The School Day


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Lichfield Down, Walnut Tree, Milton Keynes, MK7 7BW

Heronsgate School is a Good School

Ofsted Good GP Colour“Good teaching and high-quality experiences have resulted in pupils’ positive attitudes towards all aspects of their learning.”

“The school’s safe, caring and nurturing environment ensures that pupils’ well-being needs are met effectively.”

(Ofsted April 2017 click here to download the report)

Our gates open at 8.20am and children go directly to the playground. We encourage all children to aim to be in school by 8.35am. The bell sounds at 8.40am when all children line up in the playground where they are met by their class teachers and taken into class.

We offer a breakfast/activities club before school, children are welcome from 7.30am. Please click here for further details.

Please ensure, for their safety, that your child does not arrive at school too early as there is no supervision of children before 8.30am.

For reasons of security, the outside doors and gates are locked five minutes after the start of the day and registration at 8.45am. Anyone arriving after this time must go to the main reception and notify the school office staff of their arrival so that registers can be amended and lunch arrangements confirmed.


Please note that we do not provide any parking for parents/carers dropping off or collecting children. The car parks we have are for staff and parents/carers with disabled requirements only.

There are clearly marked areas at the front of the school (yellow zig zags and double lines) that must be kept clear at all times to ensure both parent and child safety.  Please do not stop or park in these areas nor in the entrance to the staff carpark.  

There are also notices displayed on both carpark gates stating that for safety reasons no pedestrian access is allowed through the carparks. We have had some near misses in the past – moving vehicles and children do not mix, please don’t put your child or others at risk and always use the footpaths provided.


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8.20am            School gates unlocked

8.40am            Registration

8.50am            Lessons begin

12pm               Years 3 & 4 Lunch starts

12.30pm          Years 5 & 6 Lunch starts

3.20pm            School day ends

Assemblies     Mondays, Tuesdays (Singing) and Fridays only


An important element of the school day is the lunchtime meal. Children have the option of bringing in a healthy packed lunch or having a hot school dinner.


We have contracted Cygnet/Compass Catering to provide cooked meals on site daily. Two course meals using locally sourced ingredients are freshly cooked to order at our New Chapter school and delivered to us. We operate the booking and payment of school meals through an online system – please click here for all details.

Free school meals are available for families in receipt of income support. Application forms are available from the school reception.

Packed Lunches:

Packed lunches must be brought into school by your child at the start of the day in a suitable lunch box clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Please provide a soft drink or water in a plastic bottle (no fizzy drinks or glass bottles allowed). If you provide a yoghurt please include a spoon as we can only supply cutlery to children having hot school meals.

Children must not bring in chocolate bars or sweets (a chocolate biscuit is acceptable) and should be given a healthy sandwich and a piece of fruit or vegetable snack.

Applying for free school meals:

If you receive any of the following support payments, your child may be entitled to receive free school meals:

- Income Support  
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (NOT contribution based JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit with NO working tax credit and where the annual household income is less than £16190) £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit Run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal credit (when introduced in MK)
- Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also allowed to receive free school meals.

Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be entitled to receive free school meals.

A new Citizen Portal has been launched to help you find out if your child qualifies for free school meals. Please visit it to sign up, even if your child is in years EYFS, 1 or 2 and receiving universal free school meals, or if you have applied before and do not think you are eligible. In doing so, you will help us to find out whether we can claim Pupil Premium for your child. This is additional funding to spend on resources such as extra staff, books or school trips for eligible children.
The system is quick and simple to use and can be accessed via a smartphone or hand held device. If you qualify, you will receive a reference number that you simply bring in and show us at school to start receiving meals. Please register at: 
If you need help speak to the Office.


At the end of the day (3.20pm) children are dismissed from their external classroom doors to the playground and released individually by staff to their authorised parent/carer.

As part of our admissions process parents/carers will have informed the school who is responsible for collecting their child. We ask that any changes to this are put in writing to the school office to be correctly recorded, please do not make ad hoc arrangements with teaching staff.

If an emergency situation arises and the authorised person cannot collect a child please call the school office as early as possible, and no later than 2.30pm to advise what alternate arrangements have been made.