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The Winchcombe School

Improving As One

The School Day

School Office and Main Gates Open 08.30
Classrooms open 08:40
Acorns Nursery open 08:50
Main School gates close and registration 08:50
Late Marks given 08.50-09.05
Unauthorised Late Mark given 09.05-09:20
Absences must be notified by 09:30
Year 1 - Year 6 Break 10:40-10:55
Foundation Stage - Reception Lunch 11:45-12:45
Year 1 Lunch 11.55-13:15
Nursery/Acorns Morning Session Ends 12:00
Nursery/Acorns Afternoon Session Starts 12:00
Year 2 Lunch 12:00-13:15
Year 3 - 6 Lunch 12:15 - 13:15
End of school day - Foundation, Year 1 and 2 15:00
End of school day - Year 3, 4, 5, and 6 15:15

Important Information

Accessing the School

Currently the school has extended operating a one-way system for drop-off and pick-up.

A face covering is no longer required whilst on the school premises but may be used at your discretion

Parents and children waiting for older siblings to finish at the later time of 3.15pm must wait in the designated area in the playground as signposted until the 3.15pm bell rings at which time please proceed to the outside classroom door to wait for your child. 

Foundation Stage

  • Nursery/ Acorns (escorted by one adult per family)

NB: Older children should be dropped off first – follow directions for relevant year group and return to drop off younger children 

ENTER at the gate by the bike sheds (A) and follow signs into the Acorns garden (B) 

EXIT via the gate on the other side of the Acorns garden (D) and across the main forecourt

(If ending a morning session or starting an afternoon session, enter via the main forecourt and wait at Acorns Exit (D) for a member of staff to provide access)
  • Reception/ Saplings & Seedlings (escorted by one adult per family)

NB: Older children can be dropped off at point C to walk to class by themselves, OR drop Reception children first and start the loop again following directions for relevant older year group

ENTER at the gate by the bike sheds (A) and turn left into the Foundation garden (C) before the Willow Tunnel

EXIT  through Foundation stage garden via the gate in Acorns garden (D) and across the main forecourt. NB: You may need to wait to be let through once Acorns exit is clear. Alternatively, please follow the one-way system through the main school playground (follow Years 1,2 &3 access route guidance) from point E exiting the school site by Phoenix Club Gate (F)



Years 1-6

  • Years 1, 2 and 3 (escorted by one adult per family)

ENTER via the gate by the bike sheds (A), go through the Willow Tunnel and through the gate (E) into the school playground

EXIT through the school grounds to the Phoenix Club gate (F) (formerly Happy Kids entrance)


  • Years 4, 5 and 6 Children Only

N.B#1  If waiting to drop off/ collect children, please wait outside the perimeter of the school 
Pick-up of Year 4 children from the classroom is still permitted. Please follow the Years 1,2 &3 access route guidance.

ENTER school via the Phoenix Club gate (G) (formerly Happy Kids entrance)

EXIT through the school grounds to the Phoenix Club gate (F) (formerly Happy Kids entrance)


Late Arrivals

Children arriving to school after 8:50am when the gates are locked, please proceed to the school Main Entrance for them to sign in at the School Office.  



If you are entering the school for meetings, please access the school Main Entrance via the front forecourt. You will be required to sign in on our Visitors screen at the School Office and will agree our Visitors Agreement. 


Attendance, Absence & Lateness


Attendance and arriving on time to learn remains a high priority for us at School. Remember, good attendance and punctuality has a positive effect on your child’s learning.

Our timetable of the day is above for your convenience.

If your child arrives after the gates are locked, 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.

Illness - If your child is unwell, please telephone the school office before 9.30am for each day of absence. You may leave a message on the answer phone by dialling Zero for the Absence line.  You will receive a text message from school on the first day of absence if the school has not heard from you. This may be followed up with a phone call.

  • Please ensure that contact details are kept up to date as it is vital that we can get hold of you in an emergency.

You can read our latest guidance on Attendance here.

Keeping In Touch


The school operates a text messaging and email service on the Teachers2Parents app to contact families and provide information relating to school.  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 your 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 (see map below). Please be considerate to our neighbours and observe the parking restrictions.

  • We have been allowed temporary access to use the carpark at Shaw Social Club for drop-off and pick-up times. Please access this to the left of Winchcombe Place care home and exit behind Dingley’s Promise.

  • Please do not park in the Staff Carpark, up on the pavements or on the zig-zag lines, and be considerate to our neighbours. Lines indicating no waiting during peak times are now in place on Maple Crescent, and are regularly patrolled by traffic enforcement officers.

  • 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. You can view the menu on the School Meals page. Alternatively, please ask at the school office for a current menu and payment details. 

  • The preferred method is to order and pay online using SchoolMoney.

  • If you are unable to access our online system, please contact the School Office in person or by calling 01635 232780. Children will be able to choose a lunch in class or order via the office if not done so at home (the cut-off is midnight the day before).

  • 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 (Year 3 and above) 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. A medication form must be filled in if your child needs to take medicine during the school day which can be obtained from the School office. Alternatively, you can download the relevant form here in Useful Forms under the Parents tab.

NB: If your child has an inhaler or epi-pen, please speak to a member of staff at the school office for the relevant Action Plan Form.