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General Info

School Day


Nursery Mornings, Monday - Friday (08.30 am - 11.30 am)
Reception - Year 6 - 8:45 am- 3:15 pm


Lunch times - 12 - 1pm for all pupils


We begin school promptly at 8.45 am and would ask you to make sure your child is on time, as the start of the day sets the scene for the children and they will miss important learning if they are late.

Children should be accompanied to school by an adult who should stay with the child until the teacher collects the class from the playground at 8.45 am.

If your child is late for school, you must report to the School Office so that he/she can be marked present and a dinner ordered if necessary.   Children arriving after 8.55am will be marked as late.

At the end of the school day, please ensure you are waiting for your child at 3:15 pm.  Children can become distressed when not collected on time.


School Status

In the unlikely event we have to close for school for unplanned reasons,  such as bad weather, we will attempt to notify parents and carers via Groupcall.  We will also update the  School Status page of the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham website which can be found by clicking on the link below.     


Breakfast Club


There is a breakfast club which starts at 8:00 am for all children. Please note children who arrive after 8:15 am will not be allowed into breakfast club  
There is a charge of £1 each day for supervision plus the cost of their breakfast.


How to pay for school dinners- PARENT PAY

You can use ParentPay for cashless dinner money. ParentPay is the schools online payment system that lets you make secure online payments by a credit or debit card. However, families that prefer to pay in cash can use an Activation letter- you can get this from the school office for cashless dinner money payments. These PayPoint payments are automatically credited to the child’s dinner money account so there is no manual intervention necessary.  Ask the school office for further information or click on the following link -


The documents below provide useful information on various aspects that you may like to find out about.