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Lakenham Primary and Nursery School




School Day

Before School and After School Care

Before School Care begins at 7.30am and finishes at 8.45am. After School Care begins at 3.30pm and finishes at 6:00pm. We also have a variety of clubs which run after school and finish at 4:30pm. There is a small charge if you wish your child to attend. If your child is eligible for Pupil Premium funding, then the cost may be subsidised.

The School Day

The school day begins at 8.50 a.m. and finishes at 3.15 or 3.30 p.m. The school gates will open at 8.45am for a smooth transition into school. However we would ask that parents and children are not too early at school because this makes a very long day for the children. This is especially important in winter where it is much warmer at home, than waiting for gates to open at school.

During COVID19 changes to the school day have been day for a smooth transition in and out of the school area.

EYFS 9.00 - 3.15 - entrance via main gates using one way system, via the Foundation stage garden

Nursery 8.45 - 11.45 & 12.30-3.30 - entrance via main gates using one way system, via the Foundation stage garden

Year 2 and 3 8.45 to 3.15 - entrance is the left gate

Year 1, 4,5 and 6 8.45 to 3.30 - entrance via main gates using one way system


During the morning the teacher will decide when the class needs a break to ensure the maximum level of focus for learning. This might mean that children have more than one break some mornings if this means that the best conditions for learning can be made. Children in Reception and Year 1 only break if necessary, so they can continue developing their ideas and the learning through play. It can take up to 45 mintues for children to have deep learning happening and if they were to pack up just as this was happening, learning opportunities would be lost. This is something we try to avoid.


Assembly takes place in the afternoon.

During COVID19 restrictions, assemblies are being held virtually.

End of the day

The school finishes at 3.30pm. The front gates will open for parents at about 3.15pm which allows parents to have a quick chat after school. When the children have been collected after school, we ask that parents leave the site as soon as possible and not have their children playing on any equipment. Your children are your responsibility after school and we would not want any accidents because parents are having a chat and not looking after their own children. The school gates will be locked at 3.45pm. This allows the staff to know that the school is then a safe site, that all children (unless they are in a club) have gone home and keeps the children who remain in clubs safe at school.

COVID19 restrictions, mean that we have asked for only one parent to come to site per family and to wear a mask. Where possible to be a very quick pick and go system. The timings are at the top of this page.