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School day

This page was last updated in February 2019 and now includes a copy of the lunch menu choices for April - October 

Start of the day

At Portway, we are committed to raising standards in achievement, attendance and punctuality.

Each morning, the school gates open at 8:30am.  Children and parents can then make their way into school, where children will line up with their class in the playground (or under the canopy if it is raining).

Children should all be in their class lines by 8:45am, when teachers will collect them from the playground and take them into their classrooms for registration.  Children not in their classrooms by 8:55am are marked as late on the register.

There are separate arrangements for children enrolled at our nursery, which are described below.

Timetables, breaks and lunch

All year groups have a set timetable that operates from 8:45am until the end of the day at 3:00pm.  This includes teaching of all areas of the curriculum (see the curriculum page on the website for further details).

Breaks and lunch times are staggered to ensure that children are able to play with others of similar ages.  Key stage 1 (years 1 and 2) and children in Reception, as well as all and key stage 2 (years 3 – 6) children all have a 15-minute break mid-morning.  Lunch times run between 11:45am and 1:15pm, with every year group having a 45-minute break for lunch and play (see outline timetable below).

In selecting our school lunch provider, we always work to ensure that every day, each child receives a healthy, balanced meal.  There is no charge for school lunches for any child resident in the Borough of Newham. 

Further information, including details of the menus we are currently serving, is available on the Newham website, which can be accessed here





(Years 1&2)

(Years 3&4)

(Years 5&6)

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10.30am - 10.45am

10.30am – 10:45am

10.45am – 11:00am





11.45am - 12.30pm

11:45pm - 12:30pm

12.30pm - 1.15pm










In our nursery, children are registered for either a morning or an afternoon session.  These run as follows:

Morning session:         8.45 – 11.45am

Afternoon session:      12:15 – 3:15pm

Children attending the morning nursery session should line up, with their parent/carer, in the playground with the other children at 8:45am.  They will be collected by their teacher, and taken into class.  At the end of the morning session, children should be collected from the Park Road entrance to the school so as to minimise disruption to the school day.

Children attending the afternoon nursery session should be dropped off via the Park Road entrance.  At the end of the session, they should be collected from the playground with the rest of the school. 

End of the day

For all children, other than those attending the afternoon nursery session, the school day ends at 3:00pm.

We ask that all parents arrive promptly to collect their children, and wait outside the main gate until it is opened at 3:00pm.  We ask that a parent/carer/older sibling collect all children other than those in years 5 and 6, who we do allow to leave unaccompanied.

Children who have not been collected by 3:10pm will be taken to the school office, and their parents will be contacted.

If your child cannot attend school

At Portway, we are committed to raising standards in achievement, attendance and punctuality.  Should any child not be able to attend school, a parent or carer is required to contact the school office by 9:00am.

The reason for non-attendance needs to be given, as well as likely return date to school.

In the case of any child not in school for registration at 9:00am, his/her parents/carer will be contacted by phone by our school Attendance Officer.

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