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The School Day

A typical day at our school.

We hope that all Albourne parents and their children will feel confident about joining our friendly school. In order to help this process it is useful for parents to know our school routines and timings.

Below are the basic timings for a typical day at Albourne Church of England Primary School.

Two girls in classroom smiling

Breakfast Club

Our breakfast club is available every morning from 7.45am for pupils of all ages.

Find out more on our Wrap Around Care page.

Boy painting

Start of the school day

The school gate opens each morning at 8.45am and pupils are welcomed into school between 8.45am and 8.55am.


The Headteacher or another member of staff is always outside to make sure all pupils enter the school safely and to take any messages. The school office staff are also available at this time.


Pupils should bring their book bags to school daily. They will be given an Albourne Reading Record book in the first few weeks of school. Pupils also need a water bottle and, when the weather is hot, a sunhat is useful.

Children in classroom with their work books

Break times

Break times begin at 10.30am every day.

When they first start school, pupils in Reception class play in their own outdoor area throughout the day. They join the older children for break times later in the year.


Lunchtimes begin at 12.00 noon for Reception class and 12.15pm for all other classes.


Hot schools meals are served by our Chartwells staff in the school hall. All children in Key Stage 1 (Reception to Year 2) can have their hot school meal for free. All pupils can bring a packed lunch if they prefer.


Once pupils have finished their lunch they may go outdoors to play until 1.15pm. We always have plenty of staff to ensure the pupils play safely and are supervised. Our responsible older pupils also enjoy looking after the younger children at lunchtimes and around school.

We employ a Sports Leader at lunchtimes to facilitate different opportunities for pupils to play different sports.

Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) Primary Programme

We have adopted the Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) Primary Programme to enhance pupils’ break times. Pupils can take part in active pursuits and have access to a range of traditional and modern equipment. Activities include dressing up, a mud kitchen, water play, hula-hooping, dancing, den-building, tree climbing and riding scooters. We have found this OPAL programme has a positive effect on pupils’ well-being in addition to their performance in lessons. 

Boys in playground smiling

End of the school day

The school day ends at 3.25pm. The side gate is opened at 3.20pm to allow parents and carers to wait outside the classroom doors in order to meet their children.


In Key Stage 1, teachers will ensure that a child's parents can be seen before the child leaves the classroom. All of our children are taught that if they can't see 'their' adult then they should go to the school office and wait safely until someone comes to collect them.

Two girls with arms around each other walking into school

Further questions

Please ask at the office if you have any concerns or would like to know more about how our school works, we are always ready to answer queries, no matter however small. If you have a question about something in class, a message can be passed onto the class teacher, or an appointment made at the end of a school day (please note the start of the school day is a busy time for teachers whilst they welcome children into the classroom).

You can contact the school office at


For all letters, information and forms for parents, please visit our Downloads page.

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