The school day

We have had to change the start of the school year and the timings of the school day to respond to the government guidance on full school reopening:

    • To allow for additional staff training, which we need on enhanced safeguarding and COVID-19 mitigation, we will have INSET days on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd September – this is a change to the previously published calendar
      • To allow us to induct students into these new ways of working we need to bring students back a few year groups at a time, so:
        • Year 7, Year 10 and Year 12 ONLY on  Friday 4th September
        • Year 8,  Year 9, Year 11 and Year 13 ONLY on Monday 7th September
        • All years in every day from Tuesday 8th September
        • This is also a change to the published calendar
  • Staggered starts and finishes:
    • The government requires us to keep year groups separate from each other in school.
    • To do this we will teach (as we always have done) in year groups, and operate strict one-way systems and zoned areas for break and lunchtime,  but we will need to alter other aspects of the school day to keep year groups separate:
      • Year 7 will need to arrive at school between 0820 and 0830 and enter the site via the East gate from Heath Lane only.
        • On their first day they will be met and collected and their induction day will teach them everything they need to know for subsequent days
        • Parents should, if they wish, drop their children off away from the school gates and encourage them to walk the last few hundred metres to encourage Independence and reduce crowding around the gates.
      • Year 8 will need to arrive at school between 0820 and 0830 and enter the site via the West gate from Anchor Lane only, and then follow the clearly marked one way system to their Period One classroom, NOT their form room.
      • Year 9 will need to arrive at school between 0830 and 0840 and enter the site via the East gate from Heath Lane only, and then follow the clearly marked one way system to their Period One classroom, NOT their form room.
      • Year 10 will need to arrive at school between 0830 and 0840 and enter the site via the West gate from Anchor Lane only, and then follow the clearly marked one way system to their Period One classroom, NOT their form room.
      • Year 11 will need to arrive at school between 0840 and 0850 and enter site via the East gate from Heath Lane only, and then follow the clearly marked one way system to their Period One classroom, NOT their form room.
      • Year 12 will need to arrive at school between 0840 and 0850 and enter the site via the West gate from Anchor Lane only.
        • On their first day they will be met and collected and their induction day will teach them everything they need to know for subsequent days.
      • Year 13 will need to arrive at school between 0840 and 0850 and enter site via the West gate from Anchor Lane only, and then follow the clearly marked one way system to their Period One classroom, NOT their form room.
      • We appreciate that these new start times may be inconvenient for parents/carers, especially those who have children in more than one year group and we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
      • Please do not drop-off children outside the school gates or try to enter the care aprs – this remains dangerous to everyone as it was before March 2020 – and the roads are marked with zig zags and double yellow lines to protect everyone.
    • At the end of the school day:
      • Years 7 and 8 will finish at 1530 and leave by the same gate from which they entered.
      • Year 9 and 10 will finish at 1540 and leave by the same gate from which they entered.
      • Years 10, 11 and 12 will finish at 1550, or may be invited to stay for an extra session after school until 1700.  Information about these sessions will follow in September.  They will leave by the same gate from which they entered.

 

The normal school day will not operate until further notice, but is retained here for information.

The normal school day, which operates outside of public examinations:

8.00 am                    Healthy breakfast served in the dining room
8.15 am                    Library Open
8.30 am                    All students to be on site and ready for the school day
8.40 am                    Registration and assembly
9.00 am                    Lesson 1
10.00 am                  Movement
10.05 am                  Lesson 2
11.05 am                   Morning break
11.30 am                   Lesson 3
12.30 pm                  Movement
12.35 pm                  Lesson 4
1.35 pm                    Lunch
2.25 pm                    Movement
2.30 pm                    Lesson 5
3.30 pm                    End of formal school day

The library and sixth form study room remains open whilst there are senior staff on site and until at least 4.30pm.

There are many clubs, societies, sporting events and activities after school, throughout the year

During public examinations, usually the last three weeks in May and all of June, the school day changes:

8.00 am                    Healthy breakfast served in the dining room
8.00 am                    Exam breakfasts and masterclasses
8.15 am                    Library Open
8.30 am                    All students to be on site and ready for the school day
8.40 am                    Registration and assembly
9.00 am                    Lesson 1
10.00 am                  Movement
10.05 am                  Lesson 2
11.05 am                   Morning break
11.30 am                   Lesson 3
12.30 pm                  Lunch
1.20 pm                    Movement
1.25 pm                    Lesson 4
2.25 pm                    Movement
2.30 pm                    Lesson 5
3.30 pm                    End of formal school day

The library and sixth form study room remains open whilst there are senior staff on site and until at least 4.30pm.

There are many clubs, societies, sporting events and activities after school, throughout the year