School Life

Our School Day

Bell rings at 8.55 am and children enter school

Morning Session

9.00am – 12.00pm 

Break time 

 Foundation and Key Stage 1 - 10.30am-10.45am                                                                     Key Stage 2 - 10.45 am - 11.00 am

Lunch Time

12.00pm – 12.55pm

Afternoon Session

12.55 pm – 3.15 pm  - Break time 2.15 pm till 2.30pm (For  Foundation & Key Stage 1 only)

Assemblies and Prayer

We aim to develop the prayer life of the child and strive to be a part of the praying community of our Parish – St. Joseph’s.  At the end of each day there is time dedicated to prayers.


This is our school,
Let peace live here,

Let the rooms be full of happiness,
Let love be all around,

Love of one another,
Love of mankind,
Love of life itself and love of God.

Let us remember that as many hands build a house,
So many hearts make a school. 


Collective worship is held daily within the school and takes the form of:

  • Whole school assemblies
  • Foundation/Key Stage 1 Assemblies
  • Key Stage 2 Assemblies
  • Prayers within classrooms
  • Whole school celebration e.g. Mass and assemblies

Parents are invited to attend some celebrations as and when appropriate.


Normally, individual classes attend Mass at St. Joseph’s Church every Tuesday.


Good attendance is essential for all children so that they make their expected progress.  The government expects the level of school attendance for all primary aged pupils to be no lower than 95%. For your information the following is a useful guide.


100 = Excellent attendance

95  = Good attendance

90  = 4 weeks over the year = 1/2 day absence every week

85  = 6 weeks over the year

80  = 8 weeks over the year = 1 day absence every week

75  = 10 weeks over the year

70  = 12 weeks over the year = 1x1/2 days absence every week

We are aware that children may have specific illnesses that prevent them from attending school which can bring attendance levels down.  Holiays and leave of absence authorised or not will have a detrimental affect on your child's education.


Arriving late for school has a detrimental influence as children can miss initial learning opportunities.  Lateness can lead to a poor habit that can carry on in High School where they will miss a key social time at the start of the day.  To put this into context 10 minutes late every day is the equivalent of missing 6 full days in a year, while 30 minutes late every day is the equivalent of missing 4 full weeks in a year.  In saying this we do realise that there are occasions where events occur that are out of parents control (weather, traffic etc) and we ask that you do leave enough time to make the journey.

Leaving the premises during school hours

Pupils are not allowed to leave the premises without being accompanied by an approved adult.  (Approved verbally/written by the parent/carer).

If a child has to leave the premises during the school day, they must be signed out by the adult collecting them.  If they are brought back to school, after an appointment say, they should be signed back in by the adult returning them.


Children may stay for school dinners, which are cooked off site and delivered daily, or they may bring a packed lunch.  Dinner money should be paid via the Parent Pay website / App  Debts cannot be accrued in this regard.  If a child wishes to change from a packed lunch to a school dinner or vice versa, the school needs at least one week’s notice.

Dinner Money Fees:

To assist with your calculations see below:
Per day                       £2.50                                                      
2 days                         £5.00
3 days                         £7.50 
4 days                         £10.00
5 days                         £12.50
2 weeks                       £25.00
3 weeks                       £37.50
4 weeks                       £50.00
5 weeks                       £62.50
6 weeks                       £75.00
7 weeks                       £87.50
8 weeks                       £100.00
Free School Meals
 Are you eligible?
 If you are in receipt of Income Support, Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance, Income related Employment Support Allowance or the Guarantee part of Pension Credit or if you have an annual income (as assessed by the HM Revenue & Customs) of less than £16,190 each year you will be eligible for Free School Meals.

Holiday Pattern

The holiday pattern is set each year by the Governors.  This year’s holiday pattern is available at school or via the website.


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