The School Day

School Start & Finish

Morning - Drop off for all year groups is at the playground gate or Drop & Go area as usual. The school gates will open at 8.45am and close at 8.50am.  Staff will be on the school gate to greet children every morning.  Please note parents on not permitted on the playground during the morning drop off.  Staff will escort children from the gate.

The school day will start at 8.50am and children arriving after this time will be marked as late. 

Afternoon - The school gate will open at 3.15pm and close at 3.20pm.  Parents/carers should wait on the playground and once collected children and parents/carers will leave through the front of school or back through the playground gate if it is not too busy. 

Please note all children must be collected on the playground and not at the office. 

Dogs are not allowed on the school grounds.  If you have your dog with you, please ask Mr Ayres to radio through for your child to meet you outside the gate.

Reception children will be collected via the side gate.  This is near the hall emergency exit.


if your child is ill, please inform the office as soon as possible.  We need to know why your child isn't in school so we can use the correct code in the register.


We have our whole school celebration assembly on a Monday afternoon where we celebrate weekly achievements.  We love celebrating achievements out of school too so your child can bring trophies and medals in on a Monday.

We also have assemblies on a Tuesday and Friday afternoon.  During these assemblies we focus on British Values and have time to reflect on key issues.  All classes have reflection and collective worship time too.  Each month we focus on a value.

Lunchtime and Breaks

Lunch times and break times use all playgrounds to provide children with lots of space to play.
There is a morning break for all classes and then a break session during lunchtime too.  We do not have an afternoon break. 

Lunches are eaten in the hall for all classes.  We have two sittings.  The first sitting at 12.00pm is for Reception, Year 1, Year 5 and Year 6.  This gives our older children time to support their buddy. The second sitting is at 12.35.  This is for Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4.


Learning starts as soon as children arrive at school.  All classes complete morning activities to consolidate and support learning.

Most classes cover English, reading/phonics, maths, spelling and handwriting every morning.  Teachers work hard to ensure learning is fun and all children achieve success in their lessons.  It is important that your child arrives on time so they do not miss any learning.

Gorsewood Primary School

Gorsewood Road, Murdishaw, Runcorn, WA7 6ES