Policies & Procedures

The School Day

  • 8:30am     School opens to students
  • 9:00am     Session 1
  • 10:40 am  Morning Tea
  • 11:00am   Session 2
  • 12:00pm   Lunch ( play 12 – 12:45pm / eating  12.45-1pm)
  • 1:00pm     Session 3
  • 2:00pm    Afternoon break
  • 2:10pm     Session 4
  • 3:00pm     End of the school day


We advise that children arrive no later than 8:45am so they have time to get themselves organised before the bell rings at 9:00am. We offer a Before and After School Care Programme for children called Bradford Burrow.  Please enquire at the school office if you would like to receive further information about this service.


If your child is absent for any reason the best way to let us know are via the following methods by 9am.  In your message please include the name of your child, and the general reason for absence.

  • the office email, office@bradford.school.nz
  • submit the absence via the Skool Loop app
  • text 027 559 4616
  • phone and leave a message 03 453 6254


Please note we legally are required to put a general reason (e.g. unwell, appointment etc.) for absence on the electronic attendance register.

School Lunches

We are very fortunate to be recipients of the Ka Ora, Ka Ako Healthy Lunches in schools programme that sees every child receive a free lunch daily.

Monday and Fridays – Subway and a piece of fruit
Tuesday – Thursday – Kaans – varied main accompanied by yoghurt and a piece of fruit

Severe Weather Procedures

If ever you wake up to snow on the ground, snow showers or severe road conditions due to ice, please listen out to the cancellations on the local radio stations from 7am onwards. A blanket decision is made by a representative of the Otago Primary Principal’s Association, in consultation with the police on whether a late start or closure of all schools is necessary for safety reasons. If a cancellation or late start is announced (and the internet is working) we then also put a message on class web pages and an e-mail is sent out to those who are on our email list of addresses. If a late start (usually 10am) has been announced, it is a good idea to keep the radio on with an ear out, as this can quickly change to a closure.

Late Starts
If there is ever a late start, the time applies to both students and staff to ensure we can all travel here safely from the different areas we all live in. Therefore, it is important that children do not arrive before the announced time.