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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. 




8am - 8.35amBreakfast Club (see Breakfast and After-School Clubs' page)
8.35amDoors open
8.45amDoor close (start of the school day)
10.00am - 10.15amMorning play for Reception and KS1
10.10am - 10.30amMorning play for Y3/4
10.30 - 10.50amMorning play for Y5/6

11.45am - 12.45am

Lunch for Reception and KS1
12.15pm - 1.15pmLunch for KS2
3.20pmEnd of school day for all year groups


The children have their own dedicated entrances. 

Total time of the school week is 32.5 hours.



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: Most letters are emailed to parents/carers and reply slip need to be completed by filling in a Google Form.

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.