The Daily Routine at Darlinghurst


School opening times

  • Our school day is 8.45am to 3.10pm
  • The KS2 gate opens at 8.30am and is locked again at 8:45am
  • The KS1 gate opens at 8:30am and is locked again at 8:50am
  • The Nursery gate opens at 8:25am to allow access for Nursery parents and carers
  • The classrooms are open at 8.45amm. The register must be closed by 8.50am. If your child comes in after 8:45am, they will be marked in as being late.
  • The school day ends at 3.10pm. It is important to collect your child promptly.
  • At the end of the school day the main gate is opened again at 3.00pm and is locked at 3.20pm.
  • The Nursery gate opens at 3.10pm to allow access for Nursery parents and carers and is locked again at 3.20pm

Please let the teacher or the office know if someone else is collecting your child. We will not let your child leave school if we are unsure or have not been informed of a change of usual arrangements.


  • Classes have breaks as required.
  • A healthy snack is provided for all children in reception.

Key Stage 1

  • Break is twice a day long with the lunch break
  • Values, Singing and Celebration assemblies are held each week
  • You can find out more information on our assemblies here.

Key stage 2

  • Break is in the morning along with the lunch break
  • Values, Singing and Celebration assemblies are held each week
  • You can find out more information on our assemblies here.


  • We have worked hard to improve attendance over the last few years so that it is now in line with national averages. Please help us by doing everything you can to ensure your child is in school every day.
  • If your child is going to be absent from school, it is important that you notify the school office by 9.30am. The school telephone number is 01702 478379.
  • For further details about Attendance, please see our Attendance page.


  • Morning session 8.30am - 11.30am
  • Afternoon session 12.10pm - 15.10pm
  • Parents should use the gate by the brook and walk across the playground to get to the nursery. For safeguarding reasons, this gate is opened at 11.25am and locked when the last parent has left. If you are late, please walk round to the main school office and a member of staff will take your child to the nursery.



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Our Junior Governors took part in the community project @mydearnewfriend, supported by the @literacy_trust, writing letters to our local residents and friends at Admiral Court. They wrote heart-warming letters to bring smiles to the faces of the residents, in the hope to prevent loneliness. They felt that this was eeecially important at a time where restrictions are in place for visitors. The letters were received with delight and the children eagerly await their replies. Our ongoing partnership between @darlinghurstacademy and the residents of Admiral Court is a positive experience for all generations. @hallmarkcare #mydearfriend #communityspirit #letstalkloneliness #generations #leighonsea #leighinseaessex #activecitizens #juniorgovernors #juniorleadershipteam
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For all those who are team HMS Dolphin, today is National Dolphin Day. Dolphin’s love to show their sense of belonging as they are very family-orientated and travel in pods (groups). What other facts can you find out about dolphins today? Mrs Powell is taking on the role of house captain, temporarily for Miss Lynch. Welcome to the pod! #dolphin #nationaldolphinday #hmsdolphin #housepoints #housecaptain #hmsdolphin #royalnavy #teampoint #belonging #nationaldolphinday2021
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Our children in Reception and Nursery are enjoying free flow. The Early Years is buzzing with excitement and engagement. #eyfsenvironment #eyfsindoorprovision #eyfsoutdoorprovison #earlyyearseducation #nurseryschool #receptionclass #startingschool #leighonseaessex #leighonsea #enablingenvironments
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On the first morning of Ramadan we wish our families and community a happy Ramadan ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ from @darlinghurstacademy #ramadan2021 #firstdayoframadan #monthoframadan #community #celebratingculture #celebratingculturaldiversity #belonging