Bellefield CofE Primary & Nursery School

School day

Governors of all schools set the timings of the school day, using recommendations from the Local Authority, advice from the Headteacher and decisions made after consultation with parents at annual meetings.

Morning Session:                        8.50am to 12 noon (12.10pm for KS2)

                                                   including a 15 minute break


Afternoon session:                      1pm to 3.10pm including a 15 minute break

                                                   (Break for FS/KS1 only)

Children may arrive at school from shortly after 8.40am when they must be supervised by parents or carers.   We have a 'soft start' where classroom doors will open at 8.45 and the children can come straight into class. 

Registers are closed at 9.00am.  Late arrivals need to be signed in via the school office.  For reasons of health and safety all late arrivals and early departures need an entry made in the pupil absences book in reception explaining the reason for absence and the time of arrival/departure. 


School day change after Easter from 17th April 2023

In a recent white paper, the government set out the number of hours that schools must be open (32.5 hours).  We fall short of this by 10 minutes a day.  From the summer term (17th April) our school day will change to the following:

8.45am will be the new start of the school day.  The gates will open just before 8.40am and classroom doors will open at 8.40am for our soft start.  All children must be in school by 8.45am for the start of school.  School gates will close at 8.55am.

3.15pm will be the new end of the school day.  Gates will open at 3.05pm and children will begin to come out of classes at 3.15pm.


All children have a break mid morning and foundation stage and key stage 1 have an afternoon break.

Lunchtime is between 11.55pm and  1pm for FS/KS1 and 12.10 to 1pm for KS2.  Children can either have school dinners or bring packed lunches from home.  Children eat in the school hall but during warmer weather, they are allowed to eat outside. 

The school day ends at 3.10pm. 

Collective worship takes place every day. We meet as a whole school 4 days a week during the morning. We also hold a celebration assembly each Friday afternoon. During our collective worship, we discuss our 5 key values and enjoy singing.

The school year

We are a voluntary controlled Church of England school.  The Local Authority sets the term and holiday dates.  The school year consists of 190 days; there must be a break in the middle of the day which results in 380 school sessions.  Teachers are required to be available on a further 5 days. Please see the Term Dates section for details.