Attendance and The School Day

Learning Time Over a Week

Light Oaks Junior School have a compulsory school week of just over 32.5 hours. This is made up of 6 hours and 35 minutes per day = 32 hours and 55 minutes.


The school is open for all children at 8:45am.  Compulsory attendance starts at 8.55am and finishes at 3.30pm.  Due to the number of pupils in the school, our breaks and lunchtimes are different for each year group.

Year Break Lunch


10:35 - 10:50

11:45 - 12:45


10:45 - 11:00

12:00 - 1:00


11:00 - 11:15

12:15 - 1:15


11:15 - 11:30

12:30 - 1:30


Mid Morning Snack

Pupils may bring in fruit and a small, non-fizzy drink for snack time. We can also arrange milk or Fair Trade orange juice. Please ask at reception for more information about milk and juice.

School Meals

Children can choose to have either a school dinner or packed lunch. School dinners are prepared from fresh ingredients on site each day and provide a hot, nourishing meal. Children are offered a choice of dishes with at least one vegetarian option. Those who bring a packed lunch are encouraged to have a balanced meal including fruit and salad or vegetables. Guidance here.  Fizzy drinks are not allowed.

Attendance and Punctuality

We place great importance on attendance and punctuality. Children who are not in school can miss important learning opportunities, and children who are late can find it difficult to catch up on what the other children are doing. In addition, children whose attendance is erratic can find it difficult to make and keep friends.

Families have an important role to play in ensuring that their children attend well and are on time each day. We thank all parents for their co-operation in making sure that children attend regularly and on time.

Our full attendance policy can be found on our policies page.

Collective Worship

We have an act of collective worship every day. This follows the guidelines set out by the Department for Education. We have whole school assembly on Monday and Tuesday with Phase Assemblies on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Within our assemblies, we begin shared conversations about wellbeing issues, explore national and international days of reflection and religious festivals. Each assembly contains an act of worship within which we celebrate all faiths and none. Quiet time is observed to raise pupils’ spiritual awareness and whilst we encourage prayer, we also allow pupils to reflect, rather than worship in any particular way. Our policy for collective worship can be found on the policies page. Each week ends with an achievement assembly, run by our House Captains.  This is a celebration of all that the children and adults in our school have achieved during the week.