of the school day. As the children progress through the school, parents are encouraged to say goodbye to their children in the playground, entrance hall or cloakroom areas in order to develop children's independence.
Reception children have continuous provision throughout the morning with milk, water and fruit or vegetables available. In Year 1 and 2 before break, the children have mid-morning fruit in their classrooms. Morning break is from 10:40am – 11:00am when snacks and water are available.
Lunchtime is from 12:00 to 1:00pm. Children can have a free hot school meal or bring a packed lunch from home.
The school day ends at 3.20pm. At the end of the day, the school door is opened at 3.15pm and parents wait for their children on the school playground. If normal arrangements have to be altered e.g. parents are delayed or arrangements have been for another person to collect a child, please let us know by completing the 'Collection' sheet in the Office or by telephoning the school.
For those families that live in Witney, walking to and from school 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. Alternatively, there are bike-racks where children can store their scooters and bikes safely during the school day. If you do need to travel by car, please always park with consideration for Witney residents.
Start and End of Day Procedures
Click here for our full, current Start and End of Day Procedures for more details (including our walking bus).
Our School Week
Our children attend school for 6.5 hours a day, meeting the Department for Education expectation that schools offer a minimum core week of 32.5 hours.