Links & FAQs

The staff at Hollesley 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 7.30am. You can book a place at Breakfast club for just £6 per day!

School finishes at 3.10pm.


We run our own after school club. Bookings can be made online using the ParentMail app, 8 days in advance.

  • £6 from 3.10pm to 4.30pm
  • £9 from 3.10pm 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 4.15pm. 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.

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 box near the school office.

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

Children are allowed to choose and borrow a book from the library every week.

We want children to read for pleasure and be life-long readers.

Foundation Stage and Year 1 children are taught Phonics daily using the Little Wandle program. They learn to recognise graphemes and to say the sound they make. Children are taught to blend orally when reading and to segment for spelling. As a result, children quickly see themselves as confident and competent readers, with the ability to access a growing range of texts. The children read aloud to an adult in school up to 5 times a 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.

In Foundation Stage and KS1, children take home books as soon as the start school so that they develop skills in telling stories. They begin to take reading books home once they are able to recognise all the phonemes in the book and are able to blend simple words. The books are matched according to the children’s blending and reading ability using the Big Cat scheme. Each week, the children take part in three practise reading sessions; and daily individual or group ‘Keep up’ sessions if needed.

Parents are encouraged to hear their children read daily and the importance of this is stressed.

In Key Stage 2, as children become more independent readers, they are able to choose freely from our well stocked libraries. Children read daily, either independently or in a guided reading sessions where fluency and comprehension skills are developed using VIPERS as question stems. The children use Accelerated Reader as a record of their reading and are encouraged to complete a comprehension quiz for each book. Every term they complete a STAR assessment that allocates them a range from which they can choose their books. Teachers can use the Accelerated Reader data to track children’s progress and plan next steps/targets for individual children.