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Our school day

At Selwyn, we are committed to raising standards in achievement, attendance and punctuality. The school gates open at 08:45 and close promptly at 08:55. Lessons start at 08:55 when the registers close. Every week the class with the best attendance in each key stage wins the attendance competition and 10 minutes extra playtime.

  • Children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 should be accompanied to their classroom door by an adult. 
  • Children in Years 3,4,5,6 are encouraged to walk to their classrooms alone to develop their independence.
  • Any children arriving after the gates have closed must be signed into school, by an adult, at the main office.

Timetables, breaks and lunch

All year groups have a set timetable that operates from 08:55 until the end of the day at 15:00. This includes teaching of all areas of the curriculum (see the curriculum page on the website for further details).

  • Breaks and lunch times are staggered to ensure that children are able to play with children in their year group and to provide each group with sufficient space to enjoy the playgrounds. 
  • Children have a 15-minute break mid-morning which take place across all of our outside spaces.
  •  Lunch times run between 11:30 and 13:15 with every year group having at least a 45-minute break for lunch and play (see outline timetable below).

In selecting our school lunch provider, we always work to ensure that every day, each child receives a healthy, balanced meal. There is no charge for school lunches for any child resident in the Borough of Newham.

Further information, including details of the menus we are currently serving, is available on the Newham website, which can be accessed here.  A copy of the menu is also available to download, to the left of this page.

In our nursery, children are registered for either a morning or an afternoon session. These run as follows:

Morning session: 09:00 - 12:00

Afternoon session: 12:00 - 15:00

All day children attend from 09:00 - 15:00 each day

End of the day

  • For all children, the school day ends at 15:00.
  • School gates are opened at 14:55 and parents are asked to line up outside their child’s classroom door.
  • Children in Y5 & Y6 are allowed to leave the school unaccompanied if they have been granted permission by a parent.
  • Children who have not been collected by 15:10 will be taken to the school office, and their parents will be contacted.
  • Any children attending an after school club should be collected from the KS1 hall at 16:15

If your child cannot attend school

At Selwyn, we are committed to raising standards in achievement, attendance and punctuality. Should any child not be able to attend school, a parent or carer is required to contact the school office by 9:00am or inform us of the absence via Parentmail.

The reason for non-attendance needs to be given, as well as likely return date to school.

In the case of any child not in school for registration at 9:00am, his/her parents/carer will be contacted by phone by our school Attendance Officer.

This page was last updated in April 2022.

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