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St Philip's Catholic Primary School

The School Day

The school gates open at 8.40am.

The school day begins with ‘Early Bird’ work which is ready for them as they come into class. This then leads into their first lesson. At 9.40 am, the children prepare for Collective Worship – a central feature of everyday life at the school.

Key Stage 1 (Reception, Years 1 and 2)

08.45 – 10.30 Session 1
10.30 – 10.45 Break
10.45 – 12.15 Session 2
12.15 – 13.15 Lunch
13.15 – 14.10 Session 3
14.10 – 14.25 Break
14.25 – 15.15 Session 4

Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)

08.45 – 10.50 Session 1
10.50 – 11.05 Break
11.05 – 12.30 Session 2
12.30 – 13.15 Lunch
13.15 – 15.15 Session 3

Breaks and meals

We encourage our children to pursue a healthy lifestyle, aside from having a duty to inform them about healthy eating and living in the Science curriculum.

We do not allow children to bring sweets to school and children may not eat crisps on the playground

We are a ‘nut free zone’ as we have children who suffer from nut allergies whose safety could be compromised

Children may only eat fruit or vegetables at morning break

Parents are requested not to send in sweets or cake for their child’s birthday

Breaktime snacks

Fruit and vegetables are provided by the school for children in Reception Class and Key Stage 1 to eat at morning break.

Reception children under 5 are also entitled to Free School Milk and parents can pay for this service to continue following their 5th birthday if they wish.

KS2 children may bring in a snack of their choice, as long as it is fruit or vegetables.

Each child is given a water bottle, sponsored by The Friends, when they start at St Philip’s and they are encouraged to bring these into school on a daily basis. Additionally, there are drinking fountains available for children’s use throughout the day.


Parents and children can choose whether they have Hot School Meals or Packed Lunches.

Packed lunches should follow the school’s Healthy Lifestyle guidelines and are eaten in the school hall along with children having Hot school Meals.

Hot School Meals are provided by Chartwells and is prepared on the school premises.  Here is this term's menu  Chartwells Menu 2024

Parents wishing their child to have Hot School Meals need to set up an account with Parent Pay and pre-order meals and if they are in Reception, Class 1 or Class 2 then they will be eligible for free hot school meals. 

Each meal costs: £2.97


Chartwells January Newsletter 2024

Home Time

The school day ends at 3.15pm. Year R children leave via the green gates at the side of the school, Year 6 out the side door (Community Room).  Year 1 and 5 come out the main door and Year 2  will leave via the Pooh Bear Gate. All other children leave via the undercrofts. KS1 children are accompanied from their classrooms and again only released from the care of the teaching staff when a parent or carer has been identified.

Parents of those children attending after-school activities and clubs must ensure they are prompt for the collection time, as notified by the school or activity organiser.