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Useful Information

We always encourage our parents and carers to contact us if they have any worries or concerns about their child’s time in school.  A copy of the Communication Policy can be found on the Policies page. 




Please note, that these times have temporarily changed for the 2020-2021 academic year, due to government guidance.  Parents and carers should refer to their weekly newsletters for information about their child/children's year group bubbles. 


8am - 8.35am Breakfast Club (see Breakfast and After-School Clubs' page)
8.35am Doors open
8.45am Door close (start of the school day)
10.10am - 10.30am Morning play for Reception to Y5
10.30 - 10.50am Morning play for Y6
11.30am - 12.30am Lunch for Reception and Y1
12pm - 12.30pm Lunch for Y2 to Y6
2.55pm End of school day for Reception
3pm End of school day for KS1 (Y1 and Y2)
3.10pm End of school day for KS2 (Y3 to Y6)


The children have their own dedicated entrances. 



Children under 5 years of age have free milk each day at school. Children who are eligible for income based free school meals, are also entitled to receive a carton of milk each day at school.

If your child is over 5 years of age and is not entitled to income based free school meals and you would like them to receive milk, you will need to make payment, through sQuid, before the end of each term. You will be notified by our weekly newsletter when milk is available to pay for the following term.



Pupils are welcome to bring their own water bottles into school so that they can have access to water throughout the day.  Water is the only drink permitted in classrooms.  



Sickness/Tummy Bug: If your child has suffered a sickness or tummy bug, they should be clear of the symptoms for 48 hours before returning to school.

If your child has an illness and you are unsure of whether they can attend school, please call the office to discuss this with a member of staff.

Prescribed Medication: Members of the office team are able to administer prescribed medication. Medication must be provided in the original container, with the prescription label intact. Please bring the medication to the school office and complete a consent form. We are unable to administer medication without a consent form being completed. An adult must drop off and collect the medication from the office.



As a school, we communicate with parents/carers in a variety of ways:

Text and Email Messages: We use sQuid to send email and text messages to parents/carers. It is essential we have your current telephone numbers and email address. Parents/carers cannot reply to these messages.

Push Notifications: We use our school's app to send push notifications as and when necessary. 

Weekly Newsletter: We use sQuid to email our weekly newsletter to parents/carers, every Friday. Email messages can be sent to two email addresses, who need to be the first and second contact for your child. Email messages will also be sent to the sQuid registered user.

Letters: If a letter has a reply slip, they will always be printed and sent home with your child. Letters can also be found in the News & Events section of our website.


Parents/carers are asked to register their sQuid account when their child joins Athelstan. A letter is given with a unique code. sQuid is also used to take payments for school meals, milk, breakfast club and visits.

Please speak to a member of the office team if you have any further queries, or if you require any other information.




Following the Freedom of Information Act, all school documents are available on request from the school office.




We are always aware that in the education sector, so many different and confusing acronyms are used, which are often quite difficult to decode.  Have a look at our EDUCATION SPEAK AND JARGON BUSTER to find out what everything means.