Chidham Parochial Primary School

“Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15 verse 12

The School Day


Our school day starts at 8.45am   (The children are allowed into school as of 8.30am when the school gates open. Children are not supervised if on the playground before this time)

Our School day ends at 3.15pm  (The main school gates are opened as of 3pm to allow parents and carers to assemble and wait on the playground for their children)


The School Day:

8.30am children allowed into school

8.45am the school day begins; registration is taken (If you arrive after 8.45am, when the school gates are closed you will need to buzz the office to be let in. Your child will come into school via office ie the main door)

9am school worship

10.05 -11am  Playtimes: The school is divided into 3 groups for morning play. Each group has 15 minutes to be active outside. We have found having the children out in groups to play enabled them to have more space to play in and has encouraged more children in KS2 to be playground activity leaders and lead playtime games once a week. Fruit is provided free for all children in KS1 and children in KS2 are encouraged to bring a fruit snack in to eat during their morning break.

11.50am – 1pm Lunch time. We have a staggered lunchtime with 3 lunchtime sittings, each lasting for 50 mins ie 11.50am eat then play until12.40pm,  12.10pm to eat then playtime until 1pm, and playing at 12.10pm and then eating finishing lunchtime at 1pm. All children in Key Stage 1 are entitled to free hot school meals provided by Chartwells. The children say Grace in their classes before their lunchtime begins: “For food, fun and friends, we thank you Lord, Amen”

3.15pm  The school day ends. Each class end the day with a prayer before being brought out to meet parents and carers on the playground or if in YR and Y1 the children are dispersed from their classroom “back doors”.


Drop-off and collection

If normal arrangements have to be altered (eg you are delayed or another person is collecting your child), please let us know. 


Getting to school

To get to and from school, walking is definitely the best option! There are lots of benefits: it’s healthier than travelling by car, it improves the safety of pedestrians and road-users, and it respects nearby residents and parking regulations. Alternatively, we have bike-racks. If you do need to travel by car, please park considerately.