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  Unexpected changes

As you can imagine, life in a large, busy primary school is very exciting with a lot going on all the time and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Here at Cliffedale we follow many established routines during the course of a typical school day which help our days run as smoothly as possible, most of the time, but if we can guarantee one thing, it is the unpredictability of primary school life!

From time to time, it is necessary to change our usual routine in response to a change of circumstance. When this happens we always put the needs of our children first as we search for a safe solution as quickly as possible. A decision will be made by the relevant adults and the children will be told what needs to happen.


Routines which may alter from time to time may include but are not limited to the following:

Where children sit in class

Assembly times

Play time arrangements

Availability of office staff

Use of outdoor equipment

Hot meal delivery

Staff car park access

Lunch time arrangements

Use of the field

After school club arrangements


In our experience, our children are very adaptable and, with enough information, the vast majority are able to accommodate unexpected changes very readily.

While we will, of course, continue to consult our parents and carers on the bigger matters, life in school often includes small changes and we deal with them as they arise.

Equality objectives

At Cliffedale Primary School we value the individuality of all of our children. We are committed to giving all our children every opportunity to achieve the highest standards. We do this by taking account of pupil's varied experiences and needs. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum, and have high expectations of all children. The achievements, attitudes and well- being of all our children matter.

Our equal opportunities and accessibility policies are intended to help ensure this. Cliffedale promotes the individuality of all children, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, attainment, age, disability, gender or background.

  • We do not discriminate against anyone, be they staff, pupil, parent or visitor, on the grounds of ethnicity, religion, attainment, age, disability, gender or background.

  • We promote the principles of fairness for all through the education we provide at Cliffedale and recognise that this may entail treating some pupils differently.

  • We seek to ensure that all pupils have equal access to the full range of educational opportunities provided by the school.

  • We constantly strive to remove any forms of indirect discrimination that may form barriers to learning for some groups.

  • We ensure that all recruitment, employment and training systems are fair to all, and provide opportunities for everyone.

  • We challenge personal prejudice and stereotypical view whenever they occur.

  • We value each pupil’s worth, we celebrate the individuality and cultural diversity of the community centred on our school, and we show respect for all groups.

  • Through positive educational experiences, and support for each individual’s legitimate point of view, we aim to promote positive social attitudes, and respect for all.


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