Portway Junior School

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School Information Including Term Dates & Lunches

Diary Dates Autumn 2023

The School Day

The school day starts at 8.55am and finishes at 3.30pm and the school gate is open from 8.45am. Lunchtime is from 12.00 to 1.20pm.

  • 8.45am School Gates Open 
  • 8.55am Register ~ your child will be marked as 'Late Before Registers Closed' (L) if they arrive between 9am and 9.30am
  • 9.30am Register Closes ~ your child will be marked as 'Late After Registers Closed' (U).
  • School Hours 8.55am to 3.30pm - 6 hours and 35 minutes, 32.55 per week


INSET Days 2023/24

Friday 27th October 2023

Monday 4th December 2023

Friday 16th February 2024

Thursday 28th March 2024

Monday 17th June 2024


INSET Days 2024/25

Friday 25th October 2024

Monday 2nd December 2024

Monday 6th January 2025

Friday 14th February 2025

Friday 23rd May 2025


We recognise the importance of children being in school and have therefore attached the school term dates for the upcoming  years. This will enable families to book holidays during school holiday times.

School holiday dates are pre-arranged between Derby City and Derbyshire local authority education teams.

Inset days are set for the next academic year by February half term again maximising the notice given to parents.

School holiday dates are also available on the Derby City website:

School Lunches


Our school meals service is delivered by Eat Culture, Nottingham Catering, an award-winning catering service that is part of Nottingham City Council.  Eat Culture believes in putting children first, ensuring they enjoy a healthy, balanced school meal that meets School Food Standards. Numerous research studies have shown that nutritious food helps children to concentrate and do well at school, and Eat Culture uses locally sourced and organic food to give children a nutritious school meal.  To find out more visit their website at


To find out news about theme days and food promotions happening in schools follow Eat Culture at or


Lunches are ordered on a daily basis by 9.30am and cost £2.50 per day. This can be via the SchoolMoney webpage or by sending cash in to the school office.  To see our School Meal Debt Policy please visit our Policies Page

School Money