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The Winchcombe School


The School Day

Times of the School Day

  • The school day starts with registration at 8.50am - please ensure you child is in class by this time.
  • Gates are open from 8.40am for children to enter the school.
  • All children from year 1 to 6 have a break at 10.40am to 11.00am.
  • Children in Foundation Stage have lunch from 12pm to 1pm, Key Stage 1 & 2 have lunch from 12.15pm - 1.15pm.
  • School finishes for Foundation and KS1 at 3.00pm and at 3.15pm for KS2. Parents and carers collect their children from outside their classrooms.  Children from year 5 and 6 are allowed to walk home by themselves or arrange to meet their parents on the front forecourt, once parents have filled in a permission form (available from the School Office). If your child is being collected by someone else, we would ask that you ALWAYS let the office know.
  • On most days there are various activities after school which families are notified on a termly basis.
  • 'Celebration Assembly' takes place on a Friday from 9.00am to 9.30am. Families of children who are receiving an award, will be invited by text the day before.

Important Information

Absence & Lateness

  • The gates are locked after 8.50 am. If your child arrives after this time, they will need to enter via the School Office to be signed in. Children arriving between this time and 9.05am will receive a "late before registration closes" mark. Arrival after this time will incur a "late after registration closes" mark. which is an unauthorised absence unless we have prior notice.
  • If your child is unwell, please telephone the school office before 9.30am. You may leave a message on the answer phone by dialling Zero.  You will receive a phone call or text message from school on the first day of absence if the school has not heard from you.
  • Please ensure that contact details are kept up to date as it is vital that we can get hold of you in an emergency.
  • Remember, good attendance has a positive effect on your child’s learning.

Keeping In Touch

  • The school operates a text messaging service to contact parents and inform them of activities, assemblies, sudden school closures, club cancellations etc.  Please tell the school office if you do not wish to receive these messages, or if you find that you are not receiving them and would like to.
  • Please ensure that contact details are kept up to date as it is vital that we can get hold of you in an emergency.

Travelling To School

  • If you are travelling by car, an informal one way system is observed by parents, entering Maple Crescent from Shaw Social Club end. Please be considerate to our neighbours and observe the parking restrictions.
  • We operate a "Kiss-and-Drop" system using the staff car park in the mornings - drive clockwise around the car park to drop your child by the Happy Kids entrance. A member of staff will be present at the gate from 8.40 am.
  • Bicycles/scooters may be left at your own risk in the bike pods provided - please ensure they are locked up.
  • Please, no dogs or smoking are allowed on or immediately just outside the school premises.

Food & Drink

  • School dinners are provided in-house- please ask at the School Office for more information.  Your child may choose dinner or a packed lunch on a daily basis and bring the money in either weekly on a Monday or daily (envelopes are available from the School Office). The preferred method is to pay online using SchoolMoney.   Please ask at the school office for a current menu and payment details. There is no credit available, so if you have not paid your child will not receive a meal.
  • From September 2014, all Reception and Key Stage 1 children are entitled to a free school meal.  If your child is in Key stage 2 and you think you may be entitled to free school meals, please contact West Berks Council on 01635 551111 to be added to our list.
  • Key Stage 1 and Foundation children all receive a piece of free fruit every day as part of a government initiative. The only snacks allowed at break time are a piece of fruit.
  • The children are encouraged to bring a water bottle in to school every day and return it home to be washed and refilled (water only).  Drinks bottles are available from the school office at a cost of £1.
  • We are a NUT FREE school, as we have children and staff who are severely allergic to nuts of any type. Please do not send your child in with any product containing nuts.


We are only able to administer any non-prescribed medicines (e.g. painkillers) to pupils on a short term basis under special circumstances.  If your child has an inhaler or epi-pen, please see a member of staff. A medication form must be filled in if your child needs to take  medicine during the school day.