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Hilltop Infant School
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Essex SS11 8LT

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Our School Day


zschool-daySchool doors open at 8:50 for children to arrive.

9:00am the school day starts.

The school day finishes a 3:05pm.

Morning Playtimes

All children have 15 minutes outside play during the course of the morning.  Break time is an opportunity for children to take part in formal and informal activities and to socialise with friends from their classes and other classes.

At the start of the academic year children in reception classes have a break separately.  Later in the year they can join the older children but will still have the opportunity for a quieter space if preferred.


Lunchtime for Year 1 & 2 children runs from 12:05 -1:05. At the start of the academic year reception children begin their lunch break at 11.45 so that they have the opportunity to eat their lunch in a quieter environment.  Later in the year their lunch will match the older children.

Dropping off and collecting children

Drawing of boyAt the beginning and end of the day parents and carers are asked to bring their children to the classroom door.

In reception classes, parents and carers are encouraged to come into the classroom for a few minutes as part of our early morning routine. These arrangements help us to build up a close relationship between home and school. We want to have good links with all families.

If usual arrangements need to be altered (e.g. you are delayed or others are collecting your child) please let us know.  This avoids any confusion or upset.

Getting to school

If you do need to drive to school please park wisely and consider our neighbours and community. There is parking close by at the Memorial Park.

We also have a walking bus. The bus currently runs from Alicia Walk (Alicia Bus) and has several stops on the way. The children really enjoy walking and chatting with their friends before school. The parents benefit from a more flexible timetable, knowing their children will be safely escorted to school (although many parents walk every day).

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