"My daughter always loves coming to school."
"I can drop off my children before an early meeting and know that they will be set up for the day."
We have a full day of fun and learning at The Cavendish School.
The normal school day runs from 8.25 to 3.30 (afternoon attendance for Nursery pupils is flexible) and optional Breakfast and After School Clubs, as well as After School Care. This gives a maximum day of 7.45 to 6.00 to allow busy parents flexibility and peace of mind.
7.45 Breakfast Club
For the convenience of parents who need to drop their children at school early, we offer a Breakfast Club which runs from 7.45 each morning in the Dining Room. Parents can book this regularly or ad hoc. There is a charge for Breakfast Club, which includes a healthy and delicious range of breakfast foods provided by the school and prepared on the premises.
Before School Activities
Some optional sporting clubs and squads take place before school.
Drop Off from 8.00
The playground is supervised from 8.00. Our Site Manager monitors the gate to see pupils safely into school.
8.25 Nursery and Reception doors open, the bell rings and pupils in Years 1 to 6 line up in the playground to be collected by their teachers for 8.30 registration.
Assemblies are usually held in the Hall on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays for Years 1-6 (Early Years have their own assemblies). We celebrate achievements, talk about current affairs and share our learning. Occasionally parents are invited to class assemblies in which their children will be performing.
"We all have speaking parts in our class assemblies."
Snack and tuck shop
We provide apples and oranges for break times, and many pupils chose to bring an additional healthy snack of their choice, such as raisins or plain biscuits.
Children in Nursery to Year 2 may bring in 10p for the tuck shop on Fridays. The tuck shop is run by volunteer parents, and sells healthy snacks that the children love to choose to buy. The proceeds from Tuck Shop go to the Friends of Cavendish (parents' association) fund to support charitable causes.
Children are provided with a healthy lunch, freshly cooked daily on the premises, and are able to help themselves to a variety of salads as well as hot food, which always includes a vegetarian option. Freshly prepared seasonal and exotic fruit and yoghurt are offered for dessert. Our staff and caterers are experienced in dealing with allergies and intolerances and provide alternative foods to enable all our pupils to enjoy a nutritious and tasty meal. Menus can be found here.
"I love the lunches at school - my favourite is when we have roasts."
Our principle is to keep all our children safe; accordingly, all children are checked off as parents or carers collect them from particular locations in the playground at the end of the school day.
Nursery children who are attending mornings only can be collected between 12.00 and 12.30.
The school day for Reception and full time Nursery pupils ends at 3.20.
For Years 1-6 the school day ends at 3.30.
Many pupils choose to stay on for After School Clubs or After School Care.
After School Clubs
We run a wide range of activities for children after School on Monday to Friday between 3.40 and 4.25. A leaflet describing the range of clubs on offer is produced at the beginning of each term. Examples typically include: netball, gym, circus skills, chess, cookery, funky dance, baby ballroom, sewing, spelling and STEM. We aim to allocate clubs as fairly as possible when places are limited. These are run by staff, parents or external providers. They are optional and attract separate charges.
"I learn chess moves to use on my dad!"
After School Care
We offer two supervised After School Care clubs, for younger and older pupils, which operate between 3.30 and 6.00. This ensures that if you are unable to collect after the normal school day, you can rest assured that your child is kept safe at school. Interesting activities are provided and supervised over these periods. Some children use part of this time to do their homework.
Pupils may attend on an ad hoc basis, and there is a sliding scale of charges to cover the differing lengths of stay. Parents should contact the School Office to book their children in. A healthy snack is provided for those staying beyond 4.00. Pupils must be picked up by 6.00 at the latest. This service is charged in arrears.
"It's good to know that if I am stuck in a meeting I can call the school and relax knowing my daughter will be looked after."