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 8.50am. A child arriving after 8.50am will be recorded on the register as ‘Late’.


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

Break and Lunch

Upper school and lower school have seperate break and lunchtimes.


The whole school has a daily assembly. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are for all school assemblies, with a singing assembly held on a Wednesday. Thursday is a chance for year groups to hold their own, smaller assemblies. On Friday, the whole school meet for a celebration assembly.

Alton_Park_Junior_School_Essex_1198Morning Playtime

Year 3 & 4: 10am-10:15am

Year 5 & 6: 11am-11:15am


Years 3 and 4: 12noon-12:45pm

Years 5 and 6: 12:45pm-1:30pm

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 class teacher.  If normal arrangements have to be altered (e.g. 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.