The Federation of Church Schools of Shalfleet and Yarmouth

The School Day

Morning Routine

Monday and Friday – children go into the playground from 08:20 until 08:30 to play with their friends, and to forge friendships with children in different classes.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – children go straight into their classrooms at 08:20 for response marking (respond to Teachers’ comments on their work, work on corrections from the previous day, or perhaps to work on a challenge following their work). This is intended to maximise every opportunity for children to progress and realise the excitement of their potential.

A very successful “Drop-Off Scheme” operates each morning from 08:20 – 08:30, using the dedicated car pull-in spaces within the school grounds, the children will be greeted and accompanied to the playground or classroom by one of a number of adult parent/carer volunteers.

For reception children first starting school we do appreciate that parents/carers will want to settle their child in to class and therefore we welcome parents/carers to initially bring them directly into the classroom, rather than the playground and the register will not be called until 08:45, this allows a longer settling in period.  Special arrangements will also be made for new children joining the school who are not of reception age. We do encourage older children to become independent as soon as possible, coming into school by themselves and taking responsibility for hanging up their coats and bags.

Once your child has arrived at school and the register has been called we check to make sure that all external doors are unable to be opened from the outside. Main access to the school is then via the doors signposted Reception where the school office manage enquiries.

Times of the Day

8.40am – Registration (8.45am for Reception Class)

9.00am – Lessons start

10.15am – KS1 morning break

10.30am – KS2 morning break

12 noon – Lunch starts (KS1 lunch in hall then playtime / KS2 playtime then lunch in hall)

1.00pm – Lunch ends and lessons start

3pm – School finishes (see pick up times below)


Over recent months, we have been delighted that our school family has grown considerably. Although, this has meant the number of cars arriving for ‘pick up’ has increased along with the congestion on Station Road and Yarmouth Road. All staff take their responsibility very seriously to ensure that 170 children leave the school premises safely and on time. 

The ‘pick up’ system, which was put in place a few years ago, has ensured that parents/carers can pick their children up safely and conveniently. The school staff have been instrumental in enabling this to happen, with many of the teachers and TAs going above and beyond their contracted duties to make sure that pick up runs smoothly. 

2.45pm – Parents of Reception Class Singles pick up their children from Reception class
3.00pm – All siblings and taxi children to be led outside for pick up

3.15pm – All singles to be led out by the members of staff for pick up
3.20pm – All Year 6 independent leavers 

To support us in making our system a success, please do adhere to the pick up times and leave the school site in a timely fashion. 

We would like to take this opportunity to remind the school community that the disabled parking spaces are for specific children with disabilities enabling them to get safely to their cars. This is not just for ‘drop off’ and ‘pick up’ times but includes times when children may be getting picked up from after school clubs etc. Please be very mindful of using these bays appropriately.

We remain committed to working with you to make our school a safe environment for your child. 

Please ensure you let Mrs Porter, our school administrator, know by 2.30pm of any changes to pick-up for your child.


We do ask you to ensure that your child is at school for our prompt start to the day at 08:30 as this will help your child to establish a routine that should stay with them throughout their school life.  Please contact the school as soon as possible if your child is unwell (there is somebody on the premises from 08:00 each morning).  If we have not heard from you by 09:15 we will ring you to check the reason for absence as all absences, including late arrivals to school, have to be marked on your child’s record.

Research has shown that there is a direct link between attendance and attainment and this has led to government policy strongly discouraging time away from school where this is avoidable. Our attendance target which is 96%.

School Rules

We create an atmosphere where the school community, parents/carers, children, members of staff, and the wider community, feels welcomed and valued.  We have an expectation that everyone in our school community will be treated and will treat others with respect and consideration.  Our “Golden Rules”, which are shared and known by all the children, teaching and support staff, sum up and re-enforce our approach to behavior.



Be gentle

Be kind and helpful

Be honest

Work hard

Look after property

Listen to people

Hurt anyone

Hurt people’s feelings

Cover up the truth

Waste time

Waste or damage things


We have a special book called a ‘Golden Book’.  Here records of children’s ‘golden behaviour’ are kept and celebrated with the whole school at our special Celebration Collective Worship.

Collective Worship

Parents/carers are welcome to attend any of our Friday Collective Worships.  Collective Worships alternate between ‘Sharing’ and ‘Celebration’, for ‘Sharing’ Worship the nominated class share with the school and parents recent work they have undertaken.  During ‘Celebration’ Worship children will receive awards and certificates.  Birthdays and our ‘golden book’ will be celebrated weekly.  The first Friday of each school year includes an extra special Collective Worship, to which all are invited, where we ask God’s blessing on our school in the year ahead.

Pupil Progress

We will assess your child’s progress in reading, writing and mathematics throughout the year.  Year 2 and Year 6 children have written tests called SATS which contribute to the school’s assessment of their progress.  Year 3, 4 and 5 children also have written assessment tasks and tests. [Optional SATS].

We invite you to discuss any issues or concerns, or to share any successes out of school to do with you child’s progress at any time. Please do not wait until a formal interview date.

Helping Your Child At Home

We provide regular small activities for you to do at home together. The length and nature of the activity will depend on the age or stage of your child, however a rough idea of the amount of time spent per week is:-

 Key Stage 1      –           1 hour
 Key Stage 2      –           1.5 hours

On top of this we encourage your child to read on a daily basis. At times throughout the year children may be given “home learning” tasks, that extend over time and support the topic challenges. Our ‘topics’ encourage children, enabling them to work at something beyond the school day and then share learning and skills with other learners in school.

We welcome your comments on your child’s home learning through the home/school comment book or email.

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