Gillas Lane Primary Academy and Nursery, Seaton Avenue, Houghton Le Spring, Sunderland, DH5 8EH

0191 500 5956

Gillas Lane Primary Academy and Nursery

Proud to be part of Aim High Academy Trust

The School Day

The school day for pupils is slightly different depending on their age:

8.45am - 11.45am
3 hours a day and 15 hours a week
Reception, KS1 and KS2
8.45am – 3.15pm
6.5 hours a day and 32.5 hours a week
There is a 15 minute break in the morning.  Staff supervise playtimes on a rota basis.  Staff also supervise the dismissal of children at the end of the school day. 

The school year is 190 days for pupils and 195 days for staff.  Parents and carers receive advance notification of these staff training days, or unforeseen changes caused by emergencies.  

(See Term Dates for Details)

Please note that no child is allowed to leave the school premises at lunchtime.  

If for whatever reason a parent or carer is going to be late for pick up, please give the school a ring so we are able to reassure your child that someone is their way. 

We will only dismiss your child to people named on their collection list. Please ensure this is kept up to date with the school office.

Lunchtime Arrangements
 If your child has a school meal, these can be ordered using the Evolve system -
Dinner money must be paid in advance online - the school office can provide you with the details for this.


If your child has a packed lunch, this must be provided in a lunch box or bag, clearly labelled with the child’s name and class. When your child has finished their lunch, they will bring their uneaten food back home with them; this is to ensure parents can monitor what their child is eating.  It is recommended that your child is provided with a balanced meal, which should not include fizzy drinks, sweets or chocolate.

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal under the Universal Infant Free School Meals system - we would encourage all of our children to take up this offer and have a delicious, hot school meal each day.

Some families may be eligible to receive means tested free school meals. To apply for free school meals please go to: