School Day

The Start and End of the School Day

The school gates open at 8.45am with lessons starting at 8.55am. Parents are allowed into the playground but children are expected to go straight to their classes for early morning activities.

For the first three weeks only, children in Year 1 (Hedgehogs and  Badgers) will line up in the garden playground, with their parents, to allow them time to get used to going up to their classroom on their own.

The school day finishes at 3.15pm.

At the start and end of the school day, in order to minimise congestion, pupils and parents should use the following gates:



At Shaftesbury Park Primary School, we hold the following different types of assembly:

Singing Assemblies A weekly chance for the children to learn and sing a wide range of songs from many different musical genre and backgrounds.
Praise Assembly An important weekly occasion to recognise the children’s efforts and achievements in their day to day learning and behaviour.
Sharing Assemblies A fantastic opportunity for the children to share their learning, helping them to develop confidence in public speaking and presentation.
Teacher’s Assembly Important assemblies where we reflect on important values and themes, current events and other important subjects.

In addition to these, we also hold special Raising Aspirations assemblies throughout the school year when we welcome guest speakers from a wide range of different fields from doctors and lawyers to sportsmen and women to journalists and entrepreneurs who come to speak to the children about their chosen careers, their journey to where they are now and the lessons they have learned along the way, answering any questions the children may have.

Playtimes and Lunchtimes

In order that everyone has ample space to socialise and play, all playtimes and lunchtimes at Shaftesbury Park are staggered as follows:

Foundation Stage Key Stage 1 Lower Key Stage 2 Upper Key Stage 2

Morning Playtime

Free flow play with outdoor activities 10.15 – 10.30 10.30 – 10.45

10.45 – 11.00


11.15 – 12.15 12.00 – 1.00 12.30 – 1.30

12.45 – 1.45

Afternoon Playtime Free flow play with outdoor activities Bilingual Stream: 2.15 – 2.30

Enterprise Stream: 2.30 – 2.45




To read all about our curriculum and lessons, please see the relevant pages under the ‘Our Learning’ tab.