Our School Day

Alton_Park_Junior_School_Essex_0455The school day starts at 8.40am and finishes at 3.10pm for Year 3 children and 3.15pm for Years 4, 5 and 6. Registration is from 8.40am to 8.55am. A child arriving after 8.55am will receive be recorded on the register as ‘Late’.


There are 3 lessons in the morning and 2 in the afternoon.

Red and Yellow Streams

The school is divided into 2 groups, Red Stream and Yellow Stream, with each group being allocated a time for break, lunch and assembly.


Each stream has a daily assembly. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday are for class or stream assemblies, with a singing assembly for each stream being held on a Wednesday. On Friday, the whole school meet for a celebration assembly.

Monday to Thursday Red Stream Assemblies are between 12.10-12.30pm.
Monday to Thursday Yellow Stream Assemblies are between 12.55 and 1.15pm.
Friday Celebration Assemblies are held between 2.30 and 3.00pm.

Alton_Park_Junior_School_Essex_1198Morning Playtimes

Red Stream: 9.55-10.10am
Yellow Stream: 10.55-11.10am


Red Stream: 12.30-1.15pm
Yellow Stream: 12.10-12.55pm

Afternoon Playtimes

There are no afternoon playtimes.

Drop-off and Collection

At the beginning of the school day, parents are encouraged to leave their child at the school gate leading into the playground. Children then walk safely across the playground and into the school building thereby promoting a little independence. In the afternoons, parents are welcome to come into the playground to wait for children to be released by their classteacher.  If normal arrangements have to be altered (eg you are delayed or another person is collecting your child) please let us know. This will avoid any confusion or upset.

Getting to School

To get to and from school, walking is definitely the best option! There are lots of benefits: It’s healthier than travelling by car, it improves the safety or pedestrians and road-users and it respects nearby residents and parking regulations. If you do need to travel by car, please park wisely, safely and considerately.