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 
Reception, Y1 & Y2
8.45am – 3.15pm
(Collect younger children first)
(6.5 hours a day and 32.5 hours a week)
Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6
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 / 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 / carer is going to be late, please give the school a ring so we are able to reassure a child that someone is their way. 

Lunchtime Arrangements

A team of experienced midday supervisory assistants care for all the children.  Dinner monies should be paid in advance via online payment.

Please contact the school office with any queries. 

Packed Lunch 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.

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