The School Day | Alton Close | Primary | Swindon Academy

Timings of The School Day

Monday to Thursday

Gates open 8.10
Whistle and line up 8.25
Registration 8.30 - 8.40
Break 9.40 - 9.55 10.40 - 10.55 10.40 - 10.55 10.40 - 10.55
Lunch 12.00 12.15 12.45 12.45
Home time 15.30


Gates open 8.10
Whistle and line up 8.25
Registration 8.30 - 8.40
Break 9.40 - 9.55 10.40 - 10.55 10.40
Lunch 11.30 11.30
Home time 13.00

Arrangements For The Start and End of The Day

Please be aware we do not allow any parent or carer to park on the school site.This is to keep our pupils safe and avoid unnecessary congestion. 

We have worked closely with Swindon Borough Council and residents of Heddington Close and Alton Close to make both areas School Safe Zones. You should not drive into either Close between 8am and 9am or 3pm and 4pm.

It is now illegal for parents to park outside the school gates, and we expect all parents to respect this. We ask all parents to keep a 5-minute walking zone around the school and strongly encourage you to walk to school instead of drive whenever possible. This has a positive impact on the safety of all pupils walking or cycling to school, it improves the health and fitness of you and your child while looking after the environment and reducing our carbon footprint.

NB: Parking within the school site is only allowed when permission has been arranged with the Head Teacher in specific circumstances.


School gates are opened at 8.10am each morning, when you can walk your child to their class line. Staff are on the playground each morning from 8.10am to support you. Teachers line pupils up at 8.20am and take them in at 8.25am. Please support your child to join the line quickly in the mornings. The gates are locked at 8.30am sharp. If the gate is locked when you arrive, please walk your child round to the main reception and complete the late sheet. Staff have been instructed to shut and lock gates at 8.30am, please be respectful of this.


School gates will be opened at 3.25pm. At 3.30pm teachers will bring their class to the playground for dismissal. NB: On Fridays we finish at 1pm.  In Reception, Key Stage One and Lower Key Stage Two, staff will only dismiss pupils to adults who have permission to collect them. Please be patient at this time, our staff take safeguarding very seriously and would rather take a few moments to be safe and sure than rush through dismissal. We do not allow pupils in years Reception to Year 4 to walk home alone.

If you would like someone other than you to collect your child from school, this must be agreed in advance. An agreed list of people allowed to collect your child will be kept on record. No one else will be allowed to take your child. Please be respectful of this rule and treat staff kindly if they refuse to let your child go with someone not on the agreed list. If you are late to collect your child from school, please come to the main reception where they will be looked after until you arrive.

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