The school day for children in Reception through to Year-6 starts at 8.50am and finishes at 3.15pm. Parents should ensure that children are dropped off and collected from school promptly at the beginning and end of the school day.
Morning Nursery is 8.45am-11.45am and afternoon nursery is 12.30pm-3.30pm.
Children joining our Reception Classes will attend full time in the Autumn Term. However, for the first half term parents may choose to take their child home at the end of the morning session, at 12 noon. In order to offer flexibility, parents may begin the term collecting their child at 12 noon and with one week’s written notice change arrangements with their child staying for the full school day. After half term it will be expected that all children remain for the whole school day.
Key Stage 1
The Key Stage 1 day follows the following timetable:
12.15pm Lunch Break
3.15pm End of the School Day
At 3.15pm the Key Stage 1 teachers take their classes to the door to meet their parents. It is important that teachers can see parents to ensure the children are met by the appropriate adult. Please stand back from the doors to aid teachers’ line of sight and enable the children to get through.
Key Stage 2
The Key Stage 2 day follows the following timetable:
12.45pm Lunch Break
3.15pm End of the School Day
The Junior teachers lead their classes out into the playground to be met at the end of the day. Please wait away from the pathways; for example under the pergola or near the swimming pool. We ask parents not to go into school to meet their children as the exits can become very crowded.
Assemblies and Collective Worship
One of the ways in which we reaffirm ourselves as part of Archdeacon Cambridge’s School community is through meeting together for assemblies and Collective Worship. We provide a daily act of Collective Worship linked to the Anglican faith. It is our aim to provide pupils with a variety of Christian learning experiences combined with spiritual and reflective opportunities. The Collective Worship at our school in its various forms will help to develop the spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding of our pupils. The theme each week is linked to either the New or Old Testament and is supported by the weekly visit from the Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Rev Tim Garrett.
We aim to:
- provide the opportunity for pupils to worship God
- consider spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues
- explore personally held beliefs
- encourage participation and response (active and/or passive)
- develop a community spirit including an awareness of the importance of British Values
- promote a common ethos and shared values
- reinforce positive attitudes
- provide worship opportunities which are both collective and educational
- celebrate the development of talents and personal successes
Our assemblies also provide a rich opportunity to consider personal and social and emotional elements on a whole school basis and through doing so support our expectations of behaviour. Together we celebrate achievements in aspects of school life but also the things the children achieve in their life outside the school.
Lunch at School
Children can have school meals or bring a packed lunch in a named lunch box.
Packed lunches should support healthy eating and contain a minimum of a sandwich (or equivalent), a piece of fruit and a drink.
School Meals are provided by Pride Catering Partnership Limited and are cooked on site from fresh ingredients each day. Please see a link to a sample menu for school meals.
We believe that behaviour is a choice and our pupils are expected to think about the behaviour choices they make. All children at our school know we keep the Golden Rules and that to do so is rewarded by verbal praise, a Golden Ticket or where appropriate written praise. Staff take every opportunity to praise children for their good behaviour and in so doing encourage and reinforce that behaviour. Children who break the Golden Rules are given a warning, a chance to change their behaviour and an opportunity to show they are a responsible member of our school community. If children continue to break the Golden Rules then sanctions are applied.
Actions which constitute bullying are clearly defined in our Behaviour Policy and never tolerated at our school. We set very high standards for children’s conduct at all times and in all parts of the school. Acts of Collective Worship include Bible stories which illustrate and reinforce the difference between right and wrong, children are frequently asked to think about and discuss the stories and encouraged to identify what is right or when someone has made a wrong choice. RE lessons also offer an opportunity for children to think about how each individual’s actions impact on others. Many of the texts the children read as a class also offer opportunities to consider the moral dilemmas characters face. Our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Curriculum supports children’s growing understanding of their rights and responsibilities.
Children are taught to tell an adult if another child has been unkind or broken the Golden Rules in some other way. Whichever adult the pupil speaks to will deal with the situation or refer it to the child’s class teacher. Should a problem occur between two children at school which parents are concerned about, we ask that they refer this problem to their child’s Class Teacher. We strongly advise parents not to approach other children or their parents as this usually leads to the problem escalating. More serious difficulties should be reported to the Headteacher or, in her absence, the Deputy Headteacher. All difficulties reported to the Headteacher will be fully investigated and parents informed of the outcome of that investigation.