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‘By their fruits shall you know them.’ Matthew 7:20

Enabling children to flourish and succeed

Parents' Information

The School Day

Before School
The children are not expected to arrive at school before 8.30 a.m. unless prior arrangements have been made.
Parents are expected to collect their children from the school gate at 3.15 p.m. 
8.45 a.m. – 10.40 a.m. Teaching time
10.40 a.m. – 11 a.m. Playtime
11 a.m. – 12 noon Teaching time
12 noon – 1.00 p.m. Lunchtime 
1.00 p.m. – 3.15 p.m. Teaching time


Breakfast Club

Monday - Friday

  • 7.45am - 8:45am including breakfast £2.50
  • 8.15am - 8.45am including breakfast £1.50
  • 7.45am - 8.45am no breakfast £2.00
  • 8.15am - 8.45am no breakfast £1.00

Morning Break
At the beginning of morning break, the children may have a snack of fruit which is supplied by school or a snack from home. The children in the Reception Class also have milk. Unless the weather is unsuitable, the children play outside in the playground, supervised by two members of staff. Children should bring a clean water bottle to school each day.

Lunch Time
Parents have the choice of hot meals or packed lunches at lunchtime. The meals are cooked at Ashby-de-la-Zouch C of E Primary School and transported to Blackfordby, where they are served in the school hall. The menus are changed three times a year, parents will receive a menu and are free to choose which day their children have a hot meal.

Arrangements for free school meals
Parents who are in receipt of Income Support or Income based Job Seekers Allowance may apply for free school meals.


School attendance is measured by sessions, morning and afternoon each day, for every child. Should parents wish to take their child out of school for holidays in addition to school holidays, a holiday form, available from the school office, should be completed. It is not expected that parents should request permission to take their child out of school in a school year, but such a request would be considered in exceptional cases.
Reporting Absence
If your child is absent from school for any reason, please telephone us on 01283 217702 by 10.00am. 
Thank you.


Unauthorised Absence

The DFE requires schools to give details of the level of unauthorised absence, for example truancy of pupils, absence where there is no reason supported by a letter or telephone call from home, or where parents have taken children out of school for holidays and not received authorisation. We ask parents to let us know if a child is ill, has an appointment with the doctor or dentist, or will be away from school for some

School Uniform

We encourage our children to wear uniform which consists of grey skirt, pinafore or trousers, white polo shirt and dark red Blackfordby cardigan or sweatshirt, with smart black leather shoes.

In Summer, the boys may wear grey shorts and the girls, dresses, either checked or striped in dark red. 

For P.E. the uniform is: burgundy shorts, white T-shirt (T-shirts with the school logo on are available to order from school) and suitable sports shoes / plimsolls (although when appropriate, the children work in bare feet).

Sweatshirts, cardigans, reversible winter coats PE Kits, bags and rucksacks are available from school using the order form below.

Uniform can be purchased from:
Pupil Schoolwear,
35 west Street,
DE11 9DN
01283 224512
Open Monday to Friday 9:30 - 5:00pm
Saturday - 9:30 - 1:00pm
You can also order online:

Please ensure that all items are clearly named.