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The School Day

Coming to school

The school bell

  1. Children should arrive at school between 8.45 a.m. and 8.55 a.m. They should not arrive beforehand as the school cannot accept responsibility for their care on site before 8.45 a.m.
  2. Entrance doors will be opened at 8.45 a.m. and children should go to their classrooms. The Class teacher provides activities until registration at 8.55a.m.
  3. Children may cycle to school. Cycling proficiency courses are arranged annually for the Year 5 pupils. In the interests of safety all cyclists should dismount and walk up the school drive. Bicycles can be stored in the shelter at the front of the school.

Please inform the school office if, for any reason, your child is not coming to school. In the interests of safety, the secretary will ring to check on absence if we do not receive information. A written explanation is also required when your child returns; a pro-forma is available in the office for your convenience. Absences cannot be authorised without a written explanation. The school is obliged to record the number of authorised and unauthorised absences each year. Absences are authorised according to criteria following a written explanation. Holidays are not authorised during term time.

Normally it will be assumed that a child who is fit enough to come to school is fit enough to play outside during break and at lunchtime. In exceptional cases, e.g. asthma or physical injury, arrangements will be made for a child to be supervised inside during playtime. Please apply to the child’s teacher for permission in these circumstances.





10.30-10.45 a.m.



10.45-11.00 a.m.



12 - 1pm



2.30-2.45 p.m.

A teacher and assistant supervises the children in the playground during breaks.

On wet days class teachers remain in the class room to supervise the children.

Water and fruit are supplied to the FS/KS1 classes at morning break as part of the National Fruit Scheme. Children in KS2 are encouraged to bring a piece of fruit for a snack at morning break.



Meals are cooked on the premises by staff employed by Cambridge Catering Services and a choice of 3 main courses (including a vegetarian option) and 3 sweets is offered daily.

Menus are on a three week rolling cycle for the year. These are sent to parents at the beginning of the school year so that parents and children can make choices together. For more information please click on this link:   cambridgeshire school meals

 Children may choose weekly whether to eat a school meal or bring a packed lunch. School dinners should be paid for in advance.

Payment can be made on line by registering with  using direct bank credit, debit and credit cards. Payment  by cheque is possible. Cheques should be made payable to Shelford School. The cost of a meal is £2.25 for Infants and Juniors.

Free lunches

Free school meals are available on application to the Local Authority. Forms may be obtained from the school office or from the Local Authority. Use this link for more information:  Free school meals information and application

Packed lunches

Children may bring packed lunches. In the interests of healthy eating please do not include chocolate bars, sweets or fizzy drinks in your child’s lunch. Water is available at every meal or children may bring fruit juices. Shelford School has a Nut Free Policy (see Policies), please do not include any food items which may contain nuts, we have several children with a nut intolerance.

Responsibility for the children ultimately rests with the Headteacher at lunchtime as at all other times, and with the Deputy Headteacher in the former's absence. Playtime and dining room supervision are, however, delegated to the Lunchtime Team from 12.00 p.m. to 1 p.m. daily.

Our  Lunchtime Staff Team  know the children well and are proactive in promoting a happy atmosphere.

Playground games and and clubs form part of the active programme of provision at lunchtimes.  Our year 6 monitors oversee various outdoor curriculum activities, including den building; science, art and geography activities and the story telling/drama area, which are all based around the field linked by a new all weather path. Our new meadow area, recently seeded, will soon be accessible to provide further opportunity for investigation and exploration


Going Home from School

Infant classes finish at 5 minute intervals from 3.15 p.m. In the first part of the Autumn term part-time Reception class children are dismissed initially at 12 noon then at 1.15 p.m.

Juniors will be dismissed at 3.30 p.m. Please inform your child’s class teacher if you intend anyone other than yourself to pick up your child. Children in Year 6 may only walk home unaccompanied on receipt of a note to the school explaining this.

School responsibility for the children ends at 3.40 p.m. unless parents have agreed to allow their children to attend a school club. In that case the adult running the club accepts responsibility for its members until 10 minutes after the finishing time of the activity. Contact details must be given to the club organiser before starting. Parents who find themselves late for pick up must inform the club leader so that arrangements can be made for them to stay with your child.

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