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For Parents and Carers

Our School Day

Westcliff primary - in and around our school (35)

Morning session 9.00 am -12 noon (children are encouraged to be in school from 8.45)

Morning break 10.15 -10.30am

Afternoon session

KS1 and KS2 1.00 – 3.15 pm Afternoon break 2.00 –2.15 pm (KS1 only)

Start of the day

We like the children to be in the school by 8.45am, giving plenty of time for children to complete their response activities to the previous days lessons.  Please do not send your child to school before 8.40a.m. without prior notice. Children are to come straight to their classroom when they arrive at school.

If your child is late please try to accompany him/her into school or send a note of explanation. Children who arrive after the register has closed, at 9.05am, will be given a late mark.

Lunchtime/school meals

We are fortunate to have our own kitchen in school. Excellent school meals are provided by our cook, Heidi Nixon- and are available for all pupils. Dining takes place in the dining hall.

Vegetarian and special medical diets are catered for. Children who do not have a school meal may either bring a packed lunch or go home for dinner. We strongly encourage children to stay for a school dinner - it is a time when staff and children can be together in a relaxed social situation. Parents are welcome to come and sample a meal with us if they so wish. A sample menu is provided for you to look at.

The current price of a school meal is £2.50 (£12.50 per week). Dinner money should be brought in a named envelope and given to the class teacher weekly.

All children in YR-Y2 get a daily free school meal.

Some children in Key Stage 2 may be eligible for free school meals, details about which are available from the Area Education Office.

At the end of the day

Please meet your child at home time if possible. It is important that we know who is collecting your child from school, so please make sure that he/she and the school know what arrangements have been made if they are different from usual. All children whose parents meet them at school will be expected to wait in the school playground until they see their parent.

The school car-park has, at times, been a cause of concern amongst parents, staff and governors. The car-park is not big enough to cater for large numbers of additional cars turning, so children should not be picked up in the car park. If there is no alternative to bringing your child to and from school by car, please drive very slowly in the roads approaching school and be constantly aware of children moving around in this restricted area.

Parking permits for the leisure centre car park are available from our office – this will entitle you to park for free to drop off and pick up your child. Do not use the school car park, or park on the road outside of school.



Children are expected to attend school regularly, but obviously illness can intervene and absences do occur. The school should be notified of any absence before the start of school on the first day of your child’s illness. We are obliged to contact parents about unexplained absences to satisfy ourselves that no harm has come to children on their way to school. An early phone call will eliminate the need for this.

Temporary absence for part of the day, to visit the doctor or dentist for example, should be supported by a note, phone call or personal contact.  Children cannot take a holiday during term time.

National legislation now requires us to note all unauthorised absences throughout the school year and inform parents of this number, if any, in each child’s end of year report. An unauthorised absence is one which is not supported by a letter or message.

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