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School Day


Foundation & KS1

Children arrive at school              8.25am – 8.30am

‘Start of school’                            8.30am

Morning Break                             10.15am – 10.30am

Lunchtime                                    11.45am - 12.45pm

School Ends Mon – Thurs            3.10pm

School Ends Fri                            1.15pm



Children arrive at school                8.40am - 8.45am

'Start of school'                              8.45am

Morning Break                               10.30am - 10.45am

Lunchtime                                      12.35pm - 1.20pm

School Ends Mon – Thurs              3.25pm

School Ends Friday                        1.30pm   


Start of the School Day

During the COVID-19 pandemic it's more important than ever that we don't have groups of people gathering in and around the school playgrounds. Therefore we encourage parents to arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before the start of their child/children's start time and ask that they leave as quickly as possible after dropping them off. We appreciate that many parents have children in both key stages and that you will have to wait for the different start times. We would ask that, during this time, you wait in a socially distanced manner and that you do not allow your school age and younger children to play on the school equipment. We thank you for your support in this matter.


End of School Day

At the end of the school day, we would once again ask that you do not arrive any earlier than 5 minutes before the 'End of School' time for your child/children, and that you collect and leave the school grounds promptly. We ask that parents who have to wait for older children do so in a socially distanced manner and that younger children are kept off all school equipment.


The handover of Foundation Stage children is always supervised by a member of staff.  Older children are expected to return immediately to their teacher if they cannot see Mum or Dad on the playground.  Please attempt to contact the office if you think you may be late for any reason.


The school year consists of 195 days of which five are used for professional development. The total contact time per week is as follows:

KS1   23 hrs 30 minutes per week             

KS2   24 hrs 20 minutes per week


Travel to and from School

We actively encourage children to walk or to ride their bicycle or scooter to school, using our beautiful bike shelter designed and made by the children!  Parking outside any school is an issue; we ask you to park safely and considerately.  Please do not pull into the school lay-by or block the school bus bay or neighbours' driveways, thank you.  

Sickness and Emergency Contact


In emergencies such as sickness or accident, we may need to contact parents immediately.  It is therefore essential that in school we have up to date telephone numbers of parents and relatives.  Please inform the school, in writing, whenever there is a change to your contact details.


If a child is prescribed medicine by a doctor for a short term illness, it is reasonable to assume that he or she is not fit to attend school.  However, in many circumstances the child can still attend school and we may be prepared to administer medicine, on completion of the appropriate form, signed by the parent.


Medicines must be in the original pharmacists’ container. This should be clearly labelled with the contents, child’s name, dosage and/or other instructions.  Confirmation of quantity and timing of dosage may be sought from a medical practitioner.


In circumstances where the school agrees to administer medicine a written record is kept of the date and time of administration. Two people must be present, one as administrator and one as a witness.

Emergency Closure Procedures


Conditions may arise which will affect the normal running of the school, such as adverse weather or a breakdown of services and facilities. 

We operate a texting service to parents, which has proved very popular and effective. In the event of school closure we will text all families – please make sure your contact numbers are kept up to date. The school will not close unless absolutely necessary but the safety of all children and staff is paramount.


We have a fantastic purpose built kitchen and dining room where Mrs Gaston our Catering Manager, provides us with healthy, delicious dinners.  School meals are £2.30, they can be paid for by cash, cheque (made payable to Colerne Primary School) or on the internet.  You will need a Pupil Link Code to set up your account.  This only needs to be entered once and you are up and running.  Meals are provided on a four week rotational menu, payable in advance.   From 1st Sept 2014 meals for FS, Y1 and Y2 children are free under the new Government scheme. Please use the 'Pay for school dinners here' button on the home page.