The school day at St Nick’s starts at 8.45am and finishes at 3.15pm. Below is a list of the various key times in our school day. The total time this amounts to in a typical week is 32.5 hours.


What happens

8.45am Doors open – children come into class and engage in quiet reading or a set ‘start of day’ activity.
8.55am Registration
10.30am – 10.50am Morning break
11.45am Lunch starts for Foundation Stage
12.00pm Lunch starts for KS1
12.20pm Lunch starts for KS2
1.10pm Afternoon register
3.15pm School ends


Start of the School Day

At 8.45am, parents are very welcome to come in, read with their child, look at their work, or just look at the displays. Teachers are available in their classrooms in the few minutes before registration and, although they will be happy to talk to you, it is best not to have extended discussions at this time. Instead, this is a good time to make an appointment to see your child’s teacher either later in the day or later in the week if something is troubling you or your child.


Arriving on Time

It is important that children arrive on time. Pupils are often quite upset to arrive late and find that they have missed the start of the day. If your child arrives late in the morning, please come to Reception and tell the office staff. They will book you in and ask you if you need a school dinner. If you know your child has a morning appointment, but will be back in school for lunchtime, please let the class teacher know the day before.


Mid-Morning Break

Weather permitting, children usually play outdoors during breaktime.

Children may bring fruit or vegetable sticks to eat during the mid-morning break. Foundation Stage and KS1 children are provided with a piece of fruit every day. This is eaten in the classroom before or after playtime.



There are three options for lunch:

  • children may bring a packed lunch
  • children may have a hot school dinner, cooked on the premises and served in the hall
  • children may go home.

Payment for school dinners should be made in advance, either half-termly, or weekly by paying each Monday.


End of the School Day

The school day ends at 3.15pm and parents are encouraged to wait for their children at the exit nearest to their classroom. Children are taken to wait by the office if their parents have not arrived to collect them by 3.25pm. If you have arranged for someone else to pick up your child, please let the school know and ensure that the other person is clear about your arrangements. The school cannot ask other parents to take your child home.



The main school gate is locked between 8.35 and 9.15am, and 3.00 and 3.30pm; cars and lorries are not allowed to drive into school between these times. If you come to school by car, please park considerately in the neighbouring roads and observe the parking restrictions. Police Community Support Officers sometimes patrol the area and issue tickets to drivers who park on the yellow lines near the school gates.



The school has a bicycle shed for bicycles and scooters. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that their bicycle or scooter is securely locked to the racks. The main door to the shed is locked during the day. If you need access during the day, please call at the main office. Bicycles must not be ridden on school premises.



It is very important for children to drink water regularly. They are encouraged to bring a sports bottle of water (no fizzy drinks) to school so that they can drink freely throughout the day. There are also water fountains in the playgrounds.