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Penshurst Primary School

Our School Day

Our School Day

The school day starts at 8.40am and finishes at 3.10pm. Gates open from 8.40am. Registration is from 8.50am to 9.00am. Interventions, Circle and Target Time all take place from 9.00am - 9.15am.

Morning playtimes

Children in Years 1 to 6 have a break in the morning, where there is an option for them to visit our healthy school tuck shop.


  • Children in Reception have lunch at 11.45am

  • Year 1 to Year 6 children begin their lunch break at 12.00 noon. Lunchtimes for all ends at 1.00pm.

Afternoon playtimes

  • Younger children have an afternoon playtime.

Drop-off and collection

At the beginning and end of the school day, parents are encouraged into the playground. This helps to build up a close relationship between home and school – we want to have good links with all parents. If normal arrangements have to be altered (e.g. you are delayed or another person is collecting your child) please let us know. This avoids any confusion or upset. For those parents who wish the children at KS2 to walk home by themselves, a written permission is required. 

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 wisely causing as little disturbance as possible to Winthorpe Road and Penshurst Avenue residents.