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Alwoodley Primary School

Learning Together, Growing Stronger.

Our School Day and Punctuality

For children in Reception - Year 6 the school opens at 8.40am. Registration begins at 8.50am and the registers close at 9am. Children are in school from  8:50am-3:10pm each day.


This equates to 31 hours and 40 minutes each week.


From September 2023 the school day will be lengthened to meet the government guidance that schools are open 32.5 hours per week. We will communicate the new times with you in due course.


There is a member of staff on duty in each playground from 8:40am. Please do not drop off early. SLT are usually walking around the site at the beginning of the school day and are there to help you with any queries.

Breaks and Lunchtimes


Reception - Year 2


10.30am - 10.45am breaktime

11.55am - 12.55pm lunchtime


Year 3 - Year 6


10.30am - 10.45am breaktime

12.10pm - 1.10pm lunchtime


Do you know that children who arrive a few minutes late start the day feeling more stressed and do not make a positive start to their learning? They often miss out on key messages and education. It disrupts the education of the rest of the class.


Do you know that children should be in the playground at 8.45 a.m. ready to go into school at 8.50 a.m. promptly?


Being late to school has a significant impact on the amount of learning time lost over a school year.

The table gives you an indication of how much time is lost if regularly late.



How we can help you:


  1. Mrs J Shaw, our Family Support Worker, is available to discuss and support you and your child with any attendance and punctuality issues. We have a wider team with a variety of skills who can also offer support.
  2. Children can come to Breakfast Club 8.00 a.m.  - 8.45 a.m. for £4.50. We offer a wide choice of food and an opportunity to socialise and  play  with other children.
  3. We will send you a record of your child’s attendance and punctuality in June each year. We can send information more regularly if requested.
  4. We have many staff who are First Aid trained. We have a special area where children can sit if they feel unwell. Staff will continue to contact you if your child feels too ill to be in school. If you are in doubt, please send your child to school and we will contact you if necessary.