School Day


The timings of our school day are: 8:55 am - 3:25 pm.

The school gates open at 8:45 each morning so that children can enter the classroom calmly and be ready to start learning straight away.

Good attendance and punctuality are of great importance as these are vital life skills. If children are often late or absent, they find their lessons appear disjointed and their relationships with teachers and other children suffer.

A member of the Senior Leadership Team is on duty at each gate from 8:45 am.


There are three entrances and exits which parents/carers and children can use:

  • The main front entrance on Cranmer Road

  • The ‘library’ entrance on Cranmer Road

  • The side entrance on Godwin Road


Break and Lunch Times


Year 3 and 4 have their breaktime from 10:25 - 10:40. Children in Years 5 and 6 have theirs at 10:45 - 11:00. 

For Years 3 and 4 lunchtime is from 11:40 am – 12:40 pm. For Years 5 and 6 lunchtime is from 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm.

We are fortunate to have a very large outdoor space which is well-equipped and provides lots of opportunities for various types of play. The climbing frame, large outdoor musical instruments and table tennis tables are on a rota to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to enjoy them. We recently invested significantly in developing our playground, including installing a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA), to support all children to enjoy being active. A wide range of playground equipment for children to play with during their free time is available for them to enjoy using. At lunchtime we employ a sports coach to lead games and promote physical activity.

Children may have a school lunch, bring a packed lunch or be collected to go home for lunch. Currently Godwin Junior School offers free school meals for all pupils, through Newham's 'Eat For Free' scheme for all primary-school-aged children. There is always a good variety of food to choose from, all of which is halal, and there is always at least one vegetarian dish each day. Our nutritionally balanced menu is displayed in classrooms, the dining hall and on the school website. Children with special dietary needs can be provided for. Please do not send children with chocolate, crisps, glass containers or fizzy drinks with their packed lunch.


Illness or Accident


In the event of your child becoming ill or having an accident, you will be contacted by telephone or a note will be sent home, depending on the nature of the illness. Please assist us by keeping us up to date with any changes of address or telephone number.




If your child is required to take medication of any sort during the day, it must be discussed with the lead first aider. Older children on regular medication, e.g. inhalers, will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own well-being, as part of independence training. For non-regular medication, only medicines that have been prescribed by a doctor and are clearly labelled with your child's name will be administered.




In the interest of security, parents/carers are requested to use the main entrance when visiting the school and to call at the Office to make their presence known at all times. There is a buzzer entry system.



If your child is unavoidably absent or late, please notify the school by letter, email or by telephone. The school has a policy of 'phoning parents/carers on the first day of absence. This is to ensure that you are aware that your child has not arrived at school. You will be notified by email and text message well in advance whenever the school is to be closed for holidays or training days. Parents/carers whose children are often absent or late may receive a letter from the Deputy Head Teacher inviting them to a meeting to discuss the situation.