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The School Day

Covid-19 Amendment 

The following amendment came into effect from 1st September 2020, until further notice: 

The school operates staggered starting and finishing  times to the school day during the Covid-19 outbreak.  The revised start and finish  times for classes are listed below:


Class/Year Group/Bubble

Start time

Finish time

Reception and Year 1

8.45 am

3.00 pm

Year 2 and Year 3

8.55 am

3.10 pm

Year 4 and Year 5

9.10 am

3.20 pm

Year 6

9.20 am

3.30 pm


The school day also operates on a staggered timetables with each class (bubble) having set times for breaks, toilet and cleaning sessions, and lunchtimes. 

Start of school

Doors open at 0850 and registration begins at 0900. The register closes at 0905. It is important, as learning begins immediately, that your child arrives at school promptly. Any pupil arriving after 0905 will be entered into the register as late.


The school's breakfast club, 'Rise and Shine' opens its doors at 0800 and serves breakfast until 0830. At 0850, these children make their way into class. Doors close at 0900 and all children arriving after this time, must report to the school office.


Foundation Stage children enter school via the Reception class garden gate and are greeted by a member of staff. Key Stage One and Key Stage Two enter school via the Infant and Junior doors on the main playground. Children, unless accessing our breakfast club, should not be on school premises before 0840.

The School Day

Here are the key times for the school day at Lower Darwen Primary School.


Assembly 0910
Lessons begin 0930
Morning playtime
Reception 1015-1030
Key Stage One 1030-1045
Lower Key Stage Two (Year 3 & 4) 1045-1100
Upper Key Stage Two (Year 5 & 6) 1100-1125
Reception 1130-1245
Year 1 1135-1245
Year 2 1140-1245
Lower Key Stage Two 1220-1330
Upper Key Stage Two 1235-1330
Afternoon playtime
Reception 1440-1500
Key Stage One 1345-1415
No afternoon playtime in Key Stage Two
School finishes
Reception and Key Stage One 1525
Key Stage Two 1530


End of Day Procedures

School ends for Infant children at 1525 and for Junior children at 1530. Children will leave the building in an orderly manner. Reception and Y1 children will only be released to an authorised adult. If any Year 2 to Year 6 child who is normally collected by parents finds that they are not there to collect them, the child is to return into school to await the arrival of that person. 


Hearing Impaired pupils will be escorted by staff to their transport and handed over to their travel escort.


Pupils registered for Happy Days

All children are escorted to the club by Happy Days staff for after school club registration. Staff check Happy Days register on their classroom door and ensure children are informed that they await collection. Happy Days opens at 1525 and closes at 1800.


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