Our School Day
Our Usual School Day
Our school day changed in 2022 allowing us to be open for the new minimum 32.5 hours per week.
Our doors open at 8.35am, with the school day starting at 8.50am and finishing at 3:20pm. Registration is from 8.50am to 9.00am.
At 10.20am children from all classes have a 15 minute break. In the afternoon, younger children may have an extra playtime.
Children in Class 1 have their lunch at 11.45am and Class 2 at 11.55am. Class 3 and 4 children begin their break at 12.00 and 12:05pm. Lunchtime ends at 12.55pm for all pupils.
Our percentage of teaching of RE is 12% not including assemblies or worship.
Collective worship takes place every day as whole school and class based. We have a routine of assemblies: Monday RE Theme led by the Headteacher, Tuesday - RE theme continued led by the Deputy-Headteacher, Wednesday Worship through with Hymns and Singing, Thursday is classed based worship and a 'Learning Forum' and finally on Fridays we explore a global theme in the morning and at 3:00pm we hold a whole-school end-of-the-week merit assembly. Details of the assemblies open to parents are in the weekly newsletter. During our weekly 'Merit' assembly certificates for individual children are given out (St Joseph's Jewel, Resilience Award, Catholic Social Teaching Award, Reading Award Friendship Award), as well as trophies for best class attendance and for the winning team point school house.
Drop-off and Collection
At the beginning and end of the school day, parents are encouraged into the playground. This helps to build up a close relationship between home and school. In the mornings teachers are in the classrooms settling children but our Pastoral Lead is on the playground and available to pass on messages if you need a quick word. If normal arrangements have to be altered (e.g. you are delayed or another person is collecting your child), please let us know. With signed parental permission, children from Year 3 onwards may walk either home or to the school gate alone, if you wish.
Getting to School
To get to and from school, walking, cycling or scooting are definitely the best options due to the sometimes restricted parking outside of the school. It is also an excellent form of exercise and is better for the environment. We have bike racks where children are welcome to park their bikes or leave their scooters. If you travel by car, please park wisely, respect our neighbours and for safety reasons please do not stop on the zig zag lines.