Barrowford St Thomas C.E. Primary School

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Wheatley Lane Road, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 6QT

01282 614462

Barrowford St Thomas C.E. Primary School

Our vision is to be a school where all can flourish and grow in God's love.

  2. Teaching Hours and extended school

Opening Hours

Our school opens its gates at 8.35am. Children come into school from 8.40am for early morning work. The school day officially ends at 3.20pm. This is 33 hours and 20 minutes

The school day officially starts at 8.50am for registration and the school day finishes at 3.20pm. This is 32.5 hours.

Teaching Hours: 

8.35am School gates open for all classes
8.40am Children come into school; early morning work
8.50am Register
8.50 - 12 noon Teaching sessions for the infants
8.50 - 12.10pm Teaching sessions for the juniors
All children in KS1 and KS2 have a 15 minute break; Class 3 and 4 have a separate playtime; EYFS do not have a fixed morning playtime. 
12 - 1pm Lunch break for KS1 and EYFS
12.10 - 1pm Lunch break for KS2
1 - 3.20pm Teaching session (includes a short break for KS1 only; EYFS do not have a fixed afternoon playtime; KS2 do not have an afternoon playtime)
2.50 - 3.10

Worship for whole school on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (Good News Worship for parents)

Class worship on Tuesday and Thursday

Extended School: autumn term 1 2023

Monday to Friday

(not last day of term)

After School Club FUNZONE (charge) 

Mrs Ratcliffe (every day) TA

Mrs Harper (TA) works 2 days a week in Funzone and jointly manages the club.

Miss Crawford (TA) works 2 days a week in Funzone and jointly manages the club.

Mrs Marsh (TA) works 1 day a week (short session only) in Funzone

Miss Crawford, Mrs Alderson (TA) and Mrs Marsh (TA) will work as a third member of staff if numbers require it                   

3.20 to 5.30pm

Early Bird

3.20 - 4.20pm

Club finishes at 4.20pm on Friday


KS1 Olympics (Absolute)

Gardening (all year groups)

3.20 - 4.20pm

KS2 multi-skills (Sports Cool)

Worship Group (Daphne Jordan, governor) fortnightly

3.20 - 4.20pm

Year 5 and 6 football (Mr Haines)

British Sign Language (Miss Crawford)

3.20 - 4.20pm
Thursday KS2 Singing Group (Mrs Duckworth) 3.20 - 4.20pm

Running club (on running track)

Y4, 5 and 6 Netball (Sports Cool)

before school

3.20 - 4.20pm

Coming up soon in the autumn

The return of  Y5 Fantastic Book Awards


Clubs that ran in 2022 - 23


Cricket (run by professional cricket coach)

KS2 and KS1 multi-skills

Y5/6 football (run by school)

KS1 Dodgeball (Sports cool)

KS1 and KS2 Tri-golf (Sports Cool)

KS1 Streetdance (Sports Cool)

Archery KS2 (Absolute)

Olympic Games (KS2) (Absolute)

Y4/5/6 netball (run by school/governor)

Running club (KS1 and KS2 fortnightly) before school run by parental volunteers


Other clubs

Singing group (run by school/HT) which led to a concert/show in summer 2023.

Art and textile club (run by parent volunteer/art and textile high school teacher)

Gardening Club (run by volunteers)

Fantastic Book Awards club

DT (construction club) led by HLTA

British Sign Language Club led by TA

Y2 Brilliant Book Awards club led by HLTA

After school Y6 maths booster group (Y6 teacher)