A Typical Day
At Swillington Primary School

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The School Day From September 2023

We kindly ask that pupils will arrive to school at the following times, depending on the initial of their surname-

A-H to arrive from 8.30 Leave from 3.15

I-Z to arrive from 8.40 Leave from 3.15

All pupils will be in school for 8.45am

If your child/children are in Foundation 1 or 2, you will be able to walk around school for drop off and collection. Please ensure you are following the one way system during these times. We kindly ask that parents do not enter the building.

Parents who wish their child to attend Nursery (F1) at our school can choose from two and a half days at the beginning or end of the week.

Time spent on teaching each day, excluding registration periods, assemblies and break times, is 4 hours 15 minutes in Key Stage 1 and 4 hours 40 minutes in Key Stage 2.  This is in line with statutory requirements.

Children should arrive in the playground no earlier than 5 or 10 minutes before the bell is rung as there is no supervision before this time.

Children are electronically registered by their teacher promptly when they enter the classroom. It is important that teachers settle their classes quickly, without interruption at the beginning of the day.  Any urgent matter which needs to be brought to the attention of the teacher should be reported to the school office.  Otherwise an appointment may be made to see the teacher after school.

If a child arrives late s/he should go, or be taken, to the Office so that they can ensure the child is registered.

Breakfast and after-school clubs

We have Breakfast and After School Clubs, which are held on 5 days per week and is run by our support staff. This is made possible through a combination of subsidy from the school budget, fund-raising and a small charge.

Breakfast Club

When: Monday to Friday

Time: 7.30am – 8.40am

Price: £2.50 per child

Run by the school team, the Breakfast Club is made possible through a combination of subsidy from the school budget, fund-raising and a small charge per child. The Breakfast Club enables us to provide children with a healthy breakfast and the opportunity to play and develop social skills.

After-school Childcare

When: Monday to Friday

Time: 3.15pm – 5.30pm

Price: £3.00 per hour, per child (includes drink and healthy snack).

Children will be able to play games, puzzles, jigsaws, etc or catch up on homework. Perfect if you cannot get up to school for 3.15pm or if you have another child in an extra-curriculum activity after school and want to pick them all up at the same time!

Extra-Curricular Activities

Enrichment Friday 1.30-2.30pm

All pupils are able to choose the activity that they want to explore further.

On a Friday afternoon, we offer a range of enrichment activities:

  • Exploring Culture
  • Clay modelling
  • Painting
  • Performing arts
  • Music
  • Habitat building
  • Sewing
  • Cooking

After School Clubs

We have a wide range of after-school clubs. The clubs will start after school and finish at 4.15pm.

We are fundraising for new lunchtime play equipment, so we will be charging £1 per week for every child attending a club.

Please contact the office if you would like your child to join any of the after-school clubs.


School Meals & Milk

Children may either eat a dinner provided by Catering Services which conforms to recommended nutritional standards, or they may bring a packed lunch. Children will be offered water or fruit juice to drink. For special diets and vegetarian meals please make enquiries at the school.

Children in Snow Leopard Class and Northern Hemisphere are entitled to a free school meal every day.

Whether they have a school dinner or a packed lunch, we encourage children to eat all their food as we are working hard to prevent waste and teach children about the importance of sustainability (not to mention the importance of a healthy diet!). You can view Swillington Primary’s School Food policy on the Policies and Procedures page.

Term dates 2023-24

Holiday Dates

Term Dates

Autumn Term 1

Monday 4 September to Friday 27 October

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Monday 19 February to Thursday 28th March

Monday 8 January to Friday 9 February

Monday 6 November to Friday 22 December

Monday 15 April to Friday 24 May

Spring Term 2

Christmas Holidays

Monday 25 December to Friday 5 January

Half Term

Monday 30 October to Friday 3 November

Half Term

Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February

Summer Term 1

Easter Holidays

Friday 29th March to Friday 12 April

Summer Term 2

Half Term

Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May

Summer Holidays

Monday 22 July to Friday 30 August

Monday 3 June to Friday 19 July

Our Aims & Values

Success and Respect for All.

We exist to provide a cradle-to-career education that allows our children to enjoy lives of choice and opportunity.

Our pupils uphold our values by:

Stay Safe

  • Follow school rules
  • Wash our hands regularly
  • Helping others in need
  • Crossing roads carefully
  • Reporting things online we do not like
  • Don't talk to strangers

Respect our environment

  • Keeping our classrooms/ work spaces tidy
  • We don't ignore it, e.g. untidy lockers
  • Using the correct bins for recycling
  • Looking after our school chickens
  • Helping our parents at home to keep the house tidy

Imagine the possibilities

  • Ask questions
  • Think about what job/career I want when I am older
  • Take part in a range of school clubs
  • If we work hard... anything is possible
  • Taking part in visits


  • Be kind to others
  • Positive language
  • Equality for all
  • Understand change may happen
  • Welcome new friends to our school
  • Positive mindset
  • Being kind to our siblings at home

Application timetable

The below timetable applies to applications made to Leeds City Council. If you apply to another local authority, they may have different dates

Admissions Timetable (2024 start)
Applications Open
1 November 2023
Deadline date for applications for Reception places in September 2024
15 January 2024
Late applications
12 February 2024
National Offers Day
16 April 2024
Deadline date for parents wishing to lodge an appeal (please return appeal forms to the academy)
14 May 2024
Date on which Year Reception appeal hearings will be held
June – July 2024
Appeal decision letters to be sent
Within 5 working days from date of hearing wherever possible

We would love to hear from you.

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