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Whitwell Primary School opened its doors on September 1st 1984 after the amalgamation of two separate schools; Whitwell Infant School and Whitwell Junior School (now the village library and community centre). The Nursery opened in November 1988 making the school able to cater for children from 3 to 11 years.


At present, there are 251 children in school, including Nursery and the maximum number of children that could be admitted in a school year in each year group is 40 children from Reception to Year 6 and 52 in Nursery.


Currently, 2023-24, the children are organised into 9 classes. Two Early Years Foundation classes (Nursery and Reception), two Key Stage 1 classes , and five Key Stage 2 classes (three Year 3/4 and two Year 5/6). The Y5/6 classes are grouped as 3 parallel classes in the mornings for Guided Reading, English and Maths to reduce class sizes and to provide the children with high quality teaching.

Our School Day

Morning Session - 8.40am to 11.40am 
Afternoon Session - 12.20pm to 3.20pm 

Both sessions totalling 15 hours in a typical week


Infants (KS1)Juniors (KS2)
Doors open at 8.40amDoors open at 8.40am

School begins at 8.45am and finishes at 3.15pm

School begins at 8.50am and finishes at 3.20pm
Totalling 32 hours and 30 minutes in a typical weekTotalling 32 hours and 30 minutes in a typical week





10.40am to 10.55am (KS1 & KS2)

Infants (KS1) 11.45 to 12.45pm - staggered

2.00pm to 2.15pm (KS1 only)

Juniors (KS2) 12.10pm to 1.05pm


Further information on opening times and holiday dates can be found on the School Holiday Dates or Breakfast Club pages on the Parent's tab. 

Please note: Children should not arrive unaccompanied in school before 8.40am as staff do not supervise the playground before this time. To support you, we run a Breakfast Club in school which starts at 7.45am, please enquire at the school office for further information.