Links & FAQs

The staff at Waldringfield Primary School are regularly asked questions by parents and the school community on a variety of matters. This page has been designed to answer some of the more common questions that we are asked.

School starts at 8.45am.

If your child arrives after this time, they are late and this is formally recorded as such.

You are free to drop off your child from 8.30am (when the gate opens) and children can go straight into class to begin some early work activities.

We also offer a Breakfast Club from 8am. You can book a place at Breakfast club for just £6 per day!

School finishes at 3.20pm.


We run our own after school club called WOOSH (Waldringfield Out Of School Hours). You can book a place at WOOSH for the following prices:

  • £6 from 3.20pm to 4.30pm

  • £9 from 3.20pm to 5.30pm

  • £6 from the end of an extra-curricular club to 5.30pm

We offer several extra-curricular clubs and activities which run until 4.20pm. Check out the clubs page on the website for more details.

Children in Early Years and KS1 are entitled to a free school lunch.

Parents of children in KS2 can pay £2.50 per day for school dinners.

Please give plenty of notice (preferably two weeks) when planning lunch arrangements to allow the kitchen to order and prepare the appropriate amount of food.

We provide homework every half term in the form of ‘Takeaway Homework’. This means that your child is given a menu of tasks to complete over the course of a half term topic.

As children progress through the school, there is a higher expectation of the amount of homework to be done but children are free to pick and choose tasks that interest them.

Many of the homework activities are designed to reinforce the learning that has taken place in the classroom and involve writing, creativity and maths.

We give out weekly homework such as spellings to learn and we do encourage families to aspects of learning such as reading and times tables through daily conversations with children or during the journey to and from school.

If your child loses property at school, we are able to return it to them if the item is named. Staff and children regularly return lost property to the owner if it has a name in, causing no issue.

However, staff do come across items of property that have not been named. In these situations, we will endeavour to find the rightful owner by asking the children to help. When no claim is made, property is placed in the lost property basket, located in the Key Stage Two corridor.

We ask parents to check property to ensure that it is named and remember to refresh the name label after several washes.

The children at Waldringfield read aloud to an adult in school every week. Some children require more support and will read with an adult more often than others. It is down to the teacher’s assessment of reading and comprehension to make judgements on reading support and how often books are changed.

All children spend time within every school day reading in the classroom. This is independent reading. Some children are encouraged to write a book report at the end of a book.

Children take part in guided reading sessions daily.  This is when a class text is shared and then comprehension activities are completed to deepen children’s knowledge of vocabulary, summarising, predicting and inferring.
Children in the younger years follow our Little Wandle reading scheme and then move onto our Accelerated Reader scheme. At this point they can choose their own books independently within a range which is based on regular assessments.
We have a lovely library in school. Children are allowed to choose and borrow a book from the library every week. They can only get a new book out if they have returned the previous book.