School Life

Our School Day

The school gates open at 8.40am every morning and children can be brought to the gate where they are greeted by several members of the staff team. The school gates are locked at 9.00am and anyone arriving after this time will be denied access via the playground and will need to report to the front office.

Please note the changes to timings in the day as we continue to operate with covid restrictions where possible

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2                                     Key Stage 2 - Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

Morning Session - 9.00am to 11.45pm                                 Morning Session - 8.55am to 12.30pm

Break time: 10.20 to 10.40 am                                                            Break times: 10.00am to 10.15am and 11.15am to 11.30am

Lunch time: 11.45am to 12.30pm                                                       Lunch time: 12.30pm to 1.15pm

Afternoon Session - 12.30pm to 3.05pm                                Afternoon  Session - 1.15pm to 3.15pm

Break time: 2.00pm to 2.20pm                                                           No afternoon break

Close 3.05pm                                                                                  Close 3.15pm

Collective Worship - Prayer and Litergy

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:

  • Class or Key Stage Worship (No whole school due to covid risk assessment)
  • Prayers within classrooms
  • Individual classes attending Mass at St. Joseph's Church every Tuesday.
  • Worship led by Fr. Blaze
  • Worship and Song


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 96%. 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 have a school meal 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.

School holidays

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


Together as St Joseph's
We Learn to Love Following Jesus, Sharing our Gifts and
Building God's World


We Would Love to Hear From You!

Where we are

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
Etchells Street, Stockport SK1 1EF
0161 480 5029

Who we are

Here at St. Joseph's we do our best to challenge and support all our children so that every child has the opportunity to excel and achieve their potential.

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