School Day

The Start and End of the School Day

In order to minimise congestion and facilitate effective social distancing, the school day starts and ends at different times for different year groups. Pupils enter via one of three different gates as shown below:

For families with more than one child, all children should be dropped off and collected from the same gate at the gate of the earliest allocated time slot. Where drop off times are the same, please drop off your children at the gate of your youngest child.

At this time, we are unfortunately unable to allow parents/carers of children from years 1 to 6 onsite. Parents of anxious children in Nursery and Reception will however be allowed to drop off their children at the classroom door.

At the end of the school day, all children will be brought to their parents/carers waiting at our school 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.