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The School Day

Dates and Times

Time of Day

Foundation Stage / Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

Morning 9.05am

9.15 - 11.45 a.m.

9.15 - 12.30 p.m.


12.25 - 3.00 p.m.

1.10 - 3.00 p.m.

Although the school day does not formally begin until 9.15 a.m., the children should arrive in school between 9.05 a.m. and 9.15 a.m, and then go straight to classrooms. The school office is open from 8.30 a.m- 4.30 p.m. After 4.30pm please leave a message on the answering service. Please ring if you have any queries or questions.

It is the responsibility of the parent / carer to contact the school on the first morning of the child’s absence. This can be done by leaving a message on the answer phone or phoning when the school office opens at 8.00am. In any case a parent/ carer should contact prior to 9.30am. If this contact is not made Riverside School will contact the parent/carer by telephone or, if the parent is unobtainable, send a text message or write a letter requesting information.

The Head teacher will only consider authorising an absence during term time where an application has been made in advance and where she is satisfied that there are exceptional or special circumstances to justify the request. The DfE (2013) now state that leave of absence requests for holidays should not be granted.

It is acknowledged that due to individual needs of pupils at Riverside School, the Head teacher may apply special consideration to requests for compassionate leave or where a parent/carer can demonstrate external funding has been awarded to a family for a holiday.

The school runs an ‘Early Bird’ Club for children who need to arrive in school early - from 8.35am



4th January 2018

Professional Day - Children not in school

5th January 2018

Professional Day - Children not in school

8th January 2018

Children return to School

5th- 8th February 2018

Chinese New Year and Arts Week

8th February 2018, 3.00pm

Children finishes for Half-term Holidays

9th February 2018

Professional Day - Children not in school

19th February 2018

School returns after Half-term Holidays

29th March 2018, 12.45pm

School finishes for Easter Holidays

16th April 2018

School returns after Easter Holidays

25th May 2018

School finishes for Half-term Holidays

4th June 2018

School returns after Half-term Holidays

23rd July 2018, 3.00pm

School finishes for Summer Holidays

School Calendar

Hampshire School Year Dates 2017-2018

Hampshire School Year Dates 2018-2019