The School Day

September 2020

The start of the school day is from 8.30-8.45 am and end of school is 3.15pm (extended to 3.30 if required for pre-school children).

Each coloured group is to use a separate entrance and exit.

No parents are to enter the school site without previous appointments; however, Pre-school and Reception Year parents may enter the Early Years garden (please use the sanitiser on the gate as you enter and leave the garden). 

Arrival: from 8.30 am

1: Pink: Codden and Taw (pre-school) - front side gate to Early Years area and social distance on grass

2: Green: Tarka and Barum – front main gate – children enter and move to line for classes at Tarka door

3: Yellow: Saunton and Exmoor – Year 3/4/5 back gate – move to lines for class

4: Orange: Lundy - back gate – move to line for class

*Older siblings may join younger siblings at the front gate; they will then need to walk up to their class lines.

*Children arriving by school transport to enter at front gate and move to class lines.


School opens at 8.35am after which time children go into class where they settle to an activity. 

  • Registration is from 8.35 – 8.45am.
  • Morning break is currently staggered 10.30 – 11am.
  • Lunchtime is currently staggered 11.30am – 1.30pm.

All Key Stage 1 children have a flexible afternoon playtime.

School finishes at 3.15pm and children are not permitted to be playing in the grounds after this time.



1: Pink: Codden and Taw (pre-school) - front main gate 

2: Green: Tarka and Barum – front main gate 

We would like you to use a one way system for pick up at the bottom gate.

Please queue down school lane, we will call the children to the parents at the front of the queue, you will then leave towards the Arms houses exit (where the zigzags are).

Could pre-school parents also wait in the lane when collecting, you are not permitted to enter the school site at the end of the day.

All children with siblings will be grouped at the bottom playground by 3.15pm for collection.

Adults will supervise this and ensure safety.

3: Yellow: Saunton and Exmoor – Year 3/4/5 back gate 

4: Orange: Lundy - Yr 6 back gate 

The oldest children should be encouraged to walk a short distance to school to minimise traffic congestion and to help with social distancing.

They should also walk from the school to a collection point with their parents, they don’t need to be dropped directly outside the entrance, this causes congestion and upsets residents. 

Parents must not congregate at the ‘drop-off’ point, they must instead arrive on time and then depart.

Older children may be left to wait outside the school gate but must practice social distancing. 


If normal arrangements have to be altered (eg you are delayed or another person is collecting your child) please let us know.  This avoids any confusion or upset.


You can view this year’s term dates here. They are also displayed on the school noticeboard.

Non -pupil days are dates when the school is open for staff training but not for children.


Bishops Tawton Primary School absolutely deserves the fantastic reputation it has got. My children regularly come home with stories about their learning, their teachers and their friends."