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Chawson First School

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School Opening Hours

Our school begins with a soft start. This means that the school doors are open from 8:30am for children to come into school and are closed at 8:40am. 


All gates onto the playgrounds are locked at 9:00am until 3:00pm.


Preschool is open from 8:30 until 3:00. Morning sessions run from 8:30-11:30am and afternoon sessions from 12:30-3:30pm.


For Reception to Year 4 the school day runs from 8:40am until 3:10pm.


Morning breaks for both Key Stage 1 and 2 are 15 minutes long.


Lunch time for Reception and Key Stage 1 is 1 hour 15 minutes starting at 11:45am and ending at 1:00pm.


Lunch time for Key Stage 2 is 1 hour starting at 12:00pm and ending at 1:00pm


Afternoon breaks for both Key Stage 1 and 2 are 10 minutes.



A typical week in school is 32.5 hours per week for children in the main school.