The School Day

Beginning of the day  
School days are busy from the time school starts at 8.50am. Children in FS enter through the labelled wooden gate to the right of the main gate and Yr1 via the door under the main entrance archway. For safeguarding reasons, we do not use the main school gates in the morning. At 3.15pm, parents in FS, Year 1 and 2 collect their children from the doors leading out onto the courtyard.

The majority of Year 2 and KS2 children enter each morning from the side gate, further along The Green by the willow tree. The gate opens and supervision begins at 8.40am. The head teacher meets and greets each morning and is available for a quick informal exchange of information at this time. The whistle is blown at 8.50am to signify line up time and the start of the school day.

Morning break 
Children in FS and KS1 have a 15 minute morning break starting after assembly at 10.20am. They have an additional 10 minute afternoon break at 2.00pm.  KS2 have a 20 minute morning break starting at 10.20am also. FS, Year 1 and 2 children are given free healthy snacks. KS2 children should bring their own.

We have a staggered lunch time with foundation stage children going to the lunch hall first and settling before year 1 and 2 arrive; KS2 children start lunch at 12.20pm. Whether taking the hot school lunch or bringing a packed lunch from home, the children sit together at the tables. They are encouraged to be independent and carry their own lunch trays and clear them after eating.
Our midday supervising team gently encourage the children to eat as much of their meal as possible be it their own packed lunch or hot meal provided by our expert Fresh Start team. Every effort is made to ensure that children with various dietary needs are accommodated.

We recognise that having a nutritious lunchtime meal is essential to our children's well-being. Governors regularly come into school to have lunch and monitor our lunchtime atmosphere and arrangements.

Top Table Lunch – 
Children than display school values, try new foods and display good table manners might be invited to join one of our Top Table lunches. When we have 20 names on the list, we have a special lunch with flowers, table cloths, squash and waitress/waiter service! Staff and a member of the governing body, join us for this special lunch.

Please read the following information about school lunches:

From September 2014 all children in Foundation Stage (FS), Year 1 and Year 2 have been eligible for a free school lunch every day. Please go to the school office to find out more information.
If your child is in Key Stage 2 i.e., Years 3 to 6, and you are eligible for Free School Meals you do not need to pay for your meals. For more information about Free School Meals visit  or call 01604 236656.
To give you a bit of background about our new lunch provider, Fresh Start cook fresh meals on the school site every day. Every meal and dessert is cooked from scratch, including base sauces and fresh bread which is baked each morning for that day. All fresh ingredients will be locally sourced within our community, i.e. meat is purchased from local butchers and eggs and milk from local farmers, and fruits and vegetables are prioritised according to season and freshness. Fresh Start also encourage the growing of staple items such as potatoes and herbs in a kitchen garden on the school site as part of the children’s learning, and incorporate these ingredients into lunches. Tables are laid with cloths, cutlery and fresh drinking water and meals are served traditionally using plates and bowls.

Meal ordering is completed in much the same way using Fresh Start’s own online ordering system. Menus are on a 3 weekly basis and are rotated termly. Each menu contains a meat/fish option, vegetarian option, jacket potato and a dessert. Bread, salad, fresh fruit and organic yoghurt are prepared onsite and are available daily. Packed lunches are also provided for school trips.  

End of the school day 

Regular school finishes at 3.15pm.  Children in KS2 exit via the side gate by the willow tree. Parents collect FS and KS1 children from the courtyard. 


There are several opportunities for children to join clubs before, during and after school. Full details and timings can be shared from the school office and via the class teachers.




Deanshanger Primary School,
The Green,
MK19 6HJ
Tel: 01908 268920
Fax: 01908 261023
To contact the school office, email
To contact the Headteacher, email