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St Paul's Catholic Primary School

A Voluntary Academy

Aspire not to have more but to be more – St Oscar Romero

The School Day



Start and finish times:


8.45am - 3.15pm


Children will enter and leave the school from the same doorway. Children may enter school from 8.35am where they will be supervised by the class teacher. During this time they will be expected to read.


It is important that the children learn to be punctual from an early age and it is absolutely essential that each child is in class at the beginning of the school day.  Parents are therefore asked to ensure that children arrive at school on time.  Parents of children arriving late, will be expected to sign the late register at the main school reception.


Wednesday mornings begin in the school hall with the 'Wednesday Word' assembly. During this time the children take place in whole school Collective Worship and parents/carers are welcome to attend. In order to promote a prayerful atmosphere we ask that you respect this time as a quiet, peaceful and reflective gathering.


Class assemblies are held throughout the year and you will be informed when your child's class is presenting the assembly.


Celebration assemblies take place at least twice each half term, alternating between Monday and Friday mornings. 


If your child is going to be given a special recognition award in one of these assemblies, your child's teacher will contact you well in advance of the assembly (to maintain the element of surprise for your child). 


If you child is to receive a special acknowledgement for displaying Character Strengths, a slip will be sent home informing you. 


If, for any reason, you are unable to attend but would be able to attend at a  subsequent assembly, please let us know.


We are always pleased to welcome parents and family members to all school events.


There are many other occasions when you will be invited into school to join us to celebrate an occasion, e.g. Mother's Day (for mums and grandmas), Father's Day (for dads and grandads), music and singing concerts, plays and performances etc.  Prior notice will be given via the weekly newsletter.


We look forward to you joining us.



On Thumbs Up Thursdays, parents/carers are invited to enter the classroom with their child from 8.25am and sit with them to look through their books in order to celebrate the work they have been doing in class (to give them a 'thumbs up!').

IMPORTANT - All parents must leave the school by 8.45am in time for the school day to begin.

Note: Thumbs Up Thursday takes place each week.